The MWA Team

The MWA Team
MWA is a team of diverse professionals united by our passion for mountain architecture and design. Uniting leadership experience in both architecture and engineering, we are able to create innovative designs for our mountain environment.

On staff we have three licensed Architects with licenses in California and Nevada, a licensed Civil Engineer and a licensed Structural Engineer with licenses in California and Nevada, and an Interior Designer that is a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California and a NCIDQ Certified Designer.


Kurt Reinkens
Kurt Reinkens
Principal Architect

Principal, President and CEO

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, College of Environmental Design with a degree in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley.

Registrations: California Architect 1993 and Nevada Residential Designer 2009, lapsed in Hawaii and Colorado.

Over 30 years of experience in architecture and construction.

Mr. Reinkens' responsibilities as President and CEO of MWA, inc. include Principal-in-Charge of design, marketing, human resources, and project manager.

In 2009 Mr. Reinkens received the "Professional of the Year" award from the Contractors Association of Truckee T
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Kristi Thompson
Kristi Thompson
Principal Architect

Principal, Vice President and COO

Education: 5 year Bachelor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 1992

Registrations: California Architect 1995, Nevada Architect 2005, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) 2004.

Experience: since 1988 in the San Francisco Bay Area and since 2000 in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Ms. Thompson's responsibilities as Vice President and COO of MWA, inc. include Principal-in-Charge of design, operations, quality control, standards, scheduling, marke
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Donavan Rae, PE
Donavan Rae, PE
Principal Engineer

Principal, Structural Supervisor, and Civil Engineer

Donavan Rae brings over 33 years of Architectural and Structural experience to MWA, with projects from Northern and Central California to Central Arizona. This experience also covered the spectrum of project types ranging from single and multi-family residences, commercial residential facilities, both low and high rise commercial structures, school facilities and various assembly and religious structures to industrial and power plant facilities.

Donavan was born in the Sacramento area and raised just north of there in the Town of Auburn.
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Eli Meyer
Eli Meyer
Principal Project Manager

Eli joined MWA in 2006 and has been a partner in the firm since 2018. Eli comes from a diverse background working in design, engineering and technology development. He started his career working in aerospace while concurrently receiving a bachelors of science in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Eli enjoys challenging projects where he can borrowing from his studies in nautical architecture with modern computer modeling tools to create unique structures.

Outside of work, Eli is active in the community. Serving on the board of directors for the more
Renee Elsdon
Renee Elsdon
Structural Engineer/ Project Manager

Renee spent nearly eight years studying both architecture and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by almost a decade of work in the San Francisco Bay Area, which included a bit of everything - single-family and multi-family residences, commercial projects, schools, and ev... more
Michael "MJ" Johnson
Michael "MJ" Johnson
Senior Project Manager

Originally from New Hampshire, MJ has been involved in Architecture since college, working in his Fathers Design Studio and also building the firms projects to put himself through School. Following Graduation (BS-Industrial Tech from Keene State College, MA-Education from UNM) and a successful NCAA... more
Morgan Shoemaker
Morgan Shoemaker
Architect/ Interior Designer/ Associate Project Manager

NCIDQ, CID, LEED Green Associate, NCARB, ASID, & AIA

Morgan is originally from the greater Los Angeles area and spent almost five years living in historic Savannah, GA. Her educational background includes:

- Associates of Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandis
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Dan Greer
Dan Greer
Engineer in Training

Dan is originally from Colorado Springs, CO. Dan's interested in engineering began with his Eagle Scout project where he lead a group of boys to frame a one car garage. He then studied at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Architectural Engineering. Multiple inte... more
George Mock
George Mock
Associate Project Manager/ Designer

George joined MWA shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado - Boulder with a Bachelor of Environmental Design. His background focuses on sustainable building, renewable energy, social sustainability, and wildlife rehabilitation/habitat restoration - volunteering with organizations su... more
Karin Johnson
Karin Johnson
Associate Project Manager/ Designer

Karin was originally drawn to architecture for its seemingly broad scope in understanding systems and synergy at both a macro and micro level. She is fascinated by the interdependence of all relationships, behaviors, influences and motivations within the social, political, environmental and individu... more
Rebecca Skelin
Rebecca Skelin
Associate Project Manager/ Designer

Rebecca is originally from the Monterey Peninsula, and has been interested in architecture ever since she saw her first blueprint. Her interest only grew when she helped build a home for a family in Mexico. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts in San Fran... more
Rebecca "Becky" Thayer
Rebecca "Becky" Thayer
Associate Project Manager/ Designer

Becky grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to Michigan as a young adult where she met her husband. After working as a baker for many years, it was time to pursue new opportunities. She worked as a realtor for a while; then decided to go back to school.

Becky earned an Associate of Architectural Technol
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Keaton Kiraly
Keaton Kiraly
Drafting Technician

Keaton is originally from Southern California. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Technologies with a Drafting Emphasis from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Drafting Technologies. Keaton brings several years of ... more
Courtney Wedel
Courtney Wedel
Designer/ Drafter

Courtney grew up in Denver, Colorado and then traded the snow for the sea when she obtained her 5 year Bachelor of Architecture and a Sustainable Environments minor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Design brought her around the world where she studied in Switzerland, Ugan... more
Andru Ihli
Andru Ihli
Designer/ Drafter

After serving in the Marine Corps, Andru began his path into architecture by attending Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) where he earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Drafting – Architectural Design. He then furthered his education at the University of Colorad... more
Hunter Caldwell
Hunter Caldwell
Structural Designer

Hunter is originally from Houston, Texas and joined MWA in May of 2018 after graduating from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, fishing, and canoeing. Hunter looks forward to furthering his knowledge and plans t... more
Maggie Kloote
Maggie Kloote
Structural Designer

Maggie is originally from Grand Haven, Michigan where she studied at Michigan Technological University in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Civil Engineering specializing in structural design. Maggie and her dog Veera relocated to the Tahoe-Truckee area in early 2018 t... more
Cindy Burson
Cindy Burson
Office Manager

Originally from Southern California, Cindy has lived in Truckee since 1993. She graduated from CSUN in 1989, and received a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation. After working in Healthcare for 8 years, Cindy took the position of Office Manager for Summit Physical Therapy in Truckee in 1997. In 2011, Cind... more
Judi Morales Gibson
Judi Morales Gibson
Administrative Assistant

A Jack-of-all-trades, Judi has a diverse set of skills. She’s worked as a journalist, an art gallery event planner, a youth art Program Director, a Merchandise Planner for Discovery Channel Retail, as an Outside Operations Manager and Vice President of Sales for Las Olas surf camp in Mexico and as a... more
Lisa Potter
Lisa Potter
Finance and Administrative Manager, CFO

Lisa Potter, has been working in Accounting and Office Management since 1980, and has been with MWA since 1997.

Experience: Prior to working with MWA, Inc. she has held the following positions with a number of companies/corporations ranging in size from 1 to 700 employees: Chief Financial Offi
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Kurt Reinkens & Kristi Thompson Architects
11165 Brockway Road - Truckee, California 96161
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