Our Leadership

We know true change comes from the ground up. That’s why each of the seven SHPE regions elect their own member representatives to help us decide what to do next. Elected leaders work hand-in-hand with executive staff to shape SHPE’s direction and identity.


Senior Management

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Chris Wilkie

Chief Research & Innovation Officer

Dr. Kimberly Douglas

Chief External Relations Officer

Monique Herrera

Chief Administration Officer

Rhonda McNeil

Chief Engagement Officer

Dr. Jose Silva

Regional Leadership 2021-2022

Region 1

Region 1 Vice President

Christian Buenrostro
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Region 1 Graduate Representative

Luis Sotelo Martin
University of California, Davis

Region 1 Student Representative

Luis Chaparro
Oregon State University

Region 1 Junior Representative

Ernesto Zurita Ruiz
JE Dunn Construction

Region 2

Region 2 Vice President

Lupe Perez
The Boeing Company

Region 2 Graduate Representative

John Bernal
Arizona State University

Region 2 Student Representative

Janson Villanueva
University of California, Santa Barbara

Region 2 Junior Representative

Kenny Linares
Turner Construction Company

Region 3

Region 3 Vice President

Gilberto Saenz, Jr.
IBM, Retired

Region 3 Graduate Representative

Valentina Nino
Montana State University

Region 3 Student Representative - Vacant

Region 3 Junior Representative - Vacant

Region 4

Region 4 Vice President

Anthony Jara
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Region 4 Graduate Representative

Adrian Davila
Virginia Tech

Region 4 Student Representative

Jennifer Ortega
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Region 4 Junior Representative

Ashley Gillette
Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Region 5

Region 5 Vice President

Francis Valencheck
Wood PLC

Region 5 Graduate Representative

Christian Valdiviezo
The University of Texas at El Paso

Region 5 Student Representative

Andrea Lastra
University of Houston

Region 5 Junior Representative

Luisa Florez

Region 6

Region 6 Vice President

Rodrigo Lopez
SAI Advance Power Solutions

Region 6 Graduate Representative

Julie Lorenzo
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Region 6 Student Representative

Alexander Torres-Soto
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Region 6 Junior Representative

Gabriela Moya
Emerson Automation Solutions

Region 7

Region 7 Vice President

Andres Vargas
Northrop Grumman

Region 7 Graduate Representative

Gavin Gonzales
Duke University

Region 7 Student Representative

Mariana Avila
University of Central Florida

Region 7 Junior Representative - VACANT

Want to become a SHPE leader?

Inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more. Become an elected leader of the SHPE familia. Your community will thank you (and so will your resume!)