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Our Staff
As of January 21, 2018


Russell J. Alessi

President of ELECTRI International

As the Foundation’s chief staff officer, he is responsible for the working relationships with the Trustees and Council. Russ is actively involved in enlisting financial support for ELECTRI and in overseeing all of the Foundation’s commissioned projects and education initiatives.

Russ can be reached at at 301-215-4518                                    

Deborah HalpernDeborah Halpern

Director of Operations and University Relations for ELECTRI International

Her work includes close liaison with all ELECTRI researchers, NECA Student Chapters, ELECTRI Council members and ELECTRI committees. Deborah manages all of ELECTRI’s internal day-to-day activities, national and international meetings, and all annual student competitions.

Deborah can be reached at or at  301-215-4539.

Laura C. Holmes

Administrative Assistant for ELECTRI International

She is responsible for administrative tasks within the ELECTRI office.

Laura can be reached at or at 301-215-4538.


Carolyn R. Fazio, ECAM

Resource Development Consultant for ELECTRI International

Senior Strategist/CEO
Fazio International Lt,d. 
Fort Lauderdale Florida

Fazio International Ltd. has worked with ELECTRI international since the Foundation was first established at the end of the 1980s. Carolyn Fazio continues to work closely with the leaders and staff of ELECTRI to help guide the Foundation’s fund-raising, marketing and public relations, and governance efforts.

Carolyn Fazio can be reached at or 954-870-6057

Jerald Rounds, Ph.D., P.E.

Academic Liaison for ELECTRI International

AGC Endowed Chair Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico Albuquerque
New Mexico 

As one of the Foundation’s most involved faculty members, Professor Rounds has helped define the Foundation’s research and education program. In 1992, he conducted one of the Foundation’s earliest successful research initiatives. In 1997, Dr. Rounds was named Academic Liaison to the Foundation. For his work to solidify the partnership between electrical contracting and higher education, Jerry Rounds received ELECTRI’s 2007 Research Excellence Award for Exemplary Scholarship, Professionalism and Service to the Electrical Construction Industry.

Jerry Rounds can be reached at or 505-277-3658