John Parker

President & CEO

I love being a Visioneer because...

My passion and giftedness align with our mission to launch vision into reality. I love seeing someone's vision become a reality. Using creativity, collaboration, and engineering to design and develop impactful spaces where memories, friendships, fun, and life change happens.

Background:

John Parker is President of Visioneering Studios and brings vast experience designing and managing a variety of development and construction projects for public and private companies. As a former Walt Disney Imagineer, John learned to bring creativity and immerse story into every project. John has worked on projects for Disney in Florida and California, winning the industry-recognized TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) award for his part in the “Soarin’ Over California” attraction. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and holds General Construction licenses in over 30 states. John serves as a commissioner on The City of Tustin’s Building Board of Appeals.

Licensed General Contractor in AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY.

Alex Fernando

Senior Accountant | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

My job is to serve a company that serves people and God. I’m thankful to work for a company that exists to help advance the Kingdom of God.

Background:

Alex graduated from San Diego State University in December 2014 with a degree in Finance. Shortly after graduating, he started working for Visioneering Studios and is now in his fifth year. He began his career here working in Accounts Payable and is now a Senior Accountant.

Amanda Grella

Strategic Design Coordinator | Dallas

I love being a Visioneer because...

I get to talk to a church early on in the process and hear about what God is doing in their communities and churches. I love that I can use the talents that God has given me to work alongside a team of incredible designers who are helping make a difference and impacting many lives.

I may not be the one drawing the footprints for new buildings, but I love being a part of the process and seeing the hard work and creativity the team at Visioneering puts into designing incredible spaces for churches to use to reach others for Christ.

Background:

Amanda grew up in church and has always been involved in ministry somehow since she was a teenager. After college, she was a Children's Pastor for 7 years for a large church in Ohio. Her husband, also a part of the staff there, then felt called to move to Harrisburg, PA where he was a Teaching Pastor for 6 years. Now they live in Fort Worth, TX where her husband is a Campus/Teaching Pastor for a multi-site church.

Art Velasco

Director of Architectural Quality Assurance / Quality Control | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

Visioneering Studios is a great place to work. I personally enjoy the diversification of projects, it offers many challenges and opportunity to always strive to want to do more and reach new heights in architecture. I also enjoy the collaborative participation of our construction team, which also provides great communication and resolution to the full development and success of our projects.

Background:

Art has been a great part of Visioneering Studios for the past 12 plus years has he has been involved in projects that bring the community together. He values the great co-workers, fun spirit, excellent talent and creativity that is applied to all of our projects, resulting in meeting the client's expectations in a rewarding way. Driving him to give back to with tremendous energy to want to do more and more. Architecture, together with our Interior Design team and Construction Department makes the concept a reality.

Austin Finney

Architectural Designer | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the awesome team at Visioneering Studios. The creative designers, developers, architects, and builders here all share a passion for partnering with our clients to help them envision, design and build physical places and spaces that inspire and engage visitors. We believe that the great potential of architecture is that it can be designed and built with passion, and precision, in a way that captures the unique story of every project in a way that supports the positive influences and activities that people aspire to make in their community.

Background:

Austin became interested in architectural design in high school, combining an enjoyment of creating visual artwork and the real-world applications of math and physics. He is motivated by the concept of helping to create architecture that inspires and supports the positive impact that clients aspire to make in their community. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee in 2013 and begun work at LifeWay Architecture. He then joined the Visioneering Studios Architecture team later in 2013. He has had the privilege to work on a variety of projects with the Visioneering team from worship centers, auditoriums, classrooms, offices, lobbies, new construction, and renovations.

Barry Morris, NCARB

Principal Architect | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

Every day I get to work with world changers designing and building places that enhance the social fabric in which we live in a way that will continue on into eternity.

Background:

Barry has worked extensively in TN, KY, FL, NC, and TX as a project architect in all phases from initial programming to document production and final inspections during construction. He has experience working with multifamily clients, retail developers, single-family homeowners, universities, and churches.

He values quality relationships with clients by establishing a comfort level that gives peace of mind and trust throughout the overwhelming experience of building. Barry believes there is no right way to build the wrong building. He values thorough programming on the front end in order to meet expectations and deliver a thoughtful and appropriate building design. When not at work, he is usually riding a bike with his wife and three kids.

Bob Bergmann

Creative Principal | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

Visioneering Studios makes it possible for me to bring the story of redemption to life.

Background:

As a small child, Bob loved art and design. The early building blocks that brought design into reality were his Lego set. Later, his love for science grew and then in his mid 20's he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ.

His first full-time job in an Architects office gave him opportunities to design resorts and theme parks around the world over a 20-year span. Prior to joining Visioneering Studios, Bob served as the Principal Designer at AECOM (the world's largest A&E firm). This opened the door for design work with Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, and international resorts. While at AECOM, he was giving up vacation time in order to design and build in the mission field. In January of 2001, he designed and built a small church on the southern border of Nepal with a team of 13 missionaries. By November of 2002 Bob became the first designer at Visioneering Studios and his dream of combining art, science and theology came together. Visioneering Studios believes that the Church is the best tool for the redemption of people and places. He is grateful to lead the design team in this meaningful venture.

Brian Parker, Assoc. AIA

Construction Assistant Project Manager | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I enjoy working with a great team of people, that share common goals, which bring happiness to many!

Background:

Brian has worked in a variety of positions for some great firms. He has managed projects from planning and design, through construction documentation and administration with experience in various product types (office, retail, restaurant, industrial and K-12 schools). Brian appreciates working in a team environment where all parties bring unique perspectives and solutions to the table believing everyone should have a vested interest in quality deliverables for every project!

Cory Cragle

Project Designer | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

We get to partner with and learn about amazing clients, while we help them envision the future and find ways to bring those dreams into reality.

Background:

Throughout his career, Cory has designed and master-planned a variety of project types including work for K-12 schools, higher education, libraries, performing arts and municipal clients. He has also been able to serve clients throughout the world with master planning and design projects involving hospitals, schools, and ministry centers. With Visioneering, he has continued this experience, working with educational, commercial and non-profit clients who seek to make lasting impacts on their community.

Christa Benners | Santa Ana

Project Designer | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

This company has and continues to be a place where I can use my skills, passions, and talents every day. People also care about you and there is always an open door. The most rewarding part of this job is getting to see a small glimpse of the impact of our work. Only in eternity will we see the fullness of God’s handiwork.

Background:

Christa brings a passion for both business and creativity, having earned an undergraduate business degree in Entrepreneurship from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters in Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona. She finds that her education helps her see projects from all aspects, whether from a numbers perspective to creating an aesthetically beautiful and functional design solution. She has been working with Visioneering Studios for 8 years as a designer and now co-leading our design teams as a Project Designer. Whether using Revit or Sketchup, design makes its way into all aspects of Chista's life.

Danae Dougherty

Managing Principal | Dallas

I love being a Visioneer because...

Redeeming underutilized and aging spaces and places is my passion. I love that I can do that every day at Visioneering while leading and collaborating with a truly gifted team. We have the privilege of working on projects that have a lasting impact on the communities they serve. How cool is that!

Background:

Wanting to understand the holistic relationship between interior, building, and site design, Danae pursued an undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture and a Masters Degree in Architecture from UCLA. Her national project experience includes concept design to construction administration and everything in between. Project experience includes healthcare, commercial, education, retail, hospitality, non-profit and faith-based. Danae's passion and specialty is adaptive reuse of underutilized and aging spaces.

Dave Milam

Vice President of Strategic Design | Dallas

I love being a Visioneer because...

Visioneering Studios boldly redeems space and challenges the future of design. There's no place I'd rather be.

Background:

Dave Milam stands firm at the intersection of ministry, design, and visual storytelling. Having served in the church for over 20 years, Dave has a heart for guiding pastors through unique challenges of ministry to awaken the beauty that God has placed within them. As Vice President of Strategic Design at Visioneering Studios, Dave comes alongside church leaders to breathe life and creativity into their ministry space, taking them from where they are to where they want to be. As an author, he sharpens others through his articles in LifeWay, Outreach Magazine, Influence, and other national periodicals.

Dave lives in Keller, Texas, where his favorite roles are being a husband to Anne and dad to their four children.

David Peterson, OSHA 30, CPR/First Aid

Construction General Superintendent | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

The people I work with are Awesome!

Background:

David has an extensive list of past projects that range from building resorts, restaurants, residential and commercial spaces across the country. His skills in construction management and supervision are invaluable at Visioneering Studios Constructions where he brings his many qualifications and a broad range of experience to the table.

Deanne Schlegel

Construction Project Coordinator | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

Because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission which creates a family environment.

Background:

Deanne has been in the construction industry for 17 years. She started out working for a site concrete subcontractor for 12 years, before working her way up from Project Administrator to Office Manager. She has worked in all accounting departments, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources and collaborated closely with the Project Managers and Estimators. Deanne was then ready to expand her knowledge and moved to a large General Contractor where she was as a Project Accountant for 5 years. Her experience has led her to be a part of a great team at Visioneering as a Project Coordinator.

Devin Heid, MBA, PMP, DBIA, Licensed General Contractor

Director of Construction | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I'm involved in projects that better organizations and communities.

Background:

Devin has fifteen years of experience in heavy civil and general contracting for commercial and military projects.

Gale Coffman

Sr. Construction Superintendent | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

We are building for a purpose, to expand God's Kingdom.

Background:

Gale has been in the construction industry for 35 years, starting as a carpenter before moving into being a superintendent. He has built many high profile projects, including part of the Irvine Spectrum for the Irvine Company. His most notable and most gratifying projects have all been for churches. Seven years ago Gale built Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, with the belief that it would be a living building where people's lives would change in this new church building. On the opening day when thousands of people walked into the Church for the first time, he knew why God had called him to build that particular church.

Gloria Rendon Thomas

Architectural Designer | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

Working for Visioneering allows me to work with a wonderful team of professionals and create beautiful buildings that are not just physical structures for worship and service but they are also structures that give hope to many believers for the future.

Greg Ahmann

VP Development / Construction | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I get to work with great people on amazing projects that change people's lives.

Background:

Greg has been in the construction industry since 1996 and is responsible for managing projects from pre-construction through project completion. He has extensive experience bringing projects through conceptual design, entitlements, management of budgets through design, construction and close-out/turnover. Greg has overseen the completion of projects in numerous areas/fields of construction including hospitality, medical, industrial, residential, auto, finance public works, and retail. The size of the projects range from simple remodels to ground-up new construction. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Economics/Business from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA along with holding his General Contractor License in the State of California.

James Cortez, CMA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I love to work with such a dynamic team of creative geniuses!

Background:

James brings a diverse background in real estate development, property transactions, and construction, as well as over a decade of experience in finance and accounting. He brings a unique focus on stewardship and process improvement while highlighting and fostering effective design and creativity. His broad finance and accounting experience includes working with local and national businesses in the mortgage, utility, construction, non-profit, engineering and professional services industries. James holds an active CPA license in California and Texas, a Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Vanguard University of Southern California.

Jason Narath

Construction Project Manager | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

I can use my artistic and creative energy to create first-class projects!

Background:

Jason has worked in the construction field for over 20 years, with broad experience, ranging from new home builders, commercial and mixed-use facilities to universities and churches throughout the US.

Kimberly Wilson, CM-BIM

Construction Project Engineer | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

It fulfills a sense of call for me to utilize my love of design and building to help others realize their call. Whether it's building a church where others meet and open their lives to God to call them where He may have them go or building a hospital where those called to heal can help others, or anything in-between, I hope that my role in construction plays a positive role in countless lives.

Background:

Kimberly has 20 years of construction experience with the last 10 years being primarily in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM). She has worked on a multitude of projects from large multi-story hospitals and higher education buildings to small church renovations. Her role as a BIM facilitator or manager has been to build the building virtually and find issues ahead of construction to streamline the construction process minimizing field issues and risk and increasing productivity.

Matt Brehmer

Construction Superintendent | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

Of the people that work here and the family atmosphere.

Background:

Matt feels the support and encouragement he receives from upper management has lead to more confidence in himself and builds a great sense of being a part of the larger team.

Melanie Avshman, NCIDQ

Interior Designer | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

It combines my love for God and design into one unlike I could have ever imagined.

Background:

While still studying at FIDM, Melanie started as an intern for Clive Wilkinson Architects in Los Angeles. After graduation, she worked at CWA for a total of three and a half years where she assisted with education, retail and business interiors projects. This experience taught Melanie how to work in a highly competitive, fast-paced environment - which years later made her appreciate the culture at Visioneering that much more. She started with Visioneering Studios in 2012 and is still often in awe that this company exists!

Missy Parker

Office Manager | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I love being a Visioneer because I get to work with an amazingly talented group of people that share a similar heart and vision for what we do. It is thrilling to witness projects go from concept and design through the final build stages and then see how the finished projects serve to improve communities across the country.

Background:

Missy is an Office Manager with two decades of experience working with the details of support and oversight for companies. Her role covers insurance, licensure, human resources and daily actives related to front and back of house support for multiple offices. She started with Visioneering Studios in 2009. Prior to Visioneering, Missy was an Office Manager for Pulte Homes, KB Homes, and a Guest Relations Representative for Claim Jumper Restaurants corporate. Outside of work, she loves to cook, exercise and spend time with her family.

