Posted on March 5, 2017
We are excited to announce the promotions of Abby Stewart to Client Manager, Brian Crosby to Director of Technology; Kathleen Stoltzfus to Office Manager, and Carson Parr to Senior Project Manager. All have worked with RLPS for a number of years, so we’ve asked each of them a few questions about their career path, personal inspiration and interests outside the office.
What started you on the career path to your current position?
ABBY: It has been pretty organic over the past few years as I did more speaking sessions, focus groups, project programming, and attended conferences where I enjoyed meeting new people. I love making connections with people without the intent to gain anything other than a conversation. I believe life is best when learning something about someone else for the pure benefit of making yourself a better person…and if it lands better for the other person it’s a win.
BRIAN: My parents first brought home a Macintosh computer when I was around 9 years old. I was one of the first generations to grow up with computers, and it came easy to me. I navigated towards a career in information technology because it is fast paced and ever changing.
KATHLEEN: My interest in accounting started in high school while helping one of my instructors handle the finances for her family-run business. I truly am a “numbers personal” and love the details of financial statements and accounting, as well as the larger insights those numbers provide.
CARSON: From Lincoln Logs and Legos to my first toolbox and working in my grandfather’s glass shop, I’ve always liked building things. At some point, I realized people’s lives were impacted by the spaces they inhabit and that’s why I became an architect—to help improve the quality of people’s lives by creating and defining the spatial experience. Following my internship at RLPS, the sincerity of the people, the quality of the work, and the culture of the firm made me feel at home. I look forward to coming to work every day.
What was your first part-time job?
ABBY: My first job was at an interior design firm, starting at age 15, after school managing the library, ordering samples, and running blue prints. Over time, I worked up to hand drafting, meeting minutes, color boards, furniture specifications and eventually running projects during my senior year in high school and ovre college breaks.
BRIAN: I was a caddy at Bent Creek Country Club. I would spend all summer in the caddy shack trying to get in as many rounds as possible.
KATHLEEN: I was a waitress at Harvest Drive Family Restaurant. It was a good opportunity for a numbers person to develop people skills. The way people treat service staff often reflects their true personality.
CARSON: My first job was a tractor trailer washer. Need I say more?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
ABBY: Going on adventures with my daughter and teaching yoga in our community. Both are enjoyable, challenging and ultimately rewarding.
BRIAN: Golf! [Many of our clients have seen Brian anchoring our foursome at fundraising events. His lowest score to date is a 68!]
KATHLEEN: Spending time with my kids, which in my daughter’s case means a lot of dance competitions. It’s been wonderful seeing her progression over the years to the level she is now.
CARSON: Playing soccer, golfing, traveling, hiking with my dogs; basically anything that gets me outside.
Do you have a favorite quote or role model?
ABBY: My role model is my Great Great Aunt Sara. She use to say to me “two things define you: your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” She breathed, walked, lived and loved treating others with kindness and respect always knowing that everyone has a story. I like to think I live with enough to do something but not too much to do nothing.
BRIAN: “Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers.” - Robert Half
KATHLEEN: “Strength grows in moments when you think you can’t go on, but you keep going anyway.” Karen Salmansohn, Author
CARSON: My favorite quote is “Everything happens for a reason.” I have two role models: my father and grandfather. Both have inspired me to work hard, be humble and take nothing for granted.
Abby A. Stewart, IIDA, Client Manager
11 years of experience
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design – School of Building Arts / Savannah College of Art and Design: Savannah, Georgia
Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Member, The United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital, President 2011-2013
Co-Chair Auction Committee, Annual Gala Fundraiser, S. June Smith Center
Campaign Communications Committee, Samaritan Counseling Center
Brian G. Crosby, Director of Technology
15 years of experience
Associate Degree in Business; York Technical Institute
Microsoft Certified Professional
Kathleen M. Stoltzfus, Office Manager
16 years working experience in accounting
Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting / Elizabethtown College
Carson L. Parr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager
7 years of experience
Bachelor of Architecture 2009, Master of Architecture: Community and Urban Design 2010 / Pennsylvania State University
AIA / NCARB Registered Architect
LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction
AIA Central Pennsylvania Board Member