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Construction Admin Staff


Construction Admin Staff

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Ryan bloom, p.e.

President / Chief executive Officer

contract manager

Mr. Bloom is the owner and project manager at EMC. Since the company's formation in 2002, he has managed EMC Engineering’s staff on numerous projects in Alaska from Shemya to Prudhoe Bay and overseas, including Wake Island and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has over 30 years experience in the civil industry, including the Design and Construction Sections of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.  Mr. Bloom has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and is an AK-CESCL. As an owner in EMC, Ryan's role is President / Chief Executive Officer.

tara masters

executive vice president / chief operating officer

office engineer

Tara is EMC's Administrative Operator, as well as a staff office engineer.  She has worked with us since 2006 beginning with the Echo Parking Phase II project at AIA as well as the Lake Otis Rehabilitation project.  She completed the McGrath Airport Runway Extension and New GA Apron project in 2009, and was the office engineer on the Atka Airport Runway Extension and Resurfacing Project.  She is well versed in FAA and DOT project requirements, with over 10 years in the construction industry. Tara recently completed her MBA from Washington State University. 



kent hamilton, P.E.

senior vice president

project engineer

Kent has been a project engineer with EMC since 2003,  primarily on aviation and highway projects for the ADOT.  Past projects include improvements at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Dillingham Airport, and reconstruction of the St. Paul Island Airport, as well as many Anchorage bowl highway projects.  Kent has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, is a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), and an AK-CESCL.

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Theron willard

vice president


Theron has been a project engineer since 2009, and previously an office engineer and inspector on several projects throughout the state.  Some of his jobs include the Unalaska Airport Runway Extension, the Seward Highway MP 43-50 Project, Huffman Road/Elmore Road Intersection Improvements, and DeArmoun Road Rehabilitation. Before joining EMC, he worked in horizontal civil construction and is a Marine Corps veteran.  Theron is a CISEC and an AK-CESCL. 


jake Goodell, p.e.

project engineer

Jake joined EMC in 2005, and in that time has become a project engineer on staff.  He has experience in positions as a quality control manager, grade inspector, materials, electrical, and paving inspector on many projects throughout the state. His recent projects include Debarr Rd Rehabilitation, Gambell, Ingra, and A St. Paving, HSIP: High Friction Surface Treatment, and Anchorage Area Traffic Signal and Safety Upgrades.  Jake completed a B.S. in Civil Engineering at University of Alaska and a B.S. in Biology at the University of Wisconsin.  He is WAQTC qualified in asphalt, soils, embankment, and base, and is an ACI Certified Concrete Technician, as well as an AK-CESCL.


Justin Wood

assistant vice president / director of administration

Project engineer

Justin moved to Alaska from Tennessee, where he spent 4 years with the local DOT as a paving inspector, as well as serving in the US Air Force as a mechanic.  He has a diverse background working on ADOT projects for EMC, starting in 2006. Most recently, Justin served as the Project Engineer for the ANC Taxiway Y & K Safety Area Widening project and worked on the ANC Runway 7L/25R Rehabilitation project. He was also the Project Engineer on the Kipnuk Boardwalk Improvements Phase II project. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska, and is CESCL and WATCQ certified. 


Rhiannon Willard

Office engineer

Since starting in 2010, Rhiannon has been an office engineer on numerous projects such as Glenn Highway- Hiland Road to Eklutna Pavement Preservation & Glenn Highway- Median Crossovers, Seward Highway MP 50-54.5 Pavement Preservation & Cooper Landing Walkable Community Project, Seward Highway MP 54.5 to 75 Pavement Preservation, and Muldoon Road Pedestrian & Landscape Improvements, Phase III. She holds a B.S. in Business Management from NC Mount Olive College, an MBA from the University of Alaska, and an M.A. in Management and Human Resources from Wayland Baptist University. Rhiannon is AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified.

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Jim rasi

assistant vice president / director of operations

project engineer

Jim began working for EMC in 2007. He currently is a Project Engineer at Anchorage International Airport. He has worked on aviation project throughout Alaska. Jim's most recent projects include Runway 7L/25R Rehabilitation, Lakeshore Taxilane Reconstruction and the ANC B Gates project. Jim studied at Plattsburgh State University and has a B.S. in Geographic Information Systems.  Outside of work Jim hunts and fishes and enjoys other outdoor recreational activities.

