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Our Team

Vansant & Gusler believes that maximizing our client services begins with support of our staff’s personal growth, development and success. This core value is demonstrated in many ways including; open and honest communication, encouraging healthy work/life balance, continuing personal education, mutual respect, support of personal goals and positive recognition.

Our staff includes 20 employees, six registered Professional Engineers and  Engineers in Training.

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Tad Sellers –  P.E. President, Electrical Department Head

Mr. Sellers, President and Chief Electrical Engineer, brings over 27 years professional service in providing design of electrical systems including overhead and underground power, interior and exterior power and lighting, data and voice communications, fire alarm, security, emergency power systems and grounding. Major design pro‐ jects include communications and electronic facilities, schools, office buildings, multi‐family housing, emergency power systems and electrical distribution systems. He is familiar with projects requiring conformance to various state and local codes and federal government criteria.

Bachelor of  Science in Electrical Engineering,  Duke University

Professional Electrical Engineer, Virginia

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers

Virginia Society of Professional Engineers

Pete Striffler – P.E. Vice President, Mechanical Department Head

Mr. Striffler, Chief Mechanical Engineer and Corporate Secretary, brings over 45 years of professional experience providing design services for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems, provides plumbing design, and fire protection engineering, and performs energy utilization studies. He began his career at Shell Oil Company in Norco, LA. He has been providing design services since the early 1990’s throughout Hampton Roads and along the East Coast. Projects include planning studies, preparation of construction documents, and construction consultation.

Bachelor of  Science, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Master of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

OSHA Certified

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Past president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASHRAE

Society of American Military Engineers

National Society of  Professional Engineers

Virginia Society of  Professional  Engineers

Molly Stewart – Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Stewart, Chief Financial Officer, brings over 18 years of administrative and professional experience to the A/E industry.  She provides design and construction administration support.  She is experienced in both the SpecsIntact and Masterspec specification programs.   Molly is the Corporate Treasurer and manages the corporate finances, as well as human resources.

Master of Business Administration; Old Dominion University

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts Management Program); Virginia Wesleyan College

Society of Design Administrators

Society of Human Resource Management

Hampton Roads Society of Human Resource Management

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

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Dawn Best – Director of Business Development and Corporate Communications

Ms. Best, Director of Business Development, brings almost 25 years of Sales, Marketing and Management experience to our team. Most of her career has been primarily in strategic business development, private consulting, and senior management encompassing the pursuit and execution of IDIQ, RFP, RFQ, P3, A/E and G/C design bid/build, LEED, life cycle delivery methods, auditing industry legislation (state/federal), industry/construction technology, and their environmental impacts. Her diversity and comprehensive tenure in the industry make her a valuable asset.

Double Master Degree, Regent University in Leadership/Strategic Planning, and MPA (Public Administration)

Bachelor’s Degree, Strategic Leadership, Regent University

Associates Degree, Paralegal pre-law Tidewater Community College

Certified Legal Assistant, Virginia Western Community College

CURRENT:
S.A.M.E. (Society of American Military Engineers), HR Post, STEM Committee member

VSHE (Virginia Society Healthcare Engineers), HR Co-Chair Planning Committee

HRACRE (Hampton Roads American Commercial Real Estate) Legislative Committee Member

HRACRE ((Hampton Roads American Commercial Real Estate) Local Affairs Co-Chair Committee Member

ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies), Virginia Chapter, Vertical Committee Member

NCHEA (North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association), Associate Board member

FORMER:
USGBC (H/R Chapter of US Green Building Council), frmr Vice President

HR/UHCA (Hampton Roads Utility Heavy Contractors Association, frmr member

ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors), HR Assoc, frmr member

WID (Women in Defense), HR Chapter, frmr board member

NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association), Virginia Chapter, frmr member

Greater H/R Cape Henry Rotary Club, frmr member

H.E.R. Shelter (Help Emergency Response), frmr board member

Pasquale DeMartino – P.E. Professional Mechanical Engineer

Mr. DeMartino, Mechanical Engineer, brings over 40 years of professional mechanical engineering/design experience in design/build, new construction, renovations, repairs, and additions to various facility types including Federal, State, and Municipal projects.  He is familiar with HVAC systems and system controls, including LEED systems; VAV; geothermal; VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume) systems; heat pumps; chilled water systems; hot water systems; primary-secondary pumping; variable flow pumping; enthalpy wheels; air to air energy recovery; high temperature hot water and steam systems;  LEED systems compliance; DDC systems; energy management through demand control ventilation; occupancy sensors; and CO2 monitoring.

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University

Professional Mechanical Engineer, Virginia

OSHA Certified

 

LEED Accredited Professional BD + C 

American Society of Healthcare Engineers

Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers

American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers

Chris Poffenbarger

BCxP, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C   – Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Poffenbarger, Mechanical Engineer, brings over 24 years of professional experience with over half of those years as an employee with our firm. His expertise covers all phases of mechanical consulting engineering, including design, energy analyses, life cycle costing, problem-solving and report preparation. He is accustomed to a wide variety of project types, including healthcare facilities, educational facilities, industrial facilities, central plants, and office buildings. He is highly skilled in the analysis of indoor air quality issues, investigative and remedial engineering and HVAC system commissioning.

Associates of Applied Science in Mechanical Technology, Tidewater Community College

Healthcare Design Professional

Building Commissioning Professional

OSHA Certified

 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers American

Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers

United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional

Building Commissioning Professional

Wil Taylor – P.E. Professional Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Taylor, Mechanical Engineer, brings 5 years of professional design services for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems and performs energy utilization studies. He has experience in energy envelope calculations, heating and cooling load calculations, HVAC equipment selections, and conformance analyses for ASHRAE minimum ventilation requirements.  Mr. Taylor has experience with projects ranging from commercial, municipal, and Department of Defense buildings to places of worship.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University

Professional Mechanical Engineer, Virginia

USGBC LEED Green Associate

OSHA Certified

U.S. Green Building Council

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Vansant & Gusler, Inc. Board of Directors

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Corey Kozera – P.E. Professional Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Kozera, Mechanical Engineer, presents Vansant & Gusler, Inc. with over 6 years of professional design services and project management in mechanical engineering. His design skills include equipment selection, acoustic analysis, detailed heat transfer/load calculations and control systems. On the production side Corey is proficient in AutoCAD and REVIT but also has experience with Inventor and Fusion 360. Mr. Kozera’s well rounded experience spans into departmental continuing education including LEED Certification as well as quality control checks and field investigation.  His quality-driven personality makes him a great asset for any team.

Bachelor of Science,  Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech

Professional Mechanical Engineer, Virginia

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Jonathan Woodruff, LC – Electrical Engineer

Mr. Woodruff, Electrical Engineer, brings over 25 years of professional design services for new and renovated electrical systems including power, lighting, fire detection, communications, intrusion detection, emergency systems, lighting protection,  specialized systems and more. His breadth of experience traverses federal, municipal, commercial, educational, hospitality, church, residential and healthcare applications. Jonathan possess extensive knowledge of leading industry codes and standards and is adept at most phases of the entire construction/administration process including RFP’s, MasterSpec, fieldwork, team leadership and quality assurance.

NCQLP Lighting Certified Professional

Old Dominion University

Associate of Applied Science Electrical Engineering :The Discipline of Electrical Engineering; Tidewater Community College

Lighting Certified Professional

 

 

IES Tidewater Section 133 Board member 2009-2017; 2019-Present

IES Tidewater Section 133 Secretary 2009-2010

IES Tidewater Section 133 Vice-President 2010-2012

IES Tidewater Section 133 President, 2012-2015

IES South Region District 3 Vice-Chair 2014-2015

IES South Region District 3 Chair 2015-2017

Jonathan Soares – Plumbing Engineer

Mr. Soares, Plumbing Engineer, brings 25 years of experience in plumbing system design including domestic water piping, sanitary piping, medical gas, lab gas piping and LEED certification. Major design projects include office buildings, schools, science buildings, repair shops, and hospitals. Familiar with projects requiring conformance to various state and local codes and federal government criteria.

