Keynote Speakers

Winds of Change April 25-27, 2021
Winds of Change
Asheville, North Carolina

Monday, April 26, 2021 | 9:15 – 10:15 am
Grand Ballroom

Tim Clue

Tim Clue "Connection is a process" Tim has developed a dynamic compound, redefining "motivation" as connection and trust, creating the perfect blend of laughter, thought and inspiration. With a firm grasp of the attention economy in this age of acceleration, Tim's style reflects the chaos and speed in with which we now work and live. Discovering his greatest inspirations from a collection of worst practices and fabulous failures This award-winning writer, performer and educator turns any group into super teams with a stronger appreciation for connection and the team process.

Tim's spoken before former President George H.W. Bush and opened for Jerry Seinfeld and is also an award-winning published Playwright. Trained at Second City, with decades of stand-up comedy this unique educator and teambuilder rethink the purpose of gathering increasing collaboration, connection and every audience's energy in the best way.

"Our ability to laugh together and collaborate builds trust and increases connection; that has value, this is what I do."

Monday, April 26, 2021 | 10:45 – 11:45 am

Stewart Roberson, President, Moseley Architects

In what Stewart calls the “first chapter” of his career, he was a longstanding, highly regarded educational leader who fostered relationships across the nation and around the world. An educator for over 40 years, Stewart has served as a university professor and K-12 teacher and leader, including as a public school superintendent for 21 years. When he became chairman, president, and CEO of Moseley Architects in 2011, Stewart observed that “public service is in his DNA,” and that he wanted his “second chapter” to include opportunities to provide leadership to an entity serving the public interest. Joining Moseley Architects, with its significant presence in public sector facility design, makes that possible.

Freebird McKinney, 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year, Alamance-Burlington School System

Freebird is the 2018-19 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year. He taught social studies, world history and European history at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina. He describes himself as "The Village Teacher". Since pursuing a career in higher education, his unique approach has been transformative in guiding students on their path to self-realization and actualization. With a true dedication to sharing knowledge and wisdom with his students, Freebird has had the blessing and honor of educating and inspiring countless young men and women inside and outside of the classroom.

Lisa Godwin, 2017-18 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year

Lisa Godwin is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian University and began educational journey in 1997 with the Lee County School System. She taught Kindergarten, 5th grade and Physical Education during her tenure. After obtaining her Master Degree in School Administration in 2009 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she served as an Assistant Principal in the Lee County School District for 2 years. She then began her service with the Onslow County School District in 2012, where she was the Assistant Principal at Meadow View Elementary for 2 years before deciding to join the Dixon Elementary Family in 2013. Although she enjoyed serving in an administrative role, it did not fulfill her and bring her the joy that she felt from being a classroom teacher. Lisa decided that life is too short not to do what you love, so became a Kindergarten teacher at DES where she was awarded the 2017 NC Teacher of the Year.

Alicia Kirwan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Skinner Farlow Kirwan Architecture

Alicia Kirwan’s tenacity for research and thoughtful approach to each project leads to the creation of simple beautiful design solutions for even the most complex, unique and intricate projects. She maintains a focus on thoughtful solutions and client responsiveness. Her extensive experience with public and higher-education design allows her to create flexible designs that promote student achievement.

Brad Farlow, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal, Skinner Farlow Kirwan Architecture

Brad Farlow has over thirty years’ experience in the programming, design, and execution of projects for education, worship, and healthcare. He is known by clients to be a resource for consensus building who helps groups find a common vision through the design and construction process delivering buildings that live into the vision of their clients.

Renee Hutcheson, FAIA, LEED AP, Project Manager, Willdan

Renee Hutcheson, FAIA, LEED® AP, is a Project Manager at Willdan, providing energy consulting services to assist design professionals and building owners in selecting optimal energy-saving strategies for their project goals and budgets. She has over 25 years of experience working with designers, owners, and policy makers in helping advance energy efficiency in the built environment. Ms. Hutcheson received her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and is a frequent presenter to industry audiences.

Monday, April 26, 2021 | 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Dr. Michael Bracy, District Superintendent, Jones County, North Carolina School District

Dr. Michael Bracy, superintendent Jones County Schools, is beginning his 11th year as superintendent with Jones County Schools. His vision for the system is to continue to build strong relationships among all stakeholders, Board of Education, community, staff and students in order to provide a robust educational experience where every student matters and every moment counts. Workforce development has been a priority for us in Jones County Schools. They have a strong collaboration among our CTE programs and Lenoir Community College. It is imperative that business and industry and public school educators collaborate on future needs for preparing skilled workers. He really enjoy leading change efforts. It is such a great feeling to see teacher leaders and administrators growing and leading change for our students.

Jill Allshouse, ALEP, Certified Instructional Designer, MeTEOR Education

Jill Allshouse joined MeTEOR Education, as the East Coast Instructional Designer and High-Impact Learning Experience™ Solutions Leader, in August of 2017. She serves as a change-agent in helping schools transform to an innovative, student driven environment that enables all humans to thrive. Jill works to develop high impact, interactive Professional Development experiences that model collaboration, creativity and goal setting for all participants. As a change-agent, she brings her own experience from a public school system where she served as a teacher navigating the shift in her classroom, and experience as a district leader helping to drive the transformational vision. Jill's time in education spans over 23 years, in which she served as a Reading Recovery teacher, a Second Grade teacher, ESL Facilitator, and Director of ESL/Bilingual/Dual Language programs. During her time as an ESL Facilitator, she worked with Newcomer students to help them acquire English and provide support for their families through monthly ESL Family Coffee Meetings. Jill was fortunate to win the International Educators to Japan Program award and travelled to Japan for 1 semester to learn about the Japanese school system which allowed her to gain deep empathy and understanding of what all ESL Newcomers experience when they move to America. She is a passionate educator with a goal to change the world. Jill is a Google Certified Trainer of Trainers and fluent with all Apple products and applications as well.

Ray Ramos, PE, President, Raymond Engineering

Mr. Ramos is the President of Raymond Engineering, a roofing waterproofing consulting engineering firm, w/offices located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Mr. Ramos has worked as a roofing engineer since 1984 and is a registered engineer in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina and carries the designation of Registered Roof Consultant through the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), where he is a certified RCI faculty member. He is a 1976 Civil Engineering graduate of The Virginia Military Institute. He also served as an officer in the U S Army Corps of Engineers for 8 years, where he was primarily stationed at Ft Bragg, NC.

Lynne Beaman, Catalyst Communications

Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson, AIA, LEED AP, Partner & Design Principal, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc.

Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson, AIA, LEED, is a Partner & Design Principal for the Community Practice Area at Little, an industry-leading architecture and design firm with more than 410 professionals in seven locations across the country. Tomas is focused on projects that fuse typological redefinitions and environmentally conscious design with leading-edge technology and innovation. He is highly passionate about the future of education and has written about the Immersive Learningscape, an innovative approach to future learning spaces.

Mike Meechin, Principal, NeoCity Academy, School District of Osceola County

Michael Meechin, Principal at NeoCity Academy has worked with schools in Central Florida and Atlanta. Mr. Meechin serves on the Advisory Board for the Future of Educational Technology Conference, is a member of the State of Florida AVID Principals' Collaborative, and is a Fellow of the Florida Department of Education Brian Dassler Leadership Academy. In 2018, he was named Florida’s Innovative Principal of the Year by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders.

Philip Donovan, AIA, LEED AP, Community Studio Principal, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Inc.

Philip Donovan has over 16 years’ experience in a variety of project types. His experience has been deeply rooted in the design of high performance, human-centered spaces, working closely with clients, contractors, and design professionals to build better places that elevate the human spirit. As a project manager/architect, Philip excels at coordinating with teams of design and engineering professionals on complex projects and works closely with building code officials and contractors through construction administration and project closeout.

Monday, April 26, 2021 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Emily Kite, AIA, Principal, Novus Architects

Emily Kite has been a member of the Novus team since 1999 and has over 20 years of professional experience. She leads the firm’s education work and is passionate about working with education clients in developing architectural responses to contemporary teaching/learning strategies. Emily currently serves as a commissioner on the Historic Resources Commission of Buncombe County, and is currently pursuing her Accredited Learning Environment Planner certification through A4LE.