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Clinton hodges

Project Engineer / field inspector 

Clint started working for EMC in 2007 as a lead inspector on the Lake Otis Parkway Surface Rehabilitation project. Since then, Clint has been a grade inspector, paving inspector, electrical inspector and environmental inspector on numerous projects for EMC. He is a CISEC, AK-CESCL, WAQTC, and ATSSA certified individual. Clint enjoys riding and racing bicycles and sports cars in his free time and walking with his older dog Sachi. He has competed in many ultra-distance cycling events including Alaska’s 350 Mile Iditarod Trail Invitational and Susitna 100 mile.


kil mcnamara

field inspector

Kil McNamara joined EMC in 2014. He has been a SWPPP Inspector, Office Engineer, and Material Technician with us. He recently worked on CR Traffic Signal Modification and OH Beacons, the SWPPP contract for the 88th Ave. and 5th & 6th Ave. projects. Kil has completed a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Univiersity of Alaska Anchorage and is certified in AK-CESCL, WAQTC, and is an IMSA Traffic Control Supervisor.

erin urvina


Erin has been with EMC since 2008.  She has been on in-town, out-of-town, and airport projects throughout the state.  Her experience includes electrical inspection, environmental inspection, grade inspection, and office engineering. She has most notably spent over 5 years in SWPPP inspection and compliance, and has recently completed the requirements for SWPPP writing services.  Erin has completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina.  She is AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified.

jason lizotte

field inspector

Jason has extensive paving experience, having been a paving foreman for 15 years, prior to joining EMC in 2012. During his time as a paving foreman, Jason completed numerous projects from large complex urban projects, international airports, and long sections of Federal interstates. Throughout Jason’s career, he has personally inspected the placement of over 2,000,000 tons of hot mix asphalt (HMA). Jason was also responsible for the maintenance of all paving equipment.

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clifton olmstead

field inspector

Clifton has over 30 years of experience in the construction management field. Prior projects include the rehabilitation of ANC RWs 15/33 (formally 14/32) and 7L/25R (formally 6L/24R) and rehabilitation of Taxiway Kilo (H to J); and, Phase I construction of Taxiway Yankee and the construction of Taxiway Sierra. Clifton joined EMC in 2014 as Paving Inspector on the ANC 7L/25R Phase I project. On ANC 7L/25R Phase II, Clifton was the Chief/Grade Inspector. Most recently, Clifton is the Chief/Grade Inspector on the ANC Y&K project.

Rebecca Charles

SWPPP Inspector

Rebecca Charles received a degree in Engineering from Tufts University, but spent 12 years as a wildland fire fighter, dog musher, commercial fisherman and ATV/snowmachine guide before deciding to pursue a career in the engineering field.  She spends the construction season specializing in storm water pollution prevention, but assists in all facets of linear construction projects.  She is the mother to a fantastic young daughter who now constantly judges the conditions of the roads in Alaska, frequently telling Rebecca that she has to “fix this road.”

Jin Chong

Field Inspector

Jin has been working with EMC since 2014. A Field Inspector and SWPPP Inspector, he is also AK-CESCL and ATSSA Certified. In addition to a Minor in Business Administration, Jin has also completed a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Project experience includes: Seward Highway Mile Post 50 to 54.5 Pavement Preservation, Unalaska Airport Extension, and Seward Highway Mile Post 54.5 to 75 Pavement Preservation. This experience includes paving operations, excavation and backfill, guardrail, storm water pollution prevention, bridge railing, and electrical inspection.  He is AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified.

Paul Song


While studying engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Paul Song has gained sound engineering construction knowledge. During the 2013 construction season, Paul was the SWPPP Inspector on the Anchorage Area Paving Projects, which included four different arterial roads in Anchorage. Prior to joining EMC, Paul was an engineer intern for ADOT. While at ADOT, he inspected various ADOT projects, including Victor Road: 100th Avenue to Dimond Boulevard, for which he served as the Paving Inspector. On the Lake Hood Bank Stabilization and the Ted Stevens ANC Concourse A projects, Paul’s roles included Sheet Pile Inspector and grade checking. 

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kyra workman

office engineer

Kyra Workman joined EMC in 2014. Kyra has served as the Office Engineer on the Central Region Signal and Safety Projects and was the assistant Office Engineer on the Kipnuk Boardwalk Improvements project, the ANC Runway 7L/25R Rehabilitation project and the Anchorage Area Paving Projects. Currently she is the Office Engineer on the ANC Taxiway Y & K Safety Area Widening project. She holds a B.S. in Natural Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage.



