2018 Board of Directors
President - Jeffrey Roloson, AIA
Jeff is a registered architect and LEED accredited professional with 18 years of industry experience. His professional experience has included a variety of project types including commercial, government, recreation and other public facilities. In his current position as Vice President and Director of Architecture at LaBella Associates, Jeff leads a team of 39 design professionals. In addition to serving as both Principal and Project Manager, Jeff's responsibilities include business development, marketing, design leadership, budget control, discipline coordination, and workload projection. He has been on the AIA Rochester board since 2012.
Vice President - Jason Streb, AIA
Jason Streb, AIA ia a Project Architect at Clark Patterson Lee. BARCH from Syracuse University (2009) former AIA Rochester Education Director (2013-2015), Emerging Rochester Architect of the Year (2013), AIANYS Intern/Associate Architect Award Winner (2013).Having been heavily involved with the AIA since 2010, I have experienced the benefits and challenges of the organization dealing with constantly evolving profession in an ever changing city. Having served on the AIA Rochester board from 2013-2015, I saw firsthand the impact that the organization can have on future generations of architects. As on of the early organizers of ERA, I witnessed the role young architects can play in engaging the local community and being a voice of leadership and change. Being a recently registered Architect, I can understand the difficulties and obstacles we face to obtain licensure. As VP, I feel it's essential that our close-knit architecture community has the resources and means to thrive in this profession and this city. From aspiring architects to seasoned professionals, all our members need and deserve a supportive organization dedicated to the betterment of our craft and profession. I will strive to make AIA Rochester and its members a trusted and called upon resource for the community at large. Issues of design, planning and sustainability are all community issues that impact our region every day. I want to ensure that AIA ROchester and its members are the "go to source" for leadership and guidance on these issues.
Secretary - Laura Cooney, AIA, NCARB
Laura M. Cooney is a Sr. Architect at Bergmann, assisting with many different types of projects and clients, supporting code compliance and training to staff, as well as providing code training outside of Bergmann. She has been on the AIARoc and/or AIANYS boards, all but one year since 2003. Laura has served several different positions, including AIARoc President in 2007, and has been on several committees for AIA Roc, AIANYS and AIA National over the years. She currently heads the AIARoc committees for Girls in Architecture & Engineering, Women in Architecture, and Honor Awards. Laura also serves on the Alfred State Architectural Advisory Board and guest speaks and critiques projects on building codes for RIT interior Design classes occasionally.
Treasurer - Andrew Petrosky, AIA
Andrew is a Senior Associate with Stantec Architecture Inc., and is the Architectural Leader of the Stantec Rochester office. He is a 1991 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and achieved licensure in 1995. Andrew enjoys developing clients, solving design challenges, growing the practice, lifelong learning and supporting talented teammates in their pursuit of registration. He believes that our profession’s greatest rewards include helping clients understand and solve their facilities and operational challenges while improving the communities we live in.
Communications - Kristin Purdy, AIA
Kristin is an architect with SWBR Architects and has been on the AIA Rochester Board for the past several years as the Education Director and has been active in many committees such as Girls in Architecture and ERA.
Membership - Tim Geier, AIA
Tim graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BA in architecture and continued his education at Virginia Tech., attaining his Master's of Architecture in 2013. Since graduating Tim has been working at Passero Associates.
Practice + Design - Leticia Fornataro, AIA
Leticia was born in Brazil, and attended school at the University of Utah for B.Arch and M.Arch. She moved to Miami where she worked at AECOM and Via Design Studios, prior to moving to Rochester and joining SWBR in 2008. Currently as Associate and Project Manager at SWBR, working in the Senior Living Market, and leading the efforts of the WForum, a Women's networking group in the office. She is also involved at RIT by mentoring a student for the last few years, and most recently as an ongoing guest critic in a Design Studio.
She is an active community member with significant experience as an architect and wants to continue to contribute in a volunteer capacity.
Emerging Professionals - Dustin Welch, AIA
Dustin has been active in the ERA Committee and is currently employed at Passero Associates.
Education - Stacy Welch, AIA
Stacy is a newly licensed architect and works at LaBella Associates.
Development and Outreach, codirector - Barbara Burke, Associate AIA
A graduate of Syracuse University, Barbara currently works at LaBella Associates as an Architectural Designer. While serving as Program Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Rochester, she has planned fundraising events, created syllabi, led presentations, and spearheaded participation in the ACE National Competition. She enjoys participating in events that serve the community, such as CANstruction, the Angel Tree Program, and organizing an annual trip to the Samaritan House to prepare breakfast. She views joining the AIA Rochester board as Development/Outreach Director as an avenue to collaborate with numerous organizations to achieve a common, beneficial goal.
