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HDR’s Spellecacy, Mayer to Lead NAEP Board; Magers Also Elected

HDR’s leadership on the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ Board of Directors continues to grow with the announcement of two newly elected officers and a new board member.

Rona Spellecacy, a longtime NAEP member, will be sworn in as president during the organization’s annual conference and membership meeting, to be held virtually on May 20, while Michael Mayer will be named vice president. Christine Magers was recently elected to the board as an at-large member and will be sworn in with Spellecacy and Mayer.

Since joining NAEP in 2003, Spellecacy has participated in many organizational aspects for the Northwest Chapter and national organization. A senior project manager at HDR, Spellecacy served on the chapter’s Board of Directors and as chapter representative from 2006 to 2008. She has participated in seven NAEP conferences, presenting papers at three conferences and serving as technical co-chair for the 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago. She has also published two papers in Environmental Practice (June 2009 and September 2014). She served as chair of the NAEP’s Permanent Conference Committee from 2018 to 2021 and assisted with the successful pivot to a virtual conference format in 2020, in response to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Mayer, the founder, president and Minnesota state chapter representative on the board, chairs NAEP’s Biological Resources Working Group. An environmental section manager, Mayer has over 20 years of experience working on federal, state and private client projects related to energy development and transmission, natural resource management, and mining. Mayer has been a national NAEP member for years, participating in and presenting at conferences and publishing papers.

Magers, environmental program lead for the Gulf Coast, has more than 15 years of professional experience in the environmental and regulatory field. She was an active member of the Young, Houston and Central Texas chapters of the Association of Environmental Professionals from 2009 to 2015. After moving to the Corpus Christi area, she assisted HDR attendees with NAEP conference booths, travel plans, photos, dinners, and presentations for the 2016 Conference. She also supported and attended the 2017 Conference and the Virtual Conference, and has recently provided technical support to the Water and Coastal Working Group for webinars. She is excited to become more engaged with NAEP throughout her at-large board term.

Chuck Nicholson is HDR’s other board member. He is currently serving his second three-year term and chairs the NEPA Practice Group.

HDR is a platinum sponsor of this year’s annual conference and membership meeting and has long supported NAEP, an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental profession.

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