Our Team

DAWN McCORMILLA, is the Director of Project Coordination and has been with the company since 2003. Her daily responsibilities include the preparation, composition, and execution of client, subcontractor, and vendor proposals and contracts.  She maintains customer files for potential jobs, on-going work, and completed projects. Ms. McCormilla oversees daily operations of the Project Management Team and is a liaison between the field, office, and clients.

Ms.  McCormilla is very versed in the customer service industry and brings more than 20 years of administrative and customer service experience to the table. Ms.  McCormilla earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Syracuse University. She is currently pursuing a degree in interior design from the New York School of Interior Design. She is OSHA 10 Certified, is a Student Member of the American Institute of Interior Designers. In her spare time she is a Girl Scout Leader, a Cub Scout Den Leader, and the Vice President of the PTO.

STEPHEN ACKILLI, Senior Project Manager, joined the Project Management Team in 2015 and he brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry to the table. He has strong site work experience in managing the installation of all required infrastructure for new communities.  His resume includes managing the construction of more than 1,000 new homes, 500 of which are Energy Star rated homes. Mr. Ackilli is responsible for estimating, project buyout, contract negotiations, submittals, job cost tracking, jobsite management, and value engineering. He is OSHA 30 Certified and is trained in CPR and First Aid.

ROBERT LEPRE JR., Project Manager, has been involved in the construction industry for over 10 years and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Mr. Lepre’s duties include trade scheduling and coordination, material procurement, project scheduling, payment requisitions, change order proposals and executions, bid solicitation, estimating, contract negotiation, and preparing bid submittals and closeout packages. He is also OSHA 30 Certified.

CHRISTOPHER COTTE, Project Manager, joined the company in February 2017. Mr. Cotte earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Facilities and Construction Management from Iona College. He has over 27 years of experience in construction industry with an emphasis in the retail sector. Mr. Cotte is responsible for scope review and bid leveling on large multi-family rehabilitation projects as well as project buyout, contract negotiations, submittals, job cost tracking, jobsite management, and value engineering. He ensures projects progress in accordance with targeted dates and budget goals. He is OSHA 30 Certified.

EUGENE RIVERA, Construction Supervisor, joined our team in September 2018. Mr. Rivera brings thirty years of construction expertise and numerous certifications including NYS Asbestos, NYC Scaffold Installer & Remover, NYC Suspended Scaffold Supervisor, and Eight Hour NYC DOB Site Safety Manager. He supervises and provides on-site coordination for all phases of company’s construction projects.

ERIKA MARTINEZ-ORTIZ, Project Manager, has joined the Project Management Team in 2019. Mrs. Martinez-Ortiz brings more than 12 years of experience in the construction industry with an emphasis on multi-family rehabilitation projects. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tufts University and a Graduate Certificate from NYU in Construction Project Management. She is responsible for scope review, estimating, project buyout, contract negotiations, submittals, job cost tracking, jobsite management, value engineering and closeout package. She is OSHA 30 Certified.

REZA NEMATI, Site Supervisor, has been with the company since 2015, and he brings nearly 40 years of experience in the construction industry.  He supervises and coordinates subcontractors and vendors to ensure the project remains on schedule and within budget. Mr. Nemati conducts budget and schedule development during the bidding phases and contract negotiations with subcontractors and vendors during project buy-out.  He is OSHA 10 and 30 Certified.

MICHELLE WRIGHT has been with the company since 2015 and has been the Office Manager and Executive Assistant since November 2016.  Ms. Wright earned an Associates of Applied Science in Business Administration.  She maintains the company calendar and all scheduling for the executives and work crew. She is a liaison between the clients, executives, subcontractors, and office staff.  Ms. Wright maintains all insurance certificates, reports, certifications and records to ensure compliance.

OLGA MIEDZYBRODZKA has been with the company since 2012 and recently took the role of Payroll Administrator and Human Resources Officer. She has over seven years experience in sales, marketing and human resources. Ms. Miedzybrodzka performs all company human resources functions as well as payroll and timekeeping. She is an integral part of the Avante office, also assisting all staff with special projects as required.

NISS LOVERA, Bookkeeper, started with the company in May 2018. She has over ten years of bookkeeping experience and has a BA in accounting from Monroe College. Ms. Lovera assists in the preparation of all tax related materials for accountant review and to ensure all tax filing deadlines are met. She manages the payables and receivables for subcontractors and vendors, supervises business transactions, executes all financial reporting including monthly bank reconciliations, profit and loss, and balance sheets, and supervises payroll.

RITA VERGEL, Assistant Bokkeeper, has been with our team since April of 2017. Ms. Vergel takes care of all bill and payment processing, statements, company credit cards and classification of expenses. She has over 12 years of bookkeeping experience.