Join all attendees in NSPE’s closing session to look at the Future of Professional Engineering. Review the issues from a multiyear task force on topics such as emerging technology, industrial exemption, engineering education, licensure mobility, and more.
Gain an understanding of the task force recommendations for NSPE and professional engineers to meet this future head on.
Discover the current threats to licensure and what NSPE is doing to combat the threat, and what you can do to protect your license.
Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE, is the executive director, chief executive officer, and corporate secretary of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Golden most recently served as the executive director and chief executive officer of the National Court Reporters Association, where he also served as the vice president of the International Federation for Information and Communication Processing, Brussels, representing the U.S. within this international federation. Before joining NCRA in 1998, Golden spent eight years with the Personal Communications Industry Association. He directed PCIA's legislative, regulatory, and industry development activities, and he was deeply involved with the Federal Communications Commission, within international standards bodies, and before Congress to help create the favorable environment for introducing affordable wireless telephone and texting services in the U.S. Golden also spent 12 years with the Association of Telemessaging Services International, where he created government relations programs focused on enhanced communication services.
Long active in the association community, Golden is a past vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives and past chairman of the ASAE Foundation. He has served in numerous other capacities within those organizations. He has contributed to many association-related strategic research studies and publications, including the best-selling "Seven Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't," and he has been a frequent speaker and author on issues of not-for-profit organizational management, strategic planning, advocacy, and organizational development.
In 1995, Golden was inducted into ASAE's Fellows program, one of only six association executives nationwide to be so honored that year and an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of ASAE's 21,000 members. In 2011, he was again honored as the recipient of ASAE's highest honor, the Key Award, given in recognition of an association CEO who "demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association, and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole."
An honors graduate of the University of Virginia, Golden holds degrees in English and theater. He and his wife, Annette, reside in Clifton, Virginia, and have one son, John Alexander.
Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE served as NSPE President in 2016-2017, the youngest Professional Engineer and only the third woman to advance in this position since the Society’s founding in 1934.
Ms. Verhalen is an associate in the Energy Section at the law firm of Briggs where she works with many Professional Engineers, Engineers-in-Training, and engineers on large energy infrastructure projects both from a regulatory and an environmental perspective. Prior to joining Briggs, she was an environmental engineer for a Minnesota electric utility company.
Since 2001 she has been an active member of both the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE) and NSPE. She started MnSPE’s first student chapter at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. A year after college graduation she was elected to the MnSPE Executive Committee advancing to the position of MnSPE president in 2010. Her leadership roles with NSPE have included membership on the Board of Directors and House of Delegates, chairman of the Membership Committee, the Bylaws Review Task Force, and the Position Statement and Professional Policy Development Task Force.
Honors and awards include MnSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year and the Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honors Society—Beta Zeta. In 2012 she was named a Fellow of NSPE.
In addition to professional organizations, Ms. Verhalen is also active in her community serving on the planning committee for FashionFest for University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and providing support to Community Aid Elk River.
Ms. Verhalen received a BS with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Juris Doctor cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota state and federal courts, and Wisconsin state courts, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Minnesota.
She continues to mentor students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.