Jonathan H. McDonald has joined design firm Atkins as vice president and senior practice manager for transit and rail. Based in San Francisco, he had been West division rail systems director at HNTB. McDonald is chair of the American Public Transportation Association's research and technology committee, and he has been a U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a forum for 21 Pacific Rim countries that promotes regional free trade.

Parsons Corp. has named Ane Deister vice president of the firm's environmental division, which focuses on its western-region commercial environmental business. Based in Sacramento, she was vice president of Cardno Entrix. Deister also is a board member of the Urban Water Institute and the American Water Works Association's water-resources sustainability division.


Dragados USA Inc., the New York City-based unit of the Spanish contractor, has promoted Lorraine D'Angelo to senior vice president of ethics and compliance. She had been ethics and corporate compliance officer and counsel for the firm, whose U.S.-based units include Schiavone Construction Co. LLC, John P. Picone Inc. and Pulice Construction Corp.

Diego Rincón has joined The Louis Berger Group as vice president of global aviation. Formerly assistant director of airport systems for the city of Dallas, he led the reconstruction of Love Field. Rincón also was director of planning, design and construction for Mumbai International Airport.

Weidlinger Associates, New York City, has hired Catherine Bragg as corporate general counsel and assistant secretary. She had been vice president, senior counsel and director of contracts management at TRC Cos. Inc.


Shawn Whitcomb has joined HNTB Holdings Ltd., Kansas City, as vice president and chief information officer. Responsible for the engineer's firm-wide information technology management, he had been director of IT across multiple business units for Quest Diagnostics.

Consulting firm T.Y. Lin International has named Howard Sackel associate vice president and New York City metro-unit operations manager. He was a Port Authority of New York & New Jersey executive and deputy chief of the $8.7-billion Access to the Region's Core tunnel project before Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) ended it in 2010.

Brig. Gen. Richard L. Stevens, commander of the U.S. Army Engineer Pacific Ocean division in Hawaii, has been named director of the Joint Engineering Directorate, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and commander of the trans-Atlantic division in Afghanistan. Capt. Douglas G. Morton has been elevated to U.S. Navy rear admiral and will command the Naval Facilities Engineering Command unit in Norfolk, Va. He now is chief of staff to the NAVFAC commander in Washington, D.C.