About Us

MRA Group (MRA) is a multi-disciplined firm that specializes in providing real estate centric services for health care and institutional clients.

Founded in 1991 by President and CEO Lawrence J. Stuardi, MRA continues to maintain the high level of integrity and excellence that has led to its recognition as one of the most knowledgeable and comprehensive privately-held providers of real estate services in the mid-Atlantic region.

From concept through completion, MRA provides single source capabilities for clients that require both strategic thinking and practical solutions to address real estate related needs in an ever-changing, always challenging economic environment. MRA's record of success is based on integrity, hard work, dedication, extensive experience, and a commitment to continually exceed expectations. MRA is aggressive in creating real estate value for its clients by providing the tools necessary to maximize both return on investment and property value.

Lawrence J. Stuardi, President and Founder

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With over thirty years of real estate development and investment experience, encompassing more than $1 billion in projects, Lawrence Stuardi has earned a stellar reputation as both a civic-minded real estate developer as well as a trusted advisor and partner to many leading health care, academic, and financial institutions throughout the region.

Having established Medical Realty Advisors in 1991, Mr. Stuardi has led what is today MRA Group to become the foremost privately held health care, technology, and academic focused real estate development, investment, and services firm in the mid-Atlantic region.

Prior to the formation of MRA, Mr. Stuardi served as a real estate developer with Rouse & Associates, now Liberty Property Trust. He also worked with a Philadelphia based investment real estate firm, where he focused on corporate sales/leaseback arrangements and investment transactions.

In addition to leading MRA in the development of several million square feet of commercial projects, Mr. Stuardi has partnered with select investors nationally to acquire and manage value-add opportunities that benefit from the seasoned experience, intense focus, equity and debt relationships that MRA brings to a project.

Mr. Stuardi currently serves as a trustee for Gwynedd Mercy University, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Drueding Center, a Philadelphia based transitional housing program. He resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife Kate and three children.

F. Michael Wojewodka, Senior Vice President, MRA Group

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Mike Wojewodka serves as Senior Vice President and Partner of MRA Group and its affiliated companies. Since joining MRA, Mr. Wojewodka has been directly involved with the development or redevelopment of more than 1.5 million square feet of healthcare, technology and commercial office space. Mr. Wojewodka has nearly fifteen years of experience in the field of commercial real estate with a strong concentration on healthcare real estate services.

Since 2009, Mr. Wojewodka has been at the helm of MRA Realty, Inc., the primary operating affiliate responsible for providing real estate advisory and management services. Under his leadership, MRA has continued to expand and enhance its ability to address its clients ever changing requirements. Additionally, Mr. Wojewodka serves on the MRA Group senior management team, where he is responsible for the delivery of client focused advisory services, along with the management of systems and procedures.

In conjunction with his responsibilities with MRA, Mr. Wojewodka played a key role in the development of the Greater Reading Keystone Innovation Zone. Additionally, he is actively involved with several local and regional economic development groups.

Prior to joining MRA, Mr. Wojewodka served as Associate Vice President of a national political consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked directly with national and regional lawmakers and their political campaigns.

Mr. Wojewodka earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Paralegal Studies from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Jamison, PA with his wife and three daughters.

Heather DeFreytas, Vice President of Planning and Project Management, MRA Group

Heather DeFreytas is Vice President of MRA Group where she directs and manages all aspects of planning, design, and project management for MRA Group and its affiliates.

Prior to joining MRA Group, Ms. DeFreytas spent over 20 years of her career with large, nationally recognized architecture firms in Philadelphia. She has extensive project management experience with a diverse mix of client and project types including large scale corporate, healthcare, banking, educational, and medical offices. Ms. DeFreytas spent three years working on master planning projects for international schools. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all phases of several master plan projects located in various countries.

Since joining MRA, Heather has been instrumental in leading an experience based design effort that has transformed the delivery of clinical health care services in over 100,000 square feet of ambulatory medical space.

Ms. DeFreytas has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Miami International University of Art and Design. Heather is certified through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a native of the Philadelphia area and currently resides in Berwyn, Philadelphia with her two children.

Advisory Board

The MRA Group Advisory Board provides guidance and advice to the MRA Group senior management staff, guiding management decisions and the overall future of MRA. The Board consists of carefully chosen external members of high accomplishment and distinction who bring their considerable talents, experience and wisdom to bear on challenging issues facing the organization. Advisory Board members are selected as highly respected experts to provide both depth and range of experience in their specialties.

