We're proud of our people. At Donham & Sweeney, we hire the best and brightest design talent to join our diverse team.
Jeff Shaw, AIA LEED AP BD&C | Principal
Jeff Shaw joined D&S Architects in 1999 as a designer. He quickly made a mark on the firm, rising through the ranks to become an Associate in 2007 and then Principal in 2009. In 2014, Jeff was named President of the company. Jeff is currently leading multiple major projects for the firm, including the historic preservation of the Town of Arlington's Central Fire Station and restoration of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, a National Historic Landmark in the City of Boston. Jeff’s award-winning design work has been celebrated by a number of renowned institutions, including the American Institute of Architecture's Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. In 2009 he received his LEED AP accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Jeff is currently Chair of Boston’s Park Street Church Facilities Committee as well as a member of their Finance & Administration Committee. He is also a member of the Boston Preservation Alliance’s Young Advisors Board, Preservation Massachusetts, and the Boston Society of Architect’s Building Enclosure Council.
Christopher Logan, AIA | Associate
Chris joined Donham & Sweeney in 1999 and was made an Associate in 2001. He has managed a number of the firm’s municipal and religious projects in towns and cities across Massachusetts, ranging from facility master plans to new and renovated structures. Chris is currently leading two major preservation/renovation projects for the firm - the North Andover Town Hall and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. Prior to joining D&S, Chris was an Associate at two other firms where he managed educational and institutional projects. He is a registered Architect in Massachusetts, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University. Chris has served as an Alternate Commissioner for the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, and as a member of the 74 Joy Street Property Committee, the Building Committees at The Park School and Beaver Country Day School, a board member at the Beacon Hill Nursery School, and a Trustee at Beaver Country Day School.
Ellen Light, AIA LEED AP MBA | Project Manager
Ellen joined Donham & Sweeney in 2014 as a Project Manager and is currently leading the construction of a new Police Station for the Town of Weston. She has more than 25 years of experience as an architect specializing in the management and design of sustainable academic and institutional projects. Prior to joining Donham & Sweeney, Ellen’s professional experience was comprised of several public school renovations and additions for towns and cities across the state of Massachusetts, planning studies for both institutional buildings and public schools, as well as commercial and retail projects. Ellen is a registered Architect in Massachusetts, and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, an MBA from Simmons School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. When not at D&S, Ellen volunteers her time as a member of the Newton Design Review Committee and the Boston Society of Architects.
Zeljko Toncic, AIA LEED AP | Project Manager
Zel is a versatile Project Manager who brings 30 years of hands-on project experience to his work. He has managed complex, public construction projects, including a recently-completed airport fire rescue facility. In addition to municipal work, Zel has been responsible for educational facilities, multi-family residential and retail. He has a special interest in sustainable design and works closely with clients to incorporate sustainability measures into a project’s design. He is currently managing Donham & Sweeney’s design of a new Uxbridge Fire Headquarters. Zel, a registered Architect in Massachusetts, holds a B. Arch. from Cooper Union, and is a past winner of Architectural Record’s Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest for his sketch of Casa Mila in Barcelona.
Elizabeth Apeldoorn | Senior Designer
Joining Donham & Sweeney in 2013, Elizabeth has contributed to a number of major architectural projects in Massachusetts, including Newton's Fire Station #10, the Weston Police Station, and North Andover's Town Hall Renovations. She has experience on educational, civic, and residential projects, with a strong emphasis in Revit/BIM. Her professional experience includes work at Jonathan Levi Architects and Burt Hill in Boston and Dubai, UAE. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University and her Master of Architecture from the Glasgow School of Art.
Dikla Liberman Mileguir | Designer
Dikla joined Donham & Sweeney as a Designer in 2015. She has worked on multiple projects for the firm, including the North Andover Fire Station and a Police Station Feasibility Study for the Town of Bedford. Dikla is a licensed architect from Israel and has over 10 years of experience. She has led a diverse range of projects for various firms within the U.S. and overseas – from running her own business in Irvine, California, to leading the renovation and preservation of a 150-year-old convent in Jerusalem. Dikla has a Bachelor of Architecture from Tel Aviv University and Masters of Science in Construction Management from Northeastern University.
Steven McCormack, LEED Green Associate | Designer
Steven is a Designer who is skilled in building documentation and production. His agility with building information modeling (BIM) software helps project teams quickly visualize and explore design ideas early in the process. Steven’s project experience includes K-12 school design, residential developments and commercial buildings. At Donham & Sweeney he has worked on the new Leicester Fire Station. Steven is a LEED Green Associate whose work is informed by his passion for green technology and sustainable design. He holds a BS in Architectural Design & Building from State University of New York, College of Technology at Delhi, where he was also an assistant soccer coach for two seasons.
Kristen Gabriele, LEED AP BD+C |
Kristen, a nimble designer with strong graphic presentation skills, informs her work at Donham & Sweeney through past experiences working on a range of project phases and material production platforms. At Donham and Sweeney, Kristen is supporting project teams through BIM production while also building a library of marketing presentation graphics. Kristen, who holds an M.Arch and a B.S. in Architecture from the University at Buffalo, was the school's recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal upon completion of her Master's Degree.
Nicole Groleau, LEED AP | Designer
Nicole comes to Donham & Sweeney with extensive experience in the design of a range of municipal buildings, as well as public, independent, and higher educational institutions. A versatile team member, Nicole is involved in all phases of a project, from programming through production to construction administration. Nicole earned a B.Arch from Mississippi State University where, she says, the winters were a little more forgiving. Outside the office, Nicole shares her enthusiasm and skill for design and the built environment through her volunteer work with KidsBuild, a hands-on program that introduces children to design, and she is also Council Treasurer for Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge.
Susan Elmore, CPSM | Director of Marketing
Susan is a seasoned marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience working with Boston area firms. She is responsible for crafting and maintaining the firm’s message through project stories, news items, the website and social media, as well as targeted proposals. She is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and Co-chair of the Marketing Wizards Committee of the Boston Society of Architects, and holds an MS in Mass Communication from Boston University and a BA in English and Communications from Boston College. When not writing about architecture, Susan dabbles in memoir writing, chronicling her many “madeleine moments.”
Stuart Goldman | Chief Financial Officer
Stuart began working with Donham & Sweeney as an outside consultant, supporting the firm’s accounting and IT staff. In 2002, he became the Controller, continuing to expand and improve the firm’s financial reporting capabilities until 2005 when Stuart was named Chief Financial Officer. Stuart earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and an Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Public Accountants.
Lynn Colbert | Office Manager
Lynn joined Donham & Sweeney in 2007. At Donham & Sweeney she is responsible for all of the operations of the office, including Human Resources, supervision of all administrative personnel, Accounts Payable and Receivables, and vendor relations. She holds a Master of Business Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration.