Organizational Structure

Message From The Board

The Board of Directors is pleased to see the progress that membership and leadership have made in the first year of this developing organization. The Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA) is a vital step forward in the design and construction industry. RAiNA is a diverse community of industry professionals who volunteer their time towards optimizing rainscreen performance expectations among a variety of stakeholders. They achieve this by influencing codes and standards, while increasing the safety and resilience for rainscreen assemblies and components. The RAiNA Board of Directors is proud to serve our members and all industry stakeholders by facilitating and promoting the use of rainscreen assemblies in North America.

Board Members

The organization is led by a Board of Directors, which consists of nine individuals with broad experience in the rainscreen industry. The Executive Committee – made up of four individuals – works closely with the Board to guide committees.

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel is the NYC Architectural Manager for ROCKWOOL. He has over 20 years of experience working on façade systems and the building enclosure, having held technical leadership positions for multiple key product manufacturers. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and current board member of NY Passive House.

Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor

Steven Gaynor is the managing director of Pivoth Corp, providing consulting services for building product manufacturers looking to enter or grow within the U.S. market. He comes to RAiNA with 17 years of industry experience spanning project management with contractors, and directing programs with various rainscreen manufacturers.

Marcus Jablonka

Marcus Jablonka

Marcus Jablonka is VP of Operations and Marketing at Dörken Systems. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, he joined Dörken in 1999, and has 20+ years of expertise in drainage, waterproofing, air barriers, and rainscreen systems. He has authored numerous papers on applied research related to building products.

David Brown

David Brown

David Brown has over 35 years of experience working with building product manufacturers who serve the commercial construction market with products utilized in roofing, siding, and façade applications. Achieved Registered Professional Engineer license in 1992 by exam. Currently, Director of Business Development and a member of the Management Team Construction, North America for SFS.

Eric Sassak

Eric Sassak

Eric Sassak is a Senior Project Architect in SmithGroup’s Building Technology Studio and is heavily involved in the design and development of contract documents for complex projects. His focus is on exterior enclosure detailing. Eric has developed areas of specialization in coatings, architectural metals, steep slope roofs, and rainscreen assemblies.

Gabriel Castillo

Gabriel Castillo

With vast experience in construction, Castillo passionately combines design principles and ingenuity to support design professionals and contractors. He is an architect and engineer that looks for aesthetics and buildable solutions. Castillo has been involved in the design, engineering, and installation of rainscreen façades for decades. He believes professional collaboration produces valuable results.

Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan

Kevin D. Nolan has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry as a Carpenter/Superintendent, a General Contractor, and a Forensic Architectural Consultant. He has dealt almost exclusively with the building enclosures for 25 of those years, repairing, re-cladding, and diagnosing failed systems. Currently, he serves as the Technical Director for VaproShield LLC, an innovative manufacturing company of water resistive barriers and air barrier materials, designed for rainscreen applications.

Philip Frederick

Philip Frederick

Philip Frederick is a Senior Project Manager in the Building Technology group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Mr. Frederick’s primary experience focuses on building envelope projects and enclosure systems, including forensic investigation, developing enclosure rehabilitation designs, and providing enclosure design consulting and peer reviews for new construction projects.

Kellie Knuff

Kellie Knuff Perkins

Kellie Knuff Perkins is a Project Manager at EQUITONE covering New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has spent the last 10 years working for building manufacturers that mainly specialize in rainscreen applications. Kellie began her career in design and construction, working at architectural firms as the Business Development Manager.

Roy Schauffele

Roy Schauffele

Roy F. Schauffele, FCSI, CCPR, FABAA, CABS is an internationally published author and speaker. He is President and founder of Division 7 Solutions, Inc, now entering its 33rd year of continuous operations. He has served as the ABAA Chairman and now Executive Advisor to the ABAA Board. Globally, he is the only person to be a Fellow of both CSI and ABAA. He continues to be a requested national speaker on air barriers, roofing, insulation, energy conservation design, and sustainability.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts as the steering committee for the RAiNA Board of Directors (BoD). They kick-start leadership’s strategic planning, lead key initiatives for the association (including the RAiNA 2030 vision), and prioritize the critical issues for the full BoD to address.

Todd Kimmel

Todd Kimmel, Chairperson

Todd Kimmel is the NYC Architectural Manager for ROCKWOOL. He has over 20 years of experience working on façade systems and the building enclosure, having held technical leadership positions for multiple key product manufacturers. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer and current board member of NY Passive House.

Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor, Vice-chairperson

Steven Gaynor is the managing director of Pivoth Corp, providing consulting services for building product manufacturers looking to enter or grow within the U.S. market. He comes to RAiNA with 17 years of industry experience spanning project management with contractors, and directing programs with various rainscreen manufacturers.

Kellie Knuff

Kellie Knuff Perkins, Secretary

Kellie Knuff Perkins is a Project Manager at EQUITONE covering New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She has spent the last 10 years working for building manufacturers that mainly specialize in rainscreen applications. Kellie began her career in design and construction, working at architectural firms as the Business Development Manager.

Marcus Jablonka

Marcus Jablonka, Treasurer

Marcus Jablonka is VP of Operations and Marketing at Dörken Systems. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, he joined Dörken in 1999, and has 20+ years of expertise in drainage, waterproofing, air barriers, and rainscreen systems. He has authored numerous papers on applied research related to building products.

How to work with us

There are six committees which are led by two Board-appointed Co-chairs. The committees develop policies and procedures, as well as make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Committee recommendations are formally reviewed and adopted by the Board before going into effect. All RAiNA members are encouraged to participate in one or more of the committees.

Please see list of committees and a brief description of responsibilities.

Training committee

To identify and determine the best delivery methods for educating the design and construction industry. This committee is tasked with the design and development of education and training materials on rainscreen assemblies and best practices for their construction.

Codes Committee

Serves as the leaders and influencers of codes as related to rainscreen wall assemblies. They maintain a list of pertinent national and local codes, and work to identify changes and additions within the codes that influence rainscreen assemblies.

Performance Committee

Works on all rainscreen technical aspects including performance requirements, project specification, details, installation practices, rainscreen test methods, and material specifications. The committee works hand-in-hand with many other committees (such as the Building Codes Committee) to ensure an objective and science-based approach supports all aspects of the organization.

Outreach Committee

Tasked with identifying and coordinating initiatives to grow RAiNA’s presence, partnerships, and influence throughout the industry. The committee oversees trades shows, social media, press, website, and advertising.

Residential Committee

Working with stakeholders from across residential construction, the Residential Committee works to increase the knowledge and awareness of rainscreen principles – through education and the development of industry standards – to improve resilience and durability of single and multi-family homes.

Definitions Committee

This committee’s primary focus is to identify a baseline of understanding of rainscreen terminology in order to provide guidance to the A/E/C/ community for promotion, code development, design, and construction.

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