E. Thomas Fernandez, SARA, NCARB
E. Thomas Fernandez, SARA, NCARB Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Elevar Design Group, Tom Fernandez is responsible for the overall vision and innovation of the firm. He facilitates design direction and ensures that his staff is equipped to provide the best solutions to clients. Since assuming executive leadership of the firm in the late 1980s, Tom has been instrumental in growing the staff into the multi-disciplined team of specialized designers it is today. Tom is the recipient of many prestigious design awards commemorating his innovative direction on projects.

Kim Patton, AIA
Kim Patton, AIA President

Kim Patton serves as President of Elevar Design Group, guiding the design staff in daily operations and profitability. Kim’s energy and innovation have been the key to his successful career which has spanned nearly 30 years in many different markets. An Architect by trade, his vast experience has influenced his ability to grow Elevar’s staff and to provide clients with cost-effective and creative solutions.

Greg Otis, AIA
Greg Otis, AIA Senior Vice President - Strategic Planning

Greg Otis champions strategic initiatives for Elevar Design Group. Greg’s experience and passion for the built environment influences both his internal organizational leadership and external strategic plans. A natural planner and facilitator, Greg has the proven ability to yield positive change for employees and clients alike. Greg’s acumen is based on clear communication and innovative planning.

Tony Lozier, PE, LEED AP
Tony Lozier, PE, LEED AP Senior Vice President - Engineering

Tony Lozier has more than 45 years of experience in MEP Engineering. As the leader of the Engineering team at Elevar Design Group,  he directs all engineering services and ensures the highest quality results for clients. His widespread experience has served as an asset to many of Elevar’s projects, as Tony has the ability to lead the engineering team toward the best solutions for all client projects.

Dara Baldridge, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP
Dara Baldridge, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP Senior Interior Designer - Workplace

Dara has more than 25 years of experience in interior design excellence and workplace strategy, shaping environments that add value to people’s lives. She has partnered with clients to develop nearly 10 million SF of space that support their brand, culture, and business strategies. Her portfolio includes a wide variety of project types and sizes from conceptual design through project management and construction administration with the common goal of always exceeding the client and end-users’ expectations.

Ashley Barnes
Ashley Barnes Digital Design Manager
Robert Bartolt, RA, NCARB, LEED AP
Robert Bartolt, RA, NCARB, LEED AP Senior Architect
Kevin Bleichner, RA
Kevin Bleichner, RA Architect
David Breda, CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT
David Breda, CSI, CCS, CCCA, CDT Construction Administration

David Breda emphasizes communication as the key to job-site efficiency, expressing common team goals and explaining design and standards necessary to achieve quality construction and eliminate costly and avoidable mistakes. With nearly 30 years of experience, he approaches construction administration from multiple points of view, focusing on schedule, budget and quality.

Beth Breda, RA, NCARB, CSI, CDT
Beth Breda, RA, NCARB, CSI, CDT Architect - Contract Administration
Regan Brinker
Regan Brinker Designer
Mark Browning, AIA, LEED AP
Mark Browning, AIA, LEED AP Senior Architect - Senior Living

Mark Browning has been recognized for his work by local and national organizations including the AIA/ Design for Aging Knowledge Community. Mark is a Certified Eden Associate and has been an advocate for advancing the senior housing industry through innovative design, research and participation in national and international conferences. With 40 years of experience, Mark has been involved in both the for-profit and not-for-profit industries, and he has a large portfolio of projects focusing senior living clients.

Lisa Cameron Gulley
Lisa Cameron Gulley Senior Designer - Educational Planning

Lisa Cameron Gulley has 20 years of experience in educational programming and design. She has been involved in nearly every educational project the firm has completed since 2000. Her knowledge of public and private education design allows Lisa to bring creative and unique solutions to each facility. Having been involved in numerous bond issue assistance efforts and community engagement campaigns, Lisa is highly skilled at incorporating important stakeholder values into her designs.

