ACEC/L FALL CONFERENCE
2021 Fall Conference Shedule of Events
OPENING ADDRESS - LEADERSHIP
LSU ATHLETICS AMBASSADOR
HEAD BASEBALL COACH (Retired)
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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Paul Mainieri was born in Morgantown, WV where he starred at Christopher Columbus high school as a second baseman and earned a playing berth at LSU. Mainieri attended LSU in 1976, transferred to Miami-Cade Community College, and then on to the University of New Orleans. He received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Florida International University in 1980 and a M.S. in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in 1982.
Mainieri begin his coaching career in Florida as the head coach of the St. Thomas University Bobcats where he was the winningest coach in St. Thomas history and was inducted into the St. Thomas Hall of Fame, his number 1 jersey was retired, and the Bobcats’ field was named in his honor.
This exceptional performance led him to the United States Air Force Academy and then to Notre Dame, leading the Fighting Irish to one College World Series appearance.
Ultimately, all of this success led the LSU Fighting Tigers to hire Coach Mainieri as its head coach in 2007. Coach Mainieri coached LSU to the 2008 College World Series Championship and received the 2009 Coach of the Year award from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the 2009 Coach of the Year award by Baseball America.
In 2015, Mainieri also received the National Coach of the Year award from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the Skip Bertman Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation.
After 15 years with LSU, Mainieri retired in 2021 with the third-highest winning percentage in SEC history.
Coach Mainieri and his wife Karen continue to call Baton Rouge home.
LOUISIANA COASTAL PROTECTION
AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY
Lawrence Bren Haase was appointed CPRA’s Executive Director in January 2019. He holds degrees in marine biology from Auburn University and a Master’s in oceanography/coastal sciences from Louisiana State University.
Bren’s experience spans 20 years of working in coastal wetlands ecology, restoration and regulation in the private sector as well as in federal and state government. At CPRA he has served as Deputy Executive Director, Division Chief of Planning and Research, and as lead author of the 2017 Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
He also served as CPRA’s representative on the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Program, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Program, and the Beneficial Use of Dredged Material Program.
His work has garnered attention and awards, including the 2017 Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year, presented by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation; the 2011 Sue Hawes Memorial Coastal Stewardship Award presented by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) for working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Louisiana Coastal Area Louisiana Ecosystem Restoration Study; and CRCL’s Coastal Stewardship Award for embracing a spirit of cooperation and dedication toward a shared vision for coastal restoration.
STATE WATER REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAMS
DAN MACDONALD, P.E., MBA
LDH DWRLF PROGRAM ENGINEER
Dan MacDonald, P.E., M.B.A. has been an Environmental Engineer with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) Safe Drinking Water Program (SDWP) for over 18 years. Beginning in January 2003, Mr. MacDonald served as the Technical Program Manager/Engineer for LDH/OPH/SDWP. In June 2005, he joined the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF) staff as a Project Engineer. Currently, Mr. MacDonald serves as the DWRLF Program Engineer, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Coordinator for DWRLF, and the Davis Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) Contracting Officer for DWRLF.
Prior to working for the State in 2003, Mr. MacDonald had an extensive career in the private sector as a Consultant Engineer for Environmental and Civil Engineering firms in Louisiana and Virginia. His consultant engineering work included wastewater treatment system and industrial plant fueling facility designs; environmental assessments (EAs); underground/aboveground storage tank (UST/AST) installation, removal, and remediation; lead/asbestos abatement; environmental risk-evaluation and corrective action plans; monitoring well, recovery well, and remediation system installations and operations, and groundwater/soil remediation projects.
Mr. MacDonald was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School. In May of 1998, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Environmental Engineering. In January 2004, Mr. MacDonald became a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the State of Louisiana, as well as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, the Louisiana Engineering Society, and the Water Environment Federation. In August of 2009, Mr. MacDonald received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business.
SCOTT TEMPLET, P.E.
LA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
WATER PLANNING & ASSESSMENT DIVISION
Scott J. Templet, P.E. is an engineer manager with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and is a licensed professional environmental engineer in Louisiana. Scott’s role involves two programs at LDEQ: the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) programs. Scott has been involved with the TMDL program since 2017 and has been an engineer with the CWSRF program at LDEQ since 2009. He had previous work experience with the Small Business Assistance Program for nearly 6 ½ years and the Air Permits Division for nearly 3 ½ years. Scott started working for LDEQ in 2005 as an Engineer Intern with the Solid Waste Engineering section. Prior to working for LDEQ, Scott spent 2 years with the Department of Health and Hospitals as an Engineer Intern with the Drinking Water Program. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from LSU in 2002.
