Speakers

Marriott Spartanburg March 25-27, 2020
Creating Engaging Learning Spaces in the Hub City – Centering Around Learning
Spartanburg Marriott
Spartanburg, SC

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Keynote: 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Jasmeen M. Shaw, P.E.
Jasmeen Shaw Jasmeen Shaw currently serves as the Director of School Facilities at the South Carolina Department of Education within the Division of Operations and Support. Jasmeen is the designated Building Official for new construction within K-12 public education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. In addition, she is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Jasmeen currently resides in Columbia, SC with her husband, Dr. Jermaine Shaw, daughter, Jordyn Ashley Shaw and their dog (Jake).

Jasmeen is responsible for managing the review/approval process that is designed to award certificates of occupancy for newly constructed multi-million-dollar school facility projects. She and her team of four Engineers/Architects and two support staff serve 81 school districts comprised of over 1200 public schools and charter schools.

Prior to this role, Jasmeen served over 10 years in the Nuclear Industry at Plants Hatch, Summer and Vogtle for new construction and operations. She worked in several departments including Engineering, Quality Assurance as a Lead Auditor, and Regulatory Affairs as the Nuclear Development Site Lead (NDSL) for Georgia Power Company. As the NDSL, she was responsible for managing timely responses regarding new construction to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), Co-Owners, and Executives in a challenging political climate for nuclear industry. After the birth of her first child, Jasmeen and her family moved to Columbia, S.C. where she worked briefly as an Engineer for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) performing calculations and issuing air quality permits for prominent chemical plants.

Jasmeen is an active member in her church and within the community. She is passionate about educating the youth in science & technology through programs such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), career day seminars and various community service activities.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sessions: 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Kenneth Stanfield, Principal Architect, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
Ken Stanfield As a Principal of Sherman Carter Barnhart's Education Studio, Kenny Stanfield leads the firm's innovation, development, and application of twenty first century and sustainable design strategies in k-12 schools. Nationally recognized as a leader of high performance, energy efficient designs, Kenny has led the design of groundbreaking "firsts", including the nation's first zero energy public school and the largest insulated concrete form (ICF) school in the nation. Kenny speaks frequently, both regionally and nationally on high performance, sustainable school design. This includes the Greenbuild conference, the National School Board Conference, the Council of Education Facility Planners International conference, and a Congressional Briefing for Net Zero Schools. Publications he has written articles for include Learning by Design, School Planning and Management, ICF Builder, and High-Performance Buildings.

Justin McElfresh, Principal Architect, Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
Justin McElfresh Justin McElfresh, a Principal in the firm, focuses exclusively on sustainable building design. He served as Project Architect on Richardsville Elementary, the nation's first zero energy public school, and on Jennings Creek Elementary, the firm's latest zero energy building. Justin designed Kentucky's largest ICF school, and the first ICF Public Library in Kentucky. Justin is a LEED AP Accredited Professional as well as a Certified Interior Designer. He frequently speaks both regionally and nationally on sustainable, high performance design.

Dr. Meghan Ketterman, Director of Business Development, Contract Construction
Meghan Ketterman Meghan Ketterman is a career educator who taught Agricultural Education for six years in the high school classroom. During her tenure, she was named a National Young Teacher of the Year for the National Association of Agricultural Educators and led her FFA Chapter and Students to a top 5 spot in the country. She was invited to join the Contract Construction team in 2017 and works as the Director of Business Development and Workforce Coordinator developing Work Based Learning opportunities for students pursuing studies in the construction related fields. During her spare time, Meghan enjoys spending time on her family cattle farm and on the lake with her husband, Jared, and two “dogters” Smurf & Molly.

Ed Gruetzner, Business Specialist, Landscape Structures, Carolina Parks and Play
Ed Gruetzner is a retired NY City Firefighter and 9/11 First Responder who began working with LSI and Carolina Parks and Play in 2014 as Accounts Manager. His recent projects include Savannah’s Playground in Myrtle Beach, SC where he worked directly with former Mayor John Rhodes and the Landscape Architect on this job to build the largest inclusive playground on the east coast. This 1.8 million dollar project has won several local, state and national awards and has been the subject of several newspaper, television and magazine articles and was proudly displayed in the Landscape Structures 2018 catalog. In addition, Allstar Park in Union, SC was awarded a Miracle League Field Inclusive Playground. He was instrumental in establishing Carraway Park in West Columbia, SC as well as Gregory’s Playground in Hilton Head, SC. This memorial Inclusive Playground is currently under construction and will be completed by Thanksgiving 2019. His current work includes Celebration Park in Hilton Head Island, SC and will be a one of a kind “Ship Playground” and is a loose rendition of William Hilton’s Ship and should prove to be one of the most unique custom playgrounds in the country.

