The Board of Trustees is comprised of volunteer trustees with chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer officer positions. Five core board members serve five-year terms and up to eight at-large trustees serve two-year terms. In addition, the president and treasurer of DFI serve as members of the Trust board during their terms at DFI. Emeritus and honorary trustees may be appointed as non-voting members of the board.

As part of their commitment to the Trust and its mission, all board members actively participate in fundraising by organizing events, spearheading annual drives, and leading other such efforts. In addition, all board members make personal financial contributions to the Trust.

Chair, Board of Trustees

Dan Dragone, chief sales officer of BAUER-Pileco Inc., is the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the DFI Educational Trust, effective January 1. He succeeds M. Byrl Williams who retired as chair and member of the board at the end of December 2017. Dragone joined the Trust board in 2012. Since that time, he has served as board secretary and, most recently, as vice chair. He joined BAUER-Pileco in 2009 after working in various positions with Kelly Tractor Co. for over 28 years.

Current Members

Chair:Dan DragoneBauer-Pileco, Inc.
Vice Chair:Tracy BrettmannA.H Beck Foundation Co., Inc.
Treasurer:Michael WysockeyThatcher Foundations
Secretary:Rudolph FrizziLangan Engineering and Environmental Services
 Dan BrownDan Brown and Associates PC
 Zoran CuranovicUnderpinning & Foundation Skanska, Inc.
 Judith Gorog-PetitSkyline Steel LLC
 Roger HealeyRichard Goettle, Inc.
 Bernard HertleinGEI Constultants
 Seth PearlmanMenard USA
 Mark J. RiceMcNeil, Silveira, Rice & Wiley
 Lars RichterAECON Foundations
 Helen RobinsonGEI Consultants
 Andrew C. VerityTerracon Consultants
Emeritus Trustees:M. Byrl WilliamsFoundation Constructors, Inc.
 David B. ColemanUnderpinning & Foundation Skanska, Inc.
 Richard ShortConsulting Geotechnical Engineer

Executive Director

Theresa Engler, executive director of DFI since 2006, also serves as the executive director of the DFI Educational Trust. From 1998-2006, she served as assistant director and operations manager. She is responsible for the operations, technical activities, regional chapters and marketing of DFI, and reports to the DFI Board of Trustees.

Working in collaboration with the DFI board, Engler has spearheaded significant growth at DFI including new members, technical committees, educational events, publications and regional chapters in Europe, India and the Middle East. She is actively involved in the deep foundations industry and represents DFI and the Trust at conferences and seminars worldwide. She attended Fairfield University and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). In 2015, Theresa was unanimously elected to membership in The Moles, a fraternal organization of the heavy construction industry.