2017-2020 Board Nominees

2017-2020 Board Nominees

The PWC membership and the PWC Nominating Committee has determined the 2017-2020 Board of Directors Ballot.

The Ballot will go out for vote to the PWC membership on October 12th and voting will commence on October 13th. Members will vote for the 9 people best suited to be a Director.

The Board of Directors will be the leaders in determining the strategic direction of Professional Women in Construction for the next 3 years. The 2017-2020 Board will be announced at the Annual Member Meeting on October 18th.

Here are 11 qualified candidates for 9 Board positions (more information on all candidates below).

Amy Beckman, AIA, LEED, AP, Principal, HOK
Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Leed AP BD+C, Director of Technical Department, SOM
Sarah Epifano, Senior Director, Business Development, Skanska USA
Geri Gregor, CPA, Consulting Partner, Grassi & Co.
Nicole Hunter, Project Manager, HNTB
Melinda Johnson, PE, LEED AP, MBA, Vice President, NY Operations, Buildings and Facilities Division, STV
Tarek Z. Khouri, P.E., Senior Vice President, HAKS
Shalini Mohan, AIA LEED AP, President, SM Design & Consulting PC
Li Pei Wang, AIA, Assistant Director, Project Delivery Services, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Maria Wilpon, AIA Intl. Assoc. Principal for Architecture, Stantec
Nicole Woolard, Esq., Associate, Duane Morris

AIA, LEED, AP, Principal, HOK

Amy Beckman, AIA, LEED, AP, Principal, HOK

PWC Involvement:

Program Committee
Previous Panelist
Mentorship Program
Annual Sponsor

From Amy:

I would like to serve on the Board of Directors of PWC’s NY Chapter to further support the core mission of PWC which is to provide opportunities to women and support women in the advancement of their careers.  Simply stated, I love the mission of PWC and it aligns with my personal passion of helping women achieve their professional goals.

As evidenced in my current rolls within HOK which includes involvement with one of HOK’s Diversity Councils and acting as a resource planning manager for the NYC office, developing staff, supporting their growth, and providing opportunities to enhance their skills give additional meaning and purpose to my work as a woman architect and leader within HOK.

My desire to serve on the PWC board is connected to many of these same motivations including my desire to directly and/or indirectly support the professional growth of other women within the business community.  The position would better enable me to bring resources to support PWC’s events and programs, and to draw other women leaders from the industry to support PWC through their direct participation in events and through sponsorship.   In addition, to serve on the PWC board is an opportunity to support PWC’s Executive Director and leadership team and to also work alongside women who share passion for and commitment to PWC’s mission.

As a Director, I would endeavor to strengthen PWC’s current platform of programs and to advise and give shape to the NY Chapter’s direction for the near future.  I would draw upon my contacts and relationships in the industry and engage them as appropriate to participate in PWC’ programs in order to continue to elevate the quality and content of the programs that PWC offers.  I would also leverage these contacts where appropriate and support the growth of PWC’s  membership and sponsorship base.

As a Director, I would be able to better leverage the breadth of relationships I have within HOK and outside of HOK to further contribute to the quality programs PWC offers and that are central to its mission.   I am honored to be considered for this position and look forward to continuing to support PWC in any way that I can.

I currently serve on the PWC Program Committee, have worked with fellow committee members and others to invite the participation of knowledgeable and experienced women from the industry to PWC events.  I have also served as a panelist, provided introductions to event participants, and actively promoted PWC through networking at these events and encouraging further participation including membership and sponsorship and the benefits of being a part of the PWC community.  I have found it very rewarding to be a part of this committee and to help give shape to programs and events that support women in business.

FAIA, Leed AP BD+C, Director of Technical Department, SOM

Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Leed AP BD+C, Director of Technical Department, SOM

PWC Involvement:

PWC Mentorship Program
Previous honoree

From Nicole:

Nicole Dosso is a gifted practitioner of the technical craft of architecture, an expert in the technical challenges of designing tall buildings on complex urban sites, and a mentor to emerging practitioners.

As a professional of the built environment, Nicole believes that the measure of success is not just based on the pro forma of projects but believes success is equally measured on positive mentoring and cultivation of the next generation of emerging professionals.

In the spring of 2017, Nicole had the opportunity to speak on the ‘Future of Architecture’…her goal, to bring focus on a subject she strongly supports and hopes to help bring continual awareness to; Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

As a woman in a leadership position she continues to celebrate women in positions of leadership while simultaneously encouraging the percentages of businesses owned by women and acknowledgment of their success.

