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David Fanella, PhD, PE, SE, F.ACI, F.ASCE

David Fanella, PhD, PE, SE, F.ACI, F.ASCE

Biography:

After a long and mutually-respected work relationship, CRSI is proud to have Dave join the CRSI staff on a permanent basis. Dave’s proficiency and expertise in reinforced concrete design is well regarded in the design community. His role at CRSI is to facilitate the development and output of technical information produced by the Institute as well directing and providing assistance to our technical department and member committees.

Dave has authored numerous publications on reinforced concrete design, including his latest titled Reinforced Concrete Structures - Analysis and Design, Second Edition, which is based on the provisions of ACI 318-14. He was the recipient of the Alfred E. Lindau Award from the American Concrete Institute in 2014.

Prior to joining CRSI, Dave was Principal at a consulting structural engineering firm in Chicago, IL. He is a member of a number of ACI Committees and serves as an Associate Member on the ASCE 7 Committee. He is also past president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

Amy Trygestad, PE, F.ACI Technical

Amy Trygestad, PE, F.ACI

Biography:

Amy began her career with CRSI in 2016 as the Director of Codes and Standards where she identified opportunities, developed strategies, and created code change proposals and revisions to current standards. In this role, she also assisted in the development of new CRSI standards to further building requirements that are supportive to the steel reinforced concrete industry. In 2018, Ms. Trygestad was instrumental in the 2021 International Building Code adoption of the prescriptive inclusion of flat plate voided concrete slab assemblies.

As the Vice President of Engineering, Ms. Trygestad is responsible for overseeing all technical activities performed by the CRSI engineering team. She will continue to serve as the chair of the Alliance of Concrete Codes and Standards, collaborating with allies on code and advocacy initiatives for the reinforced concrete industry.

Ms. Trygestad has over 25 years of experience in the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures. Amy graduated with a Masters Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute in 2014 and actively serves on committees: 362 Parking Structures, 423 Prestressed Concrete (Committee Secretary), 421 Reinforced Slabs (Committee Secretary), 347 Formwork, and 132 Responsibility in Concrete Construction. She was the Minnesota Concrete Council President in 2007, serving on the MCC Board for over 10 years.

Nathan Westin, PE

Nathan Westin, PE

Biography:

Nathan is responsible for providing technical expertise in the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures. Nathan assists in the development of technical publications by the institute and is staff liaison for CRSI committees on Bar Supports and Reinforcement Anchorages and Splices as well as a member of several ACI and ASTM code committees.

Prior to joining CRSI, Nathan worked as an engineering consultant where he oversaw multiple projects regarding the performance of structural products, systems and materials. Nathan also worked in manufacturing on R&D projects for anchor systems and designed structural anchor connections. Additionally, Nathan has experience as a project engineer on a multi-billion-dollar mixed use project where he supervised the construction of engineering works. Nathan has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Matt Shergalis, PE CRSI Northeast Region Office

Matt Shergalis, PE

Biography:

Matt has a decade of engineering and architect/engineer/contractor marketing experience, which includes a strong emphasis on business development. Mr. Shergalis served as a structural engineer at TLF Engineers, where his projects included an office building expansion, a university athletic facility renovation, and a crane system for industrial usage. He also served as the Regional Director of the National Steel Bridge Alliance, where he was responsible for the execution of market strategy across 15 states in the Great Lakes and Northeast United States. Prior to CRSI, he was a Principal at the Infrastructure Advisory Group, LLC, where he assisted organizations in the development of strategic marketing campaigns for the launch of new products, established targeted messaging to customer identified needs, among other skills.

In his previous roles, Mr. Shergalis worked with national organizations including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and State Departments of Transportation, in the development of technical resources.

Brett Lord CRSI Southeast Region Office

Brett Lord

Biography:

Brett Lord, CRSI Southeast Region Manager Brett brings extensive knowledge of concrete and the concrete construction industries. In his role as Region Manager, Brett promotes the use of steel reinforced concrete in construction within the Southeastern United States and serve as an industry resource on both regional and national levels.

