Julie Williams

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Julie has over 33 years of experience in the planning and design of all types of educational facilities. As a former facilities planning director working with multiple school districts, Julie has a deep understanding of what our clients need and expect through out the planning and design process. As a planner, Julie works with all stakeholders to explore and define client goals, develop a program and set a project up for long-term success.

Lauren Yonker

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Lauren guides clients to identity their facility needs and find creative solutions to programming challenges. With a background in interior design, Lauren knows the importance of well-planned environments that support student engagement and flexible use. She takes an analytical, purposeful approach to help clients pinpoint ways to improve their students’ experiences. An organized and friendly team member, Lauren likes to think outside of the box to create exciting, student-centered solutions.

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Justin Marino

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Justin has a background in communications, public affairs and public relations with a focus on education. He joins Huckabee from a fast-growing public school district where he supported the development of the district strategic plan, led the communication strategy for the largest bond referendum in the district’s history, and developed strategies to engage with lawmakers on issues that impact public schools.

In his role as Client Communications Director at Huckabee, Justin continues to support education by working alongside school districts to help communicate complex issues to all stakeholders and build a continuous pipeline for community engagement. As a lifelong public-school advocate, he is dedicated to the success of all students in all aspects of his work, and he brings this passion to our clients, projects and communities.

Traci Marlin

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Traci has two decades of communication expertise in public education, with a focus on strategic planning and community engagement. With a talent for impactful visual communications and versatile writing, she drives effective messaging for complex issues. Traci’s commitment to “informed engagement” involves comprehensive public relations planning with tailored strategies for each community’s unique audiences, needs and circumstances. Her proactive approach of educating and activating community members has fueled successful, award-winning bond programs. As a Texas public school graduate, wife of a teacher, mother of students, voter, donor, volunteer and trusted advisor, Traci is unwaveringly dedicated to making a meaningful impact in public education.

Kim Sneed

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Kim has over 18 years of experience in school district communications. She has led internal and external communication efforts, social media, website design and development, crisis communication, marketing, and campaigns. Kim uses her vast experience in public education to find innovative ways to market and communicate to client communities that blend in with existing district communications strategies. She is focused on shining the spotlight on the great stories that emerge from classrooms and providing quality information to staff, parents, students, and the community built on trust and transparency.

Arena Blake

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A former journalist and school district communications director, Arena has spent the last 15 years utilizing online trends and technology to build and engage digital communities through customized content, including websites, video and social media. She helps school districts implement a strategic communications plan to tell their story and drive community engagement through comprehensive public relations campaigns. Arena uses her unique perspective, having successfully passed bonds working as part of a school district and with Huckabee, to understand and meet the needs of each client through responsive, thoughtful and intentional solutions.

Phyllis Grissom

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Phyllis facilitates a comprehensive planning process that engages district stakeholders and volunteers in the prioritization of projects that often result in a bond program. She leads groups with an honest and direct approach, positive encouragement and the confidence of more than 20 years of experience in community engagement. Phyllis’ background is rooted in volunteerism and community leadership. She has served on school district long-range planning committees, superintendent round table committees and district improvement committees. Her engagement also includes two decades in the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, the City of Fort Worth Library Advisory Board, numerous Parent Teacher Organizations and her local Council of PTAs.

Lesley Weaver

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As a former teacher and school district communications director, Lesley uses her 20-plus years of professional experience to help guide clients through branding, strategy and community engagement. She fully understands the challenges that educators face and she uses this perspective to thoughtfully plan and execute comprehensive public relations campaigns. Lesley is known as an expert in the field of school communications, and clients say she demonstrates Huckabee’s “more than” attitude by always being responsive, personable and strategic.

If you’d like to learn more about our Communications services, visit Huckabee’s Communications page.

Dr. Jim Vaszauskas

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With in-depth expertise in client service and educational design, Jim provides guidance and mentorship to the Huckabee team. Jim served as a superintendent and district administrator in Mansfield ISD for over a decade and brings unique understanding to his current role. He is available as a resource to our clients—supporting advocacy efforts for public education and offering guidance in strategic planning, academic planning and leadership.

