Governance

Chair

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.

Chief Executive Officer

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

Vice Chair

Troy Glover Troy Glover, ALEP, LE Fellow
Educational Planner
DLR Group
Columbus, OH
Joined Board: 2015
Term Expires: 2024

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).

Chair Elect

Chuck Saylors Chuck Saylors, REFP
Vice President
MB Kahn Construction Co.
Columbia, SC
Joined Board: 2019
Term Expires: 2025

Chuck’s professional service to education and the construction community is currently represented by his employment with M.B. Kahn Construction as a Vice President in their Construction Management Division. His activities include working with public bodies in four states, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Community service is a key part of Chuck’s life. First elected to the School Board in 2002, his desire to serve education started years earlier when his first child, now 35 years old, was in the first grade. Since that time he has worked to improve educational opportunities for all children. In 2009 he was installed as the first male to serve as National President for the PTA. In it’s 112 year history, no Dad had served in this role. During his service as the President for the National Federation of Urban Suburban School Districts Chuck worked with School Board members and Superintendent’s from across the country in sharing best practices for school districts of like size. Mr. Saylors has been an active member of the Association for Learning Environments since 2007 serving many leadership roles in the Southeast Region and South Carolina Chapter.

Past 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.

Midwest Great Lakes Director

Melanie Drerup Melanie E Drerup, ALEP, LE Fellow
Chief of Planning
Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
Columbus, OH
Joined Board: 2020
Term Expires: 2023

Ms. Drerup has a 30-year career in the planning and constructing educational facilities.

Since the inception of the Commission, Ms. Drerup has also worked on policy development for many programs administered by the OFCC. Ms. Drerup is involved in the development of the assessment and master planning process including web-based planning tools as well as the development and updating of the Ohio School Facilities Design Manual.

She is a Fellow of the A4LE and is an advocate for effective student-centered educational environments. She has completed the state of Ohio’s Certified Public Manager program and is accredited in the use of environmental design through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.

She holds degrees in Construction Management and Architectural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she earned a Certificate in Educational Planning from San Diego State University.

She lives in Columbus, OH with her husband, Paul.

Northeast Director

Rob Pillar Rob Pillar, ALEP, AIA
Principal
Butler, PA
Joined Board: 2018
Term Expires: 2024

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

Philip Riedel, ALEP, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
NAC Architecture
Seattle, WA
Joined Board: 2020
Term Expires: 2023

Philip Riedel is the PK-12 Market Sector Leader and Principal at NAC Architecture, where he has been engaged in educational planning and school design for over 20 years. His projects extend to Washington, California, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. Philip’s passion is in collaborating to develop community-specific learning environments informed by applicable research and creating engaging environments which inspire student engagement. He has served A4LE as Board Member and President of the Pacific Northwest Region, Board Member and President of the Washington Chapter, Co-Chair of the Knowledge Center strategic initiative, contributions to the international JEDI Committee, on various conference planning committees and design competition juries. He co-authored the digital book Designing for Special Education and has presented seminars at numerous conferences, most recently Designing Inclusive Community Schools at LearningSCAPES. As a dual citizen Australian-American, Philip is committed to enhancing the global perspective of A4LE. Locally, he is an active volunteer at Seattle-area educational non-profits including The Vera Project and the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

Southeast Director

Paul Boney Paul D. Boney, FAIA
Senior Vice President
LS3P Associates
Wilmington, NC
Joined Board: 2021
Term Expires: 2022

Southern Director

Tim McClure Tim R McClure, AIA, NCARB
Architect and Planner
Northwest ISD
Fort Worth, TX
Joined Board: 2020
Term Expires: 2023

Tim McClure’s experience in construction and architecture spans for more than twenty years. Tim has a proficiency in construction experience that stems from working on residential and small commercial projects prior to entering the architectural profession. Tim's background in architecture and construction, combined with his detailed experience providing long range planning and budgeting for school districts, allows him to serve in a leadership role with an unmatched capacity. Tim is passionate about positively impacting the learning environment. His dedication to many north Texas school districts is evident of his relentless commitment to making educational environments a priority.

Southwest Director

Molly Smith Molly Smith, REFP, AICP
Principal / Senior Planner
thinkSMART Planning Inc.
Chandler, AZ
Joined Board: 2018
Term Expires: 2023

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: 2023

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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