The Awen Executive Team
Rich is a Service-Disabled Veteran, with almost three decades of combat-tested military and government experience, who closed out his career as a highly decorated and capable leader in the United States Army. His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, Valorous Unit Award, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and four Meritorious Service Medals. Rich has operated in the most complex and stressful environments at the highest levels and is ready to provide that same dedication and commitment to our clients. View Richard's resume here.
Marshall is the Vice President of Awen, with 25 years of expertise in facilities architecture, healthcare infrastructure, and campus engineering. He manages three VA A/E IDIQs for VISN 20, 21, and 22, along with multiple contracts for the VISN’s, VACO and USACE. Marshall has expert knowledge of the CFM TIL and FAR, and has developed trusted partner working relationships with COs, CORs and FMS leadership. He has overseen ACC, CLC, ED, EHRM, Master Planning, Mental Health, Radiology, Specialty Care, Telehealth, and Transportation healthcare projects. Marshall is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University-Bloomington and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ian serves as a Senior Executive Advisor with Awen, leveraging his extensive experience working with U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice, and Veterans Affairs to design and implement client-centered approaches to solve the most persistent system challenges. He is a first-generation Palestinian with a deep commitment to social, racial, and economic justice, driven and guided by his lived experience and significant system exposure. A certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP, and Service-Disabled Veteran, he is known for his highly strategic and efficient approaches to improving internal processes across large-scale, complex operations and programs for government, 501(c)(3)s, and corporations, with deep experience in Project Management, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Performance Management, Data & Analytics, Program Design, and Strategic Planning.
Director, Environmental, Safety, and Real Property
Lorena serves as the Director of Environmental, Safety and Real Property leading Awen’s delivery of environmental, occupational health and safety, and real property due diligence services. She has more than 25 years of experience supporting federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in implementing programs to comply EPA and OSHA requirements for facilities construction, operations and maintenance. She has supported VA master planning efforts and managed the development of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the VA West Los Angeles draft master plan. Lorena has also led more than 40 environmental compliance audits at VA medical centers, and managed due diligence support for VA’s vacant building inventory reduction efforts for more than 60 vacant buildings across 12 VA stations.
Director, Program Operations
Mike is the Director of Program Operations for Awen Solutions Group. He has more than 30 years of expertise in life cycle health facilities management ranging from managing individual projects or healthcare facilities, from small clinics to large medical centers, to creating a reconstruction program for a national healthcare system. Mike acquired specific expertise in maintenance management, strategic health care system facilities planning, programming, design and construction planning and management, healthcare facilities management, initial outfitting, transition and activation planning and execution, and emergency preparation and response.
Director, Clinical Operations
Jane serves as the Director of Clinical Operations for Awen Solutions Group. As Awen's Clinical Operations Director and a retired Army nurse, Jane's career spans inpatient, outpatient and rehabilitation care, education and administration to inform her understanding of the environment of care impact on patients and staff. She uses that experience to inform design and renovation of healthcare facilities and campuses worldwide and facilitate operational planning to modernize and efficiently use healthcare space. Jane has over 40 years of experience encompassing leadership roles in clinical care and operations, activation, equipment planning and project management for primary, secondary and tertiary medical facilities. Coupling clinical focus with her collaborative communication style, her expertise has facilitated highly successful campus master plans, facility designs, operations modernization, change management, staff right-sizing, incorporation of new services, transition planning, outfitting, orientation/education, relocation, and start-up of new facilities.
Director, Healthcare Planning
Gene is the Director of Healthcare Planning at Awen Solutions Group. He has 40 years of experience in architecture and construction. Gene has been responsible for the leadership on projects that have been developed throughout the United States as well as Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. In his career he has been responsible for the planning, design and/or management of over 10 billion dollars worth of construction with many of these projects having received local and/or national recognition as well as awards for design. Working at Awen has now given Gene, a former Marine, the opportunity to focus his career to work in support of the Veterans. In recent years he has prepared the planning and design for facilities at VA West Los Angeles, VA Palo Alto, VA Boise, VA Long Beach, VA Phoenix, VA Martinez and VA Mather. Gene attended the University of Virginia where he received his B.S. in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.
