People

When you choose Freeman French Freeman, you get one of the most experienced teams around. Our people love what they do, and that passion is reflected in the work they deliver to our clients day in, day out.

Jesse Beck

President | AIA, NCARB

Jesse has been a leader at the firm and in the community for over 30 years. As President, he has led many of Vermont’s most complex architectural projects by bringing out the best in others to achieve a common goal. Jesse is deeply committed to Vermont and gives his time freely to numerous community and professional organizations. Outside the office, Jesse’s passions include ski racing, tennis, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Shawn Brennan

Principal | AIA, NCARB

Shawn’s success as an architect and project manager stems from his unwavering commitment to client service and design excellence. The result: satisfied clients who return again and again. A proud graduate of Norwich University, Shawn has returned to his Alma mater multiple times, both as an architect and as a two-term member of the Board of Fellows. Shawn’s passions include two activities that rarely go together: he is both a skilled auto mechanic and a talented painter.

Alex Halpern

Principal | AIA, NCARB

Over the past twenty years Alex has led many of the firm’s largest projects, such as UVM’s new STEM Complex and the Dion Family Student Center at Saint Michael’s College. But Alex enjoys the challenges that come with the firm’s smaller projects, too—like Trader Joe’s or UVM Rescue—that require the same level of attention and care. A Burlington native, Alex is our office Francophile and enjoys frequent trips to Quebec and France with his family.

Catherine Lange

Associate Principal | AIA, LEED AP

Catherine is an architect by training and an entrepreneur in spirit. She is passionate about architecture’s role in healthy communities and is a tireless promoter of sustainable architecture as a board member for AIA Vermont and a volunteer with the Burlington 2030 District. The Rochester, New York native has been quick to embrace all that Vermont has to offer, from skiing to gardening to enjoying beautiful Lake Champlain.

Josh Crandall

Associate Principal | AIA

After ten years of working for firms in New York, Washington and Portland, Josh returned to his home state of Vermont to join the FFF team in 2015. He has extensive experience in commercial construction as well as renovating and preserving historic structures. Josh spends his free time with his family in Vermont’s Green Mountains and can often be found drawing and painting.

Jane Pickell

Director of Interiors | IIDA, LEED AP

Jane works side-by-side with clients to select colors, materials, and finishes that give each project its own unique character and style. With Jane you also get superior technical skills, which ensure that your interior space is not only beautiful to look at but a pleasure to work in. A student of Russian literature in college, Jane is always on the lookout for her favorite Russian desserts.

Tom Bursey

Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI, ICC-BSA

In addition to being a talented architect, Tom is the firm’s in-house expert for technical detailing, building specifications, code compliance, and quality control. Tom’s ability to solve design challenges, attention to detail, and pleasant demeanor make him a favorite with both staff and clients. A skilled carpenter, Tom and his son are currently building an epic treehouse in their backyard.

Brian Leet

Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI

Brian has over twenty years of design and project management experience in Vermont and Pennsylvania. He is a long-time member of the Construction Specifications Institute and currently serves as the Northeast Region representative for the Vermont Chapter. With a dozen LEED projects to his credit, Brian leads many of our efforts in building science and sustainability. When not contemplating projects, Brian is a competitive Latin dancer and board game designer.

Jesse Robbins

Architect | AIA, LEED AP, ASHRAE

Jesse’s 20-year track record managing technically complex projects through all phases of construction make him a naturally collaborative leader. His breadth of experience, coupled with deep expertise in sustainable design, is highly valued by clients of all types. If Jesse isn’t at the office, you’ll probably find him at his camp in Montgomery, skiing at Jay Peak or hiking with his dog, Lucy.

Jamie Wagner

Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CPHC

When clients want to see exactly what their project will look like, they turn to Jamie to deliver high-quality, computer-generated 2D and 3D renderings. Jamie is also a Certified Passive House Consultant, which provides clients an alternative to LEED certification when building green. At home, Jamie loves to cheer on the Ohio State football team with her husband, son, cats and chickens.

Mike Ballard

Marketing Director

Whether he’s assembling a proposal or writing for the website, Mike knows how to get the best out of technical staff to tell the firm’s story to a broader audience. Vacation planning is Mike’s other specialty: he and his family are famous for their trips to exotic locations around the globe.

Emma Keshchyan

Office Coordinator

Emma not only keeps the office running smoothly but also creates an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming for employees and visitors alike. Emma’s perfect smile is no accident: she is also a professional makeup artist with her own company, EGK Artistry.

Kristie Long

Financial Administrator

Keeping our books in order and invoicing on time, Kristie is our go-to person for all things financial. Off the clock, Kristie can be found in Colchester at one of her kid’s dance recitals or baseball games.

Cam Barrows

Network and Systems Administrator

Cam’s patience and perseverance are what keeps our office running. As our in-house IT expert, he keeps everyone’s computer in top shape. Cam also manages documents and data shared between project team members, whether they’re at the desk down the hall or across the country.

President | AIA, NCARB
Principal | AIA, NCARB
Principal | AIA, NCARB
Associate Principal | AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal | AIA
Director of Interiors | IIDA, LEED AP
Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI, ICC-BSA
Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CSI
Architect | AIA, LEED AP, ASHRAE
Architect | AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CPHC
Marketing Director
Office Coordinator
Financial Administrator
Network and Systems Administrator