President & CEO Cheryl McKissack Daniel leads the firm with more than 25 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry and provides executive leadership for project implementation. She serves as Principal-in-Charge and Project Executive on numerous high-profile projects, including major work in the commercial, healthcare, education and transportation sectors and is actively involved in project oversight and management, ensuring that diversity is implemented during each phase of a project or program.
Cheryl serves on various boards, including the New York Building Congress, New York Women’s Forum, Greater New York ACE Mentor Program and Women’s Builders Council. Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de’Blasio she serves the OneNYC Advisory Board, Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force and the MWBE Advisory Council. She also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for NYS Governor elect Andrew Cuomo’s Transition Team. In Philadelphia, she served as Chair of the MWBE Committee for Mayor elect John Street’s Transition Team. Pervious Boards included, the National Women’s History Museum, Fisk University and the National Liberty Museum Board, where she was honored as a “Hero of Liberty” for her support of humanitarian initiatives and for promoting the responsibilities of a free and diverse America. Cheryl is an active member in Women in Transportation (WTS).
Cheryl earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University. Born in Nashville to architect William DeBerry and teacher, Leatrice McKissack, Cheryl represents the fifth generation of the McKissack family’s century-old business, McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority and woman-owned professional design and construction firm in the nation.
With over 40 years of transportation experience, Craig Stewart is one of the nation’s leading transit capital planning and program development professionals. Craig has served two of the country’s most complex transit systems: New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Washington, D.C.’s Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
In New York at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), he served for more than 30 years, advancing through several roles in various divisions. Craig was responsible for the overall direction of the MTA’s five- year, $32 billion Capital Program and reported directly to the Chairman and CEO while managing communication with major internal and external stakeholders. As the Senior Director of Capital Programs, he administered the allocation of funding resources utilizing revenues from fares, tolls and subsidies including federal, state and local funding. He directed and developed the MTA’s Twenty Year Needs Assessment by deriving information from whole-life Asset Management and analyzing the changing needs and demographics of the region.
Over his 30 year tenure at the MTA, Craig also served as Chief Officer and Vice President of Capital Programs and Senior Corporate Management Officer, where he led oversight and management of a variety of high level strategic initiatives.
In Washington D.C., Craig served as Chief of Capital Planning and Capital Program Management at Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA), where he was responsible for providing executive direction in the development of the Authority’s prioritized capital program. Craig also led the efforts of the Capital Planning and Program Management Office in strategic planning, asset management, capital program reporting and oversight as well as agency compliance with FTA State of Good Repair targets. He also served the Massachusetts Port Authority and the City of Boston for capital budget planning and implementation initiatives.
Craig earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Boston College, where he also completed post graduate studies.
Joe is Senior Vice President of Rail & Infrastructure and serves as Program Director on the MTA Independent Engineering Consultant contract McKissack holds as a prime for its second consecutive term. He reports directly to the MTA Board of Directors Capital Program Oversight Committee. The MTA Capital Program is valued at approximately $32B. Joe manages McKissack’s project team assigned to oversee this program and active elements of earlier Capital Programs.
Currently, Joe oversees an expert staff of more than 25 full-time professionals, which includes project managers, analysts, subject matter experts, professional engineers, architects and others experienced in project controls. Many of this staff have been on the contract since 2009.
Joe’s exceptional railroad career began in 1972 where he worked in the engineering field for the old Penn Central Railroad. Prior to joining McKissack in 2005, he spent 29 years with Amtrak working on numerous projects, including Penn Station with LIRR, Grand Central Terminal with Metro-North, and Sunnyside Yard during the period high-speed rail service was instituted throughout the Northeast Corridor. Joe’s many accomplishments include serving as part of the team that led the high-speed vehicle procurement, building the high-speed maintenance facility in New York, leading the mechanical department and culminating with his tenure as the General Manager for Customer Service and Special Projects where he served as liaison to the MTA on the East Side Access project.
A national leader in transit planning, development and operations with over three decades of transportation experience, Wynton Habersham has an extensive and diverse background in Operations, Electrical Signals Operations, Design and Capital Program development in the transit sector.
