Meet Your Board of Directors

Posted By: Kelly Veit ACEC WI News ,

These eight individuals were elected to represent our members. They look to the future and guide ACEC Wisconsin. Take a moment to get to know your Board of Directors.

We featured our 2022-23 Board of Directors this summer on our social media platforms. In case you missed it, check out round-up here.

Chair: Steve Wurster, PE

Steve likes to spend his free time listening to live music from his favorite rock and alternative bands.

Why Steve and Ruekert/Mielke belong:

“The network of amazing people cannot be understated, nor can the opportunities for leadership growth. Get involved!”

Chair-Elect: Josh Straka, PE

The Straka family is on a mission to visit all 50 states. Only 10 states to go!

Why Josh & Strand Associates belong:

“ACEC Wisconsin has so many positive attributes - advocacy, networking, agency collaboration, Leadership Institute, and Trust benefits. It’s hard not to belong!”


National Director: Mike Statz, PE

Mike started as an intern at MSA in 1990 and hasn’t left. He has enjoyed the different roles that he has been involved in over the last 32 years

Why Mike & MSA belong:

“There are a lot of tremendous firms in ACEC WI. Meeting and building relationships with the other engineering firms and their leaders is a great opportunity.”

Secretary-Treasurer: Jeff Bauer, PE

You can find Jeff hiking and biking on Wisconsin’s great trails. He enjoys ending the adventure with a cold refreshing microbrew from one of our local breweries.

Why Jeff & Jacobs belong:

“There are a lot of tremendous firms in ACEC WI. Meeting and building relationships with the other engineering firms and their leaders is a great opportunity.”


Director: Matt Kunstman

Matt and his family enjoy hitting the road, camping, and exploring. The summer of 2022 featured a trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Why Matt & OES belong:

“ACEC Wisconsin membership plays a vital role as we meet our customers’ evolving missions.”


Director: Susan Leith, PG, CPSM

Sue grew up on a farm and still wakes up with the chickens, rising about 4:30 each day. Farming may have given her the work ethic she needed to compete in a body building event too!

Why Sue & Ayres belong:

“ACEC Wisconsin involvement empowers individuals to make a real impact on the industry and develop rewarding, lasting relationships with others in the industry.”


Director: Tonia S. Westphal, PE, LEED AP

Fun fact about Tonia, she once rode in the Weinermobile at the Beef-o-rama’s Parade of Beef.

Why Tonia & Clark Dietz belong:

“The network of professional colleagues and friends you make.”


Past Chair: Dave Brose, PE

Dave loves to spend time with his six grandkids but must travel a lot since none of them are in Wisconsin.

Why Dave & EMCS belong:

“ACEC Wisconsin has provided me opportunities to develop friendships across the state and the country that have proved invaluable in the growth of EMCS.”