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Press Release: F&V Adds Six New Staff, Including Office Manager

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) continues to expand, adding six new staffers including a senior project manager to oversee the Fort Wayne office.

Jay A. Stankiewicz, PE, who has nearly 20 years of engineering experience in the Fort Wayne area, will supervise four staffers and oversee project and client management.

Five staff have been added in Michigan, including four at the firm’s headquarters in Grand Rapids. Lauren DeJager, Lauren Edson, Peter Drogosh and Katelyn Kaczanowski join the Grand Rapids staff while Scott Rasmussen, PE, was hired at the Traverse City office.

Stankiewicz, a Michigan Tech civil engineer graduate, has experience in the design and management of transportation, trail and site projects for INDOT, LPA, and locally funded projects.

“Jay is a major addition to the Fort Wayne office,” said Troy N. Stahl, Principal and Indiana Group Manager. “His experience and expertise in transportation work including INDOT services will benefit the entire staff.”

DeJager, a Grand Valley State and Davenport University graduate, is a human resources generalist. She is a former HR staffer for a public transportation organization. Her experience as a benefits administrator will help her at F&V where she will primarily handle recruiting and benefit administration.

Edson and Drogosh join the Water Resources Group as Engineers-in-Training (EITs). Edson is a University of Michigan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree in Natural Resources. Edson brings storm water, wetland and surface water experience to the Water Resources Specialties group where she’ll work on Stormwater Asset Management plans and hydraulic studies.

Drogosh interned at F&V in the summer and fall of 2017. He returned full-time after graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering. His internship experiences in hydraulics and field investigation will benefit the group.

Kaczanowski, a Grand Valley State University grad with majors in marketing and management, is a marketing assistant. Multiple internships will help her provide creative and administrative support for various marketing efforts, as well as assist in corporate initiatives and events.

Rasmussen is a part of the West Michigan Group. He spent six years as an engineering consultant in
in Chicago and Washington, DC, where he was an onsite project manager for DC’s largest Department of Transportation (DOT) project at that time – the 11th Street Bridge Corridor. He studied Civil Engineering at Michigan State University and continued his studies in Construction Engineering and Management at North Carolina State University.

Rasmussen’s engineering and construction experience will aid him in completing designs for municipal utility infrastructure projects and working on water system reliability studies and water system asset management plans.

“The new staffers bring a good mix of experience and youth to our company,” said Paul R. Galdes, Principal and F&V’s president.

F&V provides full-service engineering and architectural services with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. It has nine offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. In 2017, it was recognized locally and nationally as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For,” and a Zweig Group Hot Firm, #30th in the U.S. and Canada.

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