Board of Directors

Connecting Members to Opportunities

Letter from the Chairman

NHA’s mission in a nutshell is “Connect. Influence. Educate.” These are more than just words on our logo, but reflect what we do for our members and the business community at large. This one simple statement embodies the essence of what NHA is…an association that promotes growth through collaboration between businesses, academia and our elected leadership.

I was inducted as NHA’s Chairman in November 2018, and have served as a volunteer with the Association since 1996. From my personal historical perspective, I see this time as one of growth and opportunity for NHA. From an organizational standpoint, staff has boosted our reach tremendously in the last year – in membership growth and retention, individual outreach opportunities and membership engagement. As we move forward, we continue to build and strengthen our relationships with our public and elected officials, communicating with our state legislature and their staff during the current legislative session.

If you’re an NHA member, let me encourage you to get involved with the Association if you’re not already. Jump right in and attend a committee meeting or two – we’ll even feed you lunch! If you’re not a member, consider joining NHA to engage with the more than 110 member companies and academia to get involved in this historic, dynamic organization. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.

Chris Cotter, PE
Chairman, NHA
Vice President – Transportation
LJA Engineering, Inc.

Executive Committee

Ed Shackelford, P.E.
NHA Vice Chair
Associate Vice President
Greg Simpson
NHA Treasurer
Vesta Rea-Gaubert
NHA Secretary
Darrin Willer, PE, FSAME
Immediate Past Chairman
Vice President

Board Members

Jeff Anderson
Environment Committee Board Liaison
Environmental Department Manager
Sandy Barton, IOM, PCED
Martin Basaldua, MD
Chairman and CEO
Basaldua and Heller, P.A.
Matt Brannen, PE
Senior Project Manager
Louis Evans
Executive Director of Off Campus and Online Coordination
Robb H. Fishman, AICP/REM
SE Environmental Manager of Projects South US Environmental Solutions Lead Buildings, Infrastructure & Advanced Facilities, Americas
Cheryl Gajeske, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tim Joniec
Director of Government Relations
Jeanne Jullien
Vice President
Dan Kolkhorst
Rob Maxwell, P.E.
Leadership - Highways and Transit
Don T. Norrell
Kim Sachtleben, PE
Business Development
Tony Sartori, PE
Vice President
Kyle Scott
Vice Chancellor of Strategic Priorities at Lone Star College
Shelley Serres
Senior Project Manager
Kelley J. Simmons
Development Trends Committee Board Liaison
Senior Vice President | Commercial Lending
Rich Squire, PE
Transportation Committee Board Liaison
Associate Vice President
Neil Thomas