Commonwealth Announces Staff Promotions
Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (Commonwealth) announces the promotion of the following staff members in expanded leadership positions.
PROMOTED TO MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert (Rob) Bellucci, PE, joined Commonwealth Engineers in 1996 after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Rob is a boomerang employee who departed Commonwealth in the early 2000s to pursue engineering opportunities in Florida and was welcomed back in 2015. Rob is a firm Partner and Project Manager, licensed in the State of Indiana, who leads the administration of potable water and wastewater projects and serves as the communications link with clients, contractors, and public authorities. He is also responsible for managing Commonwealth’s construction inspection staff.
Commonwealth remains committed to offering the best in service excellence in our industry. Therefore, as we continue to grow, it has become necessary for the Board of Directors to also expand in the interest of our staff and clients. Rob’s new role as a Board member will mark the first time in Commonwealth’s 48-year history that the firm will have more than a three-member Board of Directors. He joins company president Albert Stong, PE, and Vice Presidents Brian Desharnais, PhD, PE, and Toby Church, PE, CEA.
PROMOTED TO MEMBER OF OPERATING COMMITTEE
Theresa Criss-Hartwig joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2009 and served as a Business Development Manager. Theresa is another boomerang employee who left Commonwealth in 2013 to serve as the Indiana Association of Regional Councils director. We welcomed Theresa back in 2018 as our Business Development Director to oversee and execute business development throughout Indiana and Kentucky.
Since her return, Theresa led the Business Development Team to tremendous success year after year. She is currently a Partner in the firm and has accepted a newly expanded role as a member of the Operating Committee to work in partnership with the Board of Directors to guide the company moving forward. Theresa holds a B.A. in Government and Business Administration from Western Kentucky University.
PROMOTED TO PROJECT MANAGER AND PARTNER
Rachel Runge, PE, joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2010 after earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Since that time, Rachel grew in her role as a Project Engineer spearheading the planning, design, and construction engineering of potable water and wastewater projects. Rachel successfully develops designs from the initial engineering concept through post-construction monitoring.
As a Project Manager and Partner, Rachel will continue to lead projects and mentor other Associates and staff. Rachel is the first female engineer to hold a Partner position with the firm. She is licensed in the State of Indiana and is an active member of the Indiana Water Environmental Association and the Indiana Section American Water Works Association.
PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATES PROGRAM
Dale Gick, PE of the Indianapolis office, and Brian Wilson, PE of the Fort Wayne office, have been promoted to Commonwealth’s Associate Program. The Associate Program exists to develop talent within our organization and allows exemplary team members to grow in leadership roles. Commonwealth Associates represent the future of Commonwealth Engineers.
Dale Gick, PE, joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2021 as a senior Project Engineer and Manager to oversee projects involving dams, levees, and stormwater engineering. Since 1995, Dale worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), where he first started his career with the Water Division, then in the Division of Engineering as the Assistant Director over the Planning and Design Branch. In 2012, he was promoted to the Director of the Division of Engineering. Special accolades include being a part of a team that received the Governor’s Public Service Achievement Team Award for the design of an Asian Carp barrier at Eagle Marsh. He was also a 2017 recipient of the Purdue Outstanding Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Alumni Award. Dale holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University.
Brian Wilson, PE, joined Commonwealth Engineers in 2015 after earning a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Southern Indiana. Brian is a Project Engineer whose responsibilities involve the planning and designing of wastewater collections projects. Brian’s primary strengths include SWMM modeling on multiple platforms, treatment plant hydraulic modeling, custom hydraulic analyses, pumping and surge mitigation systems, and combined sewer overflow treatment facilities. He also has in-depth experience with large diameter collection system projects and various installation techniques such as open-cut and trenchless construction methods. Brian is licensed in the State of Indiana and is an active member of the Indiana Water Environmental Association (IWEA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).