Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute
Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute


Qualifications and Experience of Instructors

Mid-Atlantic Public Works Institute instructors are working professionals with years of experience in the field. They are outstanding experts in their subject matter, but what truly sets them apart is that they are also expert instructors. Our talented instructors engage participants and pass their expertise on to them with practical, hands-on skills they can use right away to solve the challenges they'll face in the real world.

"Facilitators were very engaging and kept the level of interest at a level 10 the entire session. Great job!"

About Our Instructors

To ensure quality instruction, a rigorous application and selection process has been put in place to create the instruction team. Instructors will be selected by mid-July and their bios placed here for your reference.  

photo of speaker Chris Carson is National Director of Program & Project Controls for ARCADIS U.S., the leading global engineering and consultancy firm. He has over 40 years of experience in Program/Construction Management, specializing in the Controls disciplines of Planning and Scheduling, Cost Management, Risk Management, Document Control, and Forensic Analysis. His project background includes educational, municipal, commercial, industrial, governmental, military, and medical projects, and a variety of industries including facilities, infrastructure/transportation, water/wastewater treatment, utilities, and environmental projects.

Mr. Carson is active in a leadership position in professional associations including CMAA (Construction Management Association of America), AACE (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) International, RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), PMI (Project Management Institute) and the Scheduling Community of Practice, and the GPC (International Guild of Project Controls).

As a recognized thought leader in Program/Project Controls and PMCM, he has received multiple awards, such as the 2011 AACE International "Technical Excellence" award, the 2009 PMI College of Scheduling award for "Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Industry", and the "Chairman's Award" from CMAA in 2006 for contributions to the CM industry.

Mr. Carson is a CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM), a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), an AACE International Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP), Decision and Risk Management Professional (DRMP), and Certified Estimating Professional (CEP). He was selected as an AACE International Fellow in 2013, the founding Fellow of Project Controls by the International Guild of Project Controls in 2014, and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2015.

As a top ranked speaker and presenter of over 500 sessions, his credentials also include over thirty publications, including "Forensic Schedule Analysis", "Identifying the Critical Path", "Original Baseline Schedule Review", and "Update Schedule Review", "Development of Cost Estimate Plans", "The Ten Best Approaches to Avoid Claims", and "Project Planning". Mr. Carson was an Author and Editor for the 2014 book, "CPM Scheduling for Construction - Best Practices and Guidelines" published by PMI, contributing author for "Construction Project Scheduling and Control", by Saleh Mubarak, published by Wiley in 2010, and contributing author for the "Time Management Procedures" by CMAA.

photo of speaker Stephen Cauffman is a research engineer with the Community Resilience Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He initiated resilience work at NIST in 2010 with funding from the Department of Homeland Security and developed the initial plan for the NIST Community Resilience Program. The program is developing science-based tools to measure resilience at the community-scale and guidance on planning and implementing measures to improve resilience. The Community Resilience Program (http://www.nist.gov/el/resilience/) produced the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems and the Community Resilience Economic Decision Support Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The Program has also established the Community Resilience Panel, composed of a broad group of stakeholders to identify and address gaps in knowledge, guidance, and standards to enhance community resilience. The program is supported by the NIST-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, a ten-institution team led by Colorado State University (http://resilience.colostate.edu/).

Mr. Cauffman previously served as the program manager for the World Trade Center Investigation, led NIST's study of the performance of structures following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and was a member of the team that studied the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility. He has served as leader of the Structures Group and as Deputy Chief and Acting Chief of the Materials and Structural Systems Division.

photo of speaker Eddie Crockett Eddie Crockett is the Assistant Director of Public Works Operations for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Prior to serving in his current position, he was the department's Administrator of Storm water Operations, and he was also the Assistant Administrator in the Wastewater Utility. Eddie holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University, a bachelor's degree in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University, and an associate's degree in Construction Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Eddie's public sector career spans close to 40 years including a stint in the United States Air Force prior to joining the City of Newport News in 1996. He also serves as Public Work's Incident Commander during emergency operations. Moreover, Eddie has been instrumental in preparing the department for APWA Accreditation and the subsequent Reaccreditation efforts.

