Meet our team

Audrey Wernecke

President – AIA

Audrey Wernecke
Education
  • Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1999
Registration
  • Licensed Architect, State of Texas #21615
  • Licensed Interior Designer, State of Texas #10578
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) #123808
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Community Service
  • Past-President, Cedar Park Rotary Club
  • Recipient, Rotary Hall of Fame Award
  • City of Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Board
  • Building Safety Professional Member, International Code Council
Experience
Audrey Wernecke has participated as Project Manager on a variety of healthcare, educational, institutional and large scale commercial projects. Ms. Wernecke has more than 22 years experience in the field of architecture.

Lindsay J. Works

Principal – AIA, NCARB

Lindsay J. Works
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 1982
Registration
  • Licensed Architect, State of Texas #11767, 1986
  • Licensed Architect, State of Alabama #8048
  • Licensed Architect, State of Colorado # ARC.00403904
  • Licensed Architect, State of Florida #AR97287
  • Licensed Architect, State of Georgia #RA015316
  • Licensed Architect, State of Kansas #6943
  • Licensed Architect, State of Louisiana #5737
  • Licensed Architect, State of Maryland #18909
  • Licensed Architect, State of Nevada #7426
  • Licensed Architect, State of New Mexico #005881
  • Licensed Architect, State of Oregon #ARI-12714
  • Licensed Architect, State of Vermont #003.0132578
  • Licensed Architect, State of Virginia #0401078682
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) #36072, 1988
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Community Service
  • Past-President, Austin Westlake Rotary Club
  • Former Board Member, Texas Assisted Living Association
Experience
With more than 40 years of experience in the field of architecture Lindsay has worked closely with many clients on a variety of projects, including master planning of state-of-the-art hospital campuses as well as medical office buildings, surgery centers, wellness centers, schools, churches and other commercial buildings.

Renita Works

Director of Business Development and Secretary of the Board

Renita Works
Education
  • Louisiana State University—Shreveport
Affiliations &Community Service
  • Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas
  • Executive Committee Member and Team Captain for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Austin
  • American Heart Association Heart Ball
  • Foundation Communities Annual Fundraiser
  • Member, Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
  • Member, Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA)
Experience
With more than 15 years as a business development and marketing manager, Renita's focus as Director of Business Development is directed to the Firm's efforts to grow and maintain client relations. In addition to Business Development and Marketing, Renita manages the Firm's internal operations and staff development.

James B. Polkinghorn

Chairman Emeritus – AIA

James B. Polkinghorn
Education
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Architecture, 1960
Registration
  • Licensed Architect, State of Texas #2894, 1964
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
  • Texas Hospital Association
Community Service
  • Austin Westlake Rotary Club
  • Board Member, Texas Assisted Living Association
  • Building Commission of the Diocese of West Texas
  • Advisory Council on Personal Care Facilities (Texas State Board of Health)

Abbie de Leon

Associate, Project Architect

ReAbbie de Leon
Education
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 2000
Registration
  • Licensed Architect, State of Texas # 28451
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) #97468
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Community Service
  • Various Austin area Charities including Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas, fundraisers for Seton Family of Hospitals, American Heart Ball, etc.
Experience
Abbie has participated as Designer / Senior Project Manager on a variety of projects including hospitals, surgery centers, medical office buildings, veterinarian offices and other commercial projects. In addition to healthcare project experience, Abbie has experience in historic renovation, mixed-use commercial, as well as ISD work. Ms. de Leon has 20 years of experience.

Eric Ourston

Associate, Project Manager

Eric Ourston
Education
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2015
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Experience
Eric Ourston has participated as Project Manager on a large variety of Healthcare, Commercial, and Residential projects. He has more than 6 years of experience in the design industry.

Matthew Rasor

Associate, Project Manager

Matthew Rasor
Education
  • Texas Tech University
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2014
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Experience
Matthew Rasor has participated as Project Manager on a variety of projects including ambulatory surgery centers, medical office buildings, urgent care centers, behavioral healthcare facilities, and commercial design. He’s also has experience with LEED certified projects and sustainable design. He has over 5 years of experience at Polkinghorn Group Architects.

