DFI Staff

DFI Executive Director

Theresa Engler has been with the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) for more than 25 years. She was appointed to the position of executive director July 1, 2006, after serving as assistant director since 1998 and in other roles since 1994. Theresa is responsible for the operations, technical activities, regional chapters and marketing of DFI, and reports to the DFI Board of Trustees. Additionally, she serves as the executive director of the DFI Educational Trust.

Working in collaboration with the DFI Board, Theresa has spearheaded significant growth at DFI including new members, technical committees, educational events, publications, and regional chapters in Europe, India and the Middle East. Theresa is actively involved in the deep foundations industry and represents DFI at conferences and seminars worldwide. She attended Fairfield University and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Geo-Professionals. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives as well as its New Jersey and New York Chapters and a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In 2015, Theresa was unanimously elected to membership in The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry.

DFI Headquarters Staff

Theresa Engler(Executive Director)
Mimi Marinkovic(Executive Assistant)
Mary Ellen (Bruce) Large, P.E., D.GE(Director of Technical Activities)
Emilio Fandino, J.D.(Director of Administration)
Angie Gibble(Meetings & Events Specialist)
Jaime Cettina(Professional Development Coordinator)
Alexandra Damon(Social Media Manager)
KC Christie(Database and Membership Coordinator)
Lisa Rayment(Accounting)
Marlo Pontes(Assistant Bookkeeper)
Carol Planitzer(Administrative Assistant, Technical Activities)
Barbra Rodriguez(Editor, Deep Foundations magazine)
Karol Paltsios(DFI Marketing Consultant, Managing Editor and
 Advertising Manager, Deep Foundations magazine)
Lorraine Engelman(Travel Coordinator)
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