2017 - 2018 Board of Directors Slate
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In preparation for the upcoming Annual Meeting and Board Election, which will be held October 14, 2016, please note the election guidelines and nominees for the 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors.
   
NOMA Board of Directors 2017 - 2018
The NOMA Executive Committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates whom are up for election for the 2017 - 2018 NOMA Board of Directors.
 
First Vice President/President Elect
Kimberly Dowdell, NOMA, AIA
 
Vice President, Midwest*
Jason Pugh, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP (incumbent)
 
Vice President, West
Leopold Ray-Lynch, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP
 
Secretary
Jimeca Sims, NOMA
 
Treasurer
Louis Fisher, NOMA, AIA, LEED Green Associate
 
Nominations were accepted from the floor at the Business session during the NOMA conference.  Additionally, the ballot will have the option for write-in candidates.
 
 
Candidate Bios:
 
First Vice President/President Elect
Kimberly Dowdell, NOMA, AIA
 
Kimberly Nicole Dowdell is a licensed architect and real estate developer. Prior to becoming a Detroit-based entrepreneur, Kimberly worked for the City of Detroit's Housing & Revitalization Department. In that role as well as her current work in real estate, Kimberly has remained committed to improving the quality of life for people living in cities. 
 
Kimberly became a student member of NOMA in 2004 and joined NOMA's national board in 2006 as the Northeast University Liaison. During Kimberly's time on the NOMA board, she advocated on behalf of students, helped craft and manage the Barbara G. Laurie Annual Student Design Competition and she founded NOMA's Annual Community Service Project. She cycled off of the NOMA board in 2010 to focus on licensure and graduate studies. 
 
Since 2010, Kimberly became licensed in the State of New York and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master of Public Administration as a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow. Kimberly is also a member of the AIA and holds a registration certificate from NCARB. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design + Construction. 
 
In 2005, Kimberly created the idea for SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) during an internship with the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.  Since then, she has been recognized and called upon to speak about her experience as a thought leader in public interest design (PID). In 2016, Kimberly began teaching a housing design studio at Taubman College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is dedicated to ensuring that the design profession is diverse and inclusive, starting with academia. As such, Kimberly is currently serving as Chair of the Diversity committee for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning's Alumni Advisory Council at Cornell University, where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture.  
 
Vice President, Midwest*
Jason Pugh, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP (incumbent)
 
Jason Pugh is a licensed architect & urban designer with 10+ years of experience serving both the public & private sector. His architectural & urban design portfolio includes both domestic & foreign projects, ranging from small acre parcels w/ urban in-fill developments to large brown & green field sites w/ extensive programs covering 2,500+ acres. Architectural projects include various mixed-use developments which combine mid to high-rise residential towers w/ ground level commercial & retail programs, hospitality focused hotels & developments, diverse senior housing developments, community based centers & recreation facilities, science & technology research labs, corporate office headquarters, and large university campus medical facilities throughout the country.
 
Despite a diverse educational base & professional resume as an Architect & Urban Planner, Jason considers himself first & foremost a designer. He is constantly exploring new methodologies, technical & abstract, that will lead him towards creating stronger designs & solutions at multiple scales. His favorite projects includes those which afford opportunities to directly engage the end-users & extended community as he oscillates between the macro & micro scales to progress projects from preliminary master planning concepts through full construction documentation & CA.
 
Jason’s philosophy towards design is rooted within an evolutionary progression built on his own professional & personal life experiences & training, coupled w/ full integration & synergy w/ each client's program & specific needs. He believes quality design execution is critical to the success of every project & the overall vitality of the built environment. As Jason continues to grow, both personally & professionally, he aims to remain centered among mentors & colleagues who challenge & foster his creative & civic ambitions.
 
Jason currently serves as a Project Architect at Gensler.
 
 
Vice President, West
Leopold Ray-Lynch, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP
 
Mr. Ray-Lynch is a Principal at WLC Architects, Inc. He is responsible for coordinating the activities of design team members and consultants in designing projects, and in the development of the facilities evaluation reports, educational specifications, district standards, cost estimates, and schedules. His job also consists of writing proposals, producing master plans, schematic design, design development and construction documents, budgeting, and coordinating the work of projects in development.
 
He was the Deputy Master Architect for the bond management team that was responsible for managing all of the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Bond Program Measure D and Measure M Bond Funded projects (including elementary, middle and high schools) with an estimated project budget of $1.5 billion. He worked closely with the school district to direct a team of highly skilled project architects and designers to produce exceptionally well designed projects that met the client’s functional and budgetary requirements.
 
Prior to joining WLC Architects Inc., Mr. Ray-Lynch held various project and construction management positions at the Oakland Unified School District, the City of Oakland, the Haagen Development Corporation, and as a Principal of AEP and LR/Architecture, design and planning firms. He has provided design, planning, and development services for a variety of educational, commercial, retail, civic, and housing projects throughout California.
 
Secretary
Jimeca Sims, NOMA
 
Jimeca Sims is currently employed as a Project Manager at Genesis Planning, a Medical Equipment firm in Houston, Texas that specializes in Healthcare. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Prairie View A&M University.
 
In her free time, she enjoys traveling and has a passion for historic restoration. She pursued an international study of historical building renovations and rehabilitations in Tasmania, Australia through a vocational exchange with the Rotary club. Jimeca believes in continuously expanding her field expertise. She recently served as an Adjunct professor where she was responsible for recommending software upgrades, that increase student’s competitive edge in the industry.
 
Jimeca has served NOMA on the Board of Directors as its National Assistant Secretary, Awards Committee Chair, and Historian.
 
Treasurer
Louis Fisher, NOMA, AIA, LEED Green Associate
 
Graduate B.Arch University of Kansas 1970
Passed New York State Licensing Exam on first attempt in 1976.  Attended Harvard Grad School of Business in MBA program 1976-77 (no degree). 
Michigan and Detroit resident since 1978.  NOMA member for many years.  Founding member of Detroit's NOMA Chapter since 2007. Served as Chapter's Treasurer, President and is currently an at large Board Member.
 
Professional practice history includes a diverse set of responsibilities for small and large firms covering building types from public housing to heath care to sports arenas.
  
Established his practice-- Architecture & Urban Design P.C.  in 1997.  Current clients include engineers, architects,   businesses, and public and private institutions. 
 
Other Memberships and credentials:  AIA, USGBC, Better Business Bureau, NCARB.  Certified LEED Green Associate. Licensed currently to practice in Michigan and Alabama.
 
Appointed in October 2016 to the Detroit Historic District Advisory Board to inform the decisions of the Detroit City Council.