Our team

What we love to do: Working In A Studio Environment Where We Support, Create And Problem Solve With Fresh Ideas And Open Conversations.

Meet our team

we love what we do.

Through a collaborative design approach, Monarch Design Group utilizes the unique talents that each team member has to offer. From broad-brush, artistic abstractions of designs to the fine details and specifications for the components within each building, their unique perspectives enhance the success of each design.
  • Barnett Chenault

    President | Architect | LEED Green Associate

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    Barnett Chenault

    President | Architect | LEED Green Associate

    Mr. Chenault is a registered architect and LEED Green Associate with a passion for the cutting-edge side of architecture technology using live design, scripting, and parametric algorithms, with a focus on green building and sustainable design. Since joining the practice he has worked on both multi-family housing, cultural, and commercial projects bringing fresh ideas on design while minimizing the impacts of development. Mr. Chenault is experienced in all phases of planning and design for residential and commercial buildings, including historic rehabilitation. In addition, he heads Monarchs' immersive visualization / live design team which provides clients a 3-dimensional, first-person perspective view of their space in the initial stages of design. This allows the team to identify and avoid potential problems and visualize opportunities for improvement during the early stages of design to avoid costly changes, rework, or delayed project schedules.
  • Claudia Casal

    Director of Production

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    Claudia Casal

    Director of Production

    Claudia Casal is the Director of Production at Monarch Design Group, integrating her interests and education into a practical position to support architectural work. Throughout her time working at Six Side Architecture and later the State Materials Office, Ms. Casal has become adept at ensuring all construction documents satisfy legal requirements and incorporate all of the project’s goals. She has spent time in the field supporting bridge repair projects and has also worked as a CADD specialist, preparing professional documents, conducting quality control field inspections, and much more.
  • Aubrey Zaffke

    Director of Marketing

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    Aubrey Zaffke

    Director of Marketing

    UF Alumnus with over 20 years of strategic marketing experience in the real estate field, including commercial development, historic rehab, multifamily design and development, niche markets, and more.
  • Annelies Gielstra

    BIM Design Team Leader

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    Annelies Gielstra

    BIM Design Team Leader

    Ms. Annelies Gielstra joined Monarch Design Group as the BIM Design Team Leader. In her role, she produces architectural drawings with a strong attention to detail. Ms. Gielstra earned her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, and earned both her Master of Architecture and her Master of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. Ms. Gielstra is a Certified Passive House Consultant, whose goal is to become a licensed architect within the next five years.
  • Brailyn Richard

    Architectural Team Leader

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    Brailyn Richard

    Architectural Team Leader

    Brailyn, a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is an energetic and detail-oriented design professional with a rich background in commercial projects, including work for the University of Florida, and is well-prepared for her new role as Team Leader at Monarch. In this position, she looks forward to honing her management skills and working closely with her team to make collaborative design decisions. An active IIDA member since 2018 and currently pursuing her NCIDQ License, Brailyn is dedicated to fostering design excellence and collaboration within her team.
  • Preetyraj Singh

    BIM Team Designer

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    Preetyraj Singh

    BIM Team Designer

    Ms. Preetyraj Singh joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In her role, she produces architectural drawings in a collaborative BIM context. Ms. Singh earned her Bachelor of Interior Design from the AP Institute of Environmental Design, India, and an MS in Architectural Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Design from the University of Florida with a research focus on pandemic preparedness, wellness, and energy efficiency in healthcare. Ms. Singh is a Certified LEED Green Associate and is working towards her WELL certification.
  • Ranran Zhang

    BIM Team Designer

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    Ranran Zhang

    BIM Team Designer

    Ranran Zhang joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In her role, she helps produce architectural drawings with strong attention to detail. Ms. Zhang earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Tianjin Chengjian University, China, and her Master of Science in Design from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a LEED GA and hopes to incorporate her professional knowledge into her practice. Her goal is to become a licensed architect within the next five years.
  • Ami Smart

    BIM Team Designer

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    Ami Smart

    BIM Team Designer

    Ami Smart joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In her role, she helps produces architectural drawings with strong attention to detail. Ms. Smart has a passion for design and music, and hopes to incorporate her passions in her practice. Ms. Smart has earned her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. Her goal is to earn her Master of Architecture and become a licensed Architect in the next 5 years.
  • Payton Estis

    BIM Team Designer

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    Payton Estis

    BIM Team Designer

    Payton Estis joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. In his role, he helps produce architectural drawings with strong attention to detail. Mr. Estis earned his Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Florida. His experience teaching in the UF School of Architecture built skills which make him a good communicator and collaborator. Payton is passionate about sustainability and aims to complete LEED GA certification and licensure within the next five years. In his spare time, Payton enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring nature.
  • Elaine Daffron

    Architectural/BIM DESIGN

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    Elaine Daffron

    Architectural/BIM DESIGN

    Elaine Daffron recently graduated from the University of Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Design with a major in Architecture from the UF School of Architecture. Now a proud alumna, Elaine continues her journey at Monarch Design Group as a BIM Designer, where she applies her academic insights and expertise to various projects. With her undergraduate degree completed, her next goals are to pursue a master's degree and achieve licensure as an architect. Elaine's commitment to her education and her profession promises to bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the Monarch team.
  • Miron Strunnikov

