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.

STEPHEN ACKILLI, 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 10 Certified.

CHRISTOPHER COTTE, Project Manager, joined Avante 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.

REZA NEMATI, Site Supervisor, has been with Avante just over three years 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.

ROBERT CARNEVALE, Site Supervisor, has been with Avante since December 2016. He brings over 15 years of experience in managing complex commercial and residential projects. Mr. Carnevale supervises and coordinates subcontractors and vendors on site to ensure all projects run smoothly. He is Osha 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 performs all company human resources functions and maintains all insurance certificates, reports, and records to ensure compliance.

OLGA MIEDZYBRODZKA, has been with the company since 2012 and recently took the role of Office Administrator. She has five years of experience in marketing, sales, management, and human resources.  She maintains an intricate filing system for all project, accounting, insurance, and personnel files and records.  Ms.  Miedzybrodzka is an integral part of the Avante office assisting all staff with scheduling and special projects as required.