Our Chapter's Board of DirectorsLaurann Asklof- President - Laurann is a principal at the law firm of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP. Her practice concentrates on construction litigation, representing owners, contractors and subcontractors throughout Connecticut involving multi-million dollar construction projects. Laurann has been the principal construction litigator for the University of Connecticut's UCONN 2000 and 21st Century Construction Infrastructure Program and has represented the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in their construction litigation matters. Besides representing owners, Laurann has represented subcontractors and contractors in all forums of litigation including Alternative Dispute Resolution processes, and state and federal courts. She also counsels clients during construction projects so as to avoid litigation and achieve optimal resolutions. Laurann is admitted to practice law in the States of Connecticut and New York, the United States District Court of Connecticut and the Southern and Eastern District Courts of New York. Laurann has lectured and authored articles on the topic of mold in construction, subcontractor payment issues, BIM and how to get the greatest economic advantage in a down economy. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut Law School instructing students in the art of appellate writing and oral argument. Laurann received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1982 and earned her law degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1985. In addition to her roles with PWC, Laurann is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section Executive Committee; and American Bar Association, Construction Law Section.
Roxanne Perugino, LEED AP- Vice President - Roxanne is a Senior Project Planner with STV-DPM, Inc., a client-oriented Owner's Representative consulting company that provides project management, strategic real estate and facilities planning services to corporate, municipal and institutional clients. STV-DPM specializes in pre-construction planning, program management, construction administration, space programming, portfolio management, Furniture Fixture & Equipment (FF&E) consulting and relocation management. As the Senior Project Planner, Roxanne's role is to provide advanced team leadership, manage the budgeting, scheduling, design, bidding, renovation, selection of furnishings, fixtures, equipment and vendors and relocation requirements. Roxanne directs and coordinates the activities of the project team to ensure that the project progresses on schedule and within the prescribed budget. Her focus is on complex relocation and FF&E assignments and moderate scale TI projects. Roxanne has over 21 years of diverse experience in relocation management, space programming, public and private sectors with an emphasis on furniture procurement, vendor and facilities management. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (Commercial Interiors), and holds degrees in Accounting (Northwest Community College) and General Studies (University of Connecticut). Roxanne also serves on the Plymouth CT Board of Education, Facilities, and Personnel & Finance Committee.
Carolyn S. Kurth, CPA, CFE- Treasurer - Carolyn is a Senior Manager in the Construction Industry Practice at CohnReznick, LLP, located in Hartford, CT. Ms. Kurth is responsible for managing the execution of financial statement audits and reviews to a wide range of the Firm's clients and has specialized work experience in providing auditing and consulting services to construction companies, film production companies, municipalities and non-profit organizations. Ms. Kurth specializes in, and has extensive experience with Construction Claims Analysis for various public and non-public project owners; Contract Close-Out Audits; Interim Project Audits; Financial Reporting & Auditing for School Construction Projects; Burden, Fringe & Overhead Rate Audits; and Forensic investigations for various companies and organizations. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Carolyn was the Director of Forensic Accounting, Auditing and Consulting at a regional accounting firm where she was responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Firm's policies and procedures for quality control on all of the Firm's audits, forensic accounting and consulting engagements, and special projects. In addition to being a charter board member of the Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), Carolyn served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter of PWC from 2005 - 2013, President of the Connecticut Chapter from 2014 - 2015, and is currently Treasurer again. Ms. Kurth previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter. She is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Construction Auditors.
Rebeccah S Eldridge, AIA, LEED AP - Secretary - Beccah Eldridge is a Project Manager at Baystate Health, in Springfield, MA. She is responsible for managing projects ranging in size, from the conceptual stage through construction and occupation. Beccah has over 15 years of experience in the AEC industry, focusing primarily in healthcare planning and design. Prior to working for Baystate, Beccah worked as an architect in the CT region, specializing in healthcare projects throughout New England. Her project experience ranges from interior fit-outs within hospital campuses to ground up outpatient centers within the region. Beccah is actively involved in many organizations both within and outside the AEC industry. In addition to serving as the PWC Secretary, she sits on several committees and is the chair for the Sponsorship Committee. She is a 2014 graduate of the Quest Program through the Leadership of Greater Hartford and is a member of the Junior League of Hartford. She formerly served on boards for Hartford Public High School and the CT Science Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree here in Hartford, CT at Trinity College and her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
Susan H. Labas, CPSM- Director - Susan is a Senior Associate and Director of Marketing for van Zelm Engineers, a national Mechanical and Electrical Design and Consulting firm with offices in Connecticut and North Carolina. Her background includes construction management and industry environmental regulations as well as business development. Susan earned a Bachelor's Degree from Vassar College and a Master's Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Susan is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Council of Construction Education (ACCE). She serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Central Connecticut State University Construction Management Department. She is an officer on the Hartford Advisory Board for the ACE Mentor Program. Susan is a charter board member, past president and current program chair for the Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction.
Elizabeth K. Wright - Director - Elizabeth is an associate at the law firm, Robinson & Cole, LLP, located in Boston, MA. Elizabeth's practice is concentrated in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, and surety and fidelity law. Elizabeth counsels building owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties in all aspects of construction contract issues and construction-related litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Elizabeth has been a certified mediator since 2005 and has since mediated numerous small claims, summary process, and juvenile probate matters in Massachusetts and a number of landlord and tenant disputes in the Housing Court in Connecticut. Prior to joining Robinson & Cole, Elizabeth was a summer associate at Hartford-based Thelen and an intern and mediator at Mediation Works Incorporated in Boston. Elizabeth received her B.A. in psychology from Bates College and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. During law school, she was the executive editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law and published 'The Importance of Incorporating Online Dispute Resolution into a Universal Mediation Model for International Child Abduction Cases' in the Winter 2009 edition of the Connecticut Journal of International Law. She is admitted to the State and Federal bars of Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Melissa Roy- Director, Melissa is the Director of Business Development at Tecton Architects, a full-service architectural, interior design and master planning firm with offices in Connecticut and Rhode Island. As a professional working within the construction industry for the past fourteen years, Melissa has developed and managed projects for clients throughout the Northeast. In 2012, she shifted from the project management of a number of large, complex projects to Business Development and Client Relations. Melissa’s expertise in the construction industry is augmented by her rich background in the non-profit sector including strategic planning, fund-raising, development and community outreach for a number of organizations such as the United Way’s Success By 6 ® Program through the Corporation for National and Community Service, Jumpstart, Historic Neighborhood’s City/Build Program, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Hartford’s Camp Courant, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge, among others. In addition to serving as a Director and on the Scholarship and Program Committees for PWC-CT, Melissa is also a Trustee and the Development Chair for Connecticut Landmarks and serves on the Great Hartford Arts Council Board of Governors. She also serves on the Membership Committee for the Construction Institute, and participates annually in the Miss Hall’s School Board of Visitors. She is affiliated with the America Society for Healthcare Engineers and the New England Healthcare Engineer’s Society, Connecticut Building Congress, CoreNet, Real Estate Finance Association CT, CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange, and Society of Marketing and Professional Services.
Nichole Petersen- Director, Nichole is the Director of Marketing for Flow Tech, Inc. - an industry leader in providing energy-efficient and state-of-the-art commercial HVAC equipment and critical airflow solutions. Located in South Windsor, CT, Flow Tech is a manufacturer’s representative, offering in-house engineering, sales, service and technical support to the commercial, healthcare, education, research, institutional and wastewater markets. As Director of Marketing, she is responsible for leading Flow Tech's marketing and communication initiatives, including their web and digital presence, developing a marketing plan and collateral, coordinating events and technical trainings, as well as college recruitment and business development. Nichole graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communications. In addition to serving on the board for the PWC-CT Chapter, Nichole is also the Secretary and Sponsorship Chair for the SMPS CT Chapter, the Receptionist and Board member for the ASHRAE CT Chapter and she’s on the CBC’s Marketing Committee.
Tracy Caisse, AIA– Director, Tracy is an Associate and Architect at The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) in Glastonbury, CT. Specializing in healthcare environments, she has planned, designed, and provided technical expertise for many significant projects, including site assessments, complex renovations, and new construction. Her project experience includes inpatient nursing units, emergency departments, medical office buildings, rehabilitation facilities, cancer centers, behavioral health units, and medical education facilities. As a Revit Leader within the firm, she is also a resource for providing support, guidance, and innovations in BIM technology. With an eagerness to expand her knowledge and expertise in the construction community, Tracy actively attends conferences nationally. She has presented at the Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in which SLAM is one of six global firms that make up the Planetree Visionary Design Network. In addition to serving on the Mentor Committee for the PWC-CT Chapter, she is involved in the local community through mentoring and leading activities for youth interested in the A/E/C industry. Tracy graduated from Roger Williams University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language.
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