Tammy Thompson, NCARB, M.Arch, EDAC
Tammy S. Thompson is a registered architect with diverse experience in design and construction management. She co-chartered the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) of Georgia. After establishing this chapter, she continues to serve Georgia’s healthcare design community as a co-chair and a member of the executive committee.
Tammy is the president and founder of the Institute
for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. (
In 2015, Tammy joined the faculty at the Savannah College of Art & Design as a professor of architecture. She has taught multiple health facility design studios and served as an ambassador for patient-focused design. Tammy is proud to serve as a leader and educator in the specialty of health facility design.
Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA
Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA
Kimberly McMurray brings to the organization an extensive background in health facility design practice, medical planning and project management. She has served as AIA Birmingham Chapter past President and Executive Committee Member and as a previous Leader Advocate with the Planetree Visionary Design Network. With experience on the Arizona State University College of Design Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board (2009-2010), and Evidence Based Design Accreditation by The Center for Health Design, Kimberly is well qualified to lead the design and academic partnership initiatives of the Institute.
Marjorie Serrano, RN, PNP, AIA, EDAC
Nurse Practitioner, Architect, Clinical Consultant
Marjorie’s career goal is to improve health care by improving facilities through efficient operational planning, design, collaboration, and research. She believes involving patients, families and front line staff in planning is essential to a successful project. Experiences as a clinician, manager, consultant and architect give her a unique perspective to communicate with all team members.
After many years in nursing, she earned a Masters in Architecture in 2005. Her architecture career began at HKS with projects including award-winning hospitals. Subsequently she has become a licensed architect, gained experience on the owner side at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and worked as Senior Clinical Planner at Blue Cottage Consulting. She continues to practice part-time as a nurse practitioner. Marjorie has a strong background in operational planning, healthcare innovations, codes, and facility guidelines.
Natasha Ramey, MPA
Community Development Coordinator; Board Member
Shanta Gilles, MS
Shanta Gilles brings to the organization a strong desire to contribute to the well being of children. She has served as a volunteer within a children’s hospital, as well as multiple roles for a nonprofit children’s organization. Teaching experience in the United States and abroad has prepared Shanta to contribute to the development of the Institute's programs and resources. In addition to her professional experience, Shanta managed the long term nursing care of an elderly family member for many year. This personal experience as a caregiver enables her to relate to the challenges that patients and their families face in the healthcare environment. Shanta is also a charter member of the Institute's Board of Directors.
Paola Perez, BFA, AIA Assoc.
Design, Project Coordinator
Paola Perez is a recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, with a concentration in architecture. She works as the project coordinator for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, where she serves as the main point of contact for its educational programs. Paola has a background in health facility design, working for an architectural firm in Puerto Rico. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, where she actively participates in meetings. Paola is fluent in English and Spanish. Her daily work involves building educational content, drafting, and developing presentation materials for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.