2014 SAAEMA Board Members
President: Vanessa Martinez
Vanessa is a marketing and administrative coordinator with Tetra Tech and has over 15 years of experience in project, proposal and administrative coordination. Her main responsibilities include the preparation of proposals and statements of qualifications at both the local and Federal level. Vanessa is married with four children ranging in ages from 18 to 7. She and her husband, Chris, are both Tucson natives and when they aren’t watching or coaching their kids on the ball field, they are outdoors taking in the Tucson sunshine.
Vice President: Stevie Bongen
Stevie Bongen is the Marketing Administrator at Tierra Right of Way Services, Ltd. Tierra). Stevie joined Tierra in July 2010 and has served on SAAEMA’s Board of Directors since 2012, first as Communications Chair, then as Secretary. She started her career in the engineering, environmental, and professional consulting industry in 2004, and has since been involved with SAAEMA through attendance at various association functions and events. Her main responsibilities at Tierra include proposal development for each of Tierra’s offices at the local, State, and Federal levels; debriefings; Marketing Plan development and implementation; advertising and graphics design; and attendance at industry conferences and events. During her time off, Stevie is an annual Team Captain for the Southern Arizona Walk to End Alzheimer’s and enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvements.
Treasurer: Fernando Galvez, P.E., RCDD, CTM
Fernando is Principal and President of Monrad Engineering, Inc. He has 36 years of experience (29) years with the firm in electrical engineering. Fernando is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BSEE and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Nevada. He is also a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with extensive experience in audio-visual, access control, intrusion detection, surveillance and telecommunications systems design for smaller and multi-million dollar projects.
Secretary: Megan Banning
Megan is a marketing coordinator with four years of experience in Kimley-Horn’s Tucson office. She provides marketing and technical writing support to Kimley-Horn’s six offices throughout the Mountain Region, with a focus on transportation projects. Her experience includes technical writing, editing, desktop publishing, and developing multimedia presentations for clients throughout Arizona. As part of these efforts, Megan often coordinates with graphic design production. Her marketing experience includes producing proposals, interactive presentations, brochures, flyers, and trade show booths.
Past President: Matt Sage
Matt is the Marketing Director for Western Technologies and has over 8 years of experience in Business Development and Marketing. Over the past 8 years, Matt has played an integral role in generating leads, developing and tracking proposals, creating statements of qualifications, as well as providing administrative and marketing support for Western Technologies. During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his 6-year old! Whether at the park playing soccer or baseball or in the backyard smoking meat and flying remote controlled helicopters, they are sure to be just having fun.
Programs Chair: Tommy Roof
Tommy has spent his career in the building industry, having started as a draftsman in 1973. Since then he has worked for several contractors, starting in the field as a laborer. He started with his current employer, W.E. O’Neil Construction Company, in 1984 and has served as a field engineer, project superintendent, project manager, estimator, project executive, and currently holds the position of vice president. Tommy, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a native Tucsonan and he and his wife Susan have been married for 29 years. They have four children, ages 18 through 25. Tommy is an avid Arizona Wildcats fan and enjoys golf, traveling with his family, and being involved in organizations giving back to his community.
Education Chair: Ron Schneider, P.E., S.E.
Ron Schneider founded Schneider Structural Engineers 13 years ago. Ron has 27 years of experience in structural engineering and is highly skilled in seismic designs for building structures. He is active in the business development for Schneider Structural Engineers besides doing a lot of the engineering the firm requires thought out the Country. Ron is married with one child and is a graduate of Sahuaro High School and Pima College in Tucson and has a BS degree in Architectural Engineering form Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo CA.
Membership Chair: Brad Steninger
Brad began working for Southwest Gas Corporation on Jan. 2nd 1985. His current title is Energy Analyst. During his long career he has held many titles but all of them revolved around serving the design/build community. He has been active in many groups, including but not limited to, ASHRAE, CCIM, and of course SAAEMA. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree from the U of A and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He has two children and is about to become a grandfather. He enjoys traveling and riding bicycles with his wife Claudia.
Communications Chair: Regina Beem, P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP
Regina Beem is a project manager at Psomas with over 16 years of experience. Regina is
responsible for client coordination, planning and design of projects requiring civil engineering services for developers and public agencies, compiling proposals, QA/QC and plan review, project quality control, and managing and coordinating a staff of engineers, designers, and drafters. Regina is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Regina is married with two children and both she and her husband are native Tucsonans.
Marketing Clinic Chair: Russ Blankenship
Russ Blankenship, President, Reproductions, Inc. joined the Repro crew in 1979 as a driver. He then began to work with old fashioned blueprints (ammonia, those were the days) trading in the delivery truck for the front counter and became a Store Manager in the mid 80’s. By the 90′s he was named Operations Manager and in 1998 named Vice President. He finally took the reins as President in 2007. When Russ is not enjoying his work, he is enjoying his family including his beautiful wife of 33 years, Kelly and their two daughters Kayla and Korie. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle, U of A sports (BEAR DOWN) and being with his two Golden Retrievers, Obie and Buddy.