People with vision and experience.
Meet the Veris Residential leadership team: professionals envisioning a better tomorrow—and bringing it closer every day.
Chief Executive Officer
Mahbod Nia currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Veris Residential, Inc. and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since June 2020.
Previously, Mr. Nia was Chief Executive Officer of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp (“NRE”), a NYSE listed REIT focused on European properties from 2015 to 2019. He also served as a member of NRE’s investment committee and board of directors from 2018 to 2019. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Nia was also a Managing Director at Colony Capital Inc. (formerly Colony NorthStar) and member of the European Steering Committee.
Mr. Nia served as Managing Director, Head of European Investments of NorthStar Asset Management Group (“NSAM”) from 2014 to 2017, where he worked to establish the company’s European investment platform, rapidly growing it to $2.6bn in Assets Under Management across 9 countries and 5 asset classes. This platform was spun-off in 2015 to create NRE, which was sold to AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets in September of 2019, realizing a 16% IRR for shareholders since its inception. Prior to joining NSAM in 2014, he acted for PanCap Investment Partners, a European real estate investment and advisory firm. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Nia was a Senior Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. Prior to 2007, he served in various positions at Citigroup Inc. (formerly Salomon Brothers). He received a First Class Honours degree in Economics for Business from the University of Westminster (London, UK) and a Master’s degree in Economics & Finance from the University of Warwick (Warwick, UK).
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Lombard serves as chief financial officer. Before joining Veris Residential in 2022, Ms. Lombard served as chief financial officer of publicly-traded REIT Seritage Growth Properties where she was responsible for finance, investor relations, accounting, financial reporting, tax, information technology, and treasury. Prior to that, she was chief accounting officer at Seritage. Earlier she spent more than eight years at Gramercy Property Trust, most recently as chief accounting officer, where she led accounting and reporting aspects for a number of value creating transactions that aided in the company’s transformation from a $300m diversified REIT to an $8bn industrial REIT during her tenure.
Ms. Lombard began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She is a C.P.A. and earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master in Accounting from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Chief Financial Officer, Veris Residential Trust
Bob Cappy serves as chief financial officer of Veris Residential. He joined the company in 1992. Mr. Cappy is responsible for financial reporting, including audits and tax returns on Veris’s standing assets, development properties and corporate entities.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Cappy was regional controller for Lincoln Property Company’s Northeast Region and worked in the audit division of Arthur Anderson.
Mr. Cappy has a degree from Ohio University.
Chief Operating Officer
Anna Malhari serves as chief operating officer. She directly supports the chief executive officer and is responsible for Veris Residential’s operations. Ms. Malhari leads the firm’s ESG efforts and has spearheaded a number of initiatives at the property and corporate levels. Under Ms. Malhari’s leadership, Veris Residential became the first U.S. real estate company to endorse the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative and became a signatory to the UN Global Compact and other initiatives.
Prior to joining Veris Residential in 2021, Ms. Malhari was a vice president at Colony Capital, Inc., where she was responsible for NorthStar Realty Europe’s capital markets activity and was closely involved in the company’s investment and management activities. Prior to this role, Ms. Malhari held various investment positions at NorthStar and Peakside Capital. During her tenure at NorthStar, Ms. Malhari was involved in the company’s ESG disclosure and other sustainability initiatives.
Ms. Malhari holds the AIEMA environmental certification and has a CEMS Master in International Management degree from the Business University in Prague and the University of Cologne.
Chief Investment Officer
Jeff Turkanis serves as Chief Investment Officer for the company. Mr. Turkanis’ extensive real estate investment experience includes over $15 billion in transactions concluded primarily across the office and residential sectors. He is the former Head of U.S. Residential at Oxford Properties Group and was focused specifically on the residential sector (predominantly multifamily) for the past 8 years, closing over $4 billion in transactions during this time. Prior to his more than decade-long tenure at Oxford Properties Group, Mr. Turkanis held roles at Putnam Investments and Fortress Investment Group.
As Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for overseeing the sale of non-strategic assets, identifying potential value enhancement opportunities within Veris Residential’s existing portfolio, and sourcing potential new investment opportunities. He earned a BBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA, Real Estate from Columbia Business School.
Chief Accounting Officer
Gwendolyn Marnell serves as chief accounting officer. Previously, Ms. Marnell served as senior vice president, corporate controller for the company. Ms. Marnell is responsible for overseeing all of Veris’s residential and commercial property accounting and financial reporting, as well as the entire company’s joint ventures accounting, cash management processes, and corporate insurance policies accounting and administration.
Prior to joining Veris Residential in 2004, Ms. Marnell worked at Vornado Realty Trust as the portfolio controller responsible for the financial reporting of the New York Office Division.
Ms. Marnell is a certified public accountant and received her degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of St. Thomas.
General Counsel & Secretary
Taryn Fielder serves as general counsel and secretary of Veris Residential. Ms. Fielder has significant experience providing legal counsel for capital market transactions, as well as securities, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance matters. She is responsible for corporate governance, supervising outside legal counsel, overseeing risk management, ensuring environmental and legal compliance, the preparation for required disclosure documents, and legal oversight of all Company lease transactions.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Fielder served as General Counsel at WashREIT, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for ASB Real Estate Investments, and Assistant General Counsel for publicly-traded REIT DiamondRock Hospitality Company. Earlier in her career, she worked in at the Real Estate Group at Hogan Lovells, and practiced corporate and real estate law with Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP. Ms. Fielder earned a BA summa cum laude from Eckerd College and her JD from Harvard Law School.
SVP, Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer
Giacomo Mascillaro is SVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Veris Residential. Mr. Mascillaro has 25 years of experience leading various mission-critical technology initiatives across multiple industries—including finance, media, insurance, pharmaceutical and government. He is responsible for leading the digital transformation of the organization through security-focused cloud-based solutions.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Mascillaro has navigated technology integration issues surrounding mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for several global organizations. Notably, he transformed the cybersecurity posture at Fox Television Stations, while implementing innovative technology infrastructure solutions. Mr. Mascillaro earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University Tandon School of Engineering and an executive MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
SVP, Head of Sustainability & ESG
Karen Cusmano serves as Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainability & Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). In this role, Karen works to continually advance Veris Residential’s recognition as a responsible and sustainability-focused company – with an emphasis on Properties, People and Planet through Embrace by Veris Residential. She collaborates closely with the CEO, COO, and various department heads to expand environmental sustainability initiatives, diversity, equity & inclusion programs, and philanthropy efforts.
Furthermore, Karen stays apprised of the ever-evolving expectations of corporate responsibility and sustainability among various stakeholders such as shareholders, ESG rating firms, governments and non-government organizations. Internally, Karen acts as Veris Residential’s program liaison with the National Minority Supplier Development Council and is a member of the DE&I Council’s executive committee. Karen also is a founding member of the company’s ESG Committee along with Board members of the company.
Along with these responsibilities, Karen is responsible for annual assurance audits, annual CSR Report, CDP, GRESB and other reporting submissions, as well as renewable energy plans and employee/supplier engagement.
Ms. Cusmano began her career with Veris Residential in 2001. Prior to joining the company, she was an accounting manager at The Gale Company in Florham Park, New Jersey, asset manager at DRA Advisors Inc., in New York City and financial services auditor at Kenneth Leventhal & Company in New York City.
Ms. Cusmano is a certified public accountant and received her degree of Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Edward J. Guiltinan serves as senior vice president of leasing for the company and oversees the leasing of the entire office and retail portfolio.
Mr. Guiltinan has 30 years of commercial real estate leasing experience, including the past 20 years with Rockefeller Group where he was a senior vice president and head of leasing in New York. During his career at Rockefeller Group, Mr. Guiltinan leased and developed millions of square feet of office, retail, industrial, and mixed-use space in New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Florida and he participated in the design and implementation of major capital improvement programs.
Notably, Mr. Guiltinan recently participated in the redevelopment of 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan and was responsible for the full lease-up of the building, totaling more than 2 million square feet of office space to tenants, including MLB, Mizuho, Latham & Watkins, H.I.G Capital, Greenhill & Co., Blank Rome, Bessemer Trust, and AIG, and retail space to tenants, including Avra Estiatorio.
Prior to joining Rockefeller Group, Mr. Guiltinan was a member of Veris Residential’s leasing team for three years. He began his career in the assurance practice at Arthur Andersen, where he spent five years.
Mr. Guiltinan holds a BS in Accounting from Fordham University and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Mark R. Sheeleigh serves as Senior Vice President of Development for Veris Residential. He is responsible for managing development projects from the start of design, through permitting and construction, to leasing and turnover of the building to property management. Prior to joining Veris in 2012, Mr. Sheeleigh was a partner in the New York City architectural firm of Brennan Beer Gorman for 23 years where he oversaw the design and construction of mixed-use urban high-rise projects in the United States and overseas with over $3 billion in project costs.
Mr. Sheeleigh is currently a registered architect in the State of New Jersey with inactive licenses in New York, Illinois, Texas, and Indiana. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional. He received his Master of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a certificate in Historic Preservation from Drew University.
SVP, Operations & Asset Management
Jay V. Minchilli serves as Senior Vice President of Operations of Veris Residential. Mr. Minchilli is responsible for overseeing the operations of the residential portfolio.
Most recently, Mr. Minchilli served as Principal and Founder of LSM RE Inc., a manufactured housing portfolio, which was established in 2017. Prior to that, he spent two years at the private equity firm Carmel Partners where he served as Vice President of Asset Management overseeing the Firm’s Northeast portfolio. Prior to joining Carmel Partners, Jay spent 19 years at JP Morgan Investment Management, 13 of which were spent in Real Estate Asset Management executing business plans across property types, primarily focusing on multifamily and mixed-use assets. Jay managed assets across the risk spectrum – from development projects to stabilized assets.
Mr. Minchilli attended Fordham University and went on to obtain an MBA from Iona College. He also completed the Real Estate Certificate program at NYU.
SVP, Marketing & Communications
Nicole Jones serves as senior vice president of marketing for Veris Residential. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing marketing for the entire portfolio of multifamily, office, and retail. With more than 18 years of real estate branding and marketing experience – with a focus on multifamily assets – Ms. Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and deep expertise to the team.
Most recently, she spent three years at Brookfield Properties overseeing the marketing of new multifamily developments in the northeast, as well as the office and retail portfolio in NYC, including 660 5th Ave, Lever House, Manhattan West & Brookfield Place. Prior to joining Brookfield, Ms. Jones spent seven years with Forest City, where she was responsible for the marketing of all stabilized assets as well as branding and lease-up of all new developments across the country. Ms. Jones spent the first part of her career with Kettler, developing the brands and marketing strategies for the condo portfolio before moving to the management part of the company.
Ms. Jones has a degree in marketing management and an MBA from Virginia Tech, where she was a 4-year starter for the women’s basketball team.
Susan Epstein serves as senior vice president, legal for the company. She joined Veris in 1997 as director of legal affairs and risk manager. Ms. Epstein works closely with the General Counsel on corporate governance and other corporate matters, and on all acquisition, disposition and financing transactions. She is also the company’s risk manager overseeing Veris’s insurance program.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Epstein was a senior paralegal in the real estate departments at the law firms of Dreyer and Traub and Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn in New York City.
Ms. Epstein received a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from Saint John’s University, Queens, New York.
Lori Jean Milo
SVP, Human Resources
Lori Jean Milo serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the company.
Prior to her start at Veris in 2006, Ms. Milo worked as a Human Resources Manager for Liz Claiborne Corporate Retail Division as well as Human Resources Manager for New Jersey and New York Fed Ex Corporate Division
Ms. Milo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University.
Brian Primost serves as Senior Vice President of Investments for the company. He is responsible for managing capital transactions including the acquisition and disposition of the company’s real estate assets.
Prior to joining Veris Residential as an Investment Analyst in 2006, Mr. Primost was involved in entrepreneurial real estate activities, managing real estate assets for trust accounts in a regional bank in Washington, D.C., and analyzing public company financial statements as an equity analyst in a boutique research firm.
Mr. Primost received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from American University and completed his Master’s in Real Estate at New York University.
SVP, Finance & Investments
As Senior Vice President of Finance & Investments, Eric Roehnelt manages corporate and project-level analytics for Veris Residential’s multifamily portfolio. Eric’s responsibilities include identifying and analyzing development, acquisition and disposition opportunities as well as securing debt and equity commitments for new investments. Since joining the company in 2007, Eric has played a key role in the development and acquisition of nearly $3 billion worth of developments and acquisitions representing approximately 6,500 multifamily units.
Mr. Roehnelt received his B.S. in Economics from Muhlenberg College and M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.
