PS&S makes trio of women firm principals
PS&S, a Warren-based architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firm, has named Kris McCool, Jarka Vonder and Marge DellaVecchia as principals and vice presidents.
McCool, an engineer who heads up PS&S’s Energy Services Group and oversees energy and utility projects, has been with the firm since 1997.
Vonder, who joined PS&S in 1987, has been a director of surveying, responsible for the execution and supervision of surveying projects.
DellaVecchia, a senior director and planner with PS&S since 2016, worked in government and the casino and construction industries prior to joining the company.
“I’ve had a very circuitous path,” McCool said. “I can honestly tell you that I never knew where I was going to be every step of my career. Now I’m kind of going full circle. I’m going back to my tree-hugging roots.”
Vonder said her work with the firm has been gratifying.
“We’ve turned these abandoned areas into thriving areas,” she said. “It’s still amazing that this is part of what I’ve done. We did the surveying when these were abandoned railroad yards and now they are communities with people who enjoy living there.”
Said Della Vecchia: “I never really mapped out a career path with a clear, final goal. When I went into government it was just a natural affiliation for me. I had a wonderful mentor who afforded me as opportunity as a woman to have a seat at the table.”
PS&S CEO John Sartor noted the company partners with several colleges on internship programs and is committed to mentoring new generations of young professionals.
“We work very closely with colleges and with undergraduates,” Sartor said. “Fostering this workforce starts in college. Eight percent of our workforce are interns. You need to have generational relationships. I’m positioning this company for growth in New Jersey and the region.”