Leadership

Principals

Our principals are ultimately responsible for our clients receiving the very BEST engineering and project management available by CRW.

Bill Johnson, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Bill Johnson, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2006; with CRW Since 1992

Master of Science in Engineering Management - University of Alaska Anchorage
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Montana State University, Bozeman

Bill is a lifelong Alaskan who started at CRW as an intern. Twenty-eight years later, Bill is now a contract/project manager for civil engineering projects with a broad background in civil design, including site design, roadway, transit, trail, drainage, and water and wastewater improvement projects. His experience also includes project management, public involvement, and technical writing. Bill loves to ski and can be heard wishing for snow in the midst of even the most beautiful Alaska summer.

Willem “Willy” Van Hemert, PE

PE, NSPE Fellow

Willem “Willy” Van Hemert, PE

PE, NSPE Fellow

Founding Principal 1981-2019 (retired)

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Michigan

Willy founded CRW in 1981. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1972, Willy and his wife, Rose, came to Alaska in 1974. Their intention was to stay for the summer, but they fell in love with Alaska and never left. Willy's accomplishments include Engineer of the Year, Alaska Engineering Societies; Individual of the Year, American Public Works Association; and the Merit Award and Chairman’s Award, National Society of Professional Engineers. He is an active community member, participating in a number of community events and organizations.  Willy enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, running and spending time at the family cabin in Willow. In his younger days, Willy and his wife, Rose, summited Mt. Denali. (Talk about setting high goals!) Willy was an active and vital contract manager at CRW for many civil infrastructure-improvement projects throughout Alaska. He retired in September of 2019.

D. Michael “Mike” Rabe, PE

PE - Managing Principal

D. Michael “Mike” Rabe, PE

PE - Managing Principal

Principal Since 2001; with CRW Since 1997

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Alaska Anchorage

Mike has been with CRW for 22 years. He serves as the firm’s Managing Principal. After moving to Anchorage in 1980 with his wife, Anna, Mike enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received his civil engineering degree in 1984. He has extensive experience managing large, multi-discipline projects throughout Alaska. His expertise includes water distribution, sanitary sewer collection, stormwater collection and treatment, and snow-disposal sites. An active member of the professional engineering community, Mike currently serves on the American Council of Engineering Companies of Alaska Board of Directors and the Alaska Professional Design Council and is a former president of Anchorage Tomorrow. Mike is passionate about Alaska; he enjoys fly-fishing, jet-boating, drift-boating, snowmachining, and refurbishing his lakeside log cabin. 

Erica Jensen, PE, PTOE

PE - Civil Engineer

Erica Jensen, PE, PTOE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2020; With CRW Since 2006

Master of Science in Engineering Management - University of Alaska Anchorage
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Alaska Anchorage

Hired in 2006 after graduating from UAA, Erica leads engineering design teams on roads, aviation, site development, trails, transit, pedestrian access, school sites, drainage, and water/wastewater projects. Her expertise is complemented by exceptional communication and stakeholder involvement skills. In addition to her technical role, Erica is highly active in the team-building and social events that help make CRW such a fantastic place to work. After growing up in flat Kansas City (the Missouri side), Erica enjoys all manner of outdoor Alaska mountain play: biking, climbing, running, skiing, and camping. And, now that her son is old enough to travel, she enjoys exploring the world with her family.

Brian Looney

Brian Looney, PE

PE, NSPE Fellow - Civil Engineer

Brian Looney, PE

PE, NSPE Fellow - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2001; with CRW Since 1984

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Wyoming

A long-time CReW member, Brian has over 38 years of experience in civil engineering contract/project management, public involvement, marketing, and business development. Hired as an intern in 1981, Brian began working full time in 1984 after his graduation from University of Wyoming. He enjoys just about any outdoor activity and supports his community’s infrastructure not only as an engineer but also as a volunteer with the local skiing and bicycling user groups. When Brian is not at his desk, he is out enjoying the local trails with his dog.

Jeff Stanley

Jeff Stanley, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Jeff Stanley, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2001; with CRW Since 1999

Master of Science in Civil Engineering - San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - San Diego State University

Jeff is a contract/project manager for rural communities’ civil and sanitary infrastructure improvements throughout Alaska. Since joining CRW, Jeff has specialized in planning and feasibility studies, engineering analyses, and the development of simple and cost-efficient design solutions. In addition to his engineering work, Jeff oversees the construction management of his projects utilizing local work forces. In true Alaska fashion, Jeff enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as travel to warmer climates during the winter months. His favorite journeys have included Mexico, Hawaii, Tahiti, Moorea, Bali, Rota, Saipan, China, Hong Kong, and Palau.

Pete Bellezza

Pete Bellezza, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Pete Bellezza, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2006; with CRW Since 1990

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Alaska Fairbanks

A life-long Alaskan, raised in Valdez, Pete provides planning, design, specification development, contract documents, and construction management in both urban and rural communities. He is a contract/project manager for water distribution, wastewater collection, roadway, drainage, and site-development/improvement projects. Pete enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and reading. An avid NASCAR fan, Pete attends as many races as he can while still delivering projects on time and on budget to the finish line.

Jon Hermon

Jon Hermon, PE

PE - Palmer Operating Officer

Jon Hermon, PE

PE - Palmer Operating Officer

Principal Since 2006; with CRW Since 1996

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Oregon State University

Jon is a contract/project manager for a wide variety of civil, process, and structural-design projects. His design experience includes water, sanitary sewer, storm drain, and rural Alaska sanitation utilities; water and wastewater treatment, pavements, roadways, trails, and site grading; and structural designs. He is proficient in project management, water testing and analysis, technical writing, construction management, and construction administration. Born and raised in Alaska, Jon enjoys the outdoors, spending time and traveling with his family.

Brendan McKee

Brendan McKee, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Brendan McKee, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2006; with CRW Since 1998

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Alaska Anchorage

Brendan is a contract/project manager for general civil and transportation projects. He has a strong design background in private, public, and federal projects, including roadways and storm drainage, trails, site development, and water and sewer-design projects. Brendan was born and raised in Anchorage and enjoys running, biking, and travel. Being of the slightly competitive nature, Brendan completed the 2013 Whistler Ironman and won the Master Men’s Division of the Arctic Bicycle Club’s 9.9-mile Portage Glacier Time Trial in April 2014.

Mike Jokela

Michael “Mike” Jokela, PLS

PLS - Land Surveyor

Michael “Mike” Jokela, PLS

PLS - Land Surveyor

Principal Since 2008; with CRW Since 2006

Mike is a contract/project manager overseeing design surveys, land development, subdivision platting, and construction-surveying projects. He began his surveying career some 36 years ago at his father’s Anchorage engineering firm. From there, Mike’s Alaska experience included filling roles as survey-crew chief, survey technician, engineering designer, land planner, and survey manager. When Mike is not working, he enjoys spending time at his cabin with his wife, Goldie, as well as hiking, remodeling projects, and his lifelong passion; Nordic ski jumping.

Matt Edge, PE, PTOE

PE, PTOE - Civil, Environmental, and Traffic Engineer

Matt Edge, PE, PTOE

PE, PTOE - Civil, Environmental, and Traffic Engineer

Principal Since 2017; with CRW Since 2000

Master of Science in Environmental Quality Engineering - University of Alaska Anchorage
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Alaska Anchorage

Matt has worked at CRW the past 19 years, providing project management, engineering, and construction administration on civil, transportation, and environmental engineering projects throughout Alaska. Matt’s hands-on project management has led to the success of many roadway and non-motorized transportation projects, as well as improved sanitation in urban and rural Alaska communities. When he’s not watching his kids play football or soccer, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing with his family.

Karl Hulse

Karl Hulse, PE

PE - Civil and Environmental Engineer

Karl Hulse, PE

PE - Civil and Environmental Engineer

Principal Since 2017; with CRW Since 2002

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Idaho

Karl has over 18 years of experience in the planning, design and construction management of civil-infrastructure projects in rural Alaska. He has completed a wide range of projects, including bulk-fuel storage and handling, power generation, alternative energy, water treatment and distribution, sewer, and solid-waste-disposal systems. Karl focuses on improving energy and sanitation systems for rural residents. He has completed projects in over 80 rural communities across the state. This experience has given him an excellent understanding of the challenges associated with remote, cold-climate construction and logistics. Born and raised in Chugiak, Karl enjoys spending time with his family hunting, hiking, ocean kayaking, and backcountry skiing. He is also a hobby welder and woodworker.

Andrea Meeks

Andrea Meeks, PE

PE - Civil and Environmental Engineer

Andrea Meeks, PE

PE - Civil and Environmental Engineer

Principal Since 2017; with CRW Since 2003

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Andrea has a strong background in rural-infrastructure planning, as well as design and construction management. She joined CRW in 2003, after spending three years working in Unalaska and continues to work for rural Alaska, designing infrastructure and facilities. She has first-hand experience in project management, construction management, grant writing, permit and regulatory compliance, and flood control design and analysis. Andrea enjoys traveling, whether to rural Alaska or warm places outside Alaska with her husband and son.

Justin Keene

Justin Keene, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Justin Keene, PE

PE - Civil Engineer

Principal Since 2019; with CRW Since 2003

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Montana State University

Justin is a lifelong Alaskan. He began at CRW in 2000 as a summer intern before joining full-time in 2003. He is a project manager/engineer on a variety of civil engineering projects throughout Alaska involving transportation, site, and utility (water, sewer, and storm drain) infrastructure. Justin works with an emphasis on thoroughly understanding his client’s expectations and producing accurately designed construction documents within budget and to the highest standards. He is currently a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. During his free time, he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and has a passion for skiing.

Anthony Robinson

Anthony “Tony” Robinson, PLS

PLS - Land Surveyor

Anthony “Tony” Robinson, PLS

PLS - Land Surveyor

Principal Since 2019; with CRW Since 2008

Bachelor of Science in Land Surveying - Michigan Technological University
Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering - Michigan Technological University

Joining CRW in 2008, Tony is a senior land surveyor and Certified Federal Surveyor with over 22 years of experience leading field surveys and mapping for design, right-of-way, land/site development, and construction projects. Tony has been a field survey technician, crew chief, office survey technician, and survey manager. After receiving his PLS registration, Tony was a partner in a land surveying firm in Ohio where he managed survey crews throughout the eastern United States. Tony is CRW’s Chief Drone Officer and a FAA-Certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilot. Tony credits his success to a strong work ethic instilled by his father.