VIKA Companies Joint Announcement, Promotions of Staff

John F. Amatetti, PE and Charles A. Irish, Jr., PE, Prof. LS, LEED AP
Founding Principals and the Entire VIKA Ownership

are pleased to announce the expansion of leadership at VIKA to include:

Jessica L. Mack, PE, LEED AP BD+C,

Lisa M. Goodwin, LS, James J. Buchheister, RLA,

and Violetta V. Chapkey, CPA

as Associates

At the March 15th, VIKA Associates Meeting Jessica L. Mack, Lisa M. Goodwin, James J. Buchheister, and Violetta V. Chapkey were recognized as Associates.

Jessica L. Mack, PE, LEED AP BD +C – Associate

Jessica joined the VIKA Virginia Team in August 2008 and now has more than 8 years of experience in Civil and Site Development Planning in the Northern Virginia area, and has earned a promotion to Associate. She has spent the majority of her career providing land development engineering services within Fairfax County & Arlington County, and is well versed in those approval processes.

“Jessica is very knowledgeable in design and project management of complex land development projects, from initial investigation and entitlements through to approvals, bonding and construction permits“, said P. Christopher Champagne, Director of Engineering and Executive Vice President. “Her technical abilities in every aspect of the development process further strengthen VIKA’s bench of talented professionals. Her experience in all types of development, including TOD Mixed Use Development, Smart Growth, as well as the traditional subdivisions are strong assets she brings to the VIKA Team”, he added.

Jessica received her Bachelors of Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as a LEED AP BD+C.


 Lisa M. Goodwin, LS – Associate

“Lisa Goodwin is one of VIKA’s most talented licensed surveyors,” said Bob Cochran, Director of Planning and Vice President.  “Lisa’s impressive technical skills are relied upon when projects are complex and difficult” said, J. Thomas Harding, Senior Division Surveying Manager. When Lisa joined VIKA in 1997, she brought a strong desire and focused commitment to learn and grow. Since joining VIKA, she has continued to excel at honing her expertise in the practice of innovative survey strategies and techniques working on many important projects that are creating the framework for final engineering design.

Lisa graduated from the Commonwealth of Virginia Land Surveying Apprenticeship Program, completed programs at the John H. Foster School of Surveying, and is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


James J. Buchheister, RLA – Associate

James has two decades of experience encompassing the design of functionally and aesthetically pleasing sites for our large mixed-use and residential clients. Since joining VIKA in 2013, he has contributed to the completion of numerous public and private projects, including master planning, landscape design, forest conservation, site development plans, and construction and permitting documents. “James’ particular strengths focus on his eye for detail and the integration of site elements from various disciplines, which helps our team recognize constraints, minimize conflicts, and capitalize on opportunities in the early phases of design” said Mark Morelock, Principal and Executive Vice President.

James received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. James is a Registered Landscape Architect and an approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources Qualified Professional in Forest Conservation.


Violetta V. Chapkey, CPA – Associate

Viola joined VIKA Companies in March 2014 with over 20 years of experience in accounting, contract management and legal fields. Financial reports, budgets, coordination of annual financial reviews and tax preparation comprise the focus of her role as Controller of VIKA Companies.

“Viola is extremely resourceful, focused and innovative,” said Charles A. Irish, Chief Operating Officer. “She has been crucial in managing all aspects of financial operations within the company, and her highly dedicated attitude has provided invaluable support to VIKA.”

Viola received her Law Diploma (J.D. equivalent) from Odessa State University, Ukraine in 1991, earned her CPA license in 2005, and completed her MBA from Strayer University in 2006.