If elected to the PWC Board of Directors, Nicole’s goal is to advocate on both initiatives.

Senior Director, Business Development, Skanska USA

Sarah Epifano, Senior Director, Business Development, Skanska USA

PWC Involvement:

Program Committee
Previous Panelist
Annual Sponsor

From Sarah:

Since returning to Skanska in 2012 after a thirteen year hiatus as a stay at home mom, I’ve been committed to improving inclusion for women and minorities in the construction industry.  Some of the ways that I think that’s best accomplished is through awareness, visibility, networking, and mentorship. It’s also important to strike a balance between entitlement and empowerment. I believe that PWC balances the two well in the way that it engages the entire construction community in conversations that are timely and informative while shining a light on those who are breaking barriers and achieving positive results.

Over the next year I hope to provide access to more of Skanska’s resources for programs and connect the Skanska Women’s Network to PWC in a more meaningful way.  It’s my hope that we can share some of our success in fostering an inclusive environment while also learning from others. Skanska is a regular sponsor of events, I have moderated and spoken on panels and I have recently joined the Program Committee.

CPA, Consulting Partner, Grassi & Co.

Geri Gregor, CPA, Consulting Partner, Grassi & Co.

PWC Involvement:

Advisor
Annual Sponsor

From Geri:

As the first female partner at Grassi & Co., it is important to me to work and belong to organizations that support the professional growth of females.

When I first started my career at a Big Eight accounting firm (when there was eight), my goal was to become a partner. This seemed daunting at the time, as there were no female partners; therefore, I had no mentor and was not part of any organization that lived by anything even close to PWC’s mission.  With the many challenges I faced daily, I proudly accomplished my mission in 2009 when I became a partner at Grassi & Co.

Now that I am accomplished, I want to give back to the community and help mentor women in their careers-whether they want to be an owner of a construction company, principal at an engineering firm or administrative staff for a company.  I believe that being on the board of PWC will allow me the opportunity to develop relationships with countless talented women, and hopefully, contribute to their successes by helping to guide and mentor them in whatever their pursuits.

Project Manager, HNTB

Nicole Hunter, Project Manager, HNTB

PWC Involvement: 

Board of Directors
Program Committee
Membership Committee

From Nicole:

It has been an honor and it would continue to be an honor to be a member of the Board of Directors for Professional Women in Construction.  As a Director, I look forward to the opportunity to be a piece of the greater whole of the process to make a difference in the construction industry through our work with professional development, mentorship, and networking.  I am overjoyed with the goals previously set and executed of our expansion of Professional Women in Construction in new cities, a new website launch, and our upcoming Board Summit.  It was a group effort in discussion and brainstorming but executed through exceptional leadership.  I look forward to continuing my work on the Programming and Membership Committees.  All the committees are working harmoniously and seamlessly with a dash of healthy competition which has also been wonderful to see the growth and new member involvement.  It is wonderful to see the new companies involved and how each event I meet new people and enjoy connecting new members with existing members, committee members and board members.  I am proud to represent my company and encourage involvement with my company to support and be involved with Professional Women in Construction as well.  I look forward to the opportunity to bring more companies and new members to the table as a Board of Director and continue to build on the ever-present energy, intelligence and tenacity of our board.

PE, LEED AP, MBA, Vice President, NY Operations, Buildings and Facilities Division, STV

Melinda Johnson, PE, LEED AP, MBA, Vice President, NY Operations, Buildings and Facilities Division, STV

PWC Involvement:

Program Committee
PWC Mentorship Program
Annual Sponsor

From Melinda:

Professional Women in Construction (PWC) is an important organization that allows women to be recognized and promoted through their peers within the industry. I believe enthusiastically in the mission, and would be proud to serve on the Board of Directors. I have spent the last 20 years of my career in leadership roles across a range of organizations within the construction industry: from partnerships to serving as principal in an international publically traded company to my current role as Vice President in an ESOP. I am passionate about growing organically and working as a team towards the same goal. My experience will support the management and administration of PWC and continue to support the growth of our mentorship programs. I am deeply committed to giving the younger women in our industry the knowledge and courage to navigate the complexities and nuances of our industry. Currently, I serve on the Program Committee and will continue to support the creation of unique and relevant events through involvement on the board.

