Our Team

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Brian D. Kelley, RA

President

Since becoming President of Mach Architecture in 2013, Brian has utilized his leadership skills to guide the strategic planning and development as well as the day-to-day management of the firm. Brian continues to remain active in project management where his thoughtful approach to design has provided school communities with inspiring and sustainable environments. Collaboration comes naturally to Brian and the partnerships created in the team environment contribute to the success of his projects. Brian’s accessibility and his singular focus on creating a win-win project for everyone is appreciated by clients and consultants alike.

In May 2016 Brian graduated from the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE Program after a year-long in-depth study of business best practices. He continues to participate in the CORE Mastery Program and incorporates these best practices into the fabric and culture of Mach to ensure the firm’s continual success and improvement.

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Felicia Kiblin

Designer

A dependable team player, Felicia’s design and drafting skills support the production of drawings from conceptual design through construction documents. She is personally committed to the success of each project and works closely with the project team throughout each phase of the project. Her outstanding graphic skills are in demand for everything from project renderings and sketches to presentations and proposals. Having been with our firm since she was an intern completing her M.Arch. degree, her passion for architecture continues to grow.
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Deborah Loffredo

Business Administrator

Deborah has been with Mach Architecture for over 16 years. She manages everything from human resources to contracts and accounting. She has adroitly managed ownership changes, evolving technologies, a firm location change, and pandemic challenges with continued aplomb. Her remarkable ability to connect to people and build relationships along with the depth of her knowledge of the industry, particularly regarding state agency work, has been a key ingredient to the continued success of the firm.
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Douglas D. Schaefer, AIA, LEED GA

Executive Vice President

Doug Schaefer has been with Mach for over 30 years. His commitment to the firm mirrors his commitment to his clients. Doug brings his exceptional design and project management skills to school districts as well as higher education clients. His natural ability to build rapport and connect with clients and the extended design and construction team have been the foundation of his successful project approach. He works hard to understand and embrace each client’s goals and values and adeptly translates those into successfully built projects. His genuine desire to improve school communities and individuals through design while guiding the next generation of architects fuels his passion for architecture.

Doug has designed and managed projects on campuses across New York State and is currently managing projects from the Southern Tier to the North Country. Doug is especially cognizant of the role student housing plays in the life of a college student. As an architect and as a parent, he wants the experience of living in student housing to support and encourage the academic, social, and personal success of each student.

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Jacob West

Senior Designer

Jacob brings to each project exceptional communication skills, whether coordinating with consultants, clients, or in-house team members. Cultivated during his 9 years of experience, his creativity in design is combined with creative problem solving in project management. He is adept at resolving and coordinating responses to issues that arise throughout a project. Jacob’s talent with rendering and sketching software helps clients visualize their new spaces, supporting their decision making.
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Jennifer Witnauer

Marketing Director

Jennifer brings over 17 years of marketing experience in the A/E/C industry to our team. She has been with the firm for over 5 years and works closely with the leadership team to develop and implement marketing strategy and initiatives. Her superb interpersonal and communication skills support proposal submissions, marketing collateral, and digital marketing efforts. She collaborates with team members, consultants, and clients in a professional manner.
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Darlene Fagan, CID, LEED AP BD+C

Associate

Darlene’s ability to keep the big picture in mind while managing the details of a project is key to her project management success. Her 15+ years designing interiors for education projects has resulted in a keen understanding of the needs of modern schools and universities. Darlene thrives in the creative design process from conceptualizing to realizing thoughtful ideas for environments that delight and inspire. On every project she keeps the end user in mind, creating designs and selecting finishes to not only enhance the lives of those utilizing the space, but to uplift them as well. Her experience with creative sustainable design solutions has been an asset to numerous successful LEED projects.

Darlene is a leader in the firm and continues to develop her leadership training through key programs at the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Robert Elsaesser

Senior Designer

Robert deftly applies the knowledge and skills gained over his 8 years as a designer to each project on which he works. His careful attention to detail and exceptional design and drafting ability support the production of high-quality construction documents enabling projects to progress smoothly. His keen ability to identify and resolve clashes in building information modeling systems helps to minimize issues in construction. Robert is a team player and easily coordinates with consultants and clients.
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Forrest Rall

Student Intern

Forrest is currently enrolled in the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. He has been an intern with our firm for over a year. He is a quick learner and easily adapts the skills he learns in school to real life project design, construction, and management. A team player he supports our project managers in developing construction drawings as well as providing graphic support.
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Jacob Flitton, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

As a project architect with over 17 years of experience, Jacob plays a crucial role on project teams from concept to construction. His thoughtful approach to design incorporates innovative and imaginative design strategies and solutions. His personal carpentry experience brings an added dimension to project designs.
Jacob supports our firm’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control efforts. He helps ensure our clients’ projects receive high quality documents, minimizing potentially costly changes in the field. Driven by project goals, Jacob collaborates with clients, stakeholders, consultants, and contractors to achieve successful projects.
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Jessica Jonas

Senior Designer

Jessica is an experienced designer and drafter whose commitment to accurate construction drawings is matched by her dedication to meeting project deadlines. Cultivated during her 7 years of experience, her organization and communication skills are key to the success of each project on which she works. She can always be relied upon to successfully complete project tasks and her experience on the contracting side of the industry proves an advantage to project design, drafting, and coordination.
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Brian D. Kelley, RA

President

Since becoming President of Mach Architecture in 2013, Brian has utilized his leadership skills to guide the strategic planning and development as well as the day-to-day management of the firm. Brian continues to remain active in project management where his thoughtful approach to design has provided school communities with inspiring and sustainable environments. Collaboration comes naturally to Brian and the partnerships created in the team environment contribute to the success of his projects. Brian’s accessibility and his singular focus on creating a win-win project for everyone is appreciated by clients and consultants alike.

In May 2016 Brian graduated from the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership CORE Program after a year-long in-depth study of business best practices. He continues to participate in the CORE Mastery Program and incorporates these best practices into the fabric and culture of Mach to ensure the firm’s continual success and improvement.

Doug Schaefer headshot

Douglas D. Schaefer, AIA, LEED GA

Executive Vice President

Doug Schaefer has been with Mach for over 30 years. His commitment to the firm mirrors his commitment to his clients. Doug brings his exceptional design and project management skills to school districts as well as higher education clients. His natural ability to build rapport and connect with clients and the extended design and construction team have been the foundation of his successful project approach. He works hard to understand and embrace each client’s goals and values and adeptly translates those into successfully built projects. His genuine desire to improve school communities and individuals through design while guiding the next generation of architects fuels his passion for architecture.

Doug has designed and managed projects on campuses across New York State and is currently managing projects from the Southern Tier to the North Country. Doug is especially cognizant of the role student housing plays in the life of a college student. As an architect and as a parent, he wants the experience of living in student housing to support and encourage the academic, social, and personal success of each student.

Darlene Fagan headshot

Darlene Fagan, CID, LEED AP BD+C

Associate

Darlene’s ability to keep the big picture in mind while managing the details of a project is key to her project management success. Her 15+ years designing interiors for education projects has resulted in a keen understanding of the needs of modern schools and universities. Darlene thrives in the creative design process from conceptualizing to realizing thoughtful ideas for environments that delight and inspire. On every project she keeps the end user in mind, creating designs and selecting finishes to not only enhance the lives of those utilizing the space, but to uplift them as well. Her experience with creative sustainable design solutions has been an asset to numerous successful LEED projects.

Darlene is a leader in the firm and continues to develop her leadership training through key programs at the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

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Jacob Wolff, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA

Project Architect

Jacob’s enthusiasm for architecture is apparent on every project. He immerses himself in each project to create memorable and inspiring architecture for end users of each building, while meeting both aesthetic and realistic constraints. Jacob enjoys applying his knowledge, skills, and design thinking to solve client goals and project challenges. He has a remarkable ability to visualize and then sketch unique spaces to show possibilities and design intent. Jacob’s ability to connect with clients and truly listen to them supports the collaborative relationships he develops.
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Jacob Flitton, AIA, NCARB

Project Architect

As a project architect with over 17 years of experience, Jacob plays a crucial role on project teams from concept to construction. His thoughtful approach to design incorporates innovative and imaginative design strategies and solutions. His personal carpentry experience brings an added dimension to project designs.
Jacob supports our firm’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control efforts. He helps ensure our clients’ projects receive high quality documents, minimizing potentially costly changes in the field. Driven by project goals, Jacob collaborates with clients, stakeholders, consultants, and contractors to achieve successful projects.
Jacob West headshot

Jacob West

Senior Designer

Jacob brings to each project exceptional communication skills, whether coordinating with consultants, clients, or in-house team members. Cultivated during his 9 years of experience, his creativity in design is combined with creative problem solving in project management. He is adept at resolving and coordinating responses to issues that arise throughout a project. Jacob’s talent with rendering and sketching software helps clients visualize their new spaces, supporting their decision making.
Robert Elsaesser headshot

Robert Elsaesser

Senior Designer

Robert deftly applies the knowledge and skills gained over his 8 years as a designer to each project on which he works. His careful attention to detail and exceptional design and drafting ability support the production of high-quality construction documents enabling projects to progress smoothly. His keen ability to identify and resolve clashes in building information modeling systems helps to minimize issues in construction. Robert is a team player and easily coordinates with consultants and clients. His hand drawn cartoon drawings add levity to the office atmosphere.
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Jessica Jonas

Senior Designer

Jessica is an experienced designer and drafter whose commitment to accurate construction drawings is matched by her dedication to meeting project deadlines. Cultivated during her 7 years of experience, her organization and communication skills are key to the success of each project on which she works. She can always be relied upon to successfully complete project tasks and her experience on the contracting side of the industry proves an advantage to project design, drafting, and coordination.
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Felicia Kiblin

Designer

A dependable team player, Felicia’s design and drafting skills support the production of drawings from conceptual design through construction documents. She is personally committed to the success of each project and works closely with the project team throughout each phase of the project. Her outstanding graphic skills are in demand for everything from project renderings and sketches to presentations and proposals. Having been with our firm since she was an intern completing her M.Arch. degree, her passion for architecture continues to grow.
Deborah Loffredo headshot

Deborah Loffredo

Business Administrator

Deborah has been with Mach Architecture for over 16 years. She manages everything from human resources to contracts and accounting. She has adroitly managed ownership changes, evolving technologies, a firm location change, and pandemic challenges with continued aplomb. Her remarkable ability to connect to people and build relationships along with the depth of her knowledge of the industry, particularly regarding state agency work, has been a key ingredient to the continued success of the firm.
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Jennifer Witnauer

Marketing Director

Jennifer brings over 17 years of marketing experience in the A/E/C industry to our team. She has been with the firm for over 5 years and works closely with the leadership team to develop and implement marketing strategy and initiatives. Her superb interpersonal and communication skills support proposal submissions, marketing collateral, and digital marketing efforts. She collaborates with team members, consultants, and clients in a professional manner.
Forrest Rall headshot

Forrest Rall

Student Intern

Forrest is currently enrolled in the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. He has been an intern with our firm for over a year. He is a quick learner and easily adapts the skills he learns in school to real life project design, construction, and management. A team player he supports our project managers in developing construction drawings as well as providing graphic support.