Vanessa F. Shumate, AIA

Project Architect, American Structurepoint, Inc.

Vanessa has mentored with the Indiana affiliate for nine years and co-led a team for the past four years. Her colleagues and students note how she creates a nurturing environment, encouraging students to take pride in their work and empowering them to ask questions freely. The activities she develops require communication, team building, and creative thinking. She writes letters of recommendation for her students, assists in arranging internship opportunities, and this year she persuaded her firm to take on a current student for a co-op program. She has recruited 20 new mentors for the affiliate and inspires each mentor on her team to develop their leadership skills.