The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.

Our Mission

Team IMI consists of architects, engineers, construction managers, skilled craftworkers and instructors, offering what no other group can: expertise in training, craftsmanship, design, installation and marketing. That means buildings built by union craftworkers and contractors get built the right way.

IMI representatives offer technical support, education and information about all masonry products, systems and performance. Call or contact us today for your masonry and construction needs.

Our Team
Headquarter Staff
Caryn Halifax

President of the IMI and IMTEF
301-291-2126 |

Caryn is CEO and President of the International Masonry Institute and of the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation.

David Sovinski

National Director of Industry Development
301-291-2104 |

With over thirty years of experience in the masonry industry, David directs the Marketing, Industry Development, Research and Technical Services programs at IMI.

Bob Arnold

National Director of Apprenticeship & Training
301-291-2101 |

Robert began his masonry career in 1978 with BAC Local 21 of Chicago. He joined the IMI team as the Chicago Job Corps Instructor in 1998, Local 21 Instructor in 1999 and Director of the (more…)

Maria Viteri, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Sustainability and Program Development, Central Pennsylvania Director
301-291-2106 |

A registered architect in Pennsylvania who practiced in Pittsburgh, Maria explores the role of masonry in advancing a building’s sustainable and energy focused goals. (more…)

Cristina Morse

Chief of Staff
301-291-2123 |

Cris is the Chief of Staff at the International Masonry Institute and also works with the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation. (more…)

Jonas Elmore

National Job Corps Director
301-291-2128 |

Jonas began his masonry career in 1991 after graduating from the IMI pre-job program at the Golconda Civilian Conservation Center then joined BAC Local 4 IN/KY. (more…)

Kim DeFranco

Marketing Manager
301-291-2094 |

Elizabeth Kekeris

Communications Manager
301-291-2118 |

Elizabeth is a communications professional and content strategist passionate about helping organizations tell their stories.


Eva Miller

Office Manager
301-291-2102 |

Eva joined the IMI Team in 1985 following a five year career with the U. S. Department of Justice and in 1990 became IMI’s Office Manager. (more…)

Marcy Rhoades

Administrative Associate
301-291-2124 |

Marcy joined the headquarters staff in 2013 and is already a valuable member of Team IMI. (more…)

Regional Staff
Maria Alvaro, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Michigan Director
248-449-2689 |

Maria is a registered architect, licensed builder, and LEED accredited professional with over 25 years of industry experience.

John Bachenski

New York City Director
732-261-6823 |

John has over 25 years of construction industry experience is in architecture, construction, marketing and sales. (more…)

Steve Bolognese

New England Director
781-438-1862 |

Steve’s background includes engineering and technical sales. (more…)

Bob Campbell, AIA, DBIA, LEED

Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska Director
913-747-8677 |

Bob is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional with NCARB and DBIA certifications. He brings over 30 years’ experience as a practicing architect and design-builder to IMI. (more…)

Pat Conway, AIA

Wisconsin Director
608-437-6871 |

Pat is a registered architect in Wisconsin with expertise in masonry plan and specification review, designing and detailing durable masonry walls, (more…)

Scott Conwell, FAIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Illinois Director
630-396-3144 |

At his AIA Fellowship investiture, the American Institute of Architects stated, “Through education and service, Scott Conwell has equipped thousands of architects (more…)

Jeff Diqui

Illinois Director
630-606-8220 |

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with a major in structural engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Tom Elliott

Ohio Director
440-986-2260 |

Tom has worked for three decades in the construction industry in project management, as well as field supervision.

Rick Filloramo

Connecticut/Rhode Island Director
860-202-8444 |

A former masonry contractor, Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University and an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology from Wentworth Institute. (more…)

Shae Gist

Administrative Assistant
317- 872-3426 |

Sherry Hartel, AIA

Upstate New York Director
716-200-8742 |

Sherry provides design and technical assistance to architects, engineers, contractors, building owners, and other construction professionals in Upstate New York.


Patricia Hawthorne

Administrative Associate
860-205-5796 |

Patty helps to plan, organize and schedule local programs for Connecticut and Rhode Island.  She also assists the IMI Directors in (more…)

Kamille Henry

Administrative Associate
248- 449-2689 |

Craig Horton

San Francisco Director
415- 872-99410 |

Theresa Indelli

Marketing Coordinator

Teri coordinates marketing and training efforts and programs in the Illinois Area Office by supporting the local Director of Industry (more…)

Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, CSI, PA AIC

Philadelphia/South New Jersey Director
202-215-8390 |

Roy is an Associate of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

Dan Siteman

New Jersey Director
609-287-8411 |

Dan is a member of BAC with 15 years of experience in bricklaying and PCC work. Key interests include constructability, structural systems, material science, and weatherproofing systems.

Tonia Sorrell-Neal, LEED AP

West Regional Director

Tonia has over 20 years of marketing and association experience in the construction industry with 11 years focused on masonry.

Ron Spezzaferri

New England Director
781-438-1862 |

Mark Swanson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB

Minnesota Director
612-332-2214 |

Mark is a Licensed Architect, NCARB Certified and LEED Accredited Professional who brings years of experience working in a design-build environment delivering BIM solutions. (more…)

Brian E. Trimble, P.E., CDT, LEED AP, FASTM

Pittsburgh Director
703-300-0109 |

Brian has an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Casey Weisdock

Technical Assistant
610-642-4890 |

Amy Lamb Woods, P.E.

Oregon Director
503-329-3339 |

Amy is a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Her background combines architecture, historic preservation, and civil engineering materials.


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