Jill Moore, Marketing Specialist, Landscape Structures, Carolina Parks and Play
Jill Moore Jill Moore works with the Landscape Structures team to aid in product development and promote the importance of inclusive play. During her college career at the University of Illinois, Jill competed on two occasions representing the United States on a world stage. Through an active life, Jill constantly strives to not only employ a lifetime of experience, but to promote the importance of play as it truly shapes us all, and allows us to overcome some truly incredible things.


Dr. Russell Booker, Superintendent, Spartanburg District Seven
Russell Booker After decades in positions of district leadership, Dr. Russell Booker still holds an unwavering faith in the power of education – by inspiring and equipping students for meaningful lives of leadership and service, education is our greatest hope for the future. Since 2010, Dr. Booker has led a variety of progressive initiatives across Spartanburg District 7, including a total restructuring of the District, a complete digital immersion, and a comprehensive capital improvement plan.


Lynne Wilson, Interior Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith
Lynne Wilson Lynne Wilson has over 26 years of experience and is adept at facilitating decisions from multiple constituents. She is often called upon to positively engage major donors in the process. She is experienced in all areas of Interior Design and Interior Architectural Services. As a key project team member, Lynne has provided interior design services on numerous projects with Dr. Booker for Spartanburg District 7.



Traci M. Hogan, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education, The School District of Greenville County
Traci Hogan Traci M. Hogan is the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education for Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC. Greenville County serves over 76,000 students with approximately 11,800 of those students being identified as students with disabilities. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Marshall University and holds elementary principal and superintendent certifications. Ms. Hogan has 23 years of experience in special education which includes working with the South Carolina public school system and the private health sector. She has experience in administration at small, mid-sized, and large districts as well as varying geographical areas.

Ms. Hogan completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership where she worked diligently on the legislation that now enables certain students with disabilities in South Carolina to earn the state Employability Credential. She has participated in the Women’s Leadership Institute through Furman University’s Corporate and Professional Development and was a member of the Upstate XXVI Upstate Class of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University. Ms. Hogan is a member of many professional organizations and has worked on a variety of state task forces. She is currently a member of the Executive Board for the South Carolina Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development (SCASCD.) In May 2019, Ms. Hogan was named the District Administrator of the Year by her peers in Greenville County Schools.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sessions: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Benjamen Metz, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Design Manager, Earl Swensson Associates
Ben Metz Benjamen Metz has established a diverse portfolio of award-winning K-12 and higher education projects, ranging from athletic and event centers to cutting-edge health and life sciences buildings, over the past 13 years. Serving clients from across the country, including Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA), Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN) and Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA), Ben is drawn to education architecture because it is one of the most broadly encompassing fields of design.

David Minnigan, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Earl Swensson Associates
David Minnigan possesses more than 35 years of experience in the master planning, programming, schematic design and project management of K-12 and higher education facilities across the country. Having designed numerous award-winning campus buildings for notable clients such as Belmont University (Nashville, TN), David is also an active member of the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) and the ACE Mentor Program.

Kearra Barkley, IIDA, NCIDQ, Interior Designer, Earl Swensson Associates
Kearra Barkley Kearra Barkley is a talented member of ESa’s Interior Design Team with over a decade of experience in the design of K-12 and higher education projects across the country. From the Northwest Nazarene University Leah Peterson Learning Commons & Riley Library (Nampa, ID), to the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts (Nashville, TN), Kearra’s beautiful, award-winning interior designs support the function of the user and enhance the experience of the built environment.

