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
Sr. Vice President – Transportation
LJA Engineering, Inc.

Executive Committee

Ed Shackelford, P.E.
NHA Vice Chair
Director of Utility Operations 


Jeanne Jullien
NHA Treasurer
Vice President


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
Martin Basaldua, MD
Chairman and CEO
Basaldua and Heller, P.A.
amegy bank of texas logo
Annie Bradbury
Senior Vice President | Private Banking
Matt Brannen, PE
Senior Project Manager
John Dean, AICP
Associate Vice President
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
Jeff Jones
President and General Manager
Tim Joniec
Director of Government Relations
Michael Kasmiersky, CPM
Dan Kolkhorst P.E.
Leslie Martone, IOM
Dimitri Millas
Senior Counsel
Kim Sachtleben, PE
Business Development
Tony Sartori, PE
Vice President
Kyle Scott, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Strategic Priorities at Lone Star College
Shelley Serres
Senior Project Manager

Greg Simpson
Rich Squire, PE
Transportation Committee Board Liaison
Associate Vice President
Daniel Villanueva
Vice President Enrollment Management
Enrollment Management
Richard A. Zientek
Sr. Director Public Affairs