ULI Philadelphia Blog

Meet the 2018 NEXT Flight

ULI NEXT Philadelphia is designed to champion the ULI mission through a compelling avenue of engagement for mid-career professionals. The goal of ULI NEXT Philadelphia is to actively engage members who are 30-45 of age in meaningful leadership, educational, and a network building activities. Meet the second ULI Philadelphia NEXT Flight.


Susannah Henschel (NEXT Co-Chair)

Susannah Henschel is a Vice President at RPM Development, a firm specializing in residential and mixed-use development with an emphasis on affordable housing in New Jersey. She works on all aspects of the development process – from identifying development opportunities, to putting together financing packages, securing local and state approvals, and working with the in-house construction and management departments. Henshel has been with RPM Development since 2012 and has worked on over a dozen buildings representing hundreds of residential units, tens of thousands of square feet of commercial space, and millions in investments in communities across the Garden State. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College in Growth and Structure of Cities.


Rich Pagano (NEXT Co-Chair)

As Director of Business Development, Rich Pagano manages new business development, client relations, strategic planning, marketing strategy, branding, market research, and lead sourcing for the Lancaster-based High Construction Company, which provides commercial construction, design-build, and general contracting services throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He began his career as a project manager for a Philadelphia-based construction management firm, and spent 12 years managing large, mostly healthcare-related projects in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He joined High in 2016. Pagano has a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Joseph’s University, where he graduated with honors in 2002. He has served as co-chair of the NEXT Flight’s in 2017 and 2018, and is a new addition to ULI-Phila’s Membership Committee. Rich is also a member of LeadingAge-PA, AICUP, AIA-Philadelphia, ABC-Keystone, and CREC-Philadelphia, and currently serves as a Director of Friends of Historic Sedgeley; he is a past Board Member of The Union League of Philadelphia, Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ & Phila., and ESI/The Philly Pops.


Laura Ahramjian, AICP

Ahramjian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Masters in City Planning and joined KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc, a small architecture and planning firm in Philadelphia.  She has continued to work at KSK for the past nine years as a planner and project manager, as well as teaching Planning Workshop at PennDesign since 2014.  While at KSK, she has worked on a wide range of public, private, and non-profit projects, including neighborhood plans, trail and bicycle network planning and feasibility, streetscape design, housing redevelopment plans, and design and public outreach for large-scale infrastructure projects.  Engaging communities and stakeholders in the neighborhoods where her projects are located is a key aspect to her work, whether it is through graphics, stakeholder interviews, or design charrettes.


Steven Anastasio

Anastasio is a structural engineer at Bala Consulting Engineers, a regional multi-disciplined engineering design organization. He is responsible for the structural design and management of buildings across many types of construction methods. His expertise includes commercial, residential, industrial, adaptive re-use and data center sectors. His membership in ULI is motivated by the exciting development that is happening all over Philadelphia and the diverse, talented teams that drive it.


Michael Aylmer


Beverly Buella

Buella is the owner of Rising Business Solutions, a residential real estate development company that has served to improve distressed and blighted properties in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs for the past 10 years. Her passion is connecting with people in the communities she serves and her mission is to enrich lives through socially conscious real estate development. You can follow her blog.


Danielle DiLeo Kim

DiLeo Kim is an architect, urban designer, and community connector with twenty years of experience in the Philadelphia region. She currently runs her own practice that focuses on planning and delivering transformative projects that move cities forward. Danielle has led the realization of institutional and cultural buildings, citywide and campus master plans, engagement processes for community and high-level stakeholders, and currently a Congressional proposal to celebrate America’s 250th anniversary. As a social impact entrepreneur, DiLeo Kim serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, co-founded of Philly Girls Do Good, co-leads AIA Philadelphia’s Urban Design Committee, and serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of ULI Philadelphia. She incorporates spontaneous fun into her work through improv comedy training, and a relentless can-do attitude further emphasized by training for half-marathons.


Chad Dixson

Chad Dixson is the Philadelphia Regional Manager for RETTEW.  He is responsible for overseeing RETTEW’s overall civil engineering consulting operations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware.  As Regional Manager, Chad is responsible for operational leadership, marketing and business development, maintaining client relationships and staff management.  Chad has 20 years of experience as a professional planner, specializing in transportation planning.   Chad is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and possesses a Professional Planners license in New Jersey.


Kevin Dunleavy

Dunleavy is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Evergreen Resources Management Operations, a series of Evergreen Resources Group, LLC located in Wilmington, DE.  Kevin has legal responsibility for 13 subsidiaries of Sunoco, Inc. managing all legacy real estate, environmental and sustainability issues and claims. Prior to this role, he was Chief Counsel for Sunoco, Inc. (SUN) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL) in Philadelphia, PA responsible for various real estate, environmental and operational issues of SUN, SXL and their affiliates.  Dunleavy is a past board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Greater Philadelphia Region, serving on the Environmental and Sustainability and as Chair of the Real Estate Committee; past co-chair and Secretary of the Zoning and Land Use Committee for the Philadelphia Center City Residents Association (CCRA); past participant in Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), a mortgage foreclosure diversion, deed preparation program and Non-Profit Legal Clinic; and on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Real Property Section.  He lives in Center City Philadelphia.


Alexis Hilinski 

At AthenianRazak LLC, Hilinski is managing development of the Ruby Match Factory, the 75,000 sf historic conversion of a former warehouse into creative loft office in Camden, NJ as well as the redevelopment of the 16th street corridor in SEPTA’s Suburban Station Retail Concourse. She has provided consulting and advisement on development feasibility for various clients including mixed-use and residential for a private owner in New Orleans and for FACTS, an award-winning charter school contemplating real estate options. She also manages Owner’s Representative projects for The City of Philadelphia. Before joining AthenianRazak, she worked as Asset Manager for a national portfolio of High-rise Core Office for a private ownership group. Prior to that, she spent more than 7 years with a local developer, where she held various roles related to acquisition, financing, deal structuring and syndications, marketing, leasing, sales, development, construction, management, investment management and disposition of multifamily, mixed use, healthcare, retail and hospitality projects. She has been substantially involved in over $200M of debt and equity transactions, over 1M sf of rehab and new construction, and asset, property and investment management for over 4.5M sf across various asset classes.


Telsa Love

Telsa Love is a certified Interior Designer at Ewing Cole with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Her background is focused on managing commercial design projects, higher education, mixed-use, residential and hospitality. She is currently focused on commercial and science & technology, including research facilities, commercial adaptive reuse, higher education and development. Love received her Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design and Masters of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University.


Kevin McCall 

Kevin McCall has been working for Arthur J Gallagher for over twelve years.   His strengths include analyzing and structuring insurance programs for complex, commercial risk exposures. He is responsible for creating new opportunities and managing customer relationships.  He holds the CISR and AAI designations.  He has three children and lives with his wife in Middletown, NJ.


Jacob Roller

Jacob Roller was born and raised in Philadelphia and has over 15 years experience in all fields of real estate. His areas of expertise include commercial and residential development from concept to completion, historic renovation and tax credits, as well as commercial and residential leasing, property management, and construction. He has built over 200 units, 270,000 square feet and $48 million of total investment.

Previously, Mr. Roller co-founded MMPartners, LLC in 2008 with the goal of comprehensively redeveloping the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia through a combination of residential, multi-family, mixed use and commercial real estate.

Prior to forming MMPartners, Mr. Roller developed infill real estate opportunities under the name Addison Development, concentrating on the Poplar to Girard corridor in the Fairmount, Brewerytown, and Francisville neighborhoods, as well as projects in Center City Philadelphia. Mr. Roller first entered the development field while working for Tower Investments, Inc., where he worked on all aspects of Tower‘s large-scale commercial and residential redevelopment plan for the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. In addition, Mr. Roller was involved with the property management and leasing of Tower Investments’ commercial developments on Columbus Boulevard. Mr. Roller left Tower Investments for Prague, Czech Republic, where he provided real estate brokerage services to Prague’s lucrative foreign market.


Brandon Segal

Brandon Segal is a Development Manager at LCOR. His core responsibilities include managing the full life cycle of multifamily and mixed-use development, which include: sourcing potential ground-up development opportunities, performing financial underwriting analyses, negotiating purchase contracts, overseeing design development, managing project consultants, securing financing, overseeing the construction process, and managing property lease-up until stabilization.


Kyle Speece

Kyle Speece is Vice President of Development for Conifer Realty, LLC.  In this capacity he is responsible for new business identification and all facets of project management for Conifer’s development efforts in Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Specifically, his responsibilities include: originating new affordable, mixed-income, and/or mixed-use development opportunities; identifying lending and equity sources for new projects; assembling and supervising all outside professionals; overseeing and coordinating the preparation and submission of funding applications; leading financial closings; ensuring adherence to project budgets and schedules; and coordinating construction, lease-up, and management activities among departments of the Conifer organization.  He allocates time between the company’s offices in Columbia, MD and Philadelphia, PA.  Since the outset of his involvement in real estate development, Kyle has participated in thirty-eight distinct projects across five states totaling 2,600+ units and more than $675 million in development cost.  He holds a degree in Communications with double-major in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.


Kristina Vagen


Dixi Wang

Dixi Wang is an Urban Planner at WRT, a firm of landscape architects, planners, urban designers, and architects based in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Practicing both nationally and internationally, WRT seeks to create impact in the communities it serves by reinforcing urbanism and designing with nature. Dixi is involved in all aspects of the planning process, helping clients with market study, site assessment, rezoning and conformance documents, as well as conducting due diligence analysis on complex occupancy data, land use, historic tax credits, and feasibility studies for more than two million square feet of office space, 750-acre institutional campuses, and a 1,500-acre advanced manufacturing site. Dixi has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.  An active member of ULI since 2009, she was awarded the ULI Foundation Scholarship in 2015.”


Colin Christopher Weidig

Mr. Weidig conducts evaluations, strategic planning, and data analyses for philanthropic, government, and private clients. Employing both quantitative and qualitative analyses, he conducts research that helps clients better understand their markets, programs, and policy advocacy. Previous projects include working with a community land trust on a property acquisition plan, a group of housing advocates on an inclusive communities strategy, an evaluation of a foreclosure diversion program, and residential real estate analyses for the City of Dallas, Allegheny County, and the City of Indianapolis. He is the co-author of The City of Philadelphia’s Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program: Addressing the Rising Tide of Foreclosure, What if Pennsylvania Had Not Had HEMAP?, and Strategic Property Code Enforcement and its Impacts on Surrounding Markets: An Analysis of Philadelphia’s Implementation of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act, among others. Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund, Mr. Weidig was a Conwell Community Corps fellow at Philadelphia VIP.


Paul Yanotsh

Paul Yantosh, PE, is a structural engineer and project manager for Timothy Haahs and Associates in Blue Bell, PA. He is originally from the Philadelphia area, graduating from St. Joseph’s Prep and continuing his education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2008, he returned to the area, gaining experience at several firms before finding TimHaahs. Currently, he manages projects that focus the new design of parking and mixed-use buildings and the restoration of existing parking structures.

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