Key People

Wanda M. Martinez


President and CEO

Ms. Martinez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of DRC, in which capacity she is responsible for the company's day-to-day operations. Under her leadership, DRC has implemented major transportation, municipal and public works projects for local and federal government and clients throughout the United States. Ms. Martinez directs the management, policies and procedures of the firm and makes day-to-day, as well as long-term decisions on matters of management, business development, policy and operations of the firm. Ms. Martinez is the official business representative and highest Point of Contact (POC) of the firm who is responsible for project development, allocating needed resources, and ensuring the best and brightest staff and local resources are committed for the duration of each project. Ms. Martinez has over 30 years of direction and leadership for the implementation of multi-million dollar engineering and environmental projects primarily for local municipalities and the Federal government.

Ms. Martinez has served as Project Sponsor for over $33 million dollars in prime contracts with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles and Sacramento Districts, the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Mid-Pacific Region, the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U. S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Command (NFESC), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (SWDIV), Southwest Division, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Sanitation (BOS), Department of Engineering (BOE) and the Environmental Engineering Division (EED), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power(LADWP), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA METRO), Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to mention a few.

Over the last 27 years, Ms. Martinez has established a sound corporate foundation and approach to management to achieve quality products and services for clients. She has a unique ability to motivate and foster a productive and efficient team spirit with the highest degree of personal and professional integrity.

Robert L. (Larry) Davis, PE


Board Member

As a working member of our Board of Directors, Mr. Davis brings his extensive experience and considerable talent to DRC's Federal, Transportation, Municipal and PM/CM market sectors.

Prior to joining DRC, Mr. Davis was a Senior Vice President and President of the West Division of HNTB, an Engineering News-Record Top 500 firm. At HNTB, Mr. Davis was hugely successful in pursuing and winning large Design/Build projects with major contractors. During this period, he won eight out of ten pursuits with a constructed value over $4B and was executing over 2/3 of all Design/Build work within HNTB.

Also noteworthy, in late 2005, Mr. Davis retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 31 years of service at the rank of Brigadier General. He commanded soldiers at the Platoon, Company and Battalion levels and US Army Corps of Engineers organizations at the District and Division levels. His most senior assignments included:

Commander, Los Angeles District, US Army Corps of Engineers (October 1996 - August 1998). Responsible for 900 military and civilian employees with multiple offices in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Planned, designed and constructed navigation, flood control and environmental restoration projects for State and Federal Agencies and military facilities for the Army and the Air Force. His annual budget was in excess of $420M.

Chief of Staff, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (September 1998 - August 2000) Chief of Staff for the US Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood, with a daytime population of 51,000 soldiers and civilians and an annual operating budget of $220M. Responsible for advising the Commanding General on all staff responsibilities and actions. Directed, integrated and coordinated activities, operations, and plans of the special staff, the installation staff, the Garrison Command, and the Engineer, Military Police and Chemical Schools.

Chief of Staff, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC (September 2000 - August 2001) Chief of Staff for the US Army Corps of Engineers, a major Army Command consisting of a military and civilian workforce of 37,000 personnel and an annual budget in excess of $12B. Orchestrated the day-to-day operations of the headquarters staff. Responsible for leading, directing, integrating and coordinating activities and requirements of the headquarters to best support the District, Division and Laboratory Commanders in the field.

Commander, South Pacific Division, US Army Corps of Engineers (July 2001 - June 2003) Provided command, control and leadership for four Corps of Engineers Districts covering California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico with a total of 2,600 military and civilian personnel. Managed planning, engineering, construction and regulatory programs totaling over $1.1B annually. Provided military construction, real estate and installation support to 27 Army and Air Force Installations.

Commander, Pacific Ocean Division, US Army Corps of Engineers (July 2003 - August 2005). Provided command, control and leadership for four Corps of Engineers Districts headquartered in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan and Korea with a total of 1,700 military and civilian personnel. Managed planning, engineering, construction, real estate and regulatory programs totaling over $2.3B annually. Shortly after assuming command, General Davis was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for seven months where he served jointly as the Senior Engineer for all US forces in Iraq and as the commander of all US Army Corps of Engineers personnel in Iraq.

James Fowler, PE


Senior Project Manager

Mr. Fowler is a Senior Project Manager who has consistently earned the respect of colleagues and clients for his leadership on transportation projects, consistently meeting project budgets, schedules, and quality. He has delivered more than 350 transportation projects valued at $5B, including METRO’S Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor and Expo Line, CALTRANS SR-30 project, and Louisiana’s 186-mile, $1.5B new freeway that serves as the state’s predominate north-south economic corridor. He possesses extensive knowledge of Caltrans, LA Metro, FDOT, and FHWA design standards. In addition to large-scale project management, Mr. Fowler’s technical career also includes QA/QC, design, design review, and construction management.

As a DRC Senior Project Manager leading, planning, organizing and delivering high quality transportation projects to DRC clients, Mr. Fowler manages all financial and technical aspects of each project, including scope, budget and delivery. He hires and leads diverse teams and provides expert level technical and quality guidance. He has the authority to make decisions, hire and direct staff, and allocate resources on the project consistent with approved proposals, contracts, or change orders. He is responsible for preparation and negotiation of project scope, schedule, and fee that is responsive to the client’s needs. Coordinates with DRC task managers and subcontractors to develop the project team and to allocate the necessary resources to complete the project successfully. He is responsible for all project management activities relating to scope, schedule, project budget, and fee. Has primary responsibility for project quality and platinum level client service.

Jimmy Todorov, PE


Discipline Lead, Civil - Highway, Roadway and Rail Transit

Mr. Todorov is a pragmatic and highly adaptable Discipline Lead and Senior Project Engineer with 22 years of experience designing a wide range of civil engineering projects. He has extensive expertise designing mass transit civil works, including highway, roadway and rail transit projects.

He has worked on various Los Angeles County Metro projects: LAX/Crenshaw Transit Project, Regional Connector, Purple Line extension, Expo II, Eastside Light Rail Transit (LRT), Airport Metro Connector, Orange, Red, Blue, and Green Lines, High Speed Rail and many other mass transit projects in California and the surrounding region. He also has extensive experience with roadway and intersection improvements.

Madhusoodan Bhatt, P.E.


QA/QC Officer, Transportation

Mr. Bhatt has over thirty (30) years' of diversified experience in project management, engineering design and construction management of transportation/ports and harbors, water, wastewater and water distribution, oil and gas facilities, complex utility design, power plants and process projects worldwide. Mr. Bhatt specializes in the management of complex design, engineering and construction management of large terminal and inter-model projects at the Port of Los Angeles. Mr. Bhatt's experience include the management of multi-disciplined teams of consultants and specialists to resolve complex issues pertaining to large infrastructure projects including successful coordination and implementation of the public communication process.

Mr. Bhatt has a unique ability to develop and successfully maintain key clients with emphasis on long-term relations with repeat business. Specific strategic responsibilities include meeting or exceeding client expectations for quality, schedule and budget; financial performance for project specific targets; client/project team expectations; operational performance and Quality. Specific duties include planning, staffing, scheduling, budget management, quality control, safety, and coordination of sub-consultants, internal technical and support staff. Mr. Bhatt joined DRC in 2001 and remain a key member of our management team.

Michael J. Grossman


Business Development

Mr. Grossman has over 25 years of business development experience and has been a marketing, proposal and technical writer/editor and a business development associate in the A&E industry for the last 16 years. For several years before that he provided a wide range of marketing, business, and technical writing/editing services to individuals and companies. His work has included supporting thought leadership articles for trade publications on behalf of subject matter experts, social media postings, web blogs, technical documentation, business plans, marketing collaterals, speech writing, and résumés.

Danny Bautista, PE


Supervising Electrical, Water/Wastewater

DR Consultants and Designers, Inc. (DRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Danilo "Danny" Bautista, E.E., as Senior Electrical Engineer for the Terminal Island Wastewater Treatment Facility Systems Field Validation Project for the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (BOS). Mr. Bautista has a lengthy and successful technical career highlighted by senior engineering roles with the City of LA Department of Public Works. A Registered California Electrical Engineer, he brings to the project more than 30 years of experience in electrical systems planning, design, and construction of municipal, industrial, and military facilities.

Prior to joining DRC, Mr. Bautista was a consulting senior engineer in Los Angeles. "We are very excited to have Danny join the Terminal Island project team," said Wanda Martinez, CEO of DRC."His qualifications are an exact match for the engineering needs of the Terminal Island Facility."

DRC has been selected to provide engineering services to Honeywell, the prime consultant to BOS on the project. Now getting underway, the project will develop extensive documentation of wastewater treatment systems at Terminal Island and other facilities and will install necessary upgrades to wastewater control systems.

Ruth Lehmann, PE, PMP, LEED GA


Senior Program/Construction Manager

Ms. Lehmann brings more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering design, project management, construction support, construction management, operations, expert witness, sustainable design, and transportation program development. She is a seasoned program/project manager and highly skilled technical leader for large transportation projects completed throughout the United States. A proven technical leader for complex civil engineering designs and construction of transportation and government facilities and expert in claims avoidance procedures and review.