Director, Studio Architecture
Matt serves as Director of Studio Architecture, staffing projects, helping them get off the ground and contributing to document quality assurance through delivery. He has more than ten years of hands-on architecture experience on a range of project types and is a LEED Accredited Professional with ID+C and BD+C specialties, a WELL AP, a certified plan reviewer and an accessibility inspector. In addition to a Master of Architecture, Matt holds an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and an MBA.
NCIDQ, LEED, AP BD+C
Director, Interior Design
Christy Winson is the Director of Interior Design at Awen Solutions Group. She has over 18 years of experience in the field of architectural and healthcare design, to include IOT&A. Christy is a NCIDQ Desinger, Licensed Florida Interior Designer, and a LEED AP BD+C. Her areas of expertise include working with the architectural team on construction documents from programming through construction, coordinating architectural and engineering drawings, space planning and selecting aesthetically pleasing building finishes. Since 2012, Christy has been the lead Interior Designer on many large-scale healthcare design projects for the DoD and VA. As an IOT&A Interior Designer, she has extensive experience in working closely with the client and staff in validating FFE requirements, creating comprehensive interior design packages (CIDs), working closely with the DoD or VA Interior Designers, assisting with wayfinding for signage packages, working with artwork vendors on artwork packages, and creating finish boards.
Director, A&E Field Operations
Matthew is the Director of Field Operations in Architecture & Engineering of Awen. He is a results-driven leader proven to direct large-scale, complex operations, programs, and projects from the ground up for corporations and U.S. government organizations. A certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) practitioner. Matthew manages execution of Architecture and Engineering (A&E) projects within Awen, including the capture and development of a space inventory study, including 1.3 million square feet, across multiple locations within VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS), development of a digital portfolio management system for the VA WLA Campus, and the completion of 2D and 3D modeling projects for VA Healthcare Systems across the US.
Healthcare Facility Planning and Clinical Operations
Director, Healthcare Planning
Director, Clinical Operations
Kate DeNio, PMP
Senior Healthcare Planner
Kate has a LSS Green Belt and 8 years of experience in federal healthcare architectural planning and design, project management, and Initial Outfitting Transition & Activation (IOT&A) and currently supports the Planning department in the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS), the largest health organization in the VA. She advises GLAHS leadership to accomplish modernization of the healthcare facilities on the 380+ acre West LA campus, including the replacement of the 1972 Level 1a medical center. Kate represents their interests by fostering a collaborative environment for consensus development, interprets healthcare concerns for architectural solutions, facilitates project schedule integration, and furthers long-term campus space planning. Additionally, she supports the timeline and scope management of the Enhanced Use Leases (EULs), utility infrastructure upgrades, and campus-wide construction programmed over the next 15 years. Kate has expert knowledge of VA CFM Space Planning Criteria (SPC) and Design Guides, a working knowledge of SEPS, UFC 4-510, and ADA/ABA.
AIA, NCARB, CSI, CDT
Senior Healthcare Architect
Clark is a Senior Healthcare Architect for Awen Solutions Group. He has 31 years of experience in technical detailing, code analysis, project delivery, and permitting processes. Clark obtained his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Cal Poly/SLO and has since worked on commercial, civic, industrial, education and healthcare projects.
Geoff Fiutak, AIA, NCARB
Senior Healthcare Architect
Geoff is a Senior Healthcare Architect on the Awen team. He contributes as a project architect, master and strategic planner, and team manager. Geoff has 32 years of experience leading teams in the building design and construction profession and U.S. Army, including combat tours in Iraq and East Africa. He has been a registered architect since 2008 and holds licenses in New York and Virginia, and is certified as a building safety evaluator in California. Geoff has 27 years of experience with facility strategic planning, lifecycle management, project planning, project programming, facility design, construction management, and transition management, which encompasses 1.3M square feet of healthcare projects, .7M square feet of non-healthcare projects, and 9.3M square feet of master planning projects located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Korea, and Kuwait.
Senior Healthcare Planner
Anna is a Senior Healthcare Planner and licensed architect with over 12 years of expertise in healthcare design. She brings her knowledge from her time as a Design Manager from Kaiser Permanente and years at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System as a facility planner. She specializes in master planning, post-occupancy evaluations, and design guidelines. Anna received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science degree in Architecture from Clemson University’s Healthcare Program. At Awen, Anna supports projects at VA Mather and VA Palo Alto.
