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  Brian R. Barth is the Deputy Executive Director for Program Delivery for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), responsible for overseeing all program and project delivery for the Department.

A member of the TxDOT family since 1988, Mr. Barth began his career as an engineering assistant in the Dallas District. In 2003, he was appointed as the Dallas District’s director of transportation planning and development. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Fort Worth District’s deputy district engineer, providing joint oversight and development of the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Express, I-35W, I-30 and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

In November 2013, Mr. Barth was appointed as Fort Worth district engineer and served on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments working to solve Metroplex-area transportation issues. In that role, he also oversaw over $1 billion in construction work each year in addition to major projects on I-35W, SH 360 South and the I-30/SH 360 Interchange.

In June 2018, Barth was named the Director of Project Planning and Development for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), responsible for overseeing the Transportation Planning and Programming, Right of Way, Environmental Affairs, Professional Engineering Procurement and Transportation Programs divisions.

Mr. Barth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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Kurt Dettman is the Past President of the Region 1 (USA and Canada) of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF), and is also the Principal of Constructive Dispute Resolutions, an ADR practice specializing in all aspects of dispute avoidance and resolution in the construction industry. He has written extensively about Dispute Resolution Boards, and conducts training on Dispute Board practice and administration, including the new Dispute Board Manual released in 2019. Kurt is co-chair of the PPP Task Force and Transit Committees.
Graham Easton is both a civil engineer and a lawyer. He is based in Sydney, Australia and works as an independent Arbitrator, Mediator and Dispute Board Member. Formal qualifications include: B.Sc. (Computer Science), University of Sydney, 1967; B.E. (Hons.) (Civil Engineering), University of Sydney, 1969; M.Eng. Sc., University of Birmingham, U.K., 1972; LL.B., University of New South Wales, 1988. He is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales; a Grade 1 Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator, Resolution Institute, Australia; a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration; an Accredited Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Mr. Easton has lectured extensively on the contractual and legal aspects of engineering and related technical areas, both in Australia and overseas, including a seven-year period teaching Construction Management at the University of New South Wales. He was the joint author of a standard textbook “Civil Engineering Construction” published by McGraw Hill in Australia. For more than 30 years, Mr. Easton has acted as an arbitrator / court referee / mediator in over 250 disputes throughout Australia and overseas. He has been a member of many Dispute Boards on major projects and has been appointed to several international arbitration tribunals in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Easton is a Past-President of the DRBF Executive Board of Directors and is a recipient of the Al Mathews Award for Dispute Board Excellence, the DRBF's top honor. He is the Lead Editor for the DRBF Manual – Guide to Practices and Procedures, published in 2019.
 

Zey Emir was named President of Revay in 2013. She is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in consulting to the construction industry, primarily in dispute resolution. Her areas of expertise include loss of productivity calculations as well as complex delay analyses. She has prepared, analyzed and negotiated the resolution of countless construction claims. Zey’s diverse project experience includes work on bridges, power plants, pipelines, tunnels and special purpose facilities in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. She has been recognized as an expert witness in court, in arbitration as well as DRBs in the areas of delay and productivity analysis, as well as the quantification of damages.

Zey has been an active member of several construction associations, most notably the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) where she joined the board and later the executive committee. She was appointed Chair of the association for 2018.

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Diane Gollhofer Raines has over 35 years of progressive engineering, technical, and procurement experience in the construction industry mainly overseeing major capital construction projects with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and currently serves as DRBF Director for Region 1. Her signature projects were overseeing the award winning $1B Light Rail Green Line (CMGC), the Downtown CBD Mall Line, a mile-long commuter line grade separation bridge for TRE - built during operations, and a LEED’s Certified Police Headquarters in a historic trolley building. Diane’s projects were all completed on-time and claims free. As the South-Central Region Dispute Resolution Board Foundation’s (DRBF) Representative Diane successfully brought and implemented the DRB concept to DART, using it successfully for over 15 years.

In 2011, Diane established DGR Consultants LLC, an engineering consulting firm specializing in construction management and dispute resolution and has since worked with DART, DFW International Airport, and TxDOT on claims avoidance and resolution, quality and safety management. DGR Consultants is a certified DBE, SBE, and WBE.

Diane graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station with a BS in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Management and holds a Professional Engineering License in the State of Texas.

Roberto Hernandez Garcia is a lawyer with a Master’s Degree in Administrative Law from the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico Campus. He is a specialist in National / International Construction Law and Public Procurement; Dispute Resolution; and Corporate Integrity. He has worked as a Dispute Board member for nearly a dozen projects under FIDIC and ICC rules. He has also served as chair of the "International Construction Projects Committee" of the IBA and as President of the Committee on Dispute Resolution in Construction of ICC Mexico. Roberto has completed specialized studies in infrastructure and negotiation at the universities of Harvard, California and Florida. He is editor of several books in the field.

Roberto is a Partner Director of COMAD, a law firm of over 50 years specializing in infrastructure law, government contracts, and anti-corruption measures.

