Meet the Board
Annette Vega is currently the President of the IFMA NYC Chapter. She has worked in Facilities Management for more than 25 years. In her latest role as Operations Manager at Datadog, Annette oversaw all operational staff for Datadog’s in the US and International offices. Responsibilities included managing operations staff and all construction projects.
Other companies with which 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.
Daniel P. Castner
Dan Castner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, BAM Architecture Studio
Immediate Past President
Mindy H. Williams-McElearney
Mindy Williams-McElearney is a Director at Turner & Townsend, an independent professional services company that specializes in Program Management, Project Management & Cost Management services. She has more than 25 years of experience working in partnership with the real estate, design and construction industries. In her current role, Mindy collaborates with the East Coast-based directors and other Turner & Townsend colleagues to develop, plan and implement a strategic program to expand the firm’s brand profile and market share within the region. Her previous work experience at architectural firms and construction management companies, as well as her involvement with CoreNet and IFMA, lends a unique perspective on industry trends and market trajectories.
Mindy is also extremely involved in several industry organizations. She currently serves on the Global Board of Directors for IFMA and is the Immediate-Past President of the IFMA NYC chapter. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the CoreNet NYC Chapter as the Chair of Membership. She is also actively involved with several charitable organizations, serving as the Co-Chair of the Special Olympics New York Dinner Gala and is a member of the AHRC Golf Committee.
Prior to joining Turner & Townsend, Mindy worked with L&K Partners as their Vice President of Client Services, IA Interior Architects as their Director of Business Development, TSC Design Associates as the Business Development Manager, and 13 years at Knoll, Inc.
Peter M. Lorenz
Peter Lorenz has been in Operations and Facilities at large organizations, including McKinsey & Company, 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. Previously he was Operations Director for McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm.
Currently, Peter is the Director of Facilities and Office Operations at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, one of the oldest legal practices in the United States. In this role he’s responsible for operations and management activities in four offices, with the main focus being the New York headquarters. His responsibilities also include Facilities, Office Services, Security, Mail and Duplicating, Conference Services, and Dining Room & Pantry Services, as was well as Construction, Renovations and Capital Improvements. In the next few years, he will begin the build-out and construction of the new office spaces in Washington DC and New York.
Peter has 20 years of professional experience in facilities, security, project and operations management and has provided support to two New York City offices, including the largest firm office at 3 WTC. He earned a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ; is an active member of IFMA NYC (International Facilities Management Association, New York City Chapter, currently serving as its Treasurer); and he is a member of IFMA NYC’s Awards Committee. He is also a member of the IFMA Legal Industrial Council.
In January 2016, Peter was awarded the "2016 IFMA NYC Volunteer Service Provided" award by an independent panel.
Jennifer Fordham is currently the VP, Global Head of Real Estate & Workplace Strategy for MDC Partners. She has over 20 years of experience spanning all areas of Corporate Real Estate including Portfolio Management, Design, Construction, Workplace Strategy and Facilities Management.
Jennifer was awarded the Facilities Management Achievement in Project Planning at the 2017 IFMA NYC Awards for Excellence.
Timothy T. Burdge
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.
Jay T. Feiertag
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.
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.
Acting Vice President
Alex is director of Global Real Estate Design & Workplace Strategy for Lazard a leading global Valuation and Corporate Finance firm. With over 17 years of market experience, Alex's background is quite diverse and includes transaction management, design, buildout, construction and facilities project management from corporate offices, healthcare facilities, residential facilities to furniture design on a national and global scale. Prior to joining Lazard, Alex works at Duff & Phelps, University School of Dentistry in Newark NJ, Meadows Office Furniture and NYC Department of Homeless Services.
Alex is a graduate of The Cooper Union with a Baccalaureate of Arts in Architecture and is a Certified Essentials of Facilities Management Instructor. Alex has been a member of the Awards committee for 7 yrs and served at the Chair of the committee for the last 2 years. She is also actively involved in the Global Workforce Initiative.
Sonya Vemy, MCR
Operations Director – Business Development, Americas, Mace Group
Sonya Verny is the Operations Director for Business Development of the Americas at Mace Group. 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 is currently Director of Workplace Americas for Netflix. James' career spans more than 20 years within the areas of facilities, design and construction, and real estate management globally. In his prior role at BlackRock, James performed numerous functions within the Corporate Services Department working in the New York, Hong Kong and London offices. Prior to joining BlackRock, he worked at Citibank, Merlon Management and the American Red Cross.
James is a Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) and has been a member of IFMA since his days at university. As a longstanding member, he has held several positions within IFMA’s New York City chapter, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Education Chair. Presently he is on the IFMA NYC Executive Board as Member-At-Large.
James holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture & Planning in Facilities Management from the University at Buffalo. He also holds a master’s degree in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute in New York.
Member at Large
Christine A. Chavez
Christine Chavez’s strengths lie in her ability to understand and take responsibility for her customer’s project objectives and obstacles and in making sure that her customers are both comfortable and that their project goals are being met. In her many years at Knoll, Christine has pulled together teams of talent to rally around her customers in order to meet their goals and to find ways around project obstacles, such as exploring new and non-standard paths to help her customers find better solutions.
Christine enjoys problem solving, and with more than 20 years of industry experience with large, national accounts, she is able to troubleshoot potential problems and to help her clients with much more than furniture. She stays involved in every aspect of a project, from overseeing and negotiating contracts to working closely with dealer partners to ensure proper product solutions and service level commitments are consistently met and exceeded.
Member at Large
Matt Korytko, MBA, Project Manager II, Pacific Program Management
Matt is a Project Manager at Pacific Program Management (PPM). A commercial real estate program management firm that partners with businesses to create, implement and operationalize workplace strategies to maximize business goals. 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 past 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 Matt 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, Matt and his previous Project Management team with Avison Young, were the recipients 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 Manhattan. 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 his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Member at Large
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
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.