Who We Are

Professional Women In Construction

Since 1980, our neighbors in New York have had the benefit of the vibrant and active association known as Professional Women in Construction (PWC).

In 2005, the Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter was chartered as PWC’s first chapter. Since the inception of our Connecticut organization, the number of PWC Chapters has continued to grow.

We embarked on this venture with Professional Women in Construction due to our strong belief that creating and strengthening ties with industry peers from other regions creates unique value – both for our firms, and for us as individual A/E/C industry professionals.

Members of the Connecticut Chapter of PWC represent all major disciplines within our industry, and are drawn from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

In keeping with our parent organization, PWC programs in Connecticut present the very latest in current industry topics, and provide exceptional networking and business development opportunities for our members and guests.

Men are welcome and key to what we do because we know, together we are better.

Our Members

Our members represent a broad spectrum of the construction industry. Membership is open to professional women and men, private companies and public agencies in construction and allied industries.

  • CM/GC — 20%
  • Professional Services — 22%
  • Engineer — 12%
  • Subcontractor — 11%
  • Vendor Supplier Distributor Manufacturer — 10%
  • Architect — 10%
  • Owners and Developers — 10%
  • Owner Representatives — 3%
  • Public Agencies and Associations — 2%
Our History

2005

Connecticut

We became PWC's first Chapter.

2015

Connecticut

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary!

2020

Connecticut

Updated our bylaws and expanded the board positions from 9 to 11.

Leadership

President

Patty Bilotto, CPSM

Manager of Marketing and Business Development | van Zelm Engineers

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Vice President

Rebeccah Eldridge, AIA, LEED AP

Architect | Shepley Bulfinch

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Treasurer

Carolyn Kurth, CPA, CFE

Director | CohnReznick

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Secretary

Dawn Meeker

Director | Marcum, LLP

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Director

Laurann Asklof

Partner | Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

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Director

Tracy Cassie, AIA, EDAC

Associate Principal | The S/L/A/M Collaborative

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Director

Kim Colapietro

Partner | EDI Landscape, LLC

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Director

Kyma Ganzer

Project Manager | LaRosa Building Group

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Director

Jennifer Marks

Principal | BL Companies

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Director

Ronald Paolillo

Project Manager | DRA Architects

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Director

Blerina (Bela) Pina

Surety Territorial Manager | Nationwide

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Patty Bilotto, CPSM

President

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Patty Bilotto has over 25 years of experience leading the marketing and business development efforts for various regional and national design and construction firms.  As Manager of Marketing and Business Development at van Zelm Engineers, Patty is engaged in executing multi-faceted marketing and business development plans, nurturing/maintaining meaningful client and industry relationships, building brand awareness, placing digital and print media, and planning of events. van Zelm is nationally renowned for the design of cutting edge, highly sustainable mechanical and electrical building systems with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts & North Carolina.

Patty brings a wealth of experience as a long-time volunteer and board member for non-profit organizations. She has been actively involved with PWC CT since joining in 2008.  Serving as president since 2020, she is also Membership Chair and serves on the Program and Awards committees. Her prior chapter roles include Secretary and a Director.  She is a four-term past president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Connecticut Chapter, and served as SMPS National’s Chair of its Striving for Excellence Committee. Patty earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Haven. She is a Certified Marketing Professional Services Professional (CPSM).

Rebeccah Eldridge

Vice President

Beccah Eldridge is an architect at Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm with offices in Boston, Hartford, Houston, and Phoenix specializing in tackling complex projects, especially in the areas of education, healthcare, and urban development. She is responsible for projects ranging in size, and from the conceptual stage through construction and occupation. Beccah has over 15 years of experience in the AEC industry, focusing primarily in healthcare planning and design. Her project experience ranges from interior fit-outs within hospital campuses to ground up outpatient centers within the New England region. Beccah is actively involved in many organizations both within and outside the AEC industry. In addition to serving as PWC CT Vice President, she held the role of PWC Secretary from 2013 – 2018, and sits on several committees and is the chair for the Sponsorship Committee. She is a 2014 graduate of the Quest Program through the Leadership of Greater Hartford. She formerly served on boards for Hartford Public High School and the CT Science Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree here in Hartford, CT at Trinity College and her Master of Architecture from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Carolyn Kurth

Treasurer

Carolyn is a Director at CohnReznick and a leader in the Firm’s Government Services and Construction Industry Practices. She has over 20 years of experience and specializes in providing audit, accounting, consulting and forensic services to government agencies, quasi-government agencies, government contractors and service providers, engineering firms and construction companies. Ms. Kurth specializes in, and has extensive experience with Construction Claims Analysis for various public and non-public project owners; Contract Close-Out Audits; Interim Project Audits; Financial Reporting & Auditing for School Construction Projects; Burden, Fringe & Overhead Rate Audits; and Forensic investigations for various companies and organizations. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Carolyn was the Director of Forensic Accounting, Auditing and Consulting at a regional accounting firm where she was responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Firm’s policies and procedures for quality control on all of the Firm’s audits, forensic accounting and consulting engagements, and special projects. In addition to being a charter board member of the Connecticut Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), Carolyn served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter of PWC from 2005 – 2013, President of the Connecticut Chapter from 2014 – 2015, and is currently Treasurer. Carolyn’s commitment to the construction industry was recognized by the Professional Women in Construction – National, who honored her in 2014 as a “Woman of Achievement”. Ms. Kurth previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter. She is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the National Association of Construction Auditors.

Dawn Meeker

Secretary

Dawn Meeker is a director in Marcum’s Advisory and Consulting practice and a member of the CFO and Controllership group. She has more than 31 years of experience in both public and private accounting. She earned a Bachelor of Science, in Accounting from the University of New Haven, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Connecticut. Dawn advises clients on construction accounting software system implementations; and manages onboarding and training of all staff on these systems. She has a significant depth of knowledge within the construction industry due to her 20 years of experience serving as the Controller and Vice President with various companies in the drywall, electrical and mechanical construction trade industries. She oversaw all bonding processes, including all financial and banking operations. Dawn has also previously held Interim Controller roles for many of her clients, where she provides daily accounting and financial operational support (from recording monthly transactions to budgeting, forecasting, and cash management) and comprehensive oversight including identifying opportunities, and mitigation of financial risk throughout each phase of the growth process. Dawn is an active member of the community and industry. She currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee for the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven, CT, where her values closely align with the mission of the organization. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). Previously, Dawn has served as a member of the PWC Awards Committee and is looking forward to stepping into her role as Secretary for 2020.

Laurann Asklof

Director

Laurann Asklof practices in the area of Construction Law and Litigation. She has extensive experience in handling complex construction litigation on behalf of owners, contractors and subcontractors. Drawing on her approximate 30 years of experience, Laurann provides sophisticated advice, delivered in a practical, business-oriented manner to construction clients throughout the life of a project, including project delivery methods; bidding/ procurement; drafting and negotiations of contracts and dispute resolution. Laurann works closely with the firm’s school law lawyers in providing thoughtful guidance on the bidding process, contracts and dispute resolution. She also litigates municipal tax appeals on behalf of property owners and municipalities.

Since, 2003 Laurann has been the principal litigator for the University of Connecticut’s UCONN 2000, 21st Century Construction Infrastructure Program and the University of Connecticut’s Next Generation Construction Program. In that capacity, Laurann counsels the University on bidding/procurement practices, dispute avoidance before and during the construction project and, when disputes are unavoidable, represents the University in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of bidding and construction disputes.

Laurann believes in developing a strong relationship with her clients and gaining a deep understanding of their business while offering a cost-effective resolution to their legal needs. She tirelessly works to deliver effective and efficient results for them in all areas of practice.

In addition to the various roles Laurann has held with PWC,  Laurann is the Secretary  of the Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section; a member of the  American Bar Association, Construction Law Section; Industry Advisory Board member for CCSU Construction Management Program; and has been appointed by the Governor of Connecticut to serve on the Architectural Licensing Board.

