For over 25 years, Rob has developed an extensive background in long-term economic development and construction management. As President of Wenaha Group, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians, and a nationally recognized entrepreneur, Rob’s character exemplifies team-work, transparency, collaboration, and integrity. Rob started this company because he believes communities are strongest when they work together to achieve greatness. He has a genuine interest and skill set in successfully managing complex projects, navigating political and complicated organizational structures, reducing owner risk by understanding nuances in contract negotiation, and strategically aligning Wenaha staff with clients’ needs. Rob’s years of experience managing construction and development for his own Tribe has created a deeper understanding of the importance of protecting Tribal resources and sovereignty for each Community. As Wenaha celebrates its 10 years Rob’s humble leadership has grown the firm into a strong financially sound company with a healthy, diverse and incredibly talented team.
Dave Fishel, Vice President and Partner of Wenaha Group, has worn many leadership hats during his career, from project manager to a partner in a general contracting business to expert witness for construction claims. His more than 30 years of industry experience cover a wide range of project types, with clients in both general contracting and subcontracting, giving him unique insight and hard-won knowledge. Dave maintains direct contact with our clients and gives support and oversight to project managers as a Project Principal.
Melanie, a Native Hawaiian from Washington State, has spent two decades striving for a more socially just public education system. Her contributions as a teacher and school principal, along with her district level executive leadership and university teaching have contributed to her expertise in education. Melanie is known for creating opportunities for building shared understanding and outcomes, providing cultural navigation within complex environments, and creating relationships grounded in shared outcomes. Significant contributions to our team include educational adequacy assessments, community organizing and strategic planning, designing multi-sensory and blended learning environments, early childhood and PreK-12 equitable systems and curriculum building, and public relations, capitol project planning and project logistics.
Dale has worked over 30 years in the construction industry and has successfully carried many project teams through the various aspects of contracting, including estimating, budget development and project management. A notable strength Dale possesses is an ability to create win-win solutions to the inevitable issues that arise on projects and in team settings. He is known for building collaborative, highly functional teams which consistently deliver above the client’s expectations. Clients and design professionals have always valued his involvement, as he strives to keep projects moving forward in an organized fashion, keeping costs and schedule under control, while working to maintain a fun and effective atmosphere.
During his career as a construction manager and executive, Jim has successfully managed over five million square feet of construction. For three decades, Jim has been a results-oriented team leader and has gained increased responsibility by solving complex challenges. Jim sees effective teamwork and open communication as critical in reducing total cost and risk while maintaining delivery schedules and quality. He brings proficiency in contract negotiation, contract and proposal creation, bid packaging, conceptual estimating, insurance, value engineering, scheduling, and construction management to the table. Jim also excels at tactical planning, implementation and budget management.
Scott has built his career with an emphasis on collaboration, consensus building, and team interaction. He specializes in public procurement and energy conservation programs. Serving as a facilities director for a public agency instructed him on the value of transparency and accountability with taxpayer funds. Scott is passionate about education and community development, and seeks to ensure both are considerations for projects he is involved with. Scott now works extensively with the Energy Trust of Oregon, integrating sustainability and energy efficiency using cost-effective methods. In 2013, he won a Better Bricks Award for Building Management from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and in 2014 became an Earth Advantage Certified Project Steward.
Heath’s degree in construction management from Central Washington University was followed by over two decades of construction management, during which he worked on a wide variety of project types as a project engineer, project manager, estimator, partner in a general contracting business and owner’s representative. His first-hand experience in the challenges of general contracting gives him the insight to predict problems and strategically solve them or avoid them entirely. Heath uses his communication skills to build a team atmosphere and create situations where all stakeholders can succeed.
Keith is a veteran senior project manager and past general manager with over two decades of construction management experience in the Northwest. His detailed approach to team leadership and problem solving provides him with a strong foundation to address the challenges in project development, construction operations, and client relationships. His leadership and management style is grounded in solid values with appreciation of hard work, honesty, integrity, and respect. Keith’s experience includes gaming, healthcare, corrections, infrastructure, mission critical, research laboratory, commercial, and multi-family projects. He has delivered projects in the public and private sectors, quasi-government, and Indian Country.
Kari McCormick was born and raised in Arizona and is a five generation family leading back to Arizona Territorial days. Having a diverse career from working at the state legislature to an elementary school teacher and a youth pastor for 16 years. She wound up in the construction world by deciding to leave ministry and go back to utilizing her BS degree in Management from Arizona State University by helping a cost estimating, program management firm open their office in Arizona. From that point on there’s been a clear career path in the AEC industry for nearly 20 years, having the opportunity to work with a large international architecture firm, a national general contractor and most recently opening a successful western regional office for a Native American owned general contractor out of Kansas. The common career stream has always been the opportunity to work with Native American tribes throughout the US.
Patrick has spent more than 30 years in the construction industry building relationships with owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors and employees. His experience provides a thorough knowledge that he can apply when representing owners through a process mostly unfamiliar to them. As a project manager, Patrick has experience with public, education, commercial, and residential projects. Patrick holds a Construction Engineering Management Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.
