Neel-Schaffer names nine new officers

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 15, 2018) – Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce promotions for nine leaders in the company.

Chris Sellers, PE, is now a Senior Vice President in the firm, while eight others were named Vice Presidents:  Greg Dotson, PE; Mandy Hegwood, PE; Don Lancaster, PE; Jeffery Lee, PE; Matt Lifsey, PE; Karen Mohammadi, PE, AICP; John Murphy, PE; and Alicia Rudolph, PE.


Sellers joined Neel-Schaffer in 1999 and now oversees the firm’s operations in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Based in the firm’s Birmingham (AL) office, he markets Neel-Schaffer services across the Southeast.

Dotson joined Neel-Schaffer in 2015 and has 20 years of transportation engineering experience, from design to project management. He serves as Engineer Manager of Neel-Schaffer’s Memphis (TN) office.

Hegwood joined Neel-Schaffer in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience in civil engineering and project development and management. She serves as Engineer Manager for the firm’s Laurel (MS) office.

Lancaster joined Neel-Schaffer in 2006 and has more than 30 years of civil engineering and project management experience. He serves as Engineer Manager for the firm’s Mandeville (LA) and New Orleans offices.

Lee joined Neel-Schaffer in 1986 and has over 30 years of experience on design and construction management for roads, storm water management, wastewater collection, treatment facilities, and utilities. He is based in the firm’s Hattiesburg (MS) office.

Lifsey joined Neel-Schaffer in 2016 and has nearly 30 years of experience as a transportation engineer, including 24 with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. He leads Neel-Schaffer’s South Carolina operations, based out of the firm’s Columbia office.

Mohammadi joined Neel-Schaffer in 2010 and has more than 30 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning. She serves as Engineer Manager for the firm’s Louisville office and leads Neel-Schaffer’s Kentucky operations.

Murphy joined Neel-Schaffer in 2013 and has more than 40 years of engineering design, planning, and management experience, including 36 years as an Assistant County Engineer for Mobile (AL) County. He is the Senior Engineer Manager for Neel-Schaffer’s Mobile office.

Rudolph joined Neel-Schaffer in 2015 and has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of transportation and aviation engineering. She serves as the Engineer Manager of the firm’s office in Tuscaloosa, AL.

“Our goal is to hire quality employees who make a mark on the communities in which they live and work, and these individuals are great examples of that,” said Hibbett Neel, co-founder, CEO and President of Neel-Schaffer. “Each of them contributes to the growth of their communities through the work they do for Neel-Schaffer, their community involvement, and by serving in leadership roles in professional organizations.

“I am extremely proud of each of these employees, for how they have helped our firm grow and prosper, and for what they are doing to make a difference in their communities.”

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