Meet The Team


MacQuesten’s history is closely tied to the story of its founder, Ms. Rella Fogliano. Since the age of six, Ms. Fogliano has been visiting construction sites. The only child of a general contractor, at seventeen she began working part-time in the company that he started in 1960 and that bore his name. Upon graduation from Fordham University in 1983 she joined the firm full-time.


When Mr. Fogliano retired in 1988, Ms. Fogliano formed MacQuesten General Contracting, Inc. and at first continued to perform work for many of the same clients. In the early nineties, Ms. Fogliano set out to develop properties that the company had acquired, especially in the Bronx. She found that there was a significant shortage of affordable housing in that area. Hughes Avenue Crescent was the first such venture. It was funded through the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation, the proceeds of tax credits, and conventional financing. The building, housing 63 families, was completed in March of 1996 and is operating successfully. Ms. Fogliano is the Managing General Partner.


In early 2003 Ms. Fogliano formed MacQuesten Construction Management, LLC and MacQuesten Development, LLC. Together the companies specialize in financing, designing and construction management of affordable housing and commercial properties, which are then privately held by affiliated companies.


In 2007 Mr. Joseph Breda joined the firms for evaluation of energy saving and sustainability issues during project construction as well as properties currently owned and operated.


Rella Fogliano – President

Joseph Breda – Principal/Special Projects Manager


Joe Apicella – Managing Director of Development

Charlene Blackwood – Director of Community Relations

Gilbert Pena Cabrera – Assistant Super

Paul Charlton – Superintendent

Michael DePasquale – Architect

Michael Domenici – Senior Project Manager

Daniella Fennell - Financial Manager

Haley Hilsenrath – Project Coordinator

Thomas J. Kelly Jr.- Senior Project Executive

Joshua Land – Chief Estimator

Peter Licata – Senior Super

Oscar Lopez – Controller

Teresa McAuliffe – Paralegal

Despina Raptis – Assistant Controller

Vladimir Yakimchuk – Project Manager


Cindy Mann – Accounting

Jennifer Maffei – Front Desk

Team Bios