Our Story

Professional Women In Construction Philadelphia

Every woman has a story. The up and coming woman who is just beginning her journey has a story about where she came from and who she wants to be; the seasoned professional has stories from the road she took to build her career, and advice to offer to ease that journey for others.

Women in construction are still the minority, but we have a growing voice. Women in the industry should be celebrated, both for the achievements to date and for the achievements to come.

Professional Women in Construction (PWC) Philadelphia Chapter is all about women in the construction industry and their stories. We provide an inspiring atmosphere that allows women to learn from each other and grow through support, no matter where they are in their life or career. We are a community of professional women that provides an opportunity for connection and involvement with those who you can impact, and who can impact you.

We are a true peer group of women in construction. Join our dynamic and diverse group of women. Let’s write our next chapter together.

PWC offers opportunities for women in construction:

to learn and to teach

to mentor and to be mentored

to introduce and to be introduced

to lead and be led

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 — 18%
  • Architect — 17%
  • Engineer — 12%
  • Vendor Supplier/Distributor — 14%
  • Legal Services — 6%
  • Owner/Developer— 6%
  • Real Estate Company — 5%
  • Professional Design Consultant — 4%
  • Subcontractor — 4%
  • Owner Representative — 4%
  • Other — 10%
Our History

1980

New York City

PWC launches in New York City

2005

Connecticut

First chapter opens in Connecticut

2007

New Jersey

Second chapter opens in New Jersey

2018

Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Chapter opens

Leadership

President

Amee S. Farrell , Esquire

Principal, Kaplin Stewart

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Vice President

Amy Novak, LEED A.P.

Project Executive, Torcon, Inc

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Treasurer

Megan Holmes , AIA

Vice President & Regional Business Leader, US East, Stantec

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Secretary

Sara Eastman, AIA

Principal, Director of Science & Technology, EwingCole

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Growing Delegate

Tyra Redus

Regional Vendor Diversity Director, Skanska

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Student Outreach/Mentorship Delegate

Maleda Berhane

CEO, Principal, and Co-Founder, AR Spruce LLC

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Giving Delegate

Jennifer Unterberger

VP of Leasing, Brandywine Realty Trust

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Joining Delegate

Carrie Streahle

President, Promatech, Inc.

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Learning Delegate

Faith Orsini, PE, MHA

Vice President Facilities, Cooper University Health Care

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Connecting Delegate

Natalie Hagerty

Senior Director of Facilities Planning and Design, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Student Representative

Illyana Bass

Student, Drexel University

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Chapter Administrator, Storytelling Delegate

Leslie K. Whitby

Client Manager, Stantec

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PWC President

President

Amee S. Farrell is a Principal with Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, PC. Amee concentrates her practice in the areas of land use, land development and zoning of commercial, public and residential real estate; representing both corporate and private individuals in Philadelphia and throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Amee works hand-in-hand with the project team to procure local, state, and federal approvals throughout all aspects of the land development, construction, and occupancy process.
Amee was previously a member of the design staffs at Daley + Jalboot Architects and Cope Linder Associates, where she gained extensive experience in the design and construction of public and private projects in and around the Philadelphia area. As a result, Amee routinely assists developers in the procurement of construction permits and certificates of occupancy and appears regularly before municipal Boards of Code Appeals seeking construction code variances for clients.
Amee is a 1996 graduate of Temple University (Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude) and a 2004 graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude). Amee lives with her husband and two children in Cheltenham, where she serves as the Chair of the Cheltenham Township Zoning Hearing Board.

Vice President

Vice President

Amy Novak has extensive experience spanning more than two decades in the Pennsylvania construction market. Currently, Amy Novak is Project Executive for Torcon, Inc., one of the most active and respected construction management firms in the Mid-Atlantic. With Torcon, Amy has been able to expand her experience and enhance her abilities in high level planning in the healthcare and higher education markets.

Amy joined Torcon’s Philadelphia office at the Navy Yard in 2006, completing projects for clients such as Villanova University, Rutgers University, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Cooper University Health System and Campbell Soup Company. In this role, Amy oversees project planning, cost control, schedule development and construction operations on multiple projects throughout the region. Currently, Amy is leading preconstruction efforts at Princeton University as part of the Lake Campus team.

Amy earned dual degrees in Civil Engineering and Architecture from Lehigh University, as well as an MBA from Penn State. Professionally, she has completed an OSHA 30 Hour Safety Course and is LEED Accredited.  Active in the community, Amy is a 5th year member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Amy chaired the American Heart Association’s STEM Goes Red event for 2019 and serves as Vice President and a founding board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Professional Women in Construction.

Treasurer

Treasurer

Megan Holmes is a Vice President for Stantec’s Philadelphia Architecture & Engineering group, overseeing business operations to support current and future needs, employees efficient resource management, ensures the effective delivery of professional services and drives positive financial performance. In collaboration with the leadership team, regional and national business initiatives, she promotes talent recruitment and mentorship, advances design innovation and supports business development activities
Megan is also a Principal in the Healthcare Sector at Stantec and is responsible for all aspects of project execution but specializes in innovative planning solutions and managing a collaborative design process. She is highly analytical, motivating team members to achieve the closest possible alignment with project goals, encouraging out of the box thinking and alternate delivery options.
In her more than 15 years of design experience, she has led projects ranging from a two million square foot specialty teaching hospital in the Middle East to a two thousand square foot primary care clinic in her own backyard. Her passion is building the right team for the job and facilitating a collaborative design process. She believes that each project, regardless of size or complexity, presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Secretary

Secretary

Sara is a Project Manager, Architect and Planner with over 18 years if professional experience. As Principal and Laboratory Planner in the Science + Technology practice at EwingCole, she is motivated to create beautiful spaces for people who work in the scientific field, inspiring collaboration, and creativity for breakthrough advancements in the industry.
Sara plans complex projects for clinical and research labs and coordinates with large teams across multiple offices. She has experience in programming, planning, and managing major projects through all phases of design and construction. She manages the design process, planning and coordination of spaces, equipment, and engineering from conceptual design through project completion.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Jefferson University and has resided in both EwingCole’s Philadelphia office and Irvine offices. She is a registered architect in multiple states and an active member of AIA.

