We are built on the strength of our people. Our leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
We are built on the strength of our people. Our leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
President and CEO, WSP USA
Gregory A. Kelly, P.E., is a member of WSP’s Senior Executive Team responsible for global operations, policy and direction for an engineering and professional services organization of 42,000 employees in more than 550 offices in 40 countries.
As chief executive officer of the USA region of WSP, Greg directs the operations of the firm in the United States, overseeing a workforce of more than 7,000 employees and nearly US $2 billion in annual revenue. The firm is active on hundreds of projects in the region, across the transportation & infrastructure, buildings, energy, water and environment end markets. In this role, he has aggressively pushed sharing expertise across the company that has enabled WSP USA to execute all types of projects in any region of the country.
Greg leads WSP USA in exploring ways to best implement alternative project delivery methods. His leadership has resulted in WSP USA’s success in securing work with partners across the U.S. He also directs efforts to streamline the company’s business processes, creating a unified set of practices that increase efficiency.
Greg is currently the Vice Chair of the New York Building Congress, Chairman of the Salvadori Center, which focuses on STEM education for New York City schools, Chairman of the March of Dimes Transportation & Construction Industry Breakfast and a member of the Philadelphia Chamber CEO Council for Growth. He also serves on the following boards: Advisory Board of NYU School of Engineering and the Board of Visitors for the Temple University College of Engineering. Additionally, Greg is a member of the National Academy of Construction (NAC) and The Moles, one of the most prestigious organizations for the heavy construction industry. He is Chairman of the Design Professionals Coalition, a Board Member of the Association for the Improvement of Americas Infrastructure (AIAI), a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable (CIRT), and a member of the Advisory Council for Accelerator for America.
Greg has degrees from Temple University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Chief Development Officer, WSP USA
As chief development officer, Denise Turner Roth is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategy and long-range planning for WSP USA. She brings expertise as a successful public sector executive to this position, along with experience in technology transformation, public/private partnerships, building services and economic development. More recently, Denise served as a senior advisor to WSP’s U.S. advisory services team, which works with public and private clients nationwide.
Throughout her 20 years of public service, Denise has held various leadership positions at the federal and local government levels with a focus on driving economic and administrative change. As former administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), she instituted organizational policy and process changes to engage consideration of local economic development initiatives in GSA property placement decisions and championed key strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining GSA, Denise served as city manager for Greensboro, North Carolina. Her leadership helped pave the way for several new and creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery and launching public/private initiatives, creating more than $75 million in city enhancements. She previously serviced as vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, where she successfully secured $60 million in state funds to establish the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
Denise is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. She has also recently been appointed as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.
Chief Financial Officer, WSP USA
Pat Sheridan is the chief financial officer of WSP USA.
During more than 25 years with the organization, Pat has held a series of increasingly responsible positions. Trained as a civil engineer, he was a structural/civil engineer for projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and in senior finance roles with both private and public engineering companies prior to joining the firm.
He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in finance from Fordham University. He is involved with several professional organizations and was on the national board of directors for Financial Executives International and served as president of its New York chapter.
President, U.S. Advisory Services
John D. Porcari is president of U.S. advisory services at WSP USA. He directs the firm’s strategic consulting services across all market sectors, including transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, energy, and water and environment. He is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking needed by owners, developers and operators to successfully deliver infrastructure programs and projects. John is also currently serving as the interim executive director of the Gateway Development Corporation.
Prior to joining the firm in December 2013, John was deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). He served as chief operating officer for an executive branch department with a $77 billion annual budget, composed of 10 operating administrations and 55,000 employees worldwide. He twice served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, from 2007 to 2009 and from 1999 to 2003, managing a state agency responsible for integrated highway, transit, aviation, port, bridge and tunnel authority and motor vehicle administration components, with 9,300 employees and a $3.2 billion annual budget. From 2003 to 2007 he was vice president for administrative affairs at the University of Maryland, serving as chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland.
John has a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the World Trade Center Institute and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
President, U.S. Transportation
Joe Pulicare is the president of WSP’s transportation and infrastructure sector, for which he oversees planning, design, strategic consulting and construction services within the United States transportation market, including highways, bridges, transit and rail and aviation, as well as ports and marine. A nationally recognized transportation industry executive, Joe has more than 30 years of experience.
Previously he served as the chief operating officer of the transportation sector with a range of responsibilities from strategic planning and client relationship development to market/pursuit intelligence and regional profit and loss analysis.
Prior to joining the firm, he was executive vice president and chief executive for transportation for the Americas operations of an international consulting engineering organization. He also held senior executive positions with several other consulting engineering organizations and previously served as a program manager and principal engineer with New Jersey Transit.
A registered professional engineer, Joe received a master’s degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a bachelor of science in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Transportation Association and WTS International.
Senior Vice President and Director, Communications
A marketing communications, media relations and employee engagement leader, Jayanti Menches is the senior vice president and director of communications for WSP USA. She directs internal and external communications for the region, including media relations, advertising, event management, marketing, executive and employee communications, as well as oversight of the firm’s foundation, reputation and brand.
She has a broad background in strategic communications, brand strategy, advertising, print and online communications, media relations, event planning and corporate philanthropy programs. Prior to joining the firm, Jayanti was the director of marketing at Triple Canopy, a global security and risk management company headquartered in the Washington D.C. metro area. Previously, she lived and worked in Hong Kong, managing multiple projects as a communications consultant. Before moving overseas, she held marketing/communications management roles with telecommunications and aerospace/defense firms.
Jayanti earned a master's degree from San Diego State University and has a bachelor's from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has served on the board of directors for the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and New Jersey chapters.
Senior Vice President and Director, Business & Administrative Operations
Anita Macaluso is the director of integration for WSP USA.
Anita is responsible for all integration activities across the business sectors in the region. In addition, she directs safety, health, quality and facility management as well as project financial reporting. She also oversees the centralized billing function and project accounting for our transportation and infrastructure sector.
Over the past 30 years, she has held a series of increasingly responsible positions with the firm, including her most recent role as director of operations for the transportation and infrastructure sector. In this position, she was responsible for establishing and managing metrics to improve company performance and strengthen financial returns. She also provided leadership and oversight to a wide range of operating functions, including budgeting, performance analysis, investment, cost control and operational efficiency.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ramapo College.
President, U.S. Water & Environment
Steven Paquette is the president of the U.S. water and environment sector for WSP USA, which provides full-service environmental, sustainability, water and wastewater services to a wide array of private, commercial, state and municipal clients. He brings over 30 years of senior management, operational and business development experience at major consulting engineering organizations.
Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he was a vice president of sales at a global infrastructure engineering company, where he had also served as the national water-wastewater business line leader. Previously, he founded and served as president of Groundwater Technology Government Services, a national environmental restoration firm providing environmental and remediation consulting services to state and federal clients.
Steve received an executive M.B.A. from the University of California and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the chairman of the water infrastructure committee at AIAI, the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, and a member of WTS Foundation, American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation.
President, U.S. Property & Buildings and Program Management
Rich Driggs is president of the property & buildings and program management practices at WSP USA.
He is responsible for leading the property and buildings business and developing a program management organization within the U.S. region.
Rich has more than two decades of experience in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries. He was formerly the president and CEO of Heery International, a full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, construction management and program management firm. Prior to that, Rich held a series of executive positions over 21 years with Lendlease Corporation, a leading property developer, builder and owner, where he most recently served as executive vice president and head of integrated solutions.
He has a B.S. in building construction from Purdue University. He is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Construction Management Association of America and the Society of American Military Engineers.
President, U.S. Energy
Roger Blair is president of the U.S. energy sector of WSP, which provides a wide offering of professional services in markets including conventional power plants, energy services, renewable power and underground storage.
Roger joined the firm in 1981 and has held positions ranging from technical to senior management in the underground storage group. Roger was named president of the underground storage group in 2002, and in 2004 he also assumed overall management responsibility of the firm’s U.S. power division.
Roger holds a bachelor of science in geology from Illinois State University. He is a registered professional geoscientist in the state of Texas and a past president of the Solution Mining Research Institute.
Senior Vice President and Director, Human Resources
Megan Van Pelt is director of human resources for WSP USA. She is responsible for the oversight of programs including strategy, talent acquisition, employee development, succession planning, compensation and benefits.
Megan has 20 years of experience as a human resources professional, with expertise in building talent, performance management and culture at major companies ranging in size from 400 to 130,000 employees.
Prior to joining the firm, she was with Starwood Retail Partners, where she led all facets of human resources for the company’s corporate headquarters and 30 properties across 15 states. She was a member of the company’s executive leadership team, providing guidance on leadership development, succession planning, compensation and integration of acquired companies.
Megan has experience working with several WSP partners and clients, including Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) and Lend Lease Americas. At JLL, she served as a senior vice president and head of human resources, responsible for strategic human resources needs for JLL’s brokerage, capital markets, asset management, project delivery services, public institutions and retail businesses. As executive vice president and head of human resources in the Americas at Lendlease, she was a member of the executive leadership team, responsible for such strategic human resources initiatives as organizational development, compliance, compensation and benefits, talent management, and learning and development.
She received a B.S. in business administration from Xavier University. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.
General Counsel, WSP USA
Stephen Dale brings 15 years of experience in professional services law, with an emphasis on contracts for public and private infrastructure projects, to his role as general counsel for WSP USA.
Previously, he created and led the company’s litigation group to manage all disputes within the Americas and major claims around the world ranging from construction disputes to employment matters. He has counseled project leadership on claim reduction and mitigation strategies and advises human resources on management issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a partner at SmithPachterMcWhorter, PLC, in Vienna, Virginia, where he represented prime contractors and developed joint venture and teaming agreements for infrastructure and energy projects, including for public/private partnerships (P3s).
Stephen received a bachelor of arts and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous articles on construction law in leading journals and is the co-author, with Robert M. D’Onofrio, of Schedule Delay Analysis, published in 2014. Stephen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has served on its board of governors—construction institute and board of directors—committee on professional practice. Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2009, he is a member of the bar in North Carolina and Virginia.