Dan Schaefer, P.E.

Dan Schaefer was born and raised in Rochester, NY. After reading the children’s book Who Built the Highway (Norman Bate, 1953) at an early age, Dan was hooked and knew that somehow, someway, he was going to be involved in construction. He spent many days as a youth watching construction projects in the city and building things around the house, and carried that interest to college to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. After receiving his B.S.in Civil Engineering from New England College in 1985, Dan worked for Empire Soils Investigations, Inc. in western New York for five years before moving to Raleigh, NC in 1990 to join Froehling & Robertson, Inc. During his early years at F&R, he was able to complete a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. In 2001, Dan became the Branch Manager of F&R’s Raleigh office. In 2015, Dan was promoted to the position of Vice President, a title holds today. In this role, Dan oversees operations in F&R’s North Carolina offices. He also administers several internally and externally facing programs geared toward improving F&R’s business practices.

Dan has more than 35 years of experience specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction inspection and materials testing, and a wide variety environmental consulting services. In addition to his management duties, he continues to serve as a senior engineer on a wide variety of site development, building and transportation projects with particular emphasis in foundation, retaining wall, pavement and slope design. Dan was the Chair of GBA’s CoMET Business Committee from 2017 to 2022.

Victor R. Donald, P.E.

Vic Donald is a professional geotechnical engineer, with over 40 years of experience background in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1979 and 1981, respectively.
Vic established his own firm in 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, partnering with a GBA member firm that initiated his 35+ year affiliation with GBA. He credits his exposure to the practices and professionals within GBA as a “witness mark”, effectively aligning his passion for quality and value in the geoprofession. He leads an ever-growing and evolving firm to over 130 staff with 5 offices in the Southeast United States.
He is a Senior Vice President for Terracon, a 5,000-person geoprofessional company with over 150 offices throughout the United States. He served for 10 years as National Director of Geotechnical Services for Terracon. This experience enriched his understanding of the challenges and opportunities within profession on a national basis.
Now, as Terracon’s National Director of Innovative Services, Vic is focusing his efforts on his passion to constantly improve and deliver greater value in our work than ever before. In this capacity, he now leads efforts related to data aggregation, data science and evaluation, machine learning and software development and sales.

Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP

Teresa L. Peterson, P.E., C.M.E., LEED AP O&M, ENV SP is a Vice President and Senior Project Manager for Gannett Fleming, Inc. working with their Facilities team. Gannett Fleming is a multidisciplinary, innovative consulting firm with over 2,500 employees across North America. She is the Northeast Regional Director of Sustainability and sits on Gannett’s Collaborative Research and Innovation Center working team. Based out of their Marlton, New Jersey office, she brings more than 20 years of experience successfully delivering projects to private and public clients in the facilities, transportation, power, and water utility markets. Peterson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey.

 

Bradley Melocik, P.E., P.H.

Brad Melocik, P.E., P.H.

Brad is a Senior Water Resources Engineer and Project Manager with DOWL, – a nearly 60 year old consulting engineering firm with more than 500 employees operating in seven states. Brad is based in DOWL’s founding office in Anchorage, Alaska. Brad has over 20 years of experience focusing on geomorphic analyses, fish passage, and roadway projects. He recently served as the chairperson of GBA’s Emerging Issues and Trends Committee.
Brad and his wife Allison have two children and the entire family enjoys hiking, fishing, and most anything outdoors. Brad finds each day working in the geo-profession fulfilling due to its technical challenges, but it’s the relationships with clients, coworkers, and community members that remind him what the job is really about.

Guy Marcozzi, P.E., D.GE, LEED AP BD+C

Guy’s engineering career began in 1984 as a construction/drafting technician at Duffield Associates, a geosciences consulting firm. Following graduation from University of Delaware, he continued with the firm, evolving his position through the years as a structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, civil engineer, project manager and division leader for the Geotechnical, Construction and Water Resources divisions. In 1994, he became a partner in the firm, and in 2000 was named Vice President /Director of Operations. In 2008, Guy was promoted to President of Duffield Associates and became Chief Executive Officer in 2011. By 2020, the firm has doubled in size with industry leading metrics. After leading a strategic planning process broadly including the firm’s leadership, Duffield Associates concluded that the collective future would be best served assimilating into a national organization and joined a private equity based start-up Verdantas in 2021. Guy has remained on with Verdantas in a variety of roles including Executive Vice President, National Practice Group Leader and currently as a part time Senior Consultant.

Guy earned his professional licensure in 1990, and at one time had professional registration in 12 states. He also earned his accreditation as a LEED AP in 2008, and is currently accredited as a LEED AP/ Building Design and Construction (LEED AP/ BD+C). Guy is nationally recognized as an ASCE Fellow for his contributions to the profession. He was honored by the Delaware Council of Engineering Societies as the first Delaware Young Engineer of the Year in 2000 and subsequently, Delaware’s Engineer of the Year in 2012. He is also a Diplomate of the GeoInstitute. He was also recognized as the University of Delaware’s Civil Engineering Alumni of the Year in 2021.

He has been an active participant in many Delaware engineering organizations including service as President in several of these organizations; Delaware Engineering Society, Delaware Association of Professional Engineers and American Society of Civil Engineers – Delaware Section. He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and as well as a voting member of the ASTM Committees on Sustainability and on Soil and Rock. Guy has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware – College of Engineering, served on the ABET Accreditation Committee, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council and appointed by two Dean’s to the Engineering College’s Advisory Council and University’s Public Affairs and Grounds and Buildings Committees.

