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Current Board of Directors
President: William Mabuce, P.E., PO, ENV SP
Bill is the Engineering Project Manager for West Des Moines Water Works. His duties at the Water Works include engineering design and construction oversight of water infrastructure within the City of West Des Moines, utility locating, loss prevention, and supervision of engineering technicians. Prior to joining the Water Works in 2013, he worked for ten years at private consulting firms. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor of arts degree from Luther College, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. In addition to his engineering license, Bill holds a Grade 4 Professional Operator certificate, and both Grade 4 Water Distribution and Grade 2 Water Treatment licenses from the State of Iowa. Bill is also a former treasurer and past president of the CIYMG.
Vice President: Ed Sowder, P.E.
Edward is a Project Engineer for Calhoun-Burns & Associates in West Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and a Master of Business degree in Business Administration. Edward is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa. Edward’s experience is in bridge design and inspection throughout Iowa. In his free time, Edward enjoys fantasy football, swimming with his wife and two sons, and going to Iowa State wrestling meets.
Membership Director: David Blanco, P.E.
David is a Project Engineer for Shoemaker and Haaland Professional Engineers in Coralville, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Active in ASCE as a student, he was a 4-year member of the steel bridge team with 2 as a captain, and on the concrete canoe team during his senior year. He later spent three years in Washington, D.C. designing high rise buildings and participating in the Structural Engineering Association-Metro Washington Young Members Group as a board member. Upon returning to Iowa, he joined the ASCE Eastern Iowa Young Members Board. During his career in Iowa he has primarily worked on large scale industrial facilities, designing foundations of all types and the above ground structures.
Associate Director: Jon Puls, P.E.
John is a Project Development Engineer for GeoStabilization International. John graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2007 and a MS in Civil Engineering in 2008. John has been a practicing geotechnical engineer for the past 13 years with roles in design, project delivery, project management, and business development. In his role at GeoStabilization, he collaborates with clients to mitigate diverse geotechnical challenges including landslides, slope stability, ground improvement, and foundations in the Midwest.
Coordinating Director: Dave Mulholland, P.E.
Dave is an Iowa native with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University. He is currently employed as a transportation engineer in the Bridges and Structures Bureau of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Dave has 25 years of experience in various aspects of civil engineering including preliminary bridge design, hydraulic\drainage analysis and design, water supply engineering, street and highway transportation design, residential and commercial development, construction review services and structural design for water and wastewater facilities.
Secretary: Della Caldwell, E.I.
Della is a Project Engineer at MMS Consultants, Inc. in Iowa City. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2013, and a MS in Urban and Regional Planning as well as a Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies in 2016. At MMS, Della works on a variety of project types, including stormwater analysis and design for county and city projects, general single lot and subdivision concepts, and public improvements including small scale wastewater treatment and street rehabilitation. Della has been an active member of ASCE since freshman year at Iowa. Della’s passion has always been involvement in K-12 STEM outreach. She has been a Future City coach for many years, and volunteers regularly local schools and STEM fairs.
Financial Officer: Kevin Arp, P.E.
Kevin is a Principal Transportation Engineer for Kirkham Michael in Urbandale, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a BS, and 1999 with an MS, in Civil Engineering (Structures). Kevin is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota with over 30 years of experience in bridge and roadway design, including the first single-point urban and diverging diamond interchanges built in the State of Iowa. He spends his free time following Iowa State University athletics, bicycling, golfing, and playing pickleball.
Communications Officer: Stephanie Then Hooge, P.E.
Steph is a Water Resources Engineer with HDR, Inc. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2015 and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2016. Her project experience at HDR includes hydrologic and hydraulic analysis in support of floodplain analysis, flood mitigation, bridge design, and stormwater and sanitary conveyance.
Past President: Mike Barkalow, P.E. & L.S.I.
Mike is the City Engineer for the City of Marion. He is responsible for the administration, supervision, coordination, and control of the Engineering Department. His Engineering career started back in the private sector in High School and several summer internships. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University (‘05), Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from Iowa State University (‘14) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa (’14). He recently held several positions at the ASCE EI YMG Board as well as other boards and committees.
Region VII Assembly Delegate: Jenifer Bates, P.E.
Jenifer is a Project Manager/Senior Transportation Engineer at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines, Iowa. She has been a member of ASCE for close to 30 years, starting with the student chapter at Iowa State University and continuing throughout her career. Over the past 17 years she has served in many roles on the Board of Direction, including President of the Iowa Section in 2009. Jen has been involved at the Region level as well, currently serving as Iowa Section's Region 7 Assembly Delegate.
Jenifer has had the privilege of attending ASCE leadership conferences, ASCE’s D.C. Legislative Fly-Ins meeting with Iowa’s
Congressional Delegations, participated in Iowa Section’s launch of the 2015 and 2019 Infrastructure Report Cards, supporting ASCE’s technical conferences, volunteering with various K-12 outreach activities, as well as many other events and activities…all with the intention of advancing and promoting the Civil Engineering profession in Iowa. Jenifer was awarded the Iowa Section’s Outstanding Civil Engineer Award in 2013 and most recently the Iowa Section Award in 2021.