OUR TEAM

  • Jasper Calcara, PE

    President - San Diego, CA

  • Luke Griffis, PE, SE

    Vice President - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Josh Rubero, PE

    Principal Engineer - Denver, CO

  • Katy Carreiro

    Operations Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Chris Young

    Drafting Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Kayla Baker

    Administrative Assistant - Santa Rosa, CA

  • John Meissner, PE

    Branch Manager - Portland, OR

  • Derek Cornelson

    Sr. CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

  • Mark Palmatier, PE

    Branch Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Robin Ko, PE

    Sr. Associate Engineer - Oakland, CA

  • Mitch Meadows, PE

    Branch Manager - San Diego, CA

  • Chris Verryt

    CAD Drafter - Portland, OR

  • Nick Britten, PE

    Sr. Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Sean MacDonald, PE

    Branch Manager - Seattle, WA

  • Andy Schwarz, PE, SE

    Branch Manager - Chicago, IL

  • Melissa Hoen

    Corporate Administrator - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Stanley Coventry, PE, SE

    Sr. Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Christine Strong, EIT

    Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Brandon Romero, EIT

    Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

  • Cesar Cuevas, EIT

    Associate Engineer - Chicago, IL

  • Samu Lilio

    Sr. CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

  • Ryan Herringshaw

    CAD Drafter - Denver, CO

  • Rosie Carachure

    CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

  • Dominic Lucido, PE

    Associate Engineer - San Diego, CA

  • Jameson Schwab, PE

    Associate Engineer - Oakland, CA

  • Chris Gandy, EIT

    Associate Engineer - Portland, OR

  • Kyle Lucek

    CAD Drafter - Seattle, WA

  • Morgan Almirall

    Administrative Assistant - San Diego, CA

  • Joe Fossity, PE

    Associate Engineer - Denver, CO

  • Chris Poston, EIT

    Associate Engineer - San Diego, CA

  • Peter Jansen

    CAD Drafter - Chicago, IL

  • Colton Edson

    CAD Drafter - Santa Rosa, CA

Jasper Calcara, PE

President - San Diego, CA

PE Licenses:

AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

Design Specialties:
About Me:

When I grew up in the Bay Area working construction with my father, I remember crossing the Golden Gate and regularly dreaming of becoming an engineer. In 1998 as I was preparing to graduate from UC Berkeley, I applied for a job at DHC, a small startup firm at the time. Although the position sounded perfect, I was a little apprehensive about working in a granny unit behind Don’s house in Sonoma County.  Little did I know, he was having similar concerns as he had intended to hire someone with experience to help him grow his startup firm.  Luckily, we both took a risk, and the relationship with him and the industry he introduced me to were more satisfying than I could have ever imagined.

 

I began as an associate engineer and immediately fell in love with my work.  I was exposed to a multitude of aspects of construction and engineering that I never knew existed. I loved the fast pace, complex designs, and tight knit office that began with just three of us.  We quickly began to grow, hired additional employees, and after three years, I moved south to open our office in San Diego.

 

After non-stop growth and expansion, we established ourselves as one of the top temporary works engineering firms in North America.  Suddenly and tragically, in 2006, Don passed away.  It was only with the support of my family, the employees around me, and our loyal customers that I was able to navigate one of the most difficult times in my life and DH Charles Engineering, Inc. was ultimately able to grow stronger and healthier than ever before.  All these years later, as President, I am actively involved in most areas of our firm. From mentoring and managing, to design and client relations, I get to do what I love day in and day out.

 

While work creates ample opportunities to be fulfilled, I believe it is also my responsibility as President to model that there is more to us as individuals than our career. Outside of DHC, I love to tap into my creative side to find relief from the challenges of the day.  I also spend as much time outdoors as possible and never stop trying new things. More than anything, I love my family, and keeping up with my three amazing children.  Passion is what drives me, and nothing is more exciting than building relationships and solving problems. I am beyond lucky to do what I love and be surrounded by people that continue to inspire me.

Luke Griffis, PE, SE

Vice President - Santa Rosa, CA

PE Licenses:

AK, AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, TX, WA, WI

SE Licenses:

AZ, CA, HI, ID, IL, NV, OK, UT, WA

Design Specialties:
About Me:

My father was a college math teacher, and I remember hearing stories of students coming up to him years later and thanking him for the impact he made. It always meant a lot to him. Seeing this, I knew it was possible to impact others, but it wasn’t a driving motivator for me until I worked at DHC. When I first joined DHC, Jasper was a mentor to me, demonstrating how passion and a competitive drive could help my career and the company reach new heights. His influence at the beginning of my career here solidified in me a desire to similarly impact others.

 

As Vice President, one of the best parts of my job is helping with the development and growth of employees. At DHC, we work on big jobs and, while that itself can be fulfilling, it’s even more rewarding to see a younger employee confidently complete projects their self. I feel a real responsibility that every employee feels valued and challenged. I want those who work here to be fulfilled in what they do, while also working in an environment that facilitates their personal and professional growth.

 

The support and problem solving I do with my team is always driven by the betterment of others. Much of how I’ve learned to manage well comes first from learning it with my children. As a father, I work hard to create a safe and loving atmosphere where my kids have the freedom to learn from their mistakes as they become more independent.

 

Being a husband and father is one of my greatest joys outside of work. My wife and I are very family-focused and love spending time with our daughters, whether that’s family game nights, teaching them tennis, or going camping. I love to spend time outdoors in almost any form of recreation. At the top of my list right now is mountain climbing. While it is arduous, I enjoy the mental and physical stamina required as well as the new perspective I gain from each excursion.

Josh Rubero, PE

Principal Engineer - Denver, CO

PE Licenses:
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.
Design Specialties:
About Me:

One of my favorite quotes is Theodore Roosevelt’s comparison of the critic and the man in the arena. He says:

 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

 

One of my worthy causes is civil and construction engineering. I found a passion for this line of work through my time as a carpenter and volunteering with various nonprofits, such as YWAM in Australia and Shelter for Life in Afghanistan. I have firsthand experience seeing how engineering directly impacts a community at its core. I’ve carried this with me into my work at DHC. As a Principal Engineer, I help with company strategy, manage a team and interact with clients on a daily basis. I enjoy using that as an opportunity to help lead this company, connect and develop my teams’ skills while bringing to fruition our clients’ visions. I strive to help those on my team become the best they can be. I am thankful to get to work with such a great team of people who genuinely enjoy developing safe systems for construction projects as I do.

