Leader Development Community

SAME Leader Development Program

Community Mission

The mission of the SAME Leader Development Community of Interest (LD COI) is to develop, execute, and track leader development activities across the SAME enterprise in support of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan – Securing America’s Future, Together.

Specifically, the LD COI will lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges ensuring the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.

Community Leaders
Community Leadership

Chair: Cdr. Roland de Guzman, P.E., CEM, USN (Ret.), MBP

Vice Chair: Zakary Payne, P.E., Matrix Design Group

Community Structure

Marketing/Communications Vice-chair: Summer Gladden

Programs Vice-chair: Zakary Payne

Evaluation Vice-chair: Col. C. Patrick Hogeboom IV, P.E., F.SAME, USA

Streamers Vice-chairCol. Charlie Hart, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

Leader Development Program Co-Chair: Lt. Col. Mike Darrow, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

Leader Development Program Co-Chair: Col. Eric Wilbur, P.E., REM, USAF (Ret.)

Mentoring Vice-chairAmelia DaCruz, PET

Young Member COI Liaison: Victoria Mechtly

AOF Liaison: Philios Angelides, P.E., F.SAME, FACEC

Enlisted COI LiaisonSenior Master Sgt. Philip McAlpin Jr.

Credentialing COI LiaisonJames Buckingham, P.E.

At-Large Members

Charlie Hart, P.E., F.SAME, USA (ret.)
Michael Nosbisch, PSP
Sally Riker, F.SAME
Lisa Thoele, CPSM, APR, LEED AP
Lt. Col. Jonathon Byrnes, USAF

Strategic Alignment

Goal 1: Strengthen Industry-Government Engagement
Lead efforts to foster communication and build relationships among military, public, academic, and professional organizations; further collaboration to identify issues and develop solutions in support of National security.

LDP provides a platform for industry and government members to grow professionally in a mutually supportive environment. Industry and government professionals interact under a common theme. The program also offers members of government and industry the opportunity to support the program as instructors and mentors.

Goal 2: Build and Sustain Resilient Communities
Lead efforts to prepare communities to absorb, recover, and adapt from natural and man-made threats, fortify our nation’s resolve directly where people work and live.

Leadership is key to decision-making. When faced with tough circumstances, a leader’s ability to respond to threats helps determine their resilience. LDP enhances that ability.

Goal 3. Develop Leaders for the Profession
Lead efforts to enhance leadership development and cultivate the talent necessary to address the nation’s grand challenges; ensure the enduring stewardship of the A/E/C profession.

Leader development is core to the Leader Development Program.

Goal 4: Enrich the STEM Pipeline for the Nation
Lead efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; help develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.

As a component of leader development, mentoring ensures knowledge, skills, and aptitudes are shared among the membership. Student members can especially benefit from mentoring to enhance their own leader development.

Goal 5. Prepare Service Members and Veterans for the A/E/C Industry
Lead efforts to fully integrate military and government members in the A/E/C industry; support training, credentialing, and networking initiatives that build, maintain, and translate skills to meet current and future needs.

LD provides a platform to leverage the leadership of service members and veterans as well as enhance leadership development for them to address challenges in the A/E/C profession.

LDP Task Force

National LDP Co-Chair: Lt. Col. Michael Darrow, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

National LDP Co-Chair: Eric Wilbur, P.E. F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)

LDP Monthly Webinar Lead: James Blake II, CQM

LDP Book Discussion POC: Lt. Col. Craig Bryant, P.E., USA

LDP Mentor POC: Ree Miskimon, CPSM.

LDP UPIC Projects Lead: Caroline Roberts

LDP Overall Curriculum Lead: Lt. Col. Michael Darrow, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

LDP Evaluations: Colleen Rust, PMP, CPG

Mentoring Advisory Group

Mentoring Vice-chair: Amelia DaCruz, PET

LDP Mentoring POC: Susan Thames, F.SAME

AOF Mentoring POC: Philios Angelides, P.E., F.SAME, FACEC

Post-level Mentoring: Gerald Morris, CDT, LEED AP BD&C, PMP, CCM

YM Mentoring & Recognition POC: James Buckingham, P.E.

Agency Mentoring POC: Capt. Ashlee Ellis, USAF

One-on-One Mentoring POC: Michelle Chambliss

Sustaining Member Mentoring POC: Thad Tobaben

Camp Mentoring POC: Col. Shawn Moore, Col USAF (Ret), F.SAME

Leader Development Class Demographics
Class Occupation Sector Position Gender Race Military Service
2022 32% Private Sector
47% Public Sector (DoD)
21% Public Sector (non-DoD)
42% Project Manager
42% Engineer
16% Marketing or Business Development
47% Male
53% Female
90% White
5% Asian or Pacific Islander
5% Black or African American
22% Active Duty
0% Veteran
6% Reserve/National Guard
72% Never Served
2021 33% Private Sector
60% Public Sector (DoD)
7% Public Sector (non-DoD)
27% Project Manager
60% Engineer
13% Marketing or Business Development
73% Male
27% Female
93% White
7% Asian or Pacific Islander
40% Active Duty
0% Veteran
13% Reserve/National Guard
47% Never Served
2020 46% Private Sector
46% Public Sector (DoD)
8% Public Sector (non-DoD)
61% Project Manager
31% Engineer
8% Marketing or Business Development
70% Male
30% Female
85% White
15% Hispanic/Latino
31% Active Duty
31% Veteran
7% Reserve/National Guard
31% Never Served

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