MEET THE BOARD

CMAA-AZ Board of Directors

PRESIDENT / CCM CHAIR / SCOLARSHIP & STUDENT OUTREACH CO-CHAIR

Willie Paiz, CCM

FIRM: Jacobs

 

Willie Paiz is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and experienced managing heavy civil construction projects that includes construction of water and wastewater treatment plants, conveyance systems, pumping stations, wetlands, earthen reservoirs and water storage tanks, solid waste landfills, public roads and freeways, infrastructure for site development projects, sewer collection systems, recreational facilities, and environmental remediation projects. His responsibilities and expertise as a Construction Manager has involved him in all project phases from Pre-Design/Design, Bidding, Construction, Procurement, Start-up, and Project Closeout.

 

Mr. Paiz serves as a Regional Operations Manager for the Construction Management Services Group of Jacobs. His career goals are to support business development and delivery of CM Services to Jacobs primary Business Groups that include Water, Transportation, Environmental, and Government Facilities. Mr. Paiz's professional society goals for CMAA is to grow the number of Certified Construction Managers.

 

VICE PRESIDENT / TREASURER

Jaimee Robinson

FIRM: Gannett Fleming 

 

Jaimee has been in the civil engineering and construction industry for over twelve combined years starting with a student position for the Naval Civil Engineer Corps at Norfolk Naval Base near her home town in Virginia. After receiving her MBA from Arizona State University, her former company, Ames Construction, promoted her to a newly created Marketing Coordinator position. Over the following years Jaimee expanded this position in the company to include managing the technical and strategic teams of a $60 million pursuit. She was also able to unify her own goals and values with that of Ames by organizing a company sponsored 5K team to support the Child Crisis Center in Mesa, AZ. In September of 2016, Jaimee accepted a position at Gannett Fleming as a Senior Proposal Specialist where she concentrates on client development and proposal production for planning and design services in the transit and transportation markets. Jaimee an active member in the Construction Management Association of America, American Public Works Association, and Women in Transportation – Metro Phoenix. 

SECRETARY

Patrick McGarry, LEED GA, CCM

FIRM: Hill International 

 

I love what I do! I absorb it every day and can't wait to explore what is around the corner. I ask "why", " how come", and "why not" a lot. I believe my industry can be better and I want to be a part of that solution. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with the next generation and to learn from them as well. This is a really great time to be in the design and construction industry and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and will see in the future.

I thrive on working on interesting projects; office buildings, arenas, stadiums, themed environments, renewable energy projects, parks, schools and pools. It's not the size of the project that interests me, it is the impact of the project.

 

A former Chapter  President, Patrick rejoins us as Secretary after relocating back to the Phoenix area from California. Welcome back, Patrick!

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Melanie Battista, LEED AP

FIRM: Gatekeeper Marketing

 

Melanie has been an integral part of the CMAA Board since 2005. Prior to her current roles, she served as Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Programs Chair.

 

She is passionately committed to providing CMAA-AZ's members with all of the tools necessary to succeed in this industry. This includes working hard to bring meaningful and relevant topics presented by the absolute best speakers each month and creating a variety of opportunities to meet construction project owners and network with other
industry practitioners.

 

As the Owner of Gatekeeper Marketing, LLC, an independent business development, strategy, and marketing firm serving the A/E/C industry, Melanie brings 13 years of experience working for design and construction firms. Her expertise is focused in the areas of project strategy and pre-construction methods, presentation skills, client development and engagement, and industry relations. Melanie's portfolio includes heavy civil construction and engineering and vertical construction for both public and private owners in the CM at Risk, Design-Build, negotiated and traditional methods.

 

Melanie's roots in the field began in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996, when she began working and learning at high-end interior design and architecture firms. She pursued this interest into Arizona, where she ultimately received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the Arizona State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

 

With an appreciation of the benefits of many excellent mentors and leaders who have invested in her, Melanie zealously enjoys sharing education, training, and mentoring opportunities with students and industry newbies, alike. She represents CMAA-AZ as a regular juror and guest presenter for our Student Chapter at ITT Technical Institute and as a member of the President's Advisory Committee at the South Mountain Community College and has been a member of the YMCA South Mountain Board of Directors.

PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Jennifer Frost

FIRM: Vanir Construction Management

 

Jennifer is a consulting, architectural design, construction project management professional. She is experienced in light manufacturing and industrial facilities, retail, healthcare and hospitals, education, vocational schools, sound and video production facilities, government office buildings, detention facilities, and courthouses. Her design focus is on wellness, ergonomics, efficiency, staff retention, evidence-based design, and security. She is a LEED-accredited professional, proficient in ADA accessibility compliance and evaluation, and historic preservation.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Dan Rauscher, CM

FIRM: Hill International

 

 

CODE (Creating Opportunities for Diversity and Equality) CHAIR

Chad Karam, PE

SCHOLARSHIP & STUDENT OUTREACH CO-CHAIR

Kaushik Ganhdi, CMIT, LEED GA

 

 

LEGISLATIVE ADVISOR

Dean Howard