People: Texas & Louisiana
Kathy Berek has joined engineer-architect Burns & McDonnell as regional practice manager for a newly created water division in the firm's Houston office. Berek, who has more than 30 years of experience in industrial and municipal water fields, previously led programs for one of the state's largest water districts. She also is a member of the Austin-based Texas Water Conservation Association, chairs the ethics committee for the Construction Management Association of America and is a member of the diversity committee at the American Water Works Association.
Mike Mehno has joined the Dallas office of contractor Alston Construction as director of business development. Among other positions, Mehno previously served as publisher and sales director with Texas Construction and South Central Construction magazines.
Lawrence Waldron has joined Houston-based Brown & Gay Engineers as director of industrial development. Waldron, who previously was with Houston-based logistics firm Vopak, brings more than 15 years of experience in chemical manufacturing, process engineering and site management to his new position. He is focusing on Greater Houston's port and ship channels.
Mark Swanson has been promoted to senior project manager with engineer LJA's Houston land development division. He has more than 14 years of experience in industrial, municipal and commercial site development, including design of water distribution, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and detention and paving facilities.
Martin J. Garza has been promoted to vice president of operations and Jason Atherton, to industrial division manager with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors in Houston, home to the firm's East Texas operations. Garza, a 32-year industry veteran, is managing field operations while overseeing management and development for the region. Atherton is providing overall management of the region's industrial division.
In addition, Jerry Hoog has been named senior vice president of operations, South Texas, with Bartlett Cocke in San Antonio. Hoog, who previously served as vice president of operations, South Texas, is a member of the company's board of directors as well as its management team. He will continue to provide oversight for the company's largest region as well in other regions. He previously served as estimator, assistant project manager and project manager with the firm.
Matthew Weeks has been elected to the board of directors of Mandeville, La.-based DonahueFavret Contractors Inc., a firm specializing in retail, health care and hospitality, among other segments. Weeks joined the 36-year-old enterprise in 1993 and currently serves as a project superintendent.
Amanda Glidewell and Rawa Rassam have joined Houston-based FKP Architects as design technicians. Glidewell earned a master's degree in architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Rassam was an assistant architect with an Iraq-based firm and an interior designer with a firm in Jordan before relocating to Houston to study and practice interior design.
Michele McNichol has been named CEO of global oil-and-gas services with Wood Group's Houston engineering unit, Wood Group Mustang Inc. She formerly was executive vice president and president of the firm's upstream business unit
Robb Otey has joined the Fort Worth office of engineer Freese and Nichols as transmission and utilities project manager. Otey, a 23-year industry veteran in the design and management of utility projects, has managed an array of projects for river authorities, municipalities and other Texas-based clients. His primary areas of expertise include large-diameter water pipelines and sanitary-sewer rehabilitation.