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 Board of Regents

A. Ray Pentecost III

A. Ray Pentecost III

Ray Pentecost is a trained researcher with a doctorate in public health, sees clearly the growing role that rigorous research will have in healthcare architectural practice and is actively working to prepare the profession for it. In 2009 Ray authored “The Practitioner as Researcher,” a chapter in Evidence‐Based Design for Multiple Building Types by Hamilton and Watkins from Wiley & Sons, now seen as a model text for developing a research‐informed architectural practice. In 2008 Ray co‐taught two national AIA webinars on developing and using architectural research to improve design to an estimated 700 participants at 122 sites across the country.

He is an acknowledged thought leader in architecture, participated in the 2009 AIA Knowledge Think Tank to begin building a new national knowledge strategy for the AIA. A member and 2009 President of the AIA Academy Board of Directors, he is dedicated to positioning the Academy as an international, highly relevant, research‐driven industry influence. The Academy Board voted for him to serve a second term as President in 2010.

The AIA Hampton Roads Chapter awarded Ray the “2009 Honor Award for Distinguished Achievement” recognizing career excellence. In 2010 Ray was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA.

Bill Hercules

William J. Hercules

Bill Hercules has dedicated more than 25 years to the practice of architecture for health. His national leadership perspective allows him to quickly clarify critical issues, organizational complexities, and technical challenges and foster a collaborative approach to frame and developing carefully considered design responses. Having led successful healthcare architectural practices in leading regional, national, and international firms, Bill founded WJH, a professional design alliance that focuses on connecting the larger questions of facility performance and mission-driven community health by building bridges from past hospital-based businesses into the future of distributed healthcare models.

He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Architects, the national certification body for the practice of healthcare architecture, currently serves as a member of the Board of Regents, and leads the education efforts nationally. He is an active member within the American College of Healthcare Executives and is leading the national inter-organizational engagement team between the ACHA and the ACHE. Holding key leadership positions with the national, state, and local AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, he is President-elect of the Florida Foundation for Architecture. He is also very active in initiatives focusing on children’s health, the development of young architects and Christian ministry.

John Rogers

John W. Rogers

John Rogers is a graduate of the College of Design Architecture Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a registered architect in four states and holds his NCARB Certificate in Washington DC. John is the Corporate Architect at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he is a member of the Design, Construction and Space Management Team of the Facilities Management Department. His responsibilities include planning for services that meet the mission, financial and capital parameters for medical services on the 5 campuses and 58 facilities CCHMC operates. John provides leadership in procurement and implementation of innovative design and construction services. He also improves processes that reduce costs and consider their environmental impact. Aiding in the development and coordination of planning, design, architecture, interiors, artwork, way-finding and graphics that support the CCHMC brand is key to what he does.

John was a partner and Director of Healthcare at GBBN Architects for over 25 years and established GBBN as a regional and international presence in the healthcare industry. He has led many healthcare projects across the USA and around the world with considerable work in China. John is a Fellow of the AIA and for more than 30 years has been and remains very active in the American Institute of Architects. He has held leadership positions at every level and continues to be involved in many committees and activities that impact all members. John is currently a member of the AIA Trust Board and serves on the AIA Member Services Task Force as well as the AIA National Building Committee among others. John currently serves as President and long-time board member of the AIA Ohio Foundation, which provides scholarships to architecture students in Ohio’s four schools of Architecture. John is also a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects. John is also an avid origami enthusiast and has many of his works in museums around the world.

Vince Avallone

Vince G. Avallone

Vince Avallone is a Sr. Medical Planner and Principal for SmithgroupJJR in San Francisco, CA. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience with leadership in healthcare architecture, master planning, programming and medical planning. Vince’s interests in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and lean processes help to incorporate resources and space where they are most valued. He has been a certificate holder since 2007, served ACHA as the co-chair of the Communications and Outreach Committee for the past 3 years and also served as a juror for the Legacy Project Award.

Ellen L. Belknap

Ellen Belknap

Ellen L. Belknap, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP is President of SMRT Architects and Engineers and leads the healthcare planning and design practice. She has a passion for developing healing environments that are operationally sound and environmentally sustainable. Ellen is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership skills, both on projects and within the firm. She has served on the ACHA’s Certification Committee reviewing portfolios for more than six years. Ellen earned her Masters of Architecture at Columbia University and her undergraduate degree at Cornell University.​

Jennifer Klund, AIA, ACHA

Jennifer L. Klund

Jennifer Klund, AIA, ACHA, has more than 20 years of experience as an architect specializing in the design and construction of healthcare facilities. She serves as a senior medical planner with HG&A in Minneapolis. Jennifer’s recent work focuses on Critical Access Hospitals across the country.

Klund has served on ACHA’s Education Committee for the past two years. She has been administering ACHA’s Exam Prep Seminar at recent national healthcare conferences.

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Angela Mazzi

Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, is a Senior Associate and Senior Medical Planner at GBBN Architects in Cincinnati, OH. Angela’s work focuses on enhancing quality of life through built environments – connecting great design with user needs. She implements evidence based design and Lean principles to bring empathy to healthcare design projects around the nation. Angela has been invited to speak nationally and internationally, write articles, teach classes and participate on juries because of her deep healthcare experience and research in human behavior.

Angela is actively involved in ACHA, serving as Chair of the AENC Committee from 2011-2015 and as 2015 Chair of the Legacy Project Award. Angela also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Patient Centered Design and the Board of Directors for AIA Cincinnati and is a peer reviewer for both the HERD Journal and the AAH Journal, and was an Advisory Board member for Arizona State University’s Healthcare Design Program during its initial years.​

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Steve Templet

​​Steve Templet, AIA, ACHA, has 25 years of professional experience, concentrating on healthcare planning and design. He currently serves as a Senior Project Manager in Sizeler Thompson Brown Archit​ect’s Healthcare Design Group. He has led healthcare master-planning and design efforts at many of the local healthcare facilities in the region and has been recognized for both his leadership and manag​ement of these projects. He has served on the College’s Certification Committee for the last seven years, the last four years as the committee’s chair.

Philip E. Tobey

Philip E. Tobey

Philip Tobey is Senior Vice President and a national healthcare leader of SmithGroupJJR, the nation’s seventh largest architectural/engineering firm. He has over 40 years of experience in healthcare planning and design for the country’s leading academic medical centers and hospital systems. Phil was recently appointed to the U.S. Defense Health Board, evidence of his federal and military healthcare expertise.

Phil is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Fellow and Founding Member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA). He is the recipient of the national Urbahn Medal for “eminent and notable contributions in the field of architecture” from the Society of American Military Engineers.

Widely recognized and highly regarded as one of the profession’s leaders in healthcare architecture, Phil has addressed many national and regional organizations concerning issues and trends that affect healthcare. Notable clients include the National Institutes of Health, numerous academic medical centers, all branches of services of the Department of Defense, major health systems (including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter, and Universal), and many regional and community healthcare providers.

Phil’s special areas of expertise include:

  • The definition and implementation of world class military and veteran’s health facilities planning, design and construction
  • The design of advanced rehabilitation and research facilities for amputee, burn, Polytrauma, and traumatic brain injury patients
  • General trends in healthcare facility design, including evidence-based design, hospital sustainability, patient-centered care and patient safety

Prior to entering private practice, Phil served as an officer with the U.S. Air Force’s Office of the Surgeon General with review responsibility for medical projects worldwide, and where for almost a year, he was on special assignments to the White House. A registered architect and interior designer, Phil received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

Mark A. Nichols

Past President
Mark A. Nichols

Mark Nichols has over 25 years of experience, specializing in healthcare planning and design. Mr. Nichols has led major expansion and renovation projects at various healthcare institutions, working on both new construction and historic structures. His clients include six of Chicago’s largest hospitals and academic medical centers. He is recognized for his management and leadership skills and his personal involvement in the day-to-day execution of these projects. He served as the 2008 / 2009 Chair of the AIA Chicago Healthcare Knowledge Community.​

    ACHA Past Presidents

    • 1999-2002 - D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2003-2004 - Morris A. Stein, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2005 - Donald C. McKahan, AIA, FACHA
    • 2006 - Francis Murdock Pitts, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2007 - John Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2008 - Rebecca Lewis, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2009-2010 - Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2011 - Robert P. Walker, AIA, FACHA
    • 2012 - Wilbur H. (Tib) Tusler, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2013 - Peter Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2014 - Connie S. McFarland, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2015 - Anthony J. Haas, FAIA, FACHA
    • 2016 - Mark A. Nichols, AIA, FACHA​​​​​​​

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