News & Events


Sirine Zeitoune Promoted to Director of Finance

We are happy to announce the promotion of Sirine Zeitoune to Director of Finance. Sirine will continue to oversee the management of the company’s financial, accounting, budgeting, planning and tax strategies for the company. She has shown exemplary skill in solving difficult financial challenges with resilience, critical thinking and creativity. She takes ownership of our financial health by providing leadership and a voice which advocates for good financial management and profitability

Catlin Braatan Promoted to Human Resources Coordinator

Please join us in congratulating Catlin Braaten on her well-deserved promotion to Human Resources Coordinator! Cat has always been such a valuable member of the Johnston team – she is the first person new employees meet and she fully embodies the Johnston culture. “It’s so rewarding and exciting to be part of this growing company! No day is ever the same.”

Joe Velasco Promoted to Senior Team Leader, Plumbing

Joe has been with Johnston for 3 years and has over 15 years of experience and a thorough knowledge of plumbing systems and regulatory codes. He has engineered plumbing systems for projects on all sizes for clients including ISD’s and County buildings. His commitment to project success and expertise in MEP design make him a valuable member of the Johnston team.

Darren Lafferty

Johnston would like to welcome Darren Lafferty to the Program Management department as a program manager! Darren attended Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology. Darren has over 20 years of experience managing large accounts, projects, and sales and development teams. Most recently in his career, Darren has served as a road and bridge inspector for Harris County. Johnston is excited to have him as we continue expanding our Program Management team!

Welcome, Darren!

Welcome, Akin Makinde

Please join us in welcoming Akin Makinde, MSc. CEng PMP CSM to our program management department as Senior Program Manager! Akin has vast experience in strategic planning and execution and commercial contracts and program management. He has a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the Imperial College of Science and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Lagos. We are very excited to have him as we continue expanding our program management team!

Welcome, Akin!

Melissa Wright Promoted to Managing Director

Johnston is pleased to announce the promotion of Melissa Wright to Managing Director. Since joining Johnston in 2015, Melissa has added tremendous value to the company by managing large programs and projects for multiple clients, gaining trusted relationships with clients, expanding our market presence, and implementing new ideas and procedures throughout each department, among many other successes to our brand and office culture. Melissa’s strategic guidance and direction will continue to ensure Johnston achieves its vision, mission, and long-term strategic goals. Melissa has over 20 years of industry experience, having worked for national architectural, engineering and construction firms directing marketing, business development and operational activities. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and is a board member for the SMPS—Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Welcome, Bill Loftstrom

We are pleased to announce the addition of William Lofstrom, P.E. LEED AP BD C to the MEP Engineering team as Senior Mechanical Engineer! Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. He has extensive past experience working on new K-12 educational facilities, data centers, central plants, mixed-use towers, commercial buildings, and many more. We are excited to have him at Johnston!

Welcome, Bill!

Promotion: Samantha Smith, Junior Associate

Samantha Smith joined Johnston in 2018 and since then has always brought her “A” game with consistent design considerations and team support. She has a great ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, offering the plumbing team great depth through her care and creativity. Fun fact about Sam is she loves gardening and has over 100 plants and counting! She definitely has the green thumb of the office. She also loves Twizzlers. Good thing Halloween is around the corner – all the candy opportunities!

Promotion: Lori Hernandez, Junior Associate

Lori Hernandez serves as a plumbing designer for Johnston’s MEP Engineering department. She is a tremendous problem solver and always pushes for the highest quality and efficiency for her projects. Lori’s personal goal for 2020 is to read 24 books and she’s already at 16 for the year! Most of them being part of her favorite genres – sci-fi, fantasy, and history. When she’s not reading, she loves baking all kinds of desserts. The office can definitely confirm that they are absolutely delicious! We can’t wait to try her fall treats.

Promotion: Robbie Schwarz, Junior Associate

Robbie Schwarz joined Johnston’s MEP Engineering department in 2018 as a Mechanical Engineer-in-Training. Since then, he has grown considerably in his technical abilities and is always willing to lend a helping hand to his colleagues. His positivity and willingness for a challenge are a big part of what makes this department so successful. Fun fact about Robbie is that he is a triplet! He is also a semi-pro water skier! Next time you see him, ask him to share some of his exciting skiing stories.

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