photo of speaker Carol Davis is the Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia. In her current role, she works on a broad range of sustainability issues - from Climate Protection planning to community-wide recycling efforts to aging-in-place issues. Ms. Davis works with her colleagues and the community at large to expand narrow definitions of sustainability, which have traditionally focused on environmental endeavors alone. In her work, she advocates for a broader set of policies and initiatives that expand options and opportunities for all citizens while fostering true community resiliency: in the local economy, in local government operations, and with the natural systems and resource base that supports the lives and livelihoods of current and future generations. Prior to taking her position with the Town of Blacksburg, Ms. Davis worked on a three-year regional Sustainable Communities planning effort, the NRV Livability Initiative, headed up by the New River Valley Regional Commission. The result of that process yielded a preferred sustainability plan for the region integrating multiple topic areas: aging, arts & culture, community health, energy, economic development, housing, transportation, and natural resources. Key strategies that emerged from that process have now entered the implementation phase, including development of a regional Successful Aging in the NRV policy and design guidebook, the NRV Timebank, and the Solarize Blacksburg and Solarize Montgomery projects. In her spare time, Ms. Davis serves as a volunteer and board member of The New River Land Trust, the NRV Bike Kitchen, and Sustainable Blacksburg.

"Awesome job! Love the real life experiences the instructors shared."

photo of speaker Ken Eyre, P.E., has extensive environmental engineering experience (over 40-years) including having served as project manager for a number of mid-Atlantic public works agencies, including asset management services such as physical condition assessment evaluation, participated in a capital asset management pilot for the City of Philadelphia, developed databases to collect and record buried asset information, and used the observations results to assist in the design and construction services for both rehabilitation/remediation and new systems. Ken has also reviewed best management practice (BMP) systems (industrial and MS4 - manufactured and constructed); conducted storm area drainage investigations and associated hydrologic and collection system hydraulic modeling; storm outfall inspection, I/I studies, water quality monitoring; development of alternatives; review of and application of state design standards; regulatory compliance assistance; developed industrial pretreatment and municipal wastewater treatment plant studies, designs and construction services, infrastructure program management, site location mapping and asset management. For APWA, Ken served as their representative on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the US EPA's Wet Weather Flows ETV initiative. As President-Elect of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Ken has led numerous educational training venues for the past few years including workshops and lunch-n-learns, and has also provided guidance and oversight for the Chapter's technical program at the annual conference, developing the concurrent training sessions and CEUs. Ken has developed and provided numerous public works training sessions as part of his engineering and professional society's services. Ken was recently nominated by the APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter as a candidate for the 2016 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year, and was selected and received the award from APWA National President Brian Usher at the 2016 Roanoke conference. Ken is a registered professional engineer in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington DC.

photo of speaker Doug Fawcett is the Director of Public Works for the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Doug has over 34 years of experience working in local government management and administration, with 18 of those being served in Public Works, and over 10 combined as town, city, and county manager. He holds a BA in Political Science and graduate work in Public Policy from West Virginia University. His additional management and administrating training includes having graduated from the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia.

photo of speaker MeghanMarie Fowler-Finn is as a Performance Analyst with the District of Columbia Department of Public Works. She is responsible for creating a data-driven PerformanceStat process for the Executive Team, developing automated real-time dashboards to monitor operations, and preparing the annual agency performance plan. She is also responsible for snow reporting for the three agencies that clean up snow and has developed a "SnowDash" that brings together real-time snow performance data from multiple agencies in one platform for citywide viewing. Prior to her current position she worked for two other District of Columbia agencies as a Performance Analyst. For the Office of the City Administrator she created and managed the Mayor's Dashboard, consolidating information from 30+ agencies across the District for the Mayor's weekly review, and reinvented agency Performance Plans including the strategic planning process and building an online submission and tracking portal/database. At the Division of Student Transportation she helped create their first performance management program, facilitated the Executive Team's multi-month strategic planning process, and built a Customer Relationship Management tool for the Parent Call Center. Prior to that she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica teaching environmentally friendly agriculture and taught English for a year in China. MeghanMarie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Public Policy specializing in Social and Urban Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. In the meantime she has earned a Performance Management Professional certification and a Strategic Performance Management certification. Contact her at meghanmarie.fowler-finn@dc.gov.

photo of speaker Pete Garner is the Operations-Engineering Manager for the City of Norfolk Public Works Department. His role is responsible for the routine and emergency maintenance and repair of the city's streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, and gutters, maintenance of the city's stormwater infrastructure, and environmental stormwater engineering and compliance. Prior to his current position, Pete spent over 23 years on active duty with the US Army and Air Force as a Civil Engineer. He was commissioned in 1987 as a lieutenant in the US Army following graduation from Clarkson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He completed his graduate studies in 1989 at Purdue University with a Master's Degree in Construction Engineering and Management. Pete holds a Professional Engineer license from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

photo of speaker Chuck Joyner, P.E., Assistant City Engineer, Department of Public Works, City of Norfolk

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Master of Engineering, Old Dominion University

Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Over 27 years of experience with the Department of Public Works, City of Norfolk

Before accepting current position as Assistant City Engineer, worked as a design engineer and project manager in Public Works for the City of Norfolk.

Previous employment includes work in private consulting and with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Oversees portfolio of structural and waterfront projects and various infrastructure elements in the City of Norfolk's inventory, including 52 bridges, 4 miles of shoreline structures, and navigational channels throughout the City.

Assists in the selection, bidding, award, and administration of all Public Works design and construction contracts.

Currently a resident of Virginia Beach, where he lives with his wife Kerri and his 7-year old twins Katie & Cody.

Yvette Judge

Strategy, development, and implementation specialist.

Recognized throughout career for being an innovative program management and strategic planning leader leveraging relationship building skills and in-depth knowledge of developing value-adding action plans that increase operational efficiency. Adept at bridging performance gaps to attain organizational objectives, developing process improvement initiatives, and conveying complex process development concepts in a simple and compelling manner. Detail oriented with a high degree of intellectual curiosity. Practiced at connecting analytical observations to a rich, historical dataset while focusing on telling a story. Brings 15+ years of experience.

  • Recognized organizer who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks for performance against key operational objectives.
  • Strong operational process improvement background leveraging effective cost reduction, tactical planning, productivity gain, and revenue growth strategies.
  • Results-driven with exceptional practical judgment and skills in developing program/project team management, process improvement, and risk management directives.
  • Expertise in financial and operational decision making with an extensive scope of responsibility and a proven track record of delivering optimal results in a high growth environment that exceeds operational goals and yields measurable outcomes.

photo of speaker Adam Manne joined Prince William County as the Purchasing Division Chief in April of 2011. Prior to this he served as the Procurement Officer for Alexandria City Public Schools. He oversees a staff 11 Contract Specialists who purchase all goods and services needed by County Agencies. He has personally led the procurement on several a major infrastructure projects for Prince William County. These projects include PPTAs, a new ERP System and he is currently leading the team on Body Worn Cameras for the Police Department. His professional experience includes working in the private sector as the Purchasing Manager for a congeries firm and the business analyst at a major retirement community. Mr. Manne received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Strayer University. He also holds a Certified Public Managers Certification through a joint venture between the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and The George Washington University Center for Public Leadership. Mr. Manne is a Certified Public Procurement Officer and a Virginia Contracting Officer, a member of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing and the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing.

photo of speaker John Morrill is the energy manager for Arlington County, Virginia.  He leads a broad portfolio of work in energy management and energy policy, including energy efficiency and clean energy deployment for government operations, and implementation of Arlington's Community Energy Plan.  John also leads ESF 12, the emergency support function for energy in Arlington. He has been with Arlington County since 2000.

In 2008, Morrill received a Climate Protection Award from the US EPA for his work on the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), the county's climate action program he helped establish and co-leads today.

Prior to joining the County, John held a variety of research and management positions during 17 years with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington DC. He is coauthor of two books, Residential Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency and Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.

John serves on the Board of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), and also on the Board of the Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association (VEPGA). He is a Certified Energy Manager, a member of ASHRAE, and a Life Member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (physics) from Clark University, and received a Master of Urban & Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia.

photo of speaker Denise Nelson is the Vice President for Public Education at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Her responsibilities include education and training for both public and private sector organizations and overall coordination of messaging and promotions related to Envision, the guidance and rating system for sustainable infrastructure that creates public confidence in the process of civil infrastructure development.

Mrs. Nelson received her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and her Masters of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She is a licensed engineer with over 14 years of experience in water utilities and sustainable infrastructure.

photo of speaker Tom Nicholas, P.E., has served as the Facilities Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department since July 2015. His duties consist of overseeing the Facilities Design & Construction Division, the Building Maintenance Division, the Facilities Management Office and the Energy Management Office. In this capacity, Tom is responsible for 190 public works employees, an operating budget of $28M and a capital improvements budget of $36M to manage a portfolio of 800 city buildings and support facilities. Prior to his current position, Tom spent 24 years on active duty as a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer, rising to the rank of Captain. During those years, he held a variety of increasingly responsible facilities management, construction management and military engineering positions around the world. In his last assignment, he served as the Executive Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic. After his military service, Tom worked for private sector consulting firms as the Director, Program and Construction Management with Alpha Corporation, the Vice President of Federal Programs for the Capital Regional Business Unit of URS, the Director of Federal Programs with RK&K and as the Buildings and Places Federal Practice Leader for the National Governments Business Line at AECOM (formerly URS). Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) from Penn State University. His is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to being a member of APWA, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) and is a lifetime member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

photo of speaker Jennifer Privette is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Newport News. She leads the city's Environmental Sustainability Program, which is one of the five strategic priorities guiding city operations. Jennifer joined Newport News in 2010 to facilitate the development and implementation of a City-wide Sustainability Plan. The plan incorporates new standards to improve the city's environment through policies, programs and operations to achieve significant, measurable and sustainable practices.

