Get to Know Our New Members!

The New York Chapter has added several new members since the final quarter of 2011. Below is a little bit of information about several of our newest members.

Ben Shane

Joined the SDA in December 2011
Ben heard about the SDA through Robert Silman Associates, a structural engineering firm, where he works as an office assistant. He is a lifelong New York City resident and has worked as a design administrator for architects, publishers and engineers since 2002.

Regina Henry

Joined the SDA in March 2012
Regina has been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox for the past four years, first as a Project Assistant and then was promoted to Office Manager in March of 2008. She graduated from Grace Institute Secretarial School in 1979, and began her administrative career working for a small architectural firm in NYC. Prior to joining KPF, she spent 17 years as Office Manager/Administrative Assistant at Acheson Doyle Partners.

Born in New Jersey, she and her family moved to Stuyvesant Town in 1969 where she still resides today. Family is very important to her, and when not working, she likes to spend time with her 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and her many nieces, nephews, beautiful great niece (with another great niece/nephew on the way!) along with her fun and loving sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, cousins and a very special Uncle (Kiffee) with whom she spends many nights watching Jeopardy and Seinfeld!

Regina was first introduced to SDA through Cheri Melillo and CANstruction and has volunteered for CANstruction in various capacities. She wants to become very involved with SDA because she believes that she can learn many things that will help her in her professional and personal life.

Nicole Buscavage

Joined the SDA in March 2012

Nicole Buscavage, Account Manager, started working in the insurance industry in 2003 when she joined Singer Nelson Charlmers. Nicole completed the CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation with the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. She works on both Professional Liability and general Property & Casualty coverage for A/E firms. Nicole has excellent empathy and the ability to accomplish tasks within stringent timelines. Her personality and willingness to do what it takes to serve the customer is the secret to her success. She enjoys helping her customers and in doing so has built numerous wonderful relationships.

Peggy McGrath

Joined the SDA in April 2012
Peggy McGrath is the Director of Administration at Perkins Eastman where she has worked for 17 years. She also is the personal assistant to Bradford Perkins. She graduated from The City University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in finance and resides in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Jakima Reaves

Joined the SDA in April 2012
Jakima Reaves is a dedicated and ambitious woman who loves numbers. She started her career in Marketing at Perkins+Will during the latter part of the 1990’s, and then transitioned to Accounting at Skidmore Owings & Merrill some years later. Jakima has been at Liker Associates for the past three years where she has been continuing to enjoy her passion for numbers.

Jakima is a lovely wife and a mother of two beautiful children. She can balance it all!

Clareena Macchia

Joined the SDA in April 2012

Clareena is what almost every person refers to as “always happy and smiling”. She enjoys working with people and getting together for any type of social gathering. She is an avid runner, but has never attempted the New York Marathon. She has completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon and other small races like the 10K, 5 mile and 6 mile, but she has a bad knee that keeps the NY Marathon seemingly very far from reach. Clareena also loves the outdoor life and nature.

After many years as a very successful sales manager working for companies such as Nabisco and PepsiCo, Clareena has been an Office Manager for almost 12 years and has spent the past 4 years with her present company, GB Geotechnics USA Inc.

According to Clareena, “you can tell by now; I am no spring chicken but sometimes I feel like a 20 year old stuck in a 50 year old body. ☺ I believe in living a healthy live life style that includes body and mind.”

Melissa Sosa

Joined the SDA in April 2012
Melissa migrated to New York City at a young age from the Dominican Republic. In her many years living here, she’s become a native English speaker, studied at Baruch College and worked in an assortment of industries. She gained expertise from J Walter Thompson, one of the top advertising companies; worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, a top architectural firm; and finally rested at Gensler, a well-known interior design firm. Currently, she travels to Boston monthly for Gensler and contributes on projects with the accounting team.

When not traveling for business, you’ll find her running weekly with Tri Latino, an organization she joined this year. She’s preparing for a triathlon taking place in Costa Rica in 2013. She also takes part in Alianza Pais, a political group with offices in New York but focused on the economy and promotion of education in the Dominican Republic. Melissa finds each day worthwhile and is always excited to head home so she can spend time with her boys, Benji (lab-beagle mix) and Teddy (yorkie mix). They are her bundle of joy! After caring for them, she’ll take some time to work on her new house!

Life is great! ☺

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