Meet the Board

President

Annette Vega

avifma19@gmail.com

Annette Vega is currently the President of the IFMA NYC Chapter. She has worked in Facilities Management for over 25 years. In her current role as Operations Manager at Datadog, Annette oversees all operational staff for Datadog in the US and International offices. Responsibilities include managing operations staff and all construction projects.

Other companies Annette has had a role in facilities management include NBCUniversal, Oxygen Media, WebMd, and Conde Nast Publications. Prior to facilities management Annette co-owned a small online company that manufactured home accessories. The experience of owning her own business and her love for facilities management helps her bring a solution-based approach to all facility issues and the overall needs of her clients and employees.

Acting President Elect 

Daniel P. Castner

dcastner@bam-studio.com

Dan Castner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, BAM Architecture Studio

 

Dan is a principal at BAM and has been with the company since the early days. All along, Dan has assisted in establishing BAM’s standards of excellence, including assisting in building a strong and creative project infrastructure, strong project documents, and assisting with building BAM’s image in New York and beyond.

Since early on, Dan’s focus has been developing BAM’s technical detail process, and to make sure that BAM was using the latest technologies in order to work efficiently and successfully. While Dan is instrumental in fostering lasting relationships with clients, he also looks to mentor the newer members at BAM, to continue to maintain the strong teamwork ethic present at the office since its founding.

Dan’s passion has always been architecture and planning, even from childhood, where he would build cities of Legos taking up several rooms of his parent’s house. Dan has continued the Lego tradition with his children, where he enjoys helping them create buildings of varied sizes and shapes. At the early age of 9, Dan began to create a street map that he continues to draw today, which is now over 300 feet long. Dan is also an avid weather-watcher, having his own weather station in his backyard in Westchester, and is registered as a Skywarn spotter with the National Weather Service. Dan enjoys the design process, and looks forward to new opportunities to collaborate with clients on a wide range of projects, including strategic and master planning. He looks forward to each new and interesting challenge as a chance to learn and help others in the process.

Dan was involved with Programs for IFMA NYC (member, co-chair, and chair) for 6 years.  Dan initially left his mark on IFMA by arranging a highly popular wine tasting.  The event was so popular that it became the Chapter’s annual August fundraiser, and the same model was shared with other chapters across the country.  In January of 2014, Dan received IFMA NYC’s Distinguished Associate Member Award.  Committed to IFMA, Dan has attended to IFMA’s World Workplace conference every year since 2013, and recently as a delegate representing New York.  Dan is spearheading a collaboration between the Hudson Valley and New York City Chapters, offering several programs to benefit members outside of the New York City region.

When not at home or in the office, Dan enjoys traveling with his family and learning about red wine around the world. He enjoys returning from these trips and sharing this knowledge in bottled form with friends and colleagues alike.

Dan holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and is a Registered Architect and LEED AP professional.

Immediate Past President

Mindy H. Williams-McElearney

mwilliams@lkpartnersinc.com

Mindy Williams-McElearney is a Vice President at L&K Partners Inc., a general contractor and construction management company based in New York City. She has over 25 years of experience working in partnership with the real estate, design and construction industries. In this position, Mindy collaborates with the firm partners to bring strategic vision and direction on all marketing, branding and client-relations initiatives. Her previous work experience at design firms and furniture companies, as well as her involvement with CoreNet and IFMA, lends a unique perspective on industry trends and market trajectories.

Mindy is extremely involved in several industry organizations. She served as the President for the IFMA NYC Chapter from July 2017 to June 2019, serves on the CoreNet NYC Special Interest Group committee and is on the AHRC Golf Committee. Mindy is also actively involved with the Special Olympics of New York and was honored at their 2017 Gala for her commitment and dedication to the organization.

Prior to joining L&K Partners Inc., Mindy worked with IA Interior Architects as their Director of Business Development, served as the Business Development Manager for TSC Design Associates and spent 13 years at Knoll, Inc.

