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    2020-2021 SMPS San Francisco Bay Area Board of Directors!

    We are pleased to announce the SMPS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 2020/2021 Board of Directors! The board term runs September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021. The incoming board has spent the summer planning for the new board year through two virtual strategic planning sessions, reviewing our 3-year strategic plan, and creating goals and objectives for 2020-21.


    Allison Halvorson, CPSM | President
    Communications Manager, McMillen Jacobs Associates

    Allison is the Communications Manager for McMillen Jacobs Associates, a multidisciplinary firm providing a comprehensive array of technical services to the heavy civil, underground, and water resources markets. She has over 20 years of broad-based marketing and communications experience. She believes in SMPS’s vision, Business Transformed through Marketing Leadership, and enjoys helping members and volunteers learn, grow, and connect. Allison lives in Walnut Creek with her 17-year old son who is a senior in high school! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Mad Men 

    Shannon Daggett, CPSM | President-Elect
    Marketing Manager, Langan
    Shannon is the Marketing Manager for Langan, an engineering and environmental consulting firm that supports land development projects, corporate real estate portfolios, and the oil and gas industry. She has over 20 years of experience, the past 10 in the AEC industry. Having spent the past two years as the Sponsorship Committee Director, Shannon is excited to take on the President-Elect role for 2020-21. Shelter-in-Place Binge Recommendation: Killing Eve 

    Susie Smith, CPSM | Immediate Past President
    Director of Marketing, Blitz
    Susie is the Director of Marketing for Blitz, an architecture and interior design firm that crafts tailored projects for creative companies. She is a highly accomplished professional services and consumer products marketer with over 20 years of experience. As Immediate Past President, she will continue to support the 2020-21 board in an advisory role. She lives in Oakland with her husband and newly adopted pup, Howard. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Michael Jordan’s Last Dance

    Hannah Mobarekeh | Secretary
    Business Development Manager, Associate, Mazzetti

    Hannah leads client development across Mazzetti’s Pacific region. A major part of her role is positioning the firm to have a competitive advantage for new healthcare facilities in development. Mazzetti specializes in MEP design for mission critical facilities. She credits a strong network within industry organizations as a major contributor to her professional growth.This is Hannah’s second year as Executive Board Secretary; prior to that, she shaped SFBAC’s communications for two years as Communications Director. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Little Fires Everywhere

    Christina Benedict | Treasurer
    Operations Accounting, Swinerton
    Having recently moved into an accounting role for Swinerton, Christina is well positioned to support the SMPS SFBAC Chapter as Treasurer. Swinerton provides construction services throughout the United States, delivering innovative solutions to clients across every sector, in every industry. Previously the Membership Committee Director, this is Christina’s second year on the board. She has a passion for helping others and loves the supportive network that SMPS provides. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Rupaul’s Drag Race



    Marika Docous | Communications Director
    Business Development Associate, Guidepost Solutions

    Marika is a Business Development Associate at Guidepost Solutions which offers global investigations, compliance, monitoring, and security and technology consulting solutions. Going into her second year as Communications Committee Director, she is looking forward to growing the committee and providing creative communications solutions to the Chapter. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Buy a Peloton and/or use the Peloton App! Ask about her favorite instructors! 

    Karen Roberson, CPSM | Communications Director
    Pursuit Manager, Stantec
    Karen Roberson is a Pursuit Manager at Stantec with over over two decades of AEC experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stantec is a global design firm of architects, engineers, scientists, and project managers, with a focus on community, creativity, and client relationships. Returning to her role as Communications Director, she is looking forward to working with Marika for another year to lead the Chapter’s communications strategy. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Derry Girls

    Jillian Grabenstein, ENV SP | Membership Director
    Strategic Pursuits Coordinator, Harris & Associates

    Jillian joins the SMPS SFBAC Board as Membership Director, having volunteered on the Membership Committee for over three years. She is a Strategic Pursuits Coordinator at Harris & Associates, a firm that provides planning, funding, environmental, civil design, and construction management services throughout the West Coast. Jillian started her SMPS journey as a student member and enjoys helping members further their professional development and get involved.  Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Baking lemon meringue pies. Ask her for her recipe!

    Melissa Glickman | Membership Director
    Marketing & Business Development, ENGEO

    Melissa Glickman is a Marketing & Business Development professional at ENGEO, a comprehensive provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geology, hydrology, construction quality assurance, and laboratory testing services. She is excited to join the board after volunteering on the membership committee for two years. Melissa’s background is in sales and event planning, and she found SMPS invaluable when changing careers. When not working, Melissa enjoys west coast swing dancing, working with horses, and practicing her BBQ skills! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Netflix Original Series Ozark

    Julia Oseland, CPSM, ACC | Outreach & Development Director
    Executive Coaching and Consulting

    With over 20 years in the AEC industry as a marketer and business developer, Julia now uses her business acumen as a business consultant and certified coach. Working with both individuals and teams, she helps them identify their business and personal goals. Going into her second year as O&D Director, she looks forward to connecting members, navigating hurdles, and solving challenges. Ask Julia how she survived SIP with a microwave and a toaster oven in the garage for 6 months - she was in the middle of a kitchen remodel in March! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Netflix, Outlander

    Devon Bacon | Outreach & Development Director
    Business Development Manager, BKF
    Devon is a Business Development Manager at BKF – a firm that provides engineering, surveying, and land planning services to a wide variety of clients. She is excited to join the board as Outreach & Development Director and is looking forward to supporting our members through programs like Mentoring Pathways, Business Leaders Forum, CPSM Study Group, and SMPS Gives Back. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Tiger King


    Lillian Martin | Programs Director
    Senior Administrative Manager, Swinerton 
    As a Senior Administrative Manager at Swinerton, Lillian likes to say that good administrators are like ducks. They always look so calm - you never see how hard they’re working under water! She joins the board as Programs Director after having served in multiple volunteer positions on both the Programs and Membership committees. She is excited to help plan programs that support member learning and growth.  In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes and collecting Le Creuset cookware! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Curb Your Enthusiasm

    Tyler Chartier | Programs Director
    Owner, Tyler Chartier Photography

    Tyler Chartier is a commercial photographer and educator who shoots architecture and people for regional and national companies. He helps clients build stories that create strong connections between their brand and their audience. Joining the Board as Programs Director, Tyler is passionate about our SMPS community and being able to contribute to the success of our members. He lives in Petaluma with his wife, 2 sons, 1 dog, 2 cats and 14 chickens! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Game of Thrones (the books!)

    Katelyn Surprenant | Sponsorship Director
    Business Development, DCI Engineers
    Katelyn Surprenant is a Business Development professional for DCI Engineers, an engineering consultant providing structural engineering services in the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than six years of A/E/C industry experience, she naturally applies her communications and anthropology background when pursuing and strengthening relationships for DCI. She is a passionate environmentalist and will jump on any chance to get out into nature! Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Buy a bicycle and start exploring your neighborhood!

    Brittney Brown | Sponsorship Director
    Marketer, SmithGroup

    Brittney steps up to the position of Sponsorship Director for the 2020-21 year. She has been a volunteer on the committee for the past two years and played an integral part of the sponsor experience. Brittney is a Marketer with SmithGroup, an award-winning, ulti-national organization that employs research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Brittney enjoys cycling and sewing, and has recently been sewing face masks to help with COVID-19 safety efforts. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: How to Get Away with Murder



    Marion Thatch, FSMPS, CPCC | Chapter Advisor
    Consultant, Distinction in Marketing
    Marion has been a Chapter Advisor for many years. A Past-President and SMPS Fellow, she has been involved with SMPS since 1987 in multiple roles at both the Chapter and Society level. An expert at strategic planning and executive coaching, she is a marketing consultant who provides clients with high-level marketing expertise and training. Marion believes in giving back and enjoys staying active with SMPS to help others grow and become leaders. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Fargo

    Kim Pipkin | Chapter Advisor - Diversity & Inclusion
    Consultant, Black Kite Consulting
    We’re excited to have Kim Pipkin join the chapter in a newly-created advisor position for Diversity and Inclusion. Working with the Board, committee members, and volunteers, she will facilitate a shared vision and responsibility for advancing inclusionary goals in the AEC industry. With over 30 years of experience, Kim is highly skilled at positioning companies to generate revenue and has expertise in new media and traditional marketing communication initiatives that support business development campaign strategies. An avid gardener and cook, she has spent time perfecting her apricot jam recipe during shelter-in-place. Shelter-in-Place Recommendation: Billions

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