2021 Candidates
Candidate Profiles
Michael Compton - VP/President Elect
The AIA represents a wonderful way for Architects to spread the word of our good works as professionals and the value we provide to both the public and our membership. I have served on the AIA Jacksonville board as Director, Secretary, and Treasurer. More recently I have served on the AIA Orlando board in the Director and now Treasurer positions. I believe I have the passion and dedication to shepherd this component of our Institute into an ever-changing world while representing our membership.
Herbert (Tommy) James - Secretary
I want to serve on the AIA Orlando Board to create opportunities to give back to our local architecture community. Connecting our local 2+2+2 architecture academic organizations with our local practices will give us a unique opportunity to serve the people of Orlando. I have served on several University of Central Florida scholarship, partnership, and educational committees.
Samantha Scime - Secretary
As 2020 Chair of WIA-O I oversaw all public relations and program direction for WIA. Over the year I have worked diligently with the AIA Orlando team to provide our members with inspiring and engaging events and information. I have led the WIA Committee in continually finding new and creative ways of promoting female leaders within the architecture profession.
Holly Stenger - State Director
Holly is a leader with a strong commitment to the community as an architect, educator, and active member of the profession. As an architect, her influence on policies and projects within Central Florida elevates sustainability, aesthetics, safety and accessibility within the public and private realm. Holly is running for the 2021-22 AIA Orlando State Director position to continue to use her experience and provide representation for the AIA Orlando Chapter at the State and Local level.
Tim Johnson - Director-At-Large
I am a leader by nature and would love to contribute by representing AIA Orlando, an organization that I have been a member of for many years, but I've never held any roles other than member with the organization. I have been asked to consider being a part by several members and now I am willing to give of my time. I think my role as the NOMA Orlando president would also help to promote NOMA members locally to also join AIA Orlando.
Itzel Lozada - Director-At-Large
Throughout my extensive architectural career and membership with the AIA, I was very grateful for the time and effort others had put in to help resolve the many issues surrounding our profession locally, regionally and nationally with the hopes that someday I could also have the time and disposition to give back the way others had given me through the AIA chapter so graciously.
Bill Collester - Allied Director
I believe that my experience with AIA Orlando has proven my commitment to the organization in helping it grow as well as provide valuable resources to its members. I would bring the same passion to the Allied Committee in helping the Allied Members realize the ROI that they are looking for by participating in the AIA Orlando Chapter.
Dean Hill - Allied Director
It is a desire to serve on the Board for several reasons. One is to help forward the realization of the OCAD. Now more than ever, the Center has an opportunity to expand it's outreach as a culturally relevant resource for great design and inclusivity. The hope is that my experience in the planning and implementation of community service projects throughout the US would be beneficial and could provide additional resources.
Laura Lewis - Allied Director
Laura has been actively involved over the years in Women in Architecture, Golf Tournament Committee, Allied Committee, structural classes for the ARE 4.0 and have given tours at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts representing AIA Orlando. She enjoys spending time being a part of the architectural community and would like to continue being apart of the AIA Orlando Board.
Amanda Short-MacPhee - Allied Director
Serving on the AIA Orlando board of directors would afford me the opportunity to engage one of my passions by allowing me to serve a profession I greatly admire and respect. Allied members are integral to the success of our chapter and I hope to represent them with dedication and integrity, in support of the architecture profession and the members of AIA Orlando. Since joining AIA Orlando as an allied member, I have committed myself to serving the members and the strategic plan of the chapter.
Amy Neumann - Allied Director
I have been on many boards and am part of many organizations in Florida. As a licensed individual myself, I am very passionate in contributing to my fellow colleagues continued education and architectural passion. I enjoy award ceremonies, trade shows, sporting events and I especially love planning them! I feel as a manufacture's representative, it is not just about selling products to them, but joining in on their projects and adventures!
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Candidate Bios

Michael Compton, AIA

The AIA represents a wonderful way for Architects to spread the word of our good works as professionals and the value we provide to both the public and our membership. I have served on the AIA Jacksonville board as Director, Secretary, and Treasurer. More recently I have served on the AIA Orlando board in the Director and now Treasurer positions. I believe I have the passion and dedication to shepherd this component of our Institute into an ever-changing world while representing our membership. If elected, I will tender my resignation as treasurer and a new treasurer will need to be selected.

Herbert (Tommy) James, AIA

I want to serve on the AIA Orlando Board to create opportunities to give back to our local architecture community. Connecting our local 2+2+2 architecture academic organizations with our local practices will give us a unique opportunity to serve the people of Orlando. I have served on several University of Central Florida scholarship, partnership, and educational committees. In practice, I have served as lead architect for several large projects, including $14 million IAAPA new global headquarters, a $32 million new ballroom expansion for Hyatt Grand Cypress, and (1 of 4 leads) on an 11 acre Toy Story Land addition at Hollywood Studios. I am at my best when working in collaboration with a team and look forward if given the opportunity to work with our AIA Orlando Board.

Samantha Scime, Assoc. AIA

As 2020 Chair of WIA-O I oversaw all public relations and program direction for WIA. Over the year I have worked diligently with the AIA Orlando team to provide our members with inspiring and engaging events and information. I have led the WIA Committee in continually finding new and creative ways of promoting female leaders within the architecture profession. Under my leadership, WIA has begun many new initiatives including, the Leading Lady, which highlights remarkable, international female designers, the WIA Spotlight, which shines a light on the accomplishments of women within our Orlando Chapter, and the WIA Emerging Female Scholarship, which provides funding for ARE testing to an emerging professional who is eligible to begin testing. Since taking on a leadership position with WIA my passion for our membership and our community grew. While I will still have an active role in WIA next year, I am ready to serve the Chapter as a whole. I am an enthusiastic member of the Orlando Chapter and am ready to assist in making 2021 AIA Orlando’s best year yet!