Holly Teague

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Holly is a resource for our clients; she specializes in curriculum development and programming. She is a former educator, Assistant Principal and Principal and served in these roles for nearly 20 years before moving into administration. Holly works in collaboration with school districts and our project teams to help plan for and evaluate instructional programs and how they are represented in design. She brings a unique perspective that is wholly focused on the educator.

Marty Massey

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Marty provides leadership to our firm as the Vice President of Construction Services. He has a hand in every project at Huckabee—overseeing our construction team members and ensuring quality delivery at all levels. With nearly four decades of industry experience across Texas, Marty understands that every region is unique. He is a champion for continual improvement and a firm believer that people are at the core of everything we do. 

Suzanne Marchman

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Suzanne has extensive experience working in and for public education at the state and local levels. She spent nearly 10 years as a high school teacher, worked in communications at the Texas Education Agency (TEA), directed communications for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and served as the Chief Communications Officer for a fast-growth school district. Suzanne joined Huckabee in 2018 and today serves as our Director of Educational Partnerships. In this role, she focuses on the development of partnerships, research and positive legislative outcomes with the goal of strengthening Texas public schools.

Luke Powell

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Luke is well versed in project planning, design, documentation and administration. For nearly 20 years, he has overseen initiatives related to design, code compliance, client satisfaction and strategic growth. Luke is known for his commitment to due diligence and his meticulous, process-driven approach to project management. With experience in commercial, residential and interior design, Luke understands the need to build spaces that create community and maximize functionality. 

Darrick Jahn

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Darrick has served educational clients for more than 20 years, providing expertise in interior design for a variety of academic, workforce development and athletic facilities. He leads Huckabee’s interior design team, providing mentorship, development and best practices around the comprehensive interior design of a project. Darrick also works closely with school districts and design teams to create spaces that foster connectivity, that encourage engagement and that represent campus and district culture.

Konrad Judd

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Konrad is an internationally-recognized thought-leader in educational design. For over two decades, he’s focused on this one thing: partnering with educational clients to design facilities that excel in form and function. His philosophy is based on the belief that design should be holistic, human-centric and evidence-based in its execution. Konrad instills this approach in everything he touches, fostering innovation, collaboration and intention with clients and with his team.

Lauren Hoyle

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Lauren is a licensed interior designer with expertise in learning environments and athletic facilities. She joined Huckabee in 2012 and has continually impacted those around her through her limitless enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to the craft. Lauren views every design as an opportunity to help shape the next generation of youth, by fostering learning and creating spaces that are welcoming and exciting to experience.

Mike Hall

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Mike always had a passion for design and creativity, leading him into a career as an architectural designer. With more than two decades of experience, he has honed his passion, providing a high level of innovation and expertise into the design of educational spaces. Mike has led hundreds of design projects, collaborating with clients to translate their goals into transformative environments that act as tools for education.

Casey Casstevens

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Casey has built his career at Huckabee. Over the past 20 years, he’s worked on more than 300 projects for our clients, from small renovations to state-of-the-art performing arts centers to academic campuses and athletic facilities. He brings boundless enthusiasm and ingenuity to each project, combined with a wealth of expertise in learning environments that inspire students and teachers alike. As Senior Designer he leads charrettes and guides clients through our MAKE design process—a collaborative effort focused on your needs, goals and aspirations for the project.

Kerri Brady

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Kerri focuses on educational planning, educational research, school safety + security and change management. She helps clients shape the learning experience by facilitating in-depth conversations and explorations on vision, curriculum, experience and space. Kerri serves on the board of directors for the Texas School Safety Center as the architect member and plays an important leadership role in the LEx Collaborative, a partnership between Huckabee, ESC Region 12 and Baylor University that focuses on educational research and the built environment’s impact on student success. Most recently, Kerri led the charge to rewrite the School Facility Standards for the State of Texas and co-authored an international book about the role of Career and Technical Education in 21st century learning.