CMAA Southern Nevada Chapter Board of Directors

Mauricio D. Cardenas-Arellano

Mauricio Cardenas

Chapter President 2024

Mauricio Cardenas, P.E.

Mauricio Cardenas is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada and has nearly two decades of experience in the engineering and construction industry both in private and public entities. His experience includes project administration, construction management, consultant management, inter-local agency coordination, cost and schedule evaluation, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, biddability and constructability review, field inspection of a wide range of CIP projects related to transportation, flood control, utilities, parks, buildings and similar including elements such as: cast-in-place box girder bridges, MSE walls, retaining walls, roadway embankment and base aggregates, flexible and rigid pavement surfaces, local and regional drainage facilities, as well as potable water and sewer utility infrastructure systems, high-mast lights and traffic signals installation, and traffic control. He is proficient in several software packages for construction management, cost estimating and scheduling. Mauricio loves spending time with his family attending concerts and movie theaters, playing/watching sports, snowboarding, and traveling.

Jed Wheeler

Vice President

Jed Wheeler

Jed Wheeler joined the CMAA Southern Nevada Branch Board as Secretary/Treasurer in 2021 and now serves as Vice-President. Jed has over 20 years of construction experience, all working in Southern Nevada. Jed has experience in multiple Design-Build, Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) and Design-Bid-Build projects with scopes of work such as bridges, retaining walls, MSE walls, freeways, arterials, storm drain channels, sewer, water, pedestrian bridges, electrical and more. Outside of work, Jed enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, skiing, golf, basketball, hunting and many other outdoor activities.

Jeremy Leavitt


Jeremy Leavitt

Jeremy Leavitt, P.E joined the CMAA Southern Nevada Branch board as Secretary in 2023. Jeremy has over 26 years of design and construction experience, all working in Southern Nevada. Jeremy is the Construction Manager at the City of Las Vegas Public Works Department. Jeremy has experience for a variety of projects including roadway, storm drain, sanitary sewer, parks and trails, and a variety of specialty projects.

Blake Gonska

Blake Gonska


Blake Gonska, P.E. joined the CMAA Southern Nevada Branch board as Treasurer in 2022 but has been attending luncheons, breakfast meetings, golf outings, and social events as an attendee of CMAA since 2012. Professionally, Blake has over 12 years of experience in design and construction management of wastewater treatment facilities, chemical storage facilities, gravity sewer systems, force main systems, water distribution systems, lift stations, pump stations, condition assessments, trenchless technology applications, and infrastructure rehabilitation projects.


Past Chapter Presidents

Michael Dunning 2021-2023

Perry Bertuzzi – 2018-2021

Cynthia Moore – 2016-2018

Michael Langen – 2014-2016

Kevin Love -2011-2014

Fintan Gaffney

David Alexander

Ray Brady

Adrian Clark

Jim Morris (Founder)