Engineering & Design

 
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MATTHEW KEITH
Engineering & Design Manager

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Accomplishments
Semi-Retired Bowler. I have gotten lucky a few times and shot a couple 300 games and 800 series.

Extracurricular
I devote my fall to fantasy football and the Chicago Bears with a side of hockey. Go Hawks!

Off the Clock
I spend a lot of time with my children. I’m a huge Chicago Bear fan, although I might be more of a fan of whoever is playing against the Green Bay Packers.

Secret Life
Fairly certain I am in the s’mores making hall of fame.

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STEVE HUNSBERGER, PE, SE
Principal Engineer

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Accomplishments
Graduated from UW-Madison. Licensed Professional/Structural Engineer in IL, IA, MN, WI.

Off the Clock
I like to play pickleball, racquetball, and golf (standard, mini, Frisbee). I like to buy and listen to music because I was not blessed with musical talent. I eat off the dollar menu because my family lives a lavish lifestyle of private schools and organic food. I love Rocky Rococo Pizza and eat Culver’s by the pint.

Secret Life
I am related to famous Dutch painter Vermeer.

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TARA LOOMIS, PE
Senior Structural Engineer

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Accomplishments
I’ve been a structural engineer for the past 19 years and have designed with just about every construction material that exists. I have a passion for construction and have always enjoyed seeing my projects come to life. My greatest accomplishment, however, is being married to an amazing man for 16 years and being the mother of four amazing children, three sons and a daughter.

Extracurricular
I enjoy volunteering my time at school and being active in my children’s lives. I coach my youngest son’s baseball team with lots of help from his older brothers. I have been the treasurer on the PTO board and always willing to help whenever time allows.

Off the Clock
I love being a mom and enjoy spending time with my family. Summers are devoted to crazy baseball schedules and winter to ski clubs. My favorite time of the year is fall. We enjoy going up north and spending time outdoors.

Secret Life
Once my kids are grown and moved out, I plan on traveling the world with Brian!

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BILL ABEL, PE
Project Engineer

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Accomplishments
I’ve completed ten 100-mile ultramarathons. The goal is to someday get into and complete the Hardrock 100, which is in the mountains of southwest Colorado.

Off the Clock
Love following my favorite sports teams (Cubs, Bears, and all things Iowa State). Enjoy unwinding by going for a long run or taking a vacation into the mountains.

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PAUL JANKOWSKI, EIT
Project Engineer

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Accomplishments
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and passed the F.E. exam right after that.

Extracurricular
I was the coach of my brother’s baseball team for two years, and an assistant lacrosse coach for one before coming to Mid-States.

Off the Clock
I am a huge Packers and Brewers fan even though I am from Chicago. I played a year of Division III college lacrosse freshman year. Now, I just settle for going to the gym a few days a week and trying to eat healthy. I have been to 10 of the MLB ballparks, and I hope I am able to experience a game in each someday.

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DAVID ALVAREZ, EIT
Project Engineer

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Accomplishments
I finished my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at ITESM and completed my Masters in Structural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Extracurricular:
I used to be the captain of a soccer team back in Mexico.

Off the Clock
I love to watch all sports; my favorite teams are the Packers, Cubs and Blackhawks. I also like to play soccer and watch all types of movies.

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NICK HOMERDING
Project Lead

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Accomplishments
My biggest accomplishment in life is my soul mate, Rachael Brown. I would be nothing without this woman. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Engineering Technology and have gained many certifications with Illinois Department of Transportation in Concrete, Asphalt, Bridge Construction and Inspection, and finally in Project Management.

Off the Clock
I like to go camping, hiking, sit around a bonfire, fishing, bowling, golf, taking a drive in the country, gardening, sketching and drawing, home improvements (when I have the money to do so), and hanging out with friends and family.

Secret Life
Most people don’t know that I’m a fairly good singer and dancer when I want to be. I can impersonate people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sloth from The Goonies. Also, some people think I am a great descendant of Sasquatch!

