2018 Board of Directors

2018 NOMAtlanta Board of Directors

Celebrating Diversity in The Atlanta Design Community

President: Ashley Hernandez, NOMA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Ashley Hernandez has over 20 years of experience and is currently liscensed in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. He is a problem solver that works collaboratively with clients and consultants to achieve successful projects. Ashley serves as a project architect at Cooper Carry in the mixed-use department and is responsible for managing the production of construction documents and construction administration on projects for various clients. The projects range in size with retail, residential, and parking deck components. In addition to his responsibilities of coordinating with lead designers, interior designers, production staff, and engineering consultants to achieve integrated design delivery, he is an integral team member to the production working in AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-Up, and Photoshop.

Treasurer: Ralph Raymond, NOMA, AIA, NCARB

Ralph Raymond, Haitian-born Architect, artfully integrates architectural design and knowledge of construction technology into project delivery. His myriad of project types, through all phases of design and construction contract administration, makes his experience instrumental. He is able to manage and implement artistic, programmatic, schematic, and pragmatic skills in the competent delivery of project execution. Proper communication and careful reflection and consideration of client goals aid in his understanding of a well-accomplished design. He is geared toward successful design performance through rigorous means and methods.

Secretary: Desmond Johnson, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Desmond L. Johnson is a registered architect, currently practicing at the Atlanta-based firm of Rule Joy Trammell Rubio (RJTR).  He is a 2013 alum of Florida A&M University, where he received his B.S. in Architectural Studies; and a 2015 alum of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Master of Architecture degree.  Desmond has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors where he has successfully contributed to mixed-use, multi-family, office, hospitality, retail, institutional and urban design projects of varying scales. Outside of NOMAtlanta, Desmond volunteers his time as an Architect Licensing Advisor for NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Immediate Past NOMAtlanta President 2017  | 2018 Communications Director: Sophia Tarkhan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP

Sophia has more than 20 years of experience in the building industry. She was with Cooper Carry from 2007-2009, returned in 2014, and was named an Associate in 2015. She has practiced as a Project Architect, Program Manager (Owner’s Representative) and Construction Manager. Her first-hand experience in the different building disciplines gives her an edge in negotiating through the design and construction process. In addition to planning and design, Sophia has an in-depth understanding of construction processes and uses her management skills in project collaboration with owners, consultants, contractors and governing authorities for successful projects. She strives to translate the owner’s visions into the built environment in the public and private sector for K-12 Schools project types. She practices in the K-12 Education Studio, but has worked on projects relevant to Government, Office and Mixed-Use. Sophia graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Building Construction. She is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Damon L. Greene, NOMAtlanta Board MemberParliamentarian: Damon L. Greene

A Design and Construction Consultant with over two decades of experience in Project Management and private development, Damon is adept at developing innovative yet cost effective, real-estate solutions. He‘s best known for his abilities to leverage experience within the design, construction, space planning, facilities management and strategic planning phases of corporate interiors and base-building construction. His philosophies for both professional and personal projects have focused on driving value while maintaining project aesthetics based on project objectives.

As a Howard University graduate with a professional degree in Architecture, Damon became credentialed as a LEED AP prior to working full-time at managing and self-financing development of his personal real estate portfolio. Damon’s corporate career included directing project planning, budgeting, design and construction of corporate office spaces, government and industry relations headquarters and numerous tenant improvement projects within the Washington, DC Metro Area, the Mid-East and Mid-West throughout his tenure with Freddie Mac, NASD/Nasdaq (Now FINRA), CBRE and The Staubach Company (Now Jones Lang LaSalle).

Advocacy Director: Marc JohnsonNOMA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Marc Johnson is an Architect and Designer accumulating a broad range of experience in Cultural, Retail, Office, Institutional, Hospitality, and Mixed-Use projects.  He works from project inception and design and through to construction providing oversight to final completion.  He has worked on notable projects including the Porsche Experience Center and the Center, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Center for Civil and Human Rights where he served as the project architect for global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, HOK. Since his years in college, Marc has always found a way to give his most valuable gift of time to his community and to the generation of architects and students making their way through the ranks.  He shares his passion for architecture with  3rd graders on up to college students wherever he encounters them.  He does this as an active participant leader on the NOMA and AIA Atlanta boards. Through his many experiences working with diverse personalities and challenging projects, he has developed unique skills which have served him well over the last 19 years.

email: marc.johnson@nomaatlanta.org; Twitter @marctheodore

Regional VP: Nekia Strong, NCARB, NOMA

Nekia currently serves as the Vice President of Barrett Symone Property Managers in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Georgia Tech, Nekia is a registered architect leading Maintenance and Leasing duties with this Southwest Atlanta-based commercial property management company. She also worked at Grimm + Parker Associates, Rust|Orling Architecture, HOK, Georgia Tech and Michael Brady, Inc. Nekia also proudly serves NOMA as our current 2018 Regional Vice President.


NOMAtlanta Committee Leaders

Academic Affairs Director: Zachary Hicks

A 2017 graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Masters of Architecture Program, Zachary brings enthusiasm, leadership and team-based project experience to his new role as Academic Affairs Director with NOMAtlanta. He is currently a Designer 1 in the K-12 Education Studio of Cooper Carry. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Zachary is a career Naval Officer and current U.S. Navy Reservist.  As Academic Affairs Director, Zachary seeks to connect students and chapters to careerists in architecture at various levels and with diverse experiences with the goal of enhancing the NOMA student professional experience.

Community Affairs Director: Andrea D. Smith, MBA

With an MBA in Marketing from Clemson University, Andrea brings over 10 years of hands-on marketing, branding and sales experience to the table. Her experience as a Senior Brand Strategy Manager in the UK gave her excellent exposure to product launch procedures, idea generation and mergers and acquisition work. She managed over 70 Brand Ambassadors in 17 different countries. Prior to that, she led 17 workstreams for two major acquisitions (HR, internal communications, marketing and branding to ERP, IT, Quality, Sales, etc). Andrea was recognized as one of Greenville’s Best & Brightest Under 35 in 2013 by Greenville Business Magazine and as one of Talk Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful Women in Greenville for her community involvement. She now brings this global experience with a local touch to her own marketing and branding firm – The ADS Agency.

Continuing Education Director: Robin Maxam

Robin has been the Principal of MaxxUnion, LLC for the past 4 years and has served with other firms in the architectural space for over 27. In addition to serving as the Continuing Education Chair for the NOMAtlanta Board, she is also a member of the Construction Specifications Institute. Robin oversees the development of architectural specifications, project manuals and consultant coordination specification submittals. She works with the architects and designers of the firm to ensure that the specifications honor the design intent. During her 32 year professional career, she has acquired experience in the public and private arena and a variety of project types and delivery methods. Robin has an impressive record for specifying products within the construction budget.

Prior to starting her own company, Robin was an administrator on the design team for the construction of the 1.4B Maynard Holbrook Jackson International Airport. Prior to that, she held management positions with the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta and the Fulton County Housing Authority overseeing capital improvement projects totaling over $50M. Robin received her Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University and is currently a 2017 candidate for CSI – CDT/CCCA.

Innovation Education Director: Corey Riley, NOMA, AIA, MBA

An accomplished Project Manager/Architect, I have 20 years of progressive experience leading large-scale, multi-phase capital construction, renovation and rebranding initiatives for international luxury hotels and resorts. Blending creative inspiration with acute business acumen, I achieved notable results delivering innovative, high-value modernization, revitalization and rebranding projects which have garnered industry awards and accolades. Over the past 13 years with Atlanta-based C+TC Design Studio (formerly CMMI, Inc), a national architecture firm specializing in luxury hotel/hospitality projects, I have progressed from Assistant Project Manager to my current role as Senior Project Manager. Since 2007, I have held led numerous high-visibility, multi-phase capital projects for leading hotel corporations, including Omni, Hyatt, Marriott and International Hotel Group. Key projects have ranged from the design, renovation/modernization of a 1916, 20-story Omni Hotel to the rebranding conversion of a 232-room, 21K s.f. Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida and subsequently selected as the Official Team Hotel for Super Bowl XLIII.

Marketing Director: Patricia Brown, NOMA, AIA

Patricia is an architectural designer at Cooper Carry, focusing on retail designs. She received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, a school that believes in a holistic approach. She is also the recipient of the Dorothy P. Memorial Scholarship AFGA 2014. Born and raised in a vibrant, multi-cultural environment in India, Patricia understands the importance of design pertaining to origin, culture and sustainability. She became a licensed architect in India and has three years of diverse work-experience across India and the US. Her hobbies are traveling, playing tennis, sketching, cooking and baking. She does a lot of free hand sketching during her free time which constantly keeps her in touch with the architectural world. 

Membership Director: Garfield Peart, MBA, AIA, NOMA

A career project manager for both the public and private sector, Garfield has personally designed, managed and negotiated over $620 million in city, state, federal, domestic and international design, construction and maintenance projects. A Lieutenant Colonel with the Air Force Reserves with over 20-yrs of service, Garfield received a MBA in Sustainable Business with a concentration in Green Development in 2012. As an architect, Garfield works to redefine the architect’s role to become a design leader, advocate and promoter for effective sustainable development practices. As President of Syntony Design Collaborative, LLC, he 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 specialiezes in implementing proven architectural design, project management, sustainable business practice, organizational and military leadership skills to guide stakeholders on all levels to create healthy and sustainable buildings and communities.

Edward L. Senatus

Edward is an architectural associate at Hiscutt and Associates, Inc. primarily focusing on retail and entertainment. He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Prior to relocating to the Atlanta area, Edward was enrolled in the Remaking Cities Institutes at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a postgraduate urban design fellowship. Edward is a man of service, integrity, and excellence as such he aspires to excel at any and everything he puts his mind to. He is both a mentor and leader striving to invoke change in others.

Project Pipeline Co-Director: Jeanna George

As Principal Designer and Visionary of Jeanna George Designs, Jeanna George is an innovative force in the design world who enjoys the art of living and – through her diverse background – has developed into a lifestyle designer. Jeanna George Designs is a boutique architecture and interior design firm which partners with clients to consult, design and transform environments that reflect their clients’ lifestyle, personality and culture. They provide services in Residential Architecture and Interior Design, Space Planning, Custom Furniture, Custom Art, Visual Merchandising, Real Estate Staging and Special Events.

As a Hampton University graduate, Jeanna’s current career focus is Residential Interior Design work and she specializes in designing kitchens for showrooms. Jeanna worked in Chicago for 16 years and moved back to Atlanta 4 years ago. She has a sincere passion for teaching students about how architecture and interior design flow hand in hand. She enjoys working with students, mentoring them and connecting them because she knows how important it is. She remembers as a student how they didn’t feel they had that network available to them. Jeanna also is currently a member of the TCAAD Board.

Rosalie Caparal-LittleProject Pipeline Co-Director: Rosalie Capiral-Little

With more than a decade’s worth of design experience ranging from luxury/lifestyle hospitality, restaurants, retail & window displays, and corporate headquarters; Rosalie draws on her dynamic background to help create and manage experiential design solutions for individual clientele and target market groups.

Rosalie truly takes pride in building on her relationships. The key to success in any design project, lies in the continuous dialogue with all the stakeholders involved as well as the team collective throughout the entire design and construction process. A natural teacher, Rosalie continues to engage and mentor in Academia. She is currently active in the community as a Capstone Design Studio V/Vl Critique and Mentee at SCAD’s, Atlanta Downtown Campus.

In 2015, she also served as a Board Member and the Director of Community Outreach and Affairs for NOMA – Atlanta Chapter (National Organization for Minority Architects); engaged with local dis-enfranchised communities and their residents, Rosalie pioneered the introduction to NOMA’s National Project Pipeline Project locally here in Atlanta that would enthusiastically introduce children to Architectural programs and initiatives vital to building strong and vibrant communities.



NOMA Student Chapter Leaders

Georgia Tech NOMAS President: James Waldon


Kennesaw State Univ. NOMAS President:  Christian Newman