Daniel Chi joined EMC in 2014. He has been a Field Inspector, SWPPP Inspector, and Material Technician with us. He recently worked on HSIP: CR Crash Cushion Upgrade 2014, and for ANC Taxiway Y&K Safety Area Widening projects.  Daniel has completed a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has a Minor in Business Administration. He is also AK-CESCL, WAQTC, and ATSSA Certified.

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Jim joined EMC in 2013.  For the last three years, Jim worked as a SWPPP Inspector for the Dillingham Area Projects where he performed SWPPP review, BMP inspection, and final stabilization inspection. Additionally, on the Dillingham Area Projects, he performed inspection duties on contract items including grade, seeding, lighting, concrete placement, and pavement grooving. Throughout the season, Jim also assisted in grade inspection duties at the Dillingham Airport and Kanakanak Road projects. Prior to working for EMC, Jim was the SWPPP manager for three years on Knik Construction’s Akutan Harbor project. Jim’s varying experiences has proven his versatility as an inspector.  He is AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified.

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Zach Quam

field Inspector

Zach joined the EMC team in 2015, while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Before joining EMC, Zach had extensive experience in the construction industry as a landscape construction laborer. At EMC, Zach is a SWPPP and Field Inspector. His Field Inspection experience includes: Erosion, Sediment, Pollution Control, Guardrail, Paving Operations, Striping, and Rumble Stripping. Past project experience includes: Anchorage International Airport 7L/25R, and Parks Hwy MP 35-40 Glenn Highway Interchange. He is also AK-CESCL Certified.

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During the last two construction seasons, Sara was an Office Engineer on the following projects: Dillingham Airport Improvements, Kanakanak Road: D Street to Squaw Creek Road Resurfacing, Kanakanak Road: Squaw Creek Road to Hospital Resurfacing, and Aleknagik Wood River Bridge (Dillingham Area Projects). Sara has developed proficient record keeping systems and documentation methods that exceed the requirements of our clients. Her detailed record keeping allowed her to document concurrent projects with different funding sources while keeping the Project Engineers up to date on quantities and completion schedules. Sara’s understanding of FAA and ADOT project documentation requirements and procedures makes her a valuable asset to all construction projects. 

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Chelsea Knight

field inspector

Chelsea joined EMC in 2015 after completing her B.S. in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University. Throughout her time at EMC, she has been fortunate enough to work on multiple projects at Ted Steven’s International Airport, as well as rural projects. Her experience includes SWPPP, pipe, office, paving, and grade. She is AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified. Outside of the construction field Chelsea has worked as a commercial fisherman and swim coach. In her spare time she can be found on her paddle-board, with her animals, cooking, snowmachining, or on her yoga mat.  

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights

Favorite TV Show(s): Survivor and The Big Bang Theory

Fun Fact: “I once went scuba diving with Don Cheadle. And he called my dad ‘Papa Bear.’”

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Kayla may marsh

field inspector

Kayla joined the EMC team in the spring of 2015. Her duties include SWPPP and Field Inspection. Her project experience includes: ANC Runway 7L/25R, Kulis: Transition, Repairs and Modifications, and Lake Hood A/B Parking Rehabilitation. Currently, she is working on the Old Seward Highway: O'Malley to Dimond Pavement Preservation, and Seward Highway: 92nd Ave Connector Projects. Kayla earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tennessee in 2011; she is also AK-CECSL certified.


elliott bauer

field inspector

Elliott has been working with EMC since 2015. Prior to working at EMC, Elliott worked as a laborer working for a local contractor. His project experience includes: Kanakanak Road D Street to Squaw Creek Road Resurfacing, Seward Highway MP 50 to 54.5 Pavement Preservation, Cooper Landing Walkable Community Project, and Seward Highway MP 54.5 – 75 Pavement Preservation Project. His field inspection experience includes: paving, milling, soil cement base course, culvert pipe, excavation, ditch grading, seeding, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention. Elliott graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a B.S. in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration. He is AK-CESCL certified, ATSSA certified, and also has his OHSA 30-hour card.

