Leadership Team

Sofia Nirshberg, P.E.

Founding Principal 

Mrs. Nirshberg is the Founding Principal of VN Engineers and has participated in every transportation project since its inception in 1983. Her role continues to include management of the day-to-day operations and close coordination with clients. With Mrs. Nirshberg’s leadership VN has expanded exponentially over the last 35 years and she continues to focus on growth of strategic partnerships with both prime firms and local and state agencies.

Tracy Kaplan, P.E.

President

Mrs. Kaplan has been part of the VN team for nine years and provides over 15 years of experience in transportation engineering projects. Her highway background focuses on roadway design, rail design, utility coordination, utility relocations, lighting, signalization and signing and pavement markings.  Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida, and brings extensive knowledge and design excellence.

Robert Gomez, P.E.

Senior Vice President

Mr. Robert Gomez is the Senior Vice President at VN Engineers, Inc. He has been working in the Transportation Engineering industry for over 30 years and is a registered PE in six states. Mr. Gomez served as the President of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers and formerly served as the President of the American Society of Highway Engineers. He has worked on more than fifty roadway design projects throughout his career and has worked in the capacity of a project manager for more than twenty five years.  Additionally he brings a level of expertise in planning rail design and has extensive experience with rail projects completed along the eastern seaboard. He was recognized by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers with the Civil Engineer of the Year Award in 2015. Mr. Gomez published his first book titled Looking Forward to Monday: A Guide to Success in Corporate America for People Starting Out or Switching Jobs and is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Guitar Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee.

Amanda Marino, MBA

Vice President

Mrs. Marino is an essential member of the VN team and has played a key role in the day-to-day operations including business and proposal development, managing field staffing and human resources for all VN’s markets.  For over nine years Mrs. Marino has exemplified the dedication and team work that defines VN’s focus on partnership. As Vice President she will continue to drive VN business and support key agency and client partnerships. Amanda was awarded a Bachelor in Management, with a concentration in Human Resources from Central Connecticut State University and received her MBA from Southern Connecticut State University.