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DONALD WILKINSON
BIM Coordinator

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Accomplishments
Completed electrical re-documentation of two factories in Brillion, WI. I traced and re-labeled over 13 miles of conduit, panels, and transformers and also translated all of that information into line diagrams and made a complete set of electrical plans for the machinery. I put together tutorials so the maintenance staff could keep their records up to date in the future.

Off the Clock
My favorite hobby right now is being a dad. Besides that, I am a model painter and enjoy playing board games and reading fantasy books. I spend most of the spring/summer outside hiking, camping, climbing, and just being out in nature. I also enjoy watching lots of movies.

Secret Life
I am a Canadian citizen and my wife is a Japanese citizen. Our daughter is a triple Canadian, American, and Japanese citizen.

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MINDY FRANK
Senior Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Married to my husband and best friend for almost 20 years. He’s the reason I’m partially grounded!!

I have been with Mid-States for almost two decades now, so I’ve been fortunate to be a part of several intricate projects. It’s been great having the opportunity to be involved in various aspects of the company throughout the years.

Off the Clock
Off the clock, I very much enjoy cooking. It’s hard for me to be idle, so cutting and prepping various ingredients for meals is a way for me to relax and purge. Trying to recreate foods we’ve had while traveling is fun as well. Oh, and did I mention the glass (bottle) of wine while cooking?

My husband and I love finding interesting places to vacation. We’ve stayed in a tree house, on a mountain top (highest point in AR), in a light house, and in a train car. Traveling and exploring the UP is also a definite favorite of ours.

Packer fan - look forward to the fall and onset of football season and chili.

Secret Life
I have Brett Favre, Mark Chmura and Marco Rivera’s autographs. We ran in to Brett and Mark at a bar in Milwaukee, while we were in town for a bowling tournament. I caught Marco’s in the alley just outside. Yeah, I think he was intimidated!

My mom played ball for the farm team that opened for the Rockford Peaches, yet never taught me how to throw a ball!

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ZORAN SARIC
Senior Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Helped design some very challenging projects such as Covenant Village, West Bend P.D., Pinstripes, Tioga Elementary School, Lombard Apartments, AC Hotel by Marriott, The Moorings of Arlington Heights, Estates of Huntley, etc. Member of Advanced Structural Standards and Process Improvement Team. Completed 30 hour OSHA Training and “The John Maxwell Team” leadership class.

Off the Clock
I try to spend as much time as possible with my kids, and to play soccer or any sport in general. Our soccer team won the Indoor Championship at ISC Rockford three times. Gardening and grilling out are my favorite activities in the summer season. Also, I like to travel and experience new places.

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KRISTEN HEISER
Senior Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Been with Mid-States 11 years. Drew a 16-floor plank job (Wicker). Also got to draw panels for the church that my son and I attend (St. James Church in Belvidere). My son is by far my greatest accomplishment. He continues to amaze me everyday with the knowledge that he has obtained in his short life (I would like to think I get to take some credit for that).

Off the clock
Spending time with my family and our rescue dog is my favorite thing to do. We love to go camping as a family, both around the area and longer hauls (we took our camper to Canada this summer and stayed by Niagara Falls). We love watching and cheering on the Rockford Icehogs, and are season ticket holders for the home games. I also love to cook and bake. I’m always trying out new recipes.

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BILL DAVID
Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Have been in engineering and design for 20+ years in various capacities. About 9 of that in the precast field. I am currently a Project Leader at Mid-States.

Off the Clock
During the fall there is nothing better than getting together with friends and watching our Bears struggle over a cold beer. It’s not easy, but I’ll keep doing it.

Secret Life
In a previous life I was in the Air Force and possessed a Top Secret security clearance. I was an electro-mechanical technician for the Minuteman II I.C.B.M. in South Dakota. Real estate relocation at its finest.

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EVAN SAUNDERS
Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Graduated from Morrison Institute of Technology with an Engineering Technology Degree.  Going out to Breckenridge, CO and skiing from the summit at 12,998 feet.

Off the Clock
I spend my summers on a lake, fall in the woods hunting, and winters skiing. Love doing just about anything outdoors.

Secret Life
My mom was a childhood friend of Steve Stricker.

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JAY MELING
Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Created a digital training manual for new employees becoming Project Designers/Generators.

Off the Clock
Enjoy racing muscle cars, auto repair and restoration, metal fabrication, the shooting range, kayaking, camping RV style and tents and bonfires. I do all the maintenance on the tour bus for the Chicago based metal band SOiL.

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MIKE OWENS
Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Four years as co-advisor and mentor for the Hononegah High School Robotics Team, Stateline Robotics Team 4655. Adjunct Instructor at Rock Valley College for the Building Construction Curriculum.

Off the Clock
I enjoy running and wood working, and recently started to paint on canvas. I also do enjoy rooting for my hometown Cleveland sports teams.

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ETHAN HALL
Project Designer

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Extracurricular
I was a participant in the band of travelers that defeated the dark elves and retrieved the eye of Goroth in my Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Off the Clock
Black and white photography. I’ll do a few 5Ks throughout the year.

Secret Life
Related to Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers of WWI, capturing 132 German soldiers.

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ADAM BENEDICT
Project Designer

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Accomplishments
Married to a wonderful woman, father to four children, and owner of two dogs. Earned my degree in graphic design in 2008.

Off the Clock
Favorite Movie:  Jaws
Favorite Band:  Alkaline Trio
Favorite Book:  1984
Favorite Superhero:  Daredevil
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Fire (MLS)
Hobbies:  Camping, Cryptozoology, Folklore, Weird History, Movie Trivia, Genealogy

Secret Life
It is part of my life plan to meet Tom Hanks at least once, and also own a screen accurate replica of a Ghostbusters proton pack and ghost trap.

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JIM ALF
Detailer

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Accomplishments
I’ve worked on all product lines in all engineering software here at Mid-States.

Being a partner with my girlfriend April, and stepdad to her daughters Vanessa and Natalie. Now they’ve got piano lessons, scouts and Taekwondo.

Off the Clock
Finding new and tasty food trucks and microbreweries (especially ones with stouts and porters!). Watching Stranger Things with my girlfriend.

Adventures with my family. Heading to Minneapolis/St. Paul MN this year.

NFL Football, New England Patriots fan. NHL, Las Vegas Golden Knights. NAHL, Janesville Jets! Attending concerts - latest was Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley, we will see Bush in July, The Black Keys in October.

Books, comics, epic fantasy and sci-fi, I just read the Hellboy comics, very awesome. Xbox, card games and board games with the girls, tabletop war games.

And movies - all of them, especially the Marvel movies.

Secret Life
By age 14, I had read the entire Fantasy/Science Fiction section of the Beloit Library.

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MICHEL RAMOS
Detailer

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Accomplishments
Started working at Mid-States making wall panels, did that for about eight months. Then I worked in the Quality Control Department in Elematic, did that for about a year and seven months. Currently, I am working in the Engineering Department detailing beams and columns.

Off the Clock
I am involved in two indoor/outdoor soccer teams. I play Friday nights and Sunday nights. I like going to the gym when I have time for a quick workout. I like to spend time with friends and family.

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MARY SEIBERT-MORIN
Engineering Support

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Accomplishments
Married to a great guy who still makes me laugh. Graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Alumni of Gamma Phi Circus, the oldest collegiate circus in the US, and go “back to Normal” for the Spring performance.

Extracurricular
Founding member of the “Dip for Dozer” polar plunge fundraiser event in Cambridge on Lake Ripley and we’ve raised over $200K for scholarships. No, I do not jump in the lake but take a lot of photos of the crazy folks who do. Coordinate Turkey Bowling - just like it sounds, throwing a frozen turkey across a frozen lake at regulation bowling pins. We have trophies for the top scores.

Off the Clock
Summer afternoons exploring country roads in our 1979 MGB, avid Packer and Badger fan, love gardening and audio books (funny mysteries especially), winery tours and trying new restaurants.

Secret Life
Spent a week in the Boundary Waters paddling a solo canoe with an all-woman’s group from Minneapolis. Saw a mama moose and baby along with bald eagles and Northern Lights.