OSHA 10 Certified

Penn Lima – Electrical Engineer

Penn, Electrical Engineer, brings more than 27 years of diversified experience in the field of Engineering with an extensive experience and knowledge in Electrical Works for Buildings and other infrastructure projects. Her experience spans Design & Supervision for Lighting and Power system design, Low-current & ELV systems (Fire Alarm, CCTV, Public Address, Telephone/Data), Load Schedule Distribution & load balancing for Panel board and Switchgear including Main Feeder wires, electrical and mechanical load calculations and estimating. Penn’s talents extend into the testing and commissioning of building electrical systems as well as the technical reporting and documentation that goes along with it.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila

Master in Public Administration, Manuel L. Quezon University – Manila

OSHA 10 Certified

 

Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines Inc.

Andrew Ngibuini – Electrical Engineer

Andrew, Electrical Engineer, brings almost 6 years of professional experience in the field of Engineering. He utilizes his great communication and his project management skills to prioritize task and provide quality assurances and compliances on projects. He is skilled in electrical design calculations including electrical distribution. Andrew is versed in the electrical codes and standards as well as a very proficient draftsperson using AutoCAD. His time management and organizational skills give him the the ability to manage multiple projects and work well with teams.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Minor in Engineering Management, Old Dominion University

Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology Certificate, Tidewater Community College

Certificate of Completion, MATLAB Fundamentals

 

Illuminating Engineering Society

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Richard Bauer​ – P.E. Professional Electrical Engineer

Richard Bauer, Electrical Engineer, brings over 20 years of engineering experience to our firm. Richard is a licensed electrical engineer who has experience in designing electrical services, electrical distribution, equipment connections, lighting, emergency lighting, renewable energy, standby power, communications and specialty systems. He is well versed in Department of Defense work, as well as industrial and commercial projects. Richard is a lead design engineer and mentors engineers and designers working with him.

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Milwaukee

Professional Electrical Engineer, Virginia

Professional Electrical Engineer, Wisconsin

Professional Electrical Engineer, North Carolina

SAME Hampton Roads Post – 2012 Engineer of the Year

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Charlie Harrelson, Jr. –  E.I.T. Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Harrelson, Mechanical Engineer, brings 3 years experience with HVAC and Plumbing design on government projects. His design experience combined with his natural leadership and entreprenurial skills have provided Charlie the tools to thrive in the industry. He is proficient in ductwork and pipe sizing and layouts, airflow calculations, As-Builts of completed projects and overall customer service. He is certified in AutoCAD and has experience in Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Old Dominion University

Mechanical Engineer In Training

Associate of Science in General Engineering, Tidewater Community College

Certified Plumbing Design Technician

AutoCAD 2015 and Autodesk Inventor 2015 Certified

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

American Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE)

Anthony Neal – Production Technician

Mr. Neal, Production Technician, brings over 12 years of professional experience with production and design of electrical systems including interior and exterior power and lighting with lighting point by point calculations, data and voice communications and some design of fire alarm, security, emergency power systems. Mr. Neal also works with our Project Managers, Project Engineers and CAD Manager to manage and create all drafted documentation associated with projects. including gathering project requirements, preliminary and final design, procurement and As-Builts of equipment and materials, project monitoring and control.

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Joseph Repinski – Production Department Manager

Joseph, Production Department Manager/Mechanical Drafter, brings over 10 years experience in the AutoCAD and REVIT drafting realm. He is certified in multiple versions of Autocad and has worked in REVIT since version 2016. His experience even stretches into working with Bluebeam and Navisworks. He has produced contract drawings for a multitude of major projects in Hampton Roads including but not limited to major schools and colleges, area libriaries and a multitude of commercial and military buildings. Joseph has a task driven approach and possesses great communication skills and initiative, which make him a great leader for our production department.

