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Lawrence Group Announces 2020 Promotions

Lawrence Group is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Julie Steffens has been promoted to principal and director of interior design.

Julie Steffens, NCIDQ co-leads Lawrence Group’s education practice. Steffens brings a collaborative leadership style and is passionate about growing long-term client relationships such as Southern Illinois Healthcare. She recently provided leadership in campus planning and design for $450 million in construction value at University of Illinois Springfield and John Burroughs School Science, Technology and Research Building. She is NCIDQ certified and joined the firm in 1999.

Amanda Skibinski has been promoted to associate principal.

Amanda Skibinski, NCIDQ, co-leads the firm’s retail studio, managing multiple national accounts and overseeing a team of design professionals. She has managed more than $115 million in construction value to support over 30 various clients such as TD Ameritrade and Edward Jones. She joined Lawrence Group in 2008 and in 2018 earned the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification.

Laura Switzer has been promoted to senior associate.

Laura Switzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP BD+C joined Lawrence Group in 2015 has more than 10 years of experience. She has provided project leadership in multiple markets, most recently completing the Epoque Golden 55+ Apartment Community in Golden, Colorado. Switzer is a registered architect and member of the AIA St. Louis Chapter Board of Directors.

Lindsay Harper has been promoted to communications manager.

Lindsay Harper joined Lawrence Group in 2013 and has eight years of experience in marketing and strategic communication. She is responsible for promoting Lawrence Group as a company as well as its specific markets, services and thought leaders.

Rawan Abusaid, Tony Bruno, Mary Cheragotti, Michael Lombardo, Alicia Luthy, Andy McCallister and Edgar Zarate have been promoted to associate.

Rawan Abusaid, LEED® Green Associate joined Lawrence Group in 2015 and has more than six years of experience. She specializes in healthcare design, and her experience includes renovations at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Oncology Clinic in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Tony Bruno joined Lawrence Group in 2013 and has seven years of design experience in senior living, housing and religious projects. His recent projects include St. Joseph’s Parish Hall and St. Andrew’s at Francis Place.

Mary Cheragotti joined Lawrence Group in 2013 and has seven years of experience, including senior living, hospitality and high-end residential. Her experience includes the award-winning Angad Arts Hotel and Nazareth Living Center Assisted Living.

Michael Lombardo joined Lawrence Group in 2015 and has five years of experience, including commercial, education and workplace. His experience includes national tenant finishes for H&R Block and TD Ameritrade.

Alicia Luthy joined Lawrence Group in 2018 and has more than five years of experience. She specializes in retail architecture and has helped develop a strategic partnership with Panera, helping to design and roll out new cafes across the United States.

Andy McAllister joined Lawrence Group in 2016 and has three years of experience in workplace and healthcare design. His recent experience includes City Foundry STL, White Flag Church and a culinary program expansion at St. Charles Community College.

Edgar Zarate, AIA, NCARB re-joined Lawrence Group’s Austin office in 2019 and has eight years of experience with community and municipal clients. His recent projects include the Georgetown City Hall Office Building and the City of Austin Windsor Park Branch Library renovation.

Olivia Chrostoski has been promoted to purchasing coordinator, and Shannon Rabe has been promoted to marketing coordinator.

Olivia Chrostoski, joined Lawrence Group in 2015 and has two years of procurement experience. Her responsibilities include handling FF&E projects from idea to installation. This includes tracking costs, purchasing FF&E, and coordination of delivery, installation, and quality control.

Shannon Rabe joined Lawrence Group in 2018 and has three years of marketing experience. Her responsibilities include developing marketing collateral and social media content to promote Lawrence Group’s people and projects.

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