Tracy Cassie

Director

Tracy is an Associate Principal at The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) located in Glastonbury, CT. Specializing in healthcare environments, she has planned, designed, documented, and provided technical expertise for many significant projects, including site assessments, complex renovations, and new construction. Her project experience includes inpatient nursing units, emergency departments, medical office buildings, rehabilitation facilities, cancer centers, behavioral health units, and medical education facilities. As a Revit Leader within the firm, she is also a resource for providing support, guidance, and innovations in BIM technology. In addition to serving on the Scholarship Committee, Tracy is the current chair of the Mentor Committee for the PWC-CT Chapter. She is also involved in the local community through volunteering, mentoring, and leading activities for youth interested in the A/E/C industry. Tracy graduated from Roger Williams University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language.

Kim Colapietro

Director

Kimberly Colapietro. Partner of EDI Landscape, LLC EDI is a landscape professional with 30 years of experience, having severed as an owner/ operator of the landscaping business for much of her career. She formed EDI in 2001 and serves as managing partner, with a focus on driving a culture of customer satisfaction and field operations excellence. Kim brings to each project a desire that leads to vibrant and sustainable spaces and is very passionate about her year round color programs as evidenced in many notable projects. She has learned that taking a holistic and systematic approach must be taken to consider the site’s physical surroundings and the needs of the client, taking into account financial implications, long-term community effects, implementation, maintenance and management of each project. With a wide array of experience on a variety of award-winning commercial, institutional and public landscape projects ranging size and complexity, Kim is directly involved with quality initiatives, including sustainability, technical delivery and safety oversight. She oversees firm growth, diversification and development; and defines the firm’s business objectives for performance, collaborative operations and staff development. She is dedicated to working closely with clients to achieve memorable and lasting built work. Kim is an active member of PLANET, a national association for landscape professionals, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association and the Professional Women in Construction.

Kyma Ganzer

Director

Kyma is a Project Manager at LaRosa Building Group, LLC, a family-owned Meriden based firm specializing in General Construction, Design/Build, Construction Management and Contract Administration. Since joining LaRosa in 2014, Kyma has managed over forty million dollars in projects ranging in size, primarily in affordable housing. She is the proud recipient of the Professional Women in Construction Connecticut Chapter Rising Star Award, is a LEED Accredited Professional (Building Design and Construction), and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Central CT State University. In addition to serving on the Connecticut Chapter’s Board of Directors, Kyma also serves on various committees for the New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.

Jennifer Marks

Director

Jennifer Marks is a licensed Land Surveyor and Principal at BL Companies, an employee-owned firm delivering high-quality, integrated architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying services to public and private clients for land development, building design and infrastructure projects. She has over 37 years of land surveying experience and is a licensed surveyor in multiple states throughout the region. She is responsible for business development at BL Companies with a focus on the energy industry as well as commercial real estate. She has been successful in developing key client relationships and expanding the company’s geographic footprint throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. In addition, Jennifer has been instrumental in developing and leading the implementation of the firm’s strategic foundation and leadership development program. She is an experienced project manager and enjoys mentoring and sharing her wealth of experiences with others in the industry. Jennifer is currently active in Professional Women in Construction, the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyors and CREW CT. She resides in Branford, CT with her husband and has two post college-age children.

Ronald Paolillo

Director

Ron has been part of the A/E/C industry for over 25 years. He has worked as an interior and architectural designer for design firms, corporations, and private universities. He is currently a Project Manager with the architectural firm Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. in their Connecticut office. In addition to serving on the Connecticut Chapter’s Board of Directors and is the Chair of the Scholarship Committee. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. In addition to serving on the Connecticut Chapter’s Board of Directors, he has also served as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee and continues to be a member of the Committee.

Blerina Pina

Director

Bela is currently a Surety Territory Manager for Nationwide’s Contract Surety unit, a Fortune 100 company with an AM Best rating of A+ (Superior). Additionally, Nationwide has a 50-state capacity and international capabilities with comprehensive surety bond solutions for small, medium, and large companies.

Bela grew up in the Hartford area attending Capital Community College and Central Connecticut State University, obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Bela is involved with the PWC CT Communications Committee. She is also a member of the Young Contractors Forum, AGC of C.T., Professional Women in Surety in N.Y., and the Surety Association of Connecticut.

She enjoys quality time with her family and being outdoors as much as possible!

PWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980. Contributions are tax deductible.

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