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 ACEC Colorado Installs 2020-21 Elected Board of Directors
   Karlene Thomas, PE President
Karlene Thomas, PE (Pinyon Environmental – Colorado Springs, CO) will serve as president and accepted the gavel virtually from Past President Brad Doyle, PE (Atkins – Denver) during the ceremony. Additional board members include Bill Green, PE (The RMH Group – Lakewood, CO) as vice-president; Gary Clark, PE (Muller Engineering
– Lakewood, CO) as secretary-treasurer; and Peter Monroe, PE (Monroe & Newell Engineers, Now IMEG – Denver) as the ACEC National director from Colorado.
The Denver metro area directors are:
Dean Bradley, PE (Felsburg Holt & Ullevig – Centennial)
Greg Kishiyama, PE (Farnsworth Group – Greenwood Village) Jack Petersen, PE (Martin/Martin – Lakewood)
Kara Swanson (David Evans & Associates – Denver)
Scott Asher, PE (Wilson & Company – Colorado Springs, CO) is the south area director; Dan Overton, PE (Engineering Analytics – Fort Collins, CO) will serve as the north area director; and John Sikora, PE (AECOM – Glenwood Springs, CO) is the west area director.
During her incoming president’s speech at the annual meeting, Thomas delivered the following message, “I believe that the key to thriving in uncertain times and an unknown future is to push the envelope. My goal as
president of ACEC Colorado is to advocate for engineers to be messy problem dissolvers, to transform ourselves to embrace technology and to be pioneers.”
In addition to this advocacy for change, Thomas also focused on ACEC Colorado’s new mission statement, “To advance a business environment that helps consulting engineering firms thrive,” and highlights from its forthcoming strategic plan, scheduled for release in July.
RK Expands Leadership with Dynamic Additions
RK, a leader in the construction, manufacturing and service industries, has added two new key employees to their Denver office.
Marc Nikoden, Vice President of Operations for RK Mechanical, joined RK in March of this year. He was previously the president of Hess Mechanical in the Washington DC metro area. Marc came to us with 25 years of experience in the mechanical industry,
the first 16 years of which
he served as an engineering officer for the U.S. Navy. Marc graduated from Fort Hays
State University in Kansas with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. He later went on to the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania to earn his Master of Public Policy (MPPM) degree. In addition, Marc also became a Kellogg Executive Scholar and received a certificate in leadership management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.
Lisa Ponder, Vice President of Human Resources, joined RK in February of this year. She has over 25 years of experience in supporting the construction industry as an employment attorney, HR Consultant and HR executive. She developed high performing HR teams
for a family-owned specialty
contractor based in Vail, an EPC water/wastewater company headquartered in Broomfield, and an international industrial plant
contractor with its North American headquarters in Greenwood Village. She also owned and operated an HR/Legal Consulting firm for nine years. Lisa started her career as an employment litigation attorney in California.
  Marc Nikoden
Lisa Ponder
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