Meet The Teams


Tanya Howe

President

Mrs. Howe has forty one years' experience in land development & manages the daily corporate operations, providing electric consulting services under the engineering and customer service department. Additionally, she is responsible for preparation and oversight of contracts and financial analysis associated with business operations & daily personnel functions.


Frederic Howe

Principal / Owner

Mr. Howe, a graduate of The Citadel class of '79, has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a combined forty one year career in regulated electrical utility engineering service. Expertise includes; 23 years with Dominion Virginia Power & 18 years as the business owner. Mr. Howe co-manages the daily corporate operations, providing electric consulting services under the engineering and customer service department. He is also co-responsible for preparation and oversight of contracts and financial analysis associated with business operations. Mr. Howe provides direct contract negotiations with clients and partners for business opportunities and expansion efforts.


Wade Woolard

Sr. Vice President

Mr. Woolard, a graduate of Averett University class of '06 with a Master of Business Administration; Old Dominion University class of '99 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET); and a graduate of J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College class of '96 with an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). Expertise includes; 5 years at Dominion Virginia Power & 11 years as an officer with Utility Professional Services Inc. Mr. Woolard manages the operational side of the business which includes daily service delivery of both electrical design and coordination of all utility designs and between team directors, managers and our clients. He is also responsible for new business development and marketing strategies.


Dale Kniffin

Vice President of Telecommunications

Mr. Kniffin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Project Management (BSBA-PM) from Strayer University. He began his career in the United States Navy as an Electricians Mate, responsible for managing the daily maintenance of all the ship board electrical distribution systems with aboard the USS MIssouri-BB63. After serving for 6 years, he began his career with Verizon as an Installation/Repair Tech. Over the 16 years that followed, he gained experience and knowledge in telecommunication copper and fiber optic placing, splicing, maintenance, and design engineering, ending his career with Verizon as an OSP Engineer, responsible for all aspects of engineering in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Hartwood wire centers. Mr. Kniffin joined UtilityPros in 2005 and brings his expertise of telecommunications and electrical engineering. 


John Rothnie

Director, Electric Engineering

Mr. Rothnie’s expertise in dry utility engineering and coordination stems from an impressive 36 year tenure with Dominion Virginia Power. With DVP he held several different positions, eventually working as a Lead Project Designer, where he was responsible for customer relations, schedule adherence, and completing electrical designs. His projects were complex and varied, including residential, commercial, reliability, and VDOT highway projects. Mr. Rothnie has been with UtilityPros since 2008 as a Director of Dry Utility Engineering.


Dustin Kleinman

Distribution Engineer II

Mr. Kleinman graduated from The Citadel in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Kleinman was brought on because of his knowledge of Electrical engineering and prior experience in telecommunications which are valuable attributes to UtilityPros and our clients.


Eric Rodriguez

Distribution Engineer II

Mr. Rodriguez graduated from North Carolina State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Eric’s experience includes professional office management within the survey engineering and computer aided drafting and design (CADD) fields he obtained working with a small business firm in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Mr. Rodriguez brings his knowledge of Electrical Engineering and prior experience in maintaining positive client relationships and on-time service delivery, to UtilityPros clients.


Joe Albano

Distribution Engineer I

Mr. Albano earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from George Mason University. His previous work experience includes management and sales, which brings an unparalleled level of professionalism and dedication to our clients.


Joseph Guthrie

Associate Distribution Engineer

Mr. Guthrie holds an Associate’s degree in General Studies and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from James Madison University. He has a strong background in dry utility design and preparation of detailed drawings for permitting, easements, and construction. Joey is detail oriented and stringent with the QA/QC process to identify conflicts and potential issues prior to submission of plans to our clients and/or the utility companies.

Nicholas DeSantis, P.E.

Transmission Engineer

Mr. DeSantis has over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of Transmission Line Engineering for voltages ranging from 69kV to 500 kV. Responsibilities included economic route / site selection, structural design, bill of material requirements, permit requirements, real estate requirements, survey requirements, right-of-way clearing requirements, foreign utility coordination, outside consultant coordination, local, federal and state agency coordination, vendor evaluation and selection, contract construction bid packages, standards development. He has extensive knowledge of industry standards and has actively participated in various National Standards Committees, most notably the 2002 Edition of the National Electrical Safety Code, ASCE Manual 74 and is currently a member of ANSI C29 Insulator Standards Committee


Edward Gloeggler, P.E.

Civil and Structural Engineer 

LTJG. Gloeggler comes to the UtilityPros team with a Bachelor of Science,  Civil and Enviromental Engineeing degree from Virginia Military Institute. He has experience in structural, foundational, and civil engineering to include structural analysis, concrete design, structural steel design, foundation design, field inspections, drainage systems, detention design, as well as code compliance at local, state, and federal levels. Ed's skill set will be utilized for conflict resolution, which is to identify and resolve and minimize conflicts which may be created in the interim period unknowingly due to architect, MEP, civil, landscape and dry utility design changes, prior to construction bid and build process to aid in reducing potential obvious GC change order impacts, based on design and site conflicts. 

 


Dale Kniffin

Vice President of Telecommunications

Mr. Kniffin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Project Management (BSBA-PM) from Strayer University. He began his career in the United States Navy as an Electricians Mate, responsible for managing the daily maintenance of all the ship board electrical distribution systems with aboard the USS MIssouri-BB63. After serving for 6 years, he began his career with Verizon as an Installation/Repair Tech. Over the 16 years that followed, he gained experience and knowledge in telecommunication copper and fiber optic placing, splicing, maintenance, and design engineering, ending his career with Verizon as an OSP Engineer, responsible for all aspects of engineering in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Hartwood wire centers. Mr. Kniffin joined UtilityPros in 2005 and brings his expertise of telecommunications and electrical engineering. 


David Nelson

Director, Telecommunication Engineering

Mr. Nelson manages daily operations, providing telecommunications consulting and engineering services. In his role as director he is also responsible for coordinating all of the dry utilities, including electric and gas, while working with our clients to deliver those services on time and on budget. Mr. Nelson brings over 43 years experience in dry utility design and engineering to UtilityPros. Before joining UtilityPros he worked for Verizon Communications doing telecommunications design, right of way engineering, pole and underground design engineering, and micro station design. The majority of his career was spent with C&P Telephone Company (also known as Bell Atlantic, Verizon and Frontier Communications) where he held several different positions. His experience includes equipment supplying, electronic switch engineering, lineman, and splicing. He ended his tenure with Verizon as an Engineer. He designed outside plant including pole lines, conduit systems, air pressure, highway work, and high tech equipment for high speed systems.


Joe Landon

Manager, Gas Engineering

Mr. Landon graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining UtilityPros, he spent 16 years working in construction management and accounting and 16 years in property management. Mr. Landon joined UtilityPros in 2014 and brings valuable knowledge and skills to our Construction Management team.

Rand Sompayrac

Director of Construction

Mr. Sompayrac joins UtilityPros with a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of fields that prove invaluable as the Director of Construction. Mr. Sompayrac is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. His previous experience with Hazel Land Companies, Inc. as the Director of Residential Sales and Marketing brings a valuable set of skills including budget management, market analysis, and development of large master planned communities. Mr. Sompayrac also has previous experience as a contractor for the Federal Government managing advanced military technologies for the US Army’s Technology Security Project. As a previous small business owner, Mr. Sompayrac understands the financial and regulatory nuances of running a business, optimizing cash-flow, and managing personnel. All of his experiences have given him the tools to work with our client’s and their teams to successfully complete the dry utility construction portion of their projects.


Joe Landon

Manager, Construction

Mr. Landon graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining UtilityPros, he spent 16 years working in construction management and accounting and 16 years in property management. Mr. Landon joined UtilityPros in 2014 and brings valuable knowledge and skills to our Construction Management team.

Tony Milam

Manager, CAD Engineering

Mr. Milam has 24 years of experience in the Drafting field in all genres including Civil, Mechanical, Architectural, Structural, and Electrical. He has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Drafting Design Technology from ITT Technical Institute. Mr. Milam has a strong background in Civil for Communications survey, design, and preparation of detailed drawings for Permitting, Easements, and Construction. He also has experience in management over small groups of CADD Technicians, Installation Technicians, and Utility Construction crews. With UtilityPros Mr. Milam manages the CAD Department and is responsible for managing the day to day operations and scheduling of the design work load.

Ashley Raska

Director Client Services

Ashley Raska graduated from Longwood University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She worked several years in health care and has experience in both patient care and administration. Mrs. Raska also earned a Paralegal Certification from George Mason University in 2012.


Dawn Leidy

Sr. Client Services Administrator

Ms. Leidy has been in the accounting services field since 1994. Previously a Budget Specialist for 7 years at the Federal Judicial Center, she managed various deposit accounts and served as liaison between vendors and the accounting department. Dawn has been with UtilityPros for 6 years serving as a Senior Client Services Administrator, supporting the management of the financial tracking system, monthly billing, and client services. Dawn holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Virginia Tech.

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