About Us

Leadership

Cristina Criado, PE

President | Chief Executive Officer | Founder

Cristina Criado, PE

President | Chief Executive Officer | Founder

Cristina is the founder and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Criado & Associates, Inc. Beginning her practice in 2001, Cristina has provided design and consulting services on a wide variety of civil engineering projects including roadway and freeway projects, interchanges, hike and bike trails, municipal projects, and land development. Her project management experience involves quality assurance, quality review and control, scheduling, as well as coordination and management of the different disciplines required to complete any project from start to finish.

Prior to opening her own firm, Cristina practiced as a professional civil engineer for two leading civil engineering firms in the DFW metroplex managing a diverse project portfolio. By using her vast technical expertise, strong will, and determination, she embarked on the path to become the fully functioning independent firm that CRIADO is today. She remains committed to the day-to-day operations of the company and has stayed true to her roots in developing a family-oriented business that understands and implements a positive work environment.

Michelle Macdowell

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Macdowell

Chief Financial Officer

Michelle joined Criado & Associates, Inc in April of 2013. She has more than 38 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, contracts administration, and financial business management. She has worked in the A/E industry for more than 32 years. Michelle has responsibility for the firm’s financial operations including accounting, budgeting, insurance, and credit. She is responsible for formulating the firm’s financial policy and plans required to meet the organization’s short and long-term objectives and regulatory body requirements. She also assists in the strategic direction of the organization and provides mentorship to the firm’s project managers regarding project financial performance analysis.

Thomas McClain, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Thomas McClain, PHR

Director of Human Resources

Thomas joined Criado & Associates, Inc in February of 2022 as the Director of Human Resources. He is a United States Air Force veteran and has practiced Human Resources for more than 15 years. He is responsible for the Human Resources functions of the firm. Thomas has considerable experience in policy and procedure development as well as building and leading effective HR operations and forging alliances with business leaders to support business goals and objectives. Thomas supports the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of day-to-day operations, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation.

Rusty Wolff

Director of Subsurface Utility Engineering | Right-of-Way

Rusty Wolff

Director of Subsurface Utility Engineering | Right-of-Way

Rusty has more than 18 years of experience in construction management, quality assurance, quality control, and subsurface utility engineering (SUE). During the past eight years, Rusty has provided SUE and Utility Coordination on various water transmission, municipal infrastructure, highways, aviation, and rail projects. He has managed more than 1,000 SUE projects. With a background in construction, he brings a rare perspective to each project, having previously represented owners in design reviews, construction negotiations, and management. He serves as the Director of SUE operations working hands-on to manage major projects, with additional responsibilities for contract negotiations and safety.

David Hawkins, PE

Utility Infrastructure Manager

David Hawkins, PE

Utility Infrastructure Manager

David Hawkins, PE, has more than 40 years of experience in providing civil engineering services for water/wastewater, stormwater, roadways, drainage, airports, and land development projects. He has extensive experience with water distribution system analyses for water distribution projects, water treatment plant projects, water pumping station projects, sanitary sewer collection and lift station projects, wastewater treatment projects, storm drainage projects, street and highway projects, airport projects and commercial/industrial development projects. With 34 years of his experience being a project manager, he is well versed in new business development, QA/QC, staff development, workload allocation, and financial management of projects. David has worked with numerous agencies around the DFW Metroplex, as well as the City of San Antonio, City of Boerne, City of Killeen, Bexar County, San Antonio Water System, CPS, and Bexar Metropolitan Water District. He has also served as City Engineer for numerous small communities, such as the Cities of Bells and Melissa, Texas. David’s work experience includes responsibility for managing and/or preparing preliminary engineering reports and studies, environmental assessments, State and Federal funding applications, grant administration, construction plans, specifications and contract documents and construction estimates, construction bidding assistance, and construction contract administration.

Sherry Williams, PE

Director of Transportation

Sherry Williams, PE

Director of Transportation

Sherry Williams, PE, has more than 24 years of experience with railway and roadway design, including 10 years with TxDOT. Her experience with railway design has been completing conceptual layouts to final design for Class I Railroads, shortlines, and industrial rail clients. This also includes design of sidings, intermodal facilities, rail yards, turnout locations, operational analysis, maintenance of construction, design of at-grade crossings, over and underpasses, signing, bridge layouts, utility coordination, cost estimating and determining and/or writing specifications. She also has experience in roadway schematic and PS&E design for relocation and major reconstruction of complex urban highways, drainage design, traffic control, pavement marking and signing for freeways, highways, and associated facilities as well as planning, scheduling and cost estimating of these facilities.