MIND-i team

Our team has been re-engineering how building projects and risk are managed since 2015.

MIND-i LLC was founded in 2016 by a group of industry professionals with exceptional technical and domain knowledge of architecture, engineering, construction and facilities management (AECOM) industry. The group has aggressively developed a project development and delivery platform that lowers the cost and risk of building projects.

Norine W. Bagate

Founder and Sage

Throughout her more than 20-year career in the design and construction industries, Norine Bagate has been guided by a simple, yet effective, philosophy: the best project outcomes result from a strong start.

As a project manager with broad professional experience in design and construction, Norine has developed an integrated project delivery approach that begins with a strong strategic planning phase, which is then optimized by an engaged project team, and ends with projects that are delivered on-time and on-budget.

Norine also has a comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory process. Her scope of experience encompasses new construction, conversions, additions, rehabilitations, refurbishments, and major capital projects.

She started NWB Consulting to address the needs expressed by her former clients and referrals from colleagues. Clients sought her keen insight, leadership, strategic analysis and expertise in assessing potential development opportunities, changes of use, and conversions of existing commercial real estate, along with optimization of undeveloped land.

Prior to starting NWB Consulting, Norine was a Senior Project Manager for LePatner C3 LLC, the project management practice affiliated with LePatner& Associates LLP, a specialty construction law firm. Prior to her work at LePatner, Norine was an associate and Director of Project Development at Lester Evan Tour Architect PLLC, where in addition to overseeing the design and development of projects, and coordinating the scope and work of engineering and other consultants, Ms. Bagate led the firm’s consulting business. During her career, Ms. Bagate has had the honor of working on many notable projects for major corporations, including Tiffany & Co., Lancôme, Coca-Cola, and Yves St. Laurent.

Norine holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin.

O. Tchefin Konate

Co-founder and Ranger

Tchefin is a senior IT professional with over twenty years of experience designing and maintaining sophisticated networks systems for some of the world’s most successful and demanding organizations. His background includes migrating old systems into modern environments as well as designing and implementing Microsoft messaging and collaboration systems.

Tchefin has led cross-functional teams to successfully complete very complex IT projects for a highly respected brokerage firm, a major New York City art museum, a prestigious investment banking firm, and an international law firm.

Ella Bereznitsky


Ella has nearly 30 years of experience in construction cost estimating and project cost management, specializing in architectural, structural, and civil systems. Her project experience encompasses various facility types, including educational, healthcare, high-rise, industrial, correctional, and residential building projects, as well as hotels, public spaces, airports, museums, and historic sites. She is expert in cost estimate preparation for the various stages of design and construction, including conceptual estimates and budgets, detailed estimates, bids and change-order estimates and analysis, and project value engineering and design cost assessments.

Ella’s recent project experience includes; WTC/Ground Zero site development, United Nations new consolidated building, reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport, numerous resiliency upgrades following Super Storm Sandy, high-rise residential developments, and numerous projects with various New York City and New York State agencies.

I. Moghoba Bagate

Co-founder and Problemslayer

Moghoba has extensive experience in facilities management, plant engineering, construction project management, space planning and management, and financial oversight. During the last 22 years, he has worked in the AEC industry overseeing daily activities of facilities operations, construction management and space planning.

Brian P. McGuire


Currently, Brian is the Director of CAD/BIM Services at a leading NYC-based MEP engineering firm. Some of his tasks include implementing the firms Revit and BIM strategies for all BIM projects throughout their international offices. Writing Revit Standards, BIM Execution Plans, BIM Scopes of work, CAD Standards as well as internal Quality Management procedures for Quality Assurance and Quality Control are just some of his tasks.

With a wide range of corporate experience spanning 31 years, Brian is able to bring government planning, ANSI specs, ISO 9000 training, Total Quality Management and Management Advisory to MIND-i, looking at many various angles and how they can improve the efficiencies throughout the platform.

One of Brian’s goals in his position is to take Building Information Modeling to the next level and leverage the “I” in BIM. Brian is also actively involved in his firm’s business development and marketing efforts through public speaking events on sustainability and BIM or client interviews to discuss a better way to do business, his goal is always to learn to better communicate and educate so that the collaborative process is in place, and everyone is informed on how to optimize the project.

Brian’s past jobs have included BIM Manager, CAD Manager, BIM Consultant, Director of IT and BIM Director for various companies from Mid-sized to Multi-Billion dollar firms in the Tristate area, in Southern California and internationally. Brian has also sat on various Governing Boards as a Director and Advisor for Colleges and Nonprofit organizations as well as internal committees on BIM, CAD and Future Technology focus groups designed to find the latest innovations in the AEC industry. Brian has published several articles on BIM and sustainability.

Rebecca McWilliams, Esq., AIA, LEED AP


Rebecca is a licensed attorney, architect, and construction process expert. She provides general counsel and consulting services for developers and nonprofits, including assisting with applications for State and Federal funding. Her current focus is on repurposing older buildings in New England for urban hydroponic farming to increase availability of fresh, locally grown produce.

Rebecca provides custom-tailored contract solutions for complex real estate transactions, helps commercial businesses and homeowners in representation for zoning appeals & betterments, assists developers in document review, and handles residential and commercial real estate closings. She is committed to sustainable design and improving the environment; and recently worked with the City of Quincy to negotiate a Power Purchase Agreement for 1MW of solar on public buildings.

Rebecca has a passion for the legal complexities of collaborative building information modeling (BIM), and integrated project delivery (IPD). She is experienced with the ConsensusDOCS C301 BIM Addendum, AIA C106, E201, E202, and E203 Digital Data Contracts, and has drafted 20+ BIM Execution Plans. As a BIM and IPD expert, Rebecca crafts custom design and construction contracts for alternative-delivery building projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Rebecca provides support for architects and engineers entering into sustainable design contracts. Rebecca has experience providing transactional legal support for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses incorporating or changing corporate forms, nonprofits gaining 501c3 status, drafting bylaws, and deciding which type of business entity to file with the State. She also works with design firms and building owners who need design contracts in MA or RI.

Specialties: real estate development, nonprofits and businesses seeking process implementation, risk management, legal analysis, intellectual property support, drafting and negotiating contracts.

Nancy Slome


Nancy Slome is a seasoned legal marketing consultant with more than a decade of experience advising attorneys on strategic marketing initiatives and creating compelling content for law firm websites.

Most recently, Nancy was the VP of Content Strategy at Jaffe PR. She has also held marketing director positions at White & Case and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and has worked in corporate communications, advertising, design, and publishing.

Nancy has served on the Board of Directors for the Metro New York Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. She is a regular presenter at industry conferences such as the LMA Southeast & LMA Northeast Regional Conference, Social Media for Law Firms, The Conference Board, National Investor Relations Institute, and the LMA Marketing Tech West Conference.

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