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Randy Seitz

President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Randy Seitz

President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “Men who exist get over-run by men who do.” – T.R. Fehrenbach in the book “Lone Star”

Randy founded BLUELINE in 2004. Before starting BLUELINE in his hometown of Harrisonburg,
Virginia, Randy worked in Washington, D.C., and Indiana. The strong sense of community that Randy received growing up in rural Virginia, combined with early jobs doing maintenance and construction, created a foundation for work that delivers long-term value while providing unexpected delight. Having worked early in his career for firms specializing in retail, healthcare, and commercial projects, Randy has built BLUELINE to service mission-driven organizations like churches, non-profits, and schools. Through collaboration, creativity, and expert knowledge, Randy and the BLUELINE team seek to amplify their clients’ mission and tell their unique stories. Randy’s most rewarding aspect of his job is seeing clients finding unexpected delight in the building
we design.

Randy lives in Harrisonburg with his wife Patsy, who is a teacher and school administrator. They love to travel, especially when they can visit their granddaughter in Richmond, Virginia. Randy’s man-cave is his woodshop, where he likes to listen to podcasts while trying to remember to “measure twice, cut once.”

Fun fact: He is the only person he knows who has run himself over with his car! Yes, you read that
correctly – he ran himself over with his car! Ouch!

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Anna Campbell

Vice President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Anna Campbell

Vice President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “Never let hard lessons harden your heart; the hard lessons of life are meant to make you better, not bitter.” – Roy T. Bennett.

As Vice President of BLUELINE, Anna is well-known as The Code Queen for her thorough knowledge and understanding of building codes. Anna completed a five-year program in architecture and town planning and earned a Master Engineer Degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Szczecin. Anna says that the most rewarding aspect of her job is witnessing how BLUELINE’s buildings change people’s lives for the better. When she is not working, Anna enjoys reading, traveling, and hanging out with her pets.

Fun fact: She speaks three languages and plays three instruments!

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Jack Duran

Vice President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Jack Duran

Vice President / Client Service Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “Stay Calm and Carry On!” – unknown

As Vice President and Client Service Leader for our Houston office, Jack works directly with clients to ensure they benefit from the full range of our capabilities within and across our practice areas of architecture, planning, and administration. Jack is one of BLUELINE’s leading architectural designers, and sensibility merges the visionary and functional with a commitment to design clarity. He has designed award-winning religious, academic, and learning environments across the country, including office building, school, laboratories, community gathering spaces, churches, and offices for non-profit organizations.

Jack says that the most rewarding aspect of his job is having the privilege of creating environments (spaces and buildings) that people use every day. Originally from Texas, Jack received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural from Texas A&M University and a Fellowship from Ohio State University, where he went on to receive his Master of Architecture degree.

In his spare time, Jack enjoys woodworking and fishing. So, you are most likely to find him along the gulf coast on a boat or a beach reading his favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird!

Fun fact: Jack is the youngest of 4, with 3 sisters!

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Tessa Bennetch

Administrative Assistant

Tessa Bennetch

Administrative Assistant

Favorite Quote: “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Since 2017, Tessa has brought unique spirit and energy to those she welcomes into BLUELINE and is consistently demonstrating commitment and passion to her work, clients, friends, and family.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect was of her job, Tessa responded, “The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping build team spirit for the company by planning events and greeting clients and making them feel at home.”
When Tessa is not working, you’ll find her painting, playing guitar and piano, and creating flower arrangements.

Fun fact: She keeps a pair of scissors in her car so that she always has a tool to cut flowers. If she sees a beautiful flower on the side of the road, she will stop to cut them and arrange them in a vase to display in her kitchen!

