Awards for Excellence Committee

In order to continue providing quality services and programming to our members, fellow IFMA NYC members join the executive board and volunteer their time to participate in a wide range of projects as members of our established committees.  Fill out our Volunteer Form to get more involved and get the most out of your membership!

Chair: Alexandra Liz Lazard
Vice-Chair: Jill DanieleMilrose Consultants, Inc.
Executive Board Oversight: Christine Chavez Knoll, Inc.
Communications Liaison: Sonya Verny - Mace Group
Committee Members:
Jesica Aronowicz - Duff & Phelps
Marc DeLuca - StructureTone
Jordan Donohue - CBRE 
Gail Frank - Superior Office Systems 
Lynée Hastings - VVA Project Managers & Consultants 
Gabriel Hernandez - Design Republic
Cynthia Lindberg - Ogilvy 
Peter Lorenz - McKinsey & Company 
Matt Poveromo - Waldner's Business Environments 
Tania Siriapismai 
Caitlin Virgil - Knoll, Inc.
Andrew Weinberg - LF Driscoll Healthcare 

dinner Committee

The Awards Dinner Committee is responsible for the organization of IFMA NYC's Annual Awards Dinner Gala, which takes place each January. 

Interim Chair: Alexandra Liz - Lazard
Interim Co Chair: Jill Daniele- Milrose
Executive Board OversightChristine Chavez - Knoll, Inc. 
Committee Members:
Mikayla Garvin - IFMA NYC
Matt Korytko - Pacific Program Management Group
Annette Vega 

Communications committee

This committee is responsible for the online newsletter highlighting information about chapter activities and members. In addition, this committee explores exposure opportunities for the chapter through the media and acts as a liaison with press and other public entities. It also ensures that the IFMA NYC name is shown in a positive light throughout the region.

Chair: Ross David Weiner SLCE Architects
Vice Chair: Nick Ritter - Meadows Office Interiors
Executive Board Oversight: Sonya Verny - Mace Group 
Committee Members: 
Toni Dupell -  WB Engineers+ Consultants
Paul Haley - EHE Health 
Robert McGill - RD Weis & Co Inc. 
Evan Robins - Meadows Office Interiors 


Emerging Leaders is a group of IFMA NYC chapter members with 5 years or less of experience in the industry. This group will make sure that people who are new in the industry have networking opportunities with peers and attend educational events.

Chair: Brendan Donelan - Telecom Infrastructure Corp
Vice Chair: John Dealey - Ideal Consulting Group 
Executive Board Oversight: Jay Feiertag FEDCAP
Committee Members: 
Jillian Aurrichio - Innovant 
Jesse Beatus Federal Reserve Bank of NY
Rachel Buchwalter - Maxons Restorations, Inc
Maarten Havermans - Scholastic 
Jake Iapicca American Arbitration Association
Dan Lunz- Certified
Anthony Massina - Mass Contracting 
Luis Negron - Corporate Source
Alexa Rodriguez - Knotel 
Jonathan Smith King Street Capital Management,LLC


global workforce initiative (gwi) Committee

Vice-Chair: Meredith Lovejoy - Teecom
Executive Board Oversight: Timothy Burdge - Syska Hennessy Group
Committee Memebers:

Jonathan Abreu - LIM College 
Luis Acevedo -  InterActiveCorp (IAC)

Regina Ford-Cahill - Pratt Institute 
Larry Charlip - Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Diane Coles Levine - IFMA 
Julia Gravano
David Genovese - BlackRock
Leslie Lehman - Kaufman Music Center
Alexandra Liz - Lazard 
Jose Loren - Facebook 
Peter Lorenz - McKinsey & Company
Terri Meek - LiveNation 
Daniel Pego - Consolidated Edison of NY
Odette Rose - Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.
Susan Veres - Acorda Therapeutics, Inc

Golf Committee

The Annual Golf Outing is a special event coordinated by this group of dedicated members who work to promote the organization through our Annual Outing. Often joined by professional athletes, the Golf Outing is a day of networking for our members and guests

Chair: Steve Trott National Experimental 
Vice-Chair: Helena Loman SBFI, Inc.
Executive Board Oversight: Christine Chavez Knoll, Inc.
Committee Members:
David Calnan - Mason Technologies Inc. 
Ron Hertz Vanguard Construction and Development Co., Inc.
Bonnie Pfleiderer Ryan Soames Engineering
Irving Ramos - Kantar
Bill Spadola - Kyocera Document Solutions


ifma cares Committee

The IFMA Cares Committee is the charitable arm of IFMA NYC. IFMA Cares is dedicated to improving the lives of New Yorkers in need. The committee provides this civic service by supporting New York charities either via direct donations, fundraising activities and/or the creation of volunteer opportunities for our members.

Chair: Kirsten Beck - Avison Young Project Management
Vice-Chair: Milagro Suarez - Natural Resources Defense Council
Executive Board Oversight: Daniel Castner - BAM Architecture Studio
Committee Members:
Rachelle Besser  - James E. Fitzgerald, Inc 
Denise Ditta - MISA
Timothy Flannery - KI  
Crissy Hathaway - Switzer 
Helena Loman - SBFI, Inc.
Brett Kaplan -Steelcase, Inc. 
Ryann Menges - ESD
Bonnie Pfleiderer - Ryan Soames Engineering 
Debbi Schonberger-Pierce - Art Solutions
Irving Ramos - Kantar Media
Peggy Smith - MGS Consultants
Alyssa Van Sickle - Creative Office Pavilion

Member + Career Services Committee

The Member + Career Services Committee connects with new and existing members, works toward enhancing members experiences by encouraging participation and introducing them to chapter services through personal contact, serves as a liaison to other committees, hosts New Member events, and welcomes chapter members and guests at chapter programs and events.  The committee is a resource for those in transition or planning a change – making personal connections and hosting development workshops. We look forward to seeing you at the next IFMA NYC event!

Chair: Ann Caruso Cross Management Corporation
Vice Chair: Timothy Flannery - KI
Executive Board Oversight: Jennifer Kramer - Herman Miller 
Committee Members:
Nicole Ancelato - MovePlan 
Faine Esposito - Swiss Post Solutions 
Tim Haney - NYPD 
Anthony Massina - Mass Contracting Group

Ben Roberts - SquarePlan
Vickie Vigil - Daltile   

Networking committee

This committee helps build relationships using a unique structure of networking. The monthly networking breakfasts promote members and their products and services through personal introductions.

Chair: Michael Schwartzberg - Steinway Moving & Storage 
Vice-ChairAyda Melo- Taveras - WeWork
Executive Board Oversight: Daniel Casnter- BAM Architecture Studio

Committee Members: 

Nick Brunetti - Herman Miller  
Michael Dorfman - CSI International 
Kim Garcia


Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee's primary objective is to positively promote the many benefits of earning the CFM, SFP and FMP Credentials and Certifications.  The group explores opportunities to successfully accomplish this goal by hosting special events, and working with local IFMA chapters to recruit members to participate in these credential preparation courses. The group is currently applying for accreditation from IACET to enable the offering of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for educational programs that qualify. 

Chair: Donn McMullen,CFM,BCxP Syska Hennessy Group
Vice-Chair: Scott De Santis - Office Resources 

Executive Board Oversight: Timothy Burdge - Syska Hennessy Group
Committee Members: 
Paul Haley - EHE Health 

Programs committee

The Programs Committee plans and implements our monthly chapter programs. The primary goal of this committee is to address the educational needs of our professional members through monthly presentations. The committee identifies timely topics, secures knowledgeable speakers or panelists, chooses appropriate locations and hosts the meetings.

 Meryll Effron - Meadows Service Group 
Vice-Chair: Evan Eisner - Eagle Transfer 

Executive Board Oversight: Tim Burdge - Syska Hennessy Group 
Committee Members:
Dawn Cohen - Liveramp 
Justin Harris 
Anthony Massina - Mass Contracting Group 



special events committee

Chair: Rick Malan, RTPM - Telecom Infrastructure Corp
Vice-Chair: Laurie Hutner - WB Wood

Executive Board Oversight: Christine Chavez Knoll, Inc.
Committee Members:
Jeff Codd - Wiedenbach Brown
Lisa Hughes  - ShawContract
Vicky JonesVJ Design Consulting
Helena Loman - SBFI Group 
Debbi Schonberger-Pierce - Art Solutions 

Sponsorship committee

The Sponsorship Committee works with the associate members to obtain sponsorship at the beginning of the fiscal year to help fund the educational programs and special events offered throughout the year. Vendors are encouraged to participate.

Chair: Janine Brennan Allseating
Vice- ChairLisa Damore Corporate Essentials
Executive Board Oversight: Peter Lorenz - McKinsey & Company 
Committee Members: 
Michael Starer Care Security Systems

sustainability committee

This committee is charged with being a clearinghouse of information, resources and educational material for IFMA NYC. It serves to show IFMA NYC support for and endorsement of sustainability in design and lifestyle.

Chair: Jessica Bogdan Allsteel
Vice-Chair: Elizabeth Vasek - Ford Foundation
Executive Board Oversight: Jay Feiertag FEDCAP
Committee Members: 
Mariaignez Deoliveira - Western Pest Services 
David Finnerty - Hamilton Casework Solutions
Jack Jenkins Robert Derector Associates
Julie Reimann - HE2PD, Inc. 
James Tosh - Elementa Engineering
David Wiltshire-Crane - Mr. Hudson's Cleaning Service 

student chapter committee

The Student Chapter Committee collaborates with Facility Management students (and students in similar fields) from local colleges and universities to assist with their transfer from student to professional. As a committee we facilitate an FM Student Mentorship Program in the fall semester for both graduate and undergraduate degree students. The mentorship program includes a multitude of IFMA NYC professional member mentors, from all aspects of the FM profession, that help educate our students on real life experiences as an FM professional.

Additionally, our committee facilitates and sponsors the annual IFMA NYC FM Worthy Student Scholarship for any NYC based student (Link to Foundation Scholarship page) for anyone interested in applying. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Chair: Daniel Pego Consolidated Edison of NY
Vice-Chair: Alexa Rodriguez
Executive Board OversightJennifer KramerHerman Miller 
Committee Members: 
Tom Bair - Kimball Office
Maarten Havermans - Cushman & Wakefield 
Caroline Horton - 
D.E. Shaw Group

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