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Meet the Southeast Region

Michael Kamprath

Michael Kamprath is a Board Certified Construction attorney at Thresher & Thresher, P.A. Mr. Kamprath is admitted in Florida and Alabama, the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and various United States District Courts in Florida and Alabama. In May 2005, Mr. Kamprath received a J.D. from the University of Florida, magna cum laude.  He previously attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he received bachelors degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. In his law practice, he has participated in state court trials, federal court trials, appellate proceedings, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations.  He has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star in Construction Law.  Mr. Kamprath is an active member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Institute where he has held various leadership positions. He co-drafted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Filarsky v. Delia on behalf of the ABA. He volunteers with Engineers Without Borders USA and serves on its Southeast Region Executive Board and on the National Domestic Projects Technical Advisory Committee.  He has served on the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board as a Board Member and interim Special Magistrate and was recently elected the Board’s Chair.  He has spoken and been published extensively on areas of law related to his practice.

Ross Varin 

Ross Varin has been part of the student chapters at NC State and Virginia Tech while pursuing his bachelors and masters degrees, respectively. As of July 2013 he is a member of the DC professional chapter and an environmental engineer at CDM-Smith.

Lily Ponitz 

Lily Ponitz
 is a student at the Georgia Tech and is the President of the Georgia Tech Chapter. 

Jing Liao 

Jing Liao is a student at the Mississippi State University and has served as both the Assistant Project Manager and Vice-President of their chapter.

Cody PK Heitman 
PR Coordinator

Cody PK Heitman is a fourth-year student at the University of Florida studying Materials Science and Engineering and is the President of the University of Florida Chapter. He currently serves as the southeast region's public relations coordinator, managing social media and the website.

Maya Basquin
Mentor Coordinator

Maya Basquin is a student at the University of Central Florida and is the Post-President of the University of Central Florida Chapter. 

Ashley Templeton
Chapter Relations Manager

Ashley Templeton
is a Chapter Relations Manager with Engineers Without Borders USA where she is active in supporting EWB-USA chapters through chapter resource development, member engagement, and supporting education and training initiatives. Prior to joining EWB-USA, Ashley's experience focused in the areas of international community organization and development, cross-cultural communication and exchange, and democratization. Ashley holds a B.A. in International Relations from Drake University.

Katrina Myers
Former President

Katrina Myers
 graduated cum laude from the University of North Florida (UNF), where she gained valuable experience in water resources engineering through traditional coursework as well as through several international service learning trips to Southeast Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She founded and led the first UNF Engineering international service project, which has given past and present students the opportunity to travel to Ghana to design and build  infrastructure improvements at a children’s home. She has continued her involvement with the Ghana Project as the Engineers Without Borders – USA professional mentor, leading students each year to complete additional projects.

Ms. Myers continued her education at the University of Florida (UF), where she focused on water resources planning and management. She gained knowledge about environmental law, coastal wave theory, stormwater, and water supply modeling.

Ms. Myers has been a member of Taylor Engineering’s Water Resources group since 2008. She focuses on detailed hydrologic, hydraulic, and coastal modeling for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Studies. She has completed projects in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Louisiana. She applies various modeling programs to assess flooding conditions and associated risks. She has also gained project management experience as well as experience communicating and interacting with clients and the public. While at Taylor Engineering, Ms. Myers founded the Jacksonville Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders – USA, and has served in local, regional and national leadership positions within the organization. She remains actively involved in several other professional organizations and received the Northeast Florida Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2011.