About SDA

SDA (the Society for Design Administration) is a nonprofit organization comprised of management and administrative persons engaged in professional administrative services to architecture/engineering/ construction (A/E/C) firms and related disciplines.

SDA’s purpose is to advance management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, leadership, and resources.

Our Mission

SDA New York focuses on the professional development of the AEC Industry professionals specializing in Administration, Human Resources, Project Management, Marketing and Finance.

Our Vision

2017 is the Year of Achievement! We plan on growing our Chapter membership by 10% this year by building SDA awareness throughout the AEC Industry in the tri-state area, as well as creating more educational and networking opportunities for our current members.

Meet the 2017 Chapter Board!

Ellie  Ellie Tsakonas, CDFA
International Operations Manager

Langan

etsakonas@langan.com

More about Ellie

Kim  Kim Celenza, Marketing
Perkins Eastman

kcelenza@perkinseastman.com

More about Kim

Arnhild  Arnhild Buckhurst
Emeritus

arnhildbuckhurst@gmail.com

Michael  Michael Simon
Cetra Ruddy

simonm@cetraruddy.com

Mike  Mike Jones
Controller
Silman

jones@silman.com

More about Mike

Teyana  Teyana Chin
Office Manager
FXFowle

tchin@fxfowle.com

More about Teyana

Jen  Jennifer Greene
The Durst Organization

jgreene@durst.org

NY Chapter Committees

Every organization needs leaders and every leader needs a strong team to help guide the direction the organization takes. SDA New York is no different. Our committees are tasked to help shape our goals enhance and foster a solid networking community among administrative and operation professionals within the AEC Community.

These are the Standing and Special Committees of the SDA New York Chapter.

Chair:
Amy Nanni
amyjnanni@gmail.com
Members:
Ellie Tsakonas
etsakonas@langan.com

• 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
Chair:
Kelly Loughran
kloughran@langan.com
Co-Chair
Diana Salazar
dsalazar@langan.com

Mike Jones
Jones@silman.com

Peggy McGrath
P.McGrath@perkinseastman.com

Kim Celenza
k.celenza@perkinseastman.com

Ross Arnel
rossinsure@aol.com

Ellie Tsakonas
etsakonas@langan.com

• 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.
• Find hosts for Best Business Practices Lunches.
• Coordinate preparation of Best Business Practices announcement.
• Track and issue member credit certificates and liaison to Education committee.
Chair:
Mike Jones
Jones@silman.com
Peggy McGrath
P.McGrath@perkinseastman.com

Ellie Tsakonas
etsakonas@langan.com

• 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
• Expanding your network of A/E/C contacts
Chair:
Kim Celenza
k.celenza@perkinseastman.com
Lyndon Lorenz
l.lorenz@perkinseastman.com

Ellie Tsakonas
etsakonas@langan.com

Peggy McGrath
P.McGrath@perkinseastman.com

Jennifer Greene
jgreene@durst.org

Alanna Davis
adavis@langan.com

Elena Gutierrez
egutierrez@langan.com

SUB-COMMITTEES

SKYLINES
• Lyndon Lorenz
• Ellie Tsakonas
• Jennifer Greene
• Peggy McGrath

TOURS:
• Jennifer Greene
• Ellie Tsakonas

WEBSITE:
• Amy Nanni
• Ellie Tsakonas
• Lyndon Lorenz
• Kim Celenza

• With the Board’s approval, prepare and publish current information about the Chapter.
• Prepare publicity statements for release through all available news media, 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.
Chair:
Diana Salazar
dsalazar@langan.com
• Audit the previous year
• 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
Chair:
Maria Iacovone
MIacovone@akfgroup.com
Mike Jones
Jones@silman.com
• 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.
Chair:
Jennifer Greene
jgreene@durst.org

Peggy McGrath
P.McGrath@perkinseastman.com

Mike Jones
Jones@silman.com

Ellie Tsakonas
etsakonas@langan.com

• Review Chapter membership for possible officer candidates
• Confirm officer candidate’s eligibility for office
• Reach out to possible candidates re: officer positions
Prepare and issue slate of officers to membership prior to voting
Chair:
Arnhild Buckhurst
abuckhurst@tenement.org
Amy Nanni
Amyjnanni@gmail.com
• Record and store the chapter history
Your voice matters and will be heard. Join a Committee today and help us shape the future. Contact us at info@sdanyc.org

Why Join SDA?

Today’s design firms need an educated and well-trained Administrative staff. That’s where SDA can play a vital role in a firm’s practice. Since 1959, SDA has led the way in providing continuing education to administrators in the business of design. When administrators join the SDA, both the firm and the individual reap the rewards.

Benefits of SDA

We offer Continuing Education, Networking, Certification, Discussion Forums and more

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