The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation

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The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) maintains a staff of two professionals who are full-time employees of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Foundation’s parent organization.  Under this organizational structure, the Foundation has broad access to the capabilities and resources of MCAA, an internationally-recognized trade association.


MCERF’s staff are responsible to the MCERF Board of Trustees and are charged with helping the Trustees plan, implement, and administer the programs and practices necessary to achieve the Foundation’s mission.

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Dennis Langley
Executive Director

Dennis began working in the construction industry in the mid-1970’s as an Insulator’s Helper to help pay for college.  He earned a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Media Arts/Communications.  He has worked for two large general contracting firms and began his trade association experience with a major general contractor organization before coming to MCAA.  His industry passions are professional and leadership development as well marketing communications.

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Priya Nirmal
Associate Director

Priya began working for MCAA in 2008 as a receptionist and administrative assistant for National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.  Her responsibilities have grown to include accounting assistance for MCAA and MCERF.  Her role with MCERF now includes assistance with internship and other critical administrative matters.

Her interests include Martial arts and Interior Decorating.

MCAA Resources

While MCERF has full access to the services of numerous MCAA staff professionals, there are four key MCAA staff employees who contribute significant time and services to the Foundation on a sustained basis.

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John Gentille

John is CEO and Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors of America (MCAA).  In those capacities, he helps provide the Foundation with both strategic vision as to the role MCERF can serve for the industry and with the practical knowledge of how to get things done through the world’s greatest industry volunteers, the members of the MCAA.

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Don May

Don heads up the MCAA financial team that provides daily financial and accounting assistance to the Foundation.  He coordinates annual audits of the Foundation and is an integral part of the investment and fundraising strategy teams.

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Ann Mattheis
Director of Career Development, MCAA

Ann provides MCERF’s day-to-day connection with MCAA’s 50+ student chapters across the U.S. and Canada, and she helps orchestrate the numerous outreach and funding activities the Foundation undertakes with students and faculty alike.  She is particularly central to the planning and conducting of MCAA's annual Student Chapter-Mechanical Contractor Summit, which brings hundreds of students and numerous MCAA/MSCA members together in an event that is fun, informative, and a major career enhancement and recruitment event.  She also coordinates the annual Final Four Student Competition at MCAA's annual convention.  In addition, she has liaison responsibility with MCAA’s Management Methods Committee.

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Adrienne Breedlove
Director of Digital Media, MCAA

Adrienne assists MCERF with its strategic marketing and communications efforts.  As editor of MCAA's Director of Digital Media and for her responsibilities for packaging and delivering the association’s external messaging, Adrienne is a critical member of the greater MCERF operations team.