Chris Carter
Chris Carter Plumbing Department Manager
Elizabeth (Betsey) Clark, LEED Green Associate
Elizabeth (Betsey) Clark, LEED Green Associate Designer
McKenzie Collopy, El
McKenzie Collopy, El Mechanical Engineer
Laurence A. Cotner, II, AIA
Laurence A. Cotner, II, AIA Senior Architect
Rachel Cusack
Rachel Cusack Designer
Nicole Desender
Nicole Desender Designer
Emily Donnell
Emily Donnell Marketing Coordinator
Sean Duffy , PE
Sean Duffy , PE Senior Mechanical Engineer
Evan Eagle, RA, LEED AP
Evan Eagle, RA, LEED AP Senior Architect
Amber East
Amber East Designer
Emilio Fernandez, RA, LEED AP, NCARB
Emilio Fernandez, RA, LEED AP, NCARB Senior Architect - Founder

Emilio Fernandez founded Stallsmith Fernandez Architects (SFA) in 1967 on the simple premise that each client deserves a high degree of personal service, and each project the search to find the “right” design solution, both artistically, and technically. The patron of our firm, he exemplifies the modern Master-Architect philosophy of eminent responsibility for the “whole” solution, and for the life of the building. These beliefs permeate the Elevar culture even more strongly, 50-years later.

Justin Frank, PE
Justin Frank, PE Structural Engineer
James Geers, RA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, ND, O+M, HOMES
James Geers, RA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, ND, O+M, HOMES Senior Architect
Rob Grogan
Rob Grogan Designer
Kristina Hamill, RA, RRO
Kristina Hamill, RA, RRO Senior Architect - Building Enclosure
Rusty Harp
Rusty Harp Senior Electrical Designer/IT Department Manager
Deanna Hazeley
Deanna Hazeley Senior Interior Designer
Regan Henry, PhD, RA, LEED AP, LSSBB, WELL AP
Regan Henry, PhD, RA, LEED AP, LSSBB, WELL AP Architect - Evidence Based Design/ Research

Regan Henry is a scientist and an architect - a rare combination of skill that affords her the ability to apply experimental methodologies and efficiencies in space planning and design. Using research to inform how the physical environment affects the end-user, Regan uses these evaluations to inform her designs. With more than 10 years of experience, Regan has engaged these principles in a multitude of markets and project types.

David Hester, RA
David Hester, RA Senior Architect - Education

David Hester has a proven school design track record, having been entrusted to manage the four largest academic projects at Elevar with a combined budget exceeding $180 million. David seeks creative best-value design solutions for each project’s dollars, while ensuring durable, attractive and lasting educational environments.

Chris Highfield, AIA, CSI
Chris Highfield, AIA, CSI Senior Architect
Jonny Hofmann, RA, LEED AP
Jonny Hofmann, RA, LEED AP Senior Architect
Suellen Hugan, CPD
Suellen Hugan, CPD Plumbing Designer
Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson Senior Electrical Designer
Matthew King, RA
Matthew King, RA Senior Architect - Institutional

Matthew King manages multiple government IDIQ contracts for the firm, guiding the team in the successful delivery of task orders. With nearly 20 years of experience, Matthew has gained the knowledge needed to oversee all aspects of a project with the highest of standards. His responsibilities also include field inspections and coordination meetings during the construction phase to ensure a project meets all goals set in the very beginning stages of design.

Cyndi Klein
Cyndi Klein Senior Interior Designer
Chuck Kling, LEED AP
Chuck Kling, LEED AP Client Manager - Retail

Chuck Kling has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry, mainly focused on retail clients. For the last decade, he has specialized in national, big-box rollout store concepts. Chuck thrives on building meaningful relationships with his clients. His proactive approach to projects delivers exceptional results.

Dick Krehbiel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Dick Krehbiel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Architect
Perrie Land
Perrie Land Engineering Support
Lydia Leytze
Lydia Leytze Interior Designer
Nick Mason
Nick Mason Graphic Designer
Damian McDaniel
Damian McDaniel Designer
Dan Montgomery, RA, RRC, RRO, RWC, RBEC, REWC, IIBEC
Dan Montgomery, RA, RRC, RRO, RWC, RBEC, REWC, IIBEC Senior Architect - Building Enclosure

Dan Montgomery specializes in the field of roof assembly and building enclosure analysis, design and project management. Dan has more than 30 years of design and construction experience and is one of approximately only 800 RRC’s in the country. Having passed all possible certifications from IIBEC, Dan is rare in the field - standing out as a unique expert advisor on roofing and building enclosure services.

Chris Murtaugh
Chris Murtaugh Senior Electrical Engineer
Allison Nichols , PE
Allison Nichols , PE Mechanical Department Manager
Jordan Odor
Jordan Odor Designer
Andrew Pederson, LEED Green Associate
Andrew Pederson, LEED Green Associate Designer
Dale Pettigrew, PE
Dale Pettigrew, PE Senior Electrical Engineer
Tabitha Piercefield
Tabitha Piercefield Administrative Assistant
Andrew Plogsted, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Andrew Plogsted, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB Senior Architect
Hannah Przybysz
Hannah Przybysz Mechanical Engineer
Matt Puthoff, RA
Matt Puthoff, RA Architect
Brian Raab
Brian Raab Designer
John Patrick Rademacher, AIA, NCARB
John Patrick Rademacher, AIA, NCARB Client Manager

With more than 30 years of experience, John Rademacher has served a long list of notable clients in various market sectors. John is registered in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, and West Virginia, and serves as the President of the Ohio Architects Board. As the Leader of Elevar's Dayton office, John stays actively engaged and works on behalf of his clients. By using his insights, talents, training and experience, John contributes meaningfully to clients and the community.

Barry Randolph
Barry Randolph Structural Designer
Heather Ratliff, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, CAPS
Heather Ratliff, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, CAPS Senior Interior Designer
Sylvia Roark
Sylvia Roark Lighting Department Manager
Victor Rolfsen
Victor Rolfsen Mechanical Engineer
David Roman, UAV Pilot
David Roman, UAV Pilot Designer
Jeni Schmidt
Jeni Schmidt Marketing Manager
Jingwen P. Simmons
Jingwen P. Simmons Designer
Tyler Slattery, EI
Tyler Slattery, EI Electrical Engineer/BIM Manager
Renee Sothard
Renee Sothard Administrative Assistant
Michael Sundrup, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C
Michael Sundrup, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C Architect
Eryn Thamann, RA
Eryn Thamann, RA Senior Architect
Jake Thamann, RA, NCARB
Jake Thamann, RA, NCARB Senior Architect
Jay Thelen
Jay Thelen President, Elevar Quick Draw

Jay Thelen serves as President of Elevar Quick Draw. In this role, he works with banks and other private clients to produce fast and accurate reports of contractor activities to procure the construction draw. Jay works within bank requirements for the draw schedule to inspect on-site construction activities to implement project financing and payments.

John Tsuchiya
John Tsuchiya Designer
Eugene Ungermann, PE, SE
Eugene Ungermann, PE, SE Structural Department Manager
David VonderBrink, RA
David VonderBrink, RA Senior Architect - Housing

David VonderBrink has a passion for design and aesthetic sensibility. His strength lies in his ability to communicate this sensibility in his housing designs while efficiently working with clients to achieve the best and most cost-effective solution. David has nearly 20 years of experience in design development and project management of multi-family and student housing projects.

Ryan Warr, LEED AP
Ryan Warr, LEED AP Electrical Engineer
Mike Weber
Mike Weber Plumbing Designer
Heather Wehby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Heather Wehby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Healthcare Practice Leader
Christine Weist
Christine Weist Accounting
Dan Wyckoff, AIA
Dan Wyckoff, AIA Senior Architect
DiHua Yang, RA
DiHua Yang, RA Architect
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