Our Team

Don Clark, AIA



University of Idaho – Bachelor of Architecture

Architect, State of Nevada, #1707
Architect, State of California, #C21341
NCARB Certificate #34973

Member – American Institute of Architects
Founding Member – Black Rock Design Institute
Vice Chairman (past) – Nevada State Council on the Arts (2 terms)
Steering Committee Member (past) – State of Nevada Energy Forum Exposition
Youth and Education Task Force (past) – Biggest Little City Committee
Board of Directors – Northern Nevada Food Bank
Founding Member – City of Reno Arts Commission
Past Member – Nevada Arts Council (eight years)

Don Clark is the founding principal of CATHEXES.  In his career as an architect and planner, he has executed a variety of projects in scale from single-family homes to a planned development of over 3,000 acres with 5,000 living units and over 2 million square feet of mixed commercial including a town center.  Urban infill is his main focus, and all of the projects he has been a development partner in have been urban infill projects with mixed use strategies.  He is the architect for T’essera, a 6-block high-tech mixed use project tied to Apple, Siemens and other companies investing in data center development in Reno.  He is also collaborating architect for Millbrae Serra Center, a 1.5 million square feet mixed use development in Millbrae, California.

In 1997, CATHEXES received the Nevada AIA Firm Award, a lifetime firm award voted on by our peers.

As a principal in multiple real estate ventures with a focus on urban infill and sustainability, two of his recently completed projects received LEED Platinum and LEED Gold distinctions.

Don Clark is a co-founder of REA250 and NVA250 (the Renewable Energy Accelerator and Nevada Venture Accelerator) with his wife, Dr. Susan Clark.  These ventures are working in collaboration with Fortune 500 companies and other public sector and private developers to import innovation and technology that will enhance the business and the cultural development of the Northern Nevada region.  His involvement with NVA250 has also developed a strong partnership with Siemens.  They are collaborating in multiple projects throughout the State of Nevada.  These projects range from building technologies, energy solutions, and transportation solutions to public private partnerships in technology and research.

Jeremy Packer, AIA



Montana State University – Master of Architecture
Montana State University – B.A. in Environmental Design

Architect, State of Nevada, #6417

Member – American Institute of Architects
WCSD Extern Mentorship Program
Washoe County RTI Guest Teacher – Drafting and Architecture Program

Jeremy has been with CATHEXES since 2001 and has contributed to, managed, and designed several award winning projects.  From residential and commercial projects, to urban design and large scale design projects, he focuses on a cohesive design-client team relationship while pursuing his passion for design and sustainable architecture.

Nate Hudson, Assoc. AIA

Project Manager


University of Nevada, Reno, NV – Studies in Mechanical Engineering
NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA – Bachelor of Architecture, Summa Cum-Laude

NCARB, Candidate for Registration

American Institute of Architects:
Executive Committee – Regional Associate Director, American Institute of Architects, Western Mountain Region
Executive Committee – Emerging Professionals Director, American Institute of Architects, Nevada
Board of Directors – Director of Education & Scholarships, American Institute of Architects, Northern Nevada

Member – National Associates Committee
Member – Emerging Professionals ArchiPAC Committee
Member – Truckee Meadows Community College, Architecture Advisory Council
Member – Washoe County School District, Skilled and Technical Sciences Committee

Nate’s dedication as a student of architecture resulted in many awards including being inducted as an Alpha Rho Chi Scholar, an AIA Henry Adams Medal recipient, and placing in multiple national competitions. Nate’s professional career evidences a wide and diverse skill set being both a collegiate educator and architectural professional. He has over 15 years of experience in professional architecture and custom/digital fabrication fields. His projects show his diversity and range from art installations/temporary architecture exhibitions shown at the Nevada Museum of Art, San Diego Children’s Museum, and San Diego’s PeriScope Project, to single family/multifamily residential, and public works.

In addition to his professional experience, Nate served as a faculty member and Fabrication Shop Director at the NewSchool of Architecture – San Diego, CA and a part time instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College – Reno, NV. Nate has received numerous accolades for his pursuits in both professional and academic architecture and is currently working in leadership rolls within the American Institute of Architects locally, regionally, and nationally.


Jerry Cates

Project Manager


University of California, Berkeley CA – Bachelor of Architecture

Currently pursuing licensure in the State of California

WCSD Extern Mentorship ProgramAIA Northern Nevada “Architects in the Classroom”
Program Volunteer Sparks AYSO Soccer – Regional Commissioner
Rainshadow Community Charter School Visiting Lecturer
Professional airbrush artist

Jerry has over 30 years of experience in the field of architecture, from running his own residential design firm for 10 years in the South San Jose area of Northern California, to the 10+ years managing various project types while with CATHEXES.  He has managed projects ranging from custom residential to multifamily residential, commercial retail to professional office, night clubs to restaurants, and HUD funded senior housing.  In addition to his professional architectural experience, he is also an accomplished airbrush artist and custom painter having most recently custom airbrushed the helmet used by women’s skeleton sled Silver Medalist, Noelle Pikus-Pace, during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Rhonda Gerych

Administrator Extraordinaire


Rhonda joined the CATHEXES team in December 2011.  She provides executive assistance, brings a broad range of top notch skills, and has the ability to execute projects in an efficient and timely manner.

Take-care-of-business Attitude
Support for the Team
Whatever needs to get done gets done!

Notary Public – State of Nevada
Past President (2012-2015, board member 2009-2015)– Society of Ortho-Bionomy International (an organization overseeing the practice of Ortho-Bionomy, a therapeutic bodywork modality) and has practiced Ortho-Bionomy since 1985.

She enjoys conscious dance and spending time with her family and friends.

Rachel Farrell



Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland – Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland – Bachelor of Architecture
University College Cork, Ireland – Masters in Information Systems for Business Performance

Rachel moved to Reno from Cork, Ireland in 2016 to join the Cathexes team. In Ireland Rachel worked as project manager and drafter with residential and commercial firms, both in Dublin and Cork. During this time she also established a solo start-up enterprise called ‘Rachel Farrell Designs’, specializing in art (paintings, charcoal, pencil) and custom millinery (hats).

Housing For Boaco – Committee member
Housing for Boaco is a non-profit organization focusing on improving the lives of the residents of Empalme de Boaco, Nicaragua. During this time Rachel travelled to Boaco to build a new police station with the local people.

Dress For Success – Coordinator
Dress For Success is an organization that promotes economic independence for women through career development tools/skills and the support they need to succeed.