The professionals at Passero Associates have had a long-standing passion for getting involved in and supporting the communities where they live and work. Staff members are involved in numerous community organizations and are currently serving on several Boards of Directors for professional organizations, local institutions and non-profit agencies.
Vice President and Civil Engineering Department Manager Jess Sudol, PE is serving as a Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology. The Dean’s Advisory Council provides the Dean with independent, external perspectives on various College programs, initiatives, and strategic direction. Mr. Sudol also serves as a Board Member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Northeast Region. For the past 17 years at Passero Associates, Mr. Sudol has worked with many valued clients on a range of award-winning and high-profile projects. He has been an active participant on a number of firm committees and has served as a teacher, coach and mentor to developing engineers. Mr. Sudol is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. He resides in Ogden, New York.
CFO David Passero serves on the Board of Trustees for Bishop Kearney High School. Bishop Kearney is a vibrant community dedicated to providing an environment in which high academic expectations, spirituality, and a strong sense of Catholic community enhance the education of the whole person. Mr. Passero has served as CFO for the firm since 1998 and has over thirty years of finance experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Associate and Architectural Department Manager Peter Richard Wehner, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C has been elected to the Executive Committee of Board of Directors of American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS), serving as Secretary. AIANYS is the voice of the architectural community and a resource for its members in service to society, representing architects and the profession of architecture in government and providing services to the membership. The AIANYS Board of Directors serves as a cumulative voice for the 9,000+ members. Mr. Wehner served as the Rochester Chapter Representative on the AIANYS Board from 2016-2018, and as Practice and Design Director, President, President-Elect, and Treasurer of the AIA Rochester Chapter in 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively. Passero Associates values Mr. Wehner’s service both to our firm, and to the Architecture profession as whole, though his leadership in the AIA. Mr. Wehner is a seasoned veteran with over 30 years of architectural experience in various types of projects including real estate development, general construction, design-build, and new and renovation projects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from Clemson University in South Carolina. Mr. Wehner lives in Irondequoit, where he serves as a Town Councilman.
Northeast Aviation Director Greg Topping, PE, serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA). NYAMA promotes the viability and business interests of New York State’s airports, which are the centerpiece of aviation services and drivers of economic development. Mr. Topping has over 30 years of experience in aviation engineering and management, and has been responsible for managing hundreds of millions of dollars in aviation projects from grant programming through airfield construction. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, and is a US Army Veteran, having completed US Army Engineers, Airborne, Sapper and Ranger training. Mr. Topping is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and a resident of Penfield, New York.
Senior Project Architect Steve Trobe, AIA, serves as a Board Member of SUNY Brockport SummerLEAP. SummerLEAP is a six-week summer program that focuses on providing high quality summer enrichment to students in the Rochester City School District. Mr. Trobe is also an Advisor to the Baden Street Settlement. The Baden Street Settlement works in cooperative, collaborative, and supportive spirit with concerned agencies in the community to meet the needs of neighborhood residents. Mr. Trobe has over 30 years of Architectural design expertise for various types of projects, including in higher education and for faith-based organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and resides in Rochester, New York.
Senior Project Engineer Bryan Savage, PE serves on the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (commonly known as drones) committee for the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA). NYAMA promotes the viability and business interests of New York State’s airports, which are the centerpiece of aviation services and drivers of economic development. Mr. Savage has over 10 years of experience, and specializes in aviation engineering. He has also pioneered the use of real-time graphics engines to produce realistic renderings, animations, and interactive environments of projects through the use of Virtual Reality systems. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University at Buffalo. Bryan resides in Webster, New York.
Project Architect Timothy Geier, AIA serves as Membership Director on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rochester Chapter Board of Directors. AIA Rochester is celebrating its 100 years of involvement in the community with many upcoming events, including the Architectural Installation Competition at Midtown Commons; the Design Awards Gala and Celebration; and the Architectural Fashion Show, to be held during Fashion Week Rochester. Mr. Geier is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects during his five-year tenure with Passero Associates. He holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Mr. Geier completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture at UNC Charlotte. He resides in Rochester, NY.
Project Architect Dustin Welch, AIA is entering his second year of service as Vice President of the ACE Mentor Program in Rochester, and his third year on the Board. ACE members mentor high school students interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. As part of the program the students, with guidance from their mentors, participate in an annual national competition, building full-scale versions of their original designs. Mr. Welch is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo and has work experience in 2D and 3D Revit modeling and BIM management including existing conditions, design development, and construction documents. He resides in Brighton, NY.
Project Engineer / Construction Inspector Matt Sinacola, NICET I serves as Chair to the Chili Drainage Committee in the Town of Chili. Mr. Sinacola has over 21 years of experience in engineering, CAD design and surveying, including work on most aspects of land surveying and land development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts / Fine Arts, from Clark University. He resides in Chili, NY.
Senior Project Manager Youssef Elzein, PE serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Dayton Red Cross, as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Forest Ridge Home Owner’s Association, and as a Member of the University of Dayton Parents’ Council. Mr. Elzien is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diversified experience in Airport project planning, design and analysis, and in Construction and Project Management. Mr. Elzein holds a Master’s in Civil Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Ohio, Texas and Indiana. He is also a Certified Construction Manager. Mr. Elzein is a resident of Dayton, Ohio.