In honor of Earth Day, LJB staff members took a break to plant trees.
Our staff is more than just architects, engineers, planners and scientists. They are people with passions and talents that improve the quality of life for our communities beyond the walls of our office building.
We work. We play. We serve. We pray. We share time with our families. Some of us coach. Others mentor and teach. Some of us play music. Others sing. And some of us just like to listen.
Here are a few stories of the people we are proud to call LJBers.
Jeff Griffin is not only a professional engineer; he serves. Jeff supports the Miami Valley local chapter of the March of Dimes. For him, preventing birth defects and fighting premature births is a passion. As an active volunteer, Jeff takes education and awareness seriously. "Life is a gift, and it's important that we do our part in protecting it."
Off to the Races
Shayne Dillinger used to race cars. Now his passion is racing bicycles. Since 2007, Shayne's interest in athletics and staying healthy has turned into a more serious hobby. He holds a Category 3 race license with USA Cycling, the sanctioning body for all competitive bicycle races in the United States. In his bicycling career, he has completed a marathon 12-hour bike race and finished second. He has also attained countless wins in three different cycling disciplines; time trials, criteriums and road races. Shayne also leads LJB's wellness committee and motivates his fellow employees to eat healthy and stay in shape.
Sharing Our Gifts
Dianne Lawson-Smith takes service to heart. Not only does she help keep LJB's administrative services moving, she also serves the community as an ordained minister at the Community of Christ in Beavercreek, Ohio. It is common to find Dianne teaching Sunday school, preaching during Sunday worship or engaging in women's bible study. Why does she do this? French philosopher Teilhard de Chardin once said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Cultivating and sharing our giftedness in service to others is an important aspect of that experience.
Up, Up and Away
For Dan Steeley nothing beats waking up in the early morning while the fog is still lingering, and setting off in his hot air balloon named 'Maybe.' In 2001, Dan started working as a crew member for a longtime friend and world champion balloonist in Beavercreek, Ohio. In 2007, Dan piloted his first flight, and by 2010, he had earned his private pilot's certificate. Now he has a commercial pilot certificate in his pocket when he flies.