The Board members assist in evaluating strategic direction, solving problems, and achieving goals through meetings several times throughout the year. They ensure periodic self-analysis; provide independent assessment of the company to the President; serve as sources of information and advice; help achieve a broader perspective; and provide enhanced contacts to industry organizations.


Edward A. Blechschmidt
Former Chief Executive Officer, Novelis, Inc. & Former Chief Executive Officer, Gentiva Health Services

Edward A. Blechschmidt is a business professional with more than 25 years of executive experience. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Novelis, Inc. (now, Birla Group); former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV), a spin-off of the Olsten Group, a $5 billion conglomerate for which Mr. Blechschmidt formerly served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and later-Chief Executive Officer. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Nixdorf Americas and Siemens Pyramid Technology, as well as Executive Vice President and Board Member of Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems AG of Munich, Germany. Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Blechschmidt served for more than 20 years with the Unisys Corporation, where he held progressively responsible finance, administration, and line positions for several of the company's global initiatives, including President, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

He is a member of the board of directors for Quintig, VWR International, Lionbridge Technologies, Columbia Laboratories, Inc. and Diamond Foods Inc. He has held board directorships with Healthsouth, Novelis, Option Care, Olsten, Gentiva Health Services, Inc., Neoforma, and the American Association of Homecare. He is also involved with various private companies and charitable organizations. Mr. Blechschmidt graduated from Arizona State University and was inducted into their business school hall of fame in 2010.

Robert J. Fascia
Founder and President, private healthcare consulting firm

Robert J. Fascia is a seasoned healthcare executive, with more than 30 years of professional and senior-level experience. He currently serves as President of an employee health benefits and financial services consulting firm, which he founded in 2006, and is currently working with clients including HTH Worldwide, Trover Solutions, Bay Area Healthcare Advisors, BenefitFocus, Blue Cross of Jamaica and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Panama.

Prior to founding his company, Mr. Fascia was a veteran employee of Independence Blue Cross (IBC), having worked for nearly 30 years in various roles and senior-level positions within the company and its subsidiaries. From 1997- 2006, he served as Senior Vice President of Expansion Business with IBC, a division with over $10 billion in annual revenues. During this time, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of AmeriHealth Administrators, Board Chairman of Inter-County Health and Hospitalization Plan, Vice Chairman of the Board of AmeriHealth Casualty, Inc., Delegate for the CEO to Board Meetings for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Vice Chairman of the Boards of Blue Cross of Puerto Rico and Jamaica, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of various wholly owned subsidiaries of IBC, including Newseasons Assisted Living, QCC Insurance Company, Inc., Independence Holding, Inc., Independence Insurance, Inc., and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont.

Mr. Fascia also served as Senior Vice President for Operations, and Assistant to the President, Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning and Corporate Real Estate, Vice President of Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate, and Senior Director of Corporate and System-Wide Planning. He received both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters of Corporate Real Estate from CoreNet. He currently resides in Moorestown, New Jersey.

Kim W. Snyder, PE
President, Eastern Industries, Inc.

Kim W. Snyder has over 35 years of experience in the construction, construction materials, engineering, industrial minerals, and materials logistics industries. He has held positions in sales, operations, engineering, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and executive management in small, medium, and large, national and international, publicly traded and private companies. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the McCarthy-Bush Corporation, founding Board member and past Chairman of Team Capital Bank, an advisory board member for Westfield Hospital, and has served in leadership positions in state and national trade associations. Mr. Snyder holds a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

Client List

Due to client confidentiality we are only able to provide a partial client listing.

  • Aria Health System (formerly Frankford Health Care System)
  • Baxter International
  • Caremark International
  • Corning Glass
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System
  • Delaware Valley Medical Center
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • E.I DuPont
  • Einstein Health Network
  • Friend's Hospital
  • Grand View Hospital
  • Holy Redeemer Health System
  • Jefferson Health System
  • Jefferson University
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Main Line Health
  • Metpath, Inc
  • Muhlenberg Hospital
  • Penn Mutual
  • Pottstown Hospital
  • Prudential Insurance Company
  • Rohm & Haas
  • Schering Labs
  • Southern Ocean County Hospital
  • Riddle Memorial Hospital
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • St. Joseph's Hospital of Reading
  • St. Mary Medical Center
  • Temple University Health System
  • Unisys Corporation
  • USX Corporation
  • Wills Eye Hospital
  • YMCA of America
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