 

When I am not at the office, I can be found exploring Colorado with my wife, Carrie, and two children, Isaiah and Ellyana. We moved here in 2021 and have loved discovering all that Colorado has to offer. We go camping and hiking, and Isaiah and I also practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We are thankful to DHC for the opportunity to have a new adventure in Colorado while I manage the Denver Branch and help expand the company into a new region.

Katy Carreiro

Operations Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

Design Specialties:
About Me:

I grew up around construction as my father and two older brothers were contractors building custom homes. I used to help my dad design and draw the houses. I really enjoyed the drafting process, so I ended up taking some drafting classes in high school and found my way back to it years later as a mechanical designer/drafter. A few years later I found myself at DHC, which has been home since 2001.

 

There is a quote from Stephen Hawking that I love, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

 

During my career at DHC I have had the opportunity to put my adaptability to the test. My role has changed many times, always evolving as the companies needs grow. I started as a drafter, added in the bookkeeping, created an HR department and much more. This growth and change are what I find most satisfying: rising to the challenge, solving the problem, coming up with creative solutions.

 

Being involved in the human resources side of DHC has given me the chance to really get to know the team on a deeper level and form real connections with employees. I love being able to help guide each person in their career in ways that best uses their talents and aligns with their interest and values.

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, cooking, drawing/painting and spending time with my family.

Chris Young

Drafting Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

Design Specialties:
About Me:

I grew up around drafting and construction for most of my life. I watched my dad draft, build, design…you name it, he did it. My dad got his degree in industrial arts and owns his own custom cabinetry business, so he’s a very hands-on man. Once I was old enough, I worked for him and appreciated learning about the creative process. Ultimately, he became the role model that shaped the direction of my career.

 

After high school, I took this love for creating and set out to become an architect. However, I quickly realized I enjoyed drafting more than design. Drafting at its core is taking the design from the engineers and making a set of plans that can be used in the field to build the project. This includes coming up with creative solutions to any design challenges encountered. As a drafting manager, I work with drafting team cross all DHC’s offices to help facilitate our engineers’ designs and make them a reality.

 

The enjoyment I find while drafting is rivaled only by my love for music. I can be found playing my saxophone with my swing band, The Moonlighters, or my clarinet in the Rohnert Park Community Band. Music has become a way to relax after work while simultaneously allowing me to perform alongside my father in both bands.

 

And this brings me to my greatest joy of all: family. My wife, Amber, and I are high school sweethearts and have two incredible sons: Connor and Lawson. Building our family together has been a blessing that I cherish. I love my family deeply and am proud of the care and commitment I show to them. The time we spend together is often spent hanging around the house, enjoying movies as a family, and taking camping trips in our RV.

Kayla Baker

Administrative Assistant - Santa Rosa, CA

About Me:

Originally from Colorado, I never thought I’d end up where I am today. I loved being close to my family, but in one summer that all changed. My brother joined the military, my sisters moved to Oregon and Nebraska, and I moved to California – one of the biggest changes I’ve ever made in my life. It was hard to leave Colorado, but I took my family with me in the lessons I had learned from them. They’ve taught me so much about what it looks like to help others, to be kind, and to pursue excellence. That’s why I’ve ended up in careers that have allowed me to use my skills to help and serve others – clients, coworkers, family, friends, the community.

 

I moved here when I pursued a career in ministry, but upon leaving my former job, I wanted to try something different. I was ready for a challenge that utilized my organizational and interpersonal skills. As an administrative assistant at a fast-paced, industry-leading engineering firm, I find myself growing in my role daily at DHC.I say yes to both things I have experience in and things that I don’t. It’s an incredible opportunity to help improve our business and make others’ jobs easier. I’ve found I like to serve not just because it’s part of my character, but also because of the expertise and perspective I have to offer.

 

My drive to help and work with others is not just limited to the office. I volunteer at my local church, I play on a co-ed soccer team, and I love facetime dates with my nieces and nephews. Ultimately, building relationships and connecting with others is foundational to who I am and what I do.

 

John Meissner, PE

Branch Manager - Portland, OR

PE Licenses:
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Design Specialties:
About Me:

I’ve always enjoyed being creative, building, and learning how things worked. I was the Lego kid growing up, and a lot of this stemmed from my dad; he was a mechanical engineer and owned his own business. He exposed me to the world of engineering and drafting at a young age and provided me with opportunities to work alongside him. He encouraged me to pursue a career in engineering, and I naturally gravitated toward civil and structural engineering because I was interested in working on large-scale projects.

 

At DHC, that’s exactly what I get to do. I began my career in our Southern California office before moving to Washington to open our branch there. I now manage our Oregon branch, close to where I was raised, and oversee our excavation shoring design division in the Pacific Northwest. I love my work because it’s fast-paced, challenging, and allows me to make a difference both locally in my community, and nationally, by working on large-scale infrastructure projects. I especially enjoy the collaborative aspect to our work, both with our own team and with our clients, solving complicated problems with safe, innovative, and cost-effective solutions.  Working at DHC has offered me many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally; I’m thankful and humbled to work with such an amazing group of people.

 

Away from work, I can be found at the golf course or spending time with my wife, family, and friends. We enjoy camping during the beautiful Pacific Northwest summers, traveling, and visiting our favorite Willamette Valley wineries. We like to have fun and try not to take life too seriously. At heart, I am still a kid, just with bigger Legos.

Derek Cornelson

Sr. CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

Design Specialties:
About Me:

I find inspiration when something is missing, when an easier way has yet to be found but there’s a certainty that it exists. One of the key areas at DHC where I’ve been able to create and contribute is through the discovery of dynamic blocks, a feature we use in our drafting that allows us to adjust aspects of a design without redrawing equipment parts. It was something I had developed and, after receiving encouragement to share it with our other offices, has fundamentally shaped the way we put together our drawings and the way a drafter works. It’s been incredible to know what I have accomplished and created has and will continue to impact the work we do at DHC.