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Kevin Bowman

Design Associate

Kevin Bowman

Design Associate

Kevin is a focused and diligent designer whose interest in architecture stems from a curiosity about how everything operates and functions. “Insert ‘I wanted to build stuff since I was a kid’ cliche here.” Did we mention his dry sense of humor? He believes designs and structures should provide a service at both the human and urba scale. He’s worked on everything from (mundane) to an exciting 450 linear foot cast-in-place concrete retaining wall, associated site work and renovation of a circa 1906 schoolhouse. But his dream project is designing a factory and test facility for Ferrari. Because his hobby is motor racing, we imagine he’d like driving one, too.

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Ken Earman

Design Associate

Ken Earman

Design Associate

Favorite Quote: “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… he who doesn’t, pays it.” – Albert Einstein

Meet the detailed and focused Ken Earman! Ken joined the BLUELINE team with numerous years of Revit, AutoCAD, and drafting experience. He is originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, but had the opportunity to live and work in CALI & NOVA since then. We are happy to have him back in the BURG! Ken has specialized in HVAC, plumbing, architectural, and construction, which makes him a much-needed addition to our awesome team!

When asked what his most rewarding aspect of the job was, Ken responded, “Seeing a building or project go from the computer screen and paper into reality.”

Ken loves all things cooking, including grilling and smoking meats. But if you want to hang out with Ken, then you should invite him over for Italian food! That’s only if you can catch him because he loves to travel around the US by car.

Fun fact: Ken packed up whatever he could, loaded it into his car, and drove across the country with no particular destination or schedule, twice, taking a couple of months each time!

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Melanie Eby

Manager of Administration & Human Resources

Melanie Eby

Manager of Administration & Human Resources

Favorite Quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

Since 2013, Melanie has kept “the trains running smoothly and on time” here in our busy office at BLUELINE. She is a calm, confident, and incredibly capable manager. Melanie has spent most of her career working in business administration and enjoys the different tasks that come across her desk.

“The variety of tasks and responsibilities that I get to manage and my awesome co-workers!” is what Melanie said is the most rewarding aspect of her job.

When Melanie isn’t working, you can find her puttering in the kitchen or catching up with friends.

Fun fact: Melanie has walked on the Great Wall of China!

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Bricia Hermosillo

Design Associate

Bricia Hermosillo

Design Associate

Favorite Quote: “Less is more.” – Mies van der Rohe

Bricia was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico. She began working at BLUELINE in 2015. Bricia is responsible for assisting the entire team in coordinating projects during schematic design and construction documents with consultants to fulfill the client’s needs.

Bricia’s most rewarding aspect of her job is “being able to create spaces that service client’s needs.”

Being a mom of two and not much spare time, she does love to read or wind down and watch a “non-cartoon” show. She also enjoys going on day trips with her family.

Fun fact: She’s the only left-handed person in her entire family!

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Heather Hopkins

Interior Designer | ASID | NCIDQ | LEED AP

Heather Hopkins

Interior Designer | ASID | NCIDQ | LEED AP

Favorite Quotes: “Never let anyone tell you you are a yellow starburst. You are a pink starburst.” – unknown
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those you matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

With over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential design throughout the East Coast, Heather has had the good fortune of working on projects that have ranged from large to small, commercial to residential, and low to high end. Her favorite projects are always the ones where all parties involved are heavily invested in the successful outcome of functional and harmonious spaces. Heather believes that regardless of the use of the space, the interior should be not only efficient and functional but also inspiring.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of her job was, Heather said, “Being able to return to the project site and observing (or hearing from the client) how the space has furthered the client’s mission or made a positive impact for the end-users.”

Heather enjoys sewing, antiquing, puzzles, and exploring new towns/cities, and traveling with family.

Fun Fact: She has hung out with Weird Al and professional sumo wrestlers in Kyoto! How awesome is that?

