Our Team

Our team is comprised of diverse skills that reinforces our readiness for all community project types. From our design skills to our brokerage skills, we apply a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to each project that tailors to each community.

Tim Reinen

Executive Director
tim (@) radianresources.org

Tim Reinen is the Executive Director of Radian | Placematters with over a decade of professional experience in the architecture and design field. He has been involved in programming, design, documentation and construction administration for both private and public sector clients. He has a Masters of Architecture degree from Morgan State University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Connecticut. Tim has concentrated his efforts in the nonprofit field to follow his passion to help underserved communities. His work is framed around inner-city development in transit oriented neighborhoods and surrounding urban corridors to enhance the health, sustainability and quality of our communities.

Dorothy Ma

Project Manager
dorothy (@) radianresources.org

Dorothy Ma joined Radian | Placematters in 2016 with over ten years in the architecture, real estate, and development field. Her architectural background in educational, multi-family, and community based work brings a diverse and complimentary skill-set to Radian’s team. Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts from UCLA and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver.  Her career has afforded her to work at various multi-disciplinary firms which broadens Dorothy’s experience in architecture, real estate transactions and financial analysis and allows Radian Inc. to expand its project types to benefit community and other non-profit organizations.

Megan Yonke

Program Manager | Denver Shared Spaces
myonke (@) denversharedspaces.org

Megan Yonke has over ten years of experience supporting partners and clients in business, program, and policy planning and implementation. Through work with a local private real estate developer, Urban Ventures, and a market study provider, ArLand Land Use Economics, she has advanced knowledge of the Denver Metro Area real estate market.

At Denver Shared Spaces, she supports community-benefitting organizations, both for- and nonprofit, in finding space to thrive and enhance their services. She has a BA in International Relations and Economics from Michigan State University and is working on an MA in Urban Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.

Ken Synder

Director of Programming
Ken is a nationally recognized expert on a broad range of techn­ical and non-technical tools for community design and decision-making. Ken sits on the Board of the National Charrette Institute and is past Chair of the American Planning Association’s Technology Division.

Prior to working for Radian | Placematters, Ken worked for the Orton Family Foundation, heading up their Planning Tools Program. Ken also worked for the US Department of Energy as a Community Development Program Specialist. In 2000, he served as co-chair of a committee on information and tools for the White House’s Livability Council, developing policy recommendations for the Clinton-Gore report on Building Livable Communities. In 2001, he was selected as a German Marshall Fund Environmental Fellow where he traveled to Europe to study professional peer approaches to land use and transportation planning.

He has a double degree from Oberlin College in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in Conservation and Development.

Katie Symons

Program Manager | Youth Engagement
Katie Symons has nearly 20 years of experience working in education, the non-profit sector and human services, specifically affordable housing and homelessness. Katie has a deep appreciation for community development and youth engagement work and has spent over 10 years working with youth ranging in age from 10-21 years, helping them to think critically about real-world problems outside of the classroom walls and how positive change can come about by using our voices and the relationships we build. Katie served as the program manager for Denver’s Road Home and currently provides technical assistance to homeless service providers undertaking the development of permanent supportive housing in both Denver Metro as well as rural Colorado.

Katie graduated with a B.A. in Languages & Literature from Whitman College and holds a M.A. in Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Denver.

Sam Scardefield

Architectural Designer

Board of Directors

Our Board of Advisors review proposals for projects and prioritize funds delegated as grants or gifts. They are responsible for guiding the organization.

Christi Smith

Board President | Operations and Communications Director at Urban Land Conservancy
Christi joined Urban Land Conservancy in 2010 and is responsible for marketing, public relations and all communications between ULC staff, Board of Directors, partners, media and the community.  She also manages overall operations of the organization and enhances  support to the President, Board of Directors and Board Committees.

Before joining ULC, Christi served as Program Director for the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado.  She was responsible for organizing volunteers to work with high school students in 14 schools within 4 districts where they mentored in the fields are architecture, construction and engineering.  In the 4 years she was with ACE, she helped the program more than double the number of participating schools and students, giving ACE the opportunity to award more than $300,000 in scholarships.