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steven nemethy

field inspector

Originally a Michigan native, Steve fell in love with Alaska while Commercial fishing in the Cook Inlet during Summer vacations. He relocated to Alaska in 2012, subsequently earning a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015. Shortly after graduation, Steve joined EMC as an Engineering Field Inspector. Project experience includes: Seward Hwy MP 50 to 54.5 Pavement Preservation & Cooper Landing Walkable Community Project, Seward Highway MP 54.5 to 75 Pavement Preservation, AIA Runway 7L/25R Rehabilitation, and ANC Taxiway Y & K Safety Area Widening. Inspection experience includes: Pipe and Grade, Guardrail, Pavement Striping/Marking, Pavement Planing, Rumble Stripping, Signs, and Erosion/Sediment/Pollution Control. Steve is also AK-CESCL Certified.

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breena weller

swppp inspector

Breena Weller was hired by EMC Engineering in 2015. She is a SWPPP Inspector for the company, as well as a Field Inspector. General inspection experience includes: guardrail, bridge railing, and paving operations. Breena has been involved with multiple projects specializing in storm water pollution prevention and general field inspection. These projects include: Seward Highway MP 50 to 54.5 Pavement Preservation, Cooper Landing Walkable Community Project, Seward Highway MP 54.5 to 75 Pavement Preservation, International Airport Road Pavement Preservation, and Alyeska Highway Resurfacing and Pathway Rehabilitation. She has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon in Biology. She is also AK-CESCL and ATSSA certified. 


laura sabia


Laura joined the EMC team in 2016 as the company’s in-house accountant. She packed up her car and her dog and drove to Alaska from New York. Laura has a B.A. from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York Empire State College. She has previous experience in small business management, as well as payroll and benefits administration in the public education system. Laura is an associate member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. She has passed the CPA Exam and is currently working towards her CPA License. Laura is looking forward to experiencing all that Anchorage and the State of Alaska has to offer. 

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jessica farrell

field inspector

Jessica joined EMC April 2016 right before she graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a SWPPP Inspector, she has worked on the Glenn Hwy MP 49 Reconstruction Project in Palmer, Alaska and is currently working on the New Seward Highway: Dimond to Dowling project in Anchorage. Away from work, she enjoys spending her summers outside as much as possible camping, hiking, biking, and playing with her Husky. During the winter, she travels where possible and enjoys cross country skiing and hiking as the weather permits as well as playing soccer at The Dome with friends and coworkers. Jessica enjoys her work in the construction field and is currently working towards her PMP and her PE once she has enough credentials and the required hours.







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Laboratory Staff

We are proud to work with some of the best people in this industry.  Take a few minutes to get to know our staff.

Laboratory Staff

We are proud to work with some of the best people in this industry.  Take a few minutes to get to know our staff.


Crystal Redding

director of business development

group manager

Crystal joined EMC in 2009 as the office manager of the material testing and special inspection division.  She is responsible for day-to-day laboratory operation, staffing, contracts, client relations, billing, and maintaining our Nuclear Regulatory Commission Materials License.  Crystal’s training includes the following: ACI field and strength; WAQTC qualified in asphalt, aggregate, embankment & base and in-place density; radiation safety officer. 


John Rego

top engineering executive

Professional geologist / Special inspector

John is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with a recently obtained B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He has over 13 years of geotechnical, materials testing, and special inspection experience. He has been with EMC Engineering since 2008 in several roles which include geotechnical manager, field manager, special inspector, Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Non-Destructive Technician (NDT), and material technician.  A small list of past projects includes: Palmer Waste Water Treatment Facility, Eklutna Generation Station, Goose Creek Correctional Center, Ketchikan Shipyard, and Fire Island Wind Farm. 

John is a lifelong Alaskan from the Copper River Valley.  During his upbringing his father was the regional Geologist for the Bureau of Land Management where he spent many weeks assisting with mining claim assessments.  While obtaining his geology degree he was a wildland firefighter on a hotshot crew.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid hunter.


Andy Davenport

Chief financial officer

Special inspector

Andy has been working as an inspector and materials technician for the last 19 years. His duties have included performing inspections of concrete, masonry, structural steel, welding, NACE, asphalt and soil, as well as training new inspectors.  In addition to his career as a special inspector, Andy is in the Navy Reserve as an Engineering Shop Supervisor and Quality Control Representative for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eighteen. Andy's recent project experience includes providing inspection and testing at the ANC Taxiway Y Reconstruction, ANC Gates B1, B3, B5, ML&P Plant 2 Expansion and Eklutna Generation Station.

He resides in Palmer with his wife and 3 children. They enjoy fishing, berry picking and beach combing.

Tom DeLand

construction INSPECTOR

Tom performs Quality Control/Assurance Inspections and reviews, and understands all relevant code requirements and referenced standards. Tom works with clients, as requested, to prepare proposals and estimates, and also works as the Owners Representative, ensuring that all work is carried out according to client’s specifications. He reviews all test data and reports from EMC staff prior to submittal to clients. He has worked as a Materials Technician, QA/QC Inspector, QC/QA Manager, Special Inspector and Project Engineer.


Rainier Saspa

Construction inspector

Rainier has been a Materials Testing Technician for since 2008. During that time, he has performed materials testing and QC on numerous large-scale projects for EMC. Most recently, Rainier was on the Seward Highway projects MP 50-54.5 and MP 54.5-75 where he conducted materials testing and inspection on asphalt, concrete, and earthwork. This experience included immediate processing of daily documentation for approval and transmittal. Rainier also served as a stand-in materials inspector for the Unalaska Airport Improvements project.  Rainier was on the Fire Island Wind Farm project, where he conducted materials testing and inspection on concrete reinforcement, concrete placement, and earthwork throughout the project. Rainier was a Materials Testing Technician on the Muldoon Road Pedestrian Improvements, Phase III project for the ADOT.




Candace has over 10 years of geotechnical testing experience, with work on projects in Alaska, Colorado, and Arizona. Candace joined EMC in 2009, and she is currently the laboratory supervisor, where she trains new technicians, oversees all lab work, and takes an active role in maintaining laboratory accreditation.  She is WAQTC, ACI and AK-CESCL certified. Candace holds a B.S in Environmental Science and Geology from Northern Kentucky University




office administrator

Michelle joined EMC in 2013 when she relocated from Southern Illinois. Her years of experience in customer service and office management have been useful in her transition into the construction management and engineering field. Michelle is the office administrator at our material testing and special inspection division in Palmer. She provides administrative direction and support for daily operational activities including, but not limited to, field coordination, clientele relations, billing, lab data entry and employee support. 


David cerna

field manager / special inspector

David joined EMC in 2011 as a Field Manager for all operations on Kodiak Island. He has 12+ years of construction related experience with increasing responsibilities in the field and laboratory. He is certified in ICC, ACI, OSHA, and WAQTC.  His responsibilities include: special inspections, field and laboratory testing, training, client relations, and review of project documents. He has worked on large complex projects in Georgia, Florida, Washington, and now resides in Alaska. Notable projects in Alaska include: ML & P Plant 2A Expansion project, Kodiak Fish and Game building, Nikiski Generation Plant Expansion, Pillar Mountain Windmill project, and the Kodiak Airport Expansion Project.

nick kuka

materials technician

Nick has been a materials technician for EMC since 2012, when he began working in the materials lab in Palmer. Since then, Nick has gone on to work in the field and in several remote lab locations around the state.  These include Kodiak, Soldotna, and most recently at the Hope Junction for the Seward Highway MP54.5-75 project. Duties involved in these areas included constant communication with contractors and clients, field testing and sampling, laboratory testing, and submittal of reports. Nick’s training includes the following: ACI field and strength; WAQTC qualified in asphalt, aggregate, embankment & base and in-place density.  During his time with EMC, Nick has also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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john murphy

materials technician

John has over 5 years of field and laboratory experience in concrete, soil, aggregates and asphalt. His primary duties with EMC include inspections and testing on various projects throughout Alaska.  These projects include Palmer Waste Water Treatment Facility, Wasilla Fire station, Anchorage Downtown Parking Garages, and the King Salmon Sand Storage building. Prior to joining EMC, John was a field technician in Colorado and New Hampshire.  John is WAQTC and ACI and is completing his ICC Reinforced Concrete certification.

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Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Our Community Involvement

  • Alaska FLL Robotics
  • Alaska Humane Society
  • Alaska Sports Car Club (ASCC)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Anchorage Hockey Association
  • Anchorage Lion's Club
  • Anchorage Opera
  • Boys and Girls Club of Alaska
  • Iron Dog Snowmobile Race
  • Junior Iditarod
  • Revolution Racing
  • Singletrack Advocates
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital

We are proud to sponsor the North Star Squirts Selects, as well as the Revolution Racing team.