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Miron Strunnikov

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Miron Strunnikov, an aspiring Architectural BIM Design Intern at Monarch Design Group, is currently pursuing a previously earned his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Central Florida, and now is pursuing his Masters at the University of Florida. His coursework covers various architectural disciplines, and he possesses proficiency in software like Rhino, Revit, Sketchup, and the Adobe Suite. Fluent in English, Russian, and Italian, Miron's diverse skills and proactive learning approach make him a valuable addition to the Monarch team.
  • Shannon Lee

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Shannon Lee

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Shannon Lee joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Design Intern. In her role, she helps in many phases of the design process with an attention to detail and drive to learn. Ms. Lee is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and will graduate next year. Ms. Lee also has a passion for community service and led the University of Florida American Institute of Architecture Students Chapter as President this past year. Her goal is to earn her Bachelor of Design and Master of Architecture in the next five years.
  • Abigail Toenjes

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Abigail Toenjes

    Architectural/BIM Design

    At Monarch Design Group, Abigail Toenjes applies her expertise in Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, and Enscape to develop intricate 3D BIM models, ensuring precise interpretations of architectural visions. Her education in Architecture from the University of Florida, enriched with technical proficiencies and collaborative experiences, underpins her contributions to the team. Abigail's role as a BIM Design Intern involves seamless integration of design modifications and advancements, facilitated by her adept coordination with architects and engineers. Within Monarch, Abigail's diverse skill set and proactive approach significantly enhance the firm's capability to deliver detailed and accurate design projects.
  • Harry Reamy

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Harry Reamy

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Harry Reamy is an Architectural BIM Design Intern at Monarch Design Group. He is a third year studying architecture at the University of Florida. In preparation for his career, he hopes to learn about the different fields, as well as work towards licensure in the future. For the past two years, Harry has serviced the Gainesville community as a freelance photographer. He has worked with graduates, sororities, and more while using this skill to photograph architectural models and studies for his university studies. Harry is so excited to work at Monarch and is looking forward to the summer ahead.
  • Lucinda Caldwell

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Lucinda Caldwell

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Lucinda Caldwell joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer, where she produces precise and meticulous architectural drawings. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture & Design from Florida State University, Lucinda is dedicated to enhancing public spaces, placing a particular emphasis on improving accessibility to help facilitate community collaboration. She is aspiring to achieve LEED and WELL certifications within the next 5 years, furthering her commitment to sustainable and wellness-focused design practices.
  • Melos Shtaloja

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Melos Shtaloja

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Melos Shtaloja joined Monarch Design Group as an Architectural/BIM Designer. He is from the Republic of Kosovo and earned his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. Throughout his education, he was interested in developing a global community and international experiences. His goal is to develop his architectural skillset and focus on green and socially oriented architecture. In his free time, Melos enjoys sketching, climbing, and biking, all while exploring new places.
  • Courtney Mowery

    Architectural/BIM Design

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    Courtney Mowery

    Architectural/BIM Design

    Courtney Mowery is BIM Designer at Monarch Design Group currently studying Architecture at the University of Florida. Courtney supports the team by contributing to the development of innovative architectural projects. Her involvement offers a practical application of her coursework in sustainability and landscape architecture, enriching her hands-on learning experience. As she grows professionally, Courtney is poised to make a significant impact in the field of architectural design.
  • Alexa Wehbe

    Field Technician

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    Alexa Wehbe

    Field Technician

    Alexa Wehbe is a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment. Her passion lies in integrating sustainability into construction and architecture to enhance communities. In her pursuit of knowledge and practical experience, she became a member of the academic fraternity of architecture known as APX, where she collaborates with her peers and gains valuable insights into the world of architecture. At Monarch, Alexa specializes in Matterport scans of buildings for future projects, and is currently in the process of learning Revit for building modeling post-scanning.
  • Donald Buaku

    Urban Design Advisor

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    Donald Buaku

    Urban Design Advisor

    Mr. Buaku’s work fills a unique niche in the built environment where he combines his professional and educational background in urban design, planning and architecture to create buildings, places, and communities that are holistic, feasible, beautiful, and sustainable. He has worked extensively throughout the country and abroad and contributed to several building and place-making projects. He enjoys designing buildings but is always careful to zoom out to see the building’s impact on its immediate, micro (neighborhood), and macro (regional) context.
  • Ashlyn-Grace Fleming

    Administration

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    Ashlyn-Grace Fleming

    Administration

    Ashlyn Grace is an Administrative Assistant at Monarch Design Group. She is a first year at the University of Florida. In preparation for her career, she is eager to learn about business management, as well as the financial side of the business. For the past four years, Ashlyn Grace has serviced the Gainesville community by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. Ashlyn Grace is thrilled to be working at Monarch and to be supporting the company's mission of bringing their clients' ideas to life in the community.

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