We are holding officer elections. The Chair and Vice Chair positions, held by Meredith Beswick and Holly Nichols, respectively, will not be changing. There are only two roles that require votes this year: Treasurer and Secretary. These roles are voting members of the Chapter Executive Council. The Executive Council makes decisions about the direction of the Chapter. Also listed below are members who have volunteered to fill other much-needed roles in support of the Sacramento Chapter. Please continue reading below to see the roles up for election and the people who have volunteered to take them on!
Please email Mbeswick@kleinfelder.com with your votes!
Treasurer Nominee: Chase White
Outgoing Treasurer: Tim McCrink
Chase White has dutifully been the Chapter Secretary for several years and now has volunteered to transition to the role of Treasurer to take over for Tim McCrink who has graciously served as Section/Chapter Treasurer for many years. Chase is a long-time member of AEG and recently began to use his dual background as an engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer in work at the California Geological Survey after nearly 18 years working for consulting firms in Arizona and California. As Treasurer, Chase will be responsible for handling the Chapter’s bank account, collecting membership and meeting dues, as well as preparing the Chapter’s taxes and financial reports each year.
Secretary Nominee: Nicholas Novoa
Outgoing Secretary: Chase White
Nick is an engineering geologist with the Department of Water Resources. As Chapter Secretary, Nick will be responsible for keeping a record of Chapter Executive council meeting notes, monthly meetings and Chapter activities, as well as sharing a summary of the Chapter’s activities with National on a quarterly basis and submitting news articles for publications in AEG News.
Scholarship Chair Nominee: Matt Buche
Outgoing Scholarship Chair: Wendy Key
Matt is a project geologist with Sage Engineers and has been an active member of the AEG Chapter Scholarship committee for the past few years. As Scholarship Chair, Matt will be responsible for overseeing the Scholarship board and organizing our most important event of the year, Student Night, where the H. Ray Taber Scholarships are awarded to up-and-coming undergraduate and graduate students.
Legislation Co-Chair Nominee: Millie Levin
Outgoing Co-Chair: Garry Muarath
Existing Co-Chair: Bill Fraser
Millie is a UC Davis graduate student and previous H. Ray Taber scholarship winner. As Legislation Co-Chair, Millie will work with existing co-Chair Bill Fraser and AEG CA Lobbyist Judy Wolen to review proposed legislation that could potentially impact the licensure of geologists as well as keep the Chapter informed of any bills that California AEG members may want to become involved in supporting or opposing.
Publications Chair Nominee: Chani Hutto
Chani is currently working in the AECOM Sacramento office managing a variety of Phase I and II sites for private and state clients. As Publications Chair, Chani will be responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s publication library and assisting the membership with the purchase of any publications.
Student Membership Chair Nominee: Justin Lindeman
Justin is a second-year graduate student at UC Davis investigating fault structure, fault interaction, and seismic ground motion in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He received his bachelor’s from CSU Fresno and is a 2014 H. Ray Taber AEG Founder’s scholarship recipient. Student Membership Chair is a newly created role that the Executive Council created in an effort to encourage students to become AEG members and to continue to be active members when they transition from student to professional. In this role as Student Membership Chair, Justin will be responsible for bridging the gap between professional and academia by encouraging student participation in Chapter meetings and field trips, as well as being a voice on the council on how to help early career professionals advance their careers.