Region 1 Update: A Look at What’s Been Happening This Past Year

In the past Region 1 has boasted as being the largest ASPE Region, but now we are second by just a couple members. However, we have been growing month by month during this Chapter year, regaining most of the members who we lost due to the pandemic.

On June 3–4, Region 1 held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. It was great to see all of the Region’s leadership back together again.

The following ASPE members represented their Chapters at the 2022 Region 1 Meeting:

  • Baltimore: Charles Swope, PE, CPD
  • Boston: Chris Curran, CPD, Luther Thevenin, CPD
  • Capital Region NY: Illsa Liebler, CPD, Jean Martin, CPD
  • Central New York: Daniel C. Gehl, CPD
  • Connecticut: Nicole Parker, CPD
  • Long Island: Paul Freeman, PE, CPD
  • Montreal: Eric Fournier, Ing, Patrice Vignola, Marc Olivier de Tilly
  • New Jersey: Anthony J. Curiale, CPD, FASPE, Dan O’Gorman, CPD
  • New York: Robb Risani, PE, CPD
  • Philadelphia: Ken Clark, Paul Silvestre, FASPE
  • Virginia Blue Ridge: Jay Otto Jr.
  • Washington, D.C.: Joseph Niedzielski, CPD, GPD, Juan Rojas


Other Region 1 representatives were Affiliate Liaison Lauren Berenato and AYP Liaison Nikita Patel, EIT. ASPE Executive Director/CEO, Billy Smith, FASPE, and Vice President, Technical, Vincent (Vinny) Falkowski, PE, PMP, CCM, also attended.

A Taste of What Happened This Year in Region One

During this term I drafted a letter to send to prospective members of other trades (i.e., architect, mechanical, etc.) that let them know about our Society. The Philadelphia Chapter also has appointed a team of affiliates to converse personally with the these entities about membership in ASPE.

The Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia Blue Ridge, and Hampton Roads Chapters joined in connecting with the Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association (VPMIA). We decided to interact with this organization for two reasons:

  1. They are the reviewers and inspectors of projects in this tri-state area.
  2. They also are eager to interact with the engineers and their work affecting project reviews in these areas.

The New York City Chapter has been successful in attracting more than 100 attendees to their monthly Chapter meetings on a consistent basis. These attendees consist of engineers, affiliates, plumbing installers, and others. The NYC Chapter does not charge members monthly fees for dinners as their meetings are sponsored by affiliates.

The Philadelphia Chapter has been bringing quality education to their members thanks to the efforts of Chapter President Ken Clark.

As you can see, during this past Chapter year Region 1 produced some hardworking members who went beyond the norm to make this Region the best it can be. As Region 1 Director, I was honored to present this year’s Director’s Awards of Merit.

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