Treasurer

Peter M. Lorenz

peter.lorenz40@verizon.net

Peter Lorenz has been in Operations and Facilities at large organizations including Arnold & Porter & Kaye Scholer LLP, CBS and Mattel Inc. During his career he has managed a range of functions including Building Services, Security, Reprographics & Production, Delivery Services, Office Services, Reception, Disaster Recovery, Dining & Conference Services, Travel, Business Continuity Planning, and Design & Construction.

Currently, Peter is the Manager of Operations at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. In this role he’s responsible for operations and management activities in the three New York offices with responsibilities including: Facilities, Offices services, Security, Mail and Duplicating, Conference Services, and Cafeteria & Pantry Services, as was well as Construction, Renovations and Capital Improvements.

In the next few months, he will begin the build-out and construction of the new office space in New York at 3 WTC.

Previously he was an Operations Manager at Arnold & Porter, an international law firm. He has 15 years of professional experience in facilities, security, project and operations management and has provided support to the New York office, as well as the Tallahassee, Florida Operations Center. Peter earned an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

Peter is an active member of IFMA NYC (International Facilities Management Association, New York City Chapter) and is a member on the Award’s Committee.

In January 2016, Peter was awarded the "2016 IFMA NYC Volunteer Service Provided" Award by an independent panel.

Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Fordham

jennifer.a.fordham@gmail.com

Jennifer Fordham serves as the Senior Project Manager, at WPP Group USA, Inc. Jennifer is an accomplished, highly motivated Project Manager with over 15 years of experience in Corporate Facilities and Project Management. She is currently part of a team that manages a 750,000 square foot single tenant corporate owned building in midtown Manhattan and consistently delivers corporate construction projects, ranging from 1,000 sf – 500,000 sf, on time and on budget with ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Jennifer was awarded the Facilities Management Achievement in Project Planning at the 2017 IFMA NYC Awards for Excellence. 

Vice President

Timothy T. Burdge

ttbsiny@gmail.com

Timothy T. Burdge, MSFM, FMP

Tim has 12 years of experience in the design, construction and facilities management community. He is an ICT and Facilities Management Consultant at Syska Hennessy Group, a 91 year old global engineering services firm. To deliver high performance buildings that are more cost effective, reliable, secure, scalable, sustainable, and maintainable, Timothy’s consultative and compassionate approach to engagements involves stakeholder alignment and business case justification to drive better outcomes. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Science degree (with honors) in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute. He has also earned the IFMA Facility Management Professional™ (FMP®) credential.  Tim was  the 2019 recipient of IFMA’s Award of Excellence Award – Associate Member Category for his commitment, dedication and contributions to IFMA and the Facilities Management profession.

Vice President

Christine A. Chavez

cchavez@knoll.com

Christine Chavez is a twenty-year veteran of the design and construction community. She is a Sales Representative with Knoll, a constellation of brands committed to modern design and the creation of workplace products and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure.

Christine is a dedicated and outgoing team leader who holds the priorities and goals of her clients above all else, making her an asset to any project team. Her successes coupled with her qualifications and creativity have proven Christine to be a true partner to both her clients and industry peers.

Christine served as Chair of the IFMA NYC Awards for Excellence for two years. Prior, she was a member of this committee for five years. Christine is a passionate IFMA member committed to recognizing the talented Facility Managers, and dedicated professional members, that make the IFMA NYC chapter special. Currently Christine is a Vice President on the IFMA Board overseeing the Awards, Golf and Dinner committees.

Vice President

Jay T. Feiertag

JFeiertag@Fedcap.org

Director of Facilities & Real Estate | FEDCAP

Jay Feiertag is Director of Real Estate and Facilities Management for Fedcap, a not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping individuals with barriers achieve economic independence as valued and contributing members of society, by finding and retaining meaningful employment. In this role, Jay is responsible for managing Fedcap’s growing real estate footprint of nearly 600,000 square feet across several states, directing the design, planning, leasing, construction and maintenance of buildings and other facilities.

