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President



Christopher J. Menna, PE


Chris is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Design, and Construction at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he teaches undergraduate and certificate construction management and technology courses. He has over 17 years of heavy civil design and construction experience, mostly with bridges. For the past 14 years, Chris has been employed by the City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets, Bridge Section. He currently serves as Engineer of Design – one of the Assistants to the Chief Bridge Engineer. In this position, he manages the in-house design capabilities of the unit and is responsible to produce complete plans, specification, and estimate packages for all City owned bridges. In addition, he oversees the bridge rating program for some 160 structures, as well as managing the oversize/overweight hauling permit program for the City. In addition, Chris has also operated his own part-time consulting business, Menna Engineers and Associates, since 2002.

Chris has been very active in the Delaware Valley Engineering Community for well over 15 years. He has been heavily involved with Philadelphia ASCE and has held positions of YMF President and Section President. He currently serves as a Region 2 Governor. Chris has been on the Board of the Engineers’ Club for nine years. Chris’ interests have primarily been Engineers Week events, Engineers Week Banners, Science Fairs, Future City, and other service events. He is a 2002 Mulford-Neal-Payne (now the Walter G. Neal Memorial) Scholarship recipient and the 2003 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year.

Chris obtained a MS in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in December 1999. He also earned an AS in Civil Engineering Technology from Spring Garden College in December 1991 as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from Temple University in May 1994. Chris lives with his wife Felicia, daughter Emilia, and son Christopher, Jr. in the Roxborough Section of Philadelphia. His wife Felicia is a homemaker and part-time teacher. While many of Chris’ immediate family are mechanically inclined and have worked in the automotive and machining trades, he is the first engineer in his family.


President-Elect

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Carol Rose, PMP


Carol is a Senior Associate / Senior Engineering Operations Manager at STV Incorporated. She is a project manager with over 20 years of experience managing and reviewing rail vehicle procurement, overhaul, and quality upgrade programs. Her expertise encompasses project management and engineering support for the full lifecycle of a project, from project feasibility, specification development and procurement support through engineering design review, inspection, testing, commissioning, and warranty support. She joined the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia to network with colleagues in the industry and has been a member of the Board since 2014. Carol, a native Philadelphian, graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Carol is active in her community, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Northeast Region Council, member of the WTS International Advisory Board, and Development Council Advisor of The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. Carol lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband and son.

Immediate Past President

Christopher Holliday, PE


Chris is a Senior Vice President and manages the National Vehicle Engineering practice for STV Incorporated. Chris serves as the office manager for STV’s Philadelphia office, home to 85 engineering professionals.

Chris has a passion for the role that engineers serve in society and has been working to improve human mobility throughout his career.

With 30 years of engineering experience, Chris is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in Pennsylvania. Chris is a member of the American Passenger Transportation Association (APTA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE). Chris has been a member of the Engineers Club of Philadelphia since 2006 and has been a member of the Engineers Club Board since 2012. Chris was appointed to a two year term as President of the Engineers Club in 2018.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Chris is a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley and a pilot since the age of 14, Chris’s hobby activities also include automotive club participation, extending the “planes, trains and automobiles” approach that he takes in life. Chris is married to his college sweetheart, Valerie Holliday, a Professional Geologist and they have two grown children, Hannah and Zach.

 

Vice President

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Kevin Brown, EIT


Kevin Brown is a Site Construction Manager for Vaughan Buckley Construction where he’s responsible for the management and coordination of site excavation, foundation installation, and stormwater management implementation for modular building construction in and around the Philadelphia area. He previously worked for Urban Engineers where he recently served as an Assistant Resident Engineer on the $119 Million I-95/PA Turnpike Interchange Project in Bristol, PA. Kevin received his Bachelors and Master’s degree in civil engineering from Widener University in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Mr. Brown currently chairs the Club’s Committee on Younger Members and organizes the Annual Engineers’ Night with the 76ers. In addition to his involvement with the Engineers’ Club, he’s heavily involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where he’s the currently the second Past-President of the local Younger Member Forum, and the ACE Mentor Program where he serves as a Board Member and mentor. He also is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America.

Treasurer

Mary Pat Tumelty, PE


Mary Pat (MP) Tumelty, PE is a Staff Engineer at Pennoni’s headquarters in Philadelphia in their Transportation Division.  With nearly 10 years of experience she primarily designs a variety of highway, utility, and green street infrastructure projects throughout Philadelphia and Southeast PA. She attended Drexel University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources. 

