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Get to Know the APWA-MN Board

January 8, 2014

Get to Know the APWA-MN Board
Members elected the 2014 APWA-MN Executive Board during the 2013 Fall Conference.
Learn a little more about the members, their involvement in the chapter, and other professional and personal details.


Robert (Bob) Cockriel, Vice President

Employed by: City of Bloomington, 20 years.
Past employment: Cities of White Bear Lake, Woodbury, and Roseville, Minn.
Years active in APWA-MN: 24
Activities in APWA-MN (past and current): Water Resources PET Director; Chair, Conference Planning Committee; Director-Superintendent; Volunteer, Congress (1997, 2005-2007).
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Received MS in engineering from University of Minnesota in 2002; awarded APWA Superintendent of the Year (2008).
Family: Married to wife, Bonnie, for 33 years; three grown children; one grandson.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activites: Bicycling, racquetball, occassional bad round of golf, yard work, and watching our kids play ball.

Beth Engum, Director-County/State

Employed by: Ramsey County, 2 years.
Past employment: Kimley-Horn and Associates; HDR Inc.
Years active in APWA-MN: 8, since moving back to Minnesota.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and current): Volunteer Coorination; Membership & Special Events Committee.
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Masters in engineering management, George Washington University (2005).
Family: Husband of 14 years, Nate; daughter, Elana (8); son, Owen (5).
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activites: Running, watching football, traveling, being outside, spa-ing.
Melissa Girtz, Director - Vendor/Contractor

Employed by: RtVision, 8 years.
Past employment: USBank.
Years active in APWA-MN: 4.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and present): Feed My Starving Children; Board Communications Committee liaison.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: Golf and tennis.



Lee Gustafson, Past President & Deputy Treasurer

Employed by: City of Minnetonka, 19 years.
Past employment: Cities of Hopkins and Robbinsdale.
Years active in APWA-MN: 31.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and present): Past Director on Executive Committee: Engineer/Manager; Previously involved with Education & Training Committee; currently member of Conference Planning Committee and LTAP Committee.
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Past president of City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM);  CEAM Engineer of the Year Award (2007).
Family: Wife, Julie; daughters, Andrea and Lauren.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: I'm contantly doing house and cabin projects, but when I do get free time I love to golf, fish, and go pheasant hunting. I regularly donate blood and have donated close to 7 gallons so far.

Susan Mason, Secretary/Treasurer

Employed by: SEH Inc., 27 years.
Past employment: Mn/DOT; City of St. Cloud (summer survey!).
Years active in APWA-MN: 8.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and current): 2005 Congress; Past Director/Consultant; Conference Planning Committee (since 2005).
Family: Husband, Mark; lovely daughter, Rachel; wonderful son, Lucas; dog family members: Jett (12 and Ripley (7 months).
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activites: Gardening, cooking, all sorts of outdoor activities.

Russ Matthys, Director-City Engineer/DPW

Employed by: City of Eagan, 16 years.
Past employment: Other Twin Cities metro municipalities; California consulting firms; Los Angeles County.
Years active in APWA-MN: 20.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and current): Public Awareness Committee (member since 2008; chair since 2011); Public Works Leadership Academy presenter (2006 & 2007).
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: 2011 Engineer of the Year Award (CEAM); 2011 Extra Mile Award for Efforts and Service to the Engineering Community (MnSPE); 2002 Project of the Year Award: Super Storm Flood Mitigation Improvements -- Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair Category (APWA).
Family: Wife of 21 years, Missy; daughter, Lissa (9); son, Isaac (7).
Hobbies/extra-curricular activies: Bible study, home improvements, running, camping, fishing, hunting, softball, whatever the kids want to do (almost).
Anything surprising to share? participant in the Mr. Minnesota Teen Competition.
Troy Nemmers, Director-Outstate
Employed by: City of Fairmont, 5 years.
Past employment: Humphrey Engineering.
Years active in APWA-MN: 5.
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University.
Family: Wife, Wendy; daughters: Claire (9), Meredith (7), and Audrey (3).

Angela Popenhagen, Delegate

Employed by: Stevens Engineers, Inc., 7 years.

Past employment: Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates.
Years active in APWA-MN: 19.
Activities involved in APWA-MN (past and present): Chair of Awards Committee; Director-Consultant; Secretary/Treasurer; Vice PResident; President (2004); Past President; Awards Committee; participate in spring and summer golf outings, technical tours, Spring Conference and Fall Conference; History Committee; Nominating Committee.
Family: Husband, Dave Moeri; children, Courtney (14) and Brandon (11).
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: Scrapbooking, photography, and travel when we're not watching the kids' basketball, track, baseball, and softball games (which take up most of our time). Also try to spend time a the cabin in northern Wisconsin.
Anything surprising to share? Performed in the Aloha Bowl and have been skydiving.

Dale Reed, Director - Superintendent

Employed by: White Bear Township, 4 years.
Past employment: City of New Hope, Minn. (14 years); City of Brooklyn Park, Minn. (5 years).
Years active in APWA-MN: 17.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and present): Education & Training Committee; AWWA liaison for Education & Training Committee; Spring Maintenance Training and Demo Day Committee; served on Fall Expo Committe and past Congress committees.
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Masters degree in public administration.
Family: Married to Renee; three children, Nichole, Dallas, and Kelsey.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: Hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping, running, and volunteering for different organizations through church.
Anything surprising to share? I raced sled dogs during high school.

John Rodeberg, President

Employed by: SEH, 7 years.
Past employment: City engineer with City of Hutchinson, 17 years.
Years active in APWA-MN: 24.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and present): Past chair of Communications Committee; Conference Planning Committee (current co-chair); past Outstate Director; Outstate Development Committee.
Family: Wife, Nancy; children: Nathan (24), Justin (22), and Shannon (19).
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activies: Professional musician; help run RiverSong Music Festival in Hutching (July 19-20, 2013).
Anything surprising to share? Once won an international dance competition (Daddy-Daughter Dance, event included dancers from Canada).

Matt Saam, Director - Engineer/DPW

Employed by:  City of West St. Paul, 9 years. Past employment: City of Chanhassen.
Years active in APWA-MN: 14.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and present): Executive Committee; Conference Planning Committee.
Family:  Wife, Amy; two daughters, 12 and 10 years old.
Hobbies/Extra-curricular activities: I enjoy fishing, playing sports (basketball, tennis), activities with my family, and traveling.
Anything surprising to share? I am a mean dancer!


Marcus Thomas, Director/Consultant

Employed by: Bolton & Menk, Inc., 19 years.
Years active in APWA-MN: 15.
Activities in APWA-MN (past and current): Diversity Committee; support to Underground Utilities Construction Inspector School; attendance at and participation in Spring and Fall Conferences, as well as Summer Membership Drive, Technical Tours, and Congress. 
Other professional accomplishments/awards/recognitions: Consultant partner to the cities of Hastings and Osseo; recipient of APWA-MN and CEAM Project of the Year awards; past member of CEAM Executive Committee; past co-chair of CEAM Conference Planning Committee; member of University of Minnesota Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Board; distinguished speaker, 2010 U of M Civil Engineering Commencement Ceremony.
Family: Wife, Nicole (ageless!); daughter, Amaya (13); son, Joshua (11).
Hobbies/extra-curricular activities: Board member, 360 Communities; member of Burnsville Rotary; tenor saxophone player and huge jazz hound!

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