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Ivan Huber

Project Leader / Architect

Ivan Huber

Project Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” – Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Ivan is a Virginia native, bringing over a decade of experience to the BLUELINE team. He practiced Industrial Design as a consultant for global brands and as a staff designer with General Electric Appliances before shifting his career to architecture. Ivan earned a Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2016 and has since been applying his skills to building design. He appreciates the scale, complexity, and collaborative nature of architecture, along with the opportunity to make an impact on local communities. The synergy of a well-functioning team is the most rewarding aspect of Ivan’s job. When not designing, Ivan enjoys strumming his six-string, riding his motorcycle, and reveling in the great outdoors while camping in his ’85 VW Westy.

Fun fact: Ivan has been to 30 Phish shows!

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Christine Kiracofe

Director of Business Development

Christine Kiracofe

Director of Business Development

Favorite Quote: “There are no bad days, just some are better than others.” – Johanna DiCroce Farra

Favorite Scripture: I can do everything through Christ who give me strength. Philippians 4:15

Fun Fact: She comes from a big Italian, Irish, Christian Family from NY and they are all extroverts and all 23 members of her immediate family ski or snowboard, even her parents.

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Kristin LaPorta

Interior Designer | ASID | NCIDQ | LEED AP

Kristin LaPorta

Interior Designer | ASID | NCIDQ | LEED AP

Favorite Quote: “Less is more.” – Mies van der Rohe

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in interior design at James Madison University, Kristin has been fortunate enough to call Harrisonburg home for several years. She started at BLUELINE in 2017, coming from a background in both residential and commercial interior design here in the Valley as well as the Washington, DC area. Her experience has taught her that the most successful and rewarding projects are those that allow the occupants to feel connected to their space through a sense of comfort, safety, and inspiration.

The most rewarding aspect of Kristin’s job is watching a client’s vision come to fruition.

When Kristin isn’t working, she enjoys running, traveling, and painting.

Fun fact: Kristin has traveled to 13 different countries!

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Welby Lehman

Senior Project Leader / Architect

Welby Lehman

Senior Project Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.” – Louis Kahn

Welby joined BLUELINE in 2008 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a Master of Architecture degree. He believes that architecture is for the service of the occupants. “Creating a building that people are to be in, look at, and treasure for a long time is the goal.” Always building things as a child – tree houses, snow igloos, forts in the woods – architecture is a natural fit.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of his job was, he responded with, “Hearing the good things our clients do to make the world a better place.”

Welby’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity showed him the social impact that designers can have. His style is neither stark nor excessive, preferring to balance complexity with order. Welby enjoys camping and biking with his family when he’s not working.

Fun fact: He can make his son laugh by reciting Shel Silverstein’s poems! How adorable is that?

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Larry Litwiller

Director of Finance & Administration

Larry Litwiller

Director of Finance & Administration

Favorite Quote:Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” – Maya Angelou

Larry comes to us as a leader in Accounting and Finance, with experience in the Public Accounting, Insurance, and Nonprofit sectors. He appreciates BLUELINE’s forward-looking plan for growth, along with its commitment to serving “good people doing great things.” He most recently served as Director of Business Services, Technology & Facilities at a private school in Sarasota, FL. Previous work led him to field audit visits to more than 25 countries, and he’d love to visit 25 more.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of his job was, Larry responded, “Without a doubt, it’s the people I get to work with. From day one, I’ve been taken by the warmth, wit, and dedication of the BLUELINE team, and am grateful to be part of it.”

When Larry isn’t working, you’ll find him relaxing with a good novel, biking, or soaking up all the beauty that nature provides – walks along the ocean, hikes in the mountains, the night sky, valley sunsets, and a bottomless cup of coffee with friends.

Fun fact: He grew up on a small farm in rural Michigan but love the culture and diversity of the city.
Making either Chicago or NYC his home address for a period of time is on his bucket list.

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R. Clayton Matcek

Project Leader

R. Clayton Matcek

Project Leader

Favorite saying: “I will take that as a maybe.”