Mary Pat is a third generational member of the Engineer’s Club of Philadelphia.  MP joined ECP in high school and is proud to continue the tradition that started with her maternal grandfather, Stanley Duckworth, and continued by her mother, Denise Duckworth Tumelty, who is purportedly one of the first female club members.  In addition to being on the Engineer’s Club Board, MP is currently on Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s (MSJA) Alumnae Board.  She is an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) serving on their finance and membership committees.  Additionally, she is involved with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASCE-Younger Member Forum (YMF), and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners.  In her free time, she enjoys walks with her dog Ginger, attending concerts, and taking Scenic Byway road trips.

Secretary

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Catherine Martsolf


Coming from Temple University, Catherine Martsolf, EIT, LEED Green Associate is a dedicated member of Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia! Catherine holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and specializes in hazardous waste and site remediation. She serves on the Board of Directors and supports the Club in both K-12 outreach and professional development initiatives. Among other activities, Catherine serves on the board of the Philadelphia section of Society of Women Engineers (SWE). At the society level, Catherine serves on two committees in SWE and the Local Activities Council for the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI). In her spare time, Catherine volunteers for her local Girl Scouts troop, the environmental ethics committee in her local borough, and other Philadelphia engineering societies! 


Fun Fact: She has ran 9 half marathons!

Directors

Vince DeFlavia, PE


Vince DeFlavia is currently in the role as a Regional Leader for Traffic and ITS Operations for Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD).  Vince has 25 years of A/E/C industry experience and will now be responsible for the development and direct management in the planning, design, construction, and/or maintenance of projects specifically related to Traffic Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) related elements.  He recently made the return to TPD after working for Bentley Systems as Sales Director for their North American Project Delivery Team. With Bentley's focus on transportation engineering software solutions, and his focus on client service, his role at Bentley provided him  the opportunity to continue and expand his experience and relationships in the A/E/C industry.  Prior to Bentley Systems, Mr. DeFlavia served as a Highways/Signals Project Manager in his first stint (twelve years) with TPD and four years before that were spent with the City of Philadelphia Streets Department, Traffic Engineering Division.
Mr. DeFlavia has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering, both from Villanova University.  He also serves on the Board for Villanova University's Engineering Alumni Society and is a Past President for both the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Colonial Districts of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE). Within his community, he serves as a Board Member of the Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and was involved as a coach and athletic director with the St. Eleanor CYO program for over fourteen years.

Vince has been married for just about 20 years, resides in Collegeville, PA with his wife and two teenage daughters, enjoys playing golf, watching sports, exercising at the gym or on an outdoor run, and spending time at the beach in Ocean City New Jersey.
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James Porter, Jr.

 

James B. Porter, Jr. was chief engineer and vice president - Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement. Jim joined the company in 1966 as a chemical engineer in the engineering service division in Newark, Delaware. He left the same year for a tour in the United States Army and returned in April, 1968 as a technical services engineer at the  Chattanooga, Tennessee fibers plant. Over his 40+ year career with DuPont, Jim held more than 20 technical and leadership roles.

Jim has served as chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and he was the 2004 recipient of CII's Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Achievement Award and in 2007 he was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award. In 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH's "James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership."   He is a member of the National Academy of Construction and was on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors.

 

Today, Jim is the founder and President of Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, capital effectiveness and operations productivity.

 

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.

E. Mitchell Swann, PE, LEED AP


Mitchell’s career includes the analysis, evaluation and design of complex systems across a wide range of industries and buildings types including commercial, institutional and industrial facilities with a special focus on high-tech and critical facilities.  He has chaired and been an active member of numerous technical committees and been a contributing author and editor for a number of technical publications and journals.

He is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally and is a listed member of the speakers’ bureau in the Distinguished Lecturer program of ASHRAE.  He is a regular presenter on Green Building and Sustainability issues, Design – Build Project Execution, Integrated Project Delivery and Building Energy Efficiency and has conducted programs in the UAE, India, Pakistan and Vietnam as well as New York, Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  He is a contributing author to the ASHRAE “Green Guide – The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings” and co-author of the ASHRAE Survival Guide to Design|Build Project Execution.


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Emily Hoffman, PE


Emily is a Manager at McCormick Taylor in Traffic Engineering with more than 10 years of professional experience.   Emily has a demonstrated history of leading projects that span traffic studies, operational and capacity analyses, and the preparation of design plans from preliminary engineering through construction. Her work on traffic studies has included Traffic Impact Study reviews, crash data analyses, data collection programs, pedestrian studies, origin-destination studies, trip distribution and detailed capacity analysis. She has extensive microsimulation modeling experience using Vissim software and is the company’s expert. 

Emily graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She is a licensed Engineer in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland.

Emily is an active volunteer in the profession. She participates annually in the Futures Cities Competition, recently completed a two-year term as Secretary for the Engineers Club of Philadelphia, is the Outreach Chair for MASITE, and is on the WTS TransportationYOU committee.  Emily resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.


Dennis Wilson, PE


Dennis works for McCormick Taylor as an Associate Project Manager in Transportation Engineering and has more than 8 years of highway and traffic engineering experience. Based in McCormick Taylor’s Philadelphia headquarters, Dennis is a registered Professional Engineer in both Pennsylvania and Florida, leading design efforts on jobs in both the greater Philadelphia area and the southwest Florida area out of their Fort Myers office. His project experience has included intersection improvements, highway rehabilitations, and interchange reconstructions. Dennis also helps to manage the PennDOT District 6 HOP Review contract and the City of Philadelphia On-Call ADA contract. Dennis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his senior design project in Ecuador, in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a concentration in Structural Engineering.

Dennis has been involved with the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia for about 5 years now, mostly through his participation in the Committee on Younger Members before accepting the role of Secretary and formally join the Board in June of 2018. In addition to his involvement with the Club, Dennis is also on the ASCE Philadelphia YMF Board, currently serving as the Vice President. Dennis is also a member of ASCE’s Committee on Younger Members. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys traveling, cheering on the Philly sports teams (and Pitt Panthers - Hail to Pitt!), playing sports (ice hockey, golf, softball), and checking out new restaurants around the city with friends. Dennis lives in Folsom with his girlfriend, Bridget, and their two cats, Maci and Miles.
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Briana Earle, PE


Briana is a Project Engineer at Langan in their Doylestown office. At Langan she is part of the Traffic group where she works closely with PennDOT, Municipalities and clients working on the design and compiling of plans for Highway Occupancy Permits. She also is the current President- Elect for the American Society of Civil Engineers Philadelphia Section. Briana received her BS in Civil Engineering and her ME in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Spring of 2013.
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Eleanor Small, Ph. D.


Eleanor F. Small, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Future of Self-Care department, which focuses on alternative business models and translational science for innovation. She leads global cross functional teams responsible for product design/development, scale up, launch, and life cycle management of new and current products. She started her career at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health 7.5 years and has worked with both Oral Care and Wound Care in End-to-End Product Development and Life Cycle Management supporting J&J’s iconic Listerine®, Band-Aid® and Neosporin® brands, as well as leading one of the a Wound Care early stage research platforms. Eleanor received her BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. She received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Drexel University in June, 2012. Eleanor is passionate about S.T.E.M education, especially for young women. During her graduate studies she received an NSF GK-12 fellowship to work with Philadelphia public high school teachers to enhance STEM curriculum. Upon starting at J&J in 2013, she joined the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) employee group. Eleanor firmly believes education does not end at graduation, which is why she has been actively involved with the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers Delaware Valley Chapter (ISPE-DVC). Ellie joined ISPE-DVC in 2013 and currently serves as President for the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 years. In February of 2019, Ellie was awarded the Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year by the DV Engineers’ Week committee.
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Thomas C. Yankanich, CPA


Tom has a wide range of experience providing business advisory and traditional audit and accounting services to a variety of businesses, including government contractors, engineers, architects, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Tom serves as the audit director on several of Kreischer Miller’s employee benefit plan engagements. He also serves as a member of the firm’s ESOP Group. Tom has assisted clients with various business advisory services including acquisition due diligence, quality of earnings reporting, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan advisory services, and bank refinancing. For Government Contractors, Tom specializes in ensuring clients are compliant with Federal Acquisition Regulations and preparing overhead audits for DOTs and other state and federal agencies. As a part of the Government Contracting Industry Group, Tom works with a number of Department of Defense contractors and many contractors supporting second tier government organizations such as Homeland Security. Tom has experience in the preparation of and consulting clients on their Incurred Cost Submissions. He also work with a number of professional service firms that support State Departments. For Architectural and Engineering clients, Tom is very involved in looking at year-end tax planning for his professional service clients to determine that they are taking advantage of the cash basis method of accounting for tax purposes and the potential tax credits that they may be eligible. Tom serves on Kreischer Miller’s Training Committee and is an instructor for Kreischer Miller’s in-house professional training seminars.