He has also remained continuously active in his community. Guy is a Trustee of the University of Delaware and was appointed by the Governor and presently serves on the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, was legislatively confirmed to the Delaware Environmental Appeal Board, serves on the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors/. He has previously served on the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs Committee and as Chair of the Business Development Committee for its Economic Development Council. He is Chair of Easter Seals Society Delaware Maryland (ESSD-M) property holding company, past Chair and current board member of Multiplying Good Delaware (formerly the Jefferson Awards) and also past Chair of the Delaware’s American Heart Association. He served for many years as the President of his community civic association and as Vice President of the Board of Trustees at Sanford School. Guy also spent many years with youth sports including President and licensed coach for the Delaware Rush Soccer Club (aka Hockessin Soccer Club), where he was recognized as Administrator of the Year, and was a long-time coach for CYM basketball.

Steve Wendland, P.E.

Steve Wendland, PE, PG, DGE, is a President of Bedrock Geoconsult, LLC . Before he started his own business he worked for GeoEngineers where he focused  on providing geotechnical support to select projects, markets, and clients nationwide and leads the Kansas City office.  Wendland also has served as Director of Geo-Engineering at Kleinfelder, Inc.; in that role he was responsible for leading the technical expertise and quality of work for geotechnical and geological engineering nationwide. For over 33 years he has provided geotechnical engineering services and analyses for a wide variety of structures and facilities across the United States and internationally. Wendland previously served GBA as vice-chair of the Business Practices Committee. He also served a three-year term serving as chair of the ASCE/GBA Ethics Award Committee. He is currently serving as a member of ASCE’s newly formed committee to develop a new standard titled Criteria for the Design and Construction of Foundations. After graduating from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering, Wendland earned a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas – Austin. Wendland is a native Kansas Citian and currently lives with his wife, Molly, in the Kansas City area.

Board of Directors

Martin LaRoche, P.Eng.

Martin LaRoche, P.Eng. graduated in Geological Engineering from Laval University in Quebec City in 1987. He completed his masters in geotechnical engineering in 1991. He spent most of his career with a Montreal based engineering firm called Dessau that owned a geoprofessional business called LVM. Martin rapidly climbed the corporate ladder and as a 31 years old became the youngest shareholder of Dessau, a privately-owned company of 400 in 1994 and the manager of the geotechnical group . He was employed for 22 years with Dessau / LVM, which grew from 400 employees in 1994 to 5000 employees in 2012. Martin took different roles in management and operations, including leading the environmental team for about 6 years, managing operations for two years in Algeria, and finally leading acquisitions and integrations of 6 companies bought by Dessau / LVM in Quebec and other provinces of Canada. In 2012, Martin left Dessau for AMEC and then joined SNC-Lavalin in 2015 to manage the Geotechnical / Environmental / Materials Engineering division which now counts 600 employees in the province of Quebec.

Matt Moler, P.E.

Matt Moler, P.E. is the Geotechnical Service Line Leader and Vice President with S&ME, Inc. – a consulting engineering firm with over 1,100 employees operating from 35 offices across the country.  Matt is based in S&ME’s Greensboro, North Carolina office and has 20 years of experience focusing on geotechnical, construction materials testing, and forensic projects.  Matt has been active with GBA’s Business Practices Committee, and now with the Board of Directors.  Matt and his wife Jamie have three children and the entire family enjoys hiking, vacationing, and playing with their animals.  Matt is excited to work in the geoprofession each day due to the technical challenges, but more importantly the making and maintaining of relationships with clients, fellow S&ME team members, and the public.

Leo J. Titus, Jr., P.E.

Leo Titus is president of ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. A subsidiary of ECS, Ltd., the company is one of the nation’s leading geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and facilities engineering firms. Titus joined ECS in 1997 and has over 26 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and Special Inspections.

After graduating from Clarkson University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Titus earned a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and several other states.

Titus is very active serving in leadership roles  for industry and charitable organizations, including Past President of The Committee for Dulles; Past President of WACEL (an association of geotechnical and construction inspection firms); Chairman of the ASTM E36 Main Committee; Chairman of the American Society of Engineers Committee of Civil Engineering Technologists; Vice President of The Builder’s Foundation (a Loudoun County, VA., based charitable organization); and Past President and Co-Founder of the Committee for Dulles Community Outreach.   Titus also serves on several other boards of directors including The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) and the George Mason University Advisory Board for the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE),

Led by his passionate interest in education, Titus is a regular guest lecturer on multiple subjects at several universities, including George Mason University, Clarkson University, and Virginia Tech.  He also enjoys teaching civil engineering principles as part of a STEM program with local kindergarteners in Northern Virginia.  In 2017 he took on a position as an Adjunct Professor at Clarkson University.

Titus was a member of Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue team (VA-TF1) for 11 years and was deployed as part of the search, rescue and recovery mission at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. That same year, he received the award for “Outstanding Contributions by a Civilian Member” by the Washington, D.C. post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

After losing his first wife to breast cancer in 2003, Titus and his three daughters have been major fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s National Race for the Cure.  Since 2004, the Titus family has raised over $250,000 to support breast cancer research and early detection programs for underserved communities.