Matt Michalak has been a DRBF member since 1998 and is Past-President of the Board of Directors of DRBF Region 1 and Past-President of the DRBF Florida Chapter. He has served as a member/chairman on over 70 Dispute Resolution Boards for bid-build, design-build, and design-build-finance-operate construction projects in various states. 


Mr. Michalak has over 45 years of extensive broad-based hands on management experience in the domestic and international heavy civil and marine construction industry and for the past 20 years been a construction consultant assisting clients with construction related matters including preparation and analysis of construction claims and disputes, CPM schedule development and analysis, estimating and cost evaluation, project management, constructability reviews, litigation support, and expert testimony.

Prior to starting his construction consulting business, Mr. Michalak worked as a structural design engineer and field engineer for Bechtel Corporation designing and constructing large electric power generating plants and as an engineer and manager for Misener Marine Construction constructing heavy civil marine projects throughout the Atlantic and Gulf coast states, the Caribbean Basin, and
Central America.

John Rhone is the Deputy Program Officer for Austin Transit Partnership. His career in the industry includes extensive maintenance, operations, design and construction experience in a number of key system maintenance and project management roles, which he has acquired over 25 years of work as it relates to mass transit. Mr. Rhone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.  In his capacity as Deputy Program Officer, he directs and oversees the activities of personnel engaged in planning, design, construction, utility coordination, commissioning, testing, and safety certification functions associated with Project Connect.
Kenneth M. Roberts is Chair of the Construction Law Group at the law firm of Venable, LLP in Chicago. Mr. Roberts obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa (1982) and his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law (1985). He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Department of Civil Engineering Graduate Program since 2012. Mr. Roberts concentrates his practice in the field of construction law, project controls and procurement contracts. He engages in a range of services from preparation of and negotiation of contracts, project controls monitoring and advice during ongoing projects, negotiation of change orders and contract additions, alternate dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration, dispute review boards, and when necessary, litigation.
Ann Russo is Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, the non-profit association dedicated to the use of Dispute Review Boards worldwide. She is co-editor of the Dispute Board Manual: A Guide to Best Practices and Procedures. Prior to joining the DRBF, she served as Public Relations Manager for J.A. Jones, Inc., an international construction and engineering firm based in Charlotte, NC, USA. She received the DRBF's President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
 

Reza Shirmanesh has a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a Texas Professional Engineer with 35 years of extensive. He has a well-rounded public and private sector experience mainly in transit and transportation industries managing all phases of projects from cradle to grave including design, construction, and professional services. He has performed as a Project Owner, General Contractor, Consultant, and Designer on programs he has delivered.

He has spent his last 28 years of his professional life contributing significantly to the success of the largest transit systems in the USA by directing and delivering multifaceted and highly complex Light Rail, Commuter Rail, and Streetcar Capital Transit Programs for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) from planning through engineering design, construction, integration, and handover to operations as the lead program manager.

He has successfully delivered mega projects using various alternative delivery methods including Lump Sum, Firm Fixed, and Cost-Plus Professional Services and Construction Management contracts. He is also well experienced in mega construction implementation programs using various construction delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build (DBB), Design-Manufacture-Build-Maintain (DMBM), Design-Build (DB), Construction Manager-General Contractor (CMGC), Research-Development-Design-Build (R&D-DB), and Hybrid DB/CMGC.
He was an active member of TRB’s Rail and Transit Committee for the past eight years and participates in the APTA, AREMA, and DRBF committee activities.

Greg Snider is the Section Branch Manager of the Alternative Delivery Division for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), responsible for overseeing TxDOT’s Alternative Delivery Program, which includes projects delivered using Design-Build (DB) contracts and Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs).

Mr. Snider has over 18 years of civil engineering experience on infrastructure projects both domestic and internationally. A member of the TxDOT family since 2013, he began his career with TxDOT in Houston’s alternative project delivery program tasked to; develop, procure, implement and oversee the operations and maintenance of the Districts' alternative delivery projects. His leadership was integral in delivering Segments F1, F2, and G of the SH99 Grand Parkway, a 1 billion-dollar 38-mile greenfield Design-Build project. During his time in Houston, he was also responsible for overseeing the SH288 Toll Lanes Project, a 10-mile managed lane 52-year Concession CDA.

In May 2020, Mr. Snider joined the Division, where in his current role his leadership, practical experience, and understanding of program risks helps guide TxDOT’s alternative delivery program.

Mr. Snider graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering.

Barry Tozer is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Arbitrator, Facilitator, FIDIC Certified Adjudicator, DAB Member (Australasia) and Valuer. He is the principal Consulting Construction Engineer of Tozer & Associates Pty Ltd, a company that provides advice and prepares expert reports on construction methods, planning and cost estimating. His specialist role in the business is in dispute avoidance as mediator, conciliator and facilitator and in dispute resolution as valuer (GC21), adjudicator, expert determiner and arbitrator.  Barry has had extensive experience over 15 years as a Dispute Avoidance Board (DAB) member in Australia and the Pacific, a role which encompasses all of these facets of dispute resolution. He is a Board Member and current Treasurer of DRBF Region 3.