Leading By Example

Over the past 85 years and counting, EHRA Engineering has played an active role in building better communities throughout the Greater Houston region and beyond. Our company leaders are the ones who have made it all possible. 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Russ
Senior Principal | President | CEO

Jim Russ

Senior Principal | President | CEO

You could say Jim Russ is a man of tradition. A proud native and second-generation Aggie, Jim is also a fourth generation Principal at one of Houston’s longest standing, privately owned Engineering firms, EHRA Engineering.

Jim began his career in the Civil Construction industry soon after earning his Building Construction degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1986. He made the move to Civil Engineering in 1998, focusing on Land Development, Municipal Engineering and Public Infrastructure.

Celebrating its 85th Anniversary in 2021, EHRA’s legacy is that of commitment and service. Serving as President & CEO, Jim has the distinct honor of leading some of the most distinguished, well respected and accomplished professionals in the industry. As a leader, Jim is keenly aware of the delicate balance in a firm that exists between team member focus and innovation and client service. He is committed to inspiring a company culture that emphasizes quality of service, professionalism, honesty and integrity.  These are his personal guiding principals and ones that he continually emphasizes within himself and his team.

Jim is actively engaged in the growth and maintenance of the region through his volunteer work as an Executive Committee Member, Board Member and Committee Chair for numerous Civil Construction and Engineering industry professional organizations and associations, chambers of commerce and economic development councils throughout the Greater Houston region.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, networking and serving his community. An avid supporter of Texas A&M University, he takes great pride in his involvement with The Association of Former Students, The Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation, the Chancellor’s Century Council, College of Architecture and School of Public Health. Of course he also promotes Good Bull by attending as many Texas Aggie sporting events as possible. Gig ‘Em!

Hasan Syed, P.E.
Senior Principal | Executive Vice President | COO

Hasan Syed, P.E.

Senior Principal | Executive Vice President | COO

Hasan is the Practice Area Leader of the Land Development group and also serves as the Associate Principal. He received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1990 from the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar, Pakistan. Today, Hasan is responsible for the oversight of land development and site development group, conceptual engineering design of infrastructure for master planned communities and business development for EHRA Engineering. Hasan also serves as a District Engineer for eleven Municipal Utility Districts and serves as a member on Conroe Developers Committee. Hasan is a devoted husband and father, and enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife and three children. He is a travel enthusiast, as well as an avid golfer.

Andy Palermo, P.E., CFM
Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - H&H | CTO

Andy Palermo, P.E., CFM

Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - H&H | CTO

Andy Palermo started his engineering career as a summer intern at EHRA during his senior year in college. After obtaining a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University the following semester, he joined the EHRA team in 2003. He leads the Hydrology & Hydraulics and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team at EHRA as a Practice Area Leader, Senior Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of the firm. Andy’s experience ranges from creating master drainage plans for proposed master-planned communities, to drainage improvement projects for flood-impacted areas and watershed studies that result in FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map revisions. He is also involved with the firm’s Strategic Planning team, working to establish goals and objectives to continue the firm’s success. He is an active member in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Houston – Stormwater Management Committee Chair, West Houston Association (WHA) – Flood Control, Drainage & Wetlands Committee Vice-Chair, Texas Floodplain Management Association, and Houston Contractors Association – Flood Committee. Outside of work, Andy enjoys the occasional round of golf, working in the yard, coaching his son’s youth sports teams, and spending time with friends.

Blake McGregor, P.E.
Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Land Services | CCO

Blake McGregor, P.E.

Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Land Services | CCO

Blake McGregor graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He interned for EHRA in 2004 and 2005, and now 17 years later, Blake is a Principal and Senior Vice President of the firm, the Practice Area Leader for Land Services, Chief Compliance Officer, and serves on the Board of Directors. Blake has extensive knowledge in multi-acre multi-use tracts, single-family subdivisions , Master Plan Communities and Special Utility Districts. He also heads up EHRA’s TRIP (Tract Research Information and Planning) program.  Blake strives to lead the EHRA  and the Land Services practice area to great heights. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons and loves to do anything that involves being outside.

Jared Bowlin, P.E.
Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Land Services | Treasurer

Jared Bowlin, P.E.

Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Land Services | Treasurer

Jared brings over 15 years of experience and is the Senior Vice President of the firm, Treasurer, Practice Area Leader for Land Services, and serves on the Board of Directors. He received his education from the University of Houston and Louisiana State University. Day to day, Jared and his team improve efficiency, produce quality construction drawings, and create an environment that promotes growth of not only the practice area, but also of individual team members. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family. Jared's weekends include days by the pool and trips to the lake. Geaux Tigers!