David Askman

Secretary | Senior Counsel, HGN PC
Dave Askman is the founder the Askman Law Firm, specializing in environmental law and indigenous people’s rights.  For more than 20 years, Dave prosecuted our nation’s environmental laws as Senior Counsel at the United States Department of Justice.  In 2009, he was presented with the John Marshall Award, the Justice Department’s highest award presented to attorneys.

Dave co-founded Revolution Cleaners in 2004, widely recognized for its commitment to a green business ethic, and the State of Colorado’s first truly environmentally friendly cleaner.  An avid skier and sports enthusiast, he lives with his wife and two sons in the Highlands neighborhood in Denver.

Dan Shah

Executive Director Colfax Business Improvement District
Dan Shah is an experienced social enterprise director, currently with the West Colfax Business Improvement District in Denver. Dan’s legal background includes his current practice, Social Impact Law, and many years representing community development corporations in Philadelphia. He grew up in Evanston, IL where he developed an enthusiasm for cycling and travel, and is a father of three.

Yong Cho

Owner of Studio Completiva, Architect
Yong Cho has 20 years of design and construction administration. As an architect, he embraces the opportunity to create innovative architecture through informed, in-depth and rigorous process. As in any art form, Yong believes that the best design solution is only found through many iterations or “takes”. He has repeatedly succeeded in designing elegant, signature buildings based on simplicity and integrity. He has been involved in a wide array of projects from residential to international, institutional projects. Yong strives to combine responsible architecture and social concerns with design. He has strong interest in indigenous architecture and has traveled, researched and written about Asian and Native American Architecture. Prior to becoming an architect he pursued sculpture, painting and writing. He does attempt to get out to the river with a fly-rod and aspires to learn gliding.

Gwen Gilley

AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Senior Associate at Hord Coplan Macht
Gwen has over two decades of experience and an interest in creating architecture that is integrated and serves communities as a whole. Her work has emphasized higher education faculties and public projects. Gwen’s responsibilities include all phases of the design process from programming, design and consultant management to construction administration.

Gwen is dedicated to a high level of service and commitment to her project Owner’s and teams.

She has a strong reputation for accountability and responsiveness to Contractor needs throughout construction to help keep projects on schedule while maintaining quality and high design integrity.  Gwen’s 10 years of experience in interior design, specializing in hospitality and residential design, prior to attaining her degree in architecture gives her an integrated perspective on the architectural design process.

Shontel Lewis

Transit Equity Specialist at Regional Transportation District (RTD)
Shontel M. Lewis currently serves as the Transit Equity Specialist at the Regional Transportation District (RTD), where she is responsible for social equity through her commitment to authentic community engagement and shared decision-making, Title VI and Environmental Justice.

Prior to joining RTD, she severed as the Director of Equity and Innovation, at Project VOYCE, a nonprofit that she co-founded, after the closure of her high school. In her role, she was responsible for ensuring that youth voice helped shape education policy. Additionally, she served as the Director of CHOICES, a program of Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center in collaboration with the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, where she provided programming and wraparound support to gang involved youth and their families.

Greg Sader

AIA
Greg is an architect at Bennet Wagner & Grody Architects in Denver, Colorado.

Advisory Committee

In addition to our staff support, we have a robust team of volunteers.  With representation from the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, the Advisory Committee provides strategic direction and oversight for the collaboration.

  • Angela Fletcher, Denver Housing Authority
  • Bill James, James Real Estate Services
  • Chris Koziol, University of Colorado-Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Will Kralovec, Urban Land Conservancy
  • Jason Page, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
  • Miriam Peña, Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships
  • Rebecca Saltman, A Foot in the Door Productions

Board Emeritus

Chris Smith

President | Senior Program Office – Colorado Health Foundation
Christopher Smith is an architect and member of the Foundation’s Healthy Living outcome team. He works closely with the Portfolio Director of Healthy Living and other members of the philanthropy and evaluation teams achieve the Foundation’s mission.

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