Meet Our Staff:



John S. Coffey, PE, PLS, QSD, President

John learned the civil engineering and surveying business from the ground up, and has been practicing in San Diego County since 1995 with a hand in more than fifteen hundred local civil engineering and surveying projects. For jobs large and small, he believes in looking at the ‘big picture’ early. So, with questions in hand, his primary goal is to provide you with the best combination of services needed for your site to facilitate the permitting process and provide you with a solid, competent design for construction. John’s thorough nature and keen eye for detail will keep your project on track through the challenges of the development process.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, California 62716
  • Licensed Land Surveyor, California 8733
  • Qualifed SWPPP Developer (QSD), California 26788
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, California Land Surveyors Association
  • Member, CLSA Professional Development Program



Charlene Nash, Chief Financial Officer

Charlene brings over 30 years of accounting and administrative experience in the construction, design services, and engineering fields to her position. She also lends an important hand in project milestone and budget tracking, and no stone is left unturned or detail left to chance with her at the watch. In many ways, Charlene is the grease in the wheels of our operation.

  • BS, Business Administration/Accounting, San Diego State University



Dan Valdez, PE, QSD, Vice President of Engineering  

Dan brings his solid experience in subdivision design, field construction management, grading, roadway, and improvement plans to his multi-faceted role at Coffey Engineering. You’re likely to find Dan contributing to many different aspects of your project, from topographic surveys to drainage design to storm water studies to construction staking and layout.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado
  • Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, California 76074
  • Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD), California 21156



Michael Kinnear, PE, QSD, Vice President of Operations  

Michael contributes greatly to our staff with his knowledge and experience in water quality design, transportation engineering projects and their related complexities.  If your project involves right-of-way work, roadways, parking lots, stormwater filtration or attenuation systems, Michael will likely have a hand in the solutions.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, UC Davis
  • Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, California 76785
  • Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD), California 26468
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers



Feliciano Rodriguez, Project Manager

Feliciano’s 25 years of combined experience in field construction management, civil engineering design, and the permitting process of our local municipalities make him a very important catalyst and facilitator for your engineering projects. He will foresee a wide range of potential issues related to utility design and conflict, grading and drainage, traffic safety, and stormwater quality.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana



Chad Schindler, Survey Manager

With an outstanding combination of experience in field surveying and office survey support, Chad brings your site to our office, and sees that your project gets off the ground on the right foot. His secret weapon is technology, and he will utilize the latest GPS and Robotic equipment to see that it gets done accurately and efficiently.

  • BA, University of California San Diego
  • CAD Training, Palomar College



Eric Meermans, PLS, Party Chief

Eric is a viable asset to the surveying department as the Party Chief in the field. From field to finish, he leads the survey crew out on the project site. If your project includes topographic surveys, property line surveys, or other field data practices, Eric will see that your project gets off the ground on the right foot .

  • BA, Geography, San Diego State University
  • Surveying Certification Program, Cuyamaca College
  • Licensed Land Surveyor, California 9523




Michael Rein, EIT, Engineering Designer

Michael brings his attention to detail and strong educational background to his varied role at Coffey Engineering.  You may see him inspecting field conditions, providing documentation for drainage and stormwater reporting, and providing hands-on design and drafting for your project.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, San Diego State University
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers



Erica Marx, Engineering Designer

Erica possesses a strong knack for detail and multi-tasking to provide your project with the attention it needs to navigate the complex permit approval process. From mapping to legal descriptions to engineering plans and permits, Erica prepares and oversees a wide variety of project documentation. Her steady focus and diligence will likely play a big role in the timely completion of your project.

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Northern Arizona University
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers



David Smith, Project Planner

With the increasing complexity of permit processes and documentation throughout the region, David Smith’s tenacity and experience make him a very valuable member of our team.  If your project is in need of navigation through the rough waters of agency approval, David is likely playing a big role.

  • Denver Institute of Technology
  • San Diego Mesa College



David Kelleher, CAD Administrator

David has spent a good deal of his career with a few highly-regarded civil engineering and technical firms in the San Diego area, so we were very pleased when he decided to join our team.  His 30+ years of combined experience in CAD and board drafting have made him the cornerstone of our CAD operation.

  • AS, Surveying Technology, Cuyamaca College
  • Diploma, Drafting and Design, NE Institute of Industrial Technology



Gary Carr, Designer / Drafter

Gary studied Environmental Design at San Diego State University, and Architecture at Mesa College. His 25 years of combined experience in CAD and board drafting have made him an important member of our CAD operation.

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego Mesa College




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