DR. SHAWN WILSON
LOUISIANA DOTD'S SECRETARY
Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.
Since his appointment, Dr. Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.
Under his leadership, DOTD was successful at securing and obligating nearly $150 million additional Federal dollars for I-10 widening from I-49 to New Orleans, for the Baton Rouge I-10 bottleneck, and for the shortest Design Build procurement in the state’s history is underway to widen I-10 from Highland Road to LA 73. In addition, under his leadership, DOTD has been able to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, focus efforts on advancing passenger rail, and helping launch bike share in Baton Rouge, LA.
The DOTD has turned its focus to procuring $650 million in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.
Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ADVOCACY AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Steve joined ACEC in 2001, and currently serves as Senior Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs. He is a fourteen-year veteran on Capitol Hill, most recently as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congresswoman Sue Kelly (R-NY). Prior to joining the Kelly office in 1995, Steve served for two years as Senior Legislative Assistant on the staff of Congressman Bill Zeliff (R-NH), where he handled the Congressman's work on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Government Operations Committees. He also handled transportation and infrastructure issues for Congressman Matthew Rinaldo through congressional consideration and passage of ISTEA in 1991. He began his Hill career in 1987 as a legislative assistant in the office of Congressman John Hiler (R-IN). An avid hunter and angler, Steve lives with his wife Terre and daughter Sarah in McLean, VA. Sarah is in her second year in the engineering program at the University of Virginia.
FACILITIES AND WATER SECTOR PROGRAM OUTLOOK
DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION
Mark is Assistant Commissioner with the Division of Administration, Office of the Governor, with responsibilities over the Office of Facility Planning and Control, the Office of State Buildings and the Office of State Lands. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a registered professional engineer.
Mark is a Louisiana native and a career state employee with over 39 years of service with the Department of Transportation and Development, the LSU Office of Facility Services, and with the Office of Facility Planning and Control. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Mark to the Office Facilities Corporation and he was reappointed by Governor John Bel Edwards.
Mark was also appointed to the Climate Initiatives Task Force by Governor Edwards. Mark is also working with the Administration and Legislature on the Water Sector Program, the Louisiana Tourism Revival Program and the Louisiana Port Relief Program, all within the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
OFFICE OF FACILITY PLANNING AND CONTROL
Jason Sooter, a native of Pineville, graduated from LSU in 1981 with a degree in architecture. Upon graduation, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he had his own architectural firm for 17 years. It grew from a one-man operation to a firm responsible for more than 200 constructed projects in Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean Islands. His body of work encompasses historic renovation, adaptive reuse, and rehabilitation work as well as additions and new construction. The American Institute of Architects has cited many of his projects for design excellence, and several architectural and construction magazines have published his work. In his spare time, Jason enjoys refurbishing old English sports cars and spending time with his family.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LAPELS
Donna is the Executive Director for the Louisiana Engineering and Land Surveying Board since 2005. In addition to overseeing a staff of 10 employees, much of her time is spent making outreach presentations on the Importance of Licensure at the 8 Louisiana schools with engineering and surveying programs. She also makes presentations on the laws, rules and professional ethics at various technical and professional societies.
She is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, with a degree in Political Science/Public Administration. She has also worked for the Louisiana Press Association and the College of Engineering at LSU.
She is married to Will Sentell, a newspaper reporter with the Baton Rouge Advocate. They have two sons and a granddaughter.
JOE H. HARMAN, P.E.
Mr. Joe H. Harman, P.E. is the Technical Advisor to the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board in Baton Rouge. He is also President/Managing Member of Joe H. Harman and Associates, LLC in Baton Rouge. Mr. Harman obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering (1965) and a Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (1972) from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Harman is a licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana (Civil and Environmental), Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Mr. Harman was Executive Vice President of Professional Engineering Consultants Corporation (PEC) of Baton Rouge and retired from PEC in 2006 with thirty (30) years of service. Mr. Harman is a retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps Captain. Mr. Harman is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Water Works Association. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Sociey/NSPE and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana (ACEC/L). He is a fellow of ACEC and a past President of the ACEC/L. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation and the Society of American Military Engineers.
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