Ms. Lehmann is a highly experienced operations manager and program manager, responsible for strategic recruiting, practice expansion, oversight of fiscal management, risk management, contract negotiations, and mentoring of staff. She is a strategic thinker who has led new market development, proposal development and project execution. Ms. Lehmann has served as Chair/Director on several professional organization boards, both locally and nationally. Ms. Lehmann is a California registered Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is a LEED Green Associate (USGBC). She also earned a BS in Architectural Studies, an MS in Civil Engineering - Transportation Facilities from the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. She also earned a BS in Civil Engineering - Environmental Engineering specialization at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.

Prakash Navani


Program Manager/Automation

Mr. Navani has over 35 years of experience in Process Control Automation and Instrumentation. Managed seven DCS Automation Projects with four Hot-Cutovers. Lead Supervisory responsibilities in DCS/SIS Automation and Field Instrumentation. Responsibilities have included Overall I&C Project Management, I&C Staff Supervision, DCS system engineering and field instrumentation, preparation of project technical specifications and requisitions, review and approve project drawings, bid evaluations, construction support, pre-commissioning check-outs, testing, FAT, SAT , final commissioning, of various petrochemical refinery plants including package instrumentation. Experience also includes design and engineering of instrumentation and controls for nuclear power plants. Click here for a complete resume.

Lynda Dachnowski


Controller

Ms. Dashnowski develops, directs, and implements the financial and accounting systems and affairs of the firm and prepares financial analyses of operations, including interim and final financial statements with supporting schedules, for the guidance of CEO and project management staff. Ms. Dachnowski is responsible for the development, implementation and continual enhancement of DRC's financial plans, policies its accounting practices, the conduct of its relationships with lending institutions and the financial community, the maintenance of its fiscal records, and the preparation of financial reports. She supervises general accounting, contract administration, property accounting, internal auditing, cost accounting, project controls and budgetary controls.

Ms. Dachnowski establishes and maintains accounting policies and procedures to ensure that all financial transactions, contracts, project cost accounting and profitability are executed and documented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals. Development, analysis, and interpretation of statistical and accounting information in order to appraise operating results in terms of profitability, performance against budget, and other matters bearing on the fiscal soundness and operating effectiveness of the organization.

Jun E. Magbitang


Accounting Manager

Mr. Magbitang brings over 38 years of financial service experience, 30 years within the Architectural-Engineering industry. His expertise encompasses all accountancy functions in a service enterprise. He supports DRC department leaders and Project Managers with full-cycle accounting and financial reporting, including capital and operating forecasting and budgeting, financial analysis, and reviewing all operations to provide analytical feedback to various levels of management, using advanced computerized databases and applications, including Deltek Vision. He has assumed a key position that supports the company’s management and operational development.

Henry Lopez, CPA


Project Accountant

Henry Lopez is a California licensed CPA with more than 11 years of management, finance and accounting experience in the A/E and aerospace industries. Prior to joining DRC, Mr. Lopez was Accounting Manager for Tmad Taylor & Gaines (TTG), where he managed more than $50 million in annual project revenues and supervised a staff of six Project Accountants and a Senior Financial Systems Analyst. He is highly computer proficient in DRC ERP Systems, including Deltek Vision 7.0 with a three-level structure and Microsoft Dynamics Axapta 4.0.

Mr. Lopez is a results-oriented finance and accounting manager with proven leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving skills specific to the A/E industry. He will implement and enhance programs, policies, and procedures supporting the fast-paced and strategic expansion of DRC.

Fang Maw Lee, PhD, PE


Project Manager, Water/Wastewater

Dr. Lee has over 35 years of experience in Civil and Environmental Engineering projects. He earned a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkley and a Masters Degree in Sanitary Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is a California registered professional engineer in excellent standing.

Dr. Lee has completed numerous planning, study, investigation, engineering, construction, operation, and permitting of civil and environmental projects, including civil site development, storm drains, water transmission and distribution systems, sewage collection and conveyance systems, the design and engineering of water and wastewater treatment plants, groundwater remediation and state of the art Air Treatment Facilities for the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering. As a senior civil engineer, he prepared and reviewed specifications and plans for grading, access road, paving, storm drainage and yard piping for numerous lakes and rivers, water and wastewater treatment plants, pump stations and pipelines.

As our lead process specialist and senior project engineer, Mr. Lee prepares highly technical proposals, work plans and progress reports, supervises engineers and draft technicians, monitors budget and schedule, performs detailed quality assurance and quality control for planning and design, provides construction management and startup support, conducts pilot plants and prepares operation and maintenance manuals for large municipal water and wastewater treatment plants:

For DRC, Dr. Lee's work includes responsibility as a Senior Project Manager, Senior Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Construction Site Manager, Startup and trouble-shooting operation engineer. Prior to joining DRC, Dr. Lee worked for Black and Veatch.

