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Board of Directors


Our Board comprises recognized leaders from various disciplines and areas of expertise. Each member brings a unique blend of experience, insight and leadership to help us achieve our vision and goals.

Malcolm McLaren, PE

Founder / Executive Chairman of the Board

Since founding McLaren Engineering Group in his basement in 1977, Mal’s entrepreneurial spirit quickly propelled the firm to the forefront of the AEC industry. His vision has enabled us to provide an unparalleled line of quality services for well over 20,000 projects and make positive impacts on communities worldwide.

In the early days, Mal was a driving force behind the concept of the “engineer-as-diver” profession, combining his passion for recreational diving with his skills as a professional engineer to offer underwater investigative services. Since then, his out-of-the-box thinking, passion for innovation, and technical excellence has quickly launched an ever-growing engineering empire that has expanded to 10 key markets and 11 offices worldwide.

His extensive and diverse portfolio of project experience includes the construction of over 70 ferry terminals and landings; development of the famous MECU Pier 6 Pavilion in Baltimore, engineering, and design of a pair of 100-foot-tall animatronic Cranes in Sentosa Bay, Singapore; and the feasibility, planning and design of an urban aerial ropeway gondola that seeks to revolutionize transit in Albany, NY.

“Each member of our Board of Directors has achieved great successes and made significant impacts in their respective careers. These experts help to guide us as we continue to reach the next level of excellence.”

– Malcolm McLaren, PE, Founder


Cosema E. (“Connie”) Crawford, PE

Director of Rail and Transit for ASTM North America

Connie has forty years of experience with public and private sectors in the management, design, and construction of large-scale transportation programs. Previously, as Global Practice Leader at Louis Berger (later WSP), she oversaw major rail and transit programs in the US and overseas. Connie has served as senior vice president and chief engineer at New York City Transit Authority (NYCT), overseeing a $2.25 billion annual capital program for subway and bus infrastructure including tunnels, viaducts and bridges, passenger stations, maintenance facilities, power distribution, and signals and communications systems. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, she directed planning and design efforts to rebuild the collapsed Lower Manhattan subway tunnel in one year. Earlier, as chief engineer for New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Connie was responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of 875 bridges and seven tunnels.


James McCormick

Partner and Director of Construction, D&A Companies

James McCormick is Director of Construction at D&A Companies, helping to optimize development strategies with a project’s build in mind. He has led several high-profile project teams in New York City including The Graduate Hotel at Cornell Tech, 50 West, and The Viceroy Hotel. A graduate of Cornell University, he earned both a Master of Engineering in Project Management and a B.S. in Civil Engineering, in addition to having a concentration in architecture from the Cornell School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. James also sits on the advisory council of the Civil Engineering School at Cornell, and is an advisor to StructionSite.


Jay W. Carter

Former President of Lucent’s AT&T Customer Business Unit

A key business development and planning strategist, Jay Carter led the sales team for Lucent Technologies mobility sales in North America with annual multi-billion dollar quotas. He also led major sales teams as President of the AT&T customer business unit and President Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong.  Throughout his career, Carter helped develop, refine and implement successful sales initiatives by focusing on customer relationships, market trends and growth opportunities.


Kenneth E. Arnold, PE

Founder and Former CEO of Paragon Engineering Services

Kenneth E. Arnold, PE is the founder of Paragon Engineering Services, an oil and gas project management and engineering services firm, which was sold to AMEC in 2005. He has over 55 years of experience in facilities engineering design and project management, having worked on both onshore and offshore projects in many areas of the world. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, on the Gulf Offshore Energy Safety Board (GOES), and serves as a senior technical advisor to Worley and to Oxy Oil and Gas.  Ken is also the Safety Committee Chair of the National Academy of Construction and a member of its Executive Committee.


Stephanie Olexa, PHD, MBA

Founder of Lead to the Future, LLC

Stephanie Olexa began her career as a Professor of Medicine at Temple Medical School, teaching Biochemistry and Hematology along with conducting research in the blood coagulation system. She evolved into the “business of science”, getting an MBA with a specialty in finance while working at Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia and Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa. In these positions she led acquisitions of high-tech diversification businesses, preparing her to form her own venture. She founded an independent testing laboratory with technical capabilities in Microbiology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and Radiochemistry and grew it into a multi-million-dollar, nationwide business through organic growth and over 26 acquisitions. After selling the company to an equity investment firm, she formed Lead to the Future, LLC to work with privately held and family owned businesses in the areas of governance, succession planning and business sustainability. Currently, she focuses on Excellence in Governance, providing Board design, development, education, review, and management to for organizations. She has a reputation as an engaged and dedicated board director.


Previous Members of the Board of Directors

Dennis Hejlik - Board of Directors

Dennis Hejlik

Lieutenant General, USMC (Retired)
Served 2014-2022

Roger Neuenschwander - Board of Directors

Roger Neuenschwander, FAIA

Former President/Board Chairman TVS DESIGN
Served 2014-2022

The passion, creativity and determination of our talented staff make McLaren Engineering Group one of the top engineering firms in the country. Find out more about our Leadership Team.