Matthew Barnard is a licensed structural engineer and Principal with the Los Angeles Office of Degenkolb Engineers. Matt has 20 years of experience providing structural and seismic engineering services throughout California for new design, renovations, and seismic retrofits. He has also been an active member of the professional community supporting our industry. He is the current President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC). He also serves on the SEAOC Legislative Committee and SEAOC Board of Directors. Highlights of Matt’s participation include serving on the committee for the Building-At-Risk Summit, serving on the technical advisory committee for USRC, serving on the City of Los Angeles Building Forward LA steering committee, and being deployed to St. Bernard Parish following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina through SEAOSC DES and the California OES Safety Assessment Program. Outside of SEAOSC and Degenkolb, Matt is on the CASE National Guidelines Committee and served for over a decade as a mentor and Board member for ACE Mentoring – LA and was named a 2015 National Outstanding Mentor. He has also served as part-time faculty for CSU Fullerton.
Brandow & Johnston
Kim Caravalho is Vice President of Brandow & Johnston. She has developed long-standing relationships with a number of clients throughout her 25+ years of structural design experience. Working on a wide array of building types and materials, she has experience in design of new structures, seismic retrofit, modernizations and tenant improvements, as well as DSA plan review. Kim’s portfolio includes K-12 schools, higher education, public facilities, student housing, laboratories and tenant improvement projects, among others. She is comfortable taking on challenging projects and providing safe, high-quality and award-winning design solutions for her clients. In addition to being a leader in the office, Kim has also been working with the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists on various aspects of the exam development for more than 10 years. She earned a Master of Science from the University of Southern California and is licensed in over 15 states.
Brandow & Johnston
Bob Lyons, SE, is a principal at Brandow & Johnston, with a 42-year career beginning in 1978. Project experience includes hospital facilities, K-14, institutional buildings, essential facilities, central plants, commercial buildings, entertainment structures, performing art theaters, industrial buildings, structural evaluations and forensic investigations, structural alterations and upgrades, multi-family residential, including mixed use, high end residential, non-building structures and building component design.
Labib Funk + Associates
Richard Chen is a registered Structural and Civil Engineer in the state of California and Principal with Labib Funk + Associates. With over 19 years as an engineer, his depth of design experience includes peer review, commercial, civic, retail, office and residential urban-infill projects, as well as various institutional and essential services facilities. His expertise focuses on design of cast-in-place, precast, pre-stressed, and post-tensioned concrete, steel, metal stud, and wood and masonry structures.
Having grown up in his grandparent's house in Taiwan with 14 people, Richard has always dreamt about building a big house for his family and guests. Structural engineering fuels those dreams, and his hunger for growth and learning is a large influence on his work.
As of late, Richard serves on the Advisory Board for the Structural Engineering Department at UCSD, where he developed a passion for earthquake engineering. His passions extend in his role at Labib Funk + Associates, where he is responsible for producing growth, mentorship, and project diversification.
Manager, Special Projects
Lia Tatevosian is Vice President, Division Manager for Swinerton, with oversight of the Special Projects and Seismic/Adaptive Reuse markets for Swinerton’s Orange County and Los Angeles Region. She is responsible for an annual revenue of $250 Million and over 100 employees and growing. Lia is a 25-year veteran with Swinerton, having started her career with them as a Project Engineer in 1996 and working her way up through project management and estimating. Prior to working for Swinerton, Lia spent 2 years as an Estimating Engineer working for an LA-based general contractor in Silver Lake, CA where she discovered her passion for construction.
Lia has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis. She lives in Highland Park, CA and has three children, Mara (20), Luca (18) and Ella (12). Pre-COVID, Lia loves to travel, hike, bike ride and explore nature with friends and family.
Lia serves on several industry boards including the Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter board helping high school students become exposed to the ACE disciplines and leading them in the right direction, finding scholarships and internships in their desired AEC field.
She also serves on the Architecture and Design (A+D) Museum board in Los Angeles, whose mission is to celebrate and promote an awareness in progressive architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs and public outreach. She was one of the co-founders of Women in Construction Operations (WiOPS) and served on their Southern California board for 5 years before stepping down in 2018.
Lastly, Lia serves on the Swinerton Foundation board, a 501c3 which helps build sustainable cities and neighborhoods by partnering with community-focused non-profit organizations to support health, social services, cultural, education, and environmental programs that benefit all members of the community. The Swinerton Foundation also serves as a catalyst to encourage and expand the philanthropic endeavors of Swinerton Incorporated and its affiliates' employees and has raised and donated millions of dollars to non-profit groups and organizations since its inception in 2002.
Since 2009, Lori Guidry has been an owner and managing principal of Development Industries, Inc. (D.I.), providing construction management services and specializing in design and quality management. As co-owner and president of DI, Lori oversees all business development, strategic planning and operations.
Lori is a 1990 graduate of the University of Florida School of Building Construction and began her career in the Tampa, Florida area. In 1996 Lori began working for Irvine-based MBK Construction, Ltd., where her primary role involved construction management for AMC Movie Theaters’ national expansion program, overseeing pre-construction efforts for this $300M/year program. Since relocating to California in 2000 and prior to joining D.I., other notable projects that Lori has worked on have been with the Clark Construction Group on the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters project in downtown Los Angeles, with Jacobs Engineering on the East Los Angeles College Bond Program, and with Webcor Builders on The Grand Avenue and The Century projects in Los Angeles.
Lori is also a past Chairman of ACE Mentor Los Angeles, serving on the Los Angeles board since 2004 and as Chairman from 2013 – 2016. In 2013, Lori was recognized by ACE Los Angeles as their “Construction Industry Mentor of the Year" and in 2014, Lori was recognized as "Philanthropist of the Year" by the Los Angeles Business Journal at their annual "Women Making a Difference Awards."
Senior Project Director
Ed Silver graduated from U.C Berkeley in 1980 and founded Silver & Associates Structural Engineers in 1986 where he was Principal-Owner for 25 years. In 2012, Silver & Associates joined with another firm. After a brief retirement, Ed joined Englekirk Structural Engineers where he is currently sharing his 40+ years’ experience as a Senior Structural Engineer.
During his career, Mr. Silver consulted in 26 states plus Canada and New Zealand. He was also an adjunct professor of structural engineering at Cal State University Northridge. Many kind people have helped and guided him along the way. He aspires to do the same for others.
As structural engineers, we use our problem-solving skills to assist people to build structures. We guide them and help them succeed. As a father and grandfather, Ed learned that these skills apply to many other areas of life.
Structural Lead Engineer
TY Lin International
Aileen Santos-Redman is a Structural Lead Engineer for TY Lin International’s Los Angeles office, with over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of various building and infrastructure projects. In the first half of her career, Aileen focused on the structural design of buildings for the commercial, residential, educational, and medical sectors, before transitioning to working on infrastructure projects for various public works agencies. She is currently managing RFI and submittal reviews and providing structural design input where needed for LA Metro’s Division 20 Portal Widening Turnback project.
Aileen is also a proud mom of a 14-year-old son, and encourages students to consider careers in engineering by emphasizing that life as we know it would not be possible without engineers of all disciplines working to make the world a better place for everyone.
John A. Martin & Associates
For more than 15 years Kent Kaewwaen has worked with ACE Los Angeles / Orange County to fuel a lifelong passion for giving back to the communities and their schools. In 2015 he was recognized with the ACE LA/OC Engineering Mentor of the Year award and in 2019 recognized with the ENR/ACE National Outstanding Mentors award. Today, he is a Licensed Structural Engineer and Project Manager with John A. Martin & Associates (JAMA) where he shares his knowledge and experiences with engineers as well as students, inspiring them in their professional development through internal mentoring program and outreach program to local schools, community colleges, and universities.
Traci Petcoff-Wong, P.E.
I am passionate about creating resilient structures through collaboration with our global team's extensive engineering expertise to provide clients, and communities, safe and efficient built environments."
Leading Miyamoto International's Orange County office, Traci is involved in the design, management, and pursuit of projects throughout Southern California. Her 20 years of structural engineering practice provides experience in a wide variety of building types and project sectors to include Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12, Commercial, Civic, Institutional, Mixed-Use, High Density Residential, Parking Structures, Aviation, Entertainment Venues, Hospitality, Retail, and Government. Recent projects include: County of San Diego Juvenile Justice Campus, Riverside County Office of Education Conference Center, San Manuel Casino Event Center, Chaffey High School Modernization and Seismic Strengthening, Buchanan Field Airport Terminal, Queen of the Valley Hospital MOB, Honda Center, Camp Walker Army Lodging Facility.
Traci is active in the AIA OC Healthcare Committee and SEAOSC Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE).