Cogence is supported by its Partners and Emerging Leaders.

Cogence is a non-profit 501(c)(6) entity with a Board of Directors and complete governance by-laws to sustain the organization.

We completed an organizational restructuring in October 2020. This restructure included the creation of a Board of Overseers (i.e., the Cogence Alliance Board of Directors), whose purpose is to (1) serve as a think tank for industry-wide change (with input from chapters); (2) advocate for that change; (3) guide the direction and focus of programming; and, (4) provide oversight to chapter activities. The restructure also created formal Boards of Directors at the chapter-level. Each regional chapter has a separate Board of Directors, which includes a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Additionally, each chapter has three (3) primary committees: Partnerships, Programs, and Emerging Leaders, some chapters have Advocacy, DEI, and Resource committees — and the chairs (or co-chairs) of each committee serve on the Chapter Board. Terms run January 1st through December 31st.


Partners form the core of Cogence’s thought leadership and advocacy. They are senior members of their respective organizations who have direct leadership responsibility in project delivery decisions. Partnership is an active commitment to work together to improve construction industry outcomes.

Executive Director

Kevin Thompson,


Cogence Alliance Board of Directors

  • President: Scott Wagner, Regency Construction (2024-2025)
  • Vice President: Joanne Brown, Case Western Reserve University (2022-2024)
  • Treasurer: Armando Francisco, Lake Erie Electric (2022-2024)
  • Immediate Past President: Pamela Neckar, Impact Project Development, LLC (non-voting, 2024-2025)
  • Secretary: Kevin Thompson, Cogence Alliance (non-voting)
  • Chair, Programs: Sean McDermott, Cleveland Metroparks (2021-2025)
  • Chair, Diversity: Brad Berkowitz, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. (2022-2025)
  • At-Large: Jeff Appelbaum, Thompson Hine / PMC (2021-2024)
  • At-Large: Pat Klanac, PTA Engineering (2021-2024)
  • At-Large: Brendan Shea, Signet Real Estate (2024-2025)
  • At-Large: Jerry Klanac, PMA Consultants/University of Dayton (2024-2025)
  • NE Ohio Chapter President: Bob Hager, Brennen, Manna, Diamond (2022-2025)
  • Central Ohio Chapter President: Jennifer Son, The Ohio State University (2024-2025)
  • Southwest Ohio Chapter President: Alex Jonovski, Demain (2024-2025)

NEOhio Chapter Board of Directors

  • President: Bob Hager, Brennan Manna Diamond (2021-2025)
  • Vice President: Carter Edman, Marous Brothers (2021-2025)
  • Vice President & Chair of Partnership: Jeff Loyall, Turner Construction (2022-2024)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Cynthia Leitson, Tri-C (2021-2024)
  • Chair, Programs: Aaron Lobas, Osborn Engineering (2023-2025)
  • Chair, Emerging Leaders: Matt Morgan, Karpinski Engineering (2024-2026)
  • Chair, DEI National: Brad Berkowitz, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. (2022-2024)
  • At-Large: Jeff Meyers, DS Architecture (2024-2026)
  • At-Large: Ross Mitchell, TH Martin (2022-2024)

Central Ohio Chapter Board of Directors

  • President and Co-Chair, Programs: Jennifer Son, The Ohio State University (2024-2025)
  • Vice President: Kelly Greene, DIRTT Environmental Solutions (2024-2025)
  • Secretary: Stephen Metz, SMBH Inc. (2024-2025)
  • Treasurer: Kevin Thompson, Cogence
  • Co-Chair, Programs: David Scott, Brennen, Manna, Diamond (2023-2024)
  • Chair, Partnership: Jonathan Wilch, MA Design (2023-2024)
  • Emerging Leaders: Doug Smith, IMEG Corp.(2023-2024)
  • At-Large: Jeff Ortman, HAWA Engineers (2024-2025)

Southwest Ohio Chapter Board of Directors

  • President: Alex Jonovski, Demain (2024-2025)
  • Vice President: Nick Rittenger, HAWA Engineers (2024-2025)
  • Secretary: Krutarth Jain, Champlin Architecture (2024)
  • Treasurer: Kevin Thompson, Cogence
  • Chair, Programs: Jerry Klanac, PMA Consultants (2024)
  • Chair, Partnership: Steve Lawson, Shook Construction (2024-2025)
  • At-Large: Joe Ferdelman, Heapy Engineering (2024)