Congratulations to the 2024 RISE Award Winners!

Celebrating our people who elevate VHB and inspire our community.

May 16, 2024

A tradition that dates back 28 years, the RISE President’s Awards highlight our people who reinforce the importance of VHB’s Core Values, strategic initiatives, and culture.

Recently, we celebrated our people through the Culture Champion and Rising Professional of the Year Awards at VHB’s May Partner’s Event in Raleigh, NC.

“We’re excited to recognize and celebrate our 2024 RISE Award Winners—our Culture Champions and Rising Professionals of the Year. These VHBers are recognized for their outstanding performance, demonstrated commitment to our culture, and contributions to our growth and success. They truly raise the bar and elevate VHB, and, most importantly, they inspire our entire community to continue to RISE,” said President and CEO Mike Carragher.

2024 Culture Champions

2024 Rising Professionals
From left to right: Chief Operating Officer Bill Ashworth, Chief People Officer Keri Kocur, Patrick Bowen, Aimée Barnes, Yvonne Jamieson, Zelda Dively, and President and CEO Mike Carragher.

These professionals are champions in celebrating and enriching VHB's differentiating culture. They lead by example as ambassadors, going above and beyond to advance important programs, events, or volunteer efforts to improve VHB and the communities we serve. They are strong contributors to our business, positively enhance office morale, and participate in and/or lead team-building events.

Zelda Dively, Land Development Civil Designer, New England
Since joining VHB, Zelda has been a culture champion, encouraging others to join in her enthusiasm for innovation, professional growth, integrated thinking, and delivery of top-tier technical work. She serves as Co-Lead of the New England and Vermont Emerging Professionals Groups.

Yvonne Jamieson, Senior Project Manager, Northeast
Yvonne strengthens bonds within the office by championing participation in after-work beach volleyball, organizing group outings, and forming an office community garden. Beyond her positive influence in the office, she is a champion of making improvements in the community. Yvonne is a trusted advisor in Mercer County, working with passion and commitment to resolve environmental challenges.

Aimée Barnes, Civil Designer, Mid-Atlantic
Aimée is involved in every Employee Resource Group in the Washington, DC office, including the Emerging Professionals Group and VHB Cares Committees. She chairs the office EPG, organizing and leading a group of thirty-two emerging professionals across VHB’s DC and Tysons offices. Aimée mentors and supports office interns with day-to-day assignments.

Patrick Bowen, Senior Historian, Southeast
Patrick goes above and beyond in his daily work and serves as a mentor to junior team members. He lives VHB’s Core Values, collaboratively producing high-quality work, while supporting his talented team that helps make it all happen. He enthusiastically strengthens VHB’s culture through his active involvement with VHB Cares and the Atlanta Culture & Activities Committees.

2024 Rising Professionals of the Year

2024 Rising Professionals
From left to right: Chief People Officer Keri Kocur, Chief Operating Officer Bill Ashworth, Joanna Moore, Cameron Langermann, Nolan Ecock, Thomas Da Lomba, and President and CEO Mike Carragher.

​​These employees have made a significant impact on VHB, our communities, and our industry. They entered the profession ready to make a difference and are making an impact by facilitating bonds between new employees, educating members on our numerous resources and disciplines, and encouraging professional and social networking.

Thomas Da Lomba, Senior Structural Engineer, New England
Thomas is recognized for his out-of-the-box thinking, dedication to problem-solving, and use of leveraging technology to better execute design tasks. He serves as one of the Providence Team’s Innovation Ambassadors where he applies his critical thinking ability to help drive meaningful change for the Structures Team, Rhode Island office, and throughout VHB.

Nolan Ecock, Project Manager, Northeast
Nolan’s performance on the MTA-GEC contract has been extraordinary. His program management expertise and organizational skills have set a gold standard for quality and technical excellence, creating an inspiring and engaging environment for everyone around him. His contributions will undoubtedly be a major building block in elevating VHB to new levels of prominence with the MTA and beyond.

Chuck Conran, Transportation Engineer, Mid-Atlantic
Chuck has been at the forefront of technology innovation at VHB. In 2020, he participated in a Mid-Atlantic Technology Workgroup, and he now represents the team as an Innovation Ambassador. He established a firm-wide niche supporting VISSIM microsimulation modeling efforts throughout the VHB footprint, including studies led out of Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Florida.

Cameron Langermann, Assistant Director of Land Development, Southeast
Cam has been on an upward trajectory from the start of her career at VHB by how she approaches learning and development, professional growth, and innovation opportunities. She helped to restart and lead the Emerging Professionals Group for the Gulf Coast and coordinated closely with Southeast emerging professionals. She is always looking for innovative ways for our team to stay efficient, as well as keeping them at the top of their games for quality deliverables.

Joanna Moore, Data Product Manager, Corporate
Joanna has continued to reinvent herself over her tenure at VHB, bringing additional value and having a greater impact through each transition. Whether pulling together project reports or building a new operational dashboard, her ability to understand what is needed and deliver above and beyond truly makes her stand out.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!