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Carol Rose, PMP

Carol is a Senior Associate / Senior Engineering Operations Manager at STV Incorporated. She is a project manager with over 20 years of experience managing and reviewing rail vehicle procurement, overhaul, and quality upgrade programs. Her expertise encompasses project management and engineering support for the full lifecycle of a project, from project feasibility, specification development and procurement support through engineering design review, inspection, testing, commissioning, and warranty support. She joined the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia to network with colleagues in the industry and has been a member of the Board since 2014. Carol, a native Philadelphian, graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Carol is active in her community, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Northeast Region Council, member of the WTS International Advisory Board, and Development Council Advisor of The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. Carol lives in King of Prussia, PA with her husband and son.



Vince DeFlavia, PE


Vince DeFlavia is currently in the role as a Regional Leader for Traffic and ITS Operations for Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD).  Vince has 25 years of A/E/C industry experience and will now be responsible for the development and direct management in the planning, design, construction, and/or maintenance of projects specifically related to Traffic Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) related elements.  He recently made the return to TPD after working for Bentley Systems as Sales Director for their North American Project Delivery Team. With Bentley's focus on transportation engineering software solutions, and his focus on client service, his role at Bentley provided him  the opportunity to continue and expand his experience and relationships in the A/E/C industry.  Prior to Bentley Systems, Mr. DeFlavia served as a Highways/Signals Project Manager in his first stint (twelve years) with TPD and four years before that were spent with the City of Philadelphia Streets Department, Traffic Engineering Division.

Mr. DeFlavia has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering, both from Villanova University.  He also serves on the Board for Villanova University's Engineering Alumni Society and is a Past President for both the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Colonial Districts of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE). Within his community, he serves as a Board Member of the Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and was involved as a coach and athletic director with the St. Eleanor CYO program for over fourteen years.

Vince has been married for just about 20 years, resides in Collegeville, PA with his wife and two teenage daughters, enjoys playing golf, watching sports, exercising at the gym or on an outdoor run, and spending time at the beach in Ocean City New Jersey.

Immediate Past President

Christopher J. Menna, PE


Chris is Principal at Menna Engineers and Associates. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and five other states and a past Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Design, and Construction at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he taught undergraduate and certificate construction management and technology courses for eight years. He has over 29 years of heavy civil design and building construction experience, primarily with bridges.  Past employers have included the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Kaufman Construction Company, City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets, Bridge Section and Jacobs Engineering Group.  Eighteen of the twenty-nine years has included fifteen years operating a part-time consulting firm, now three years and counting full time.  This firm primarily focuses on building construction design, construction, troubleshooting, special inspections, violations, retaining walls, and fire escapes. 

Chris has been very active in the Delaware Valley Engineering Community for well over 15 years. He has been heavily involved with Philadelphia ASCE and has held positions of YMF President and Section President. He also served as a Region 2 Governor, Director, and as a member of the Society Board of Direction.  Other experiences have included National Committees as well. Chris has been on the Board of the Engineers’ Club for 17 years. Chris’ interests have primarily been Engineers Week events, Engineers Week Banners, Science Fairs, Future City, and other service events. He is a 2002 Mulford-Neal-Payne (now the Walter G. Neal Memorial) Scholarship recipient and the 2003 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year.

Chris obtained a MS in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in December 1999. He also earned an AS in Civil Engineering Technology from Spring Garden College in December 1991 as well as a BS in Civil Engineering from Temple University in May 1994. Chris lives with his wife Felicia, daughter Emilia, and son Christopher, Jr. in the Roxborough Section of Philadelphia. His wife Felicia is a teacher. While many of Chris’ immediate family are mechanically inclined and have worked in the automotive and machining trades, he is the first engineer in his family.


Vice President


Eleanor Small, Ph. D.

Eleanor F. Small, Ph.D. is a Principal Scientist with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Future of Self-Care department, which focuses on alternative business models and translational science for innovation. She leads global cross functional teams responsible for product design/development, scale up, launch, and life cycle management of new and current products. She started her career at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health 7.5 years and has worked with both Oral Care and Wound Care in End-to-End Product Development and Life Cycle Management supporting J&J’s iconic Listerine®, Band-Aid® and Neosporin® brands, as well as leading one of the a Wound Care early stage research platforms. Eleanor received her BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. She received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Drexel University in June, 2012. Eleanor is passionate about S.T.E.M education, especially for young women. During her graduate studies she received an NSF GK-12 fellowship to work with Philadelphia public high school teachers to enhance STEM curriculum. Upon starting at J&J in 2013, she joined the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) employee group. Eleanor firmly believes education does not end at graduation, which is why she has been actively involved with the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers Delaware Valley Chapter (ISPE-DVC). Ellie joined ISPE-DVC in 2013 and currently serves as President for the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 years. In February of 2019, Ellie was awarded the Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year by the DV Engineers’ Week committee.



Thomas C. Yankanich, CPA

Tom has a wide range of experience providing business advisory and traditional audit and accounting services to a variety of businesses, including government contractors, engineers, architects, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and not-for-profit organizations. In addition, Tom serves as the audit director on several of Kreischer Miller’s employee benefit plan engagements. He also serves as a member of the firm’s ESOP Group. Tom has assisted clients with various business advisory services including acquisition due diligence, quality of earnings reporting, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan advisory services, and bank refinancing. For Government Contractors, Tom specializes in ensuring clients are compliant with Federal Acquisition Regulations and preparing overhead audits for DOTs and other state and federal agencies. As a part of the Government Contracting Industry Group, Tom works with a number of Department of Defense contractors and many contractors supporting second tier government organizations such as Homeland Security. Tom has experience in the preparation of and consulting clients on their Incurred Cost Submissions. He also work with a number of professional service firms that support State Departments. For Architectural and Engineering clients, Tom is very involved in looking at year-end tax planning for his professional service clients to determine that they are taking advantage of the cash basis method of accounting for tax purposes and the potential tax credits that they may be eligible. Tom serves on Kreischer Miller’s Training Committee and is an instructor for Kreischer Miller’s in-house professional training seminars.



James Porter, Jr.

James B. Porter, Jr. was chief engineer and vice president - Engineering and Operations for DuPont until his retirement. Jim joined the company in 1966 as a chemical engineer in the engineering service division in Newark, Delaware. He left the same year for a tour in the United States Army and returned in April, 1968 as a technical services engineer at the  Chattanooga, Tennessee fibers plant. Over his 40+ year career with DuPont, Jim held more than 20 technical and leadership roles.

Jim has served as chair for the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and he was the 2004 recipient of CII's Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence. In 2005 he received the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association Achievement Award and in 2007 he was honored with the Society of Women Engineers Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award. In 2008 he was the first recipient of FIATECH's "James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership."   He is a member of the National Academy of Construction and was on the Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors.

Today, Jim is the founder and President of Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, capital effectiveness and operations productivity. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1965.


Mary Pat Tumelty, PE

Mary Pat (MP) Tumelty, PE is a Staff Engineer at Pennoni’s headquarters in Philadelphia in their Transportation Division.  With nearly 10 years of experience she primarily designs a variety of highway, utility, and green street infrastructure projects throughout Philadelphia and Southeast PA. She attended Drexel University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources. 

Mary Pat is a third generational member of the Engineer’s Club of Philadelphia.  MP joined ECP in high school and is proud to continue the tradition that started with her maternal grandfather, Stanley Duckworth, and continued by her mother, Denise Duckworth Tumelty, who is purportedly one of the first female club members.  In addition to being on the Engineer’s Club Board, MP is currently on Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s (MSJA) Alumnae Board.  She is an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) serving on their finance and membership committees.  Additionally, she is involved with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASCE-Younger Member Forum (YMF), and Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners.  In her free time, she enjoys walks with her dog Ginger, attending concerts, and taking Scenic Byway road trips.


Briana Pampuch, PE

Briana is a Project Engineer at Langan in their Doylestown office. At Langan she is part of the Traffic group where she works closely with PennDOT, Municipalities and clients working on the design and compiling of plans for Highway Occupancy Permits. She also is the current President- Elect for the American Society of Civil Engineers Philadelphia Section. Briana received her BS in Civil Engineering and her ME in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Spring of 2013.

Emily Hoffman, PE

Emily is a Manager at McCormick Taylor in Traffic Engineering with more than 15 years of professional experience.   Emily has a demonstrated history of leading projects that span traffic studies, operational and capacity analyses, and the preparation of design plans from preliminary engineering through construction. Emily is passionate about finding innovative solutions that efficiently and safely move people and vehicles, improve community connections, and working with multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders. 

Emily graduated from the University of Delaware and currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.


Karen Jehanian, PE

President and owner of KMJ Consulting, Inc., Karen Jehanian believes that engineering is all about creative problem-solving to improve people’s lives. “We are surrounded,” she says, “by an abundance of engineering marvels that simplify our daily tasks and help us accomplish things we never thought possible. As transportation engineers, we help improve mobility and quality of life for the general population.”

Known for her intellectual curiosity, Karen anticipates challenges and has a passion for problem-solving and uncovering innovative solutions that serve both the public’s needs operationally and the clients’ needs economically.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, and WTS – Advancing Women in Transportation. Karen is also a former board member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York and is the former chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania.

Karen earned a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where she is an active alumna, current member of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship External Board, current member of the Drexel University College of Engineering Executive Advisory Council and former member of the Drexel Alumni Association Board of Governors. Karen also serves as a guest lecturer and panelist on engineering, business and leadership topics. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious College of Engineering Alumni Circle of Distinction Award. She is the 2009 recipient of the Transportation Engineer of the Year award from the Philadelphia Section of The American Society of Civil Engineers.

When she’s not at work, Karen enjoys being outdoors, especially relaxing at the beach. She also likes spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, biking and playing golf.


Helene Brennan, PE, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP

Helene Brennan is a Senior Associate/Senior Engineer at STV, Inc. She is a civil engineer with a focus in highway design and stormwater management. She is a licensed professional engineer in seven states. She has been a leader on both the I-95 Betsy Ross Interchange and Route 30 Coatesville-Downingtown Bypass projects. She has an interest in sustainable infrastructure and complete streets. She is a member of WTS, ASCE, ASHE and The Engineers Club of Philadelphia. For WTS, she served as the interim Treasurer (2011-2012 Philadelphia), Scholarship Committee Chair (Baltimore 2014) and the Student Outreach Committee Chair (Philadelphia 2017-2021). Due to her dedication to volunteerism, she was awarded WTS Baltimore President's Award (2014) and WTS Philadelphia Member of the Year Award (2018). She has served on the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee since 2016. In addition to her professional affiliations, she also is active member of The Cedar Park Neighbors Park Committee (West Philly) and the Vice President of Membership for Hadassah Greater Philadelphia serving over 10,000 members. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and past president of the NU Club of Philadelphia.  GO CATS!  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family. She is very excited about working on the Engineers Club Board.


Patti Gibson


Assunta Daprano


William Thomsen, PE


Phil Gonski, PE