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Kelly A. Kinahan, President

Kelly Kinahan received her Associates Degree for Interior Design from Onondaga Community College. She worked in Healthcare Design and continued her education at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, graduating with a B.S. in Facilities Planning & Management. Throughout her career she has served as an Operations Manager and a Consultant to the Research & Development industry involved in the build-out, set up, decommissioning, relocation, and operations of laboratories and offices across the nation. Kinahan followed her passion in Facilities Planning & Management and established Kinahan Associates in Upstate, NY upon her relocation back to her hometown in 2008. 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 Yoga, Pilates, traveling and sailing.


James Nighan, Senior Project Manager

Jim Nighan 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.

In his free time, Jim enjoys sailing, 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

Stu specializes in commercial, landscape, product and wedding photography. 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.

In his free time, Stu enjoys volunteer work with dogs, spending time outdoors, running, fishing, kayaking, and hiking high peaks in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains.

Tara Carr, Interior Designer

Tara Carr Graduated from Onondaga Community College in 2019, with an Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design with an Honors Designation. Currently, Tara is attending Cazenovia College to complete her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Tara’s skillset includes; SketchUp, Layout, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign. Since the January 2019, Tara has been an Assistant Project Coordinator supporting business operations and assisting the President as needed.

In her free time, Tara enjoys her time outdoors by horseback riding, hiking, and swimming.