Tricia Hatley Begins NSPE Leadership Term as Vice President
Tricia Hatley, PE, Freese and Nichols Oklahoma Division Manager, wants to give back to the organization that has meant so much to her.
After being elected at the National Society of Professional Engineers national conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, she immediately started her term as the organization’s vice president. She’ll serve four more years on the NSPE Board of Directors: as vice president in 2018-19, president-elect in 2019-20, then president in 2020-21 and immediate past president in 2021-22. She has previously served on the board as President of the NSPE Education Foundation and as the Southwestern Region Director.
Tricia's roots in the organization started back in eighth grade, when she participated in MATHCOUNTs, a program administered by NSPE. She later received a scholarship for attending Oklahoma State University through the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers. Upon starting her 25-year career with Freese and Nichols, she was seated in a cube outside the office of Joe Paul Jones, PE, then president of NSPE.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to give back to the organization that has been such a strong influence on my career and that is an advocate for all professional engineers,” Tricia said. “Being a volunteer leader is challenging, but Freese and Nichols has equipped me with the skills and experiences I need to be successful in this role.”
Tricia said she hopes to inspire other women to be involved in leadership roles while also balancing work and family.
“Tricia’s leadership in NSPE gives voice to the issues our clients face in discussions at the national level,” said Brian Coltharp, Freese and Nichols President and CEO. “All of our clients, especially those in Oklahoma, now have a direct line to those at the forefront of the engineering profession.”
Tricia will follow in the footsteps of previous Freese and Nichols employees who served as NSPE presidents: Joe Paul Jones and Bob Nichols.
“It’s part of who we are as Freese and Nichols – helping our professions remain relevant and healthy while also showing FNI as a leader on a national level,” Chief Operating Officer Mike Nichols said. “It also builds relationships with other firms and entities across the United States as we continue our geographic expansion.”
Outside of NSPE, Tricia works as the WTS Oklahoma programs chairwoman and is a member of the American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.