Amos Malkin, AIA
Senior Project Architect
Amos is a Senior Healthcare Architect at Awen. He is a licensed architect in the state of California with 30-years of experience mainly in healthcare acute care and outpatient facilities planning, design, and construction. He has solid experience in medical planning, medical equipment planning, facilities design and construction. His expertise includes all modalities of non-invasive imaging such as radiology, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and vascular, CT, PET CT, Nuclear Medicine SPECT-CT, MRI & FMRI.
Chris Rhea, MHA
Senior Strategic Healthcare Planner
Chris is a Healthcare Planner with over seven years in the industry, primarily in service of and for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). His healthcare experience includes a range of project types both capital and non-capital, to include long-range capital planning and business case development, strategic planning, space programming, operations planning, operations improvement (including Lean Six Sigma), equipment planning, and initial outfitting. Chris applies his versatile skill set to each unique job and serves the role that is required, whether that be facilitator, subject matter expert, project manager, portfolio manager or anything in between.
Studio Architecture and Interior Design
Director, Studio Architecture
NCIDQ, LEED, AP BD+C
Director, Interior Design
Margarita is a junior designer in the healthcare industry. Her knowledge encompasses interior design FF&E, construction documents, as well as prestigious design planning. She has provided drafting and rendering support for the Veterans Administration Northern California Healthcare System Master Planning and Building 650 PACT model Primary Care Clinic at Mather Campus. She is currently a student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts expected to graduate Spring 2021 with a BFA in Interior Design. Her ambitions in healthcare design includes a capstone project of a community health center embracing convenience and community. Her analytical design-thinking is being utilized in a VCUarts research grant evaluating the state of VCU Health hospital design and other Richmond healthcare providers.
Rhode is an experienced certified registered nurse with over 10 years of experience. Her career encompasses inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory, and transitional care. She has served in various capacities including care coordination, case management, clinical nurse education, and nursing administration. She enjoys integrating evidenced-based design with her clinical expertise to inform the design of spaces that promote the efficient use of space, while maximizing holistic well-being. She holds a BSN, and MSN with a concentration in Public Health Nursing Leadership, from the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She is currently a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, expected to graduate Spring 2021, with a MFA in Interior Design. She is skilled in space planning, construction documents, and interior design FF&E. Rhode is passionate about advocating for others, particularly those in vulnerable populations. Her capstone project focuses on the use of Supportive Design Theory to inform the design of a community-integrated mental wellness and creative arts center, to help adolescents thrive.
Mary Kay Barrett
Mary Kay is an Interior Designer at Awen with over 35 years of experience. She graduated the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and her career grew with roles spanning design & project management. She has been both a member and has managed collaborative project teams in the healthcare, commercial, industrial, and multi-family market sectors. She knows the importance of listening & understanding a client’s goal and budget while ensuring the design team dives deep bringing their expertise to the project. Her communication style and empathy has allowed Mary Kay to deal with challenging projects, teams, and clients. The results are maintaining several long-term client relationships as well as mentoring students & design professionals.
Interior Designer and Architect
Kristin is an interior designer and architect, with over 15 years of A/E expertise. She is a licensed architect, holds a NCIDQ certification, and specializes in lighting design. Kristin has an extensive background in designing various new building projects and development of detailed final construction packages. She has supported various VISN healthcare projects and has built trusted relationships with VA’s FMS, COR, and Interior Design leadership. She has supported VA renovation and new construction projects throughout VISNs 20, 21, and 22. Kristin most recently supported design and CPS services for VA’s National Telehealth Hub in Boise, renovations for a Specialty Care Clinic in Martinez, and EHRM/IT Modernization projects in Phoenix.
A&E BIM Specialist
Dawn Harrington joined Awen as a BIM Specialist with 25 years of experience in architectural design and project management for industrial, commercial and government projects. She has experience in preparing specifications and Revit documentation for large scale projects. In this position, she is responsible for BIM standard development and implementation. She will provide support for plotting and electronic file submissions. She will also provide quality control for completeness and adherence to company standards of all shop drawings produced. She will train and provide project support to ensure BIM standards are maintained in the creation of the Revit Model.
Senior Design Specialist
Jennifer is a Senior Design Specialist for a large government healthcare system in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Awen, Jennifer was a Senior Designer and Account Manager for a large office furniture dealership covering Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio. She provided design services for many healthcare, government, corporate and higher education clients. Jennifer has over 25 years-experience in design, contract furniture and account management. She prides herself in her attention to detail, clear communication, product knowledge and technical skills. Jennifer is a proud graduate of Penn State University.
Tennessee native Morgan Overholt is a graphic designer and owner of Morgan Media LLC, a design and marketing agency. Morgan has 17 years of experience in the design industry. She and her team have worked with nationally recognized clientele from all over the world, including the Centers for Disease Control Foundation (CDCF), Kimberly-Clark, and Stanley Black & Decker.
Don is a junior interior designer with five years of experience in the construction industry. He is a Detail-oriented designer who has worked on multiple product design projects for the City of Richmond. He is passionate about using design and emerging technologies to improve the lives of communities and to strengthen them from within. Some of my design skills include construction documents, interior FF&E, Model making, and Rendering. He is a proud alumnus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Junior Interior Designer
Demetrea is a junior interior designer with several years of experience in healthcare related planning, interior design and initial outfitting of furniture, furnishing and equipment. Detail oriented designer with , implementation of projects within the VA health system facilities as well as in the Department of Defense. Competent and knowledgeable of interior design trends.
Wayfinding Design Lead
Gene Ullery-Smith has used his 20-year career to focus on design solutions for the built environment — demystifying complex environments including medical facilities, campuses, cultural centers, trail networks and city centers. His pragmatic and user-centered approach to environmental graphic design delivers logic-based and effective wayfinding programs. He is an alumni of Ferris State University College of Business and Kendall College of Art and Design.
Caz is an experienced Project Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & healthcare planning industry. Key contributor to Awen's use of digital technology on architectural / engineering / construction projects. He is skilled in Revit, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, LiDAR scanning, 3D printing, and a host of Adobe & Autodesk software.
Mike Risbridger, P.E.
Michael is a registered Professional Engineer with extensive experience in MEP. His past roles include Electrical Design Engineer, MEP Project Manager, Inspections/Commissioning Agent, and Energy Consultant. Michael has spent a large portion of his career in the competitive field of MEP design in New York City. He has helped design a wide range of building types such as commercial, office, residential, high-rise, institutional, and more.
Senior Architectural Technician
Doug is a Senior Architectural Technician with Awen Solutions Group and has over 20 years of experience in the Architectural Industry. His main responsibilities will be helping to create Construction Documents utilizing Revit and/or AutoCAD. He will also perform drawing reviews to ensure the project is complying with jurisdictional requirements and building codes. Doug will also help perform Construction Administration duties during the construction of the project.
Environmental, Safety, and Real Property
Director, Environmental, Safety, and Real Property
EOSH Expert/Facilities Technical SME
Stacey is a member of the Environment and Safety Team at Awen. She has 25 years of experience in the field of Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health consulting, where she specializes in policy assessment and governance compliance. Stacey is a subject matter expert in the field of Industrial Hygiene and has worked closely with clients at all levels within the US government developing policy guidance and solving compliance issues. She has career-long experience adapting to quickly evolving emerging issues including pandemic response, budget crises, and emergency response within the context of EOSH. She is a graduate of Auburn University and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Stacey holds the designations of Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional.
Senior Real Property Specialist
Austin is a Real Estate Specialist with over 10 years of expertise in real property management with a focus on both industrial and transportation. He brings his knowledge and experience from his time as a real property portfolio manager at Union Pacific Railroad and subsequently as a right-of-way property manager at Berkshire Hathaway Energy - Northern Natural Gas Pipeline. Austin received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University and undergraduate B.A. from Duke University where he was a member of the Division I baseball team.
Christina is our Realty Specialist and has over 25-years of experience in the real estate industry. Over the past several years she has applied her experience in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Her experience with Title, Survey, and Appraisal has made a good fit in due diligence activities for land and easement acquisitions. Christina is also well versed in the rules and regulations of the DOJ 2016 Title Standards. She provides support services for VA’s records management initiative, land and easement acquisitions, as well as reviewing and preparation of Revocable Licenses, Congressional Reporting, Solicitations, and Leases in compliance with the West Los Angeles Leasing Act.
Real Estate Manager
Jennifer is a Manager in Awen’s Real Estate practice. She has over 20 years of expertise in private sector commercial and federal real estate, with experience in project management, finance, due diligence, portfolio, and asset management. Jennifer currently serves as Project Manager for a real estate services contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, she serves as a subject matter expert on lease delegation and federal real estate policy and procedure. Jennifer holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The George Washington University.
Deputy Project Manager
Marvin is a Registered Architect and Certified Construction Manager with over thirty-five years of experience in management of construction, architecture, and engineering services for major projects in government, institutional, and commercial sectors. He currently serves as Senior QC and Cost Estimating Manager for Awen VA projects in VISN 21 and VISN 22. Recent projects include EHRM upgrades, VA Medical Center renovations/expansions, and new VA Clinical Facilities in CA, ID, WA, and AZ. Marvin is a U.S. Army Veteran and received Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University.
Director, Program Operations
Director, A&E Field Operations
Amy Carr, NCIDQ
Project Manager/Senior Interior Designer
Amy is a Project Manager and Senior Interior Designer for Awen, and she has 13 years of expertise in Interior Design, including Space Planning for Healthcare and Commercial Interiors, Project Management, and IOT&A. Amy possess an ability to multi-task, meet urgent deadlines, and work in a cross-functional business environment. Amy has extensive knowledge IOTA projects from initial planning stages to activation for the VA. Including projects involving departments such as CLC, ED, Mental Health, Radiology, Specialty Care, Telehealth, and Executive Administration. This consisted of validating needs through User Group Meetings, and utilizing expert knowledge of materials, fabrics, colors, design schemes, patterns, and applications in healthcare, used to develop specifications.
A&E Project Manager
Patrick is a Project Manager with 14 years of expertise in Architecture & Engineering management. He has experience designing, constructing, and managing diverse facilities from operating rooms to residential towers, including renovations and new construction. Patrick has worked on challenging iconic and historical properties, and is skilled at managing the complexities of modernizing occupied buildings. He has recently overseen the design of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Hybrid Operating Room for the VA, as well as numerous outpatient departments, including Audiology, Women’s Health, and an Eye Clinic. Patrick has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
P.E., PMP, MBA
Tim has an extensive résumé of experience in project and program management for military and VA Healthcare and Research Facilities. He has served from individual healthcare facility manager to leading planning, programming and execution efforts supporting a $19B Healthcare Project Portfolio for the U.S. Army Surgeon General. Today, he applies this knowledge to projects at Awen, where he is responsible for project management of Healthcare and Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) Infrastructure upgrade projects. Tim’s effective communication skills and collaborative approach to problem-solving build consensus and yield positive results on even the most complex of projects. As a Retired U.S. Army Soldier, and Disabled Veteran ,Tim gains satisfaction through improving the environment of care within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Healthcare Systems.
Alexandra Le Varrat, PMP
Health Systems Specialist
Alex directly supports the Deputy Medical Center Director at the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) in the capacity of an Executive Assistant. She manages aspects associated with GLA’s homeless program and the strategic planning process. Her role as the administrative coordinator of the GLAHS Space Committee has allowed her to create strong connections with Service Chiefs and Administrative Officers from across the healthcare system. Alex graduated with a double major in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Brazilian Studies from Pitzer College, and most recently became certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Megan is a Project Manager at Awen Solutions Group. She has 18 years of experience in project management, healthcare facility planning and clinical healthcare management as both a project leader and subject matter expert. Megan’s project experience varies from small remodel fitouts to large construction projects that exceed $300 million with the VA, DoD, and private sector healthcare organizations. These past projects have made her well versed in the VA design guidelines and the MIL Standard 1691. Megan has the ability to anticipate healthcare organization’s operational and clinical needs to successfully lead teams through the process of design and construction. Megan is a graduate of both the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Midland University and holds degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, MT (ASCP) and a Masters in Business Administration. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and obtained a Lean Healthcare certification through the University of Michigan.
Human Resources and Marketing Manager
Natalie is the Human Resources and Marketing Manager for Awen Solutions Group. She has seven years of experience in client facing roles which has contributed to her ability to build relationships and communicate effectively. Natalie has a Bachelors of Science in Economics, and Health Management and Policy. Her educational history combined with her diverse background in business management, marketing and communications developed her creativity to look for new perspectives and solutions.
Shyanne is an experienced performance consultant with strong leadership skills. She has 10 years of experience in client facing roles showcasing her communication skills. Her education in Human Development and Family Sciences combined with her emotional intelligence demonstrates her drive and passion for finding the best result for each client. Her time management and organizational skills allow her to always push for the most efficient solutions.