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Team

Kelly A. Kinahan, President

Kelly Kinahan’s experience began after receiving her Associates Degree for Interior Design from Onondaga Community College. Moving to Boston in 2000, she worked in Healthcare Design and continued her education at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Graduating with a B.S. in Facilities Planning & Management, Ms. Kinahan began working as a Space & Logistics Coordinator in Research & Academic Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was then recruited into a biotechnology company where she worked for two years as an Operations Manager, and ultimately managed the decommissioning, relocation and set-up of the company (labs and offices) from Massachusetts to California. It was during this transition Kinahan decided to pursue her passion for Facilities Planning & Management, began Kinahan Associates and moved back to her hometown in Upstate, NY. Through networking she has been afforded the opportunity to work with the best and brightest engineers, contractors, vendors, scientists and consultants throughout New England and New York. She is committed to collaboration with expert partners in order to contribute to the success of her clients.
Aside from Kinahan Associates, Kelly began a second business, K.K. Discovers LLC, which encompasses her passion towards community, giving back, health & wellness. In her free time, Kelly loves to travel and sail, collecting mementos from each unique place she visits.

James Nighan, Senior Project Manager

James “Jim” Nighan joined our team in January of 2019. Jim has extensive experience in manufacturing, construction, health care, operations & maintenance, capital projects & planning, environmental compliance and safety. His operations experience includes power houses, potable water and wastewater.
At Kinahan Associates Mr. Nighan focuses on site support for engineering firms supplementing staff in the field offering periodic inspections to document progress of construction schedules, commissioning of MEP systems, NYS Energy code commissioning support, P&ID review of installed systems, site support during verification and start- up of systems, and asset management.
Additionally, Nighan offers support in preparing asset database, establishing projected remaining life, estimating replacement costs, provides life cycle replacement plans, and commissioning/ decommissioning of facilities to protect the asset and liability.
In his free time, Jim enjoys skiing with friends and family by his side.

Vincent Mincolla, HVAC Consultant

Vincent Mincolla is an HVAC consultant with over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of mechanical systems for educational, healthcare, commercial and industrial projects.
Mincolla’s project insights include programming, pre-design reporting and specification preparations for all phases of a project.
Vincent can evaluate the suitability of an existing mechanical system, boiler, chiller air systems and clean rooms. Evaluations include the capacity, expected useful life, and re-configurations as well as calculation of new space requirements for HVAC systems, code compliance, selections and recommendations of new HVAC equipment.

Stu Gallagher, Commercial Photographer

Based out of Syracuse, New York, Stu specializes in commercial, landscape, product and wedding photography. Some of his favorite work takes place in October working with harvest crews in the Finger Lakes and shooting for tourism projects for counties within New York.
His landscape, product and commercial work has been published in Edible Finger Lakes, Connextions Magazine, USA Today, Life In The Finger Lakes, Syracuse Magazine and the Syracuse Post-Standard. Other clients include Little Trees Air Freshener, Destiny USA, USA Today, New York State Fair, Finger Lakes Wine Country and many more. He has shot concerts for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jason Aldean, Collective Soul, Neon Trees, Gary Allen and more.
At Kinahan Associates, Gallagher is offering photography services to support architects, contractors, and Interior Designers during various phases of a project.
The community is also important to Stu with time spent towards volunteer work, including donating his services to families with dogs that are in end of life situations.  In his free time, Stu enjoys spending time outdoors with a few favorite hobbies including running, fishing, kayaking, and hiking high peaks in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.

Tara Carr, Interior Design Intern

In August of 2017, Tara Carr began her Interior Design career at Onondaga Community Community College. Mastering the skills necessary for her desired profession, Tara quickly learned designated software such as SketchUp, Layout, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign. In the fall of 2017, Tara and Kelly Kinahan were acquainted through the college’s Mentorship Program with the Career Center.
After receiving exposure to day to day operations, business knowledge, building professional relationships, receival of professional and personal support, and working one on one with the President of Kinahan Associates, LLC., Tara maintained a relationship with Kelly throughout the duration of her time at Onondaga Community College. Since the spring of 2019, Tara has been an Assistant Project Coordinator for Kinahan Associates, LLC., supporting business operations and assisting the President as needed.
On May 18, 2019, Tara graduated from Onondaga Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design with an Honors Designation. In the fall of 2019, Tara will be attending Cazenovia College to complete her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and will continue to support Kelly and clients of Kinahan Associates providing design support as needed.
In her free time, Tara enjoys her time outdoors by horseback riding, hiking, and swimming.