Our Leadership Team

Huguette Abunhosa, P.E., R.P.L.S.
Associate Partner | Senior Project Manager - Land Services

Huguette Abunhosa, P.E., R.P.L.S.

Associate Partner | Senior Project Manager - Land Services
Robert D. Atkinson, Jr., P.E.
Associate Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - District Services

Robert D. Atkinson, Jr., P.E.

Associate Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - District Services

From a young age, Robert was around civil engineering—as some of his family members worked at EHRA Engineering. However, he received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982. Robert went to work in the civil engineering field after graduation just like his family had done. Today, Robert is the Senior Vice President and the Practice Area Leader for District Services. Robert has great knowledge in managing Municipal Utility Districts. EHRA was one of the original creators of the Municipal Utility District concept in the 1970’s. Outside of work, Robert enjoys flying airplanes, camping with his family in their RV, and traveling the world.

Chau Bao, P.E.
Associate | Practice Area Leader - District Services

Chau Bao, P.E.

Associate | Practice Area Leader - District Services

Chau Bao, P.E. is an Associate and Practice Area Leader of EHRA Engineering. Chau oversees the Public Works Practice Area in design and construction of Public Infrastructure projects. Chau is a graduate of Texas A&M University and has over two decades of experience in the Civil Engineering field. His management, leadership skills, and clear commitment to quality allow for the continuing growth of the Public Sector business. In his free time, Chau enjoys spending time with his wife and two lively kids. His motto in life is “There’s Magic on the Other Side of Fear.”

Chris Browne, LEED AP
Associate Principal | Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Planning & Visioning

Chris Browne, LEED AP

Associate Principal | Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Planning & Visioning

Christopher Browne is a native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston College of Architecture. As EHRA's Planning and Visioning Practice Area Leader, Chris and his team dream up community concepts then create schematic plans, preliminary plats, and process plats for recordation to create new subdivisions across the Houston region. EHRA's clients have increasingly asked to be shown opportunities for new development thus the Planning and Visioning team works with other practice areas on tract feasibility studies that research potential land use, determine utility and drainage requirements and then predict density and project costs. He is currently Secretary for the Executive Committee of the Bayou Preservation Association, and Chair of Healthy Living Matters which is a childhood obesity prevention program with Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services. Chris chaired the Greater Houston Partnership's Parks and Greenspace Committee from 2010-2014, contributing to the birth of the Bayou Greenway Initiative and a new comprehensive outdoor activities website for the Houston-Galveston area called GetOutHereHouston.org. He previously served as Treasurer for the American Planning Association Houston Section and is now a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Advisory Committee. Chris joined EHRA Engineering in 2007 and is celebrating 31 years as a land planner in the Greater Houston area this year. Outside of work, Chris is an exceptional tinkerer with dozens of little projects going at any time. His wife, Deann, never has to give him to-do's. They are planning their next overseas trip to Australia and New Zealand and hope to further their interest in diving, but will probably just eat lots of local cuisine. Chris will look for any excuse to eat at El Tiempo, just ask him.

Adam Earle, P.E., PMP, ENV, SP
Associate | Practice Area Leader - Public Infrastructure

Adam Earle, P.E., PMP, ENV, SP

Associate | Practice Area Leader - Public Infrastructure

Adam is a native Houstonian and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston in 2004.  In 2020, Adam joined the EHRA family and feels privileged to be part of EHRA's Legacy. He brings 17 years of diverse engineering, construction, and project management experience.  As EHRA's Public Infrastructure Practice Area Leader, Adam and his team are responsible for the design of public goods necessary to support sustainable urban development, including public infrastructure such as roads, traffic, utilities, and pedestrian realms.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls, traveling the world, laying out by the pool, and watching the girls play sports.

Truman C. Edminster, P.E.
Senior Principal | Senior Vice President

Truman C. Edminster, P.E.

Senior Principal | Senior Vice President

As a third generation engineer, Truman follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Currently Mr. Edminster oversees all projects related to land development, public infrastructure, transportation, hydraulics and hydrology, land planning, surveying, and landscape architecture. Additionally, he has a unique expertise at guiding growth of the future developments, or revitalizing aging communities, through multi-modal mobility initiatives. Personally, Truman enjoys travelling to and studying about European history; especially the leaders who invented the building blocks of civilized, modern society.

Tim Hodes, P.E.
Practice Area Leader - Construction Phase Services

Tim Hodes, P.E.