Clayton has been a project leader of BLUELINE since 2005 and is responsible not only in project management but in the coordination of the firm’s information system, especially related to architectural production. Clayton is also a key coordinator of the methods and systems used during the construction phase services performed by the firm and provides oversight of the work in-house design and technical staff.

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of his job was, Clayton said, “Finding resolutions to issues before construction.”

When he is not working, you’ll find Clayton hunting, fishing, or working on vehicles.

Fun fact: He lived in England from 4th to 7th grade!

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Lyssa Perry

Administrative & Marketing Assistant

Lyssa Perry

Administrative & Marketing Assistant

Favorite Saying: “Work hard and be nice to people.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Since 2008, Lyssa has performed a wide range of administrative support functions for BLUELINE, which enables office operations to run smoothly and efficiently. Among other things, she supports the staff with project documentation, invoicing, marketing materials, and database management.

When she isn’t doing her most favorite thing in the world – all things shopping! – you’ll find Lyssa and her husband at high school football games!

If you don’t find her there, try looking for her at a beach in Destin or Panama City in Florida and most likely with her cute grandkids.

Fun fact: Lyssa’s husband says that she knows more about sports than most men! She does LOVE football and baseball!

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Amber Ritter

Senior Project Leader

Amber Ritter

Senior Project Leader

Favorite Quote: “Less is more.” – Mies van der Rohe

Amber joined BLUELINE in 2007 and is responsible for project management and coordination with governing authorities, the consultant and engineering teams, contractors, and vendors. Not only that, but she also provides oversight of the work of in-house design and technical staff, including design documentation. When asked what the most rewarding aspect of her job was, Amber replied, “I love helping clients take an idea and bring it to life. In a way, I look at projects like a puzzle that requires a team with a variety of expertise to put together all the pieces.” Since 2007, Amber has shared in the honors of award-winning commercial, educational, and institutional projects. What does she do when she is not working? Amber enjoys gardening, getting outdoors, crafts, puzzle games, and observing wildlife. You can also find her and her husband at comedy shows, Astros baseball games, and concerts.

Fun fact: Amber is the youngest of 8 kids, she’s a crazy cat lady, and she’s really good at crosswords!

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Jose Thompson

Design Associate

Jose Thompson

Design Associate

Favorite Quote: “Only those who risk going too far will possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Elliot

Jose earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. After working for both an architectural firm and a contractor in Little Rock, AK, Jose found himself in the Shenandoah Valley. He believes that architecture should be influenced by the vernacular, incorporating local styles, building materials, and architectural vocabulary and reflect the historical-cultural, and environmental context in which it exists.

Jose believes that watching the construction of a project that he was involved in is the most rewarding aspect of his job.

Not only is Jose an artisanal baker, a coffee roaster, and avid runner and cyclist, but Jose also shoots pistol for the Honduran Olympic Team. Above all else, Jose enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Fun fact: His family owns a coffee plantation in Honduras, and he was not even a coffee drinker at the time!

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Kirsten Weston

Design Associate

Kirsten Weston

Design Associate

Favorite Quote: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali

Kirsten is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. She brings a unique skill set and is passionate about developing a strong and innovative concept at the start of each project and seeing that concept through the brainstorming stages to development.

Kirsten’s most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing BLUELINE’s designs come to life.

When Kirsten is not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her family and dogs. Oh, and she loves doing lots of DIY!

Fun, and painful, fact: She has dislocated her knees 4 times! Ouch!

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Mike Wittig

Senior Project Leader / Architect

Mike Wittig

Senior Project Leader / Architect

Favorite Quote: “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

With nearly 20 years of experience in architectural design, Mike uses his extensive knowledge and drive for helping others achieve their goals to create significant works. A plethora of project opportunities ranging from restaurants and banks to medical offices and places of worship have not only shaped and formed his skill but have contributed to his ever-present talent here in the Shenandoah Valley and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Mike’s most rewarding aspect of his job is being able to use his skills/talents to help his clients achieve their goals/vision.

When Mike is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.