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2022–23 Board of Directors

NCEES operates under the supervision of a board of directors. Members of the board of directors are nominated and elected to serve by the Council’s member licensing boards, which represent the engineering and surveying licensing boards from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The individual members of these state licensing boards are appointed to serve by their respective governors and are considered active members of NCEES.

Board of directors

President Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S.

A resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, Duhamel serves on the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and is a past board president and secretary. He served as Northeast Zone vice president in 2019–21 and as Northeast Zone assistant vice president in 2017–19. Duhamel also served on the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers as chair, vice chair, and a member in 2014–19, on the Committee on Examination Audit as a consultant and board liaison in 2018–21, and on the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines as board liaison in 2020–21.

President-Elect Laura Sievers, P.E.

A resident of LeMars, Iowa, Sievers has served as a member of the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board since 2016. She served as chair of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers in 2021–22 and as chair of the Committee on Examination Audits in 2017–19.

Immediate Past President Brian Robertson, P.E.

A resident of Wellington, Colorado, Robertson was named an emeritus member of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors in 2021, after completing an eight-year tenure as a board member and serving as 2020 chair. He served as Western Zone vice president in 2018–20, as board liaison to the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers in 2020–21, and as board liaison to the Committee on Member Board Administrators in 2020–21. Robertson also served as an ex officio member to the Committee on Finances in 2020–21. He has been a licensed professional engineer in Colorado since 1999.

Treasurer Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S.

A resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Tyrell has been a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors since 2011 and currently serves as board chair. He served as the NCEES Northeast Zone vice president in 2017–19 and as a member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers, Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors, Committee on Nominations, and Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. Tyrell served on the Definition of Engineering Task Force and as a board liaison on the Technology Task Force. He also chaired the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures.

Central Zone Vice President Janice Bostelman, P.E., PMP

A resident of Brainard, Nebraska, Bostelman has served as a member on the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects since 2017. She served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers in 2018–22 and as Central Zone assistant vice president in 2021–22. Bostelman is the owner of Bostelman Engineering, LLC and teaches as an adjunct instructor for Southeast Community College in Milford, Nebraska.

Northeast Zone Vice President Thomas Orisich, P.L.S.

A resident of Cockeysville, Maryland, Orisich has served as a member on the Maryland State Board for Professional Land Surveyors since 2000. He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Nominations in 2002–03 and 2011–12, as a chair and member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors in 2005–14 and 2018–20, and as a member and consultant of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures in 2011–13 and 2015–18. Orisich was also a consultant on the Committee on Examination Audit in 2011–13 and is a member of the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam committee.

Southern Zone Vice President Andrew Zoutewelle,
P.L.S.

A resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, Zoutewelle serves as a member on the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors in 2014–17 and 2020–21. He also served as a member and consultant of the Surveying Exam Module Task Force in 2017–19 and as a member and chair of the Committee on Finances in 2017–20.

Western Zone Vice President Mohammad Qureshi, Ph.D., P.E.

A resident of Irvine, California, Qureshi serves as a member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Qureshi served as Western Zone assistant vice president in 2021–22. He served as a member of the NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities in 2020–22. He also served as vice chair of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers in 2018–20 and as a member in 2017–18.

Chief Executive Officer

The board of directors appoints the chief executive officer, who oversees daily operations of the Council and serves as secretary of the organization.

David Cox

David Cox is the chief executive officer of NCEES. As CEO, Cox serves as secretary of the NCEES corporation and as chief employed officer of the Council, with authority over its daily operations.

Cox previously served as executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 2001 to 2018. During this time, he was also active in the work of NCEES. He served 10 terms on the organization’s Committee on Finances, including two as chair. He also served as a member of the Committee on Member Board Administrators, the Advisory Committee on Council Activities, the Governance Task Force, and the Licensure Qualifications Oversight Group. In 2014, NCEES awarded him the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the professions of engineering and surveying.

Cox holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and is licensed as a certified public accountant in Kentucky.