The program's success is built upon a sustainable approach seeking to balance the sustainability triple bottom line accounting framework of Economic value, Environmental impact and Social responsibility. Jennifer has applied her experiences (successes and failures) to engage stakeholders by bringing together community organizations to advance sustainability including partners like Christopher Newport University, The VA Department of Environmental Quality, and the Sierra Club.

NN Green, The City's Sustainability Program moniker, has received local, state, and national recognition including:

  • the Governors Environmental Excellence Gold Award,
  • the Department of Environmental Quality's Sustainability Partner status,
  • American Public Works Association International and Chapter Sustainability Program Award,
  • the VA Municipal League's Platinum Green Government Award,
  • the Crystal Award for Sustainability Best Practices from the VA Chamber of Commerce, and
  • Virginia Green Travel Alliance's Green Event of the Year for the One City Marathon

Jennifer is a Newport News native and earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Christopher Newport University, the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech and the Envision Sustainability Professional credentialing for civil infrastructure from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Jennifer currently serves as Chairperson for the American Public Works Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Sustainability Committee

photo of speaker Michele Siminari, PE is the Senior Plant Engineer at the Fairfax Water Corbalis Water Treatment Plant. A Florida native, Michele graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering in 2010. Following graduation, Michele moved to Northern Virginia to begin her career as an engineer with Greeley and Hansen. While at Greeley and Hansen, she worked as a project engineer on a variety of stormwater and sanitary sewer collections systems projects and served as the assistant program manager for a $400M water supply program including a raw water intake and greenfield water treatment facility. In late 2016, Michele started as the Senior Plant Engineer at Fairfax Water. As the Senior Plant Engineer, she enjoys working with the plant operators, mechanics, electricians, and I&C staff to solve field issues and provide safe, healthy drinking water for the community she serves and lives in. Michele is active as a young professional in water related organizations across Virginia.

photo of speaker Scott Smith is a Senior Project Manager in the Division of Operations: Engineering and Environmental Group, for the City of Norfolk, Virginia Public Works. He graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering in 1987, and he is currently a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Land Surveyor in Virginia. Scott has also held certifications as a Wastewater Plant Operator and Spray Irrigation Operator. His primary responsibility is to coastal flooding and climate adaption, and he is responsible for supervising the field engineering staff, including engineers, inspectors, GIS, bridge inspection, and Miss Utility marking program personnel.

"Excellent presentations! Learned some valuable tools."

photo of speaker Matthew F. Villareale has 15 years of experience in the public work industry. Matt worked for the City of Dublin, Ohio Department of Service for five years first as the Training/Accreditation Coordinator and then Assistant Director of the Streets & Utilities Division. While with the City of Dublin, Matt led the department to become the 9th accredited public works agency in North America with the American Public Works Association (APWA). For the past 12 years Matt has participated on more than a dozen accreditation site evaluation teams for the APWA accreditation program. Currently, Matt is with Prince William County, Virginia Department of Public Works. While with the County, Matt led the department's efforts to become the 87th accredited agency with APWA. Also, while at the County Matt oversaw the County's fleet as the Fleet Management Division Chief. Matt now serves the County as the Assistant Director of Public Works. In his current position Matt oversees department's internal service divisions that provide facility and fleet services to County agencies. Matt is the current Past President of the Mid-Atlantic APWA Chapter.

photo of speaker Alicia Zatcoff is an entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience achieving positive change in local government and communities. In her current position as the Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond, she developed and leads the City's Sustainability and Energy Management Program. The Sustainability Program focuses on making the community more livable, more competitive, and more resilient. The Energy Management Program focuses on improving the economic and environmental performance of city government operations.

Alicia has proven success in navigating complex systems and overcoming barriers to cultivate new initiatives and develop them to scale. She effectively leads complicated multi-player endeavors and collaborates successfully to bring about collective change.

Under Alicia's leadership, the City of Richmond has won numerous awards for its sustainability efforts including the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award, First Place Winner, Large City and the Gold Medal, Governor's Environmental Excellence Award.

Alicia has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and she is a LEED AP. She is a member of the national Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and active in several organizations that promote sustainability in the Richmond region.