In the past, he was Director of Technical Services with various companies including a heavy slipform concrete paving company and two major ready-mixed concrete companies. In addition to various technical roles in the ready-mix concrete industry, he has also worked in the autoclaved aerated concrete and lightweight aggregate industries. He is a Level II and Level III NRMCA Concrete Technologist.

In the late 1980s Brett served in the United States Army as a Sergeant (E-5) Infantryman, 25th Infantry Division. Brett is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences.

Rob Kinchler, PE CRSI Greater Southwestern Region Office

Rob Kinchler, PE

Biography:

Rob is the Southwest Regional Manager and promotes the benefits of reinforced concrete construction to the marketplace. Rob is a structural engineer with years of experience designing industrial and commercial projects. He is available to deliver educational presentations on reinforced concrete systems, technologies, and industry related topics. Rob’s background includes developing conceptual budgets and utilizing subcontractor relationships to more accurately determine up front project costs. He is a graduate of Auburn University and received his M.S. in structural engineering in 1991.

Prior to working with CRSI, Rob spent ten years working with AISC as a regional engineer. He was responsible for putting together conceptual budgets for projects using steel, developing design fabricate build teams, giving technical presentations, and promoting the use of steel. Before that he worked with Raytheon Engineers and Constructors and Burns & McDonnell EAC designing concrete and steel structures for power plants, paper mills, and other industrial facilities.

Kevin Bott, PE CRSI Western Region Office

Kevin Bott, PE

Biography:

Kevin joins CRSI as the Pacific Southwest Region Manager after 13 years of experience as a structural engineer in Tampa, Florida. Kevin’s design experience includes a wide array of structures, including football stadiums, hospitals, medical office buildings, theme park and entertainment structures, single and multi-family residential, and parking garages. Recently, Kevin was working as a forensic engineer for litigated claims mainly involving water intrusion and the building envelope. He also performed storm damage assessments and repair protocols for buildings that had been damaged by hurricanes.

Kevin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics and obtained a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Paul Dye Pacific Northwest Manager Office

Paul Dye

Biography:

Paul joins CRSI as the Pacific Northwest Manager with over 37 years of combined roles in the reinforcing steel industry. He provides a working devotion and understanding to promoting, sustaining and enhancing the reinforcing steel industry. With almost his entire career located in the Pacific Northwest, he maintains an extensive working knowledge of operations, sales, estimating, detailing, and fabrication within the industry.

The last 15 years Paul was Vice President and COO of (CRSI member company) Precision Rebar & Accessories, Inc., Vancouver, WA. Previously he was Regional Manager for Graham Steel in Vancouver, and worked as a project manager for Western Coating in Ogden, UT. He started his Reinforcing Steel career with Graham Steel in Kirkland, WA, where he advanced his experiences and extensive working knowledge of the many aspects the industry provides.

Paul's working relationships with owners, design professionals, government agencies and contractors within the reinforced concrete industry enhances CRSI's promotional and technical team.

David Shepherd, AIA CRSI Midwest Region Office

David Shepherd, AIA

Biography:

David joined the CRSI team as Midwest Region Manager to promote the benefits of reinforced concrete to design professionals, contractors, governmental agency staff and academic institutions. David is a licensed architect with over 35 years in the construction industry. He spent the past 18 years at the Portland Cement Association, most recently as Director of Sustainable Development, and previously as Residential Technology Program Manager. Additionally, he worked for a commercial general contractor, was a construction manager for a major real estate investment / management company and a principal of a residential design/build business.

Kelley Severns, PE, PMP

Kelley Severns, PE, PMP
  • National Transportation Representative
  • Transportation
  • Phone: 630-380-5817
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Biography:

Kelley is responsible for closely working with bridge and structures owners, as well as design, construction, inspection, and preservation contractors to promote the use of steel reinforced concrete throughout the United States’ transportation system. She serves as a great resource for technical information and research needs for the bridge industry. Kelley received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Kentucky, and worked extensively in the design and construction of bridges early in her career.

Kelley acted as the Program Manager for Bridges and Structures for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for over 10 years, working closely with national technical committees to develop standards and specifications in all aspects of steel reinforced concrete structures development. Prior to CRSI, she spent five years in the consulting business, where she was a national lead, program, and project manager for bridge research.

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