Governance

Chair

Julie Williams Julie Williams, LE Fellow
Marketing Director
Colbi Technologies
Tustin, CA
Joined Board: 2012
Term Expires: 2021

Ms. Williams' dedication to educational facilities planning spans nearly 30 years and includes a portfolio of projects that represent the spectrum of PK-12 and higher educational facilities for both public and private institutions. She has served schools districts throughout North America as an educational facilities planner and in senior planning roles for program management and architectural firms. Ms. Williams is recognized as an international expert on the theory of multiple intelligences and the integration of curriculum into the built environment as teaching tools. She shares her expertise by teaching faculty members, administrators, parents, students, and design professionals the variety of teaching and learning styles for the purpose of creating thriving educational environments. Highlighted projects include working with Clark County School District to develop their educational specifications and facilities program for elementary, middle, and high school models on their first $600 million program; Glendale Unified School District's $300 million capital improvement program; Phoenix Union High School District's $300 million program developing the district's educational specifications and district master plan redesigning six high schools; and Beaumont Unified School District serving as the district's educational planner creating the new model for six elementary schools, two middle schools, new high school, a community day school, and adult education programs in addition to the district master plan, educational specifications, and educational programs for student/teacher mentor programs.

Vice Chair

Philip Poinelli Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, LEED AP, ALEP
Principal
Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
Cambridge, MA
Joined Board: 2014
Term Expires: 2022

An architect and Educational Planner with Symmes Maini & McKee Associates in Cambridge MA, Philip Poinelli was instrumental in the development of the firm's K-12 Studio, and currently leads SMMA's educational planning initiatives' influencing most all of SMMA's K-12 public and private school projects. Mr. Poinelli is passionate about educational planning; collaborating, assessing, and working with dedicated professionals, nationally and internationally developing ideas for planning, programming and design of innovative and creative learning environments that not only support, but enhance educational delivery pedagogy. Active since 2007, Phil's previous roles in the organization include: four years in the Northeast Region leadership; three years as juror for the MacConnell Award; 2011 Planning Awards Juror, and numerous committee positions. He also served for three years as co-chair of the AIA/CAE K-12 committee. He is a writer, speaker and researcher on educational planning and places. In 2012 Mr. Poinelli was elected to the AIA College of Fellows and earned his ALEP certification. A '09 SDSU graduate, he was one of the early ALEP's and is active in helping to make the designation represent the cutting edge of the profession.

Chair Elect

Bill Bradley William S. Bradley, Ph.D, AIA, REFP, LEED
Director of Research and Development
Stantec
Charlottesville, VA
Joined Board: 2016
Term Expires: 2023

Bill Bradley has spent the last 35 years exploring the relationship between architecture and education. It first piqued his interest while studying architecture at Clemson University when he realized that his formal education to that point had stymied his creative instincts, 'I graduated from high school with impressive ability to follow directions – I can really take a test – but I left my ability to think and be creative in the sandbox.' So began his self-guided exploration of education that led him from the public library in his hometown of Oak Ridge, TN to the stacks at the University of Virginia. Six years later he emerged with a better understanding of and appreciation for teaching and learning. Architecture remained Bill's passion throughout and after completing two years teaching educational research, the social foundations of education, and school planning and design at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education he entered private practice with the aim of designing learning environments from a more relevant perspective, 'Architecture is a powerful medium. I want to leverage it to enhance teaching and learning.' 25 years later his collaborations include paradigm-shifting projects like Frederick County Middle School in Winchester, Virginia; Poquoson Elementary School in Poquoson, Virginia; Cougar Elementary School in Manassas Park, Virginia; and the renovation of John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia to name a few. Along the way Bill has been active in several organizations whose mission is making connections between learning and design. He assisted in the direction of the Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design, an interdisciplinary think tank at the University of Virginia aimed at understanding the relationship between education and other disparate fields; he chaired the American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education's annual conference in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2004; and he served as the president of both the Virginia and Southeastern chapters of the Association for Learning Environments on whose international board he currently sits. In 2014, the Virginia chapter named Bill the state's Planner of the Year and in 2015 the Southeastern region did likewise. Bill earned his Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities at Clemson University; his Masters of Education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; and his Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. His dissertation studied perceptions about the role of architecture in education. He is a licensed architect, LEED accredited professional, and recognized education facility planner.

