Tennessee Section Committee Chairs

Tennessee Section Committee Chairs

Awards Chair | Matt Caskey | P.E.
Firm: Geopier Foundation Company
Phone: [901] 867-5369
Matt is responsible for business development and ground improvement strategies for Geopier Foundation Company, where he has worked since 1999. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Foundation Engineering), at the University of Memphis. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. Prior to working with Geopier, Matt was the geotechnical department manager for Professional Service Industries, Inc (PSI) in Memphis. Matt is a past-president of the Memphis Branch of ASCE, past-president of the Tennessee State Section of ASCE and is the past-chair of the Tennessee State Geotechnical Group. Matt lives in Arlington, Tennessee with his wife and four sons. He enjoys spending time with his family by serving as a church youth group leader and coaching his sons in wrestling and baseball.


Engineering Management Chair | Thomas Lawrence | P.E.
Firm: Thomas B. Lawrence, PE
Phone: [901] 237-4819
Thomas B. Lawrence, PE is a consulting engineer specializing in water quality protection and restoration, including projects as varied as underground tank remediation and municipal storm water pollution prevention. He is the vice-president of the Engineer’s Club of Memphis. He is a past-president of the ASCE TN Section, ASCE West TN Branch, and the Memphis Chapter of TSPE. He is a registered Professional Engineer in CA, IL and TN and has been working as a Civil Engineer for nearly 25 years.


Environmental Discipline Chair | Randal Braker | P.E.
Firm: Duck River Utility Commission
Phone: [931] 455-6458
Randal is a great guy.



Geotechnical Discipline Chair | Mike Bivens | P.E.
Firm: Rembco Geotechnical Contractors, Inc.
Phone: [865] 671-2925
Mike is from Knoxville.



Govenment Affairs - Federal Relations Chair | Brandie Cookston | P.E.
Firm: CDM Smith
Phone: [615] 340-6505
Brandie is a professional engineer with 14 years of diverse transportation and environmental engineering experience. Brandie’s technical background includes roadway planning and design, hydraulics, hydrology, environmental compliance, and project management, currently serving as the Client Service Leader for Middle and Southeast Tennessee at CDM Smith. Brandie attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she began her involvement with ASCE, as the Chapter Vice President. Brandie has been active in the Chattanooga ASCE Branch throughout her professional career, serving in all the officer roles and various committee chairs. She currently serves on the ASCE Chattanooga Branch Board of Directors, Chattanooga Engineers Week Committee, and Whitwell High School Engineering Craft Committee. Brandie is also a member of Women in Transportation Seminars (WTS), International Erosion Control Association (ICEA) and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE). Outside of work Brandie enjoys spending time with her husband Barry and daughter Sophie Ann. Brandie is a Past President of the TN Section and winner of the 2017 ASCE TN Section Young Engineer of the Year.


Govenment Affairs - State Relations Chair | Ray Tant | P.E.
Firm: Shield Engineering, Inc.
Phone: [865] 3544-5959
Ray is a Past President of the TN Section.



History & Heritage Chair | Ken Barry | P.E.
Firm: S&ME
Phone: [865] 970-0003
Ken is from Knoxville and winner of the 2017 Daniel B. Barge, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service.



Report Card Chair | Monica Sartain | P.E.
Firm: Power Consulting Associates, Inc.
Phone: [615] 645-9355

Monica graduated from Virginia Tech in 2001 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an Environmental Option. After graduation, she headed to Aiken, SC to work with hazardous and radioactive waste at the Savannah River Site. While at the Savannah River Site, Monica married her college sweetheart Jeremy. After moving around a little the couple finally settled in Hendersonville, TN where they live with their two children. Monica currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering for Power Consulting Associates, LLC. In addition to her local ASCE work, Monica also serves ASCE as the Infrastructure Report Card Committee Chair for the Tennessee Section, and is a past Region 4 Governor-At-Large. In her spare time Monica enjoys spending weekends relaxing with her family, or running Spartan races.


