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Governor makes appointments to boards of architects, engineers and surveyors
April 19, 2013
LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced seven appointments to the Michigan boards of architects, professional engineers and professional surveyors.
Created in 1980, the groups regulate the practices of professional architects, engineers and surveyors.
"These appointees are experienced, outstanding Michiganders," said Snyder. "I am confident they will do good work and appreciate their willingness to serve their state in these roles."
Daniel Acciavatti, of Chesterfield, will serve on the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers. Acciavatti is chief financial officer of Pamar Enterprises Inc., a position he has held since 2009. He previously served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing the 32nd house district, and as vice president of A & H Inc. Acciavatti holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Michigan. He will represent the general public and replaces Kevin Prihod.
Gilbert Barish, of DeWitt, will serve on the Michigan Board of Architects and continue to serve on the Michigan Board of Professional Surveyors. Barish is owner and president of Lansing-based Geodetic Designs Inc. He previously served as owner and vice president of DC Engineering and as government survey group leader for Tetra Tech MPS in Brighton. Barish earned a bachelor's degree in surveying engineering from Ferris State University. He will represent professional surveyors and replaces Catherine DeDecker.
Jeff Bartlett, of Standish, will serve on the Michigan Board of Professional Surveyors. He is principal of Surveying Solutions Inc., a company he co-founded in 2001. Bartlett previously worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He is a member of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, American Council of Engineering Companies and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Bartlett received a bachelor's degree in surveying engineering from Ferris State University. He will represent professional surveyors and replaces Catherine DeDecker.
Patrick Barry, of Farmington Hills, will serve on the Michigan Board of Architects. Barry is a project manager for Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas Inc., a position he has held since 2005. He previously served as a project manager for BDE Services Inc. and as an architectural draftsman for GAV Associates Inc. and Callaway and Associates LLC. Barry holds bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, both from Lawrence Technological University. He will represent architects and replaces Elisabeth Knibbe.
Kelly Fedele, of Southgate, will serve on the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers. Fedele is DTE Energy's principal account manager for gas major accounts. She previously served as city surveyor and assistant city engineer for the city of Trenton, and spent more than 10 years as chief engineer for the Charles E. Raines Co. Fedele earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Lawrence Technological University and Wayne State University, respectively, and a bachelor's degree in land surveying from Michigan Technological University. Fedele will represent professional engineers and replaces Mahmoud El-Gamal.
Jay Larson, of Marshall, will serve on the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers. He is president of Larson Enterprise SW LLC, vice president of technology and chief engineer of TEC Inc., and serves as a metallurgical and product development consultant for multiple companies. Larson received a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering, a master's degree in materials science and a Ph.D. in metallurgy, all from the University of Washington. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from Western Michigan University. Larson will represent professional engineers and replaces John Kraus.
Randy Sherman, of Midland, will serve on the Michigan boards of architects and professional engineers. Sherman is partner and vice president of design for the Three Rivers Corp., a position he has held since 1996. He previously served as a senior project designer for SSOE Inc. and Smith & Schurman Associates. Sherman holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He will represent architects and replaces Robert Stempien on both boards.
Appointees to all three boards will serve four-year terms that expire March 31, 2017, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.