Jay has been a member of IFMA for over two decades. For much of that time, he served as chair of the Career Services Committee, helping our members find jobs. In January 2015 Jay was honored to receive the 2014 IFMANYC Distinguished Professional Member of the Year.

Prior to joining Fedcap, Jay worked as a commercial real estate broker, drawing on his architectural background and extensive experience analyzing, negotiating, planning and designing office and retail spaces. He has also worked as a Senior Project Manager for HSBC, Bank of America and New York City’s Economic Development Corporation. Jay holds a Bachelors of Architecture and a Masters in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Acting Vice President 

Jennifer Kramer

jennifer_kramer@hermanmiller.com

Jennifer Kramer is the Client Engagement Manager for Herman Miller in NYC. Jennifer began working for Herman Miller in Washington, DC in operational and experience roles reporting in through the Brand Marketing/Places Teams.  For 4+ years, Jennifer supported the East Area VP, planning and organizing meetings for East Leadership, New Business Developers, Mid-Atlantic team, and lead the Showroom Operations team.  Inspirited by the idea of bringing together the Herman Miller family of brands into a single flagship location in NYC and leading a high performing Customer Experience team, Jennifer relocated up to NYC in 2014.  In 2016, Herman Miller opened its flagship location at 251 Park Avenue South.  The Herman Miller Group now occupies 9 floors.

The Herman Miller Research Corporation was involved in the formation of a conference which brought together the founders of IFMA.  Jennifer feels honored to work for an organization that acknowledged early on that Facility Management is a career of choice to support the demands of our ever changing working and living environments.

Jennifer started her career with Omni Business Systems, an office equipment dealership based in the Washington, DC area.  Her service department and maintenance contracts billing experience at Omni helped Jennifer gain confidence in actively troubleshooting office and technology equipment and appliance issues.

Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Fine Art in Visual Communications from Washington University in St. Louis.

From July 2014-February 2020, Jennifer proudly served the largest IFMA Chapter as a member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the IFMA NYC Member + Career Services Committee.  Jennifer is a Vice President of the IFMA NYC Board, overseeing the Member + Career Services and Programs Committees.

Secretary

Sonya Verny

s.verny@interiorarchitects.com

Sonya Verny is the Director of Client Services for IA Interior Architects. Sonya brings over 15 years of experience in business development and account management for Fortune 500 companies and AmLaw 100 firms.

Sonya served as Chair of IFMA Cares for three years and is currently serving as the Secretary on the IFMA NYC Executive Board. She is also is a member of the Communications Committee where she conducts interviews with Real Estate and Facilities Management professionals that are regularly published in the monthly Facilitator Newsletter and on the IFMA NYC website.

Sonya is extremely involved in other organizations such as CoreNet. She is on the board of CoreNet New Jersey and acts as co-chair of the Communications committee. She is also the PR Liaison for multiple committees for CoreNet NYC including Special Events, Membership and Newsletter, in addition to being a member of the host committee of the CoreNet Eastern Regional Symposium.

In her free time, Sonya's passion is raising money for St Jude Children's Research Hospital with the Kids for Kids committee. She is a co-chair for the Kids for Kids Committee. Since its inception, the Kids for Kids foundation has raised over $7.8 million for kids and families battling catastrophic diseases.

Member at Large

James Camille

james.camille@blackrock.com

James Camille is Global Head of Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) for BlackRock's Corporate Services Department. His role encompasses the real estate, design & construction, and critical engineering divisions. While at BlackRock, James has performed numerous functions within the Corporate Services department working in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices. James' career spans nearly 20 years within the areas of facilities and real estate management. Prior to joining BlackRock, James worked at Citibank, Merlon Management and the American Red Cross.

James is a Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) and has been a member of IFMA for over two decades. During this time, he has held several positions within IFMA’s New York City chapter such as President, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, and Education Chair. Presently he is on the Executive Board as Member-At-Large.

James holds a B.A. from the School of Architecture & Planning in Facilities Management from the University at Buffalo. He also holds an M.S. in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute in New York.

Member at Large

Matt Korytko

matthew.korytko@avisonyoung.com

Matt Korytko is a Project Manager at Avison Young, the fastest growing commercial real estate firm in the world. In this role he’s responsible for project management activities in the New York metropolitan area including: interior renovations, tenant representation and capital improvements. Some high-profile clients include: IMG Events+Culturespaces, Endeavor, TheraCare of New York, National Basketball Players Association/Think 450, Adobe Systems, ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy), Compass, The Korea Society, and Success Academy Charter Schools.

Previously he was a Facilities Manager at Mitchell & Titus, a member firm of Ernst & Young, a big four professional services company. He has 15 years of professional experience in facilities, project and operations management and has provided support to finance, marketing & communications, human resources, and information technology departments respectively. Matt earned an M.B.A. in Leadership & Ethics from Saint Rose, Huether School of Business in Albany, NY. There he was a four-time recipient of the “Community of Excellence” KeyBank corporate scholarship.

Matt is an active member of IFMA NYC (International Facilities Management Association, New York City Chapter) and has played a key role on the Chapter’s Leadership Board. Presently, he sits on the Executive Board as a Member at Large, and previously served as President-Elect and Vice President. He was the Treasurer of the Chapter from 2014 to 2017. Matt also spearheaded multiple chapter initiatives; Chapter Re-certification and Chapter of the Year. He currently manages special projects such as Strategic Planning, IFMA NYC Mobile App, and IFMA NYC Website. Matt previously contributed to the Awards Dinner Committee and Audit Committee.

In January 2020, Avison Young was the recipient of the “Distinguished Chapter Volunteer: Member Corporation” and “ Distinguished Environmental Company of the Year” Awards. The “Design & Construction of a New Facility” award was presented to Matt and his client, The National Basketball Players Association, for their project in Midtown. In January 2015, Matt was awarded the "2014 IFMA NYC Distinguished Facilities Manager: Facilities Management & Operations" Award by an independent panel. He is currently seeking to obtain his Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential.

Member at Large

Russell Olson

rolson@roicg.com

Russell Olson III is the founder and president of R.O.I. Consulting Group. Mr. Olson is a former board member of the Long Island Chapter of the American Institution of Architects. He has also served on the Education Committee for the Greater New York Chapter of the International Facilities Management Association and The Tri State League of Facilities Professionals. For the past eighteen years, Mr. Olson has been an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute, teaching the Technology courses in both the Construction Management and Facilities Management Departments as well as the space planning and programming class for the Master’s degree in Facilities Management.

Mr. Olson was awarded the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award in 2002, 2006 and 2012 by the Greater New York chapter of the International Facilities Management Association.

Member at Large

Rinaldo Raymond Pezzuti

rrpezzuti@aol.com

R. Raymond Pezzuti is Director of Business Support Services at White & Case LLP. White & Case is an international law firm that helps companies, governments and financial institutions achieve their global ambitions. Raymond’s role encompasses the real estate, facilities and office services functions.

Raymond’s career spans nearly 30 years within the areas of facilities, office services and real estate management. During his career, he has managed numerous elements within business services including: real estate, construction/project management, corporate travel, security, copy/print and distribution services, switchboard, reception, business continuity /disaster recovery, conference and food services, fleet services and space management. Collectively, Raymond has managed several million square feet of commercial real estate across the Unites States.

Prior to joining White & Case, Raymond held the position of Director, Global Business Services at BlackRock, and held senior positions at Bank of America and Credit Suisse. Raymond has been a member of IFMA for over two decades and is currently on the board as a Member at Large.

Raymond holds a B.A. from City University in Health Services Administration and is a graduate of the Institute of Audio Research with certificates in Analog & Digital Recording Technology. He is Vice President of his Condominium Board.