Val has been an AACE member for the past 20 years and has been central to nearly every success the Certification Associate Board has had. Her first volunteer role was joining the Certification Board as a contributing member and she also began attending meetings of the Houston Gulf Coast Section. She gives time and talent to her own work, and also extends herself to other teams and initiative. As one staff person said: “Val is the queen bee of getting things done.” Val volunteers because she sincerely wants the certification programs to grow and flourish. She has also been active at the national and local Section level, and is considered a mentor and advocate for many in the industry.

Val is a native Houstonian (Texas) and recently retired from a very rewarding and interesting career in project controls. When asked what she likes most about volunteering for AACE, she said: “Associating with other professionals from a wide variety of industries, knowledge, and experience levels. It is very rewarding to share the skills and knowledge I have gained through experience with others and see their development and career progression.”

Thank you, Val!! 


  • Certification volunteers contribute in many ways. Graders, for example, are not usually in the spotlight, but are crucial in the certification exam process. For every exam (except for technician-level), there is a written component that is reviewed by volunteer graders. A special shout out to two of our volunteer graders, Kathy Tronsberg Macciocca and Rashmikant (Rush) Patel, who are committed and provide fair and meaningful feedback enabling candidates to write stronger technical papers. Just the knowledge that AACE staff can always reach out to them makes our jobs easier.


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