COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY MEANS:
Ensuring the comfort, safety and health of a community by supporting green space for recreation, neighbor engagement opportunities and a high-quality environment.
Petoskey Region Manager
Lucas Porath, PE
I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
The OHM Advisors culture. The enthusiasm that I see in Petoskey as we make connections and integrate with the rest of the firm is energizing!
ON YOUR BUCKET LIST:
Salsa dancing; I want to learn it well enough to break it out in public. My wife, Jane, and I have recently taken a few lessons.
Practice Leader, Sustainability
Jeannette Patterson, PE, ISSP-SA
Our sustainability plans include implementable engineering projects which will have a long term return on investment in both operational costs and natural capital benefits.
PROUDEST SUSTAINABILITY MOMENT:
The sustainable sanitary sewer asset management analysis we did for Jim Nash, Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner. He is a regional sustainability leader and I was very proud of our work.
Ruth Klee, PE
PROUDEST PROJECT MOMENT:
Whenever I drive over the Fairchild Avenue bridge in the City of Kent (Ohio) knowing the positive impact the project had on the community.
WHO I MOST ADMIRE:
My sister, Theresa, who inspires me to be adventurous and travel abroad. And she completely understands my daily need for dark chocolate.
Senior Architectural Technician
Earning the OHM Advisors 2017 Employee of the Year award. This has had a wonderful impact on how I feel about my capabilities.
WHY I DO THIS:
Every project I work on is like working as both archivist and detective. I love researching and assembling all the required parts of a good set of construction documents.
Practice Leader, Site Design
Sean Gillilan, PE, LEED AP
I'M EXCITED ABOUT: Seeing a project go from a vision to a reality, while being involved in the process to facilitate the efforts required to achieve the finished product.
I MOST ADMIRE: My father; he taught me the importance of honest and integrity in life. He also taught me to never sell someone something they do not need or cannot use.
MY PASSION: Traveling the world and discovering new places.
I'M EXCITED ABOUT: New adventures.
I LOOK FORWARD TO: Perhaps cliché, but my career here at OHM Advisors. The opportunities are endless and I can't wait to see what my career path holds.
Kyle Curie, EIT
DREAM JOB: Wine making, a passion of mine. Running a vineyard in a picturesque locale.
NERDIEST PASTIME: Organizing my wine, music & movie inventories in, yep, Excel spreadsheets.
John Hiltz, PE
Director of Human Resources
WHY I DO THIS: To help maximize human-capital potential to create extraordinary results. My life's mission is to learn and develop, inspire, connect, and work with energized and forward-thinking professionals.
Vice President of Architecture
Dan Obrynba, AIA, REFP
MY PASSION: Helping people. Whether it’s providing simple advice, helping someone grow or leading a project from simple ideas through design and implementation, I find it all very rewarding.
Director of Architectural Design
Gary Sebach, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Central Ohio
Infrastructure Asset Planning Specialist
Murat Ulasir, Ph.D., PE
Michael Cousins, GISP
Vice President of Public Engineering
Jon Kramer, PE
Director of CADD Support
Director of Architecture
Harvey Schwager, AIA, NCARB
Ohio Transportation Manager
Frances Rubio Rourke, PE
Al McComb, PE
EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME: Bad news does not get better the longer you wait to tell it. Being honest with a client and quick to discuss problems helps the client understand that you are there for them and are looking out for their best interests.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being selected as a partner at OHM Advisors. I'm flattered and humbled to be sitting at the ownership table with such a talented group.
Director of Planning and Urban Design
Mark Bockrath, PLA, ASLA
MY PASSION: Quality. You have one chance to get it right. Do it right the first time!
I LOOK FORWARD TO: The growth and development of my kids.
Senior Project Manager
Jennifer Drinan, PE
WHO I ADMIRE: Teddy Roosevelt because he created the National Park System. Every time I visit a national park I'm grateful he had the forethought to protect these areas.
BEST VACAY SPOT: Sintra, Portugal.
Director of Environmental and Water Resources
Vicki Putala, PE
Director of Information Technology
Mark Bloom, MCP
WHY I DO THIS: It’s rewarding to hear that I made someone’s job better. My work involves aligning trending technologies with our corporate vision, which is exciting for an IT pro.
FREE TIME FAVE: Anything outdoors.
Kim O’Rear, PE
WHY I DO THIS: I’ve always loved bridges and enjoy watching all the pieces come together during design and construction. I also like the fieldwork for inspections. Getting to spend time inside and outside makes it fun.
Rhett Gronevelt, PE
MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY IN A PERSON: Honesty. Everything builds from that.
FUN FACT: I've been skydiving several times.
BUCKET LIST: My pilot’s license.
WHO I MOST ADMIRE: I don’t think he knows, but my oldest brother. He is very patient, kind, wise, and funny. He inspired me to do my best in sports and school… may even be partly why I became an engineer, as he's one, too.
Senior Project Manager
John Katers, PE
PROUD PM MOMENT: The completion of the Northwestern Connector and the I-75/University DDI. The design journey was extremely challenging, and to see them constructed during the same season was rewarding.
Robert Czachorski, PE
BUCKET LIST: John Muir Trail or the Trans American bike trial. I’d also like to be in the stands for the Olympic 100-meter finals.
FAST FACTOID: I was a Class-A State-Champion hurdler and ran for the University of Michigan.
Director of MEP Engineering
Tracie Williams, PE
WHAT EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME: Be patient! Deal with each day, issue, and opportunity as it comes. Also, people are the most important part of our industry.
Ron Cavallaro, PE
WHY I DO THIS: Because I love it!
WHAT GETS ME EXCITED: My job, seeing others and the company succeed, flowing streams, nature, friends and family.
Director of Transportation
Pat Wingate, PE
MY DEFINITION OF AN ADVISOR: Someone who listens and leverages different expertise to approach challenges.
I'M EXCITED ABOUT: Finding solutions. Rugby. Aviation.
Director of Municipal Engineering
Kent Early, PE
WHY I DO THIS: I like to offer insight on the types of decisions that will impact my children’s future.
WHAT EXCITES ME: A clean sheet of ice for hockey, the crack of a bat on a baseball, Jeep weather, helping others grow professionally and personally.
Vice President of Planning, Urban Design and Development
Jim Houk, ASLA, AICP
MY DEFINITION OF AN ADVISOR: Someone who puts his or her ego aside to step into a client’s skin. This allows broader thinking and adds value to all aspects of a project.
Director of Field Services
Chris Lamus, PS
WHY I DO THIS: The everyday challenges. Each day is a new adventure.
EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME: Never rush to judgment.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
MOST ADMIRE: Anyone with the courage to do right thing. Abraham Lincoln.
GUILTY INDULENCE: Binge watching Netflix until I can’t do it anymore.
VP, Corporate Services
Dan Fredendall, PE
EXPERIENCE HAS TAUGHT ME: Slow down, look for a comprehensive solution, and always involve others in brainstorming. Listen, ask questions, and then move forward. Also, in the end, my wife is always right.
Columbus Engineering Manager
Aaron Call, PE
WHY I DO THIS: I love my team and get excited about coming to work at a place that views challenges as opportunities to do something great.
LAST LOL MOMENT: Hard to say. I do a lot of embarrassing stuff, so I laugh at myself at least once a day.