 

Prior to working at DHC, I had been a drafter for a water/wastewater engineering firm drafting some of the structures DHC supports the installation of today, but I desired to move into architecture. I interviewed with various architectural firms trying to get my foot in the door because I believed that was what I wanted to do. Despite positive feedback after interviews, no job was offered and I had to start broadening my search, which is when DHC and I crossed paths. It was a natural progression of interests as I went from the design of structures themselves to designing the shoring to install those structures. I enjoy the work here because the variety of projects, both in style and location, keeps the work engaging.

 

However, accomplishing what I’ve done before and at DHC was only made possible because of the care of others. When I was young, I faced multiple challenges that made pursuing the future I wanted difficult. Rather than giving up on me, others extended compassion that directly impacted my ability to finish school and become the person I am today. Because of this, there is a sense of responsibility in my work that drives me. Growing up, I looked up to Frank Lloyd Wright not just because of what he designed, but because after he was gone, the work he left behind had a lasting effect. I feel blessed to be able to reproduce a similar impact in my work, whether that’s the dynamic blocks or the structures we help create.

Mark Palmatier, PE

Branch Manager - Santa Rosa, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Design Specialties:
About Me:

Growing up, I enjoyed solving puzzles. I found working through the logical progression to be very satisfying – the idea that there was a clear problem with a clear solution. However, as I got older, I realized not all challenges are straightforward, nor can they all be solved by logic. They often require a creative approach, as well. I wasn’t sure how this would play into my career, but the university I attended required me to declare a major before ever stepping on campus or taking a class. Without knowing a lot about the field, I chose civil engineering. But as cliché as it is, I would actually say that civil engineering really chose me.

 

My first job out of college was with DHC, and I have been working here since. It strikes me how unique that is — to be with the same company this whole time. I’ve talked to former classmates who’ve worked for many different companies and still haven’t found their fit. I consider myself lucky. Not only do I work for the same company, but it’s a job that I love. In my current role, I oversee staff and ensure they are supported throughout their projects. Additionally, I still do a lot of design work for clients. Both facets of my job allow me to problem solve and see our products accomplish the goals our clients lay out. That is one of the aspects of my job that I love the most — creative problem solving that requires logic and outside-the-box thinking.

 

While I enjoy the mental sharpness required to problem-solve in my work, I also enjoy other more laid-back endeavors. I was a Boy Scout growing up and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and this has instilled a love for the outdoors. I enjoy taking hikes and exploring the fantastic local wine made in our region here in Sonoma County.

Robin Ko, PE

Sr. Associate Engineer - Oakland, CA

PE Licenses:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
Design Specialties:
About Me:

When I first found DHC, I was applying for jobs right out of college and taking as many interviews as I could get. I thought it would be a good way to gain experience, but at the time, I wasn’t seriously considering working for such a small firm. After my interview, however, I saw the vision Don and Jasper had for the company and how much opportunity was ahead of them, and I wanted to be a part of it. I have been working at DHC since 2001, and it is incredible to see how much it’s grown and all that I’ve learned. One of the greatest parts of working here is that my career has become what I choose to make it.

 

As my life has gone through transitions, my role has grown and changed along with it. When I first started at DHC, I was an ambitious kid with dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. However, I started to experience burnout and feared I wouldn’t be able to maintain the trajectory and still enjoy my work. All of that changed when I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in 2013. DHC supported me as I went through one of the scariest times in my life, and it gave me the perspective I needed to turn my career into what I needed it to be, not just what I assumed it should be.

 

I was able to focus more on family and my faith, which have always been important to me. My parents emphasized the importance of hard work and education to me and my siblings, and my sister was a rockstar example of success. While my family taught me to strive, my wife has also kept me grounded and continually encourages me in my faith and belief in God’s providence.  I encountered another medical issue in 2022, and before it, I had wondered if I had let too much of my career pass me by when I had stepped back after the tumor. However, it has become even more clear that He had these things work out exactly as they were meant to be. God has blessed me immensely over my life. I’ve had the opportunity to be with the same company over 20 years, get married to a wonderful woman, and have two beautiful children, and I know there is still so much more in store for me.

Mitch Meadows, PE

Branch Manager - San Diego, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
Design Specialties:
About Me:

As a California native, I grew up in the north Bay Area with my parents, two younger brothers, grandparents, and extended family. I have fond memories of being outdoors, going camping and fishing, as well as attending frequent family events. Family has had a large impact on my life. My mother’s and father’s sides of the family shaped my childhood through two seemingly opposite paths: ministry and construction, each having a profound effect on who I am and what I value.

 

Building relationships is core to who I am. While some are career-driven or numbers-motivated, I find myself caring more about connecting with others. I see working at DHC as an opportunity to encourage growth with employees and clients alike. I love that I am able to develop a deeper understanding of what others need or are capable of and helping them achieve their goals while maintaining a professional environment. This wasn’t always how I operated as I am highly competitive and driven. Early in my career I had a narrower view of success that was based solely on professional growth. However, through life experiences and a growing understanding of my faith, I began to realize the impact that connecting with others can have.

 

I saw this firsthand with my dad and his work in the scaffolding industry. I would join him at job sites when I was younger, and many of the people he worked with then encouraged me in my pursuit of engineering. Now, some of these same people are clients I’ve had the privilege of working with and can return encouragement and support to them both professionally and personally. Through DHC’s work nationally, I have been able to expand this to clients across the country. Relationships really are fundamental to the success of a business and a person.

 

This love for connecting with others has given me an appreciation for different cultures. My wife and I have visited Norway multiple times, which has set me on the path of learning the language. In 2022, we went to Norway again and I was able to communicate almost fully with those we interacted with, even having opportunities to share meals and cultural outings with other Norwegian families. My goal is to learn additional languages as I become proficient in Norwegian, in hopes to be able to travel and experience more with my wife and two kids.

Chris Verryt

CAD Drafter - Portland, OR

Design Specialties:
About Me:

As a kid, I would go out to my dad’s machine shop in our garage and sit with him while he worked. He taught me AutoCAD and let me help him on projects. As we worked, I always preferred designing things over making them, which lends itself to what I do now at DHC. The designs I’m tasked with each day are unique and new; the diversity keeps the work fun and engaging. I love taking the sketches and calculations from our engineers and turning them into legible drawings that will help achieve the end-goal.

 

While my dad exposed me to drafting from a young age, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized how much I would need to rely on my knowledge over my physical abilities. I always loved playing sports, but after breaking my back twice, it became clear that it wasn’t an avenue I could pursue any longer. I originally went to school for engineering but had to leave which required me to utilize the skills I acquired through my AutoCAD classes. I saw a posting for the job in the San Diego office, and I worked hard to set myself apart because the work being done was in line with what I wanted to achieve.

 

Outside of the work I do, one of my other greatest achievements is my family. My wife and I have two kids, and just knowing that they are there for me day in and day out inspires me to keep going and be the best man I can be. I take a lot of pride in caring for my family well, so they always know they are cherished and loved. After the kids go to bed, my wife and I enjoy date nights picnicking in our living room and spending time together. Work and my family take up most of my time, but in any spare moments I also enjoy Olympic weight lighting and playing billiards.

Nick Britten, PE

Sr. Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
Design Specialties:
About Me:

When I was graduating high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I loved math, but I didn’t want to be a teacher and have homework for the rest of my life. I loved solving puzzles, but that didn’t inherently lend itself to a career, either. However, my brother’s best friend was a civil engineer and advised me to look into the field because it married my two interests. I’ll be honest, though, I thought I’d made a huge mistake at first. I had an internship that was tedious, and I found little love for what I was doing; working at DHC has changed that.

 

As an engineer at DHC, I use math and problem solving to help our clients and ensure they are taken care of. I mainly work on excavation shoring, or as my wife describes it, making sure holes in the ground don’t collapse. I also assist younger engineers and help them develop the skills they need. In addition, I am responsible for our scholarship program and coordinating our volunteer efforts; I find a lot of drive and passion in giving back and ensuring opportunities are presented and available to others.

 

I value these things because of my parents. While they’ve always supported my siblings and me, I’ve also seen them support and do what’s right for others. They taught me the importance of defying peoples’ perceptions and focusing on doing what is necessary and right, not just what is easy. I don’t believe in taking shortcuts. I pursue excellence in all that I do for the benefit of others, whether that is my coworkers, clients, or friends and family.

 

I value my relationships with others quite a bit; one of the people I work hardest for and alongside is my wife. She is wonderful and courageous, and I desire to be a contributing member in our relationship because she deserves nothing less. One of our favorite things to do together is play Settlers of Catan, the same board game we played the night we met. When we aren’t playing games, I can be found watching sports, hiking, or grabbing drinks with friends. I believe life should be enjoyed with others, which is something I try to do when I’m at work and when I’m at home.

Sean MacDonald, PE

Branch Manager - Seattle, WA

PE Licenses:
  • Washington
Design Specialties:
About Me:

Engineering and design run in my family. My father is an architect, and my brother and brother-in-law are engineers. It was a career field I was familiar with and drawn to, but it goes back even further than that. My great-grandpa was a civil engineer, and when I decided to pursue engineering, my dad gave me an old field handbook of his that detailed the railroad work he was a part of. It was never really a question of if I’d become an engineer, but rather what type of engineer I’d be. I explored a variety of fields while I was in undergrad. During that time, my brother-in-law was completing a graduate degree in structural engineering, which exposed me to the work I do today.

 

I am a branch manager at DHC which entails a wide variety of work, including managing projects, mentoring younger engineers, designing, and customer satisfaction. In this line of work, we are often faced with challenges that call for creative thinking. This presents the opportunity to grow as we develop new, innovative ways to solve the tasks at hand. Collaborating with others to find these solutions is something I value a lot, as I am a firm believer in teamwork. This mentality is something I gained from team sports when I was younger. I recognize the value of paying attention and being present in my work to help my team reach their fullest potential.

 

I take this same approach of being present at home, as well. I learned this from watching my brother balance his career and his family; he is extremely intentional with both. This is something I strive for with my wife. We enjoy hiking and backpacking together, as well as trying local breweries, and as a personal hobby, I really enjoy music. I play the guitar, ukulele, banjo and piano. I’ve loved playing music and learning new instruments. I’m a believer in life-long learning in all aspect of life, which has helped me grow to become more patient and industrious in all that I pursue.

Andy Schwarz, PE, SE

Branch Manager - Chicago, IL

PE Licenses:
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington D.C.
SE Licenses:
  • Illinois
Design Specialties:
About Me:

The variety in each day is one of the many reasons I enjoy my work at DHC. Prior to this, I had over 20 years of experience in the industry designing buildings, bridges and utility structures.  Now, as the branch manager of the Chicago office, I have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects with a team as committed as I am.

 

That’s one of the things I enjoy most about my job: the chance to lead others in a positive way. The Golden Rule, treat others how you want to be treated, heavily influences my managing style. I’ve worked for a myriad of bosses, some good and some that were very difficult. These previous exposures have helped me realize the impact a manager can have on their team and their morale, as well as the company itself. Pulling from my experience, I know what is important to communicate to achieve a high-performing and enjoyable work atmosphere. This drives me to bring out the best in my team and DHC.

 

I attribute a lot of what I’ve learned about hard work to my family who are all first- and second-generation immigrants. I was fortunate enough to grow up very close to my grandparents and visited them regularly. Their commitment to work and family helped me see the importance of both. When I’m not at DHC, my wife and I are actively involved with our three daughters and in our community. We like to travel and hike as well as visit our other non-local family in New Orleans.

Melissa Hoen

Corporate Administrator - Santa Rosa, CA

About Me:

Growing up in Sonoma County, I’ve worked in a variety of customer service-based fields which has always driven me to do my best. I don’t mean this in the typical cliché way, but because I am a mother, a wife, an employee, and a dozen other things, I know that what I do matters, and I don’t ever want to do less than what I am capable of. This comes from my desire to set a good example for my children and others in my life. I’ve always tried to be better than I was yesterday while continuing to stay focused on the present.

 

In my work as a corporate administrator for DHC, I oversee the admin department, which is full of moving parts. I approach all aspects of the job with a positive, hard-working mindset with the drive to help the company continue moving in the forward direction. My role allows me to use current skills and abilities while also giving me ample opportunities to grow within my position. I am proud to be part of such an amazing team!

 

When I’m not at the office, I can be found outside. I love gardening and getting my hands dirty, spending time with my family, going hiking, taking care of our farm animals, or spending the day on the lake. I can also be found at any concert if I get the opportunity, doesn’t matter the genre. I enjoy eating at any local restaurants with good ambience and great food, of course.