Wynton previously served as Senior Director/Vice President of the Capital Programs for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where he managed a staff who developed and planned the capital investment strategies for the Department of Subways.
After leading the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Service Delivery, Wynton was appointed Senior Vice President of the Department of Subways where he led 29,000 employees, dedicated to providing safe and reliable service to nearly 6 million daily riders. During his career, he performed breakdown testing and in-service commissioning of new signaling systems in various main transit lines throughout New York City.
During Wynton’s tenure as Senior Vice President of Subways for the MTA NYCT, he managed $5 billion in capital projects, implemented innovative practices and technology at MoW and developed an Enterprise Asset Management Team that introduced the foundation for improved reliability. As NYCT Senior Director, he served as the principal contact for the Department of Subways on Lower Manhattan Projects, where he developed and managed design and construction review and compliance.
Wynton has also served on select panels and committees in Toronto and Vancouver as well as California (BART) and in Washington, DC, (WMATA). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies from SUNY Empire, and studied at the New York City Management Academy and the Executive Leadership Institute.
Dean is Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at McKissack. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the firm while investigating value propositions associated with expanding into new market sectors. He proposes and participates in defining objectives to gain market share and maximize profitability, and executes plans to make those objectives achievable.
He possesses over 25 years of experience in construction management and general contracting involving extensive academic building renovations and rehabilitation throughout the Northeast region. He has provided project management for interior and exterior renovations and new construction projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. His projects have included high-end boutique hotels, restaurants, financial institutions, and retail centers.
Dean has served as Project Principal for many of McKissack’s most important projects including the new Lincoln University Science Center and the International Cultural Center, the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Medicine, the Philadelphia School District Capital Improvement Plan, the Philadelphia International Airport Terminals D & E Expansion, and providing CM services for multiple projects for Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Southeastern PA Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
He has also worked for the NYC School Construction Authority, the NYC Department of Design and Construction, DASNY, the New Jersey Schools Corporation, the American Water Company, the City of Camden, the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Delaware River Port Authority.
Dean currently provides operational oversite on McKissack’s PA and NJ projects, and leads McKissack business development efforts firm-wide.
Michael Wetherell is a nationally-recognized transportation executive with over 35 years of diverse experience in Operations Leadership, Transit Rail Vehicle Procurement and Maintenance, Capital Program Management, Engineering, Project Management, Project Management Oversight and Risk Assessment.
Most recently, as Director of the Office of Construction Oversight at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Mike led a group of independent consultants in monitoring the management and process of all capital projects performed by the MTA Agencies, as part of a $6 billion annual program. Prior to his role in Capital Program Oversight, he served as Chief Mechanical Officer at New York City Transit (NYCT), where he was responsible for the daily preparation and delivery of the 6300 Car NYCT rail vehicle fleet to support the transportation of nearly 6 million passengers a day.
Mike also served as Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer (ACMO) Equipment Engineering for New York City Transit, where he was responsible for Rail Car Engineering and Technical support, including procurement, design, testing and acceptance of new rail car equipment and engineering support of rail car fleet maintenance. These services in Rapid Transit operations complement his earlier service as ACMO Equipment Engineering and General Manager Fleet Engineering for the Long Island Rail Road (commuter rail). He has also co-chaired the MTA program to mentor a diverse group of small businesses to perform projects as prime contractors to MTA Agencies.
In addition to his Agency work, Mike has served as FTA consultant in monitoring federally funded projects at numerous municipalities in the United States including risk assessment and project management. He has also played a key role in the development of industry standards that have been adopted into federal commuter rail regulations.
Mike is a Professional Engineer, and a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and New York University-Polytechnic with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
Alan DeSantola is Vice President of Construction Management services. He joined McKissack in 2008, and serves as Project Executive on the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project for Greenland/Forest City Ratner in downtown Brooklyn where McKissack is responsible for the overall program management and integration of the project.
