Transforming Leadership Opportunities into Reality

The Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (FELI) is a leadership program that puts training into practice. It was created to transition engineering professionals into community professionals and leaders within our societies, communities, and workplaces. Through its initial 10-month class, FELI enhances the leadership skills of its participants and sets out a clear pathway to put these skills into practice serving our profession and our communities. FELI also provides networking across the current and past classes, serving as an outreach group to business and community leaders.

FELI runs from November through August and consists of six sessions held in key cities throughout Florida. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership, ranging from development of personal leadership skills to team building, through interactive sessions and first hand accounts from experts in their respective fields.

FELI Class of 2023 Members

The 2023 FELI class includes 40 professional engineers who are honored to build on the FELI Program legacy, accepting the challenge to transform from engineering leaders into community leaders and give back to communities across Florida.

Fathy Abdalla, Kisinger Campo & Associates

Erik Alcantara, AECOM

Juan Bolivar, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

Etienne Bourgeois, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Brandon Bruner, Moffatt & Nichol

Sandra Bucklew, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Orlando Castro, Hazen and Sawyer

Kellie Clark, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Aylin Costa Napoles, RS&H

Josenrique Cueto, Miami-Dade County DTPW

Jaime Deese,  Keystone Civil, Inc.

Carlos Del Pino, CAP Government, Inc.

Grant Fichter, AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

Jason Flick, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson

John Fowler, HNTB Corporation

Lisa Fruge, WSP USA, Inc.

Tim Garrett, HNTB Corporation

Steven Johnston, TLP Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Tammy Kreisle, Faller, Davis & Associates, Inc.

Tim Lattner, FDOT

Gregory Lehr, Chen Moore & Associates, Inc.

Alfred Lurigados, BCC Engineering, LLC

Ximena Pernett Medina, Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)

Joshua Midence, Asphalt Group, Inc. – De Moya Group

Anthony Nguyen, WGI, Inc.

Joshua Nolin, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Jennifer Nunn, The Balmoral Group

Joshua Pedersen, Patel, Greene, and Associates, Inc.

Juan Prieto, Nova Consulting

Paola Riveros, R.J. Behar & Company, Inc.

Andrew Rodgers, WSP USA, Inc.

Joey Roselli, American Structurepoint, Inc.

Albert Salas, FDOT

Michael Shepard, FDOT

Kati Sherrard, FDOT

Kennedy Simmonds, Pevida Highway Designers (PHD)

Amit Singh, Scalar Consulting Group

Gregory Spelios, Pinnacle Consulting Enterprise, Inc.

Daniel Suarez, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Brent Wilkins, RS&H

40 Engineers Graduate From FELI Class of 2022

FELI recently saw 40 professional engineers graduate from its Class of 2022.

The new graduates hail from throughout Florida, and they participated in the 10-month program, with class sessions held in key cities throughout Florida.

As part of their leadership training, the Class of 2022 adopted two charitable programs – Sleep In Heavenly Peace, which helps ensure no child sleeps on the floor, and Feeding Florida, the food bank network of Florida.

All total, FELI students:

– Raised more than $66,000 for both charitable programs,

– Built about 100 bunk-beds for the Sleep In Heavenly Peace program, and

– Conducted bed builds in Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami.

The FELI Class of 2022 graduation took place in conjunction with the FES and ACEC Florida Annual Conference.