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PeopleIt's is our motivation.
PassionWe love what we do!
ProcessWe are continually pursuing excellence.
PerformanceWe meet expectations!
A team of people doing what they love
It's Nice to Meet You!
Damon RomanelloChief Executive Officer
Mike LendinoChief Financial Officer
Valerie MarinoSenior Interior Designer | Associate Principal
Rachel HunterProject Manager | Associate Principal
Mark ShannonSenior Project Manager | Associate Principal
Vanessa TylerBrand Ambassador | Associate Principal
Andrea GilDirector of Business Operations | Associate Principal
Sandra TrofferSenior Project Manager | Associate Principal
Stephanie McPhersonConstruction Administrator
Celso VargasSenior Project Coordinator
Carlos MarcetSenior Healthcare Architect
Brianna OlsenBusiness Operations Manager | Associate
Tara ThompsonBusiness Operations Manager
Jose ValentinSenior Project Manager
Matthew LegerSenior Project Coordinator
Gennifer HuntSenior Interior Designer
Maria VillaSenior Project Coordinator
Chandler HiltonProject Coordinator
Mathew NelsonProject Coordinator
Dexter FosterProject Coordinator
Logan TackmannProject Coordinator
Christena EllenderInteriors Coordinator
Nancy De La VegaProject Coordinator
Tanmay SabharwalArchitectural Designer
Damon RomanelloChief Executive Officer Email Damon
My name is Damon Romanello. I’m the CEO of Studio+, and I never stop moving. I founded Studio+ in 2011, and since then have taken a committed and engaged approach to lead the strategic growth of Studio+ and its affiliated companies.
I founded this company with a vision that we still follow to this day: transforming lives through our company’s work. We accomplish this by promoting process-driven design and committing daily to continuous improvement.
Throughout my career, I’ve planned and led healthcare teams domestically and internationally on a diverse range of work. I’ve spoken nationally on lean operations, destination healthcare, and reverse innovation.
When I am not at work, I split my time between traveling, cooking (I love cooking paella on the Big Green Egg), and spending time with my wife and children boating, fishing, or doing anything at all involving saltwater.
Mike LendinoChief Financial Officer Email Mike
Mike Lendino serves as Chief Financial Officer at Studio+. He possesses a highly competitive mentality and a love for teamwork, and believes that true success comes from bringing the right people together to accomplish goals beyond the reach of the individual. Mike’s competitive mindset as CFO is largely a feature of his background playing and coaching hockey at the college level.
Teambuilding and recruitment are among Mike’s greatest passions having spearheaded the firm’s growth from eight employees at its inception in 2011 to over 35 as of today. A true entrepreneur at heart, Mike balances financial austerity and strategic growth opportunities as Studio+ looks to grow over the next decade. Mike is incredibly proud of Studio+’s accomplishments so far, and equally proud to be a husband and father to two beautiful girls. Mike holds a BS in Finance and Economic and an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Christopher ResslerAssoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C Principal Email Christopher
My name is Chris Ressler and I ended up in architecture due to a clerical error made by my college’s Admissions Office.
Now, I have a Master’s in Architecture from Virginia Tech and degrees in computer science and art from the College of William and Mary. I’ve been lucky enough to be recognized as the AIA Associate Member of the Year in Florida, the USGBC SWFL Member of the Year, and a Gulfshore Business “40 Under 40.”
I’ve also spent time serving as chair of several organizations including our local USGBC chapter, a pedestrian focused development 401c3, and a government advisory board. I’ve worked at Studio+ since Day One where I’ve designed and managed projects of all shapes and sizes.
In my spare time, I brew terrible beer, seek out the most interesting restaurants I can find, and explore new ways to annoy my wife, son, and bulldogs.
Jason DontjeNCARB, LEED AP BD + C Principal Email Jason
Other than my favorite hobby of Architecture, I also enjoy activities on or near any body of water: fishing, body boarding, and boating most especially. I have an affinity for boats and originally had aspirations to become a Naval Architect prior to deciding on Building Architecture because of my dad’s involvement in the construction industry.
I am originally from Michigan and closely follow every Detroit sports team. My Saturdays during the fall are spent watching college football. I lead our Irvine studio and am accountable for all operations and design in our Southern California offices.
Ramon CruzPMP, VDC, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Principal Email Ramon
Hi, I’m Ramon Cruz, Healthcare Principal for Studio+ and I have been lucky enough to be a part of this family.
One of my responsibilities in this role involves building and maintaining client relationships; understanding our community by getting involved and managing as well as leading the strategic growth for the Tampa office.
I have a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (5-year degree, Cum-Laude) and certified in Virtual Design and Construction from Stanford University – Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE). I have been in the AEC industry for more than 15 years with experience that includes all aspect of healthcare design and construction, ranging from small equipment renovations to very large healthcare campuses. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in many healthcare projects not only in the U.S., but in UAE, Africa, South America and Caribbean which had given me the opportunity to have a broader view to design approach and critical thinking based on cultural needs.
Aside from work, I love spending time with family/friends and giving back to the community as I strongly believe there’s nothing more rewarding in life than spending time with the people you love and with those in need. I also enjoy being involved in professional communities such as the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Project Management Institute (PMI), American Institute of Architects (AIA), US Green Building Council (USGBC), among others.
I love all kind of sports! I also like traveling, reading, working out and spending time outdoors.
Valerie MarinoLicensed ID, LEED AP Senior Interior Designer | Associate Principal Email Valerie
I am Valerie, and I’ve been practicing interior design for the past 15 years. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Ringling School of Art and Design, and have been licensed for 11 years now. 5 of those years have been with Studio+.
I have a great passion for impacting lives with what I do. I am constantly reminded and inspired by the Steve Jobs quote, “Design is not just what it looks and feels like—design is how it works.” I do whatever it takes to pass this passion on to my fellow designers as I help lead and mentor them.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends, creating memories with them wherever we go. My husband and I like to travel with our two boys. When we’re not on the move, you can find us going to movies on opening day as a family.
Rachel HunterAssoc. AIA Project Manager | Associate Principal Email Rachel
My name is Rachel. I am an Associate Principal with Studio + and have been with the company for over 5 years now. Each day is a new opportunity to drive innovation and collaborate with inspiring team members, project partners and clients.
Like Studio+, I am driven by positivity and passion. I am a graduate of the University of Miami _ and am a positively passionate Hurricanes fan!
I am also very passionate about the design and construction process. Outside of the office, my travels have taken me to some beautiful cities around the world and have given me the opportunity to bask in beautiful and diverse architecture. When I travel to a new place, my instinct is to find the most delicious local food and the architectural gems of that place.
Mark ShannonSenior Project Manager | Associate Principal Email Mark
Hello, I’m Mark, and I’ve been lucky enough to be counted among one of the original members of the team that took the leap and helped start Studio+. My time and involvement here has not only helped the company grow—it has also pushed my career forward in ways I could not imagine and has improved me as a person.
I have just over 9 years of experience in healthcare design, construction, and project management. My experience serving in the military provided me with skills that ensure great detail orientation in projects.
I love Crossfit, obstacle course races, and exercising. I can never get my fill of adventure and outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, hiking, and mountain biking. I’m also an avid Jeep enthusiast.
I enjoy spending time with my son fishing, playing video games, and helping him grow up to be a good man.
Vanessa TylerASID, NCIDQ Brand Ambassador | Associate Principal Email Vanessa
Hi, Welcome to Studio+! I am glad you found me. As you might already know, I oversee our Marketing and Business Development Department.
As Studio+’s Brand Ambassador, I make sure that your interaction with our brand is always consistent. As an advocate for our clients, I am always a phone call away. Our #1 goal is for our service to go above and beyond your expectations.
I am most happy when I am helping “people”, the real users of the spaces we work in every day. I am passionate about behavioral and mental health, as well as the representation of women and other minorities in our industry. I currently serve on the board of Hope Clubhouse and on the board of the Florida Chapter of Women in Healthcare , as well as an active member of Healthy Lee’s Behavioral health task force.
I am married to my best friend and together we have a daughter and two dogs, a Jack Russell and a Yellow Lab.
I joined Studio+ in 2013, even though I started in the Interior Designer department helping healthcare and commercial clients bring their vision to life. I soon realized that my real passion laid in business development and marketing.
I look forward to meeting you!
Andrea GilDirector of Business Operations | Associate Principal Email Andrea
My name is Andrea, and I am one of the original founding members of Studio+, and can probably be characterized as the chameleon of the office. I can safely and proudly say that I have done every job in the office, whether that’s producing CAD drawings, generating RFPs, or managing daily business operations.
Nowadays you will find me as one of the leaders of the Front Office! Bookkeeping, travel arrangements, and event planning are my secondary tasks to keeping the office running day after day.
Despite growing up with three architects in my family, I never once imagined that I would end up working for an architectural company. Studio+ is my home and I am so excited for what the future holds for this growing team. The ride has been fun and its only getting better.
Sandra TrofferAIA, NCARB Senior Project Manager | Associate Principal Email Sandra
You can call me Sandy. I’m an observer, a morning bird, a baker, a traveler, an architect in training, and—with a French press in hand—a coffee enthusiast.
I’ve lived in many places, and visited many more. I was raised in Maryland, which means I’m always up for crabs and corn. My formal architectural education was completed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York, with time studying abroad in Shanghai, China. After graduation, I’ve lived and worked in Washington DC, Kazakhstan, and now I’m home with Studio+ in Florida.
Having lived in foreign countries for 6 years, and having gone without speaking the native language prior to arriving, I’ve developed some serious skill in observing and listening. I really value other’s views.
I think the best work comes from teams of people with diverse talents and perspectives. I believe a good argument can and should lead to learning on both sides, and I love collaborating with people who think differently than I do for this reason.
So, if you need a production specialist and someone you can go to if you need to Get. It. Done. Right.—I’m the one to call!
Stephanie McPhersonAIA, NCARB Construction Administrator Email Stephanie
Hello, I am Stephanie! I’m a licensed architect and contractor with a passion for construction administration. I knew very early on I wanted to be an architect; I was always drawing, creating, took drafting in high school and never looked back. I attended The Ohio State University and The University of Miami. Once out in the corporate world I found my niche’ in managing construction.
I grew up in Miami and was a resident of Fort Myers from 2000 to 2010 where my focus was Institutional projects; K-12 and Higher Education. I relocated to Charleston, South Carolina in January of 2010 to work on the Boeing 787 Assembly Plant; where I lived for the past 8 years. This is where I met my husband, Robert (Mac) McPherson. We returned to Fort Myers in August of 2017 to be closer to family.
We love to travel and enjoy exploring new cities and countries as often as we can. In our spare time, you’ll find us out with our two dogs – Ginger and Marley, attending church, visiting family and friends, and trying every Mexican Restaurant in town.
Celso VargasLEED Green Associate Senior Project Coordinator
Even though it is hard to fully comprehend me through this quick bio, I will give you a briefing on what I consider are my core values to help you get an idea of who I am.
I graduated from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico with a BA in Architecture. Most people do not know that my initial academic pursuit was mechanical engineering, which I studied for 2 years before switching to what I consider my skilled passion today: architecture.
But the thing I enjoy most is spending time with my family, which I value above and beyond everything… even work! I enjoy it all, from listening to my 94 year old grandma repeatedly explaining how things were done when she grew up to me to repeatedly teaching my 2 year old daughter how things were done when I grew up.
Since joining Studio+, I have learned to enjoy long walks on the beach and candle-lit dinners. All joking aside, I truly must say I’m proud to be part of a company that creates a balance between the things I value and integrates them in a respectful way—the personal, my family, and the professional, my career.
Carlos MarcetAIA, ACHA, LEED AP Senior Healthcare Architect Email Carlos
I was born in Cuba and immigrated to Florida with my family as a young boy. I grew up on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon in East Central Florida, and witnessed nearly all the launches of Saturn V and the Space Shuttle programs from the Kennedy Space Center. After graduating high school, I attended and graduated the University of Florida with degrees in architecture.
Since the beginning of my career, my passion has been focused on planning and designing healthcare facilities. I now have over three decades of working with national healthcare design firms on a broad spectrum of projects.
My daily work is mindful of sustainable, evidence-based design and lean operations, and I always seek to understand the perspective of the people ultimately using the spaces.
When I’m not at work, I spend time with my family on the water, either on the beach or fishing. I am married to my sweetheart Maite Marcet, who is also educated and trained as an architect. We’re raising our two children Lucas, 13, and Elsa, 10. I also have two older children, Sebastian, who is a chef, and Christopher, who is a computer animator. I also have a granddaughter, Sarah Ann.
Brianna OlsenBusiness Operations Manager | Associate Email Brianna
Hiya—my name is Brianna, and I’m not an architect or designer. Come to think of it, I am not much of a sketch artist either, but I know talent when I see it. That’s why you’ll find me up front—the Front Office, that is. It’s where I spend most of my days.
I work mainly with numbers. Most people find numbers to be daunting, but what they don’t know is that numbers carry energy. Positive numbers carry good energy and negative ones carry poor energy. We’ve grown accustomed to positive energy, and no, I am not a yogi—no Namaste.
So when people need to find out the future of a company, they can call me in. I don’t just show numbers, I explain what they mean by forecasting revenues, analyzing trends, and implementing strategies. I don’t believe in hunches and I don’t like failing, but I do take risks in order to find answers.
Creativity, vision, and unrelenting passion are just some of the qualities that drive our firm forward. Like I said earlier, I’m not a designer, but I love being a part of a company that is full of them.
Tara ThompsonBusiness Operations Manager Email Tara
Hi there! My name is Tara and I work in the front office here at Studio+. More specifically, I am one of your main contacts for all things admin, finance, and accounting related. I work hands on with my team to develop financial forecasts, all while managing the day-to-day administrative aspects of the business.
I was born and raised in Florida, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communication. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. I am also a dog mom to my two fur babies, Gunner and Oakley.
Jose ValentinSenior Project Manager Email Jose
Hello! I’m Jose and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1978, my parents moved from New York to California, and I’ve been in this area for over 40 years now. My favorite thing to do is play in a Latin jazz band, and my instrument of choice is electric bass. Other hobbies I enjoy are drawing and hiking. I went to school at Los Harbor College and studied Architecture – I chose my major in high school when I took an architectural drafting class, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I have 30+ years of industry experience, including Orthopedic Institute for Children, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Humana Hospital, and Marana Health Care Center. Outside of work, I love spending time with my wife and six kids, my mom, brother, three sisters, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Matthew LegerSenior Project Coordinator
Born in Detroit, Michigan, I took an interest in Architecture from a young age surrounded by the art deco skyscrapers of the big city. After earning a degree in from Lawrence Technological University, I gained experience in Architecture, Construction, and Urban Design. Recently, I moved to Fort Myers with my wife and two little girls and we all appreciate four seasons of warm weather. We spend a lot of time exploring new cities and everything South Florida has to offer.
What I appreciate most about Architecture is the opportunity to improve people’s lives through creative design solutions. I believe in community and civic engagement which is why I serve on City of Fort Myers Planning Board and coach my daughter’s soccer team. In my free time, you can usually find me working on some sort of home renovation project. I also enjoy being active outdoors running or riding my bike.
Gennifer HuntSenior Interior Designer Email Gennifer
I’m Gennifer, and I’ve been practicing design for a little over 8 years now. I have been heavily focused in healthcare design specifically. Over my career, I’ve found myself most passionate about designing facilities for pediatric care.
While I lean towards a contemporary design style, I do whatever I can to assure clients that they will ultimately receive design that speaks their language. In addition to the interiors work I do here at Studio+, I also enjoy working on 3D renderings.
I love to take pictures and paint, but more than anything, I love spending time with my family.
Maria VillaIntl. Assoc. AIA, CPNAA Senior Project Coordinator
Born in Santa Marta, Colombia, I am an Architect with studies in Plastic Arts. I also earned an Associate Degrees in Computer Drafting/ Design and Lead Auditor based on Quality, Environment, and Occupational Health and Safety Management. I am currently working at Studio+ in Fort Myers, Florida, on Architecture/Interior Design.
I am a mother of two children who bring color into my life every single day. We love enjoying special moment’s together, cooking, traveling, creating art and enjoying the passion for playing soccer.
I enjoy creating a parallel between our imagination and the world in which we live, the fascination with functional art of design, and the enthusiasm for solving practical problems. I value working with other people to integrate spaces, depending on their function and needs. I enjoy achieving a clean design that integrates space with the exterior, which is a fundamental essence of my creative style. A pencil, sharpener, eraser and ruler were the essential tools when I began in the drafting world… Now my favorite tools are the variety of software available that help me create outstanding work.
The Inspiration is so simple……just drawing your thinking!
Chandler HiltonProject Coordinator Email Chandler
Hi, I’m Chandler and I am an Architectural Designer in the Fort Myers office. I am originally from a small town outside of Detroit, Michigan called Northville where I spent my entire life growing up! I’ve always had a love of architecture, from a young age I would draw floor plans and layouts in my free time, which eventually led to enrolling in drafting classes all throughout high school, and even attending an architecture camp one summer at Drexel University. After graduating from high school, I moved 500 miles away from home to Blacksburg, Virginia to attend Virginia Tech; and after completing their five-year program, I graduated in May of 2018 with my Bachelor of Architecture degree!
I find each discipline of architecture unique and interesting, and Healthcare is no exception. With each new project comes new challenges and possibilities, and tackling those challenges is one of my favorite parts of the job!
Mathew NelsonProject Coordinator Email Mathew
I started at Studio+ back in 2013. I am a draftsman by trade, with mostly Healthcare experience. I always have my projects out on time and on budget.
I’m also the office handyman. Whether it is mounting art, painting, patching holes, transforming old doors into chalkboards, or mounting white boards on walls, I make sure the job gets done.
I fill most of my time with my family, they come first. Beyond that, I enjoy working with my hands. Woodworking and any type of restoration work are a big passion of mine.
