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Board of Directors

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Rick Martinec

Richard D. Martinec, PE DBIA

I am currently employed by the City of Virginia Beach as a Senior Project Manager in the Department of Public Works, Facilities Design and Construction Division. 


I have managed over $250,000,000 (yes that is $250 million) worth of Projects for the City, 10 of which are Design Build Projects.  I have over 23 years of experience;  10 in the private sector as a consultant and 13 in the public sector as an Owner.  I received my associate DBIA in 2012 and full DBIA certification in 2013. 


I reside in Chesapeake with my wife and three children.  I am active in my Church, can be found on the beach in the summer or a golf course year round, and am an amusement park enthusiast.

BS in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University 

Bruce Husselbee
Immediate Past President

Bruce W. Husselbee is the Director of Engineering for the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). He has worked for HRSD for twenty-four (24) years. Prior to HRSD, he worked in the consulting engineering field for twelve (12) years. His responsibilities include the management of the Asset Management, Design & Construction and Planning & Analysis Divisions. A major role for his department includes implementing HRSD’s $2.8B, 10-Year Capital Improvement Program.


Mr. Husselbee has been active with many of the professional organizations in the local area including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Engineers Club of Hampton Roads and is the past Chair of the ODU Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council. Mr. Husselbee is the past chair of the Water Environment Federation Utility Management Committee and a member of the VWEA Utility Management Committee. He is also active in the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and provides training on collaborative project delivery.

Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a certified Project Management Professional and a Design Build Professional with over 40 years of exceptional design and construction experience.


Bill is the Vice President of Leebcor Services, LLC which is a full-service General Contractor and Design-Build firm primary focused in the federal construction space.  Concurrently,

Bill is the CEO of Sorrentino Consulting, LLC which provides services that focuses on improving project delivery specifically to the Architect-Engineering industry.


Prior to launching Sorrentino Consulting, LLC, he served as a Vice President at STV Incorporated. He was the Territory Manager of the Norfolk Virginia office providing full engineering and architectural services to federal, municipal and private clients.


Prior to working with STV, Bill served as the Chief of Engineering and Construction as well as the Deputy District Engineer for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District. While there, Bill’s leadership and recommendations shaped the way his organization implemented and practiced project management.


Bill is the editor and co-author of The Ultimate Public Works Project Management Manual, proven project management approaches designed specifically for the Public Works Project Manager.


Bill was appointed by the Governor of Virginia, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Public Service Authority and is also the President Elect of Hampton Roads Design-Build Institute of America.

Brittany Curtis

Brittany has a BS in Business Management from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration from Old Dominion University.  She started her construction career at Door Engineering as an estimator. 


Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to a project manager.  Wanting to learn more about the different facets of the industry, she entered the general contracting world in August of 2018.  Brittany is currently employed with MEB General Contractors as an estimator and has experience from conceptual design development budgets to hard bid projects.

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Jim Vachon

Jim grew up in Maine and later settled in Hampton Roads during his time in the U.S Navy. He graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Geographical Sciences. Early in his career he worked in the City of Norfolk Planning office as a Senior Plans Reviewer. Then he spent the next 20 years as a Project Manager overseeing a vast portfolio of projects in the commercial, federal, multi-family and healthcare arenas from in Virginia and as far away as Georgia and Texas.


Jim is a LEED AP+, DBIA certified, HCC certified, and USACE CQC certified. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Engineering Department at Old Dominion University and an appointed member of the Historical Review Board for the City of Virginia Beach. Jim spends his free time with his wife and four kids. He is an avid fan of New England sports teams.

Earl Inge
Membership Chair

Earl H. Inge, Jr., PE currently serves as Past President, Treasurer and Membership Chair of Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Hampton Roads and formerly served as President in 2020. He is also an active Board Member and Past Chairman of Structural Engineer's Association of Virginia (SEAVa). He earned both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and is currently a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina.


Earl started his career in 1994 at Stroud, Pence & Associates where he served as a Principal and Vice President. In 2017 he joined the structural engineering team at Speight Marshall Francis’ Virginia Beach office where he shares the firm’s genuine love for the profession, commitment to engineering excellence, and dedication to impeccable responsiveness to clients’ needs. His resume encompasses many design/build projects and a comprehensive array of market segments with proficiency in structural design of schools, higher education, offices, community facilities, mixed-use, healthcare, recreation, housing, hospitality, retail, parking, warehouses, and industrial facilities. His accomplished proficiency with sustainable design is demonstrated through several LEED Platinum and Gold certified projects. He also brings significant experience to the table with DoD projects including significant insight into design for anti-terrorism force protection and special forces buildings.

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Matt Astrin
Membership Chair

Matt is a Principal / Partner at RRMM Architects, an architectural, interior design and planning firm with multiple offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and their main office in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Matt serves as the firm’s Director of Municipal and Public Safety Design Studio, and leads many of the firm’s projects for their public and private clients, which consist of multiple project delivery types, including design-build, design-bid-build, CM at Risk and other integrated project delivery methods.


In addition to serving as a board member and past president for the DBIA Hampton Roads Chapter, Matt also serves on the board of directors for the Central Business District Association (CBDA), which supports the fast-growing Town Center Area of Virginia Beach. He also served as past president and a board member for the Courthouse Rotary Club, and is a member of the certified emergency response team (CERT) for the City of Virginia Beach as well.

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Neil Lowenstein
Bylaws & Scholarship Co-Chair

Neil is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP and focuses his law practice on construction and government contract matters. Neil graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and from the University of Richmond School of Law. He is Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” and has received various other legal recognitions and honors, including listing in Best Lawyers of America for Construction Law.


Neil has held leadership positions in various construction trade associations. He uses his unique experiences in the construction industry, and as an experienced litigator and negotiator, to facilitate positive solutions for clients. Neil regularly lecturers and publishes about construction and government contracting related matters.

Lloyd "T.J." Thomas

At S.B. Ballard Construction (SBBCC), Project Manager TJ Thomas is responsible for total project management including controlling budgets, negotiating subcontracts and providing oversight of the day-to-day activities and communication with the project team from preconstruction through design, construction and close-out to ensure the schedule is met and the project stays within the Owner’s budget. A team player, TJ holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships with owners, architects and engineers, resulting in successful construction experiences.


With a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in Construction Management from Drexel University, TJ has over 19 years in the construction field overseeing all phases of multi-million-dollar, complex construction projects; including k-12 education, higher education, retail, commercial, hospitality, entertainment, transportation, government and infrastructure projects. Other highlights of his work include the Virginia Beach Westin hotel, which continues to be the tallest building along the east coast from Charlotte, NC to Philadelphia, PA. In 2011, TJ began to specialize in the K-12 Education Sector. He was involved in the Kellam High School Project for the City of Virginia Beach (selected as one of the "Top 5 New Educational Facilities in the World" by the Association for Learning Environments), he served as the DesignBuild Manager for 5 new schools for the City of Norfolk, and most recently he has been serving as the Project Manager for J.R. Tucker Highschool in Henrico County and Cardinal Elementary School in Richmond Virginia.


TJ has been an active board member with the DBIAHR, Virginia Builds, and is also an active member of the AGC, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Building Envelope Science Institute. TJ also has a broad background in construction contract delivery, including design-build, guaranteed maximum price (GMP), cost plus fixed fee and hard bid.


Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with clients in both the public and private sector. Outside of work TJ enjoys time with his wife and pets; especially, rides in his restored Chevrolet Camaro and a game of volleyball.

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Ellen Pelstring
Scholarship Co-Chair

Ellen Sanders Pelstring is the Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development for Draper Aden Associates and a 15 year veteran of the Industry.  Ellen was a founding member of the local DBIA HR Chapter and served a President for 2 terms. 


Outside of participation on the DBIA HR board, Ellen is active in many other Industry organizations including Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Virginia Builds and more. 

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Tom Tingle
Bylaws Co-Chair

Thomas G. Tingle, AIA is President of GuernseyTingle, an architectural, interior design and planning firm founded in 1983.  Tom leads many of the firm’s Design/Build pursuits for federal, municipal and private clients.  He has been instrumental in moving GuernseyTingle from a traditional Design-Bid-Build architectural practice in the 1990’s to having a majority of its projects delivered through Design/Build, CM at Risk, and other creative delivery methods today.


Tom serves on the Commonwealth’s Region 5 GO Virginia Council and its Executive Committee. He also serves as Chairman/Chief Volunteer Officer for the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas, and as Vice Chair of the James City County EDA.  Tom also serves on the Williamsburg Health Foundation Board of Trustees, Virginians for High Speed Rail Board of Directors, and Chesapeake Bank’s  Board of Directors.

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Tim Dean

Tim has been with Draper Aden Associates for 23 years and has been involved with civil engineering and land development for commercial, industrial, Federal, state and local government and higher education clients and projects. During Tim's tenure he has also been involved with our utilities engineering (water/wastewater) and survey divisions. Much of the land development engineering has included design-build projects for private, state and federal projects and many included working with other teams and divisions including surveying, SUE, environmental, structural and geotechnical in support of the proposed development so are managing the project and process with the various civil engineering services included.


In 2022, DAA became part of TRC Companies, a leading, global consulting, engineering and construction management firm that provides environmentally focused and digitally powered solutions. Tim is currently the Regional Growth Leader for the Hampton Roads region supporting all teams and services to strategically grow within the region.

Originally from South Dakota, Tim started with Sprint PCS in Minneapolis as a construction manager where he was overseeing design and construction of some of the first cell tower sites in the Minneapolis, MN market. In 1999, he moved to Virginia with a new role of ‘Implementation Manager’ overseeing in-house and consultants who were managing the design and construction of cell tower sites in Richmond and Hampton Roads. Tim then joined DAA in 1999 and went from client/owner to consultant and began my civil engineering career designing site plans for new cell tower sites.  Tim progressed in engineering to preparing civil engineering plans for commercial, state, Federal and educational institutions new development projects.

Education and Certifications:

  • BA, Math and Economics, St. Olaf College in MN, 1994

  • MS, Technology Management, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1996

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Old Dominion University, 2004

  • Professional Engineer (VA, GA)

  • Land-Surveyor-In-Training (VA LSIT)

  • DBIA

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David Ervin

MEB, Vice President


David graduated from the Building Construction Program at Virginia Tech in 1993 and began with MEB upon graduation. He specializes in water and wastewater treatment plants and complex industrial and food processing projects. David has significant experience as a Project Executive on Fast Track Design-Build projects and is a DBIA-Certified Professional. David has completed projects under design-bid-build, design-build, PPEA, and CMAR delivery platforms. 


Previous Design-Build projects include water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water/wastewater conveyance systems, and industrial and food service plant expansions. Previous projects have been completed for HRSD, City of Richmond, Smithfield, Norfolk Southern, Philip Morris, United States Navy, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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