Development and Outreach, codirector - Max Akulin, AIA
A Rochester colleague made a connection between SEI and myself when I expressed a need to leave the hustle and bustle of NYC life. After several conversations with SEI's Principals, Rochester became my new home in December 2017. I noticed rather quickly a desire within myself and the community to do more, to be part of something bigger than an individual or organization. I grew my network, poked and prodded, and asked around. What I found most prevalent from those who were not members is that the cost of membership arguably outweighs the value of the organization to the region. Some who are no longer members left because they saw the organization as something that did not seem to align with theirbeliefs or provide services they hoped for. I see these as opportunities to engage a larger audience and forge a new image for AIA ROchester which connects our communities beyond traditional architectural limitations. Our membership wants more civic engagement and public advocacy according to a survey sent out by AIA ROC in the summer of 2017; They want new opportunities for learning and growth; So let's give it to them, together!
Social Media - Michelle Murnane, AIA
Michelle Murnane is a registered architect, a LEED* accredited professional, and NCARB certificate holder. She has been an active member of the AIA her entire professional career. She has held various roles on the Board of AIA Rochester, including President in 2013, and was instrumental in founding the Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA), which is AIA Rochester's young professionals' group. Michelle was also an active member of AIA Columbus' Associates Committee, and chaired a program which was recognized by the National Associates Committee (NAC) in 2003. Michelle received AIA Rochester's Emerging Architect of the Year Award in 2010. In addition to her service to the AIA, Michelle has over a decade of specialized experience in practicing healthcare architecture, She served on the formation committee for the new Master of Architecture program at Rochester Institute of Technology and has served as an adjunct professer in studio and representation. She is currently an independent consultant. Michelle graduated cum laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Representative to AIANYS - Peter Wehner, AIA
Peter has work experience in Architecture, Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design Build. He is founding member of the Design Build Institute of America.He is a Licensed Professional Architect with over 25 years of Architectural design expertise for various types of projects including: Real Estate Development, General Construction, Design-Build, and new and renovation projects.He holds a Master of Architecture Degree and BAchelor of Arts Degree, Design from Clemson University.He is a LEED Accredited Professional and NCARB Accredited. He has been a member of the AIA since 1986, is a member of the United States Green Building Council, Irondequoit Plannin Board Member and is on the Ironqeduoit Archtectural Review Committee.
Governmental Affairs - Nate Rozzi, AIA
Nate has recently opened his own firm, Rozzi Architects. He is NCARB certified and licensed in several states. He has served on the AIA New York State board (2002-2004) and and AIA Rochester past-president and board member since 2014.
Member-at-Large, Legal - Tom Fink, Esq.
Tom has been given the highest "A" rating by Martindale Hubbell, the oldest and premiere rating service of lawyers in the United States. Tom has been given a BEST LAWYER IN AMERICA designation rating in CONSTRUCTION LAW and CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION. Over the years Tom has represented owners, developers, general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, and engineers in all aspects of Construction Law and Construction Litigation. Tom is a Board Member of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has lectured on aspects of Construction Litigation, Design Build, and the Law of Architects. Tom has been active in various community activities. He founded and is a Board Member of Tempro Development Company, a not-for-profit company developing emergency housing and programs for the disadvantaged with supported services. Tom was the coordinator for Project Homeless Connect which brings all service providers together to supply services for those who are homeless or nearly homeless, and he is presently a member of the advisory committee set up to make the program permanent. Tom is Senior Counsel to the Monroe County Democratic Party, a member of its hall of fame, a previous secretary of the New York State Democratic Party and a member of the Electoral College in 1996. Tom is a past president of Temple B'rith Kodesh and is a former National Board Member the Union of Reform Jewish Congregations. Tom is a Trustee Emeritus at the George Eastman House for many years and is a former chair of its Government Affairs Committee.
Linda B. Hewitt, Hon. AIANYS
Linda B. Hewitt has been the Executive Director for the AIA Rochester Chapter for over years. Prior to that she owned her own consulting business and was a Manager for Sunoco Products. She is a graduate of Rochester Instititute of Technology, School of Business and served on the task force to create the Master of Architecture Program. She has been on several AIA NYS and AIA National Committee's and a founding member of The Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester.