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New Officers For 2019-2020

New Officers for 2019-2020

On October 15, 2019 the ASCE Knoxville Branch installed new officers for 2019-2020. Pictured left to right are Helen Hennon (Treasurer), Melissa McKenzie (Secretary), Dr. Jennifer Retherford (Vice President), and Karen McKeehan (President). Not pictured is Patrick Fiveash (Past-President).

Karen J. McKeehan, P.E., has worked for the City of Knoxville engineering department since June 2006. She is currently a civil engineer manager, responsible for the design of numerous municipal construction and maintenance projects.


Dr. Jennifer Retherford, P.E., joined the University of Tennessee faculty in 2012 and has served as a teaching faculty, supporting structural engineering courses as well as the Senior Design Project course. Jenny's role as the senior design professor at UT allows a unique opportunity to interact with all undergraduate students and the surrounding professional community, a privilege that has makes the course a practical experience for soon-to-be graduates. She serves as a Mentor for the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop and contributes to research related to engineering education specifically focused on project-based learning and pedagogy for new professors.

Helen S. Hennon, P.E., has worked for the University of Tennessee as a design engineer since October 2016, and was promoted to be the Team Leader for Capital Projects in April 2019. Prior to that, she spent 23 years growing from an Engineering Intern to a Senior Engineer, Vice President, and Principal of Quantum Engineering and Environmental Services, LLC and its predecessor companies.  She has served ASCE in a major role for many years at the student chapter of Tennessee Tech, in the Knoxville Branch, and the Tennessee Section.  Highlights include that she is a two time Past Branch President, was a Tennessee Section officer rolling from Vice President in 2016 to President Elect, President, and Past President in 2019. Helen is a great advocate for the Knoxville Branch, and worked hard to help found the Knoxville Younger Members group.

Melissa McKenzie, P.E., has worked for Jacobs Engineering since January 2009. She has experience in the design of water distribution and waste water collection systems, rehabilitation, and asset management. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, and previously served as the Event Chair for the Younger Members Group of the Knoxville Branch.

Patrick Fiveash, P.E., CPESC, ENV. SP has worked for Gresham Smith and Partners as a Sr. transportation engineer and project manager since June 2013. He has 16 years of experience with a variety of transportation projects in the east Tennessee area.

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