Visit Us at the NAIS & MPRA Conferences

Visit Us at the NAIS & MPRA Conferences

Monday, February 26, 2024

The Hastings+Chivetta team will be attending the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference February 28th through March 1st as well as the Missouri Park and Recreation (MPRA) Conference & Expo March 5th through the 8th. Both conferences will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri this year.

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that that offers services to over 2,000 schools and school associations in the United States and internationally. NAIS is the largest association of independent schools that help shape the future of education. The NAIS conference will provide school leaders, educators, and professionals to come together to network, collaborate, and provide professional development opportunities. President Chris Chivetta, Senior Vice President/Project Manager Steve DeHekker, Vice President/Project Manager Lisa LeMasters, and Senior Associate/Project Designer Al Wolf will be attending and exhibiting at booth #110.

The Missouri Park and Recreation (MPRA) is a nonprofit organization that supports park and recreation services throughout the state of Missouri. MPRA works towards opportunities that allow all citizens to engage in leisure activities, offers resources and training for professionals and raises awareness of how recreation contributes to a well-rounded lifestyle.  The MPRA conference allows attendees to engage in professional development, educate, and inspire individuals in the parks and recreation field. President Chris Chivetta, Design Principal Erik Kocher, and Vice President/Project Manager Lisa LeMasters will be attending and exhibiting at booth #118.


Learn a bit more about the H+C’s attendees below.

Christopher Chivetta, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, President, brings over 35 years of experience and has been with the firm for over 30 years. He is responsible for all projects at Hastings+Chivetta.  His strong interpersonal skills and passion for what he does make him a skilled project facilitator.  Chris constantly pushes for design innovation and excellence, and his intrinsic desire to exceed his clients’ expectations leads to successful project collaborations.

Erik Kocher, AIA, LEED AP BD+CDesign Principal, brings nearly 40 years of design experience, with 36 at Hastings+Chivetta. His design talents enable him to quickly and expertly illustrate a range of solutions for any given architectural challenge. Erik has vast experience on independent K-12 and park and recreation projects across the country along where he oversees and guides the majority of the firm’s projects. Erik strives for the physical expression of sound planning ideas, innovation, and creativity combined with the open flow of communication with clients.

Steve DeHekker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Vice President/Project Manager, has been with Hastings+Chivetta for 32 years and brings extensive experience leading a range of independent K-12 and parks and recreation projects. His strong, diverse background results in highly effective project leadership and management.

Lisa LeMasters, AIA, Vice President/Project Manager, brings over 20 years of experience leading a wide range of independent K-12 and park and recreation projects. Lisa’s leadership and communication skills are informed by her extensive experience on projects across the country.

Al Wolf, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate/Project Designer, has nearly 35 years of design and production experience.  He has been with Hastings+Chivetta for almost 30 years and has spent most of his time as a project designer for a variety of independent K-12 and park and recreation projects. Al is an expert in the complex design issues that go into designing modern academic spaces.


Our team is looking forward to connecting with attendees at both conferences!