Board & Committee Chairs
2022-2023 MnSPE Board of Directors
KERBY NESTER, PE
Past President/Foundation Liaison
DAVID MARTINI, PE
President/Director of Sponsorships
JASON FEMRITE, PE
Director, Young Engineers Liaison
JENNIFER LOWRY, PE
MATTHEW MICHEL, PE
DAVID FAUTSCH, PE, MBA, PMP
Vice President, House of Delegates Rep. to NSPE
NICHOLAS WILLING, PE
Chair, Professional Development Committee
DANIEL PETERSON, PE
Mfests Rep. (Non-Voting)
LYNNE GUNDERSON, PE
Director of Education
RACHEL ORIGER, PE, EIT
Young Member Co-Chair (Events)
MIKA KINNEY, EIT
Young Engineers Committee Chair
BRIAN MALM, PE
Vice President, NSPE (Non-Voting)
DARIN MIELKE, PE, LSIT
Director of Legislative Advocacy
KARL BIEWALD, PE
Director of Communications & Business Development
MnSPE committees are at the center of who we are, and we invite you to get involved. Many of the committees meet monthly, online, so that members across the state can join without needing to travel. Getting involved is a great way to connect with others in MnSPE, and have a direct impact on our organization’s reach and value to all members.Learn more or sign up for a committee here [form link]. If you’re interested in learning more or unsure about joining, please contact us via that form link, and we will invite you to join us for an upcoming committee meeting to learn more.
Professional Development Committee
Chair – Nick Willing, PE
This committee oversees MnSPE educational programs and planning – some of the most direct way members get involved with, and engage with MnSPE each year. The committee helps set the annual calendar for educational seminars/webinars, oversees FE/PE licensure affiliate programs, and our webinar library. We invite you to join us for a meeting and learn more.
Legislative Advocacy Committee
Chair – Darin Meilke, PE
The legislative advocacy committee oversees MnSPE’s work with its lobbying team, and monitors legislation that affects the practice of engineering in Minnesota. This committee also manages our connections with the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID, the state board that governs PE licensure.
Chair – Brian Simmons, PE
The MATHCOUNTS committee and state board oversee the operation and strategic direction of the Minnesota State MATHCOUNTS program. The committee supports the 12 chapter competitions that take place around the stat each February, and plans the annual state competition held each March. The state board oversees the strategic direction and fiscal operations of Minnesota MATHCOUNTS.
Young Member Group
Chairs – Mika Pieper White, Jenn Solseth, Rachel Origer
Our young member group is the heart of FUN at MnSPE. This group plans events and activities that are important to those who are new to the engineering profession. The YMG also hosts FE and PE info sessions in collaboration with other engineering groups, a few times per year. Additionally, this is the place to connect for leadership development programs directly geared to those who are new to the profession. Sign up here to get our email updates, or contact CHAIR to learn more about getting involved on the planning committee.
Communications & Business Development Committee
Chair – Karl Biewald, PE
This group supports MnSPE’s collaboration with other organizations – strategic collaborations, sponsors, etc. and helps facilitate an annual calendar across all MnsPE groups, including committee events, board activities, social events, and our chapter happening. Members of this group will focus on engaging with local and state organizations and companies to build and grow MnSPE’s connections in the industry.
Our state is divided into nine geographic chapters. MnSPE members enjoy membership in a local chapter in their area, our statewide organization, and our national organization, NSPE, as part of one annual membership fee.
Each chapter is led by a volunteer leadership team of chapter members, with each chapter holding its own events of interest to local members. These activities most typically include continuing education programs, networking/social events, tours, a golf tournament and an annual MATHCOUNTS competition.
Arrowhead: Greg Stoewer, PE – firstname.lastname@example.org
Capitol: Chad Davison, PE – email@example.com
City of Lakes: Derek Van Heuveln, PE – firstname.lastname@example.org
Height of Land: Blaine Green, PE – email@example.com
Lake Agassiz: Graig Gilbertson, PE – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Region: Colin Marcusen, PE – email@example.com
Southeast: Tim Dietrich – firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest: Kent Exner email@example.com
Traverse Des Sioux: Jason Femrite, PE – firstname.lastname@example.org