Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention Hires Executive Director to Lead Industrywide Suicide Prevention Efforts
The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention announced it has hired Sonya Bohmann as executive director. Bohmann will lead the next phase of CIASP’s growth and organizational development to fulfill CIASP’s mission to save lives by eliminating suicide in the construction industry.
Bohmann will oversee the implementation of the CIASP strategic and business plan, as well as the development and execution of comprehensive annual plans. She will foster an innovative, agile culture that anticipates trends and develops strategies. This will enable the organization to innovate, grow and increase its industry impact. She will also participate in future strategic planning and develop strategies that align with CIASP’s mission, vision, values, beliefs and goals.
“The construction industry’s most valuable resource is our hard-working, dedicated, skilled workforce,” said Greg Sizemore, 2023 chair of CIASP and vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development at Associated Builders and Contractors. “Sonya brings to CIASP the leadership experience and skill set to strengthen the mindset amongst every construction worker that every suicide is preventable. She will be instrumental in ensuring CIASP continues to equip and empower industry leaders and employees with the tools and resources they need to recognize the risk factors and create a zero-suicide construction industry.”
Bohmann has served in leadership, strategic and operational roles with BrandPoint Services since 2003, most recently serving as the general contractor’s executive vice president of culture. Bohmann also serves as the Board Chair and advocacy chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and an executive board member of both the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the TKD Foundation
McWhinney Names Kirsty Greer Executive Vice President of Housing
McWhinney has expanded its leadership team by naming Kirsty Greer executive vice president (EVP) of the Multifamily and Build to Rent Division.
In her new role, Ms. Greer will oversee McWhinney’s portfolio of multifamily, build-to-rent, and select mixed-use developments and investments in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Colorado and Utah. McWhinney’s self-managed Multifamily and Built to Rent platform includes approximately 2,200 units under management and several thousand in development.
For the past six years at McWhinney, Ms. Greer has led the development team in all stages of predevelopment, entitlements, design and construction and has overseen close to $1B in housing investments. With Ms. Greer’s new role as EVP, she will continue to lead McWhinney’s robust development pipeline but will also oversee McWhinney’s acquisition of land as well as an expanding team intended to create a reenergized multifamily asset-acquisition platform.
Prior to joining McWhinney, Ms. Greer spent six years managing multifamily developments at UDR, Inc. in Colorado. While at UDR she completed a number of ground-up multifamily development projects in California and Washington state.
Ms. Greer exemplifies McWhinney’s commitment to the community. She is deeply committed to and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Denver Park Trust, The Delores Project and the RiNo General Improvement District in Denver. She is also a member of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative and is on ULI’s Urban Development and Mixed-Use Council.
Ms. Greer earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and her master’s in City and Regional Planning and Real Estate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rep. Shannon Bird Appointed to CHFA’s Board of Directors
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) congratulates State Representative Shannon Bird on her appointment to its board of directors. CHFA’s board serves as its governing body and is tasked with supporting CHFA’s mission to strengthen Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. The board is comprised of 11 members including the state auditor, a member of the Governor’s cabinet, eight governor-appointed members confirmed by the State Senate, and one member of Colorado’s General Assembly.
Representative Bird, an attorney, serves constituents in Colorado’s House District 29 in Adams and Jefferson Counties. Throughout her time at the Capitol, she has championed impactful housing policy. This includes her prime sponsorship of HB22-1051, a bipartisan bill signed into law last year that strengthens and extends the state’s Affordable Housing Tax Credit program. Representative Bird served as chair of the House Finance Committee from 2021 to 2022, and currently serves as vice chair of the state’s Joint Budget Committee.
Before establishing roots in Colorado, Bird was raised by a single mother and grandmother in Reno, Nevada. Bird credits her upbringing for fostering a deep passion for service to her community. She became the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics, a Master of Science (MS) in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado. She went on to receive a Doctor of Law (JD) degree from the University of Denver’s Strum College of Law.
Leading up to her election to the General Assembly in 2018, Bird already had an impressive record of public service. A regular volunteer in her children’s classrooms, she became citizen chair of a 2014 bond campaign for Adams 12 schools. She went on to become a co-founder of the Adams 12 Community Action Network and served as board chair of the Five Star Education Foundation, a nonprofit partner to Adams 12 Five Star Schools. She also served on the Westminster City Council from 2015 to 2019. Bird currently lives in Westminster with her husband, David, and their two children, Elizabeth and James.
Kat Lewis Named Marketing and Business Development Associate at Taylor Kohrs
Taylor Kohrs, a Colorado-based general contractor for 40 years, announced it recently hired Kat Lewis as its marketing and business development associate. She previously served in administrative, marketing and customer service roles for municipal, publishing and higher education organizations.
In her role as Marketing and Business Development Associate, Lewis is responsible for overseeing RFQ and RFP responses, coordinating company events and developing social media content. She also connects with customers and other project stakeholders to understand their needs, and communicate how Taylor Kohrs can support those needs.
“Kat is a welcome addition to the Taylor Kohrs team,” said Brian Cohen, vice president of business development, Taylor Kohrs. “Her attention to detail and professionalism, as well as her ability to connect with project stakeholders, is a tremendous asset for this role.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho.