OUR 20 UNDER 40 OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION
Meet the 2018 Honorees
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Tracy Anderson is a Business Developer for Skanska USA Building. Prior to joining the Business Development team, she worked as an Assistant Project Manager on the LaGuardia Central Terminal Building project and as a Project Engineer at the Merck Biologics Lab project in Kenilworth, NJ. Tracy is the Chair of the Metro NY chapter of the Skanska Women’s Network (SWN) and the Co-Communications Chair of the National SWN Steering Committee. Tracy started working for Skanska in 2011 after graduating from Duke University with her B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2017, she also earned her MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Tracy lives in in Maplewood, NJ with her husband Andy.
Fire Protection Engineer/Project Manager
Laura is respected in the industry for her sound understanding of national and local fire protection, building codes, and standards. Her 11 years of experience in fire protection engineering includes design, analysis, and commissioning of fire alarm, mass communication, and fire suppression systems. An expert in FDNY and NYC DOB codes, she served on the Fire Protection Technical Committee for the 2014 and 2019 New York City Building Code revision cycles. As a valued member of AKF’s Fire & Life Safety team, Laura has successfully managed projects across a wide variety of market sectors, from healthcare facilities to stadiums, and from science and technology labs to historic landmarks. Her engineering leadership, wealth of specialized knowledge, and attention to client concerns allow her to assist clients in developing successful building code variances and equivalencies. Laura is also a published author in a number of periodicals, including a white paper featured by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
Kate grew up in Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland and received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University College of Cork and a Masters in Construction Management from NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. In February of 2014, Kate began working for Navillus Contracting, one of New York City’s leading contractors specializing in commercial concrete, masonry, tiling and general contracting work. Kate has already played leadership roles on Navillus projects at many of the city’s highest-profile construction projects including the 2nd Ave Subway, Grand Central Station, One World Trade Observatory, WTC Cortlandt Street Station, the Empire State Building (Project Dream) and Hudson Yards Tower A and C. In total, she has overseen more than 40 Million in work for Navillus and she is recognized as a key member of the Navillus team.
Associate - HVAC Department
PE, LEED AP BD+C
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Michelle DeCarlo serves as an Associate at Jaros, Baum & Bolles. Since joining the firm in 2007, Ms. DeCarlo has led the HVAC design for JB&B on a variety of projects, including premier office buildings, airports, laboratories and healthcare facilities. Among her more notable projects are 30 Hudson Yards and the commercial office redevelopment of Moynihan Station in the historic James A. Farley Building, as well as the Jerome L. Greene Science Center for Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus and Weill Cornell Medicine’s Belfer Research Building.
Ms. DeCarlo is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and a LEED AP BD+C; a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of New York and the Urban Green Council; and on the Board of Governors for ASHRAE, currently serving as chairperson of its Women in Engineering Committee. Among numerous awards, in the past year she has been honored by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program as well as been named one of BD+C’s 40 Under 40. She is the founder of JB&B’s Women’s Initiative, and was instrumental in establishing the firm’s parental leave policy.
Chief Financial Officer
Tower Holdings Group Inc
Over the past 18 years, Krishna has served in multitude of positions specializing in Architectural, Engineering & Construction space. Krishna was brought on board to integrate financial operations of various group of companies domestically as well as internationally and under her guidance, the Company has been able to double its financing and bonding capacity and expand operations internationally. Her experience in building financial infrastructure and standardizing accounting procedures across all companies are instrumental in firm's growth. She has been a recipient of WBC Outstanding Women of the Year as well as NAPW VIP Women of the Year awards. She has been a frequent speaker at NYSSCPA, CFO Panels, and has been called upon to speak at Columbia University on various Construction Management topics. She has also mentored several women in the organization and empowered them to excel in their careers by challenging them to go above and beyond their comfort.
As a CFO at Tower Holdings Group of companies, she oversees the accounting/finance department and maintains oversight over HR, IT, and Compliance department. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Finance, Financial Controller and Manager at various A/E/C organizations. She manages the Company's monthly, quarterly, annual financial closing process and monitors the budgets/forecast and financial needs among several other responsibilities. She had focused on all aspects of Company operations and has provided strategic guidance to the management and the CEO on real estate deals, M&A, Risk Management and Compliance and continues to work with others outside the organization to promote women's initiatives and empowerment. She always goes above and beyond normal call of duty in any tasks that she undertakes.
Levien & Company
As a Principal at Levien & Company, Adrienne’s project work focuses on not-for-profit and cultural institutions, where she is adept at managing complex capital projects with rigorous government approvals, public funding requirements, and compressed schedules. As a Principal, she focuses on ongoing client support, general firm management, and works with senior staff to strategically expand Levien & Company’s reach.
From complex, phased renovations of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Nightingale-Bamford School to a new 60,000 sf ground up school for children with learning disabilities, and a masterplan for Theatre Row – Adrienne’s 13-years of experience and technical expertise is balanced by her sense of humor and ability to keep consultant teams focused and clients reassured in the inevitable stressful times of a NYC construction project.
Prior to joining Levien, Adrienne served for six years as Director of Capital Projects and Government Relations at The Public Theater in New York City, where she managed a $42 million renovation to a landmark building, which remained operational during four years of construction. Adrienne also worked at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation as a Project Manager for Policy and Programs, where she oversaw the implementation of over $200 million in federal grants to schools, parks, cultural organizations and economic development programs.
Grassi & Co
Brie Keckler is an Audit Supervisor at Grassi & Co., working with clients primarily in the construction industry. She has eight years of accounting experience and has worked in public accounting for five years. Brie demonstrates her expertise in attestation and consulting work, and has experience conducting audits, reviews, compilations, bookkeeping services, and preparation of financial statements.
Brie shows her dedication to Grassi & Co. by training and mentoring junior staff. She participates in continuing professional education courses for CPA status, and is involved in business development by means of attending events and trainings within the construction industry.
Prior to joining Grassi & Co., Brie obtained her CPA certification in Arizona. There, she had experience doing attest work within a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, entertainment, restaurants, aviation, and construction. She also worked as an internal audit manager for a publicly traded company in the real estate industry, where she managed the preparation and evaluation of management’s internal control processes as well as the SOX risk assessment and testing over internal controls.
Brie earned her Bachelors of Science in Business with a major in Accountancy and Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Engineering Program Director
With a career that spans over 17 years, Cathleen Mahoney is the Program Director of Engineering Program Management at the Port Authority of NY & NJ. Her team manages projects across all line departments including Aviation, Tunnels Bridges & Terminals, Port Authority Trans- Hudson (PATH), Port, and the World Trade Center. She works with various agency stake holders to ensure State-of-Good Repair projects are properly positioned for effective delivery in the agency’s $32.2 billion ten-year Capital Plan. Ms. Mahoney holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a Master in Business Administration from Fordham University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York and New Jersey. She is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).
Lisa is a senior civil engineer/project manager with more than 10 years of experience providing design for transportation projects, including roadway, bridge, and streetscape improvements, as well as new rail tunnels and bus rapid transit (BRT) initiatives. Her expertise includes roadway geometric design, utility design and relocation, stormwater management, and maintenance and protection of traffic (MPT) plan development. She is familiar with local, state, and federal regulatory and environmental permitting requirements and has coordinated with multiple New York City (NYC) agencies, including the Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC), Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR), Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), New York City Transit (NYCT), and the Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Ms. Martusciello’s expertise with stormwater management includes hydraulic analysis, best management practices (BMPs), and sustainable (green) infrastructure. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College in May 2006. She is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional from the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure.
Upon joining STV in early 2017, Martusciello graduated from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New York Chapter’s Leadership Institute, one of the region’s premier leadership programs serving the design and construction industry. This year-long intensive course is designed and recommended for anyone who has been identified as a high potential leader in the industry.
Development & Strategy
“Effectiveness comes from those qualitative things that give you the ability to network, communicate and lead people toward an outcome they can’t see” – Lynn Good, CEO, Duke Energy
As a business developer and strategist for E-J Electric Installation Co., Katie Nilsen has followed this quote throughout her career. Katie is a communicator-turned-business developer passionate about bringing likeminded people together to achieve a common goal.
At E-J, a 120 year old firm, Katie is responsible for pursuing and creating strategic opportunities by cultivating partnerships and enhancing collaboration among all project team members. As a certified Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Associate, Katie focuses on design-build and alternative project delivery methods across all of E-J’s nine divisions. These divisions span from healthcare and commercial high-rise to transportation and infrastructure.
Within the past year, Katie has contributed to the company’s 30% increase in annual revenue through her passion for people and progress.
Senior Project Manager
Julie is a professional engineer with more than 13 years of experience in the design and construction industry and has completed projects throughout the United States as well as Central America. She is an integral part of Enovate’s project management team performing program, project and construction management.
Julie started her career in civil and site design, before moving to project and construction management in more recent years. She has particular expertise in flood mitigation, track and rail, earthen embankments and stormwater management. She has furnished contract documents involving site layout and drainage, grading and paving, utilities, pump stations, erosion and sediment control, and landscaping. She has prepared hydrological models for stormwater analyses and various treatment methods, including retention ponds and activated treatment systems, for both temporary construction and permanent post-construction applications and has performed drainage analyses and design reports and Stormwater Pollution Protection Plans (SWPPPs) for projects ranging from 1 to more than 100 acres. In addition, she has contributed to the design of multiple large-scale water resource and water conveyance projects.
Julie is a Professional Engineer in the states of New York, New Jersey and California and has held multiple LEED Accreditations. Throughout her career, she has worked for such noted firms as C&S Companies, URS Corporation in San Francisco and most recently with STV, Inc. in New York City.
She is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and was recently recognized as one of Engineering News-Record (ENR) New York Top Young Professionals.
Project Manager – Lead Engineer, P.E., PMP, LEED A.P.
Kelly Pilarski has advanced in her career from preparing drawings, design calculations, and cost estimates to spearheading multi-discipline design teams and multi-million dollar program management efforts. Her diverse experience orchestrating designs, construction bid packages, and programs keeps her creative, with a constant eye for constructability, innovation, and coordination. She excels in management of multi-discipline coordination projects with numerous stakeholders, consultants and concurrent contracts; taking projects from inception and funding through final acceptance and as-builts. Kelly’s range of experience includes but is not limited to buildings, aviation, marine, transit, and transportation.
In her current role, Kelly is supporting ESD as Deputy Program Manager on the Moynihan Train Hall redevelopment project in New York City and leading her design team in final bid documents for Phase 1 construction of the new Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn, NY.
Senior Project Manager
Angelina is a Project Manager and Registered Architect who joined the owner’s advisory industry in 2017 at Lehrer Cumming after spending seven years in the construction management field and five years as an architect guiding clients through new building development programs, landmarked building renovations, and complex fit outs. Angelina has extensive experience providing comprehensive project management services including design management and implementation, budgeting and cost management, site logistics, scheduling, and team coordination, for both union and non-union construction projects. She is well-versed in leading sustainable design strategies, and has worked on projects ranging from 16,000 square feet to more than 2 million square feet. During her career, Angelina has spent time at construction management firms Tishman Construction and New Line Structures, international architecture firms NBBJ and Gensler, and has been based in New York City for the past decade.
Senior Engineer of Construction
Amanda is the Sr. Engineer of Construction for the George Washington Bridge & Bus Station. Amanda oversees all construction programs and initiatives at these facilities including capital construction contracts, state of good repair contracts and tenant alteration applications issued through Resident Engineer’s Office and their staff.
Amanda is the Engineering Department’s Construction Management Lead Engineer responsible for the Restore the George Program. The 2 Billion dollar capital program consists of 12 construction contracts over 9 years. This program will rehabilitate and replace many critical aspects of the George Washington Bridge, inclusive of replacing the suspender ropes, the PIP Helix and the rehabilitation of the 178th & 179th Streets.
Prior to joining the Bridges and Tunnels facilities Amanda has served at Jamaica Station, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Stewart International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
Most recently at LaGuardia Airport as an Engineer of Construction, Amanda had a vital role in completing the infrastructure projects at LaGuardia Airport to prepare for the selection and award of the PPP Redevelopment Program. Amanda also was on the selection committee for the PPP Terminal B Redevelopment Program.
Prior to relocating to LaGuardia Airport Amanda served as the Resident Engineer at John F. Kennedy Airport. Under her supervision many successful construction initiatives took place, including the construction of the J2 and J8 bridges, the installation of over 200 backflow prevention devices, and the rehabilitation of many of the landside roadways.
Amanda started her career at the AirTrain Terminal at Jamaica Station. She was responsible for coordination with the Long Island Rail Road, general field inspection and contract administration.
Amanda is a graduate from Manhattan College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is licensed professional Engineer, a certified construction manager and a LEED accredited professional.
Maria Veronica Salazar Tamariz
Senior Associate, Project Manager
Maria Salazar is a Senior Associate at HOK New York. Since receiving her bachelor's degree in architecture with honors from Pratt Institute, Maria has worked on all phases of design and has gained a wide range of experience working on architecture and interior design projects at various scales from residential and hospitality to commercial and mixed-use developments. Maria’s current work includes the new LG Electronics Headquarters in New Jersey and the WBVA Project at the World Trade Center in New York City. Prior to joining HOK, Maria helped manage the design efforts for the new Train Hall at Moynihan Station in New York City as well as a 31-story residential tower and 30-story commercial tower in Mexico City with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Having lived and practiced in Ecuador, Mexico, and New York, Maria brings unique experience, fresh perspectives, and a talent for activating the power of diverse teams. As Project Manager for HOK, she prides herself on inspiring collaboration among large project teams as well as delivering impactful and sustainable design solutions.
Director, Architect/Project Manager
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF)
The youngest female in KPF’s 42-year history to be named Director, and the second youngest architect to achieve the position, Lauren has proven invaluable to projects of all types, working as architectural designer, job captain, and project manager.
Since joining KPF in 2004, Lauren has served as designer and manager for some of New York City’s most notable projects. Prominent works include: One Jackson Square, a national AIA award-winning residential building carefully situated over several active subway lines; Hudson Commons, a complex repositioning project that adds 17 stories above a former warehouse to create state-of-the-art office space for tech tenants; and 55 Hudson Yards, a large-scale, transit-oriented office building that features a unique, finely-crafted wall system.
Lauren actively leads KPF’s Educational Program, taught ARE study courses at the New York Center for Architecture, and has been involved with the firm’s ACE mentor program. She was recognized in 2011 by the AIA New York when she received the Emerging New York Architects Merit Award, honoring recently licensed architects for their contributions to the profession. Lauren is featured in the film “Unknown New York: The City that Women Built,” by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon, where she graduated as valedictorian in 2004. She is a two time All-American NCAA Volleyball player, was the 2003 NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania, and continues to play in local and national co-ed, men’s and women’s leagues. She recently led her women’s team to USAV Nationals, where they have finished in the top 5 multiple times over the last 12 years.
Senior Project Manager
Alexandra Schmidt, Senior Project Manager at Turner Construction, NYC Interiors, is currently managing many aspects of a $600MM, including a new Data Center, Tower Offices, Trading & Amenities phases at the Citigroup Headquarter renovation project in Tribeca, NYC. Prior to joining Turner Construction, she has worked as an Account Executive for Johnson Controls and was involved in construction projects in the healthcare and K-12 markets. Since joining Turner Construction in 2004, she has been involved with both estimating and operations side of construction in both core and shell and interiors groups. She has experience with the MEP estimating team working on such projects like Yankee Stadium and JetBlue Terminal 5. She transitioned into the field as MEP Project Engineer for the former landmarked NY Times building infrastructure project. From there, she became a Lead Estimating Engineer in the Interiors Division, developing a strong liking for the pace and energy of fit-out projects. She quickly returned to the field and completed several projects at NYU Silver Lab, large office fit-outs for Morgan Stanley, NYMEX and other major clients. Of note, Alexandra was the MEP Project Manager for the renovation of the landmarked Rainbow Room and Bar 65 at 30 Rock. Alexandra holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a M.S. in construction management from New York University.
Project Controls Manager
Marilisa Stigliano is a Project Controls Manager with AECOM. She studied structural engineering in Italy and then construction management in New York, and began her professional career at AECOM four years ago. Ms. Stigliano initially worked with the New York risk team, conducting risk assessments for multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects, such as the Purple line in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Riyadh Metro in Saudi Arabia, where she was also responsible for the project’s key financial aspects.
In August 2015, she joined the New York City Build It Back program and she is currently responsible for program finance, cost control and schedule control.
In June 2016, she established a new practice in New York Metro that now counts 35 young professionals. Members of this group are Deputy Project Managers (DPM) that serve as advisors to project managers in the NY Metro region, and are responsible for a variety of tasks, from project finance to field work.
In 2017 she was nominated as one of ASCE’s New Faces of Engineering and she represented AECOM at the annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders Gala. She is also a Co-Chair of the Young Professionals Committee of the New York Building Congress, which focuses on new ways to attract young professionals and, in particular, to help them find their passion in the construction industry.
Anita Woolley Nelson
Senior Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Anita Woolley Nelson leads Strategy, Marketing and Communications for AECOM’s $8 billion Construction Services Group, which encompasses over 14,000 personnel in 25 countries and manages some of the largest and most complex projects in the world in the buildings, oil & gas, power, civil, mining, and industrial markets. Anita has over 15 years of experience, more than ten spent with AECOM, encompassing five global regions. A critical member of the CS leadership team, she leads the development and implementation of CS’ strategy – driving growth initiatives, organizational design, merger and acquisition strategy and integration. She oversees market intelligence and analysis efforts and, through close alignment with AECOM’s corporate strategy team, ensures alignment of AECOM’s strategic priorities, e.g., integrated delivery and international expansion. Anita has played a key role in the strategic analysis, acquisition and integration of several high-profile mergers and acquisitions, resulting in AECOM becoming one of the largest construction services providers in the industry.
Joanna Zukowska Morris
After spending part of her childhood in Poland, Joanna and her family moved to Southern California until after completing her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach, when she picked up and headed east to New York City, just for the adventure of it. After working for a few years on the consultant side of the AEC business, Joanna made another bold move—she quit her job to travel, currently having visited 30 plus countries and counting. Soon after her travels, she joined the Structure Tone Organization family. She has completed both the Rotational Project Engineer and Emerging Leaders Programs. Joanna also obtained a Master’s degree in Construction Administration from Columbia University. As an estimator, Joanna has developed strong relationships with the industry trades and provides a level of detail and organization in documenting the day-to-day tasks required to ensure clients budgetary and contractual requirements are met. She sits on various internal committees at Structure Tone, most recently co-founding the new women’s affinity group STOWIC (Structure Tone Organization Women in Construction). When not working she is looking forward to the next travel adventures with her husband, Dave and 8-month old Jack.