VP & Senior Assoicate GC
Richard Schwartz serves as Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel for the company. Mr. Schwartz is responsible for negotiating all office leases and retail leasing matters for Veris Residential, as well as general corporate legal matters. Mr. Schwartz has been with the company for fifteen years.
Prior to joining Veris, Mr. Schwartz worked in private practice with several prominent New Jersey firms handling complex redevelopment matters and environmental permitting, as well as litigation.
Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his Law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.
VP, Legal Administration
Beverly Sturr serves as Vice President of Legal Administration for the company. Ms. Sturr manages aspects of acquisition and disposition transactions and of asset financings as well as handling corporate legal matters. She is also responsible for legal oversight of environmental compliance for owned assets and company transactions.
First VP, Property Management
Blaise Cresciullo serves as First Vice President of Property Management for the company. Mr. Cresciullo holds over thirty-three years of professional experience, with sixteen years in property operations and engineering.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Cresciullo served as Property Manager for JEMB Realty Corporation in New York City. Before, he spent over thirty years working for Rockefeller Group Development where he was responsible for critical infrastructure budgets and projects for high profile projects.
Mr. Cresciullo is a former Board member for REBNY and the RAB.
VP, Property Management
Brian McClean serves as Vice President of Property Management for the company. For the past 23 years, Brian has been responsible for the operations of the Jersey City and Hoboken properties.
Prior to joining Veris Residential, Mr. McClean worked for JLW Realty Advisors and Pan American Properties.
Mr. McClean is the President of the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County.
Mr. McClean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from SUNY Oneonta.
PJ Lefort serves as Vice President of Property Management for Veris Residential. Mr. Lefort has been with the company for eighteen years and is jointly responsible for overseeing the operations of the residential portfolio.
During his eighteen years at Veris, Mr. Lefort has held various leadership positions within the company and has overseen properties in several states such as Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC. He gained valuable experience overseeing redevelopment properties, lease-ups, full-scale renovation projects, and repositioning during this time. Over the years, he has also worked closely with the development team in Massachusetts to assist with pre-development and construction projects from the ground up.
Mr. Lefort received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology along with a minor in Business Management from Montclair State University. He was also active with the Massachusetts Apartment Association as a member of the Board of Directors for several years, and currently holds a Real Estate Salesperson License in Massachusetts.
Susie Know serves as VP, Finance at Veris Residential. Ms. Know has held several key roles across investment banking and real estate sectors in Europe, UK and US.
Prior to joining Veris Residential, Ms. Know worked at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and NorthStar Realty Europe, executing over $1bn in cumulative deal value and securing over $100m in funding. She was also an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse focusing on M&A transactions.
Ms. Know holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Management from London Business School.
Ryan Perkins serves as Vice President of Asset Management. In this role, Ryan is responsible for overseeing a diverse portfolio of assets across residential, lodging, food & beverage, retail, and transient parking facilities. In addition to property operations, Ryan manages acquisition & disposition activity and financings within his portfolio.
Prior to joining the Company, Ryan spent seven years at Bridgewater Associates, an Investment Manager in Westport, CT.
Ryan received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
Nicholas A. Corrado
Nicholas A. Corrado serves as Vice President of Finance. He joined the company as an analyst shortly after graduating from Vassar College in 2016. There, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics, focused on financial markets applications and pure math.
Mr. Corrado directly supports the Chief Financial Officer in Veris Residential’s strategic financial planning and forecasting, reporting and compliance, capital markets activities, and investor relations. He is primarily responsible for the corporate earnings model, which provides projections of all major key performance indicators for the company. He also plays a key role in liquidity management and treasury, serving as the primary point of contact to the banks in the company’s credit facilities.
Thomas J. Golden joined Veris Residential in November 1997. Mr. Golden is responsible for handling the development of land and buildings owned by Veris Residential, including feasibility analysis, conceptual design review, site planning, regulatory permits/approvals and entitlements, environmental and civil due diligence, oversight and coordination of retained consultants and attorneys, project administration, and construction management.
Mr. Golden has more than 35 years of experience in land planning and real estate development. Prior to joining Veris Residential, he was Vice President for Land Planning and Acquisitions at Bellemead Development Corporation, and a planning consultant for various New Jersey municipalities and private developers.
Mr. Golden earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a Licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey and a member of the American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners.