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BIA National

Ray Leonhard
President & CEO & CFO

Ray Leonhard is a CPA with more than thirty years of professional experience. In January 2014, he was appointed to serve as BIA’s President and CEO, in addition to maintaining his previous role as CFO which he began in 2007. In these roles he will work with the staff and the Board of Directors to oversee the strategic vision of the association as a whole. Ray began his career as a senior auditor with Deloitte and later worked as a senior bank examiner.  He has more than 25 years of not-for-profit and association experience.

Stephen Sears
COO & VP, Marketing

As Chief Operating Officer, Stephen Sears leads BIA’s marketing and communication programs and member services. He also heads up the Midwest/Northeast Region and will help establish new local brick councils in key markets around the country. Before he began his career at BIA in 2004, Stephen spent several years in advertising account management and served as a political appointee under President George H.W. Bush. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University and holds a B.A. in Politics from Washington & Lee University.

Lisa Cyphers
Executive Assistant

Lisa started with BIA on September 15th as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO.  Her prior experience includes 8 years with a promotional products company and 5 years as an Office Manager in a medical practice.  When not at work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and exercising.  She is excited to be a member of the BIA team and looks forward to working with all of the members.

Judy Grandinetti
Accounting Manager

Judy Grandinetti has worked for BIA since 2007. As Accounting Manager, she is responsible for recording and processing accounts payable and receivable, overseeing employee payroll, and developing monthly financial statements for national headquarters as well as all the regions. She enjoys the diversity of her job and working with the great staff at BIA


Engineering & Research
Charles B. "Chip" Clark, Jr., AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C
VP, Engineering Services

As Vice President of Engineering Services, Chip Clark manages the Engineering and Research department. Their activities include writing technical documents, building code activities, research, and review of projects, drawings, and specifications. Chip is a Registered Architect in MD and a licensed Professional Engineer in VA. He is a member of the AIA, a member of the Masonry Society and its ASTM E-5 Committee, an associate member of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee, and is secretary of the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural concentration from the University of Maryland.

Zach Booker

After much searching and many interviews conducted with BIA staff and key technical personnel of BIA members, please join me in welcoming the newest member of our BIA Engineering and Research team – Zachary Booker, EIT. Zach is a 2016 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.  Along with his coursework at JMU, he interned as a Civil Engineer for two summers at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority where he assisted divisions of Metrorail in regard to maintenance and flood resiliency issues.

Environment, Health & Safety
Susan Miller
VP, Environment, Health & Safety

Susan Miller has been BIA’s Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety since 2008. Previous to coming to BIA, Susan spent more than 20 years as an environmental consultant to both the EPA and industries impacted by EPA and state regulations. The EH&S department works with industry members on issues such as rule development, rule implementation, and compliance issues related to rules under development or already in place from EPA, OSHA, and MSHA. Susan has a Chemical Engineering degree from N.C. State University.

Paul Regina
Regulatory Specialist, Environment, Health & Safety

Paul Regina is BIA’s Regulatory Specialist and has worked for BIA since 2012. He assists members in obtaining data and information on issues related to EH&S regulations, as well as providing information and support to our lobbying consultant on EH&S issues. The EH&S department works with industry members on issues such as rule development, rule implementation and compliance issues related to rules under development or already in place from EPA, OSHA, and MSHA. Paul has a History Education degree from Millersville University.


Tricia Mauer
Vice President, Membership & Programs

Trish Mauer has been working with BIA since 2005 and currently serves as the VP of Membership & Programs. She is the main resource for all issues relating to membership, meetings, online education, the Brick in Architecture Awards Program, Brick University, and the monthly Production and Shipment Reports. Trish attended Indiana University for two years and finished her undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

BIA Heartland Region

Aaron Steele, AICP
Executive Director

Aaron Steele has worked in the brick industry since 2005, first as a Community Planner and currently as Executive Director of the Heartland Region.  He leads the region’s education and promotion efforts, including its program of community planning outreach. Aaron has worked for and with local governments as a planner since 1997 and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2002. He holds a B.S. degree in Community and Regional Planning and an MBA, both from Iowa State University, and he serves on the Story County (Iowa) Planning and Zoning Commission.

BIA Midwest/Northeast Region

Shannon Armstrong
Community Planner

Shannon has been a Community Planner for BIA for more than six years. She educates urban planners and elected officials in the Midwest on the benefits that clay brick has for communities. Shannon has more than 13 years experience working with local government agencies, and she also speaks at local conferences throughout the year on topics such as resiliency and sustainability. Shannon has a masters degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois in Chicago. 

BIA Southeast Region

Glen Clapper, AIA
Architectural Services Manager

Glen Clapper joined the brick industry in 2001 and serves as Architectural Services Manager. He has more than 25 years experience with design and construction, and he speaks regularly to architects, building officials, homebuilders, contractors, and inspectors on the benefits and use of brick. Glen also represents BIA at building code hearings and ASTM committee meetings. He holds a B.S. in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois and is also a Registered Architect. Glen is a member of AIA, ASTM, the Masonry Society, and the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards.

Bryan Light
Technical Services Manager

Bryan Light joined BIA in October 1999 and works as its Technical Services Manager. He has been in the masonry industry since 1964, became a master mason in 1970, and a mason contractor in 1974. Bryan is Chairman of the National SkillsUSA Technical Committee and runs their contest for masonry students each year in Kansas City. He also sits on the Masonry Association of Georgia Apprenticeship Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation and the Masonry Association of Florida.