Employee Spotlight: Sarah Goodman

April 30, 2024

At SMF, we believe that success is built on the foundation of exceptional individuals who bring a unique blend of skills, passion, and determination to their work. It is with great pleasure that we shine the spotlight on the newest member of our team: Sarah Goodman, Administrative Assistant.

Sarah Goodman

Administrative Assistant

Richmond Office


B.A. Psychology, Christopher Newport University



Sarah's Journey to SMF: A Career Built on Compassion 

Sarah Goodman, a native of Chesterfield, Virginia, is a valued member of our team at Speight Marshall Francis. As an Administrative Assistant in our Richmond, VA office, she plays a crucial role in facilitating project progress and ensuring smooth communication with our clients. With a background in psychology and a passion for continuous learning, Sarah's journey to her current position showcases her drive and commitment to personal growth.

After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a bachelor's degree in 2014, Sarah found her calling in working with children. From daycares to nannying, she excelled in this field, utilizing her creativity and making a positive impact on the lives of the children she cared for. However, Sarah's desire for continuous improvement pushed her to seek new challenges and expand her skillset.

Sarah at Speight Marshall Francis

Through a friend of a friend, Sarah discovered that Speight Marshall Francis was in search of an administrative assistant for the Richmond, VA office. Intrigued by the opportunity to work in a dynamic and contemporary environment, she decided to apply. In January, Sarah joined our team, quickly adapting to the fast-paced nature of her role.

In her day-to-day responsibilities, Sarah collaborates closely with the administrative team to communicate with clients and send essential documents, such as fee proposals, which are crucial to the progress of our projects. Additionally, Sarah efficiently manages office supplies and takes on various duties, including planning our beloved First Friday lunches, creating a warm and welcoming environment for our team. Sarah's versatility allows her to seamlessly jump in and provide support wherever it is needed, showcasing her eagerness to contribute to the success of our projects.

Out and About: Sarah Outside the Office

Beyond her professional contributions, Sarah has a vibrant personality and diverse range of interests. She enjoys attending baseball games, particularly as an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, often cheering them on from the stands. When she's not immersed in our projects or cheering for her team, Sarah indulges in her love for reading, particularly romance novels. She highly recommends "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo" by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which captivated her with its compelling storytelling. Sarah also has an affinity for country music and is frequently found at various country music shows during the summer. Whether it's the timeless tunes of Garth Brooks or the catchy melodies of Taylor Swift, Sarah's enthusiasm for country music is undeniable.

In three words, Sarah describes herself as genuine, sarcastic, and dependable, embodying the qualities that make her an invaluable member of our team. Her infectious energy and positive attitude contribute to the collaborative and exciting atmosphere here at Speight Marshall Francis. We are thrilled to have Sarah on our expanding team in our Richmond office and eagerly anticipate the contributions she will make.

Together, we are committed to pushing boundaries and exploring creative and practical engineering solutions. With Sarah's dedication and passion for continuous growth, we are confident that she will help us reach new heights in our pursuit of delivering efficient, impactful projects.