Diane Cho, Chair, Board of Architects
Diane Cho is a founding principal of Cho Benn Holback + Associates, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm. A registered architect since 1979, she has specialized experience in the areas of cultural, educational and institutional buildings. Recent projects include the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Jim Rouse Visionary Center for The American Visionary Art Museum, and Everyman Theatre. She was inducted into the Maryland’s Top 100 Women Circle of Excellence in 2003, received a Distinguished Women’s Award from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland in 1999, and was honored in 2005 at CREW Baltimore’s 20th anniversary for contributions to the real estate industry. She serves on the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and is a board member of the Fund for Educational Excellence and Maryland Art Place.
Christopher Schein, Chairman, Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
As a principal and partner of Hord Coplan Macht, Christopher Schein has over 25 years of landscape architecture and land planning experience. Mr. Schein is currently leading an interdisciplinary design team working with the National Park Service on the D.C. War Memorial restoration. Campus projects include Washington College, Loyola College in Maryland, the University of Virginia, St. Mary’s College and the United States Naval Academy. He has also designed landscapes at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Treasury, the Pennsylvania State Capitol, and Baltimore’s West Shore Park. His accomplishments have been recognized by two American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Honor Awards and several Merit Awards. Mr. Schein previously served as President of the Maryland Chapter of ASLA.
John Mettee III, Chairman, Board for Professional Land Surveyors
John Mettee is an Associate with Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. located in Bel Air, Maryland. He was previously Vice President of Frederick Ward Associates, Inc. and has over 40 years of land surveying and engineering experience. In addition to his Maryland license, he holds licenses in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Before joining the Board in 2005, he held a variety of positions with the Maryland Society of Surveyors and was honored as MSS' 2005 Surveyor of the Year. From 1997 through 2006, Mr. Mettee served as Maryland State Trigstar Coordinator and as an instructor for Trimble Certified Courses. He has also offered workshops and seminars for MSS and the New Jersey Society of Land Surveyors. He served as adjunct faculty in Catonsville Community College's surveying program and as member of the program's advisory committee.
Steven A. Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, Board for Professional Engineers
Steven A. Arndt currently serves as a Senior Technical Advisor for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In his more than 35 years as a nuclear and mechanical engineer, he has worked as a consultant, a regulator and an educator including several years as a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. His efforts at the NRC have included extensive experience in Russia and Ukraine leading the United States support programs to the states of the former Soviet Union following the Chernobyl accident and as part of the NRC response to the Fukushima accident. Throughout his career, he has been an active member of the engineering profession including roles as a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society, the Society for Computer Simulation and the U.S. delegation to the International Electrotechnical Commission. Dr. Arndt holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering all from The Ohio State University, where he was honored by the faculty of the College of Engineering in 2004 as a Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Arndt also holds an M.S. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland. Dr. Arndt is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Quality, the first person to ever hold the fellow rank in all four of these societies. In 1996, he received the NRC Meritorious Service Award for Engineering Excellence. Dr. Arndt also serves as a Colonel in the Maryland Defense Force, a volunteer uniformed state military agency and one of the four components of the Maryland Military Department.
Carla Viar Pullen, Acting Chair, Board of Certified Interior Designers
Ms. Viar Pullen earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and has worked for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for almost six years. Prior to accepting a position as a full time instructor, she was the senior interior designer for an architectural firm specializing in corporate, government and K-12 school facility design. She has worked in the local community as a member of several Historic District Commissions. She is NCIDQ certified and licensed to practice as a Certified Interior Designer in the State of Maryland. Ms. Viar Pullen has served on the Board of Certified Interior Designers since 2005 and currently serves as the Acting Chair.