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2019 Board of Directors



Danielle Hermann, AIA
OPN Architects, Inc.

Danielle Hermann, AIA, is an Associate Principal at OPN Architects, Inc., an architecture firm recognized for its seamless blend of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture located in Des Moines, Iowa. A strong advocate for diversity in the architectural field, Hermann is a founder and charter member of Iowa Women in Architecture and founder of AIA Iowa’s Diversity Committee. She has been a part of multiple impactful projects in the Des Moines community including current work being done in collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Krause Gateway Center, work with The Principal to reimagine their downtown campus and headquarters, prior work on the renovation of Hoyt Sherman Place auditorium and the Salisbury House & Gardens, as well as work on Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor’s Mansion.  Hermann was honored with a 2016 AIA Iowa Young Architects Award, the 2017 AIA National Young Architects Award, and a 2013 Design Achievement Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Design.  Hermann received both her Bachelors of Architecture in 2001, and Masters of Architecture in 2008, from Iowa State University.


Vice President

Tonia Householder, AIA
INVISION Architecture

Tonia Householder, AIA is a Managing Architect at INVISION, a planning, architecture and interiors firm that builds collaborative relationships resulting in holistic and innovative solutions for its clients and communities.  As an Architect, she has led the design for many healthcare projects throughout the state, including several critical access facilities, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and locally at Mercy Medical Center. 


Householder is a 2006 graduate from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Architecture, where she continues to be actively involved in the University’s architectural community, performing studio critiques and guest reviews.  This engagement has established a strong advocacy for the mentorship of emerging professionals.  Householder serves as a board representative for emerging professionals on the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, with a primary initiative to continue a statewide mentorship service.  She has also acted as a regional representative for Iowa, participating on the AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee. Householder also contributes time volunteering for the ACE mentor program, encouraging the pursuit of Architecture, Construction and Engineering to high school students in the Des Moines area. In addition, she works to positively impact the architectural community by working with the AIA Central Iowa Architects Section, promoting achievements and collaboration amongst the section.  As a 2016 Graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, she hopes to expand this impact and outreach throughout the surrounding Central Iowa Communities.



2nd Vice President

Dan Drendel, AIA
Slingshot Architecture

Dan Drendel, AIA is Principal at Slingshot Architects, a multidisciplinary team driven by meaningful work created through personal relationships. Slingshot engages community so that people and place transform. Dan earned a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State University in 2001. He has also served as the Associate Director on the AIA Iowa Board, chaired the AIA Iowa Public Relations Committee, was a committee member of the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee, and is on the editorial board for the Iowa Architect magazine.





Steve King, AIA
State Historic Preservation Office

Steve King graduated from the University of Kansas in 1992 and has led teams on a variety of project types, including; sports venues, corporate campuses and civic buildings. His passion for historic preservation led him to his current position leading the State Historic Preservation Office of Iowa. King combines his expertise in architecture and historic preservation by overseeing the state’s efforts to identify and preserve Iowa’s historical assets.




Kerry Weig, AIA
INVISION Architecture

Kerry Weig, AIA, is a Principal at INVISION Architecture, Planning and Interiors, a collaborative studio of designers with offices in Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa.  Weig graduated from Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) in 1998.  She has served as a volunteer on a number of AIA professional committees and community organizations including the AIA Public Relations Committee, Iowa Women in Architecture Board, State Center Development Association Board, Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa Facilities Committee and STEM mentor, YWCA of Des Moines Board of Directors, and the Governor’s North Central Region STEM Advisory Board.  She also serves on several other positions in her community and church. Kerry is motivated by her dedication to service-to clients and teammates professionally, to her family personally, and to the communities she is involved with as a result of both.  



Past President

Gary Van Dyke, AIA

Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering

Gary Van Dyke, AIA, is a Principal Architect at the West Des Moines location of Shive-Hattery, Inc., a Midwest based architecture and engineering firm with 9 offices located in 4 states that has provided single source solutions to clients with unique design services for 117 years. Van Dyke is a 1984 graduate of Iowa State University with practice experiences spanning over three decades with a current focus on healthcare architecture. He has been a member of AIA Iowa since 1985 and has serviced on the AIA Iowa Board since 2013.  Gary previously served on the board of the Iowa Architectural Foundation.




Naura Heiman Godar, AIA
RDG Planning & Design 

Naura Heiman Godar, AIA is a studio director and senior partner at RDG Planning and Design, an architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, visual art and planning corporation.  Naura has lived in Des Moines for twelve years and served the AIA in many capacities during her tenure. She joins the board after recently serving as the chair of iaWia, a partner organization of AIA Iowa. In addition, she serves on Des Moines’ Urban Design Review Board, is an active Rotarian in the West Des Moines club, and a mom of two wonderfully energetic and inquisitive boys. She has built a multitude of building types and is conversant in many building conditions, currently as RDG’s Project Manager for the Iowa Clinic’s expansion in West Des Moines.  Heiman Godar received her Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2002.




Kevin Wagner, AIA
Substance Architecture 

Kevin Wagner is an Architect at Substance Architecture, a collaborative design practice established in Des Moines, Iowa in 2005. He joined Substance in 2011 after making the move from Chicago to Iowa in 2005. While at Substance, Wagner has managed several residential designs and projects for Iowa State University and has participated on design teams for several large corporate, public, and Board of Regent clients. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University, where he served as a teaching assistant and mentor, and continues to participate as a critic on design juries. His work has received several awards and has been featured in national and international publications and exhibitions. Wagner has presented workshops at state-wide conferences as Co-Chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee and is currently serving as Associate Director on the AIA Iowa Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chair of the Iowa Young Architects Forum, a local professional chapter he formed in 2015 to help create and foster a greater creative community in Iowa. In 2017, Wagner was the recipient of AIA Iowa’s Young Architect Award.



Pete Franks, AIA
Franks Design Group 

Pete Franks is the Principle Architect at The Franks Design Group, P.C., a professional services firm specializing in the appropriate treatment of existing and historic buildings established in 2006. He is a graduate of the College of Design Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has been a registered architect since 1992 and has worked in the profession for over 30 years, including time with firms in Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Omaha. Though The Franks Design Group, P.C., is a general architectural practice, the firm, under Franks’ direction, focuses on projects involving existing and historic buildings. Franks has been recognized for his firm’s work with Preservation Iowa and Main Street Iowa. 





Nick Lindsley, AIA
Neumann Monson Architects

Nick Lindsley, AIA, is project architect and shareholder at Neumann Monson Architects, an innovative design practice with studios in Iowa City and Des Moines.  Lindsley graduated from Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) with a secondary major of Environmental Studies in 2009.  He has helped lead projects recognized with awards for design excellence from AIA Iowa, AIA Central States Region, and IIDA Great Plains Chapter.  In 2018, he was awarded with AIA Iowa’s Young Architect Award.  He has also served as President and Board Member of the AIA Iowa South East Iowa Architecture Section, and as an editorial board member for Iowa Architect Magazine.



Lisa Kalaher, AIA
PLaN Architecture

Lisa Kalaher is an architect and community activist residing in Sioux City, Iowa. She is an instigator of change and progress. In 2010 she co-founded PLaN Architecture, where she and her firm have received numerous recognitions in both design and community engagement. She has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s community-based culture. In addition to practice and volunteerism, Lisa has continued her entrepreneurial spirit and founded Mod House Interiors in Sioux City to help fill a much needed gap in modern furnishings. Lisa is committed to raising awareness of the merits of design in our communities and has fashioned a career to achieve that end.  


Associate Director

Hoang Tran, Assoc. AIA
RDG Planning & Design 

Hoang Tran, Assoc. AIA  is a design professional with RDG Planning & Design, an architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, visual art and planning corporation. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2013 from Iowa State University. Hoang has lived in Des Moines for over 15 years, and serves the community as a volunteer with many organizations, including AIA Annual Fall Convention Committee, AIA Public Relations Committee, Iowa Architecture Foundation walking tour guide, ArtForce Iowa artist mentor, ACE mentor, and Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.


Allied Director

Todd Mithelman 
Mannington Commercial 

Todd Mithelman has worked in the architectural and interior design communities for nearly 30 years, representing Mannington Commercial in Iowa and Nebraska.  A native Iowan, Mithelman received his degree in Business Management from Luther College in 1990.  He has been actively involved in both AIA and IIDA serving on various committees and supporting each organization as a legacy sponsor.  He was IIDA Great Plains Chapter Industry Representative of the Year in 2014 and currently serves as a public member of the State of Iowa Interior Design Examining Board.  Active in church and local school groups, Mithelman and his wife Colette, live in Johnston and have three adult children.  He loves to golf, landscape, and BBQ.


ISU Representative

Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA
Chair, Department of Architecture

Deborah Hauptmann, Assoc. AIA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University. ISU Architecture offers two professional degrees: BArch & MArch, as well as a Master of Science research degree program. It is home to approximately 500 students and 40 faculty. Prior to her arrival at ISU she was the Director of the Delft School of Design - an internationally recognized platform for research and advanced education at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Hauptmann has practiced architecture in Switzerland, Spain and the US. She holds a BArch degree from the University Texas at Austin, an MA with the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD work with TU Delft. Deborah lectures and publishes internationally on her research, which draws on a trans-disciplinary approach to architecture, including disciplines such as philosophy, culture and media studies, social science, and neuroscience. 


AIAS President

Megan Dunham 
Iowa State University

Megan Dunham is a fifth-year architecture student at Iowa State University. Last spring, Megan had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy. While continuing to expand her architecture skillset, she gained knowledge around the historical sites and enjoyed the cultural setting of Italy. Over the summer, Megan had an internship with Buckingham Companies, a recognized real estate developer that received Best Renovation Project as well as Spirit of Giving at the Midwest Multifamily Conference. Megan had an opportunity not only continue to use her architecture skillset but give back to the community volunteering with the company. Megan will be graduating May of 2019 and currently looking for her next adventure!


Central States Region Strategic Counselor 2019-2021

Mindy Aust, AIA
Des Moines, IA



Central States Region Strategic Counselor 2018-2020

Laura Lesniewski, AIA
BNIM, Kansas City, MO

Laura Lesniewski, AIA, has been with BNIM in Kansas City for 25 years.  She works across a broad range of project types, all searching for sustainable solutions that engage the individuals and communities for whom they are designed. Most recently, in 2018, two projects have been recognized by AIA Kansas City, AIA Kansas, and/or AIA Central States with design awards.  The first is an addition and renovation to Jacob’s Well Church facilities in Kansas City, Missouri that focuses on providing diversity of gathering spaces, accessibility to the existing structure, and hospitality to visitors.  The other project comes from a ten-year partnership with a remote rural community in northwest Kenya who saw the need for secondary education in their community.  The result is the ongoing establishment of Asilong Christian High School, a campus that emphasizes response to regional climate, incorporation of local culture and labor, and more durable construction techniques while incorporating local materials.  Lesniewski became a regional Strategic Councilor first because she was asked by her local component, AIA Kansas City. The role of the Council is intriguing to her in its mandate to be the think tank of the Institute, to imagine the future, and to test ideas that may benefit all members and the profession at large.




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