The Importance of Committees


  1. Do the bulk of the work of the organization, thereby relieving overburdened officers.
  2. Increase the involvement of board members because they have a chance to work in areas where they are especially suited.
  3. Provide a training ground for future leaders of the organization.
  4. Capitalize on the experience, training and contacts of a wide representation of the membership.
  5. Enhance the opportunities for members to participate meaningfully in the organization.
  6. Increase the visibility and outreach of the agency by including non board members in committee membership.
  7. Provide a means for communication and information to flow from the community, clients, line staff, through the committees to the board.
  8. Provide opportunities for board members to get to know other members.
  9. Give members the chance to freely and fully discuss issues in an informal setting.
  10. Serve as excellent problem solving and decision making groups because of their small size and informality.

Following is a list of the Standing and Special Committees of the NY Chapter of the Society for Design Administration including contact information for the current Committee Chairs.

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This committee shall:

  • Consider, edit and/or correlate such amendments as it may originate and as are referred to it by the Board.
  • Submit proposed Chapter Bylaws to National Bylaws Committee for review and/or approval prior to voting by Chapter Members and enactment.
  • Maintain a file copy of the current Bylaws and Standing Rules, including applicable National amendments.
  • Provide a signed copy for the files of National Headquarters.
  • Prepare any proposed amendments to the National Bylaws for review by the Board and approval prior to submission to National.
  • Advise the Chapter in writing as to the procedure for reconciling a conflict.

Chairperson: Amy Nanni, CDFA
Members: Ellen Blumenthal


Chairperson: Annie Tan
Members: Amy Nanni, CDFA, Co-Chair; Arnhild Buckhurst; Jennifer Greene; Pat Leyden, CDFA; Stanley Wong (All committee members can be reached at


The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • Obtain National’s approval of seminars that qualify for certification and continuing education requirements.
  • Assist members seeking certification with their applications to National.

Chairperson: Regina


This committee shall consist of the Treasurer as Chairperson, the Immediate Past President/Director and the President. Their duties shall be to:

  • Prepare the budget for the coming year.
  • Obtain approval of the annual budget by the Board.
  • Provide each Officer and Committee Chairperson with an estimated budget for that office or Chairpersonship.
  • Make pertinent recommendations as to financial operation of the Chapter.

Chairperson: Michael Simon
Members: Peggy McGrath; Maria Iacovone

Job Referral Bank

The duties of this committee shall be to:

  • Maintain, in confidentiality, information regarding openings at various firms, and regarding positions being sought.
  • Match openings to positions requested as directed by the employer and the applicant.
  • Publish openings as they become available.
  • Send, when confirming a placement, a Request for Donation, in addition to a Thank You note for utilizing the services of the Committee, and to forward any donations/contributions received to the Treasurer.

Chairperson: Ellen Straus

Lunch-Time Roundtable

The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • Find hosts for Lunch-time Roundtables.
  • Coordinate preparation of Roundtable announcement.

Chairperson: Regina Henry
Members: Stacey Alleyne; Essie Borden; Carol Monahan, CDFA; Lisa Rondon; Wendy Callahan

Marketing and PR / Website

The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • With the Board’s approval, prepare and publish current information about the Chapter.
  • Prepare publicity statements for release through all available news media, publications of the AIA, and other publications and trade journals.
  • Prepare material for upload to Chapter website and keep material on website current
  • Work on creating promotional events and products to create non-dues revenue for the Chapter.
  • Prepare and coordinate invitations and mailings for special events.
  • Coordinate the development and publication of the New York Chapter website.
  • Write or solicit material for website.
  • Keep material on website current.
  • Develop ideas for future updates and new webpages.

Chairperson: Maria Iacovone
Members: Wendy Callahan; Ralph de Faria; Jennifer Greene; Lyndon Lorenz; Ivan Mann; Carol Monahan, CDFA; Amy Nanni, CDFA; Stanley Wong


The duties of this committee shall be to:

  • Maintain an accurate roster of present members.
  • Establish contact with prospective members.
  • Maintain a packet of current information on the Chapter for distribution to prospective members.
  • Welcome new members to the Chapter and invite them to upcoming events

Chairperson: Wendy Callahan
Members: Ralph de Faria; Regina Henry; Liz Block; Audrey H. Platnick; Lisa Rondon; Larry Seamon


This committee shall be comprised of long time members in good standing who have a wealth of knowledge in our Professional Emphasis Groups (PEGs). The goal of the committee is to assist new members with becoming familiar with our organization and getting the most out of their membership. It is accomplished in various ways, such as:

  • Exposure to our various resources
  • Expanding your network of A/E/C contacts
  • Professional and personal growth

Chairperson: Wendy Callahan
Members: Ralph de Faria; Regina Henry; Liz Block; Audrey H. Platnick; Lisa Rondon; Larry Seamon


The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • Determine that each candidate is eligible for Office.
  • Name at least one (1) candidate for each elective office.
  • Obtain permission of the candidates to place their names on the slate.
  • Prepare a short biography of each candidate.
  • Submit a slate in writing to the Board at least ten (10) days prior to the Fall Business Meeting.
  • If a member of the Nominating Committee stands for election, she/he shall be replaced by an alternate.

Ellen Blumenthal

Program/ Continuing Education

The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • Develop and administer programs of continuing education for the membership.
  • Plan and administer seminars.
  • Share program and seminar information with other chapters and National.
  • Promote certification of members.

Chairperson: Ellie Tsakonas
Members: Ross Arnel; Liz Block; Ralph de Faria; Maria Iacovone; Mike Jones


The duties of this Committee shall be to:

  • Find locations of interest to conduct Architectural Tours.
  • Coordinate preparation of Tour announcement.

Chairperson:Jennifer M. Greene
Members: Arnhild Buckhurst; Maria Iacovone

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