Holly Stenger, AIA

Holly is running for the 2021-22 AIA Orlando State Director position to continue to use her experience and provide representation for the AIA Orlando Chapter at the State and Local level

 

Tim Johnson, AIA, NOMA

I am a leader by nature and would love to contribute by representing AIA Orlando, an organization that I have been a member of for many years, but I've never held any roles other than member with the organization. I have been asked to consider being a part by several members and now I am willing to give of my time. I think my role as the NOMA Orlando president would also help to promote NOMA members locally to also join AIA Orlando. Especially as we promote our Project Pipeline Initiative in Orlando. Thanks

Itzel Lozada, AIA

Throughout my extensive architectural career and membership with the AIA, I was very grateful for the time and effort others had put in to help resolve the many issues surrounding our profession locally, regionally and nationally with the hopes that someday I could also have the time and disposition to give back the way others had given me through the AIA chapter so graciously. Well now the place and time has come where I too can give back and I am very happy and humbled over the opportunity to serve the organization, the board, and the community. I believe the same leadership involved with the complexities and sensitivities in managing my projects and teams daily parallel the same leadership skills and responsibilities required with helping manage the board and local chapter. Being able to work as a team with a collective vision for the future of our profession while engaging the necessary care and time to accomplish this is my goal. I seek the Director At Large position for 2021 and look forward to accomplishing the collective goals set out by the Board this coming year, assisting the Committees within the chapter like WIA & AHH and being involved in the planning of many events for 2021 that were not fulfilled this year due to the pandemic.

 

Bill Collester

I believe that my experience with AIA Orlando has proven my commitment to the organization in helping it grow as well as provide valuable resources to its members. I would bring the same passion to the Allied Committee in helping the Allied Members realize the ROI that they are looking for by participating in the AIA Orlando Chapter.

 

Dean Hill, ASLA, CGP

It is a desire to serve on the Board for three reasons. One is to help forward the realization of the OCAD. Now more than ever, the Center has an opportunity to expand it's outreach as a culturally relevant resource for great design and inclusivity. The hope is that my experience in the planning and implementation of community service projects throughout the US would be beneficial and could provide additional resources. Another interest would be to explore through committee the expansion of the educational sessions at the Annual Meeting. Having previously served on the ASLA Annual Meeting Educational Advisory Committee and presenting at numerous national conferences, I can hopefully provide input on giving members quality educational sessions that might increase member participation and attendance. Finally, I would like to build on Laura's service and be receptive to ideas on how to involve Allied Members in a non-intrusive fashion so that their expertise is a resource to the membership.

 

Laura Lewis, P.E.

Laura has been actively involved over the years in Women in Architecture, Golf Tournament Committee, Allied Committee, structural classes for the ARE 4.0 and have given tours at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts representing AIA Orlando. She enjoys spending time being a part of the architectural community and would like to continue being apart of the AIA Orlando Board.

 

Amanda Short-MacPhee

Serving on the AIA Orlando board of directors would afford me the opportunity to engage one of my passions by allowing me to serve a profession I greatly admire and respect. Allied members are integral to the success of our chapter and I hope to represent them with dedication and integrity, in support of the architecture profession and the members of AIA Orlando. Since joining AIA Orlando as an allied member, I have committed myself to serving the members and the strategic plan of the chapter. As golf tournament committee vice-chair and mini-golf tournament event chair, I helped to raise $14,000 for the OFA scholarship fund and over $20,000 for the chapter. As an active member of WIA-Orlando, and event planning team lead, I’ve assisted in organizing and planning fun and unique events. I am also a member of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) and current chair of the CAD/Drafting Committee, which organizes a local-level architectural design competition for high school and college students. I hope to bring my leadership, creativity, and passion for the chapter to the board of directors and the allied professionals committee as your 2021 allied director.

 

Amy Neumann

I have been on many boards and am part of many organizations in Florida. As a licensed individual myself, I am very passionate in contributing to my fellow colleagues continued education and architectural passion. I enjoy award ceremonies, trade shows, sporting events and I especially love planning them! I feel as a manufacture's representative, it is not just about selling products to them, but joining in on their projects and adventures!

Summary of Proposed 2020 Bylaws changes Requiring vote of 2/3 of members attending The Annual Meeting & Lecture-

BYLAWS AMENDMENT 1– Please indicate your support of the Board of Directors’ motion to amend the 2019 Bylaws: Changes to sections 2.1.5, 4.2.1, 4.3.3, 4.5.1 and 5.8.3.3 are proposed to clarify and allow for virtual or electronic meetings, notices and action. 

BYLAWS AMENDMENT 2– Please indicate your support of the Board of Directors’ motion to amend the 2019 Bylaws: Changes to sections 2.2.1, 5.1.1, and 5.8.3.2 are proposed to be in line with Institute Bylaws and definitions. 

BYLAWS AMENDMENT 3– Please indicate your support of the Board of Directors’ motion to amend the 2019 Bylaws: Changes to sections 3.3.3, 5.2.4, and 5.8.2.3 are proposed in order to follow AIA Orlando current procedures. 

Proposed Bylaws Changes 2020
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