Boston Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Sara Bryant
President, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Partner, Murtha Cullina
As a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department, Sara Bryant represents clients ranging from regional businesses to Fortune 100 and ENR Top 10 companies in the areas of construction and business litigation. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution in all forms including mediation, arbitration, administrative proceedings, jury and non-jury trials. In her construction practice, Sara represents construction managers, subcontractors and owners in state and federal courts in the trial and resolution of construction disputes on public and private projects. She handles matters involving allegations of breach of contract, defective work, mechanic’s liens and Chapter 93A violations. Sara is also involved in drafting and negotiating contracts and contract claims as well as securing lien and bond rights. In her business litigation practice, Sara represents clients on matters involving lan dlord/tenant and general business disputes, tort and product liability and insurance coverage. Sara previously served as an officer of the Massachusetts Building Congress and was co-chair and co-founder of the MBC Women’s Network. The Women’s Network provides women in the A/E/C industry with a platform for business development and mentoring. Sara is also a member of CREW Boston (formerly New England Women in Real Estate) and the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. Sara has been selected as a Rising Star in the area of Construction Litigation from 2009-2015 by Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Sarah McGillicuddy
Vice President and President-Elect, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Director of Marketing and Business Development, Acentech
In her role as director of marketing and business development, Sarah McGillicuddy develops strategies, tools and tactics to expand Acentech’s business in its key markets. She leads the business development, marketing, advertising, and communications efforts of Acentech’s seven vertical market teams and three disciplines in the areas of architectural acoustics, audiovisual, information technology and security system design, and environmental noise and vibration. Sarah’s focus on collaborating with strategic partners has helped to expand and nurture the firm’s business contacts, while fostering valuable client relationships.

Shelley Vanderweil
Vice President, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Principal, R. G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP

Shelley is a Professional Engineer and Principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP, a consulting engineering and planning firm founded by her grandfather in 1950. Specializing in MEP engineering, power generation and transmission and low voltage systems design, the company has offices in Boston, New York, Princeton, Philadelphia, Alexandria, Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Since joining the firm in 2002, Shelley has worked on a range of academic, commercial and life science building projects including Harvard’s Chao Center and the Pagliuca Life Lab, Boston University’s Booth Theater, multiple research and corporate projects for Boston Scientific, Sanofi and Biogen, Arnold Worldwide’s headquarters relocation, and Autodesk’s expansion in the Innovation and Design building.

Shelley is a hands-on principal, actively involved in generating customized engineering approaches that fit within the larger context of her clients’ objectives. She is adept at managing multi-disciplinary teams to apply results-oriented thinking to problem solving and achieving project goals.

She is active in professional organizations including the Boston Society of Architects, Professional Women in Construction, NAIOP and the Society for College and University Planning. Keenly interested in advancing women in the industry, Shelley participates in a number of professional development and sponsorship programs both within Vanderweil and in the design community.

Shelley obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brown University in 2001. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered Professional Engineer in six states.

Ben Sawa
Treasurer, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Director of Marketing, GEI Consultants
Ben Sawa is the Director of Marketing at GEI Consultants, a multi-disciplined engineering firm serving the water, energy, infrastructure and building markets. Prior to this role, he has held progressive roles in engineering, geology, finance, operations and marketing. Most recently he was the Corporate Development Manager and Financial Analyst for GEI’s Corporate Finance team. Currently, his main responsibilities are to develop and support GEI’s long-term growth strategies and to manage the marketing activities throughout the enterprise including corporate communications and branding, client positioning, market research and analysis, lead generation and teaming, and pursuit and pricing strategies.

Jennifer Shelby, CPSM
Moderator, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Proposal and Communications Manager, Architectural Engineers, Inc.

Diana Nicklaus
Immediate Past President, PWC Boston Board of Directors
President & CEO, Saam Architecture

Diana is President and CEO of Saam Architecture, a Boston-based WBE/DBE firm. With a diverse portfolio, Diana brings a successful design process to any project type. She is focused on effectively leading project teams and complex situations, supporting productive communication and meeting the client’s goals. Diana’s project experience includes world-class museum projects, top-tier university and hospital buildings, urban transportation hubs, and blue-chip corporate offices.
Committed to supporting and encouraging diversity in the construction industry, Diana has supported numerous community and industry efforts, including service on the Boston Board of the ACE Mentorship program, co-founding the Massachusetts Building Congress Women’s Network, and annual presentations for a local STEM conference. In addition, Saam Architecture is recognized as a leader in progressive culture that enables women to thrive. Diana received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Tufts University in 1993, followed by a Master of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Diana began her career in the New York studios of Pei Cobb Freed and Gensler. She joined the Boston office of Burt Hill in 2008 where she collaborated on numerous award-winning projects. In 2014, Diana left to found Saam Architecture with fellow Burt Hill Principal Koos Louw.

Caitlyn Angelini, PE
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Code Consultant, AKF Group

Chloe Louise Bouscaren
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Associate / Client Development, NBBJ

Chelsea Christenson
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Project Manager, Nitsch Engineering
Chelsea is a Project Manager and shareholder at Nitsch Engineering, and has 17 years of experience in providing site development and transportation design for public and private clients. As a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality, she has an in-depth understanding of green building/site design practices and principles, which she applies on academic, commercial, mixed-use, and public facility projects throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


Caroline Fitzgerald
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
New England Business Development Leader, RMF Engineering, Inc
She has over 30 years’ experience in the A/E/C industry, working on some of New England’s most prestigious and award-winning projects. As a licensed structural engineer, she has a strong technical knowledge of the construction industry and a direct understanding of clients’ needs in delivering complex building projects. Caroline graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She started her career at the Office of Irwin Cantor, and joined Arup when they opened their New York office. In 1997 she launched and managed the Arup Boston office, serving as Principal. There she formed many strong relationships with key academic clients. Prior to joining BOND, Caroline was at VJ Associates, a construction cost estimating firm, and also worked for LDa Architects in Cambridge. Caroline serves as the co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects’ Women Principals Group and is thrilled to be a founding board member of the Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction. She is also a member of the Design Advisory Committee for the Town of Lexington, where she resides with her family.

Emily Hopps
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Emily R. Hopps is an Associate Principal in the Building Technology division of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). She joined SGH in 2003 and has experience in design, investigation, evaluation, restoration, commissioning, and construction administration of historic and contemporary buildings. She specializes in design of building-enclosure systems, including foundations, wall systems, windows, and roofing. Emily leads SGH’s flooring, paint, and coatings practice and has wide experience in the design, failure investigation, and repair of a variety of flooring finishes and coatings.

Susan Wisler
Director, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Principal, Architectural Engineers, Inc.
With more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Wisler is responsible for all mechanical engineering at AEI. She serves as principal-in-charge for many of AEI’s most complex new construction and renovation projects and keeps sustainability and energy efficiency in the forefront of her design work, which include projects in a variety of  markets including public and private higher education, PreK-12 schools, and local, state and federal buildings. She is a registered professional engineer and received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico.


Rachel Woodhouse
Moderator, PWC Boston Board of Directors
Principal/Director of Operations, Dyer Brown Architects
Rachel Woodhouse joined Dyer Brown Architects in 2008 and brings a broad base of learning and experience to clients. Her high level of technical proficiency and strong understanding of corporate and institutional environments provide her with the right set of skills to manage client relationships through all phases of design and construction. Rachel leads the firm’s Higher Education studio, working with notable clients, including her more recent work with Northeastern University.
In her role as Director of Operations, Rachel also focuses on the inward management of Dyer Brown, refining their processes and ensuring the firm has consistent and appropriate staffing levels to best serve clients. She plays a key role in successfully integrating new hires and their strengths into the firm’s close-knit culture, while managing the organizational complexity of an ever-evolving firm. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Interior Design degree from Boston Architectural College.