Mumta Chudasama

Architectural Designer | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

We can design through story and passion. As a team, everyone genuinely enjoys doing what we do and how we do it. It's great being able to watch the entire process from concept to construction. I am constantly learning from a team of very talented people. Also, everyone is INCREDIBLY nice.

Background:

Mutma is a graduate from the school of architecture at Louisiana State University. While in school, she worked as a translator for 4 years. Architecturally, Visioneering Studios is her first job. However, in a short period of time, she has been a valuable team member on many projects, each unique to the next.

Regina Thompson, NCARB LEED AP BD+C

Studio Director / Principal Architect | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

It is great to be on a team of like-minded people who care about the clients we serve while solving problems and providing solutions that improve the quality and function of their facilities.

Background:

Regina’s career in Architecture began in 1996. She has professional credentials with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP BD+C) and with Building Design + Construction specialty. Her experience involves all aspects of architecture, and she has worked with clients from Washington State to Florida.

Ryan Hubbard

Brand Strategist | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

With a background of working within churches, it is amazing to be able to partner with great organizations across the country and help them reach their goals.

Background:

Ryan began his career as a youth pastor but eventually found himself as the creative director of a boutique marketing agency in Orange County. However, with the experience gained from both of those worlds, he moved back into church communications. Hoping to take the lessons learned from launching national campaigns and products and applying them to the mission and vision of the church. From driving online engagement to building experiences that merge the gap between digital and in-person engagement Ryan's passion is building brands that connect with people where they are.

Ryan Spint, DBIA

Director of Construction | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

Of the People and the ability to provide turnkey solutions for all project types.

Background:

Visioneering Studios has assembled some of the best players in the industry. From YMCA's to church's and mixed-use campuses, our team has the collective experience to bring any Project to realization.

The Nashville Studio has a synergy that comes alive when "opportunities" present themselves. Collaboration and trust are not simply buzz words, they are apart of our culture and embedded in our DNA.

Ryan looks forward to expanding our services to the local Nashville market. Nashville is such a vibrant, growing city, that he feels blessed to be a part of Visioneering and this community.

Shirley Kasiano

Director of Construction | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I get to build awesome buildings and renovate spaces with fun new designs.

Background:

Shirley has 19 years of experience in the construction industry doing commercial and residential projects. The projects consist of retail, automotive, education, offices, medical/hospitals and religious markets doing interior/exterior renovations or ground-up buildings. She has completed projects in California, Texas, and Illinois.

Tim Pierce

Architectural Designer | Nashville

I love being a Visioneer because...

I get the opportunity to utilize the skills God has given me to create spaces that transform lives.

Background:

Tim has been with Visioneering Studios for 5 years as a uniquely creative architectural designer and project manager, working on projects from North Dakota to California, North Carolina to Texas. Proficient in Architectural sketching, 3D modeling, graphic design, with some experience in Virtual + Augmented reality modeling.

Tim Ryan

AP Coordinator | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

We have a supportive team with well-driven values working towards rewarding goals.

Background:

I have been a Visioneer working with the accounting team for over 2 years in our new Santa Ana office. Our team is responsible for supporting the design and construction teams with all financial and billing matters. We have a great culture and work environment where we have the opportunity to open up in prayer at our staff meetings. I am proud to be Visioneer and I feel comfortable being able to share my experiences with my team.

Tony Torres

Studio Director / Principal Architect | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I love being a Visioneer because I get to use my broad range of skills in Architecture to help churches impact their community.

Background:

As with most Visioneers, Tony has a diverse background in Architecture, ranging from restaurants to multi-family podium projects to civic projects. He finds working with churches more rewarding, though, as they have the most influence on people and society as a whole. For Tony, hearing a person's story about how they came to Christ through a church that we worked on, makes all of the challenges worth it!

Will Pate, MAcc

Financial Reporting Supervisior | Santa Ana

I love being a Visioneer because...

I am using my gifts and abilities that God gave me to do something more, to spend my time and energy spreading the Kingdom. My gifts are number and analytic based, but I use them to help a company impact the lives of countless people, Christians and non-Christians alike.

Background:

Will received his BA in Accounting from Vanguard University in 2008 where he spent time working for the City of San Clemente in the Accounting/Finance Department, as an Accounting Clerk for a local magazine company, and finally spent a tax season working for a local Tax Accountant where he helped organize and complete returns. After Vanguard University, Will completed his Masters of Accountancy at Gonzaga University in 2010 while working part-time helping a local business owner with their bookkeeping. After Gonzaga, he moved back to Southern California and started working for Visioneering Studios where he has been working in the Accounting Department ever since.