Structural Discipline Chair | Vacant
Firm: Vacant
Please contact Helen Hennon if you are interested in this position.



Student Discipline Chair  | Wesley Goodnight
Firm: EnSafe Inc.
Phone: [901] 372-7962
Wesley Goodnight graduated with a BSCE from Christian Brothers University in 2002. After working in the geotechnical field for 6 years at Golder Associates Inc., where he traveled the world performing investigations for LNG/LPG facility expansions, he returned to Memphis in 2008 to take a position with EnSafe Inc. During the last 9+ years at EnSafe, Wesley has concentrated on remediation projects involving petroleum and chlorinated solvent contamination. He has been fortunate to be able to design, install, and operate the different types of treatment systems which clean up contaminated sites. Wesley is currently a Project Manager in the Engineering Services division of EnSafe, working out of their Memphis corporate office. Wesley is currently a Director in the ASCE West TN Branch, ASCE TN Section Student Chair, and ASCE TN Section President-Elect. Wesley is newly married to his wife Emily and they have 2 dogs (black lab mixes) that currently count as their kids. Wesley likes doing carpentry and working on his antique car in his spare time, which has gotten less spare after getting married.


Student Discipline Co-Chair & Website Manager | Ashley Smith | P.E.
Firm: CDM Smith
Phone: [615] 340-6540
Ashley is a Vanderbilt University graduate originally from San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering in 2004. She is currently a Senior Project Manager at CDM Smith in the transportation group. Her background is in civil site design, as she has worked on municipal, commercial, healthcare, hospitality, mixed-use, and residential projects throughout the country. In addition to her work for the ASCE TN Section, Ashley was the Younger Member Group Chair and President of the Nashville Branch, and currently still serves them as a Board Member, Newsletter Editor, and Practitioner Advisor to Vanderbilt. She married Jared, another Vandy graduate, and they have two young daughters. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys cheering on the Commodores and San Antonio Spurs, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, going to concerts, and relaxing on beaches.

Transportation Discipline Chair | Brian Reynolds | P.E.
Phone: [615] 340-9189

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Brian Reynolds, first came to Nashville in 1994 for the Preparatory Academics for Vanderbilt Engineers (PAVE) program. After the six-week summer course of study, he knew he was sold on Nashville, Vanderbilt and the pursuit of a career in engineering. Brian quickly felt at home on campus earning a starting position as Lock for the Vanderbilt Rugby Football Club. Upon earning his Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering, he chose to stay in Nashville and work in the field of transportation planning and design. He is currently a Senior Supervising Engineer and Technical Principal for WSP in Nashville.  Brian is an ASCE past-president of the Nashville Branch, past-president of the Tennessee Section and the current ASCE Region 4 Governor from Tennessee.  An unapologetic coffee addict, Brian couldn't help but fall in love with Mary Claire, a Starbucks barista at the time. They live in West Nashville and have two young daughters.


Membership & Younger Member Chair | Eric Gardner | P.E.
Firm: Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Phone: [615] 979-4382 

Eric grew up in Southern Indiana and graduated from the University of Evansville in 1998 with a degree in Civil Engineering. While pursuing his engineering degree, he played four years of varsity football at Evansville. After college, he moved to Nashville and began his career as a consultant, doing mostly roadway design. He then worked for the City of Franklin as the Director of Engineering and for Advanced Drainage Systems providing technical support for different stormwater and sanitary sewer products. He is currently a Project Manager for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. He has a unique professional background, having worked for engineering consulting firms, a municipality and a product manufacturer. He lives in Franklin with his wife, Jenny and their three daughters, Grace, Lyla and Piper. Eric enjoys spending his free time hunting, fishing, being with his kids and playing sports or games. He is a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and loves to watch and talk about all sports. He is also is involved in many local professional and civic groups such as Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County and Grassland Athletic Association.