Meet the current Board of Directors of the SDA New York Chapter!

PRESIDENT
ElenaElena Gutierrez, CDFA, Administrative Assistant, Langan Elena joined the SDA in 2015 and jumped right in, attending lunchtime roundtables, programs and numerous social events. As Vice President for the 2021 term, Elena took on corresponding secretary and membership roles, and served on the Marketing, Membership (Chair), and Data Management Committees. Elena was awarded the 2019 SDA NY Member of the Year Award and the NY Chapter’s 2020 SDA National Star Award. SDA NY truly values Elena’s steadfast commitment and creativity.
VICE PRESIDENT
Pat Leyden, CDFA, Facility Security Consultant Pat joined the SDA in 2004 and never looked back. She believes SDA turns our jobs into careers and benefits our firms with the knowledge and growth that SDA provides. Pat has served in all board positions except Treasurer, and as SDA National’s Treasurer and Vice President. Pat was the 2019 recipient of the SDA National Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of Canstruction New York
TREASURER
Lisa Reese Senior Associate|Office Manager, Ennead Architects. Lisa joined the SDA in 2005 and has been an active member ever since. She is looking forward to joining the board in 2021 and being part of such a successful organization.
SECRETARY
MaricelaMaricela Salas, Business Director | Associate Partner, Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects (MBB). MBB’s Financial and Administration Management Team is led by Maricela, who has been with the firm since 2001 and in the A/E/C industry for over 25 years. She is responsible for the firm’s financial, human resources and general business operations, as well as implementing internal strategic initiatives towards the goal of running a more efficient, equitable and effective business. Maricela is a welcome addition to the board and is looking forward to the challenge.
PAST PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR
Jennifer M. Greene, Director of Marketing, Ronnette Riley Architect. Jennifer has served as President, Past President/Director, Vice President, Treasurer and advisor to the NYC Board of Directors and served on or chaired several local and national committees. Jennifer is a founding committee member of Canstruction New York. She received the SDA National Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and the SDA New York Chapter Member of the Year Award in 2001. She is thrilled to be able to continue to support the SDA New York Chapter’s mission to Learn, Achieve and Grow!
DIRECTOR
Kelly Loughran, Administrative Assistant, LANGAN. As Administrative Assistant, Kelly assists the Accounting and Business Development departments, as well as stockholder groups on the engineering side (Site Civil, Geotechnical, and Environmental). Kelly’s previous experiences have crossed various industries and platforms, mostly in the arena of Business Operations/Administration, Logistics and Project Management. As a facilitator, she helped streamline processes and build and manage databases. She also has experience navigating the public and private sector and has always been heavily involved with interdepartmental relations and client interfacing, a key component to managing a task, process or project. Kelly joined SDA New York in 2016 as a CanStruct-A-Member, but immediately sought out and took on leadership positions. She has been integral to the Program, Marketing, Membership and Data Management Committees. Kelly has accepted the nomination as Director for the 2022 term and looks forward to supporting the 2022 Boards initiatives.
DIRECTOR
Amy Nanni, CDFA, Facilities & Administration, CONSTRUCT Architecture Studio. Amy has approximately 30 years of office administration experience with architectural and design firms. She also studies web development. Amy joined SDA in January 2004. She served as the New York Chapter President in 2006 and 2007 and then spent 4 more years on the chapter board as the Past President and then as Director. She served two years as the SDA National Vice President and was awarded the SDA National Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also Co-Chair of Canstruction New York Most recently, Amy has served as Director, as well as a member of the Bylaws Committee (Chair), Data Management Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, and Marketing Committee. Amy has accepted the nomination for Board Director for the 2022 term and looks forward to being a part of the Chapter’s success.
ADVISOR
Peggy McGrath, Director of Administration, PERKINS EASTMAN ARCHITECTS. Peggy joined SDA in 2012. She stepped into the position of President in 2014, and has continued serving the SDA NY board as Past President/Director since the end of her term in January 2016.
ADVISOR
Kim Celenza, Marketing, PERKINS EASTMAN ARCHITECTS. Kim joined the SDA New York in 2013 and was our 2015 Member of the Year. Most recently, Kim served as Recording Secretary for the 2016-2017 term, as well as chaired SDA New York’s Marketing/Public Relations committee for the past 2 years.