Leadership

The combined experiences of VSM’s talented team offer a wide variety of expertise to benefit clients in both public and private sectors. The expertise of President Valerie McCaw is complemented by a full staff for engineering, utility coordination, CAD, marketing and administrative.

Valerie McCaw, PE, CFM, ENV SPPresident, Civil Engineer

Valerie is born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a M.S. in Civil Engineering, concentrating in Engineering Mgmt and Construction Mgmt. After several years working for other firms, VSM opened its doors in 2003. Knowledgeable in mgmt and design, Valerie has provided civil engineering consulting services on a wide variety of projects to clients in the public and private sectors. Fun Fact: As a young child, she lived in Seoul, South Korea for 3.5 years.

Sarah Beers, PE, QCIS, QPSWPPPSenior Civil Engineer

Sarah has experience with drainage, culvert and storm sewer design projects for various clients. She is proficient in HEC-RAS & HydroCAD modeling, flood studies and is the resident SWPPP expert.

Matt Combs, EI, QCIS, QPSWPPPStaff Engineer

Matt was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated with his MS, in Civil Engineering, in 2022. He currently lives in the Northland with his girlfriend and their two cats. Matt has experience in trail design, construction management, utility coordination, storm water, and civil design. Fun Facts: in his free time he loves to snowboard and ski.

Chase Ervin, EIStaff Engineer

Chase was born and raised in Berryville, Virginia. He attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC where he met his wife, Hannah. Chase was drawn to engineering due to the desire to creatively solve large real-world issues. Fun Fact: Chase was commissioned into the United States Air Force and will enter active duty as a Second Lieutenant in May 2023.

Willa RussellUtility Coordinator

Raised in a military family, Willa has lived in many places. She was born in Paris, France but has lived in Kansas City since 1971. After retiring from the City of Kansas City, Missouri Water Department, Willa found herself bored.  Through a mutual friend, Willa met Valerie and realized this job was the perfect fit. Willa brings a wealth of experience from her 33 years with the KC,MO WSD. Her steady determination is a valuable asset as a utility coordinator. Fun Fact: Willa is a member of the Greater Kansas City Bowling Hall of Fame and the Missouri State Hall of Fame.

Benny AulnerIntern

Born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised in KC. Benny is currently in the Civil Engineering program at UMKC, minoring in Chemistry. He is married and father to a daughter. Benny’s has an eagerness to learn and “build a better Kansas City”. Fun fact: Benny is a huge Kansas City sports fan and nerds out on Lord of the Rings.

Zabeth ChangMarketing Manager

Zabeth was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. She pursued a BA in Fashion Marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte. After graduating, she moved to New  York City to follow her dreams. Zabeth brings over 10 years of retail marketing experience. Her strategic planning skills make her a great asset to our team. Fun Fact: Zabeth helps her parents run their 5 acre flower farm.

Nicci EricksenOffice Manager

Nicci’s family moved to Kansas City in 2001.  Her pride and joy was being able to stay home to raise her kids throughout most of their childhood. Nicci brings years of experience and process understanding to VSM. Her management skills are a bonus to the team. Fun Fact: Of all the Twizzlers flavors and varieties….hands down, Cherry Pull and Peel is the best.

All headshots by Annie Bolin Photography, with exception of Chase Ervin.