Matt Pesce, P.E., CEM, CxA, CMVP, Principal, Facility Strategies Group, LLC
Mr. Pesce is a consulting engineer with 25 years of experience in commissioning, controls integration, design, and engineering for energy efficient, sustainable, and renewable energy projects. He is the principal of Facility Strategies Group, LLC, and is a licensed professional engineer, certified commissioning authority, certified energy manager, and certified measurement & verification professional. Mr. Pesce has a Master’s in business administration and Master’s in engineering mechanics.

Dr. Erica Fields, Director of Learning Environments and Instructional Resources, Richland One School District
Dr. Fields serves as the Director of Learning Environments and Instructional Resources (LEIR). The department serves in a variety of capacities to provide support to schools and departments within the district. The goals and responsibilities of LEIR include,
  1. assisting and advising school administrators and teachers in the redesign of stimulating learning spaces and organic spatial arrangements to better utilize technology and promote collaboration inside and outside of school buildings to support learning;
  2. supporting Library Media Specialists district-wide in the redesign of library media centers as spaces for collaboration, innovation, production and learning;
  3. supporting the development, implementation and management of Richland School District One’s Virtual Program; and
  4. facilitating district-level vetting of instructional resources that support teaching and learning.

Jill Allshouse, ALEP certified Instructional Designer, MeTEOR Education
JillAllshouse 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.

Her 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 Jill's 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. She 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. Jill is a passionate educator with a goal to change the world. She is a Google Certified Trainer of Trainers and fluent with all Apple products and applications as well.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Sessions: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Jim Determan, FAIA, Principal, Craig Gaulden Davis
Jim Determan Jim Determan has designed learning space for more than 30 years. His work has received numerous design awards most recently for Green Street Academy which is the location of his most recent research study. He leads multidisciplinary teams of architects, educators and scientists in research to provide evidence of the link between design and learning and has presented to audiences throughout the country.


Anthony Cox, PE, Chief Operating Officer, Rock Hill Schools
Anthony Cox Anthony J. “Tony” Cox serves as Chief Operating Officer for Rock Hill Schools in Rock Hill, S.C. Tony joined Rock Hill Schools in July 2010 after serving six years as Assistant Superintendent for Operations with Burke County Public Schools in Morganton, NC, and with Catawba County Schools in Newton, NC. His 14 years of experience as an education executive is built upon a 22-year military career in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.

Taryn Kinney, AIA, Architect, Principal, DLR Group
Taryn Kinney 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 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.


Donna Francis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Clark Nexsen
Donna Francis 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.

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

Dr. Diann Kearney, Interim Principal, Wake County Public Schools
A native of Greensboro, NC, Dr. Diann Kearney serves as principal coach and interim principal with Wake County Public Schools. She retired as principal of Apex High School after thirty years in public school leadership. She holds an undergraduate degree in secondary education from NCSU, a masters in school administration from UNCW and a doctorate in education from NCSU. She taught grades 5 through 12 and served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Sessions: 9:45 – 10:45 AM

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

Derek Burns, Principal, Douglas Creative Arts and Sciences Magnet Elementary School, Wake County Public School System
Derek Burns is the Principal of Douglas Creative Arts and Science Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. Douglas was awarded the Top Magnet School in the Nation in 2016, followed by the first cohort of National Certified Magnet Schools in 2018. Derek was a 2018-2019 Principal of the Year semi-finalist. He presented at the WCPSS Leadership Conference and was featured in an article in Principal Magazine highlighting his widely recognized leadership skills.

Bill Laughlin, Vice President, Moseley Architects
Bill Laughlin Bill Laughlin has practiced as a K12 architect for over 27 years in the mid-Atlantic with Moseley Architects. He has served as managing principal on more that 100 K12 projects over this time. Through extensive training, Bill has received his CPD (CPTED Professional Designation) through the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP). Having a specific interest in safe school design, he is excited to share the knowledge and best practices gained through his years of experience.

Brian Crutchfield, PE, PLS, Principal, Timmons Group
Brian Crtuchfield Brian Crutchfield has devoted almost two decades of superior service to the civil engineering field. His expertise includes the planning and design of public schools, parks, libraries, athletic facilities, and stormwater management facilities. Brian’s extensive knowledge encompasses all phases of site development for educational facilities, which includes layouts, grading plans, sanitary sewers, water distribution systems, fire protection, stormwater management, and cost estimating. He is also well versed in collaborative design workshops for public school facilities.

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