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2023 PRESIDENT

LEANNE MEYER-SMITH, AIA

Ms. Meyer-Smith has nearly 30 years of extensive experience that ranges from building design, facility analysis, and master planning to construction administration and project management applying her unique skills to both new construction and renovation work for a variety of clients. Leanne is committed to collaborating with other architects in service, advocacy and public awareness relative to the profession of architecture. Email Leanne

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2023 SECOND VP | SECRETARY

Jeremy Gentile, Assoc. AIA

Jeremy Gentile, Assoc. AIA is skilled in managing collaboration and coordination between key stakeholders, consultant teams and end users to deliver optimum results on concurrent projects. A successful design leader that enjoys tackling complex challenges and delivering innovative and thoughtful solutions that are on brand, on budget, and on time. Gentile has served with AIA Illinois as 2022 At-Large Director and Founding Chair for Emerging Professionals Network. Email Jeremy

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2023 PRESIDENT-ELECT | TREASURER

JEFF JENO, AIA

Jeff Jeno works with Moody Nolan Architects, as part of the firm’s Chicago Regional Office leadership group. As an AIA member for over 25 years, Jeff has devoted time to serve AIA Chicago’s Regional & Urban Design Knowledge Community in various leadership roles, volunteered to work with and mentor aspiring designers, taught college courses focused on design & construction – and served as a Chicago Chapter Director to the AIA Illinois Board. As a past participant of the AIA Illinois Leadership Institute program, Jeff is honored to contribute service back to the Illinois Chapter and membership - and will work to advocate for and support emerging & experienced professionals, and issues important to our communities and region. Email Jeff

Stacey Pfingsten

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

STACEY PFINGSTEN

Stacey Pfingsten came on as the new EVP of AIA Illinois in September 2019. She was previously the executive director of the Louisiana Architecture Foundation (LAF), organizing the South's first-ever Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in New Orleans as well as spearheaded LAF's first produced documentary "Unexpected Modernism: The Wiener Brothers Story," which recently aired on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Prior to living in New Orleans, she lived in Chicago for a number of years and has served as the communications director for Preservation Chicago, worked for several City of Chicago aldermen, and even ran once, albeit unsuccessfully in 2015 for 2nd Ward Alderman in Chicago. Stacey was born and raised on a farm in Central Illinois. Email Stacey

PHOTO CREDIT: Sierra Smithers 

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AT-LARGE DIRECTOR

(12/2023)

Ayonna Patterson

Chicago Public Schools

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CHICAGO DIRECTOR

(12/2025)

Cesar Santoy, AIA

Studio ARQ

Megan Harte, AIA

NORTHEAST DIRECTOR

(12/2024)

Megan Harte, AIA

845 Design Group

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AT-LARGE DIRECTOR

(12/2023)

Patty Lloyd

Leopardo

Wei Yu, AIA

CHICAGO DIRECTOR (12/2023)

Wei Yu, AIA

Yu & Associates Collaborative, PLLC

Todd Higginbotham, AIA

PRAIRIE DIRECTOR

(12/2023)

Todd Higginbotham, AIA

Bailey Edward 

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CHICAGO DIRECTOR

(12/2024)

Molly M. Rademacher, AIA

Lamar Johnson Collaborative

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EASTERN DIRECTOR (12/2025)

Jose Pareja, AIA

JP Architects, Ltd.

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State and Territorial Associate Representative (12/2023)

Rachel Wiesbrock, Assoc. AIA

Legat

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YOUNG ARCHITECT REPRESENTATIVE

(12/2023)

Raquel Guzman Geara, AIA

SmithGroup

Janeen Harrell, AIA

ILLINOIS REP ON NAT'L STRATEGIC COUNCIL 

(12/2023)

Janeen Harrell, AIA

Nese Gulay Altintas

STUDENT DIRECTOR

Nese Altintas, AIAS

ILLINOIS REP ON AIA COLLEGE OF FELLOWS 

John Syvertsen, FAIA

Roula Alakiotou, FAIA
Roula Associates Architect, Chtd.

ILLINOIS REGION AXP ADVISOR
Sean Gallagher
Judson University

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS | 2021-2023 AIA AT-LARGE 

Ryan J. Gann, Assoc. AIA

Ross Barney Architects

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