“The true delight is in the finding out rather in the knowing” — Isaac Asimov
Dexter FosterProject Coordinator
Hi! My name is Dexter, and I’m an Architectural Designer here at Studio+. I received my B. ARCH from Rhode Island School Of Design, and have since had experience in Architectural Design and Pre-Con Estimating. I’ve learned thus far that good design is achievable through curiosity; it fuels the possibilities of your creativity. I’m grateful that Studio+ takes pride in fostering our curiosity every day.
I am the eldest of (3) boys, born and raised in Miami traffic; both of which have taught me the art of patience. I like to draw and dance, but I mainly have a passion for bicycles. You may find me biking into the office early in the morning, to the beach on the weekends, or down a mountain trail somewhere in the Mid-West.
Logan TackmannProject Coordinator Email Logan
Hello, my name is Logan Tackmann. I work as an architectural designer, primarily with NCH. As part of the NCH team, we strive to provide high-quality projects that integrate the latest in healthcare design, seamlessly into the existing culture of NCH’s system. I work closely with the client, our consultants, and the contractor to ensure that we are providing a high-quality project from proposal through closeout.
I am originally from Grand Rapids Michigan, but I have been living in Fort Myers, FL for a couple of years. I attended undergrad at Ferris State University, and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Sustainability, and Facilities Management. I am currently attending Boston Architectural College and am working towards my Master’s in Architecture.
I spend my spare time reading, watching movies, and playing golf. I enjoy long sunsets and long walks on the beach; I also have a bit of a sarcastic sense of humor. Being from Beer City USA, I enjoy relaxing with a craft beer at the end of the day.
Christena EllenderInteriors Coordinator Email Christena
Hi, I am Christena. I grew up on the desert side of Washington State where I spent a lot of my childhood playing sports and camping on Mount Rainier. My parents loved to travel, and because of this we moved around to 5 different states. This experience cultivated my ability to see and understand others’ perspectives and ideas, which has helped me in my career.
I graduated from The Institute of Interior Design through Southwest Florida College with my BA of Interior Architecture and Design. In addition, I earned my Kitchen and Bath Certificate from NKBA. I have specialized in custom cabinetry for 5 years before transitioning over to health care design with Studio+. This transition has allowed me to be blessed with the opportunity to marry my two passions of interior design and health and wellness.
When I am not working, you can most likely find me being active. I enjoy running, CrossFit, snowboarding, and basically anything outdoors. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and friends. At the end of the day, you can find me snuggling on the sofa with my cats and drinking a nice glass of wine.
Nancy De La VegaProject Coordinator Email Nancy
Hi, I’m Nancy! I’m new to Fort Myers and moved here to join the amazing team at Studio+. I graduated with a Master’s in Architecture from Florida International University in Miami, the city in which I was born and raised and spent most of my life until now. Although my education was in architecture, my experience provides me with knowledge in interior design, allowing me to think and design passionately with both parts in mind at all times.
I am the youngest of three children to my parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico (mother) and Cuba (father) when they were just barely in their teen years. I had never traveled outside of Florida until my first year of undergrad and was determined to travel as much as I could, eventually traveling to Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Savannah, Atlanta, New York, and Las Vegas. Later in grad school, I took my first international flight on a two-week trip to Japan for Study Abroad where I was able to see amazing works by architects like Tadao Ando, Toyo Ito, and Kengo Kuma. For my thesis semester, I was fortunate to study abroad in Genoa, Italy and traveled through a total of eight countries in four months.
Aside from traveling, I enjoy spending time outdoors – hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, riding a bike, and running with my dog, Courage (the Cowardly Dog, yes, just like the cartoon). I am also passionate about drawing and painting and love baking desserts mostly just to decorate them – what better than edible art!
Tanmay SabharwalArchitectural Designer Email Tanmay
Hello everyone. This is Tanmay, a recent international addition to the vibrant team at Studio+ Irvine. Hailing from the other side of the world, [Mumbai, India] I look forward to bringing in with me flavors and cultures of the East.
I’d like to consider myself a contemplator, one who wishes to question most of the mundane conventions and prejudices that exist in the society we live in. With big dreams and even bigger conviction, I look forward to seeing myself develop as a professional that could aid in initiating a positive CHANGE in the world. On a lighter note, I play a few Classical Indian percussions, have represented my School/ College in National Level Cricket and was recently recognized with Thesis Honors for my exposition on Olympics. Huge Foodie at heart, I like to spend part of the day either on my bed or at a restaurant.
A recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art & Design [M-ARCH] and a humble admirer of the profession since as far as I can remember, my next aim is to learn how buildings come together in real life and Studio+ seemed the perfect start for me in this journey.
Crafting & Designing
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— Mike Lendino, CFO
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