Our People Our Strength

Passionate team members who share a love for the profession. 
Christopher Kidd, AIA, ALA, NCARB, RIBA

Chris has been involved in the architectural profession since High School starting out in the blueprint room at Mead Digital Systems. Chris is licensed in 45 States and completed his Bachelor of Environmental Design at Miami University of Ohio and his Master of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also completed additional classes at Harvard University. Chris oversees the daily operations of CKA and is responsible for marketing, financial, and project management. Chris works directly with our clients and is dedicated to the profession of Architecture and the Community. He began the firm in August of 1995 with a partner and since that time the firm has expanded in expertise and depth of staff. Chris feels strongly that the success CKA has achieved is by the grace of God and is thankful for that and many other great blessings. (Proverb 3:5-6)

Chris enjoys being with his family, sports, and travel. He is married with six children.

James Altenburg, DE
Plumbing Engineer

Jim has been designing plumbing systems for over 17 years and his projects have included the full spectrum of building types from churches, banks, and schools to medical facilities, fire houses, and pump stations.

While initially obtaining his bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a wide variety of interests steered him into the architectural field where he became a Registered Designer of Plumbing Engineering Systems. He enjoys using his communication skills to establish and nurture relationships with customers and local authorities to ensure project designs are accurate, cost effective and code compliant.

When Jim is not in front of the computer or on the telephone, he enjoys cross country skiing, downhill skiing, bicycling, kayaking, hiking and anything else that takes him outdoors with his family.

Chrissy Clyse
Administrative Assistant

Chrissy comes to Christopher Kidd & Associates with a strong, extensive and adaptable administrative support background.  She graduated UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science - Natural Resources/Wildlife Ecology degree.  Upon graduating, she accepted a Molecular Biology Research Associates position with the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center.  Resigning her position with the WNPRC as the result of relocating, Chrissy accepted a position as Office Manager with an Environmental Services company.  She later moved on to an Engineering Support position with an Engine Parts Manufacturing company.   At Christopher Kidd & Asscoiates, Chrissy supports the accounting department.

Outside the office, Chrissy puts her "Wildlife" degree to use managing her kids' schedules.   She volunteers through the Junior Achievement program teaching kids about Entrepreneurship, Financial Responsibility and Employability skills.   When life permits, she fosters rescue puppy litters until they are old enough and healthy enough to go to their forever homes.  She enjoys volleyball, biking, and has recently begun running half marathons.  

Alise Y. Dawkins
Office Manager

Alise joined Christopher Kidd & Associates, in January 2005 after completing an Associate's Degree as a Microcomputer Specialist at MATC.  She began implementing her computer skills as an administrative assistant and in April 2007, she was promoted to Office Manager.  She maintains and oversees all the day-to-day activities of the office.  When not at her desk, you can probably find Alise attending religious services, fishing, playing basketball/tennis, sewing, gardening, and traveling with her husband.  She also considers herself a "Tool Belt Diva".
Gary W. Dawkins, ALA
Director of Architecture

With a depth of architectural knowledge, Gary has worked in the field of architecture for over 40 years and with Christopher Kidd & Associates since 2004. Gary received his Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University - Ohio and is a licensed architect in the State of Wisconsin and a member of Association of Licensed Architects. His expanse of intellect has made him an invaluable resource to those that work with him - from fellow colleagues to consultants.  As Director of Architecture, Gary oversees large scale projects, helps manage the employee workload, and serves as a resource to the architectural staff.  His depth of experience has allowed Christopher Kidd & Associates, LLC to expand its portfolio of work. An avid car enthusiast, when not in the office you will find him in his Miata on the open road with the top down. In his free time, he stays at his Door County Studio where he enjoys writing short stories, fly fishing, painting, and photography.

Ryan Garven
Engineering Technician

Ryan started with Christopher Kidd & Associates upon successful completion of his studies in CAD technology at ITT Technical Institute.  Originally only involved in drafting, Ryan developed rapidly and now has a significant role in the planning and design of building electrical systems.  Ryan is valued for working closely with clients on custom solutions to unique challenges.  At home, Ryan is starting a family with his wife Sarah.  He stays active by playing basketball and golf.  To relax he listens to music and plays video games.

R. Del Glenn, PE
Director of Engineering

Del's career in mechanical engineering and project management spans over 37 years.  Much of this time was invested in facility engineering for one of the region's largest manufacturing facilities. His disciplines include HVAC systems, plumbing, process piping, electrical distribution and power supplies. 

He has a strong reputation for maintaining projects within budget, meeting calendar limits and exercising good value engineering for his clients.  The engineering department has grown exponentially under his direction.  Del holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He maintains active licenses in 21 states and is a Master Plumber in the state of Wisconsin.  On their ranch, Del and his wife Debbie, raise and tend for several llamas.

Elizabeth Hagman, LEED AP
Senior Project Manager

Liz has been with the company since May of 2004 after graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Architectural Studies and a Certificate of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Liz is an adept project manager who delights in keeping her projects on schedule and her staff on task.  She is an Associate AIA member as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.  She is currently working on her licensure with the State of Wisconsin.  Liz enjoys continuing her education by pursuing a degree in Interior Design at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  Liz has recently taken up league bowling as a hobby with several other employees and a skilled crane game player at a local restaurant.


Christopher Kidd, AIA, ALA, NCARB, RIBA