The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a series of eight sessions. The curriculum focuses on honing skills including:

  • entrepreneurership and firm managmeent
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • negotiation skills
  • client development
  • community leadership
  • understanding industry trends

Staff Liaison

Tangela Monroe
Chief Operating Officer
(678) 553-0500 ext 108


Mindy Goodroe, AIA

Mindy F. Goodroe, Principal, HKS Inc, has shaped the human experience through innovative design and planning leadership. Her work represents over 10 million square feet and more than 2 billion dollars in domestic and international projects, ranging from luxury resorts in Mexico to medical cities in the Middle East. A licensed architect with 18 years’ experience, her passion for creating inspiring places where people work, play and heal gives Mindy a whole person perspective for the clients she serves. Mindy was a member of the 2014 inaugural class of the Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program in DC and since her participation in the program, she has been elevated to principal and named the Health Practice Leader for HKS’s Atlanta Health studio. She is excited to bring the leadership program to our community and is looking forward to working closely with the committee members and participants to advance leadership skills for emerging professionals in the state of Georgia.

Shelby Morris, AIA

Shelby Morris, AIA is an Associate Principal with The Beck Group in Atlanta, Georgia.  Shelby has led or been part of over $800 million of design and design/build projects, including, Phipps Plaza Hotel and Office, Lenox Square Mall renovation, Eight projects at Duke University, and Princess Margaret Hospital Expansion (Nassau, Bahamas).  Through the AIA, Shelby has served on the AIA YAF Advisory Committee (2016-2017), AIA YAF South Atlantic Region Director (2014-2015), and is currently serving on the AIA Construction Contract Administration Committee.

Shelby was recently awarded the 2015 AIA Atlanta John Busby Award, the 2016 AIA National’s Young Architect Award, and the 2017 Building Design and Construction’s 40 under 40.

Clara Winston, AIA
Emerging Professional Liaison

Joanna Robinson, Assoc. AIA
Emerging Professional Liaison

Gerry Cowart, FAIA
Board Liaison

Gerry Cowart has long been a proponent of Sustainable Design.  He was one of the first LEED Accredited architects in Georgia.  In 1996 and again in 1997, he was awarded the AIA GA Sustainable Design Award. In 2008, he authored AIA GA’s Sustainable Design position paper. He has also served on numerous committees and in leadership roles, twice as President of the Savannah Chapter. He is a founding member of USGBC’s Savannah section. Gerald Cowart has also been a member of the Historic Savannah Foundation for twenty-nine years.  He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees and has served in volunteer positions on many of the Historic Savannah Foundation’s committees.

Cowart’s 29+ year professional career in Savannah has been exemplified by award-winning projects that combine his loves — historic preservation, environmental stewardship and sustainable urban design.

Ralph Raymond, AIA
Board Liaison

During Raymond’s time as an At-Large Directorhe has come to understand methods of activism and is empowered to further AIA Georgia’s efforts. As he continues to be involved with several related organizations and volunteerism directly tied to AIA GA, Raymond also looks to instill a freshness that speaks to the younger generation and increases retention.

Raymond is the 2nd youngest licensed architect in the state, and works for HOK in downtown. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture. His major projects include the Civil and Human Rights Center and the Atlanta Airport.  He is a graduate of Georgia Tech, and an active member of NOMA since 2008 most recently serving on the Board of Directors as treasurer. This is his second term as a Georgia board member.