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.


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.



  • President: Pamela Neckar
  • Vice President: Penrose Wolf
  • Treasurer: Armando Francisco
  • Secretary: Walter Jones

NEO Committee Chairs

  • Advocacy: Jim Cicero
  • Communication: Chris Halapy
  • Emerging Leaders: Jennifer Storey
  • Partnership: Tadhg O’Crowley
  • Program: Jeff Appelbaum & Phil Kerber
  • Resources: Open

Central Ohio Committee Chairs

  • Formation Committee: Sherm Moreland, Jennifer Horvath, Tom Garske, Ed Keener, Jeff Ortman, Stephen Metz, Randy Sleeper, Monica Wagner, Tim Gusler
  • Program: Jeff Ortman
  • Partnership: Ed Keener

Board of Directors

  • Jeffery Appelbaum
  • Armando Francisco
  • Chris Halapy
  • Gary Hribar
  • Walter Jones
  • Layne Kendig
  • Phil Kerber
  • Pat Klanac
  • Sean McDermott
  • Sherm Moreland
  • Pamela Neckar
  • Brian Swope
  • Bryan Wahl
  • Penrose Wolf