Albert Rodriguez

Associate, Project Manager

Albert Rodriguez
Education
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2013
  • Boston Architectural College
    Master of Architecture, 2020
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Texas Society of Architects
Experience
Albert has more than 5 years of experience in the design industry and has participated and managed a variety of projects, including Hospital services, Wellness facilities, Medical office buildings, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Cody Ratliff

Associate, Project Manager

Cody Ratliff
Education
  • Texas Tech University
  • Masters of Architecture, Certification in Healthcare Design 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
Experience
Cody has participated on a variety of healthcare projects including hospitals, surgery centers, and medical office buildings as well as commercial project. He has been in the design industry since 2016.

Javier Conejo

Project Manager

Javier Conejo
Education
  • University of Houston
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, 2007
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 2007
Registration
  • Licensed Architect, State of Colorado #403938
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
Experience
Javier has participated as Project Manager on a variety of healthcare, mixed use, small-scale commercial, large-scale commercial and residential projects. He has also assisted with feasibility studies for real estate investments and development. Mr. Conejo has more than 13 years of experience in the field of architecture.

Laura Reiter

Project Designer – NCIDQ

Laura Reiter
Education
Kansas State University College of Architecture
Planning + Design: Master of Interior Architecture + Product Design
Experience
Laura has more than four years of experience in the design industry, with the majority of it in Austin, Texas. Her healthcare experience is comprised of Medical Office Buildings, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Behavioral Health Services and hospital facilities space planning.

Stephanie Sharma

Interior Designer – NCIDQ

Stephanie Sharma
Education
  • Fresno State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, 2005
Registration
  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification #24326
Experience
Stephanie has more than 15 years’ experience in the interior design field working on Healthcare, Senior Living and Residential projects. She is able to bring residential elements into commercial projects through interior finishes, FF&E and lighting selections to give her projects a more welcoming feeling. Her Healthcare experience involves Medical Office Buildings, Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Hospital Facilities.

Marissa Gable

Interior Designer

Marissa Gable
Education
  • Texas State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, 2020
Professional Affiliations
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Experience
Marissa has more than 1 year of experience in the interior design field including experience in model home merchandising, FF&E selection and installation, space planning, and design development.

Tom Sherman

Project Manager

Tom Sherman
Education
  • Roger Williams University
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2010
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
Experience
Tom has more than 8 years of experience in the design and construction industry. He began his career working on high-end residential developments in the northeastern US. Since 2015 his focus has been healthcare and life sciences projects, including experiences in acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and pharmaceutical compounding.

Jay Burkhalter

Architectural Intern

Jay Burkhalter
Education
  • University of Colorado – Denver
    Master of Architecture, 2013
  • Auburn University
    Bachelor of Arts – History, 1997
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
Experience
Jay Burkhalter has participated on a variety of projects. He has more than 3 years of experience in the design industry and over 6 years of experience in the construction industry.

Jared Dukes

Architectural Intern

Jared Dukes
Education
  • Oklahoma State University
    Bachelor of Science in Economics, 2010
  • University of Oregon
    Master of Architecture, 2019
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • USGBC – LEED Green Associate
Experience
Jared is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon’s architecture program where his study focused on Architectural Technology and Housing. While at Oregon, he also explored the basics of Mass Timber construction methods that are emerging in the built environment. Additionally, he has hands-on experience in the building industry through Habitat for Humanity and other construction organizations.

Taylor McKinney

Architectural Intern

Taylor McKinney
Education
  • Mississippi State University School of Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2019
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects: Associate AIA
Community Service
  • Former volunteer at Human Society of Huntsville, AL
Experience
Taylor has more than 2 years of experience working as an architectural intern, both in Texas and Alabama. Initially gaining experience in the commercial and civic industry, she has since migrated into the realm of healthcare design. Taylor aims to broaden her horizons within the healthcare arena.

Angela Eloff

Administrative Assistant

Angela Eloff
Education
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Experience
Angela performs many roles at PGa including providing administrative support for PGa’s entire operation. She supports principals and project managers through a variety of tasks.

Ann Clift

CPA

Ann Clift
Education
  • University of Texas at Austin
    B.A. 1979
Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Texas Society Certified Public Accountants
Community Service
  • Chair, Austin Inner City Outings
  • Treasurer, Friends of Pedernales Falls State Park
Experience
Ann Clift has served as Polkinghorn Group Architect's Accountant/Chief Financial Officer for 22 years. She also serves as chief financial officer for Foundation Communities, a local non-profit providing first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed.