Board Member Profiles
In an effort to bring the ASHE national Officers and Board
of Directors closer to the membership at large, the SCANNER
will include board member profiles.
All board members volunteer a great deal of time and hard work
to further develop and promote ASHE. These biographies will
give you a brief introduction to the officers who are working
for you at the National level. When you see them at the National
Conference, section, or regional meetings take a moment to share
your experiences; offer ideas and support to continue development
of our society.
Richard Clifton, Region 7 Director
Rich is a charter member of Carolina Piedmont and Greater Hampton
Roads Sections. He served as the Organizing Committee Secretary
and Section Secretary for the Carolina Piedmont Section from
1994 to 1999. He also served as cochairman of the Organizing
Committee of the Greater Hampton Roads Section in 2000, then
serving as that Sections 1st Vice President, President
and, finally, Past President. His committee responsibilities
included the Constitution and By-Laws committee where he is
chairman and Nominating committee for both Sections. Additionally,
Rich serves as the Fund Raising committee chair for the Greater
Hampton Roads Section. He is also involved in the ASHE National
Conference serving as chairman of the Executive Committee for
the 2006 National Conference to be held in Williamsburg, VA.
Rich earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
After graduating in 1986 he began his career with Charlotte
DOT as a Traffic Engineer. In 1999 he was hired to be the Office
Director of the Kubilins Transportation Group. In 2001 Rich
accepted a position with Gannett Fleming Engineers located in
Newport News, VA, as their Regional Traffic Engineering Manager/Associate.
Rich is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of
North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. He is continuing
his education by pursuing his MS in Transportation Engineering
at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte.
Rich is a member of the Highway Research Board (2 years), and
also a member of both the Institute of Transportation Engineers
- North Carolina Section (17 years) and Virginia Section (5
years). In 1997, Rich was named the City of Charlotte
Employee of the Year. Rich is Cub Scout Den Leader and
will soon be the Pack Cub Master. He is also a Little League
Rich and Glenda have been married for 16 years. They reside
in Poquoson, VA. They are the proud parents of 2 sons, Brooks
is 8 years old and Tyler is 6 years old. The family pet is a
cat named Lucy. Rich enjoys gardening and woodworking, but says
that he doesnt have much time for either these days.
His other interests are NASCAR racing, Carolina Panthers football
and Virginia Tech football.
Perry M. Schweiss, Region 3 Director
Perry is a member of the Southwest Penn Section and serves as
Section Secretary of the Southwest Penn Section since 1996.
He also serves as the Regional Treasurer for Region 3. Perry
was the Chair of the Entertainment Committee for the 2001 ASHE
National Conference hosted by his Section.
Perry earned his B.S. in Structural Design & Construction
Engineering from Penn State University in 1987. After graduating
he was hired by Arora & Associates, Inc. located in West
Trenton, New Jersey. Over the next five years he honed his skills
as a design engineer. In 1992 Perry accepted a position at Sucevic,
Piccolomini & Kuchar Engineering, Inc. in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2001. Perry
is a Professional Engineer in the states of Pennsylvania and
West Virginia. He is also a Professional Land Surveyor in West
Virginia. Perry has an excellent mentor. Its his boss,
Domenic Piccolomini, the 2000 National President of ASHE.
Perry and Sherry have been married for 11 years. They reside
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. They are the proud parents of 2
boys. Eddie, their oldest son, is 10 years old and Tyler 8 years
old. Perry serves on the Heritage Hills Association, an organization
that oversees the activities in their local housing community.
He has been the assistant coach for his sons junior football
league. Perry also sings in the St. Johns Church choir
and attends various church functions. Both freshwater and saltwater
fly-fishing are hobbies of his. Perry says that he also enjoys
all types of cooking.
Jean E. Zarger, Region 2 Director
Jean became a member of the Franklin Section in 1995. She later
served as the Section President in 2000-01. Jean was involved
in the 2002 ASHE National Conference held in Erie, PA, where
she was part of the group that created and monitored the master
schedule for the conference preparations. She was also Chair
the Guest Program Committee. Jean currently serves on the National
Board where she sits on a number of its committees.
Jean earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University
of Rochester. After graduating in 1986 she began her career
with GAI Consultants, Inc. as a field inspector/office manager
of the Southern Tier Expressway (now Interstate 86) and Route
220 (now Interstate 99) near Claysburg. Jean continued to hone
her engineering skills for the next 12 years with Urban Engineers,
Inc. working on the next section of the Southern Tier Expressway,
several sections of Eries Bay Front Parkway/East Side
Access, Interstate 90, and several small building projects.
During her career with Urban Engineers, she had the opportunity
to work in various facets of highway engineering, including
survey, design, specifications, construction, inspection, and
testing. Jean has worked in the highway industry for 17 years
and has a Pennsylvania EIT certificate. For the last 4 years,
she has been employed by Pennsylvania DOT as Roadway Program
Coordinator in Maintenance District 1-2 located in Waterford,
PA. Jean monitors and directs the county budget to obtain the
largest amount of road improvements where they are needed, while
maintaining county services as a whole. Her main responsibilities
are the budget, procurement of materials, and road improvement
Jean resides in Erie, PA. She enjoys competitive swimming and
has been a member of the Allegheny Mountain YMCA Masters Swimming
Association for 17 years. Jean was the Coach of the Corry YMCA
Girls Swim Team in 1987-89. She also enjoys recreational volleyball.
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