Robert S. Wright, PE, GE


QA/QC Officer, Transportation

Mr. Wright joined DRC in 1986. He has a Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a California Registered Professional Civil Engineer and a California Registered Geotechnical Engineer in excellent standing.

Mr. Wright has more than 40 years of experience in the practice of civil and geotechnical engineering including the technical, managerial and financial responsibility for the geotechnical investigations, analyses, design and construction of engineering projects including large and small diameter pipelines, tunnels, water treatment plants, dams, deep excavations and shoring., reservoirs, watersheds, flood control channels and other water related distribution structures. Mr. Wright has extensive specialized expertise in the practice of geotechnical engineering related to the investigation, design and construction of dams and tunnels; investigation and stabilization of landslides; foundations for dams, reservoirs, railroad and highway bridges; airfield and highway pavements; earthwork and grading; waterfront structures and foundations. Mr. Wright is also responsible for the development, maintenance and implementation of DRC's strict Quality Control/Quality Assurance Program.

Mr. Wright also has expertise in the analysis of flow in pipes and open channels and in the design and construction of pressure piping systems, aqueducts, and open-channels and in the design and construction of pressure piping systems, aqueducts and open-channel flow conveyance systems. Mr. Wright has been responsible for the geotechnical aspects of investigations, design and construction of over 12 dams, and for the safety evaluation of numerous existing dams primarily within the State of California and western United States. He has performed and reviewed hydrologic analyses of the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) for the safety evaluation of existing dams and spillways. Mr. Wright was also a distinguished member of the Committee on Foundations for Dams on the U. S. Committee on Large Dams.

Arnold Goulbourne


Supervising Instrumentation & Controls, Water/Wastewater

Mr. Goulbourne is DRC's Chief Engineer for all water, wastewater projects, he has over 35 years experience in project management, design, construction and start-up of wastewater, water treatment and industrial projects, providing instrumentation, control systems and electrical designs for the facilities. He has excellent leadership and communication skills. Mr. Goulbourne provides Instrumentation, Control System engineering and construction management support services to the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering (BOE), Environmental Engineering Division (EED). This division is responsible for the research and development, design and engineering of all water and wastewater facilities within the City of Los Angeles.

Prior to joining DRC, Mr. Goulbourne served as the Southeast Group Design Center Manager for MWH; an electrical and control system engineer with over 35 years experience in the design, construction management and startup of wastewater, water treatment and industrial projects. As the Group manager and Principal In Charge of a multi discipline design center (Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation and Control), Mr. Goulbourne was responsible for all design projects undertaken in the Southeast U.S. regional offices. His responsibilities also included client liaison, marketing and presentation, organization and scheduling of work assignments and staffing, providing leadership direction & mentoring to his staff, meeting the department milestones and fiscal goals. In addition Mr. Goulbourne also managed the Process Control and Instrumentation Division.

Mr. Goulbourne's experience in municipal wastewater treatment has involved the design of distributed control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, analog control systems, electrical distribution system, studies, pre design reports, marketing, the preparation of detailed design plans and specifications, construction management support and start-up services.

As the Group manager Mr. Goulbourne leads the Process Control and Instrumentation Div., Structural, Mechanical and Electrical design efforts to: update the Rancho Las Virgenes Regional Facility Expansion Solids Handling and Composting Facilities with a distributed control system and Micro VAX as the historian and management support; Escondido Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion; Miami-Dade County, Florida sewage lift stations rehab.

Robert (Bob) Babbitt, REA


Project Manager, Water/Wastewater

Mr. Robert "Bob" Babbitt joined the DRC family in 2005. He is a Senior Project Manager leading our Air Treatment Facility Design and Construction Management Group. Mr. Babbitt has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington at Seattle, as well as certificates in Project Management, Waste Water Treatment, Hazardous and Toxic Materials Management, and California Construction Laws. He has over 30 years experience as Process Engineer and Project Manager in the field of chemical engineering.

Mr. Babbitt served as DRC's Senior Project Manager for the recently completed City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation, Air Treatment Facilities (ATF). He designed and oversaw construction of this highly complex, state-of-the-art, $150M, Odor Control program for City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation (BOS). Concurrent with the design of Phase II, he managed an extensive investigative research program on sewer system wide odor control performance. Results of research impacted the Phase II design, with resultant cost savings to the City of over $100M.

Mr. Babbitt has expertise interfacing with construction management, contactors, vendors, inspectors, staff engineers, and City of Los Angeles program managers.

Mr. Babbitt has also functioned as a Senior Third Party Administrator for Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he was Contract Administrator for multiple utility and agency contracts. He interfaced and coordinated multiple tasks with Federal, State, Regional, and Local authorities; as well as with hospitals, schools, and private entities.