Jeff is an outdoor enthusiast and dog lover who also happens to be DOWL’s President and Chief Executive Officer. When he isn’t exploring the Pacific Northwest wilderness with his wife and pup, he is honing his culinary talents or working on the rehab of his 1915 home. Looking at him now, the organized, buttoned-up senior project manager, team leader, and civil engineer doesn’t seem out of place, but once upon a time, Jeff was more… shall we say… artsy? In fact, in high school, he was offered a partial college scholarship for fine arts. He ultimately chose not to go down that path and had other experiences that he says shaped who he is today, like volunteering with young people in Eastern Appalachia, as well as designing energy efficient stoves and planting sustainably harvested trees in Nicaragua. Volunteering helped him realize the power of teamwork. Since becoming an engineer two decades ago, Jeff has had experience in all facets of civil design and land development. He says that while the technical aspect interests him, it’s the people, relationships, and interactions that inspire him. This makes sense given his favorite quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
What do sports car enthusiasts and chief operating officers have in common? More than you’d think, says this former SCCA Solo 2 driver (car of choice: 3rd gen Mazda RX-7 twin-turbo) and DOWL’s Chief Operating Officer. Problem solving, attention to detail, being nimble, and enjoying your work are all skills adept COOs and drivers share, Jeff says. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Jeff is responsible for business operations and oversight of DOWL’s practice areas. If you have had the pleasure of meeting and or working with Jeff, you know he has a talent for engaging people, encouraging participation, and above all else, he has a charismatic personality and is a joy to be around and work with. These days, he participates in sports just for the fun of it, and he takes more pleasure in helping others succeed than taking the checkered flag himself. Jeff looks to the past for inspiration. “My grandfather, a coal miner and logger, is my hero,” he says. “He had grit!” Jeff uses his own grit and determination to successfully implement big-picture programs, all while still finding time to mentor staff in shepherding large, public-sector roadway, trail, and bridge projects through to completion.
Kristina is DOWL’s soft-spoken Chief Financial Officer, but don’t let this calm, unassuming demeanor fool you. She’s simply saving her energy for her weighty responsibility at the firm–the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s fiscal function and performance. It’s a job that apparently requires coffee–lots and lots of coffee. When asked what she likes most about DOWL, she gives the most common (and best) answer: the people! And it’s no wonder since some of the best people at DOWL work in her accounting group. When not fueling herself at the coffee bar here at work, she’s outside with her family camping, kayaking, biking, and snowmobiling/machining (depending on where you’re from). Her hero is Flo Filion Meiler, who is well into her 80s and is breaking records in the pole vault, a sport she started in her late 60s. Kristina may be a little too early in her career to dream about retirement goals, but if pole vaulting is one of them, with her drive and a caffeine assist, we know she’d make her hero proud.
Most of us don’t know exactly what Keri’s designation “SHRM-SCP, GPHR, CPTD” stands for, but we think it means she’s really awesome with the people. This is good news given that Keri leads DOWL’s People Department, whose collective focus is on training and career development of our greatest asset, DOWL’s staff. Talk to Keri for only a moment and you’ll notice a great big smile. Apparently, she also smiles when she’s upset or angry, but we’ve thankfully yet to see that. We’re not sure her composure is due to her 25 years in the human resource field or her former life as an actor (she minored in theater in college). Either way, she’s approachable with professional cred that makes her perfect for her role. Keri loves adventure and spends as much time as possible traveling the world with her family experiencing and learning about different cultures, people, and places. Keri also likes exploring the Pacific Northwest’s bike trails, hiking trails, and rivers – all with a smile, of course.
Stewart was raised on a dairy farm in Vermont and learned young not to be afraid of putting in hard work, like driving tractors, shoveling manure, milking cows, and baling/putting up hay—work that required dedication, teamwork with his seven siblings, and a lot of early mornings. As DOWL’s chief business officer (CBO), Stewart has stuck to an early morning routine, often getting up at 5 a.m. to get a bike ride in before heading to the office to oversee the information systems, administration, risk, and marketing side of the business. As DOWL’s former president and CEO of 21 years, Stewart is well versed in all aspects of the job but is taking on this new challenge while working as an on-call mentor to Jeff Shoemaker after he officially took the reigns as DOWL’s new president and CEO on September 1, 2023. There are many ongoing projects to be completed, clients to be served, offices to be grown, acquisitions to be closed, and relationships to be deepened. As for Stewart, anyone who knows him knows he’s not the type of person to walk across the finish line. We are expecting a lot of new and exciting initiatives—and a few early morning meetings—to come out of his corner of the company.
You know that saying, if you want something done right, give it to Rachel? Oh right, that’s probably just a saying at DOWL. As our Chief Administrative Officer, Rachel’s duties are simply too numerous to name, although a few include mergers and acquisitions assistance, board of directors liaison, facilities management, administrative staff coordination, business planning, and much more. Rachel also is the public involvement lead for several Alaska transportation projects. For fun, she enjoys Alaska’s mountains and waterways, running, biking, boating, fishing, and skiing. Rachel is a two-time winter Olympian who competed in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. She claims to be terrible at shooting trap and skeet, but she’s pretty modest—we would still hand her the gun if we crossed paths with a bear.
Kendall is a busy guy in all areas of life: profession, family, church, volunteering, hobbies, and constant house remodeling projects. He and his wife have a rather large family (seven children), and family and his faith are what gives Kendall energy. He gives 100% to the clients, projects, and staff in his charge. As DOWL’s Chief Risk Officer, Kendall is responsible for the stellar people at DOWL who keep track of risk throughout the company, from insurance and contracts to health and safety. His skills as a hardworking manager and a natural problem solver are likely seeded by his favorite words to live by, courtesy of Ronald Reagan: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
Ali is not your stereotypical information technology (IT) type, yet he’s exactly your stereotypical IT type. He can talk gigabytes and geo-referencing until your mind wanders to the roast beef sandwich in the company fridge, but he can also keep you in rapt attention when sharing stories from his childhood – like a foray into bagpiping in high school (kilt and all) or discussing his hero, his dad, who immigrated their family to the U.S. and worked hard to start over. As DOWL’s Chief Information Officer, we benefit from his technologically minded, people-focused persona. He and DOWL’s amazing IT group work to keep DOWL up to date on the latest IT offerings and keep us safe from ever-present, formidable, and all-around jerk cyber-criminals. You wouldn’t think Ali would have much time left in the day, but like many titans of industry, he doesn’t do down time. When not on the clock, you can usually find Ali adventuring with his family or digging into remodeling projects.
As DOWL’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jen leads DOWL’s corporate marketing and also provides public involvement expertise on large public sector projects. When Jen and Stewart Osgood, DOWL’s president and CEO, shared a common wall in the office, he mused that he could often hear folks laughing uproariously when they’re in her office. We’re not sure if they’re laughing with her or at her, but she doesn’t care as long as people are having a good time. Jen eats standing up, and much to the chagrin of DOWL’s IT group, she probably has the equivalent of two hoagies in her keyboard. Jen and the entire marketing and business development team use data, industry benchmarks, and some serious graphics talent to continually improve DOWL’s brand and sales tactics. On her off time, Jen loves shredding Alaska trails on a mountain bike, and by shredding trails she means slowly and carefully walking over roots and rocks in road bike attire. Afterward, she can often be found relaxing with a cold beverage in her “World’s Okayest Cyclist” hoodie.
At DOWL, marketing and business development are integral aspects of our firm’s success, pairing solid planning and research with the thrill and fun of a team pulling together to overcome obstacles. As DOWL’s Business Development Director, Josh works directly with regional business development leaders to foster relationships, identify opportunities, and win profitable work in line with DOWL’s business plan. He loves a challenge and can speak not one, not two, but five languages. His childhood dream was to be a radio DJ, but life and experience finds him now enjoying a good Excel spreadsheet more than thoughts of playing ‘80s rock over the airwaves. When not crunching data on his Excel Pivot Table, his go-to activities are hiking, biking, or skiing, but he also enjoys nights in with his family in front of a good movie.