Stanley Coventry, PE, SE

Sr. Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
SE Licenses:
  • California
  • Hawaii
Design Specialties:
About Me:

If I’m ever asked who inspires me, I struggle to name only a single person. There are many people across my life that have inspired and still inspire me. My family inspires me to be an intentional husband and a good father. My childhood best friend, who is a doctor, inspires me to be more altruistic and connect with others. My coworkers inspire me to think creatively and pursue excellence in my work. It couldn’t be a single person because I believe there is a lot of value in learning from others.

 

This is an aspect of my work at DHC that I love: growing alongside my colleagues and clients as we solve problems. Before working here, I had begun questioning if engineering was for me because I was in a monotonous job. I was drawn in by the fast-paced, hands-on work at DHC. The collaboration with clients, the wide range of projects, and the unique problems we tackle are what make this company special. As an engineer, I’m not just designing plans and crunching numbers, I’m building relationships and engaging with others. I try to be a resource to those I work with and alongside. It’s fulfilling work for me because of the people, but also because of the tangible results; civil and structural engineering projects are something all of us interact with daily, whether we notice it or not.

 

When I’m not at my desk or in the break room stocking up on snacks and connecting with colleagues, I am spending time with my family in the home that we designed and engineered ourselves. My wife and I built our dream home as a place to grow our family and create memories with our sons. As a family we love to go hiking, explore, and take time away at our family’s cabin. I hope to foster the same love for the outdoors that my parents gave me by taking my boys there and sharing that experience with them.

Christine Strong, EIT

Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

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About Me:

I love being an engineer at DHC because the work is exciting and engaging and there is so much variety in this industry. I primarily work on access scaffold, structural shoring, and exterior building maintenance — all these areas present new challenges that require out-of-the-box thinking to develop creative solutions. I enjoy that I get to work with contractors directly to solve problems alongside them. This fosters great relationship building in the industry and genuinely makes me feel like I am on their team.

 

Working alongside contractors allows me the chance to showcase two traits I learned from my parents: hard work and empathy. I try to bring these strengths together by working hard to help my clients meet their goals while providing superior service by anticipating, listening to, and prioritizing client feedback to ensure they receive the high-quality final product they are looking for.

 

The care I bring to my work and to the relationships I develop here stems from a passion for service and a love for others. Since moving to work here at DHC, I have prioritized maintaining existing friendships while also striving to foster new ones as I create a home in Santa Rosa. When I’m not at the office, you can often find me cooking, doing yoga, or spending time with friends and family. Cooking is one of my favorite ways to express my creativity outside of design work, while yoga provides a chance to decompress and relax after a day at the office. The work I do as an engineer at DHC is demanding but also extremely rewarding, and I am glad to have found a way to express who I am while helping our clients achieve their goals.

Brandon Romero, EIT

Associate Engineer - Santa Rosa, CA

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About Me:

When I was a kid, I loved building things: Legos, Bionacles, you name it. I’d wake up early just to build something before I had to go to school. Combine that with my grandma, a high school math teacher, who would assign me math problems whenever I was bored, and I was practically destined for a career in engineering.

 

I found DHC at my university’s career fair and was immediately drawn in by their multifaceted work. I’d originally considered a field of civil engineering that would be more monotonous in its day-to-day, but now, it’s never the same day twice working at DHC. My projects cover a variety of engineering systems, such as access scaffolding, structural shoring, rooftop equipment and suspended platforms. I enjoy the challenges that I’m faced with each day and the chance to problem solve in ways that bring out my inner child.

 

I wouldn’t have made it here on my own, though. I owe my family and mom a debt of gratitude for all they did. As a single mom she dropped out of college to take care of me, and when I was young, I didn’t realize the sacrifices she made to ensure that I had the opportunities I needed to get where I am today. She has shown me how to be hardworking and tenacious, while also not taking life too seriously. I have found a lot of joy with that mindset, and I try to bring that into work with me. I accomplish all that I can, and I take my work seriously, but I also enjoy it. I don’t ever want to lose the kid who just loved to build.

Cesar Cuevas, EIT

Associate Engineer - Chicago, IL

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About Me:

When I was young, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in computer science. It wasn’t until I was taking classes in college that I realized much of my job would take place behind a computer rather than interacting with others face-to-face. I wanted a relational connection in my work, which led me to change my major after freshman year. I decided on civil engineering because of its impact on people and tie to history — I loved learning about the tradition behind the monuments that make up our world, and it was something I wanted to be a part of. While DHC usually focuses on temporary structures and what we make might not stay up for centuries, the work is just as important.

 

My work at DHC comprises primarily of excavation shoring and temporary structures in the U.S. and Canada. One of my favorite parts of this work is not the design elements, but the relationship building that takes place every day. I feel extremely lucky to work with everyone at DHC because of the different backgrounds and specialties of each person, which has shown me how much there is to learn in the industry. I hadn’t originally known a lot about temporary structures, but as fate would have it, I met a DHC employee, Andy, on campus one day when he had set up a booth to showcase the company. The booth stood out to me because of the banners, but also because of the friendliness of Andy, which led me to talk to him and learn about what it was DHC did. I don’t know if I would have found this company if it had been a booth hidden in the masses of a career fair, but what he said piqued my interest and led me to the amazing firm and people I work with today.

 

I attribute much of my work ethic to my family because my mom and dad showed me what it meant to work hard and achieve something great. My parents immigrated from Mexico without knowing English and worked diligently to move up from several jobs that were intense and laborious to work that is more rewarding. This was something my brother and I saw growing up that really shaped our mindset of how hard work and perseverance lays way to incredible opportunities and success. I take this mindset with me into work each day to ensure that I am always putting forth my best effort so that I may achieve the goals I’ve set for myself and leave an impact that lasts long after I’m gone.

Samu Lilio

Sr. CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

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About Me:

Growing up as an American Samoan, family was a large part of my life. Not just my mom and dad, but extended family, too. Everyone was intent on supporting one another with an emphasis on education and pursuing a career. I was part of the first generation in my family born in America, and I was the first to go to college. I can remember my family always pushing me because they wanted more for me than they had themselves. When I first started working at DHC, it was a small company of maybe ten employees. The thing that drew me in was the company culture – it was a small business that operated more like a family.

