Advisory Members

Mr. Edward Francis, FAIA
Resendes Design Group, LLC
Detroit, MI

Mr. Tom Nemitz, AIA
Cornerstone Architects
Grand Rapids, MI


Mr. Steven Hoekzema, AIA
Tower Pinkster
Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Arthur Smith, FAIA
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Southfield, MI


Mr. Charles Jylha, AIA, LEED AP
Skyloft Studio-R, LLC
Comstock Park, MI

Mr. Joel Smith, AIA
Neumann/Smith Architecture
Southfield, MI


Mr. Michael Kirk, AIA, LEED AP
Neumann/Smith Architecture
Southfield, MI

Mr. John VanHouten
Progressive Architecture & Engineering
Grand Rapids, MI


Mr. Dave Mielock, AIA
Mielock Associates, Inc.
Northville, MI

Mr. Jim Winter-Troutwine, RA
Winter-Troutwine Associates Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI


Ms. Gretchen Minnhaar, AIA
Minnhaar Designs
Grand Rapids, MI
Facility Management

Mr. Marc Adelman, AIA, CFM, CCS
TVS Interiors
Chicago, IL

Ms. Emily Burns
Senior Manager, Places
Herman Miller
Zeeland, MI


Mr. Skip Camp, CFM
Facilities Management Director
Collier County Board of Commissioners
Naples, FL

Mr. Steve Orsargos, CFM
Manager, Facilities Operations
DTE Energy
Detroit, MI


Ms. Samantha J. Dennison
Lease Administration Manager
Washington, DC

Mr. Roger Peterson
Senior Vice President
Philadelphia, PA


Damon Gonzales, CFM
Facilities Project Manager
Holland, MI

Mr. Sergio Pages
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Structure TEC
Farmington Hills, MI


Mr. Chris Hodges, PE, CFM, IFMA Fellow
Facility Engineering Associates
Fairfax, VA

Mr. Daniel J. Roth, CFM, MCR
Pfizer Inc.
Kalamazoo, MI


Ms. Deirdre Jimenez
Operations Manager
Jacobs Engineering
Global Buildings North America
Bingham Farms, MI


Mr. John Stivers
J.H. Stivers Project Services LLC
Grand Rapids, MI


Ms. Janice Kitchen, ASID, LEED AP
Senior Interior Designer
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Tom Theoret
Manager, Facility Services
Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, MI


Mr. Filip Martin
Director of Engineering
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Wayne D. Veneklasen, Ph.D., CFM
President, Facility Solutions
Grandville, MI

Advisory board committees are an important mechanism for connecting the university with professional communities. They bring external members' experience and perspectives to bear as the university considers future academic program growth and monitors the quality of its existing academic programs.

Advisory board member responsibilities include:

  • Assess and comment on department/program strategic directions.
  • Help ensure that programs and departments are attuned to professional and community trends.
  • Provide early input in the course and program development process as new courses and programs are being conceptualized.
  • Play an important role in the quality assurance of programs, and for each course or group of courses under its jurisdiction, will:

    • Offer advice and evaluative comment on new course and program proposals in terms of professional practice
    • Review the annual progress of continuing courses and programs, and the proposed course improvements contained therein
    • Assess proposed major changes to program
    • Consider any other matter relating to course and program development or operation

  • Offer advice on marketing, student recruitment, student internships, and job placement.
  • Provide advice and assistance on faculty recruitment, faculty development, and research opportunities.
  • Help to identify and create external teaching, consulting, advancement, and research opportunities.
  • Provide assistance, personally, through company affiliation, or networking opportunities in meeting the program needs for cash and equipment.