2015 NOMA Proposed By-law Changes & Board Election
In preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting and Board Election, which will be held October 2015, please note the election guidelines, nominees for the 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors, as well as the proposed By-Laws Amendment.
·        Elections shall begin approximately, 1 hour AFTER the close of nominations at the Annual Meeting on Friday, October 16, 2015;
·        Ballots will be emailed to addresses on file;  
·        Elections shall be open for 24 hours, and conducted electronically, via email or on-site, and;
·        Eligibility to vote: Paid 2015 annual membership—both local and national--by September 30, 2015
NOMA Board of Directors 2016 – 2017
The NOMA Executive Committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates whom are up for election for the 2016 – 2018 NOMA Board of Directors.
*Nominations were accepted from the floor at the Business session during the NOMA conference.  The ballot will have the option for write-in candidates.
Resolutions: By-laws Amendments
The NOMA Executive Committee is presenting the following proposed bylaws amendments.
Proposed Amendment No. 1:
Amend Article 2, Section 2.1, subsection h by the following means:       
  1. Striking the “Patron Sponsor Firm Member” category.
  2. Amend section h to introduce the “Organizational Member” category:
h)Organizational Member – Individual who is assigned membership by an organization for the purpose of representing the interests of that organization. Organizational members includes government, non-architectural firm corporate, and non-profit organization employees.
Organizational Members in good standing shall have the following rights and privileges:
  1. The rights and privileges associated with the membership belong to the organization and not to the employee(s) who represent the organization.
  2. The privileges are allocated to designated positions, not individual employees.
  3. Membership allocations may be reassigned from one position to another or terminated at any time by the organization.
  4. An organization coordinator is designated and is the point of contact to NOMA, not the organization representative(s).
  5. The organization designates organizational representatives of its choice for the calendar year.
  6. The organization coordinator maintains the list of organization representatives and notifies NOMA of any updates.
Organization Members may not vote (except on committees) or be appointed or elected as an officer, director, or delegate or serve in any other NOMA policy-setting position. Organization Members may not print or permit to be printed or in any way use the name, initials, emblem, seal, symbol, or insignia of NOMA or any chapter. Organizations that employ one (1) or more Organization Members may say that they are an allied organization of NOMA as long as the use of this phrase may not be construed as NOMA endorsement, sponsorship, or approval of any government legislation, political campaign, or lobbying activity. Organization Members will be counted as part of a professional local chapter.
Candidate Bios:
VP South Candidate:
Jose Alvarez, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José has worked with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple for more than 17 years. A talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects, his creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.
His ability to develop design concepts and visuals helps many clients in both their decision making and their fundraising/marketing efforts. Jose was named an Associate in the studio in 2007, Principal in 2013 and maintains ongoing leadership roles in the training and mentoring of our youngest designers.
In addition to his architectural design expertise, José advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and is currently the President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Louisiana Chapter, Program Coordinator and mentor for Project Pipeline, AIA State Delegate and Program Director for AIA New Orleans Young Architect Forum.
VP South Candidate:
Garfield L. Peart, MBA, AIA, NOMA, LEED Green Assoc.
Garfield Peart is the Director of Civil Engineering, Twenty-Second Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command, overseeing the facility design, programming, funding and asset management.  He is a registered architect in the State of Virginia.  A career project manager and architect for both the public and private sector, he has personally developed, managed and negotiated over $600 million dollars in federal, state, domestic and international design as well as construction, and maintenance projects.  He is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Air Force Reserves.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree at Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Sustainability Business with a concentration in Green Development from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. 
Garfield is passionate about protecting our natural resources while ensuring the availability of those resources for future generations. He uses his architectural design, project management, sustainable business practice and military leadership skills to address long-standing development and building design issues in our communities.  Garfield hopes to facilitate collaborative efforts on all levels to create more fully integrated, healthy and sustainable buildings and communities not only for the Atlanta metropolitan region but the nation. 
Garfield also has a passion for youth and education advocacy, leadership development, the creative arts, and diversity. He has extensive experience with organizing, administering and facilitating professional and educational organizations for more than 18 years.  Garfield is co-founder and past Chairman of the Board for The Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI), Inc., an educational non-profit organization started in 2004 that is dedicated to the education of high school youth through development of their creativity and design abilities. Garfield’s honors include the 2012 Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes Award, by the Ford Motor Company and Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights, for his positive impact on his community and ability to enlighten and inspire others. He was also featured In 2002 Atlanta Journal Constitution article, “Up Close: Garfield Peart”; an effort that recognizes Atlanta’s up and coming business people. 
Mr. Peart was recently recognized as 2013 NOMA Member of the Year at the annual conference in Indianapolis, IN.
VP North East Region Candidate:
Crystal J. Brokaw, NOMA, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, NCARB
Crystal J. Brokaw is a registered architect in Florida, Washington DC, and Maryland with 10 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Born and raised in Washington DC, Crystal was first introduced to architecture after her 11th grade year in high school when she attended an architecture summer camp at Florida A&M University. Having enjoyed the creatively challenging nature of architecture, she decided to return to the camp the following summer, and ultimately went on to earn both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Florida A&M University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. 
While in school, Crystal acquired summer internships that introduced her to various design-related jobs.  She worked as an architectural intern at Mckissack & McKissack of DC; a graphic designer at Millennium Services 2000+; and, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, she conceptualized the initial idea to create a virtual tour for the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC and transformed the memorial’s 2D construction documents into a 3D animation to enhance the layperson’s understanding of the overall design and essence of the King Memorial. Crystal used her work at the MLK Foundation as the muse for her Thesis entitled: “Architectural Communication: Bridging the Gap between Architects & Laypersons." Her thesis was the selected recipient of the ARCC King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural and Environmental Design Research and was chosen to be presented at the 2006 AIA/Florida Convention.
After leaving FAMU, Crystal began her professional career at Forum Architecture & Interior Design in Orlando, Florida, where she collaborated with private developers on the design and construction of multifamily residential projects, including affordable housing deals, market rate developments, and senior apartment complexes backed government agencies.  Upon licensure in 2010, Crystal relocated back to her hometown of Washington, D.C. where she joined Louviere, Stratton & Yokel (LSY Architects) as an Architect designing laboratories and research facilities for government and university clients. As a LEED AP, she served as the sustainability coordinator for her projects, and two of her largest projects were awarded LEED Silver and LEED Gold certifications. She also completed numerous healthcare renovation projects, including a new Class 10,000 (ISO 7) clean room facility for the preparation and processing of human pancreas and islet cell tissue transplants. 
Through her experience working on various projects types, Crystal soon realized that her expertise and enjoyment for architecture lied in the project management aspect of the design and construction process, and she wanted to serve more in an owner's representative capacity in lieu of only architectural design.  Not wanting to abandon her projects and clients at LSY, Crystal switched from an employee to a consultant and maintained her role on her projects to see them through to completion.  During this time, she worked for herself as co-owner of The Brokaw Collaborative, where she completed various small residential and commercial projects while also obtaining her PMP certification in project management.
Currently, Crystal works as a Project Manager for The ELOCEN Group in Washington, D.C., where she manages design, construction, FF&E and logistics for various government and commercial clients. Crystal enjoys the challenge of making all the pieces of a project come together, and working with the project team. Her experience as an architect has afforded her the ability to understand the intricacies of the design and construction process, and, in turn, allowed her to better help owners and clients achieve their project goals. 
Crystal currently serves as the Secretary of the DC chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and is a member the American Institute of Architects, Alpha Rho Chi Professional Fraternity Inc, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She enjoys eating, laughing, playing spades, and spending time with family and friends.
Parliamentarian Candidate:
Erasmus Ikpemgbe, NOMA, LEED Green Assoc.
Erasmus has recently completed running the final leg of his race to become a licensed architect. He currently holds a position as an architectural designer at the engineering and architectural firm of Sabir, Richardson, and Weisberg. There he performs task across multiple disciplines on a variety of commercial, residential, restoration and resiliency project.
Erasmus received his Masters of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland College Park, but it was during his graduate studies that he was first introduced to NOMA.
Through the participation of several NOMAS student design completions, the allure of NOMA manifested. Erasmus found NOMA’s goals to be in alignment with his own desires to promote and increase the visibility of people of color in the architecture and design industries. Upon returning to the New York metropolitan area after graduation, Erasmus naturally made a home at the New York local chapter - Nycoba.
Presently, Erasmus is the Membership Chair for Nycoba-NOMA.  Prior to that position, he held the position of Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair which he agreeably filled for four years. Above all, Erasmus enjoys serving the community in which he is proud to be a part.