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Professional Team Members

Charles A. Sheppard – President, Professional Engineer

Monmouth College –
BA, Physics, 1982
University of Missouri – Rolla –
BS, Civil Engineering, 1981

Professional Engineer in Illinois

Professional Engineer in Missouri

American Society of Civil Engineers

National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

American Water Works Association

Mr. Sheppard started working for the firm on a part-time basis during his summers in high school and college as a rodman and chainman in the survey crews. He also assisted resident engineers with inspection on various roadway and sewer construction projects. After graduating from the University of Missouri – Rolla, he joined the firm on a full-time basis in May of 1981. He was responsible for construction inspection of the improvements to Powdermill Road in East Alton, Illinois and the construction of the Wood River, Illinois Regional Wastewater Treatment Facilities. During non-construction periods, he prepared plans and specifications for various water and sewer projects in the Alton-Godfrey area.

Mr. Sheppard obtained his Professional Engineering license in Illinois in February of 1986, and his Missouri certification shortly thereafter. He remained involved in the preparation of engineering studies, design calculations and equipment selection on both environmental and transportation projects.

In 1987, Mr. Sheppard was appointed Vice President of Engineering and coordinated the work for both municipal clients and developers. His responsibility increased in the overall management of the firm, and he began to pursue new projects in the Madison-St. Clair County area.

Mr. Sheppard became President of the firm in June of 2001. While continuing with design and overall management of various projects, his duties also include the assurance of client satisfaction, from personal meetings to the turnover of finished projects.

Larry Anderson – Professional Engineer

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign –
BS, Civil Engineering, 1987
Professional Engineer in Illinois
Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

Mr. Anderson was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as a Temporary Engineering Technician during the summer of 1986 and 1987. He accepted a full time position with the Illinois Department of Transportation in January 1988 and worked there until January 2007. During this time Mr. Anderson advanced from a position of Civil Engineer I to Civil Engineer V, Project Engineer, in the bureau of Studies and Plans. He was responsible for the supervision of two design squads and a temporary winter satellite design office. His unit prepared project reports, plans, estimates, and specifications for new alignments, rehabilitation, and resurfacing of state routes. Before leaving IDOT, Mr. Anderson was responsible for the plans and specifications for the major reconstruction of two interchanges located on FAI Route 57 at Illinois Route 13 and Old Illinois Route 13 as well as the expansion of FAI 57 from 4 to 6 lanes.

He joined Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. in July 2007 as a Project Engineer. He is currently responsible for preparing project reports, plans, estimates, and specifications for improvements located on the local road system. His duties also include preparing applications for funding various municipal projects as well as any necessary permits that are required. Local drainage studies and design of storm sewer systems have also been completed.

In addition to roadway design projects, Mr. Anderson has been involved in the preparation of site plans, performed negotiations for purchasing right-of-way and easements, and has done construction inspection and management of construction projects.

Coey D. Daniels – Professional Engineer

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville –
BS Civil Engineering, 2006
Minor, Mathematics, 2006
Professional Engineer in Illinois
National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

Chi Epsilon Engineering Society

Mr. Daniels was employed by the City of Edwardsville as an Engineering Technician from 2004-2006 while attending SIUE. His duties while employed with the City of Edwardsville consisted of project development, construction inspection, surveying, and AutoCAD design.

After graduating from SIUE in 2006, he accepted the position of Civil Engineer I at Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab, Inc. Mr. Daniels obtained registration as a Professional Engineer in January 2011. At SMS, Mr. Daniels’ responsibilities have included the design and preparation of plans and specifications and construction engineering on various transportation and site development projects.

Mr. Daniels’ specific experience on civil engineering projects includes environmental reports, cost estimates, transportation project development reports, intersection design studies, traffic capacity studies, traffic signal projects, highway and street design, site grading and subdivision layout, storm water runoff studies, storm sewer design, retention basin design, obtaining IEPA permits, construction inspection, and nuclear density testing. Mr. Daniels also directs the firm’s sanitary sewer smoke testing team.

David Godar – Vice President, Professional Engineer

University of Illinois –
BS Civil Engineering, 1984

Professional Engineer in Illinois
IDOT Approved Negotiator for Land Acquisition
Illinois Notary Public

National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Consulting Engineers Council

American Public Works Association

Council of Owners and Construction Associates

While attending college, Mr. Godar worked for two summers as a technician for the Illinois Department of Transportation (I.D.O.T.). Upon graduation, he started his career as a Civil Engineer with I.D.O.T. in the Construction Department. In 1985, Mr. Godar accepted the position of Assistant Project Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His role in this position was construction oversight to insure contractors’ compliance with plans and specifications on the Lock & Dam No. 26 replacement project.

Mr. Godar joined SMS as an Engineer in 1986 and gained experience in a wide range of civil engineering projects. In 1989, Mr. Godar obtained registration as a Professional Engineer. Upon licensure he was promoted to Project Engineer responsible for the design, preparation of plans and specifications and construction administration for various civil engineering projects including, environmental reports, transportation project development reports, intersection design studies and traffic capacity studies, traffic signal projects, highway and street design, site grading and subdivision layout, storm water runoff studies, detention basins, preliminary bridge design and hydraulic reports, obtaining IEPA permits, sanitary sewer extensions and pumping stations/force mains, computer analysis of water distribution systems, elevated water storage tower design and water main extensions. Mr. Godar also assists local municipalities with their annual MFT Street Maintenance Programs.

In 2005, Mr. Godar was promoted to a Principal of the firm.

Justin R. Kleinschmidt – Professional Engineer

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign –
BS, Civil Engineering, 2003
Professional Engineer in Illinois

Professional Engineer in Indiana

National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

– Past President, Vice President, Math Counts Chair – Champaign County Chapter

Mr. Kleinschmidt started working for the firm in June of 2010 as a Project Engineer. While at the company, he has completed several municipal drainage projects for the City of Wood River and the Village of Bethalto, and a commercial development for a Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop in Wood River, IL.

Mr. Kleinschmidt started his civil engineering career shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in December of 2003. He started with Farnsworth Group, Inc. in their Champaign office in January of 2004 and continued working there until transferring to the Alton area and beginning work with SMS Engineers in June of 2010. He obtained his license as a Professional Engineer with the State of Illinois in December of 2008 and the State of Indiana in April of 2009.

Mr. Kleinschmidt has worked on a vast majority of engineering and construction projects throughout his career. He has extensive experience with commercial and residential developments and all aspects of the projects from preliminary planning to the final construction close outs. He has worked on bridge hydraulics design projects as well as creek and river modeling. Mr. Kleinschmidt has worked with IDOT on construction inspection in both Districts 3 and 5 overseeing bridge reconstruction projects.

John Ledford – Professional Land Surveyor, Surveying Manager

Purdue University
BS, Land Surveying, 1981
Illinois Professional Land Surveyor

Indiana Professional Land Surveyor

Missouri Professional Land Surveyor

Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association Southwest Chapter President – 1996

Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors

Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors

American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

National Society of Professional Land Surveyors

September 1974 – September 1977 U.S. Army
Field Artillery Surveyor, Specialist Five, Honorable Discharge
Mr. Ledford joined SMS in 2006 and has over 30 years of experience working in the land surveying field. As Land Survey Manager, he is responsible for overseeing 3-4 field crews and 1-2 cadd technicians, estimates project cost, project management, performs boundary calculations; writes legal descriptions; evaluates title commitments; critiques and finalizes survey plats; maintains client communications; attends planning & zoning and city council meetings to present subdivision plats; and maintains overall survey scheduling and invoicing.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ledford garnered an extensive work experience background being employed as Assistant Survey Manager by Stock and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Chesterfield, Missouri, serving as Vice President/Secretary at Sherrill and Associates, Inc. in Edwardsville, Illinois, holding the position of Right-of-Way Surveyor/Survey Coordinator at Beam, Longest & Neff, L.L.C. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and maintaining the position of Survey Manager at Kuhlmann Design Group, Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Charlie L. Sheppard – Chairman of Board of Directors, Professional Engineer

University of Illinois
BS, Civil Engineering, 1953
Professional Engineer in Illinois
National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

American Consulting Engineers Council

Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois

American Society of Civil Engineers

Illinois Water Pollution Control Association

Mr. C. L. Sheppard served as an officer in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1953 to 1955 with the Utilities Maintenance Officer of the U. S. Hospital at Nuremberg, Germany.

Following his military duty, he joined Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc., as a Project Engineer. He acquired extensive experience initially as a Resident Construction Engineer, and later as Chief Design Engineer for numerous water, sewerage, and transportation projects. His increasing experience and public contact enabled him to assume a greater role in the management of the firm and contract negotiations.

As a Vice-President of the firm, he assumed responsibility for total project completion, including governmental agency coordination and sub-consultant negotiation and work supervision.

In 1980, he became President and assumed increased responsibility for the overall direction of the firm.

Mr. Sheppard has been involved in the facilities planning and resultant design of trunk and interceptor sewers, sewage collection system projects, and wastewater treatment facilities in Alton, Godfrey, Brighton, Bethalto, Moro, and Holiday Shores and has designed numerous transportation improvements for municipal and private clients throughout the Madison County area.

In 2001, Mr. Sheppard became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab and has continued to engage in project development and design on a part-time basis.

Don Taul – Professional Engineer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
BS, Civil Engineering, 2006
Professional Engineer in Illinois
Troxler Hazmat

Troxler Nuclear Density Safety Training

IDOT –  Documentation of Contract Quantities

Mixture Aggregate Technician

PCC Level I / IDOT / ACI Course

Bituminous Concrete Density Tester Course

TT – ADA / PROWAG

Construction Material Inspection Documentation

Mr. Taul started working for the firm in May of 1994 as an Engineer Technician on a survey crew. While on a survey crew, he has worked on a multitude of diverse projects in Madison, Macoupin, St. Clair, Green, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. These projects included topographical surveys, boundary, residential surveys, and construction layout work for municipalities, contractors, developers, and small businesses.

Mr. Taul started his civil engineering career shortly after graduating from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in December of 2006. As a Project Engineer he has worked on projects for the Village of Godfrey, City of Alton, City of Wood River, Illinois American Water Company, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Lewis and Clark Community College, Principia College, and several developers. This work includes road reconstruction, sanitary and storm systems, site planning, water line extensions, parking lot design, construction inspection, material density testing, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.

Mr. Taul has worked on a vast majority of engineering and surveying construction projects throughout his career. He has extensive experience with municipal infrastructure, commercial site planning, residential developments and all aspects of the projects from preliminary planning to the final construction close outs.

Scott J. Weiner – Vice President, Professional Engineer

University of Missouri – Rolla
BS, Civil Engineering, 1995

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
MBA, 2004

Professional Engineer in Illinois
National Society of Professional Engineers

Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

American Society of Professional Engineers

American Consulting Engineers Council

Council of Owners and Construction Associates

Scott Weiner joined Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab, Inc. as an engineer in May 1995 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He obtained his Professional Engineer’s license in 2000. In 2004, Mr. Weiner graduated with honors from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and was promoted to a Principal of the Firm and now serves as Vice-President.

Throughout his career at SMS, Scott has assisted clients in completing numerous engineering and construction projects including topographic surveying, construction layout, construction observation, water, wastewater, transportation, stormwater, site improvement, utility and various infrastructure improvements. In addition, Scott has worked with clients to obtain creative sources of funding such as Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Grants, Community Development Block Grants, special service area financing districts, EPA Clean Water Revolving Fund Programs, FHWA Surface Transportation Program, etc. in an effort to bring projects to fruition.

Building on years of experience, Scott possesses the knowledge and skills to identify and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to assist clients in achieving their goals.

Engineering Team Members

Christopher L. Adamson – Civil Engineer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE)
BSCE, 2002; BS, Construction, 1991
IDOT – Bituminous Concrete Density Tester Course

Nuclear Density –Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
Training Course

Registered to attend the following QC/QA Training Courses:
Mixture Aggregate Technician
Portland Cement Concrete Level 1

Mr. Adamson was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as an Engineering Technician in their co-operative education program during 1987, 1988, and 1989. His duties while employed with the Illinois Department of Transportation consisted of construction inspection and surveying.

He joined Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. in 1991. Under the supervision of the Professional Engineers in the firm, Mr. Adamson’s responsibilities have included the design and preparation of plans and specifications and construction engineering/inspection for various transportation and environmental projects.

Mr. Adamson’s experience includes inspection of concrete and bituminous pavement, steel and concrete structures, sanitary sewer extensions, and water line extensions.
Mr. Adamson’s design experience includes various roadway, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water line projects.

Mr. Adamson has approximately 11 years of experience in soil and bituminous nuclear density testing. Projects have ranged from small to medium size MFT projects to 1-2 million dollar F.A.U. projects. He has also been responsible for completing the required IDOT documentation for these projects.

Mr. Adamson has also been responsible for bituminous and concrete proportioning reports for various projects ranging from small MFT and F.A.U. projects to 2 million dollar MFT and F.A.U. projects. This includes all concrete reports as well as concrete plant inspection and gradation requirements. With this experience comes 13 years of experience in construction inspection.

John Goldacker – Civil Engineer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville –
BS Civil Engineering, 2003
Troxler Hazmat

Troxler Nuclear Density Safety Training

IDOT –  Documentation of Contract Quantities

Culvert Hydraulics

Bridge Construction Inspection

Mixture Aggregate Technician Course

PCC Level I / IDOT / ACI Course

Bituminous Concrete Density Tester Course

Pavement Construction Inspection

Mr. Goldacker was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation as an Engineering Technician in their co-operative education program in 2001, 2002, and 2003. His duties while employed with the Illinois Department of Transportation consisted of construction inspection and surveying. He joined Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab, Inc. in January of 2004. Under the supervision of the Professional Engineers in the firm, Mr. Goldacker’s responsibilities have included the design and preparation of plans and specifications and construction engineering/inspection for various transportation and environmental projects.

Mr. Goldacker’s experience includes inspection of concrete and bituminous pavement, steel and concrete structures, sanitary sewer extensions, and water line extensions. Mr. Goldacker’s design experience includes various roadway, subdivision development, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water line projects. Mr. Goldacker has approximately 8 years of experience in soil, rock, and bituminous nuclear density testing. Projects have ranged from small to medium size MFT projects to 1-2 million dollar F.A.U. projects. He has also been responsible for completing the required IDOT documentation for these projects.

Mr. Goldacker has also been responsible for bituminous and concrete proportioning reports for various projects ranging from small MFT and F.A.U. projects to 2 million dollar MFT and F.A.U. projects. This includes all concrete reports as well as concrete plant inspection and gradation requirements. With this experience comes 12 years of experience in construction inspection.

Technical Team Members

Greg Fite – Engineering Technician V

Jason Iman – Technician V

Justin Kelly – Technician III

Carleson Pruitt – Technician IV

Brendan St. Peters – Technician V

Administrative Team Members

Brandy Champlin – Administrative Assistant

Lewis & Clark Community College
A.A.S., Office Technology, 2003

Brandy has worked at SMS as an Administrative Assistant for ten years. Her responsibilities include: answering phones; ordering office supplies; filing; creating new jobs; job closeout; preparing invoices to clients; making deposits; record research; typing letters, reports, specs, IDOT and other various forms; binding specs for bidding purposes; preparing bid tabs; preparing mailings and FedEx shipments; and other various administrative duties

Susan Weaver – Controller

Lewis & Clark Community College
AS, 2005
AAS, Management, 2005
Certificates in Management for Finance, Human Resources and Marketing, 2005

Hickey Business School
10-month Secretarial Program, 1979

Susan has been with the company for 33 years. She started out as a secretary in the Granite City location and worked her way up to the current position of Controller which she has held for the past 22 years. Her responsibilities include performing all of the financial and office management duties for the company. This includes all involved functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, job costing, general ledger, and payroll. She prepares quarterly tax returns, monitors cash flow and does all of the human resource functions including benefits management, employment law, and 401-k administration. Susan is also responsible for corporate event planning, and she provides direct administrative support to upper management.