In addition to this role, Alan is responsible for overseeing CM projects at McKissack. These projects include: NYC DDC On-Call CM Services, Lehman College Leonard Lief Library Renovation, Farley Post Office/Penn Station Redevelopment, SCA Mentor Program, SCA Professional Services, NYS OGS On-Call CM Services, Baruch College Lawrence & Eris Field Building Renovation, New Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, and Columbia University Manhattanville Campus.
Alan is adept at organizing complex multi discipline project development efforts, preparation of management plans, and monitoring the cost, budget, schedule and quality expectations behind them. He will apply his unique knowledge and expertise in supervising the design and construction of public and private sector projects to his day-to-day responsibility for managing the overall performance of McKissack’s large multi-site projects.
Alan’s experience is comprised of projects in transportation, commercial development, academic, healthcare and infrastructure. He first served as Senior Project Manager on McKissack’s SCA Emergency Response Project. He led a 24/7 project team that responded to school construction projects and emergencies throughout NYC’s five boroughs. In addition, he had led construction teams on Thompson Library at Vassar College, Duchess Community College Academic Building, NYS OMH psychiatric and development centers, and infrastructure projects for the NYS DOT.
Alan’s 30 years of construction experience will ensure that proper strategies are implemented to provide client satisfaction by safely and efficiently delivering high quality services. He is a proven leader and brings innovation and enthusiasm to the CM division at McKissack.
Albert serves as Vice President. He has been with McKissack since 2006 and brings more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry.
Albert began his career at McKissack serving as Senior Project Manager for DASNY’s $185M new 194,000 SF School of Science, Health and Technology Building at Medgar Evers College, which won the 2012 Brooklyn Building Award by Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. His experience is comprised of a variety of complex project types for healthcare, higher education and institutional clients. He is well versed in interfacing with owners and prime contractors and directing the project team managing the total budget, schedule, and construction process from the conceptual stage to owner occupancy.
Albert currently serves as Project Executive on McKissack’s NYCEDC CM Retainer contract. Valued at $150M and continuing through 2019, current projects includes Hunts Point Cooperative Market in the Bronx, Mart 125 in Harlem and Pier 42 in Lower Manhattan.
Robert A. McDermott, known as RAM, is Vice President of Rail & Infrastructure and has more than 35 years of experience in the rail industry serving in senior management positions for both the Long Island Rail Road and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
RAM’s career began in 1974 as a tower operator with the LIRR. He went on to become a Train Dispatcher, Training Instructor, Transportation Manager and ultimately Superintendent – Train Movement overseeing the LIRR’s rail operations control center. His career culminated in him being chosen to be the first Director of Railroad Operations for the East Side Access Project in 1999.
During the course of his career, RAM has been involved in authoring more than 300 operational edicts, and publishing the first complete revision to the original LIRR SOP written in 1994. His achievements include developing and chairing the first company-wide tabletop drill in 1997 which was attended by more than 200 operational and outside agency employees. RAM also served on the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Rail Safety and Advisory Committee in Washington D.C.; a two-year project which resulted in the publication of 49 CFR Part 220 in 1998.
RAM currently serves as McKissack’s project head for the Pacific Park Development project (formerly known as Atlantic Yards) in downtown Brooklyn. He has been instrumental in coordinating efforts between the developer and the LIRR to accommodate the construction of the Barclay Center and renegotiating the Pacific Park contract beyond moving the LIRR Yards to now lowering the massive rail yard below grade so McKissack’s client, Greenland Forest City Partners, can build new structures above the yard. RAM leads an incredibly talented team of employees at Pacific Park.
Steven is a construction professional with more than 25 years of industry experience on a broad range of projects. Throughout his extensive career, he has lent his expertise to a variety of project types, including healthcare (new and modernization), office and corporate facilities, residential high rise, universities and K-12 schools, aviation, laboratory, research, and pharmaceutical facilities, and convention and hospitality buildings.
Steve currently serves as Director of Preconstruction and leads McKissack’s team of estimators and schedules, and manages the process and resources to provide quality preconstruction services to McKissack’s clients and project teams.