 

As DHC has grown, it’s been incredible to watch it and myself evolve. I began as a drafter that worked alongside the engineers to bring their plan to life. Now, as a senior drafter, I have the privilege of setting drafting standards, overseeing other drafters, and teaching and implementing policies. I enjoy working with younger drafters because it gives me the chance to pass along knowledge and help them learn from my triumphs and mistakes.

 

I value sharing these with the team because that’s how I’ve learned from others, like my brother. He taught me a lot about strength of character, which is something I hope I can emulate for others, especially my daughter. My wife and I adopted her from American Samoa, and being a father has been the greatest accomplishment in my life. I love working with her to help her grow and find her strengths and interests, while also getting to share with her the things I love, such as comic books, anime and video games. Growing as a family, whether at home or work, is one of my greatest joys and motivations.

Ryan Herringshaw

CAD Drafter - Denver, CO

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About Me:

I was first introduced to drafting while I was in high school. I took technical drawing classes and found enjoyment in creating things that were new. I stuck with these classes throughout high school and gained all my certifications by the time I was 17. Within a couple years, I was drafting professionally and working as hard as I could to develop a portfolio and relationships in the field. At the time, I didn’t know a lot of people who drafted because it wasn’t a career field that was really discussed with me. However, internships allowed me to make connections and develop those relationships that helped me grow as a drafter.

 

Since joining DHC, that’s something I’ve appreciated about working here – the exposure I’ve gained has introduced me to incredible people while working on projects with varying scales of notoriety and complexity. I enjoy the precision of this field because it pairs well with my work ethic. I learned to give my all from watching my parents as I grew up. No matter what they experienced, success or setbacks, they pushed through it all to become better. I take this with me in my work and in my personal life.

 

One of the things I love to do is push myself in the things I do for fun. Growing up in Colorado, I love the outdoors and spend as much time as I can exploring what’s around me. Whether I’m hiking 14ers, snowshoeing, or traveling to visit state and national parks, I view this as a chance to engage myself with the world around me. I find a lot of value in doing things that require my full attention and time in order to take a step back from life. I feel most at home when I’m away and exploring – home for me is not a house, but being out and surrounded by the world. I’m very nature driven in that way and find the quiet of the outdoors to be more peaceful and comforting than just staying inside.

Rosie Carachure

CAD Drafter - San Diego, CA

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About Me:

When I was younger, I always thought I wanted to be an architect, but after finding my love for the design process, it became clear that drafting is what I wanted to do. Drafting is a craft that I love and work to excel at because of its importance in communicating end goals to clients. I love making drawings from scratch based off the engineering markups and finding a way to make that accessible and understandable so others can see what will be accomplished.

 

I started as a drafter for an underground construction company — the work was interesting, but there was little room to grow and develop within the company or my skills. I began to seek a change in my career and started looking into DHC. I was familiar with DHC because we had used them to outsource our engineering, and the work they did incorporated variety which was lacking in my former job. That is one of the things I love most about my work with DHC – the variety keeps the work interesting and allows me to grow in my talents as each new project seeks to accomplish a unique end goal.

 

Growing as an individual is something that is important to me because of how hard I’ve worked to get where I am — I do not believe in settling for less than what I am capable of. When I was young, my mom moved to the U.S. to improve her life and that of my sister and me. We lived with our grandparents in Mexico, and I worked diligently to be a good role model for my sister and to ensure I could make something of myself, too. I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 15 and encountered various struggles as I learned a new language and culture while attending a new school and creating a new life. Everything around me had changed, but my attitude had not — what I went through shaped me to become better every day. Nothing is ever quite perfect, which means there is always room for growth and improvement in my life and my work. This is something I want my son to learn from me, as well. My son and I still go back to Mexico on the weekends to see my husband. We love watching soccer and attending church together. While my life has changed in many ways, I still love going back and being surrounded by the culture that shaped me.

Dominic Lucido, PE

Associate Engineer - San Diego, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
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About Me:

In lieu of a typical kid’s daycare, I grew up on job sites my dad was developing. I would run around and explore everything my dad and his crew were creating, which gave me a love for construction from a very young age. When it came time to apply for college and declare a major, I researched the ins and outs of various degrees. My love for construction paired with my success in math meant that one major stood out: structural engineering.

 

Studying Civil/Structural Engineering at Cal Poly was a dream come true, but my path at college was a little different than your typical Cal Poly grad. I wanted to explore this field in a context that was wider than what my school offered, so I decided to craft my own independent study abroad trip to Dubai. Living in Dubai became a litmus test for me to see who I was and what I was capable of. I went alone without a cohort or any friends from school and discovered a beautiful culture, incredible structural feats, and my own tenacity.

 

I take this experience with me into work each day by refusing to settle for anything less than my all. I am a jack-of-all-trades at DHC and have had my hand in almost every line of work. This fast pace is something I enjoy because I am learning more and doing more in a day than some engineers would do in a month. As an engineer, it is easy to get holed up on a single job for months on end, but my work and experiences at DHC have been filled with variety. It’s amazing to look back on where I began in college to where I am now as a licensed PE, but I continue to strive for more — I am studying for my SE licensure and pursuing growth in my career and abilities.

Jameson Schwab, PE

Associate Engineer - Oakland, CA

PE Licenses:
  • California
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About Me:

A lot of what I’ve done and who I’ve become is due to my grandfather. He didn’t believe in limitations. He fought in the Korean War, and when it was over, he applied to be a police officer; but he was rejected due to discrimination. Unfazed, he changed his pursuits and became a firefighter, and over the course of his tenure, he was named the first Mexican fire chief in the city of Pasadena, CA. My grandfather unfortunately passed away in 2021, though how he lived his life reminds me to strive and push to achieve what others may believe is out of reach. This mentality helped me believe in my ability to attain something no one in my family had before: a college degree. College was not the normal path in my family, but I worked extremely hard and can proudly say I didn’t stop at my bachelor’s; I completed graduate school as well.

 

College was a time that shaped me and my pursuits of engineering. I participated in a group called Engineers Without Borders and had the opportunity to go to Cambodia. We were in the Southeast Asian country for almost a month teaching English and engineering, and it had a profound impact on me. It opened my eyes to another culture and allowed me to see how loving and welcoming those with so little can be. I appreciate the experiences of others more now and recognize how important it is to connect and understand those I work with.

 

As an engineer for DHC, interacting with clients is a facet of my job that I find very fulfilling. In other engineering firms, it is common for engineers to be design machines who seldom talk to those they are designing for. However, at DHC we have a rounded set of duties that allow us to interface with clients and be a bigger part of the construction process. This is unique in the industry and has been very rewarding as I apply what I learned in school combined with soft skills that I’ve developed over the course of my career. As a lifelong learner, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges DHC offers as I continue to build my career.

 

I currently work out of DHC’s Oakland office located in Alameda, California, and live with my wife in San Francisco. The Bay Area is new to us, which means we spend a lot of time exploring. We have enjoyed traversing the city, trying new food, and taking advantage of the outdoor sites and parks around northern California.

Chris Gandy, EIT

Associate Engineer - Portland, OR

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About Me:

I was at a holiday party years ago talking to a neighbor about how I was graduating from Oregon State soon and looking for a job. He took out a business card and told me to give his son-in-law a call because he worked in construction engineering, a field in which I had strong interest. As it turns out, the name on that card was Luke Griffis, the Vice President of DHC. I called him, had an interview, and as the cliché goes, the rest is history.

 

Since working at DHC, I have focused my engineering skills in three main areas: excavation shoring, scaffold shoring and general scaffold. This variety of work allows me to work on multiple projects at a time, which I enjoy because I love the challenge of quick projects and turnarounds. Every day I strive to move these projects forward, whether that’s working on the scope of the project, checking numbers, or partnering with our drafting team. The work I do is fulfilling because the concrete solutions are put in action, which brings my design to life.

 

I think engineering was a given for me when I was young for that same reason — I used to do little projects with my dad, and it was gratifying to see tangible results through the improvements we did around the house. I loved doing this alongside my dad because he was someone I always looked up to, along with my brother and best friend. They all taught me to push limits and believe I was capable of more. The first time I realized this was true was when I biked the Oregon coast. I hadn’t ever biked more than a few miles in a day, but over the course of a couple days I completed over 200 miles. It affirmed that I wasn’t limited to the goals I set for myself, and that I could achieve more than I’d believed.

 

While biking the Oregon coast was fun, it isn’t the only thing I like to do outside. My passions lie in being active and outside — fly fishing, hiking, golfing, and the like. Summers in Oregon are beautiful because I get to do these things and the sun is out (a rarity at times given the rain!). When I’m not engaged in the outdoors, I throw pottery and volunteer doing small construction projects for people in the community who need assistance. I am at DHC today because someone took the time to talk to me and give me a chance I might not have found on my own; it’s only fitting that I do the same when and where I can.

Kyle Lucek

CAD Drafter - Seattle, WA

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About Me:

I grew up in Massachusetts and had lived there my entire life, but in 2016, I packed up my life and moved 3000 miles away from home. It was a bit of a sudden decision; the company I worked for announced layoffs and I decided if I was going to look for a new job, why not look further away and find something new. I had heard Seattle was beautiful and knew it was a high upcoming tech area, so without ever visiting and before I even had a job lined up, I moved.

 

I worked a couple of drafting jobs in the area before finding DHC, but they were not what I was looking for. Growing up, I had family members who hated their job and dreaded going to work, which was more what I was experiencing when I first moved to the area. In stark contrast, my mom loved what she did and claimed it never felt like work; this was the mentality I wanted to have with whatever job I was going to do, so I began to look for new work. I came across the DHC drafter position on LinkedIn and really connected with those who interviewed me. I realized working here would be a great fit. I primarily focus on scaffold drafting. Each project is unique in its difficulties and tasks, keeping the work fun and interesting. With the push for 3D drafting, I have focused on development in this area, which I’ve enjoyed because it is new and still being explored and improved upon.

 

High school is when I realized that drafting is something I wanted to pursue. I had always enjoyed drawing but hadn’t been very focused or meticulous. After taking a hand drafting class, I learned how to be precise and not just freehand, which allowed me to see what I could do if I honed this skill. My teacher was a big influence because I enjoyed his style a lot, which led me to take more drafting classes and eventually I declared my college degree in computer drafting. I genuinely enjoy what I do now and look forward to seeing all that I can learn and accomplish as a drafter.

Morgan Almirall

Administrative Assistant - San Diego, CA

About Me:

Prior to DHC, I was working as a teacher with an emphasis in gifted education. I have always been intrigued by the idea of critical thinking and problem solving – to the point where I obtained a master’s degree in elementary education with a gifted and talented concentration. I found working with students and helping them excel fulfilling, but I began to desire a change of pace and scenery.

 

Growing up in the Midwest with a lifelong goal of living on the east coast, the west coast was hardly on my mind. However, when I decided to change paths in my career, I also decided a change of scenery was necessary, too. My brother and I set out to move somewhere new and exciting. While his job brought us to San Diego, I still had to find what I’d do next. I thought back to work I had done throughout college — office administration — and this led me to DHC.

 

Finding DHC has been incredible. I still engage in work that requires myself and others to think critically and problem solve, but in an environment that is vastly different from education. The work challenges me while helping me grow. At DHC, I never do the same thing two days in a row. Whether it’s office management, data clean-up, or balancing accounts (to name a few), I enjoy the work and the people. DHC operates like a family, which is something I love. Even with offices across the country, authentic relationships are built amongst coworkers every day.

 

When I’m not at work, I can be found cheering on the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. I found a love for hockey while in college, and I’ve been hooked ever since. While I don’t play hockey, I do enjoy learning new skills. My favorite way to do this is by participating in a variety of casual sports; I’ve played in a cornhole and bowling league. I continue to look forward to more new learned skills and adventures!

Joe Fossity, PE

Associate Engineer - Denver, CO

PE Licenses:
  • Oregon
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About Me:

Some of the most memorable photos of myself as a child include me sitting in my backyard sandbox building with my toy Tonka trucks. I’ve had a fascination with construction since I was young. On top of that, my grandpa was a mechanical engineer who introduced me to the world of engineering and all its possibilities. Pair those things with my love for physics and math, and it became a natural path to pursue civil and construction engineering in college.

 

Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, I looked for something bigger for school. I decided to attend Temple University in Philadelphia. Moving to the city was a big shock. Experiencing the diversity of the city and exposure to new cultures and the ways others live was very influential. It taught me a lot about relating to others and appreciating the various perspectives people bring to work. This also grew my appreciation for experiencing new places; after graduating from Temple, I moved to Portland, Oregon, and from there, to Denver to join DHC.

