As part of their commitment to the Trust and its mission, all board members actively participate in fundraising by organizing events, spearheading annual drives, and leading other such efforts. In addition, all board members make personal financial contributions to the Trust.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Dan Dragone, chief sales officer of BAUER-Pileco Inc., is the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the DFI Educational Trust, effective January 1. He succeeds M. Byrl Williams who retired as chair and member of the board at the end of December 2017. Dragone joined the Trust board in 2012. Since that time, he has served as board secretary and, most recently, as vice chair. He joined BAUER-Pileco in 2009 after working in various positions with Kelly Tractor Co. for over 28 years.
|Chair:||Dan Dragone||Bauer-Pileco, Inc.|
|Vice Chair:||Tracy Brettmann||A.H Beck Foundation Co., Inc.|
|Treasurer:||Michael Wysockey||Thatcher Foundations|
|Secretary:||Rudolph Frizzi||Langan Engineering and Environmental Services|
|Dan Brown||Dan Brown and Associates PC|
|Zoran Curanovic||Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, Inc.|
|Judith Gorog-Petit||Skyline Steel LLC|
|Roger Healey||Richard Goettle, Inc.|
|Bernard Hertlein||GEI Constultants|
|Seth Pearlman||Menard USA|
|Mark J. Rice||McNeil, Silveira, Rice & Wiley|
|Lars Richter||AECON Foundations|
|Helen Robinson||GEI Consultants|
|Andrew C. Verity||Terracon Consultants|
|Emeritus Trustees:||M. Byrl Williams||Foundation Constructors, Inc.|
|David B. Coleman||Underpinning & Foundation Skanska, Inc.|
|Richard Short||Consulting Geotechnical Engineer|
Executive DirectorTheresa Engler, executive director of DFI since 2006, also serves as the executive director of the DFI Educational Trust. From 1998-2006, she served as assistant director and operations manager. She is responsible for the operations, technical activities, regional chapters and marketing of DFI, and reports to the DFI Board of Trustees.
Working in collaboration with the DFI board, Engler has spearheaded significant growth at DFI including new members, technical committees, educational events, publications and regional chapters in Europe, India and the Middle East. She is actively involved in the deep foundations industry and represents DFI and the Trust at conferences and seminars worldwide. She attended Fairfield University and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In 2015, Theresa was unanimously elected to membership in The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry.