The GMA Team

Ramon Acevedo

President/Principal Architect

Mr. Acevedo is a registered architect with more than 30 years of experience in programming, site and building design, development of construction documents, and operation of on-site construction administration activities.

He has previously worked in Ohio and Puerto Rico where he gained extensive knowledge in the development of pharmaceutical facilities.

Mr. Acevedo’s experience with GMA Architects & Planners includes design-build, fast track, and design delivery systems in a variety of project types such as corporate headquarters, commercial buildings, retail, and government complexes.

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Noel Hernandez

Project Architect

Florida native

Started with the Firm December 2004

After taking his backpack on a three-month walkabout, Noel joined Gora McGahey to see how a real architecture firm works. When not spending time with family and friends, Noel enjoys reading (preferably on the beach) and culinary experimentation.

P.S. Go Gators and Hook?em Horns

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Zachary E. Smith

Project Manager / Designer

Mr. Smith has an extensive background in the architecture and construction industry for nearly 20 years, and served as a consulting architect for many Southwest Florida-based operations.

His most notable work includes: The Landings Wheelhouse and Helm Club renovations, Riverwood Community Clubhouse, DeSoto Fire Station and many more.

He was an adjunct professor of architecture for five years at a college in Fort Myers, adding significant teaching experience to his portfolio.

Zachary is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. He received his Master Degree in Architecture from California State Polytechnic University and Florida International University.

His greatest accomplishment is continuing a local multi-generational legacy with his three children, Mary, Stella and Axl.

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Cassandra O’Donnell

Senior Project Designer

Ms. O?Donnell has been professionally rising in the fields of architectural and engineering design since 2004 where she modestly began as the permit runner and cad technician in Cape Coral, Florida. Her knowledge of architecture continues to grow by surrounding herself with leaders in the industry and absorbing everything they willingly teach. She is passionate with the art and discipline of architecture and takes every opportunity to flex her design muscles and increase her code comprehension.

She was born, raised, and married in SW Florida where she and her husband raise two well adjusted kids with sassy mouths and moppy hair. Her interests include the combat sport of fencing, music, podcasts, and kayaking back in mangroves, of which there are plenty. Though she does it once a decade, she truly loves traveling abroad and cannot fathom people?s obsession with cruise ships.

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Jeff Pardi


Mr. Pardi is an architectural graphics specialist with more than 17 years experience in Florida and Ohio.

He has extensive background in the latest computer modeling programs such as Revit (building information modeling), AutoCAD, 3-D graphics programs, etc.

This experience gives him the ability to quickly produce fully integrated construction documents and professional quality presentation material for use as project visioning aids.

Jeff has completed a long list of residential and commercial projects for GMA Architects.

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Ken Buschle

Specifications/Quality Control

Mr. Buschle became GMA’s first full-time Contract Administrator in 1988.

Since then he has built the Construction Administration department into a three-person team that provides specifications research and documents, quality control coordination, probable cost opinions, bidding management and Construction Contract Administration.

He is a state and nationally certified building inspector in all major areas of construction.

From his construction-oriented vantage point, Ken serves as document review and coordination manager. His review prior to final issue and his involvement in the bidding process helps assure clear, coordinated documents which result in tight bids, few change orders, and consistent schedule compliance

Mr. Buschle has lead GMA’s 20-year pursuit of sustainable design.

As president-elect and board member of the local chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), he has been a leader in introducing cutting-edge technology as well common sense, environmentally sound practices to the local construction community as well to GMA architects.

He administers GMA’s in-house continuing education programs, with an emphasis on sustainability and building technology. Ken has been accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED professional (LEED AP) and is an active member of the Florida Green Building Coalition.

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Robert Schuerman

Construction Administrator

Mr. Schuerman joined GMA in 2004 after serving as the owner’s representative for one of the firm’s projects.

He brings 38 years of construction industry experience to the contract administration department of Gora/McGahey.

Bob worked his way from general laborer to co-owner of Peterson Construction Company in Wapakoneta, Ohio, from 1962 to 2000. The company was responsible for the construction of large institution projects for such institutional clients as Ohio State University, Ohio State Penal System, various public school districts and waste-water treatment facilities.

His expertise adds to the firm’s strong commitment to excellent construction phase services.

Bob has been the construction administrator for many projects including Fire Stations # 1 and # 2 for Bonita Springs Fire District; Stations # 4 and # 5 for Lehigh Acres Fire District; Bonita Springs City Hall; Zion Lutheran Church; and the golf and lake-front clubhouses at The Quarry in Naples, Florida.

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Becky Gibbard

Marketing/Office Manager

Ms. Gibbard fled the frozen tundra of her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., to Southwest Florida with her family in 1980. She is a graduate of Fort Myers High School and Edison Community College (now Florida SouthWestern State College). Becky joined the firm in March 2004.

Married in 1997 to Charlie, she lives in Cape Coral with her two Rat Terriers, Eddie and Raiden.

Becky is an avid Dallas Cowboys and Florida Gators fan, and enjoys tennis, golf, planning social events, interior decorating and cooking.

Between work, social activities, athletics, and managing a home, she stays quite busy, but always manages to do so with exceptional and organizational efficiency.

Her weekends consist of good friends, good music, ?Jeeping,? camping, sunning and generally enjoying life and the laid-back Florida lifestyle..

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Denise Weisinger


Born in Louisville, Ky., Ms. Weisinger moved to Florida in 1989 and started work with GMA Architects & Planners in November 1997.

She worked for various companies before meeting her husband, Jamie, and starting a family (not necessarily in that order).

Working on her degree part time, it seemed she was going to be a ?lifetime student.? However, through diligence and with fortitude, she soldiered on to complete her studies at the University of South Florida in 1994.

Although initially working full time, she is now able to work part time to spend more time playing tennis, visiting her daughter in college and watching her son play various sports.

Denise and her husband like to travel and spend many weekends a year supporting various favorite sports teams.

Being from the Bluegrass State, she enjoys ?The Sport of Kings? and tries to make it to at least one Triple Crown event each year. She also enjoys boating, skiing and running.

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