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2019 Executive Committee

Lisa Lugauskas
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
111 Founders Plaza, Suite 1403
East Hartford, CT 06108


Melissa L. Ferrucci, CPA
CohnReznick LLP
350 Church Street, 12th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
(959) 200-7091

Edward Engberg, CPA
Whittlesey PC
184 Crestwood Drive
Guilford, CT 06437

Andrea L. Gomes, Esq.
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

Colleen Sheridan
RM Bradley
One Financial Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

Janet L Wheeler, LEED AP
University of Hartford - Facilities
200 Bloomfield Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117

2019 Committee Chairs

Jennifer Marks, LS
BL Companies, Inc.
355 Research Pkwy
Meriden, CT 06450

Melissa M. Roy
Tecton Architects, Inc.
One Hartford Square West
Hartford, CT 06106

Monika Avery, LEED, IIDA
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
80 Glastonbury Blvd
Glastonbury, CT 06033-4410

Megan Cleary
Tecton Architects, Inc.
One Hartford Square West
Hartford, CT 06106

Kathleen Mylod, JD
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103

Hilary Stoudt
CBRE | New England
185 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Nikki Witaszek
JCJ Architecture
120 Huyshope Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Jenna Marie Zaikarite, CPA
Whittlesey PC
280 Trumbull Street, 24th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

Laura Bellotti Cardillo, Esq.
Pullman & Comley, LLC
90 Statehouse Sq, 13th Fl
Hartford, CT 06103-3702

Betty Horne, LEED AP
Red Thread
300 East River Drive
East Hartford, CT 06108

Rita A Joy
Interscape Commercial Environments
10 Waterside Dr, Ste 201
Farmington, CT 06032
(860)882-5903 x308

Dear Members,

Welcome to 2019! I greatly look forward to serving as President of CREW CT in 2019. I would like to express my deep gratitude to the CREW CT nominating committee for considering me for this tremendous honor.

Since joining CREW CT, I have learned first-hand the value of this exceptional organization. It has provided me the opportunity to meet so many leaders in our industry and network with a peer group with exceptional accomplishments. Through serving on many CREW committees, I have seen how CREW enhances the professional careers of its members through workshops, educational programs and giving back to the community. Working with the talented 2019 Board over the upcoming year, I hope to continue the work of the organization to achieve our stated mission statement which is to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. This year our goals include growing our CREW CT membership, achieving our CREW Network Foundation goal of having 50% of our membership contribute to the wonderful national scholarship fund for young women studying in the commercial real estate industry, providing our members with networking opportunities, and arranging informative and quality professional and educational programs for our members and guests.

Membership Renewals Closing Soon!
If have not yet renewed for 2019, please take a moment to renew your membership now to avoid a lapse in member benefits. This is also a great time to review and update your CREWbiz profile.

Plans in the Works
CREW CT already has very exciting CREW events in the planning stages for 2019. Our first Program event will be held on March 6th and is entitled, Brownfield Initiatives: Challenges and Solutions for Commercial Real Estate issues in Connecticut. We are very excited and honored to have secured Dr. Maria (Marisa) Chrysochoou as the moderator. She is UConn's very first female head of the School of Engineering, Civil & Environmental Department Head.

Our Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Melissa Roy, has already selected a date for our 24th Annual Blue Ribbon Showcase event. It will be held on April 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. The venue is to be announced soon and Melissa and her committee will be notifying you shortly about project submittal guidelines and deadlines.

Our Professional Development Committee, chaired by Betty Horne and Attorney Laura Cardillo, is in the process of scheduling four Professional Development events.

If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage each of you to consider joining a CREW Committee. Not only is member participation critical in making our organization as effective as it is, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect closely with other members and make long lasting friendships. Our Membership Committee, chaired by Jenna Zaikarite and Nikki Witaszek, will be reaching out to each member shortly to determine which committee is your first preference.

Also, please do join/like/follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Our Communications Committee, led by Megan Cleary, is very effective in posting photos and notices of CREW events on each of these sites. Megan will also be highlighting special events in the lives of our members. Our first Member Highlight features one of our long-term members Beth Judd. Beth, (who, remarkably enough, has attended every CREW Convention), has been invited to speak on one of the panels at the Real Estate Women’s Forum in New York City on February 28, 2019. It is quite an honor to have been selected as a panelist for this event. This is a great networking event with excellent professional development topics. Click here to register at a discounted rate for CREW CT members. Several of CREW CT members already plan to attend. Hope to see you there.

2019 Board of Directors
Allow me to introduce our new Board of Directors and Chairpersons of our many Committees:

President: Attorney Lisa Lugauskas – Fidelity National Title Group
Past President: Colleen Sheridan, Senior Vice President, RM Bradley
President Elect/CREW Network Delegate: Melissa Ferrucci, CPA, CohnReznick LLP
Secretary: Andrea L. Gomes, Esq., Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Treasurer: Edward Engberg, CPA, Whittlesey, PC

CREW Network Delegate:
Janet Wheeler, Manager, Space Planning & Utilization, University of Hartford

Committee Chairs:
Membership Committee: Jenna Zakarite, CPA, Whittlesey, PC and Nikki Witaszwek, Phase Zero Design, Inc.
Programs Committee: Rita A. Joy, Interscape Commercial Environments and Patrick Hulton, J.D., The Associated Construction Company
Professional Development Committee: Betty Horne, Red Thread and Laura A. Cardillo, Pullman & Comley
Communications Committee: Megan Cleary, Tecton Architects, Inc. and Monika Avery, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc.
Sponsorship Committee: Colleen Sheridan, RM Bradley
Blue Ribbon Committee: Melissa M. Roy, Tecton Architects, Jennifer Marks, BL Companies and Kathleen Mylod, Shipman & Goodwin
CREW Careers Committee: Hilary Stoudt, CBRE New England and Kate Mylod, Esq., Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

In conclusion, I hope we all have a wonderful, productive, healthy and happy New Year and I hope to see you all at our upcoming programs. Feel free to share your ideas and feedback with me at or by calling (860) 760-2705.

A little about me:
I am an attorney working in the Title Insurance industry for the Fidelity National Title Group. I earned my bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut in 1981, spending my junior year studying in Paris and graduating Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. I earned my Juris Degree from Brigham Young University in 1984. I am also an Associate Professor at Post University.

I have been married for 34 years and have 2 adult children. My family is a rarity that claims crazy cat and dog people status. We have a multitude of rescued (mostly disabled) animals at any given time. We also enjoy traveling and we have been fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout Western Europe and Africa. I also enjoy literature, movies and crossword puzzles.

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