Associate of Applied Science Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Tidewater Community College

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Dyrae Gambrell – Production Technician

Mr. Gambrell, Production Technician, has accumulated over 6 years of practical production experience in computer drafting plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire protection drawings. This AutoCAD, REVIT, Inventor and BIM 360 experience has been derived in the government, commercial and medical fields. He has used his progressive thinking, excellent communication skills and great work ethic to develop and modernize drafting standards, drawing libraries and maintain project deadlines. Dyrae is always ready to help and is a valuable asset to any team.

Associate of Applied Science Drafting and Design, ITT Technical Institute

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Jordan Doyle –  Electrical Designer

Mr. Doyle, Electrical Designer, brings over 7 years experience in CAD production, design consulting and project management. He is knowledgeable in construction standards and optimally efficient in CAD production. Jordan’s personal skills and breadth of knowledge in AutoCAD, Revit and AutoCAD Civil has made him a great mentor and team leader. His attention to detail provides him a keen eye for quality control and project review. His management talents will continue to grow while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering Technology.

Associate of Applied Science Architectural Drafting, Norfolk State University

Pursuing Bachelor of Science Construction Management Engineering Technology, Norfolk State University

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Wes Logan –  Electrical Designer

Mr. Logan, Electrical Designer, brings over 14 years experience in CAD production and electrical design. His experience spans over many notable projects and includes designs for healthcare facilities, realty developments and military projects both domestic and abroad. Wes’s design skills are accompanied with an extensive understanding of today’s current ASHRAE, IECC and LEED requirements as well as specialty equipment, RF Shielding and lighting controls. He is also well practiced in AutoCAD MEP, Revit and Inventor.

Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology, Tidewater Community College

Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design, Norfolk State University

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Dimori Rodriguez – Plumbing Designer

Mr. Rodriguez, Plumbing Designer, brings over 8 years experience with AutoCAD, Inventor and REVIT modeling to the world of MEP. During that time he also accrued experience designing plumbing solutions for hospitals, commercial projects, government projects, schools and dormitories, and correctional facilities. These skills combined with his knowledge of today’s NAVFAC and USACE CAD and Design standard makes him a valuable part of our team. He is quick and proficient responding to RFI’s, providing shop drawings and other construction documents.

Currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting & Design Technology, Tidewater Community College

Associate of Applied Science in Drafting & Design Technology, ITT Technical Institute

Advanced Technical Diploma, Ocean Lake High School

American Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE)

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Nyisha Artis – Administrative Assistant Construction Administration

Nyisha, Office Administrator, brings 10 years experience in administrative, professional and client support. She is a highly motivated professional with a wide range of skills including preparation of bid proposals, contract management, accounting and budget functions and outstanding customer service. Her business administration acumen combined with her positive attitude and attention to detail provides valuable in-house and client support for the firm.

Tidewater Community College pursuing Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Emma Sellers – Administrative Assistant Marketing

Miss Sellers, Marketing Administrative Assistant, has a diverse background that makes her a well rounded asset for our marketing team. Her experience spans professional, retail and educational sectors making her team work, customer support and organizational skills exceptional. Her desire for knowledge and improvement is combined with a tactful communication style making her sensitive and skillful in dealing with clients and the demands of engineering proposals and marketing. 

Associate of Applied Science in General Studies, Tidewater Community College

High School Diploma, Norfolk Christian Schools

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Become part of Vansant & Gusler’s (V&G) future as we approach our 65th anniversary. Our firm offers opportunities for growth, ownership and a chance to make an impact on the success and improvements of our company. See our current available opportunities here but remember V&G is always accepting resumes so if you are excited about where you see yourself with our firm, please email or call us.