2016 AIAGR Board Election Candidates Slate
Eric Biller (Progressive AE)
Eric Biller is a Senior Architect at Progressive AE, where he has worked since moving to Grand Rapids in 2005. Eric earned both his Graduate and Undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University. He has experience in a wide variety of project types and roles, primarily as lead Project Architect. He is currently serving as the Architectural Discipline Leader at PAE, where he is responsible for quality standards, best practice and improved workflow among the Project Architecture staff. Eric has a passion for bringing conceptual design to reality, working to integrate various building systems into the design, and producing quality construction drawings and specifications. He is very detail oriented and is always ‘looking up’ to discover new ideas and ways to execute those ideas. Over the years Eric has maintained AIA membership and has attended several AIA sponsored events. Eric is also a member of CSI Grand Rapids. He has felt the call to serve on the AIA board for several years, and is looking forward to the opportunity to be more involved. Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and his three young kids. For questions, please email Eric at email@example.com.
Andrew Queenan (Integrated Architecture)
Andrew Queenan is a Project Architect/Job Captain at Integrated Architecture in Grand Rapids, Mi. Andrew recently relocated from Toledo, Ohio, where, as an associate member, he served the board as Associate Director, spear heading an A.R.E. study program for Interns. Andrew earned his Masters of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University in 2011 with a concentration in sustainability. He also has recently passed all sections of the A.R.E. and become licensed in the states of Ohio and Michigan. Andrew, in his previous employment at the jdi group, inc. in Toledo, Ohio, helped coordinate the development of a number of industrial and university projects. He also helped lead the ongoing implementation of BIM in the office and helped train new and old staff in new workflows. Andrew and his wife are excited to be in Grand Rapids and share their passion for sustainability and the urban environment with other residents. In his free time, he enjoys all things Star Wars and Marvel, as well as camping all over Michigan. For questions, please email Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Dunneback (TowerPinkster Architects/Engineers)
Ashley Dunneback joined the Design team as an Architectural Designer at TowerPinkster Architects/Engineers in November 2014. Ashley recently earned her Bachelor’s and Masters of Architecture Degree from Lawrence Technological University graduating in May 2015. Ashley moved back to her hometown of Grand Rapids shortly before finishing her degree and got married in August of 2015. After completing her degree, Ashley has emerged herself into the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) process and has since passed her first ARE exam and has six more to go! Ashley has served this past year on the AIA Grand Rapids board as the Emerging Professional Chair. She has contributed by starting a local ARE study group helping other individuals stay focused on studying and achieving their architectural license. Ashley is also the second state appointed NCARB Licensing Adviser where she helps emerging professionals connect directly with NCARB on the large transitions of IDP to AXP and ARE 4.0 to ARE 5.0 which are happening the second half of 2016. For questions, please email Ashley at email@example.com.
Steve Romkema (FTC&H)
Steven relocated to Grand Rapids almost 2 years ago having previously worked in Lansing, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. His professional experience began in 2011 and ranges from single family residential to large industrial facilities. He is a graduate of Lawrence Tech and also studied at Michigan State and Lansing Community College. During his time at LCC he was the president of the school's AIAS chapter which included serving as a member of AIA Mid Michigan's board. Currently Steven is completing licensing exams and is an Intern Architect at FTC&H. For questions, please email Steve at SARomkema@ftch.com.
Robert Ferguson (Progressive AE)
Robert Ferguson has practiced architecture in Michigan for over 15 years. Having completed his Master’s from Lawrence Technological University in 2005, he and his wife moved back to West Michigan and live in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. Robert's commitment to helping others realize the value of good design and the profession of architecture has led him to a board membership with the West Michigan Chapter of the USGBC, teaching for more than 8 years at Kendall College of Art & Design, and most recently volunteering time with Design West Michigan to engage students of Innovation Central High in design thinking exercises. As Associate Director he looks forward to promoting membership within our community, supporting ARE candidates in an effort to ensure licensure, and working with our board and membership to strengthen awareness of our profession, participation in AIAGR events, and moving forward the association’s national efforts. For questions, please email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATES DIRECTOR:
Elizabeth Bovard (Builders Exchange of America)
Elizabeth Bovard has worked for the Builders Exchange of Michigan for over 13 years. This career has been a perfect match to her love for all things construction. Her desire to learn the many faceted and ever changing construction industry has also turned into volunteering opportunities with the local chapters of the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Society of Professional Estimators and the Association of Architects. She has also seen the need for the associations to collaborate and continues to help foster that atmosphere in the construction industry. Elizabeth is a self‐motivated problem solver with a wide range of experience in managing people, projects and products. For questions, please email Elizabeth at email@example.com.
Brian Wolters (Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering)
Brian Wolters is an independent contractor and is currently Board Consultant for Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering (MiSHE), a state-wide association of people who work as healthcare facilities managers, directors, engineers, and supervisors. Brian is passionate about innovation, sustainability, and developing collaborative spaces. Brian's background includes a MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University in Seattle, WA. Wolters has over fifteen years of leadership experience in project management, marketing, and business development within innovation oriented organizations. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianwoltwolters For questions, please email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR:
Jenny Waugh (FTC&H)
As marketing operations director, Jenny Waugh oversees business development, sales and marketing, and public relations for the firm. She is responsible for brand development and management and strategic planning. Jenny's experience is shared with her clients, too, as she often leads capital capaign efforts, media relations, and event planning for particular projects. She is passionate about sharing her talents with non-profit and academic institutions within the community, especially in support of workforce development or housing initiatives. Jenny began her career in recruitment and managing staff. After eight years of extensive presentation, communication, and management work, she moved into a marketing role for a national audit firm. Most recently, Jenny spent ten years with Rockford Construction, building their brand and name recognition and leading their national growth strategy. For questions, please email Jenny at email@example.com.
MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR:
Ben Rambadt (TowerPinkster)
Ben Rambadt is on both the Design and Production teams at TowerPinkster as an Architectural Designer/Graduate Architect in the downtown Grand Rapids, MI office. Ben earned his Masters of Architecture in May 2012 from the University of Michigan. Soon after receiving his master’s degree, Ben married his longtime crush and began working for TowerPinkster out of the Kalamazoo office. In the summer of 2014 Ben and his wife had a son and made the move to Grand Rapids where they plan to call home and continue raising their family; they currently are house shopping. In the fall of 2015 Ben completed all the A.R.E. exams and is currently finishing up his IDP hours and hopes to be licensed by the end of Summer 2016. Ben is an experienced BIM user and helps around the office with Revit questions in addition to design and production work. He recently took his skills in Revit and appreciation for design by becoming an adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design this past semester teaching a Revit course. He never thought teaching would be in the future for him, but admits that teaching has been a very rewarding experience. Ben enjoys biking in to work (even in the rain), taking his son Oliver for a run in the stroller, and family trips to see the butterflies at the gardens. He hopes to develop his career as a future architect by becoming more involved in the community and learning more about his new home here in Grand Rapids. For questions, please email Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS DIRECTOR:
No candidates to date. If interested, please send an email to AIAGR President Thomas Danckaert at email@example.com.