 

Prior to working for DHC, I actually worked with DHC. While living in Portland, I worked for a falsework company where I would collaborate with the team at DHC to review and PE stamp my designs and calculations. After I passed my licensing exam, I began to look to transition in my career, and my former boss referred me to DHC. I love the diversity of work I am engaged in. I primarily work on scaffold access and shoring, but I also have the opportunity to do seismic anchorage calculations and falsework/formwork design for concrete construction. The wide variety of projects keeps each day exciting and engaging.

 

Outside of work, I love to spend time in the mountains. Winter is one of my favorite seasons out here, because it allows me to go snowboarding. I try to get out at least once a weekend, whether it’s with friends or by myself. Snowboarding is a great energy release for me; I find it very restorative. I also enjoy exploring the city with friends and attending sporting events. I’ve loved sports since I was a kid and have looked up to many athletes. Allen Iverson is one that stands out; he’s a small guy like me, but his determination and mindset brought him a lot of success. I take the same approach in my work as I look to succeed and excel in what I do for our clients.

Chris Poston, EIT

Associate Engineer - San Diego, CA

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About Me:

From an early age, I always found myself tinkering with anything I could get my hands on. Breaking toys and items, not because that was fun, but to see if I could put them back together again and learn along the way. If I had to choose a defining moment where I realized engineering was what I wanted to do, I’d pick my elective class in the 7th grade called Exploring Technology. It was a small class, maybe 10 students, and it’s where I was exposed to concepts of engineering for the first time. Building bridges out of toothpicks, learning how planes fly, and soldering electrical circuits helped me discover what I wanted to do: I wanted to build and create.

 

As an engineer, I find reward in the challenges I face daily. The fast-paced work at DHC requires me to process and problem solve quickly, which never grows old because I consistently gain exposure to new projects and discover ways of accomplishing different tasks. I’m constantly learning from the work and others around me. As an employee, that’s one of the things I love about working at DHC; everyone is extremely intelligent, resourceful, and great to work with. Everyone cares for one another, and we all do our part to be team players. It’s a privilege to work at a company where we all encourage each other to be the best possible resources we can be for our clients.

 

The family atmosphere at DHC is something I resonate with as I value my own family and the lessons they taught me. My grandma was an immigrant from the Philippines who faced life and death struggles while worrying about feeding her eight children. Yet she never faltered in her belief that she was doing the right thing for her family, which made me realize that I come from a long line of people who persevere. Her persistence and confidence paid dividends as her children and grandchildren are successful because of the work she put in. My family also taught me it can’t be all work and no fun. In order to balance the responsibilities of work and family, I also enjoy letting loose. I find a lot of joy in dancing and goofing around with friends, running to give my mind a clean slate, as well as playing tennis and hiking with my wife.

Peter Jansen

CAD Drafter - Chicago, IL

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About Me:

A foundational theme in my life has been to seek authenticity and substance, and to try to be of substance myself. Part and parcel with this is the importance of continuous learning and openness to growth.  I’ve always loved learning, whether it’s deepening my understanding of the world around me or acquiring a new skill.  One area where I have applied this extensively is in the field of CAD, which brought me here. At DHC we take pride in the quality of our work at every level, and I have felt honored to join such a high-caliber team.

 

Prior to DHC, I was a theology teacher at a private school in Chicago. I was looking for a change and wanted a more creative career focus, so I decided to pursue drafting as I thought it would be a good stepping stone into the field of engineering or architecture. My original plan had been to do part-time work in conjunction with teaching in order to build my portfolio. However, in my search, I found a full-time posting at DHC. My wife and I felt like it was a good fit and the right time, so I left teaching and joined the DHC team.

 

My career shift was accompanied by another big change: the birth of my second son. My wife and I have two children that we are raising in Chicago. While living in an apartment in the city doesn’t always lend itself to outdoor activities, the lake and a wealth of parks make our location different. I’m currently in the process of building a paddleboard for use on the lake. And even though I don’t have space for an outdoor garden, I’ve tremendously enjoying delving into the world of hydroponic gardening – growing plants not in soil, but rather in a nutrient-rich solution. I have always loved creating and repurposing things, and so I took my love for gardening and woodworking and crafted an indoor garden out of an old wardrobe. Our garden is one of the many projects I’ve had the privilege of making for my family. My inclination towards creativity and creative pursuits has deeply impacted my career, and it has led me to a field where the creative possibilities are endless.

Colton Edson

CAD Drafter - Santa Rosa, CA

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About Me:

I draw inspiration from the mountains – any time I’m not working, I’m rock climbing or backpacking or hiking. I love getting out to remote places and experiencing nature; this comes from being raised in Montana and exploring the world as a sponsored athlete for rock climbing. I traveled for years and got to see some of the most beautiful sites the world has to offer. With that in mind, I had to find a career that allowed the flexibility necessary to pursue my dreams as a professional climber, which is why I started in construction.

 

I love construction because I am a very visual person, but after years of manual labor and bodily intense sports, I had to have knee surgery and couldn’t continue in the same line of work. I decided to take AutoCAD classes and was referred to DHC. I recognized that a pivot was necessary in my life if I wanted to be able to do the things I loved for a long time, and I knew people who drafted and loved it, so it seemed like the right transition. I really enjoy all forms of drafting as I’m involved in most styles of work we do at DHC, but what I enjoy most is working more complicated, longer scope projects. I love watching a project grow and build and familiarizing myself with the intricacies of it.

 

If I reflect on my career as a whole, climbing dictated a lot of what I did. Construction was something I could pick up or leave as needed, and it was a skill that transferred wherever I went. I lived by the philosophy that I work to live rather than live to work. I’ve prioritized finding the ideal life I’d like to live and filling it with the things I love to do while structuring my career around that. I’ve learned that life and its moments are very short, and I want to make the most of all it has to offer. This doesn’t apply just to me, but also in extending this to others, I place a lot of value on helping people and giving back where I can. In 2022, I had the opportunity to go to Poland twice to help Ukrainian refugees. DHC supported my ambitions and my coworkers helped me raise money for the trips, both of which made it possible for me to go. This is just another example of why working here is more than a job because DHC knows I am more than an employee.