Practice Area Leader - Construction Phase Services

Mr. Hodes received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996. He brings 26 years of diverse civil engineering, planning, and construction management experience. Mr. Hodes is responsible for the design and management of high-profile public infrastructure projects including roadways, utility systems as well as schools, stadiums, parks, trails, and public open spaces. He has extensive experience managing private sector land development projects across Texas and the southeast including single and multi-family residential, retail centers, office campuses, golf course communities, resorts, and sports facilities as well as vertical construction experience. Last year Mr. Hodes construction team managed over $107 Million in infrastructure construction. In his spare time, he enjoys pending time with his wife and children, mentoring and coaching youth sports, all things outdoors, as well as handyman projects around the house. 

Jennifer Hundl, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, LEED AP
Associate Partner |Senior Project Manager - Hydrology & Hydraulics

Jennifer Hundl, P.E., CFM, ENV SP, LEED AP

Associate Partner |Senior Project Manager - Hydrology & Hydraulics

Jennifer is a native Texan and is proud of her family’s role in Texas Independence at the battle of San Jacinto. She loves traditions and is a proud first-generation Aggie, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University. Passionate about preserving the natural environment, Jennifer began her career in stormwater quality in 2007. After two years, her interests shifted into hydraulics and hydrology. Today, Jennifer is an Associate Partner responsible for leading a team of individuals to perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses using specialized software modeling programs. Ms. Hundl has worked on projects for Harris County Flood Control District, City of Houston, and Harris County along with a growing number of private clients.

She is actively involved in non-profits covering a variety of missions including enhancing quality of life through the preservation of green space, promoting agriculture and Western heritage, and animal rescue. Jennifer served on the Greens Bayou Coalition Board of Directors and East Reach chair for six years. Jennifer has volunteered with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over 10 years. Jennifer is an animal foster mom and has assisted hundreds of animals find their forever home through various animal welfare organizations, such as Harris County Pets, Houston Pets Alive, Mountain Pet Rescue, and Rescued Pets Movement.

In her spare time, Jennifer and her husband love exploring nature and spending time with their furry children.

Munroe Kelsay, R.P.L.S.
Associate Partner |Senior Project Manager

Munroe Kelsay, R.P.L.S.

Associate Partner |Senior Project Manager
Charles E. Kennedy, Jr., R.P.L.S.
Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Surveying & Mapping

Charles E. Kennedy, Jr., R.P.L.S.

Principal | Senior Vice President | Practice Area Leader - Surveying & Mapping

Charles Kennedy, Jr. brings a wealth of knowledge into our Survey and Mapping practice area. Charlie began surveying in 1983 as a teenager. He worked Summers and Christmas holidays for his father at the formerly known, Russ/Hinshaw Surveying. Charlie then progressed from a Rodman to a Party Chief before moving into the office setting in 1992. Today, Charlie is Senior Vice President of the firm and the Practice Area Leader of Survey and Mapping. Charlie obtained his Registered Professional Land Surveyor certification in 2003. Outside of the office, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Tim May, PLA, LEED AP
Practice Area Leader - Landscape Architecture

Tim May, PLA, LEED AP

Practice Area Leader - Landscape Architecture

Tim May is a licensed Landscape Architect and a graduate of Kansas State University. He is the Landscape Architecture Practice Area Leader for EHRA and brings a creative and collaborative approach to project design and solutions. With nearly 40 years of professional experience, Tim's portfolio of successful projects includes park master plans, parks, trails, amenity centers, entry features, hike and bike trails, athletic complexes, recreational facilities, homeowners associations, and water features. Tim's experience also includes a number of projects that include streambank protection and mitigation, dune preservation, mitigation, and re-vegetation at coastal developments and parks, as well as resilient solutioning of a predicted 5' of sea level rise and associated stormwater challenges at established subdivisions in Tampa Bay Florida. He has successfully assisted in the land planning and zoning of numerous large-scale master plan communities, as well as high-profile landscape development and management of numerous projects. His projects commonly evolve from an approach that brings the appropriate design professionals to the table for project solutioning. This approach serves to encourage a collaboration of ideas that create uniquely designed projects, works with the natural and given attributes of the land, economizes the expense of development, is responsive to buildable methods of construction, and brings value to the community. Tim is currently serving as vice chairman of the Hickory Creek Planning and Zoning Commission and as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee at Oklahoma State University. His past leadership positions include Treasurer, President, and National Trustee of the American Society of Landscape Architecture Texas Chapter. He also served 12 years as a Lake Dallas ISD School Board Trustee, and board member positions for the Greater Lewisville YMCA, Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce, and Lake Cities Education Foundation. Tim has been recognized for his service to the profession of landscape architecture and has presented and been published on numerous occasions. When he relaxes, Tim enjoys the outdoors, his family, a round of golf and a bit of trout fishing with his father, and his two terrier dogs Peaty (Scottie) and Isla (Westie).

