The Organization Staff
David Crawford, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President
David Crawford joined AIA North Carolina at the beginning of 2001 after serving as Executive Director with AIA San Diego for ten years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Professional Practice and Assistant Director of Government Relations with the AIA California Council for four years.
Crawford received his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton. He was selected to finish his undergraduate work as part of the Cal State University system's prestigious Sacramento Semester Program. Following graduation in 1984 he worked briefly as a political operative for a California State Assembly member and then began his legislative career as a manger for the state's first online legislative tracking service. He began his lobbying career in 1986 with the California Probation, Parole and Correctional Association.
Crawford sat on the Board of Directors of the two accredited architecture schools in San Diego for 5 years and served on various city and regional advisory committees. He also served on the National AIA Board of Directors from 2006-2007.
He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and in 1996-97 chaired the California Council of Architectural Component Executives (California CACE) and in 2006 served as President of the National Council of Architectural Component Executives.
Director Of Special Events
Marynell Gehrke joined the AIA North Carolina staff in January 1995 after working since 1992 with Olson Management Group, an association management company. As director of special events, Gehrke acts as staff liaison for the convention (Summer Design Conference) and continuing education committees and all AIA North Carolina meeting and conference planning. Gehrke received a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina in industrial relations in 1984.
Director of Membership, Awards, and Technology
Keri Dixon joined AIA NC in June 2010. Keri is a graduate of Western Carolina University in North Carolina and studied Professional Writing and History. Keri has a background in communications, and previously worked as the Director of Communications for The Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. She has experience with creating and maintaining websites, electronic newsletters, and magazines (digital and print), as well as experience creating short videos and photographic coverage of events. She uses these skills as a part of the AIA NC staff to offer members services for sharing information throughout the state. Her major responsibilities include the production of the Architext newsletter, maintenance of the AIA NC website, and email updates to AIA members through the News & Notes. Her background in communications makes her well suited for creating an active and interactive environment for AIA NC members.
Director of Programs and Communications
Maggie Mae Whittemore joined AIA NC in August 2017. Maggie is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and studied Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts. She also studied Public Relations at Murdoch University in Australia. Before moving to North Carolina from Maine, Maggie held a social media position at her internship at Christ the King School. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and traveling.