Meet The Teams


Tanya Howe

President

Mrs. Howe has thirty six 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

Mr. Howe, a graduate of The Citadel class of '79, has a Bacehlors of Science degree in Business Administration with a combined thirty six year career in regulated electrical utility engineering service. Expertise includes; 23 years with Dominion Virginia Power & 13 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 a Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). Expertise includes; 5 years at Dominion Virginia Power & 8 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.

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.


Dennis Jones

Manager, Electric Engineering

Mr. Jones has been in the dry utility design and planning for over 40 years. He worked at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative for over 33 years starting out as a staking technician and retired as a Senior Special Projects Designer. While at REC he worked on both residential and commercial electrical design as well as system improvement projects, highway relocation projects, joint use attachments and street lighting projects. Dennis then worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation for 4 years as a Senior Subdivision and Permit Specialist issuing permits for all work performed on VDOT rights of way in 3 counties. He worked with developers on subdivision road design and taking private roads into the VDOT Secondary Road system. Dennis is a graduate of Smithdeal-Massey College and is an Army veteran. He has been with UtilityPros for 4 years as Manager of Distribution Electric Engineering.


Harold Hines

Manager, Electric Engineering

Mr. Hines has 30 years of experience in power design including 13 years with the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. He also worked with T & D Associates for 6 years doing design for power companies in Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Hines provides electrical consulting services and best practice designs to builder/developer clients to guarantee least cost method of utility installation. Mr. Hines is responsible for service delivery of both electrical design and coordination of all utility designs between other managers and clients.


Dustin Kleinman

Associate Distribution Engineer

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

Associate Distribution Engineer

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.

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

Dale Kniffin

Director, Telecomm Engineering - Southeast

Mr. Kniffin 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, Telecomm Engineering - Northwest

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.


Leon Edwards

Manager, Telecomm Engineering

John Bunch

Manager, Gas Engineering

With UtilityPros, Mr. Bunch manages daily operations, providing natural gas consulting and engineering services. He acts as liaison between clients and the public gas utilities to ensure that mains and services are installed in a timely manner to the specific projects. Prior to coming to UtilityPros, Mr. Bunch spent 30 years at Washington Gas where he held several management positions. He served as a manager of telesales, and the manager of a satellite office. In other management positions, he introduced AutoCAD in facility design and successfully implemented the program which is now in use throughout the company. Mr. Bunch also instituted a joint trench program between Washington Gas, NOVEC, Bell Atlantic, local cable operators, Northern Pipeline, and South Riding development which led to a 10% cost savings for all participants.

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 19 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.


Frederic Howe, IV

Sr. Cad Engineer / Network Engineer

Mr. Howe has 10 years' combined experience in Architectural & Civil Drafting and Design with 6 years experience in IT support and Network Administration. Mr. Howe attended J. Sargeant Reynolds C.C. in the Architecture Degree Program and is currently attending ECPI University to obtain a BS in Network Security. Mr. Howe is lead 3d designer for SFD, Switchroom and Streetlight designs.

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.


Bill Bell

Manager, General Services

Mr. Bell is responsible for oversite of company property, assistance with reprographics and printing services and several company activities. Mr. Bell has a diverse background including years of service to his Country in the United States Navy. Mr. Bell also drove 18 wheeled trucks for several years working on the music and theatre circuit. He carried equipment for many famous performers across the country from city to city.

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