2017-2020 Board of Directors
Amy Beckman, AIA, LEED, AP
President, PWC Board of Directors
Amy Beckman is a Principal at HOK and an architect with 15 years of experience managing large project teams on the design, documentation, and construction phases of technically complex, high-profile design projects in New York City.
Amy Beckman currently manages a large multi-phased new construction healthcare project in New York City consisting of a new 500,000 SF Ambulatory Care Center, 250,000 SF Women’s Hospital, and 20,000 SF Integrative Health Center for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a skilled collaborator and manager working with a variety of stakeholders within the institution and with Senior Leadership of the hospital. Her work spans commercial, governmental and healthcare projects in NYC.
Amy serves on one of HOK’s Diversity councils and is responsible for resource planning and staff development in HOK’s New York Office.
Amy Beckman received her Master of Architecture and Certificate in American Urbanism from the University of Virginia.
Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Leed AP BD+C
Vice President, PWC Board of Directors
Director of Technical Department, SOM
Nicole’s career as an architect has been primarily focused on technical architecture. As Director of SOM’s Technical Department in New York, she leads one of the most important groups of technical specialists in the United States. She served as Lead Technical Coordinator on SOM’s projects at the World Trade Center site – 7 World Trade Center and One World Trade Center – each of which had significant technical challenges, and whose successful completion heralded the rebirth of a complex urban area that was destroyed by the 9/11 attacks.
Her current work includes the Moynihan Train Hall, 35 Hudson Yards and multiple projects comprising the Manhattan West site in New York City.
In January 2016, for recognition of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture, Nicole was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.
Geri Gregor, CPA
Treasurer, PWC Board of Directors
Partner-in-Charge, Business Advisory Practice, Grassi & Co.
Geri Gregor is Partner-in-Charge of Grassi & Co.’s Business Advisory Practice. Geri manages and directs the Firm in areas such as business advisory services, forensic and litigation support, and risk management. Her broad experience in demanding accounting and financial operations roles had led to great financial success for many clients. Geri’s experience ranges over a wide variety of service areas including contract monitorship, cost reporting, audits of unallowable costs, best practices, internal control compliance, and DBE and MWBE compliance.
Prior to joining Grassi & Co., Geri held several prominent positions with notable companies. She started her career at KPMG, and afterwards took a position with Imrex, LLC, a privately held defense contractor with facilities across the United States. Promoted several times during her career at Imrex, Geri was eventually appointed Assistant Vice President of Finance, where she was responsible for executing several acquisitions totaling over $50 million in assets, streamlining the manufacturing operations resulting in annualized savings of $2 million and managing all financial activities of three remote locations.
Nicole Woolard, Esq.
Secretary, PWC Board of Directors
Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, AECOM
Nicole is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AECOM, a multinational firm delivering design, build, finance and operate services on public and private projects. She focuses on project risk in the Americas. Prior to joining AECOM, Nicole was at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP in New York, concentrating her practice in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation, representing owners, developers, non-profit institutions, contractors, construction managers, owner’s representatives and design professionals. Nicole has experience negotiating construction, design, vendor, access, easement and development agreements, as well as resolving and litigating disputes. She was named a Rising Star in construction by Super Lawyers for the past 6 years. Nicole was honored to be among PWC’s 2016 20 Under 40, and continues her involvement with PWC on the programming and membership committees.
Denise M. Berger, FAIA
Director, PWC Board of Directors
Chief of Operations, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
With a career that spans over 30 years, Ms. Denise M. Berger, Chief of Operations, oversees the day-to-day activities of the Engineering Department which is comprised of 570 architects and engineers and a financial responsibility of $1.3 billion annually. She ensures that Design and Construction Management are aligned to deliver the Agency’s $32.2 billion ten-year Capital Plan. She oversees a division focused on Program Management, Project Controls, Project Scheduling, Technology, Strategic Planning, and the Department’s Financial Performance.
Through her long-term vision, she shaped the culture of the Agency by promoting excellence in transportation planning, design, construction and elevated environmental stewardship and resiliency. Ms. Berger’s leadership has
successfully contributed to the creation and execution of several key initiatives at the Port Authority, including Sustainable Design and Adaptive Strategies, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Life Cycle Cost Analysis, and Value Engineering.
Over the course of her career, she led many large scale priority capital projects across all business departments including Aviation, Tunnels Bridges & Terminals, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH), Ports and the World Trade Center. After 9/11, she handled significant sensitive projects related to the World Trade Center Master Plan. She is also credited with leading the department’s initial response to the Super Storm Sandy recovery efforts. Denise was instrumental in the realignment of the Engineering Department’s organizational structure to enhance its role as stewards for the Agency. In addition, to implementing a State-of-Good Repair prioritization program to ensure, over 600, projects were properly positioned for effective delivery in the agency’s ten-year Capital Plan.
Ms. Berger serves on several industry leadership boards and committees, including Professional Women in Construction, the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City and the International board of Directors of WTS. In 2016, Ms. Berger founded the Port Authority Women’s Council, whose mission is to empower women to advance in leadership roles.
Sarah Reynard Epifano
Director, PWC Board of Directors
Senior Director, Business Development, Skanska USA
Sarah Reynard Epifano returned to the construction industry six years ago as Director of Business Development at Skanska USA Building Inc. after a 13-year hiatus as a stay at home mom to her son Nicholas. With a passion for building relationships internally and externally for project pursuits, Reynard Epifano has built a career on understanding a client's needs and then rallying the resources to meet them.
Prior to leaving full-time employment, Reynard Epifano was the lead business developer responsible for organically growing Skanska's Connecticut office. Before that her major accomplishments included starting Turner Construction Co.'s Special Projects Division in Connecticut and overseeing major construction projects such as the mixed-use conversion of the old Electrolux factory site in Old Greenwich, CT for Collins Development.
Melinda Johnson, PE, LEED AP, MBA
Director, PWC Board of Directors
Vice President, NY Operations, Buildings and Facilities Division, STV
Melinda Johnson has nearly 30 years of experience leading the design for a host of new construction and reconstruction initiatives throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and currently oversees the NYC Building and Facilities operations for STV. Prior to joining STV, she was with a major international design and consulting firm for 10 years where she was a principal and performed services related to project management, presentation, staff management, client maintenance and mechanical engineering. During that time, she helped develop and lead new mechanical/electrical/plumbing teams in Philadelphia and Chicago, in addition to supporting the design of a number of projects, primarily in the higher education and healthcare market sectors. She is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Utah and California. She earned her BSME from Polytechnic University, New York, NY and her MBA in Finance from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY
Shalini Mohan, AIA LEED AP,
October 28, 1964 - February 27, 2019
Shalini Mohan, loving wife of Michael Krawiec and very proud mother of Pranav Vaid and Priya Krawiec, lived and worked in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
She was an accomplished architect, business owner, and kind and compassionate woman. She was the President and Owner of SM Design and Consulting PC, a woman-owned minority business that she established in 2015.
Prior to starting her own company, Shalini worked at URS Corporation, where she began as a Staff Architect in 1997. Over the 18 years she rose to the rank of Vice President managing a $200M IDIQ with the USPS that included a range of efforts from Design/ Construction Management and Construction. In addition to the Federal work in 2010 she led the development of a National Retail Practice at URS. With a combined practice of approximately $17M and 38 employees she left URS at the end of 2014 to start her own business. She was honored with numerous awards, including an award from the Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects. She was a member of AIA and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Chandigarh, India and a Masters in Urban Design from Pratt Institute.
Professional Women in Construction is very thankful for her dedication and commitment to serving among our Board of Directors and for directly influencing and shaping our community through her generosity. Her valiant heart and gentle but indomitable spirit, will be remembered always. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and the PWC community.
2014-2017 Board of Directors
President of PWC Board of Directors
President and CEO of Armand Corporation (WBE/MBE/DBE), founded in 1991.
The firm provides Construction Management services. Under Barbara's leadership, Armand Corporation has undergone tremendous growth over the years, mostly in public sector work. Some of the contracts that the firm has either primed or acted as sub-consultant include: American Airlines International Terminal, JFK Airport; Brigantine Connector project (Atlantic City); and the Philadelphia School District Capital Improvement Program. Barbara received a B.A. degree (Mathematics) from Thomas Edison State College. Barbara has been honored with numerous awards for her achievements.
Nancy Czesak, RA
Vice President of PWC Board of Directors
First Vice President of Tishman, an AECOM Company and a construction management expert possessing 30 years of experience.
Nancy has managed the complexities of constructing some of New York City's most preeminent arts, community-based, and commercial projects, including the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, which was created by carving out bedrock beneath Carnegie Hall; the Joan Weill Center for Dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Harlem Children's Zone charter school and community center; office fit-outs for Deloitte & Touche at the World Financial Center; and the 52-story J.P. Morgan world headquarters in downtown Manhattan. She is currently serving as co-project director on the expansion and renovation of New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center project. Nancy holds a B.A. in architecture and an M.S. in construction management, both from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and is a Registered Architect in NJ. She is chair of PWC’s Membership Committee.
Treasurer, PWC Board of Directors
Chief Information Officer for JRM Construction Management, LLC, a nationally known construction management/general contracting firm headquartered in NYC.
Lisa's prime responsibility is to ensure that JRM utilizes the state of the art technology that is best suited to foster the company's goals and vision. She conveys technology related information and knowledge between departments; supports employees' technology needs by developing and implementing new applications; helps develop new capabilities that translate into business success; anticipates ways technology will change, then adapts and plans accordingly. Well versed in customized software implementation, use, and maintenance, Lisa has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry and extensive knowledge of accounting systems and technology. JRM delivers the highest quality products and services to a client base that includes Fortune 500 corporations, major law firms, luxury retailers and financial services firms. Lisa currently chairs the PWC annual Golf Outing.
Secretary, PWC Board of Directors
Project Manager, HNTB
Nicole is a construction management professional with over 25 years of hands-on experience on multi-million to billion dollar infrastructure projects most recently Goethals Bridge Modernization Project, and previously World Trade Center Construction, East Side Access in New York, NY, Skyway-New Bay Bridge Project in Oakland, CA and Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston, MA to name a few. She is performing project coordination and issue resolution for key projects. Active with charitable organizations, Nicole served on the boards of The Metropolitans of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston (president) and Step Up Women’s Network; and as a member of Gen Art and Voices Against Brain Cancer. Professional affiliations include PWC, WTS, CMAA, Society of Military Engineers and New York Building Congress. She holds a Construction Project Management (C.P.M.) certificate from Northeastern University and studied law/social sciences at Harvard University and business administration at Wesleyan College.
Director of PWC, chair of the M/WBE Compliance Committee
CEO of Florence Construction Company, an industry leader delivering trucking services to numerous metro area projects.
In 1988, Florence Chilton was one of the first women to join Local Union 138 of the International Brotherhood of Operating Engineers. Florence completed the NYS approved apprenticeship and became fully qualified and licensed in many disciplines within the industry. After working in the field for seven years, in 1995 she founded A & F Electrical Testing, Inc. (A&F). After running A&F for three years, Florence founded Florence Construction Corporation (FCC) in 1998. FCC has flourished and grown, and is now providing trucking for such prestigious projects as the East Side Access project and Kennedy Airport’s runway revitalization project. Florence is helping FCC adapt and grow within the industry as an active participant in the post Sandy recovery.
Ellen Greiper, esq.
Director of PWC
Partner in Goldberg Segalla's Garden City office.
Ellen has more than 20 years' experience defending multi-party construction defect cases in the federal and state courts of New York. She has litigated high-exposure construction and labor law cases representing owners and general contractors. Ellen has been appointed arbitrator for the district courts in Nassau County hearing no-fault and contract claims, as well as arbitrating attorney fee disputes brought in the Supreme Court. She is also a mediator for trial-ready cases in the Supreme Court, Nassau County. A member of a number of professional organizations in the construction industry and a frequent speaker at legal organizations on emerging topics in the construction arena, Ellen contributes articles to a variety of industry publications.
Director of PWC
General Manager for SimplexGrinnell's New York City district office
Kay is responsible for the strategic sales growth of the district's fire and life-safety protection business in the New York City metro area. Currently managing a business portfolio of well over $25 million, Kay has worked with a range of notable NYC clients, including the Waldorf-Astoria, Morgan Post Office and Riker's Island. Kay holds a bachelor's degree in business information technology from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Active in a variety of community and industry organizations, Kay currently serves as the chairperson of the New York Fire Alarm Association's committee dedicated to supporting children in burn centers.
Maria I. Wilpon, AIA Intl. Assoc.
Director of PWC
Maria is a principal with thirty years of experience in the planning, design, and rehabilitation of various building types, including educational and healthcare facilities. Her 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.
Maria served as a council member of the North Atlantic Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for 15 years. She is also a board member of the Salvadori Center and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture, magna cum laude, from the University of Los Andes and a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute.