Board of Directors

Sarah Jones

President | Civil Practice Leader, David Evans and Associates

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

8.68 Years of service | Program Graduate

Megan VanDelinder

Vice President | HR and Recruiting Director, Concept Systems

B.S. Communications, Arizona State University

10.97 Years of service

Megan began her work with MECOP in 2011 as an alternate member representative with Concept Systems, and later transitioned into the member representative role. In 2014 Megan was elected Public Relations Chair, a role she served for 2 years before being elected into the Vice Chair position in June of 2016. In July of 2017, she transitioned into the MECOP Chair position and is now the Outgoing Chair, continuing to serve on the board and assist with ongoing projects and initiatives. As the HR & Recruiting Director for Concept Systems, Megan coordinates internally with managers for annual internship needs and is actively engaged in the MECOP program attending events as a member representative and with the board, including presenting at 407 lectures at Oregon State and University of Portland. Concept Systems has had a great relationship with MECOP over the past 12 years and continues to have exceptional interns. Concept Systems has hired numerous MECOP alumni during this time and continues to support and promote the MECOP program.

Jim Griffis

Treasurer | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Forest Engineering, Oregon State University

24.41 Years of service

Jim is retired from practice, ending his career as senior vice president for a west coast based, 1000 person consulting engineering firm with offices throughout the U.S. Jim became involved with MECOP when more demand for civil engineering interns was expressed from industry (1998) and represented one of the six “founding” firms for the CECOP (Civil Engineering Cooperative Program) branch of MECOP. Jim is a past chairman of CECOP, having been involved with the program for 20 years now. Even in retirement, Jim strongly believes in the program and sees this small investment in his time as very small price to pay, working for and with those students who will take our place and become tomorrow’s leaders.

Cody Kenny

CECOP President | Principal, Evergreen Engineering

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

9.57 Years of service | Program Graduate

Jeff Loftin

CECOP Outgoing President | Engineer II, City of Gresham

13.75 Years of service

Gary McGuire

Committee Chair - Business Disciplines | MECOP Emeritus Member

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

14.13 Years of service | Program Graduate

Gary was one of the first Mechanical Engineers to go through the MECOP program and was hired by one of the two companies that he interned with. His career has been in product design and has managed design groups through new product development cycles including sustaining the product during manufacturing. He has brought MECOP to new companies and set up the Rand Sherwood Scholarship fund with OSAC when he was the committee chair of the Student Support Committee. Later he served as MECOP's Chair, during which two committees were created; the New Member Committee and the New Company Recruiting and Retention Committee (NCRRC) of which he is currently serving as Committee Chair.

Steve Horvath

Committee Chair - Electronics | Staff Aviation Systems Engineer, Garmin AT

B.S. Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

21.5 Years of service

Steve is a Staff Aviation Systems Engineer at Garmin AT where he helps define and develop state-of-the-art avionics. His MECOP involvement stretches back nearly 20 years in roles from being a mentor to his current position as MECOP board member and its Electronics Committee chair. His background includes leadership positions at Motorola and Garmin AT, and he currently sits on the Oregon State University EECS industry advisory board. Starting from his experience of being a Kemper Scholar intern while attending the University of Illinois working towards his B.S. in Computer Science, Steve strives to balance the needs of the interns, the goals of the MECOP organizations, and the role MECOP takes toward providing experiential learning for students at the MECOP universities.

Clint Clow

Committee Chair - Manufacturing | Manufacturing Engineer, Oregon Tool, Inc.

M.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

4.39 Years of service

Susan Hawksworth

Committee Chair - New Members (MECOP) | Human Resources Manager, Oregon Tool, Inc.

10.35 Years of service

Susan is employed by Oregon Tool, Inc. (formerly Blount International) as a Human Resources Manager with Oregon Tool, Inc. where she supports the Corporate offices in Portland and two smaller facilities in Prescott, AZ. She has been with the company for over ten years, where she got her start as Corporate Recruiter. Susan is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration and has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Human Resources from Portland State University. She has been supporting the MECOP program as a company representative for almost ten years and enjoys interfacing with all of the talented students that come through the program each year. Oregon Tool has been a member of MECOP for over 40 years and employs a number of former MECOP Interns.

Gordon Munro

Committee Chair - Retention / Recruiting (MECOP) | Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech, Inc.

B.S. Civil Engineering, Oregon State University

16.58 Years of service

Since 1984 I have been a consulting civil engineer in Oregon working on public works infrastructure projects including planning, permitting, funding, design and construction administration in the fields of water, wastewater, storm water and transportation. I have also worked as city engineer on contract for seven communities assisting with development review, design standard development, CIP planning, small project design, water rights assessments, permit compliance, assistance with IGA's and other work as needed.

Eric Larson

Committee Chair - Student Support (MECOP) | Production Manager, A-dec

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

14.34 Years of service | Program Graduate

Eric currently works as a Production Manager for A-dec and has been with the company for 17+ years. Eric graduated from Oregon State University in 2000 and participated in MECOP as a student. During his time at A-dec, Eric continued to support the MECOP program as a mentor, company representative, and currently serves as a MECOP board member. There are currently over 40 MECOP grads working at A-dec.

Caithlin Kapsner

Board Member | Cambia Health Solutions

3.41 Years of service

Jordan Reed

Board Member | Sr. Manager of Operational Excellence, Benchmade Knife Company

B.S. Industrial Engineering, Oregon State University

9.49 Years of service | Program Graduate

Lester Tovey

Board Member | Sr. Operations Supervisor, Datalogic USA, Inc.

B.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University

21.7 Years of service | Program Graduate

Les is currently the Operations Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineer responsible for the Fulfilment and Service Repair areas at DataLogic in Eugene, OR. Before graduating from OSU in 1998, Les completed two MECOP internships at A-dec and LMC West. Just a couple years after graduation, he was appointed to lead the Student Support subcommittee and join the board of directors. Les was the first program graduate to be elected President, serving 2004-2005, and was recently chosen to again serve as President in the 2019-2020 cycle year. In two and a half decades Les has selected and mentored dozens of interns and firmly believes that being actively involved with MECOP is a “best practice” every bit as important as any other in the Engineering and Operations world.