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Joseph Berchenko

AIA, CSI, CCS

Joe has over 40 years of inudstry experience, 30 of which as a licensed professional Architect..

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David Feron

PE, CDT, HBDP, CPD, LEED AP

David has 34 years of industry experience, 30 of which as a licensed Professional...

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Tanya Coachman

CDT

Tanya Coachman has managed editorial production for over 10 years, 7 of which in...

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Kristi Duce

RA, CCS, GGP, CSI, AIA

Kristi has nearly 20 years of experience in architecture, working on a variety of project...

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Gilles Letourneau

AIA, CSI

Gill brings more than 35 years of experience as an architect. For 17 of those years he led...

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Jonathan Miller

AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP

Jonathan brings over 30 years of professional experience as an architect, specifier, contract ...

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Ronald Ray

RA, CCS, CCCA. CSI, AIA

Ron has been an architectural specification writer for 40 years. He is a Registered Architect...

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Doug Roemer

CDT

Doug Roemer has been in the industry for 8 years, 4 of which as a CDT. He is a graduate of...

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Sheri Shaw

AIA, NCARB, CDT

Sheri graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in 1992 and...

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Tamsin Stone

AIA, CSI, CDT

Tamsin, a licensed Architect for 20 years, has 27 years of industry experience. An expert...

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Joseph Berchenko

AIA, CSI, CCS

Joe has over 40 years of industry experience, 30 of which as a licensed professional Architect. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska. Having written more than 600 specifications, Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences for the AIA and CSI, and has published many technical articles in professional journals. He has worked as the firm specification writer for both Clark Enersen Partners and Bahr, and founded the independent specifications firm Great Plains Specifications. Joe is an active member of the Advisory Group for the AIA Building Performance Knowledge Community.

Joe enjoys reading and writing science fiction and hopes to one day publish his own novel. It is then of no surprise that his favorite architectural building is Villa Savoye, with its highly influential modernist design.

David Feron

PE, CDT, HBDP, CPD, LEED AP

David has 34 years of industry experience, 30 of which as a licensed Professional Engineer. David has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and holds HBDP, CPD, LEED AP, and CDT certifications. He worked at a variety of A/E firms, producing drawings and specifications, and as a consulting engineer designing high-performance HVAC and plumbing systems for high-profile clients with a nationwide presence.

David’s favorite architectural building is the Johnson Wax Administration building in Racine, Wisconsin. David enjoys running on his time off, along with training for and competing in marathons.

Tanya Coachman

CDT

Tanya Coachman has managed editorial production for over 10 years, 7 of which in the architectural and engineering space. She has worked for award-winning publications, including a magazine that won a Neal Award for an investigative series examining the impact of demography on the housing industry. Tanya is an expert in the editorial process from start to finish, including developing editorial calendars, guidelines, and budgets; recruiting and training editorial staff and freelancers; tracking and enforcing deadlines; and working closely with writers and production staff to complete the production process. When Tanya is not chasing down specifications, you might find her in front of the watercooler practicing the eight-count for her favorite style of partner dance called Chicago Stepping.

Kristi Duce

RA, CCS, GGP, CSI, AIA

Kristi has nearly 20 years of experience in architecture, working on a variety of project types across North America, from small, complicated renovation work to multimillion-dollar new construction for residential, corporate, healthcare, historic preservation, retail, and educational building projects. Her experience as a project architect, project manager, and construction administrator brings an additional element of expertise to her specification writing. Kristi has had professional articles published in the Construction Specifier Express.

Kristi’s favorite building is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. In line with her experience in historic preservation work, Kristi loves historic buildings for their level of detail and the stories they hold. She enjoys spending time with her three young children and outdoor activities such as wakeboarding, snowboarding, hockey, and golf.

Gilles Letourneau

AIA, CSI

Gill brings more than 35 years of experience as an architect. For 17 of those years, he led a team of specification writers to complete hundreds of projects for clients all over the world. Gill founded InterSpec and was InterSpec's CTO for 18 years, then president and CEO for two years. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Architecture with a concentration in Computer Aided Design and Artificial Intelligence from California Polytechnic State University. An avid artist, he has a large collection of oil and watercolor paintings he has painted and has recently been pursuing a style he calls "micro-abstraction." Gill's favorite piece of architecture is the Phillips Exeter Academy Library.

Jonathan Miller

AIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP

Jonathan brings over 30 years of professional experience as an architect, specifier, contract administrator, master detailer, and technical expert on construction and the construction process. He has been a professional member of CSI since 1990, a professional member of the AIA since 1991, a member of SCIP since 2002, a member of the American Arbitration Association, Commercial Panel of Neutral Arbitrators from 2008-15, and a lifetime member of VGBN (Vermont Green Building Network – A Chapter of USGBC) since 2003.

He was a member of CSI’s Certification Committee for two years and subsequently chaired the committee for three years in maintaining the CDT certificate and CCS, CCCA, and CCPR certifications. He is also a past member of the CSI Membership Committee and was responsible for the Vermont Chapter CSI in winning the CSI Chapter Cup for membership four times. He was a contributing author of the Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide, Wiley, ©2011. Jonathan has been awarded the CSI Environmental Sustainability Award, Distinguished Service Medal from the Northeast Region CSI, and was twice awarded the Dedicated Service Award by the Vermont Chapter CSI.

When Jonathan is not working, he enjoys hiking in his home state of Vermont. His favorite piece of architecture is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona.

Ronald Ray

RA, CCS, CCCA. CSI, AIA

Ron has been an architectural specification writer for 40 years. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Construction Specifier, and Certified Construction Contract Administrator. He was in private practice as an independent specification consultant for architectural, structural engineering, and civil engineering firms, producing more than 420 project manuals for a wide range of project types. While employed at different architectural firms, Ron was a project manager, project architect, and designer specializing in the design of churches, schools, and professional sports facilities.

After concluding his search for the finest barbeque sauce, Ron is in constant search of the ultimate dark chocolate on his days off. Perhaps he will find it near his favorite architectural building, The National Assembly Building in Bangladesh.

Doug Roemer

CDT

Doug Roemer has been in the industry for 8 years, 4 of which as a CDT. He is a graduate of Towson State University and holds a Publications Specialist Certificate from George Washington University. During his career, Doug has worked in numerous disciplines, reviewing a variety of publication types, including books on linguistics and deaf culture for Gallaudet University Press, testing materials for the U.S. College Board, and the Analytical Chemistry Journal for the American Chemical Society. In his free time, Doug photographs live bands and is an avid collector of music memorabilia.

Sheri Shaw

AIA, NCARB, CDT

Sheri graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in 1992 and has been a licensed architect since 1997. She started her career as an intern with an A/E firm in Auburn, Maine. In this position, Sheri gained experience with Housing and Urban Development projects, project programming, site analysis, code compliance reviews, schematic design through contract administration, and project construction specification manual preparation.

She later became a consultant, writing specifications and conducting peer review for architectural firms across the U.S. for various building types including educational, retail, mixed-use, high-end residential, museums, and healthcare. Sheri is also expert in Revit integration services, BPM specification writing, and Office Master development.

Sheri’s favorite piece of architecture is the Chrysler Building in New York, New York. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading historical fiction, and home improvement projects.

Paula P. Gillette

PE, CCS, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C

Paula has 38 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Her expertise is predominantly in mechanical engineering for national and international healthcare buildings, but her experience also includes a wide variety of other building types.

Paula is a licensed PE in multiple jurisdictions and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Paula is a former ASHRAE committee member on Standard Project Committee 189.3 "Standard for the Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Healthcare Facilities.”

Paula's favorite piece of architecture is La Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. Outside of work, Paula enjoys ballroom dancing. She has been a ballroom dancer for over 20 years and has competed in competitions with her husband at local, regional, and national levels.

Michael Heinsdorf

PE, LEED AP, CDT

Michael Heinsdorf has been in the industry for 16 years, 8 of which as a licensed Professional Engineer. Michael graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Michael was the lead electrical engineer for more than 30 aeronautical engineering projects with a construction value of over $1 billion. He has written numerous articles on design and specifications, and was also selected to Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2016. Michael’s favorite structure is the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In his spare time, Michael enjoys racing sailboats on local and international waters.

Tamsin Stone

AIA, CSI, CDT

Tamsin, a licensed Architect for 20 years, has 27 years of industry experience. An expert in BPM specification writing, she is a forward-thinking and creative individual who enjoys problem solving. She leverages these talents in the creation of training materials, thought leadership articles, and software development and testing. She also likes to use her creativity outside of work, where she creates mixed media art pieces by combining her love of nature photography with encaustics (hot wax painting). Her favorite building is the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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