Kaliska is a native Oregonian and a member of Alaska’s Tlingit/Haida Tribe. She has a degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University, graduating Cum Laude, and has worked in the construction field for over 15 years. She has managed an array of high-value, high-visibility projects including federal facility renovations, health care facility construction, public education institutions, and government contracting projects. Kaliska’s work with various public entity systems has taught her the ins and outs of public procedures, stakeholder interests, and governing agencies. She brings an extensive base of knowledge and work experience both from the contracting and owner’s representative sides of the business and she is excited to share this with our clients.
Jose is a proud graduate of the construction engineering management program at Oregon State University. He is originally from Eastern Oregon but spent the last decade in the Bay Area building his construction career directing multi-million dollar commercial projects for various clients. As a bilingual manager he has the ability to put others at ease while quickly building relationships with key stakeholders. He employs a team-centric management style and enjoys solving complex project issues with out-of-the-box thinking.
Kieron has a Bachelor of Science in Building Surveying and has managed a large number of complex and challenging projects. He has spent the last 20 as an estimator, project engineer and project manager, working on a variety of building sectors, from K-12 education, retail, assisted living, medical, and hi-tech facilities. He loves the challenges construction brings, the fulfillment of completed projects, and the joy it brings to occupants.
With a Masters of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and undergraduate studies in journalism at the University of Oregon, Cassie has worked in the design and construction industry for the past 10 years, transitioning from design to project management. Cassie's experience includes owner's representative/project management work in both the private and public sectors, primarily for commercial, non-profit, and retail clients. Cassie is committed to using her skills to help communities on the east side of the state and grow and thrive.
Rich studied construction management at Parkland College in Illinois and also completed Clemson University’s intense superintendent training course. With over 23 years of field experience, Rich is a proven expert at planning and coordinating complex projects. He’s been responsible for oversight of safety, quality control, scheduling, purchasing, field staffing, and job forecasting. He also brings a broad understanding of safety and building codes, regulations and inspection compliance. Rich is dedicated to his clients through his commitment to the planning and operation of all field activities.
With a Bachelor of Science in Project Management and Construction Management certification from the University of Washington, Pam has over 14 years’ experience in commercial construction management. Pam’s competencies in construction management extend from pre-construction, budget development, value engineering, bid management, contract and change management, through close-out and turn-over. Pam believes a project's success is built on integrity and respect when it comes to working with both the planning and development team, and the onsite team. With experience in both private and public sectors, one of Pam’s recent project was the TMSF Facility built for the City of Boise. The first LEED Gold, complete net-zero, energy efficient commercial building in Idaho for the City of Boise.
With nearly 10 years of experience as a Structural Engineer, Rick has worked on a wide variety of educational, industrial, and commercial projects. A graduate of the Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rick is a Registered Professional Structural Engineer in the state of Washington. As a former engineer, his practical experience combined with his dedication to the industry will guide our clients in a variety of markets.
Over the last 18 years, Chris has completed over 50 projects in 11 states throughout the US and five provinces of Canada. These projects range from the medical, hospitality, retail, restaurant, institution, education and infrastructure market sectors. By tapping into a wealth of diverse project types and delivery methods in both private and public works, Chris has learned to apply proven industry methods tailored to specific project and client needs. Using a background in scheduling, estimating and project management, Chris strives to assist in streamlining projects and to bring the best investment return value to our clients using a focus on proactive, solutions oriented goals and approaches.
Efton has 25 years of logistics and procurement experience including leading projects and overseeing all aspects of equipment and material management, program planning and execution, and logistics. Efton’s collaborative, solution-minded, upbeat spirit enables those around him to do and be better team members. Efton brings in-depth knowledge of all areas associated with supply chain, logistics, inventory management, production planning, procurement, customer service, transportation, and warehouse management. Efton has relationships throughout multiple industries across the United States that provides competitive pricing and an extensive customer offering. Efton served in the United States military with the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed at Whidbey Naval Air Base, Oak Harbor, Washington.
With a Bachelor of Science in Architectrure with an emphasis in Project Management from the Portland State University, Bobby has worked in the design and construction industry for more than 20 years, transitioning from design to project management. Bobby’s project management experience includes work in both the private and public sectors, encompassing public housing, transportation and education. Bobby’s passion is to help the communities that we works and lives in a better place for all to choose to work and live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Nathan Carroll is a hands-on construction project management professional with extensive expertise in many facets of the industry He has a verifiable track record for the successful completion of large and small-scale projects through coordinating trades, developing partnerships, and building positive rapport with architects, engineers, and clients. He has managed over $1B in construciton projects on military bases, municipal utilities, healthcare, schools, multi-family, single family residences, QSR, and essential government facilities.
Julie is a Corvallis, Oregon native with over 23 years experience in the construction industry. After graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, she spent time in central California before returning to Corvallis in 1995 and beginning her construction career, primarily focusing on accounting. Her years of experience in job cost accounting, budgets, contracts and loss control make her a valued member of the Wenaha Group by supporting the project managers and other members of the team. Julie is dedicated to client satisfaction and believes that treating everyone fairly and honestly results in successful projects.
Tammy is a Washington native, living most of her life in the greater Tacoma area. With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently as the owner of a small construction company. As a staff accountant, Tammy provides support with Wenaha Groups daily accounting activities. Tammy has a passion for serving our clients, staff, and the community while sharing our values diven guiding principles.