Past Chair

Philip Idle Philip Idle, ARAIA
Director/Architect
Edgar Idle Wade Architects
Subiaco, Western Au, Australia
Joined Board: 2013
Term Expires: 2020

Philip Idle is a Director of Edgar Idle Wade (EIW) Architects with expertise in the planning and design of educational facilities. Philip's experience on educational projects has heavily involved the consultation phases of the projects and the facilitation of the master planning and brief preparation processes. He has developed an understanding of the requirements inherent in enabling curriculum to drive the design of educational facilities and the responses that are being developed in early learning, primary and middle schooling, senior campuses and post-compulsory sectors. His work encompasses both the private and government sectors in Western Australia and has been recognised internationally. Additionally, Mr. Idle was awarded the 2009 Association for Learning Environments President's Award.

Ex-officio Chief Executive Officer

John Ramsey John K. Ramsey, CAE
A4LE Offices:
Scottsdale, AZ
Washington, DC

Midwest Great Lakes Director

Troy Glover Troy Glover, ALEP, LE Fellow
Educational Planner
DLR Group
Columbus, OH
Joined Board: 2015
Term Expires: 2021

Troy Glover, a leading architectural engineering firm specializing in educational facility design. Mr. Glover has more than 17 years of educational planning experience and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP). He works with school clients across the nation to develop educational specifications, facility master plans, strategic plans, educational adequacy evaluations, facility evaluations, and community engagement processes. Mr. Glover has co-authored several articles on urban issues in School Planning & Management, one of the leading publications in the field of educational facility development. He has been an active member of the Association for Learning Environments for more than 17 years and has served as a member of several committees at the international level: Membership, Values/Communication, Strategic Planning and Planner of the Year. At the regional level, Mr. Glover at served as the Midwest Great Lakes Regional President, Past President and Treasurer. He currently chairs the Midwest Great Lakes Region Awards Committee, where he is responsible for overseeing the selection of a recipient of the John Shaw Award, the Lee J Brockway Scholarship and the nominees for the Association's Lifetime Achievement and Fellow awards. He also serves as Membership Coordinator for the Ohio Chapter. Mr. Glover has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morris College, Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and has completed a Science and Engineering Program at Clark Atlanta University (formerly Atlanta University).

Northeast Director

Rob Pillar Rob Pillar, ALEP, AIA
Principal
Butler, PA
Joined Board: 2018
Term Expires: 2021

Rob is an educational facilities planner and architect with over 31 years of experience dedicated to improving teaching and learning environments. His portfolio of work including district wide master plans, educational visioning, and architectural design has received national recognition from the American Institute of Architects as well as the Association for Learning Environments. He has collaborated on projects throughout northeastern United States, Canada, and the Middle East. Rob earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Kent State University, and an advanced certificate in educational facilities planning from San Diego State University. He has been an active member of the Association since 1998 and has served many roles in support of the organization including: NE region leadership, LEsolutions and McConnell award jury chair, and numerous committee positions.

Pacific Northwest Director

Kelley Tanner Kelley Tanner
Educational Planner, Researcher and Communications Designer
BrainSpaces | Connextions
Federal Way, WA
Joined Board: 2014
Term Expires: 2020

Ms. Tanner is an educational planner, researcher and communications designer fueled by her desire to make a difference in education and the creation of authentic learning environments. Since receiving her Bachelors of Environment Design from Texas A&M in 1990, Ms. Tanner has been captivated with the planning and design of human-centered environments – with the last 13 of those years specializing in educational facilities and the last 3 years working with education advocacy groups like Getting Smart and Foundation for Excellence in Education. Ms. Tanner has been an active member of the Association for Learning Enviroments since 2001. During that time, she has served 3 years as a Board Member at Large for the Washington Chapter, as President of the Pacific Northwest Region, as jury member for numerous education design award programs including the Association for Learning Environments' student design competition SchoolsNEXT, as a proponent for countless initiatives, and most recently been honored to receive the coveted 2013 Al Beck Award from the Washington Chapter.

Southeast Director

Chuck Saylors, REFP
Vice President
MB Kahn Construction Co.
Columbia, SC
Joined Board: 2019
Term Expires: 2022

Southern Director

Jimmy Disler Jimmy Disler
Chief Facilities and Operations Officer
Leander Independent School District
Leander, TX
Joined Board: 2017
Term Expires: 2020

Mr. Disler’s career focus has been to improve the learning experience/environment for all students. He has a BBA from Angelo State and a MBA from the Southwest Texas State (Texas State) and has spent the last 32 years in Leander ISD (LISD) which in that time frame has had an enrollment growth from 3,400 to over 38,000 students. In 1997, he assumed the responsibility of construction and managing the bond fund and since then LISD has constructed 19 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, 2 Performing Arts Centers, 2 regional stadiums, plus numerous support facilities. Over this twenty-year period, LISD voters have passed $1.29 Billion in bonds. Currently, he serves as LISD’s Chief Facilities and Operations Officer. His first Southern Region conference was in Houston in 1997; after which he joined a small group of members to grow the Central Texas Chapter which now has over 200 members. He later served on the Central Texas Chapter Board starting in 2004 and was Chapter President 2008-2010. In 2011, he became an officer on the Southern Region Board, serving as President of the Southern Region in 2013-14.

Southwest Director

Molly Smith Molly Smith, REFP, AICP
Principal / Senior Planner
thinkSMART Planning Inc.
Chandler, AZ
Joined Board: 2018
Term Expires: 2020

Molly Smith believes in creating Common Ground by celebrating the intersection of educational vision, community values and creative design. She is an educational planner, facilitator, author, speaker, community member and a Mom. She is the founder of thinkSMART planning which is committed to the creation of learning environments that support the latest thinking in teaching and learning. She provides expert leadership in creating the learning plans, educational specifications, master plans and strategic plans for educational facilities all over the US. Her broad-ranging experience includes facility programming, master planning, space utilization analysis, budget and financial analysis, and site selections for well over $1B of educational space over the last 20+ years. Molly has been fortunate to work nationally with a wide range of award winning design firms and prominent school districts creating amazing environments for teaching and learning. A nationally-recognized authority on all aspects of K-12 planning, Molly is often invited to teach, speak and write about planning and facilitation. A natural presenter, Molly has addressed numerous practitioner-based audiences at national educational conventions. She has been invited to guest lecture at the Arizona State University School of Architecture, and has written and spoken extensively on school planning techniques and school facilities’ connection to student improvement. Molly has been an active member of the Association since 2000, serving on many committees, juries, lead planner for MacConnell Award Winning School 2008 / Finalist School 2010 and Southwest Region President 2004.

Australasia Director

Mark Trotter Mark Trotter
Director
Fulton Trotter Architects
Spring Hill, Queensland, Australia
Joined Board: 2019
Term Expires: 2022

Mark is an architect with over 30 years’ experience in education design. He has been a Director of Fulton Trotter Architects in Brisbane, Australia since 1988. Mark has specialised in master planning of both new and significant redevelopment schools throughout Queensland and New South Wales since 1987. His 2013 Churchill fellowship focused on the study of schools for disengaged youth visiting Canada, USA, England, Ireland and Singapore, along with his own experience in this field in Australia. Mark has served 6 years on the Australasian A4LE board, including 2 years as regional chairman, as well as similar terms with the Queensland chapters of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Association of Consulting Architects (Australia).

Canadian Director

Ryan Bultena Ryan Bultena, REFP
Designer
Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Joined Board: 2017
Term Expires: 2020

For the past 11 years, Mr. Bultena has worked for Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd. in Red Deer, Alberta with a career focus on kindergarten to grade 12 school design and construction. Over the years, he has been involved in a wide variety of school projects, ranging from small classroom renovations/additions to major school modernizations and new builds. His involvement in these projects ignited a passion for designing and working towards creating learning environments for students and providing them with spaces that are rich and fulfilling to the educational experience. His passion for learning environments led to his involvement with the Association. His journey began approximately ten years ago, through involvement with the Conference Planning Committee for the Alberta Chapter. From there he served as the Alberta Chapter President in 2012 & 2015. In 2017, he served the President for the Pacific Northwest Region.
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