Team BIOS

  • Julie Kelley

    Julie Kelley
    Principal

    Julie Kelley is one of the founding principals of Aerial Design and Build. She brings 15 years of New York City construction experience and 15 years of owning her own accounting firm in Florida to Aerial. She manages the corporate operations as well as oversees the project management. Julie also has international experience which accommodates Aerial for all their multi-national New York City clientele, servicing them locally and abroad. Besides her appreciation for Architecture and Construction from a very young age, she is a passionate animal advocate and in her personal time she is involved with fitness, tennis and natural health awareness which she holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine.

  • Rupila Sethi

    Rupila Sethi
    Principal

    Rupila Sethi is one of the founding principals of Aerial Design and Build. Rupila graduated from a prestigious Architectural School in India and then went on to complete her Masters in Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, New York. After graduating from Parsons she practiced with Cooley Monato Studio, a SOHO based Design Studio and was associated with prestigious projects such as Tiffany, HBO, Lesportsac and high-end residences in Kuwait and Santa Barbara, California She further gained extensive Design and Construction experience working on residential projects in prominant locations such as Trump Towers, Museum Towers, Central Park South and West buildings. Rupila enjoys her personal time with her family and two children.

  • Jessica Maktal

    Jessica Maktal
    Director of Project Operations

    Jessica Maktal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from The City College of New York. During her tenure at Aerial she has managed a wide variety of projects. A born problem solver and adept communicator, she has successfully completed a number of projects within tight time constraints. When Jessica is not working, she can often be found singing at her favorite Karaoke bar.

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    Jordana Vasquez

    Jordana Vasquez After winning the WNBA Inspiring Women Scholarship Award, Jordana moved to New York to obtain a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute . She is a designer and enthusiastic entrepreneur with a broad interests in: construction, design and build, urban planning , sustainability and social responsibility. Throughout her work experience she has made it a focus to challenge her spatial sensibilities and understanding of the fusion of design and construction. While being an advocate for purpose-driven innovative solutions and female empowerment ventures; she has engaged as an active member in Be social Change, Leadarise, Sheisthefirst , YWSE , The Architecture League and the AIA. In addition she is a passionate rock climber who loves to travel and play in group sports such as volleyball.

  • Kashminder Singh

    Kashminder Singh
    Business Development Director

    Kashminder Singh has a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MS in Management and Technology with a major in Leadership from New York University. Kash has over 20 years experience in the Wireless Telecommunication industry and 15 years as a Lead Project Manager for Nextel, Sprint and Ericsson. His role is Aerial is to develop new and existing business opportunities. Additionally he is also responsible for managing social media communication and public relations. Lastly Kash is an avid soccer fan and his favorite team is Manchester United.

  • Marly Cruikshank

    Marly Cruikshank
    Office Manager

    Marly Cruikshank holds a law and accounting degree from Brazil as well as a Management certificate from Cornell University. Marly is an experienced expense managment professional with proven success in providing greater financial transparency and establishing measurable and effective controls resulting in substantial cost savings, process improvements, efficiencies and increased revenue. Marly has 15 years of experience in the financial industry. Marly was born and raised in Brazil and came to the U.S. in 1987 and decided to stay in New York City. She is fluent in Portugese and proficient in speaking and reading Spanish. She enjoys spending time with her family, pets and friends.

  • Lisa Lee

    Lisa Lee
    Project Manager

    Lisa Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree from the University of California – Berkeley. After graduating she worked for a mid-sized woman owned architecture firm before returning to New York City. Lisa’s experience in architecture range from programing to final construction administration. Having worked on several ground up projects she is adept at seeing projects as whole while not losing sight of the details. As a LEED accredited professional, Lisa hopes to bring sustainable practices into every project.

  • Priya Bhawsar-Verma

    Priya Bhawsar-Verma
    Project Manager

    Priya Bhawsar-Verma has a Masters in architecture from Virginia Tech and Bachelors in architecture from Bangalore University, India. Priya has years of experience working on various building types from commercial high rise to single family houses. Her strengths lie in coordinating projects before and during construction with a keen eye to design. Lastly, she is a LEED accredited professional and hopes to be a licensed Architect soon.

  • Wendy Yang

    Wendy Yang
    Project Manager

    Wendy Yang holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell, she was employed by a construction and development firm assisting on institutional, commercial, retail, hospitality, and institutional projects of various scale. In addition, her further experience in pre-construction, post-construction, and renovations of residential apartments in a mixed-use development has enabled her to apply in-field experience and provide a design-build perspective on construction projects. Wendy is fluent in Mandarin and Shanginese dialect. While not working, she loves to paint and swim and can be found exploring new restaurants.

  • Noelia Cuello

    Noelia Cuello
    Office Assistant

    Noelia Cuello came from the Dominican Republic in 2001. She gained a scholarship opportunity from College of Mount Saint Vincent and finished her bachelor’s degree in Finance. Through her past experience in the banking sector, she hopes to promote success in Aerial Design and Build. Education has become a great passion for her. During her travels, she carries brochures of her universities alma-matter while encouraging young immigrants to pursue an education. She enjoys discovering new places while learning their history. Additionally, she enjoys gardening, painting, cooking and spending time with family, friends and pets.

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    Karen Rizvi

    Karen has a Masters in Architecture from Yale University. She has worked as a design architect for the private sector on a range of projects from low-income housing to luxury residential, institutional and commercial buildings. She has also worked in the public sector as a capital project manager for construction on cultural institutions and libraries. Karen was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in Architecture from 2010-2011 to research sustainable residential architecture in North Africa. She spent the year in Cairo, Egypt where she worked with local architects on projects in Egypt and Syria. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is still an avid photographer.

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