May 2018 Newsletter Print

Post President's Corner

Greetings Hampton Roads Post!

This Post is always busy, but to kick it off, we achieved all 5 Streamers in 2017 to include Leadership and Mentoring, Relationships, Professional Development and Personal Growth, Resilience, and Membership, and were once again a Distinguished Post! These will be also announced at JETC for those of you who can make it. Other highly pertinent upcoming events:

In June, we will hold our annual board transition and scholarship awards program at the Westin in Virginia Beach Town Center. If you would like to volunteer for our Board, all we require is dedicated time each month and a smile! Please email myself (, Nicole (, or Mike Pampalone (  if you are interested in volunteering for 2018. The full list of board members and positions is available on our website but we'll find a place for any volunteer. 

Each year, the Hampton Roads Post sponsors several rising 10th-12th grade high school students to attend STEM construction camps, which serve to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem-solving techniques in a team setting. This is a fun, educational opportunity for our future engineers but we are still in need of mentors, particularly SAME Young Members, who can assist with guiding, training, education and leading the campers through various activities.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact CAPT George Bonner today (757-628-4277,

Finally, our May monthly event is at the Norfolk Courthouse on May 16th. Please respond to the invitation as we have a maximum of 30 spots for that tour, and there will be no Westin lunch in May.

Best wishes,


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Member News

Dewberry Promotes Devin Keeler, Brian Batten, and Heather Campbell

Fairfax, VA—April 24, 2018

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, recently announced the promotion of more than 80 employees nationwide, including three staff members within the firm's Richmond, Virginia, office. The promotions coincide with Dewberry's ongoing expansion of engineering, architectural, and consulting services throughout Virginia, where the firm has practiced since 1956.

Promotions in the Richmond office include:

  • Devin Keeler, PE, LEED AP, and Brian Batten, Ph.D., CFM, have been promoted to senior associate. As a senior project manager, Keeler is primarily focused on serving the needs of the firm’s higher education clients as it relates to site/civil; district energy distribution; and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Purdue University (2005), one in civil engineering and one in land surveying and geomatics. Batten is a senior coastal scientist and works primarily in leadership and technical roles on diverse coastal-sector consulting projects. He earned a doctorate degree in coastal oceanography from Stony Brook University (2003), a master’s in marine environmental science from Stony Brook University (1999), and a bachelor’s in marine sciences from Coastal Carolina University (1997). Batten is an appointed member of the of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Technical Mapping Advisory Council, Future Conditions subcommittee. Recently, he has been leading a comprehensive flood resilience study for the City of Virginia Beach.

  • Heather Campbell, PE, has been promoted to associate. She is a project manager for the firm’s water/wastewater division, primarily serving local and state municipalities. She offers extensive experience in the analysis and design of water and sewer systems with a specialized focus on pipeline rehabilitation. Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech (2001) and is a member of the Water Environment Federation and local Virginia Water Environment Association.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

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Member Benefits



Employment Opportunities

As a service to our members, the Hampton Roads SAME Post website includes job positions or internships available at local firms and also allow for students or individual members who are looking for employment to list qualifications potential employers can view. Anyone wishing to place job positions should contact

Sustaining Member News

The Hampton Roads SAME Post has been willing to publish articles submitted by Sustaining Member Firms and Individual Members that are deemed to be in the interest of SAME and the Hampton Roads Post.  Typical Articles may include contract awards from our member agencies (i.e. USCG, LANTDIV and Army Corps of Engineers) and key company hires or employee moves. Please send your good news to Beverly Noffsinger by the first Wednesday of each month.

Sustaining Member of the Month

One of our Sustaining Member firms is spotlighted each month, given the opportunity to set up a tabletop booth at the monthly meeting, and be recognized by the President at the start of each meeting. A representative of the firm is also invited to give a short overview of the firm at the luncheon.

The designated Sustaining Member of the Month also provides a summary of their firm’s expertise and services for the military engineering community to be printed in the newsletter. We ask that the Sustaining Member of the Month bring a raffle prize valued at approximately $50 to the luncheon for our Education and Mentoring raffle drawing. If you are interested in participating, please contact CindyNash.

Please note that with your firm’s Sustaining Membership, SIX (6) of your employees can be designated as sustaining members (includes two Young Members).

Please go to the National SAME web site and review your company status under Membership.

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Upcoming Post Events

Join the Hampton Roads Post for a presentation and tour given by City of Norfolk Sheriff’s Department and Archer Western (General Contractor). The presentation from the Archer Western perspective will cover construction factors and techniques during the building phase and the Sheriff’s department will cover features they use/don’t use and what they like/don’t like/would have done differently now that they are occupying the facility.

Presenters: TBD

Location: 150 St Pauls Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23510 (meet at the front of the building). Parking is not available on site; however there is metered parking on the street, there are parking garages nearby, or you can ride the Tide to the Civic Plaza Station.

Cost: Free (Register in advance. Limited to 30 attendees. We will not accept walk-ins)

PDH/CEU: None offered

Schedule: Meet at facility at 11:30. Tour will complete by 1:00.

Additional notes:

  • We will not be providing lunch - lunch is on your own before or after the event. The courthouse is within walking distance to Gourmet Gang, Brick House Diner, D’egg Diner, and the food court at McArthur Center. Also, the new Waterside District is not too far away.

  • This is a functioning facility, therefore, business attire is appropriate. 

  • No cell phones are allowed in the building.

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Items of Note

Tides Game: We are polling our membership to gauge interest in a summer event. The Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) Young Professionals group puts on a joint event for young members at a Tides game each year. It's an opportunity to meet an even larger pool of under 40 people in the local AEC community while attending a baseball game with a buffet-style dinner on the party deck. SAME is considering sponsorship but only if we know SAME members intend on going. So if this June event ($15 or less per ticket, final date TBD) interests you, please e-mail me this week.

Happy Hour EventsThe last "Young Member" hosted mixer was after the Small Business Conference/Industry day in March. We hope to have a small get together in the coming weeks. These happy hours are just an opportunity to meet other under 40 SAME members in a casual setting, so I hope to hear some feedback when the date is finalized. 

On another note - we're happy to put together events for CEUs/PDHs! If you are or know a speaker that would enjoy presenting a personal development course to our group, please let me know! 

Please contact Ms. Sydney Plackett if you're interested in the Tides game event.

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Editor's Note

New Post Website

Beginning on May 1, 2018, our Post website will relocate to the main SAME site. This transition should make it easier for you, our members, to navigate between our Post page and SAme-wide information provided by HQ. 

Please note the new web address and begin using it on May 1st:

We welcome your feedback and appreciate your patience as make the finishing touches.

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Sustaining Member of the Month

Brown and Caldwell

(April Sustaining Member Firm)

Brown and Caldwell (BC) is the largest engineering consulting firm solely focused on the U.S. environmental sector. We are employee-owned and offer 1,600 personnel and 50 offices nationwide. BC has a 71-year history of helping government agencies solve complex water issues with cost-effective, science-based, environmentally beneficial solutions. Engineering News-Record ranks BC the #5 All Environmental Firm and #26 Pure Designer.

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