Sivaji Senapathi, P.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE
Associate | Practice Area Leader - Structures

Sivaji Senapathi, P.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE

Associate | Practice Area Leader - Structures

Sivaji has served for more than 25 plus years as a Professional Engineer in Public Infrastructure Planning and Design. He attended graduate studies at Arizona State University with a major in Structural Engineering. Sivaji obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.Tech. in Ocean Engineering at IIT in Chennai, India. He has many years of experience in preparing and reviewing Construction documents from conceptual stage to completion. Apart from his professional career, Sivaji wears many hats serving on the Structural Engineering Institute 'SEI' committee since 2005. Sivaji Served as the SEI Board of Governor from 2015-2019, co-chaired the Local Planning Committee for 2010 Structures Congress in Orlando, and served on the National Technical Program Committee and presented at the Congress technical paper on "I4-Leeroy Selmon Expressway Cross-town Connector" describing standardization of Segmental Bridge design to reduce the cost of construction.

In 2011, Sivaji joined the EHRA family and feels privileged to be part of the EHRA's Legacy. Since 2011, Sivaji placed great emphasis on building the Public Infrastructure Group, by focusing on growth strategies for business development in various sectors within the Houston Metropolitan Service Area by focusing on the region's infrastructure and future economic development through his involvement with regional industry advocacy groups. He enjoys unique challenges associated with each opportunity at hand by constant learning through collaborative brainstorming of innovative ideas with his colleagues and clients to help stay focused on achieving solutions on critical matters. Outside his work, Sivaji values spending time with his wife and two children. He takes great pride in mentoring the high school robotics teams which won multiple regional championships and competed at the 2019 World Championship. He actively participates in several community outreach activities promoting S.T.E.M. learning in Elementary, Middle and High schools, thus serving and valuing shared humanity.

Lindsey Woodard
Associate | Director of Marketing

Lindsey Woodard

Associate | Director of Marketing

A proud first-generation Aggie, Lindsey earned her degree from Texas A&M University in 2002. Lindsey is the leader of the firm’s marketing team as the Director of Marketing, a role she took on in 2020 as the firm’s first ever Director of Marketing in nearly 85 years in business.

Lindsey has a strong background woven throughout the Greater Houston Region’s development and marketing communities. She has devoted the majority of her career over the past 15 plus years to working with Greater Houston area private and commercial developers, builders and consultants, as well as elected officials to provide a better living and working environment for the region. Prior to joining EHRA Engineering, Lindsey spent twelve years as the Vice President of the West Houston Association where she worked with both the public and private sectors to promote and implement quality growth in Houston as well as 3 years as the Director of Business Development at a nationwide planning and landscape architecture firm based out of Austin, Texas.

Lindsey serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee for ULI Houston and is a member of the ULI Houston Management Committee. She is also an active member of the North Houston Association and remains active within the West Houston Association. Lindsey considers herself fortunate to be a part of the EHRA Engineering family and legacy, and is passionate about expanding the firm’s reach within the region as well as directly in the communities the EHRA team lives, works and plays in. Lindsey and her team dedicate themselves to exemplifying the firm’s commitment to service and giving back with professionalism, integrity and honesty.

In her personal life, Lindsey enjoys spending her downtime with her friends and family, husband, Chris, twin daughters, Hayden and Hunter, daughter, Dylan and son, Crosby. Lindsey has an ingrained passion for traveling, music and animals. Her home away from home is on a beach in Hawaii!

Holly Zimmerman
Associate | CFO

Holly Zimmerman

Associate | CFO

A native Michigander, Holly was not born in Texas but got here as fast as she could. She graduated from Walsh College with a Bachelor of Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant and the practice area leader of the firm’s financial services. Holly brings over a decade of public accounting experience as an auditor of privately held companies, non-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Holly leads the greatest accounting team in Houston with an emphasis on being a team player, acting with honesty and integrity, and always looking for ways to improve efficiency. Depending on the day, she can be found dabbling in accounting, financial reporting, ERP systems, human resources, and treasury services. She believes she has been blessed with the opportunity to be in a leadership role and impact change within EHRA. In her personal life, she cherishes spending time with her husband, four children, and her dog. Most of the year, they can be found near a baseball field. Though a Detroit Tigers fan in her earlier years, the transition to an Astros fan was made much easier after Verlander joined her in Houston!       

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