Dr. John Bryant, Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services, Henderson County Public Schools

Dr. John M. Bryant is the Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services with Henderson County Public Schools. Prior to this opportunity, Dr. Bryant served HCPS as the Senior Director for Human Resources. His previous roles in education include elementary school principal, high school English teacher, and high school administrator. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at Pardee Hospital, as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Henderson County, and on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Western North Carolina. He is quite proud to embrace his role as advocate for public education in our community and our state.

Timothy Lewis, Asheville Office Director, Harper General Contractors

With fifteen years of commercial experience, Timothy Lewis is an integral member of Harper's team. He serves as the Director of the Asheville Office and Virtual Building Department. Through Timothy's research and development of building technologies, Harper continues to be the technologically advanced leader in their markets. Timothy uses his building and technology experience to streamline construction schedules and pre-plan work to build higher quality projects.

Frank Gordon, AIA, Senior Director of Building Innovations, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

An experienced member of the design and construction industry with over 30 years’ experience working with and for design professionals, contractor/builders, and owner/developers. Frank is a senior-level professional well-versed in Architectural Design, Strategic Planning, Construction/Facilities/Corporate Management, Marketing, and Industry Promotion with extensive experience in many specialty design facets and specific facility archetypes of the construction industry. CV provided upon request.

Becky Brady, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, Architect, Clark Nexsen

Becky Brady is an architect specializing in K-12 education design and a leading advocate for the creation of safe, engaging learning environments. Becky partners with her clients to understand their concerns and priorities and develop solutions that respond to each community’s unique educational needs. She is experienced in space planning, programming, design development, inter-disciplinary coordination, and the creation of specifications and construction documents. A proud Hokie, Becky holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech.

Albert McDonald, Architect, Clark Nexsen

Albert McDonald’s leadership in design has been recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally through his contributions on a range of projects and competitions. He has focused the educational qualities of design competitions into an initiative within Clark Nexsen called Combustion Chamber: a vehicle to foster experimentation and investigation in design of the built environment. Albert is the president-elect for the AIA Triangle Chapter and was honored with the 2018 Emerging Professional Award from AIA North Carolina.

Donna Francis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect, Clark Nexsen

Donna Francis has focused her career on educational spaces and is passionate about design that supports and enhances student learning. She is a managing principal at Clark Nexsen, leading the K-12 Education practice. As an Accredited Learning Environment Professional, she has a well-established understanding of the connections between student learning and how the built environment supports student achievement. Donna holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from NC State University.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 9:00 – 10:30 am

Jason Lembke, AIA, Architect, Principal, DLR Group

Jason Lembke is a K-12 designer with expertise in the planning and design of engaging learning environments that inspire and cultivate creativity. He was an integral member of the design team for Canyon View High School, A4LE’s 2019 James D. MacConnell award winning school. Practicing from Charlotte, Jason works closely with communities and school districts to design innovative spaces that respond to their unique educational needs for both learners and educators.

Taryn Kinney, AIA, Organizational Psychologist and Architect, DLR Group

After leading design of more than four million square feet of learning space, Taryn Kinney identified a gap in the industry: that to fulfill a new educational vision, support systems must be put in place to help educators change daily behaviors and ultimately shift mindsets. Taryn obtained a master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia in Organizational Psychology, specializing in Change Leadership — specifically to support organizations through their transitions to reach their ideal future state. An architect with DLR Group, Taryn incorporates current developmental research, environmental psychology, and organizational psychology to design facilities that respond to human learning and behavior.

Phillip Nowlin, Principal, Canyon View High School, Agua Fria Union High School District 216

Phillip Nowlin is the planning and founding Principal of Canyon View High School, the newest innovative STEM focused Career Pathways comprehensive high school in the Agua Fria Union High School District in Waddell, Arizona. Phillip’s background includes experience in curriculum development and delivery, professional development, diversity and inclusion, and human capital management.

Jade (last name withheld), Student, Canyon View High School

A sophomore, Jade is in her second year attending Canyon View High School. As a member of the inaugural class in 2018, she is a visible student leader at the school and continues to be instrumental in shaping the campus culture as new classes are added each year. Jade is currently a member of Student Government and is on the Principal's Advisory Council.

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