P.E., Senior Vice President, HAKS

Tarek Khouri, P.E., Senior Vice President, HAKS

PWC Involvement: 

Advocate
Previous Speaker

From Tarek:

I have been and continue to be active in several professional organizations at committees’ level.  Despite my limited role at PWC, I was able to support the addition of two new members: HAKS and Amiantos. I commit to be proactive and engaged in PWC Board of Directors and other committees as needed. I believe in PWC mission to support, mentor and promote women and minorities’ professional careers, as myself have been promoting similar principles throughout mine.

I built an extensive similarly minded network of contacts that I will surely tap into and will be added value to PWC from many perspectives, such as networking, sponsorship, fundraising, and subject matter experts. Operationally, I successfully managed department and firms ranging in size from 10 to 220 employees. I intend to bring my diverse experience and background to bear as I deliver on my commitment to promote and safeguard PWC’s policies and objectives.

AIA LEED AP, President, SM Design & Consulting PC

Shalini Mohan, AIA LEED AP, President, SM Design & Consulting PC

PWC Involvement: 

Mentorship Committee
Advocate

From Shalini:

Shalini started SM Design and Consulting, PC in January of 2015 as a Minority, Small and Woman owned firm providing Architecture and Engineering design services. With 28 years of experience in both architecture and planning and an 18 year tenure at URS (now AECOM) she brings to PWC great opportunities to mentor the incoming workforce, exchange challenges and positive trends in the industry and a varied experience on the design side of the profession. Her 18 years in corporate America included leading the URS National Retail Practice and a $200M Design, CM, and construction ID/IQ with USPS.  That experience included D/B efforts, 100% design projects, retail roll-outs, energy upgrades and subsequent design implementation for improvement over ASHRAE 90.1 metrics, large building evaluations, industrial building design, development of master plans, zoning studies and urban design guidelines.
SMDC is currently an 18 member team working a variety of projects including industrial, commercial interiors, retail and specialty projects.  We take great pride in what we deliver and our recurring client base is a testament to that.

AIA, Assistant Director, Project Delivery Services, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Li Pei Wang, AIA, Assistant Director, Project Delivery Services, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

PWC Involvement:

Previous speaker
Annual Sponsor

From Li Pei:

Serving in various capacities on design, engineering and construction projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, I have attended many meetings representing the project, program, department, even the agency.  A recent one with over 30 participants saw 2 women in attendance.  One cannot help but ask – how does this reflect the fact that female student body at many engineering and architectural schools has been reaching 30% to 60% for many years?  Some may respond, “given a fair chance, women’s presence will be felt’.  However, chances aren’t just given, they have to be sought, earned and won.  This is where I believe I can help – by sharing experience, offering perspectives, and brainstorming plans and strategies to advance professional development and career advancement of women in the industry.  Inspiration can only hope to bear fruit when actionable plans are put in place.  I hope to contribute to both.

AIA Intl. Assoc. Managing Principal for Architecture, Stantec

Maria Wilpon, AIA Intl. Assoc., Principal for Architecture, Stantec

PWC Involvement: 

Board of Directors
Program Committee
Annual Sponsor

From Maria: 

Maria is a principal with thirty years of experience in the planning, design, and rehabilitation of various building types, including educational and healthcare facilities, hotels and commercial buildings.  Her experience embraces all phases of international, large-scale complex projects, as well as significant construction administration. Her experience also includes designing complex institutional projects and space planning. Maria’s work demonstrates a commitment to design quality while prioritizing the quality of the human experience. Her responsibilities include building and managing teams of talented professionals, business development, anticipating business trends, and managing change.
As a principal of an A/E firm Maria demonstrated her interest in working with women owned Design and Engineering Firms as well as recent women graduates and professionals in-order to support and advance women in the industry.

Associate, Duane Morris

Nicole Woolard, Esq., Associate, Duane Morris

PWC Involvement: 

Program Committee
Membership Committee Chair
Previous speaker and host

From Nicole:

As a PWC member for 9 years, I have seen the organization gaining industry recognition and influence, but I believe the following 3 initiatives are essential to PWC’s continuing success:

1. Expanding the reach and impact of PWC’s mentorship and scholarship opportunities.

2. Enhancing PWC’s paid programs to increase industry visibility and offer relevant content.

3. Consistently and meaningfully growing PWC’s membership and sponsorship.

Having grown up in the NYC construction industry, I focus my legal practice on construction law, representing a broad array of clients, from owners to contractors to design professionals. I litigate and resolve disputes and negotiate construction and design agreements on many high profile projects.

If given the opportunity to serve as a PWC Director, I would empower my networks, skills and experience to support and promote PWC and its members. I would work to implement the initiatives essential to take PWC to the next level.