Board Member

Growing Delegate

Tyra Redus is a Regional Vendor Diversity Director with Skanska USA Building, Inc. where she oversees the vendor diversity program for commercial building construction projects in the DC metro, Philadelphia metro, Virginia and North Carolina markets. In her role, Tyra develops and implements diversity strategies, coordinates internal and external diversity events, and advises on project-specific MWDBE compliance throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Board Member

Student Outreach/Mentorship Delegate

Maleda Berhane is the CEO, Principal, and co-founder of AR Spruce LLC, a Philadelphia-based real estate services and development company that plans, creates and manages real estate. Maleda’s deep background in real estate development and re-development encompasses expertise in feasibility and site selection, entitlements, construction, and marketing. She leads the company’s project management services, including community, client, and vendor relations.

Giving Delegate

Giving Delegate

Jennifer Unterberger joined Brandywine Realty Trust in 2003. She is currently the Senior Director of Leasing in the suburban portfolio. She has covered various markets during her tenure at Brandywine which include Center City, Delaware, Conshohocken and, most recently, Radnor. Throughout her career in Leasing, Jen has worked closely with development, client services, and property management. Brandywine Realty Trust is one of the largest, publicly traded, full-service, integrated real estate companies in the United States with a core focus in the Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin markets. Organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT), we own, develop, lease and manage an urban, town center and transit-oriented portfolio. Our purpose is to shape, connect and inspire the world around us through our expertise, the relationships we foster, the communities in which we live and work, and the history we build together. Our deep commitment to our communities was recognized by NAIOP naming Brandywine the 2014 Developer of the Year. Jen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lafayette College.

Joining Delegate

Joining Delegate

Carrie Streahle has over twenty years of experience in the construction management industry. Carrie became owner and President of Promatech, Inc. in 2010 and is responsible for the daily management of the firm and its personnel. Promatech is a certified WBE/DBE/SBE firm specializing in Construction Management and Project Management Services.
Ms. Streahle earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and is involved with numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Highway Engineers – Southern NJ Section, Women’s Transportation Seminar – Philadelphia Chapter, and the Professional Women in Construction – Philadelphia Chapter.
“I’m honored to be selected to join the PWC Philadelphia Board of Directors. I look forward to utilizing my experience serving on Boards of other professional organizations to enhance and grow PWC Philadelphia. As the sole owner of a construction management firm, I want to support PWC’s mission and other women in the construction industry.”

Learning Delegate

Learning Delegate

Faith Orsini joined Cooper University Health Care in 2020 as the Vice President of Facilities. Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic health system in South Jersey. It is comprised of a Level I trauma center, a leading cancer center, one of the largest physician groups in the region, and more than 100 outpatient and ambulatory offices throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania. In her role, Faith oversees Maintenance, Design & Construction and all of the Outpatient Properties. She is responsible for developing and executing the master plan and capital budget for the restoration and growth of the facilities. She is also part of the operational leadership team, a role that has included spearheading the social distancing plan roll-out and facilities’ HVAC COVID-19 response.
Faith is a 1998 graduate of Drexel University (Bachelors of Science in Architectural and Civil Engineering) and a 2019 graduate of Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Master of Health Administration). Faith is registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Connecting Delegate

Connecting Delegate

Natalie Miovski Hagerty is the Senior Director of Facilities Planning and Design for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is an experienced Healthcare Facilities Leader and Architect with over 20 years of experience leading, planning, and implementing a broad range of academic, community and for-profit healthcare facilities. She is strategic and mission-driven while creating proactive, collaborative, safe and innovative environments. She is a registered architect, certified evidenced based design practitioner, LEED accredited professional, and has a Six Sigma Green belt in healthcare. Previously, Natalie was the National Director of Healthcare for EwingCole.

Student Representative

Student Representative

Illyana Bass is the winner of the PWC Philadelphia Inaugural Student Recognition Award and joins the Board as a 1-year student member and as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Illyana is a current student at Drexel University where she studies architecture as a Member of the Pennoni Honors College. Illyana is also an active member of Drexel’s women’s club tennis, Black Westphal, and Drexel’s Black Action Committee. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the American Refugee Committee, and AIDS Delaware. She currently works at JacobsWyper Architects in Philadelphia.

Chapter Administrator

Chapter Administrator, Storytelling Delegate

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Leslie K. Whitby is an Associate and Business Development Manager at Stantec with more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales, and marketing, including 10+ years with AEC firms. Leslie has a proven track-record of exceeding goals and a reputation for providing an unsurpassed level of client support, resulting in genuine client loyalty and repeat business. As a trusted associate, she’s built a superior network in the Healthcare, Higher Education, and Commercial industries throughout the Northeast US.

Leslie is a long-time member and supporter of DVAPPA (2017,2018, 2019, 2020 Board Member) and ERAPPA 2021 Host Committee Co-Chair , ERAPPA Business Partner Advisory Board (2017, 2018, 2019,2020), CREW Philadelphia (2015 & 2016 Chair Membership Committee, 2014 & 2015 Co-Chair Membership Committee) Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (2014 Board Member & Chair of Membership Committee), Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Green Healthcare Circle, Leslie lives with her husband, two kids, three Labrador Retrievers and two cats in Lower Merion. Leslie and her family are very passionate about animal rescue and volunteer at several rescue organizations.

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

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