Jim has substantial experience in construction and a thorough technical knowledge that spans all major construction methods. He is known for working effectively with design and construction professionals. His complete understanding of practices and methods allows him to evaluate impacts to both budget and schedule while ensuring the highest value to the owner. Prior to founding CSG, Jim spent 27 years working for construction management firms including Gilbane, W.E. O’Neil Construction Company and TBI Construction Management, where he was responsible for managing a wide range of projects including schools, pharmaceutical research facilities, corporate fit-out and federal buildings. Most recently, Jim was employed by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) where he gained invaluable owner’s representative experience on projects throughout Connecticut.






Roger has been actively involved in building construction for the past 40 years as a builder, general contractor, and developer. His experience has been exclusively in school construction for the past 20 years, including work with the Town of Suffield, where he served on the Facilities Committee for the development of the Master Plan for their $50 million school construction program.  Roger also served in the role of Project Manager, extensively involved in coordinating and directing construction, renovations, additions, and code upgrades for all school facilities. While employed at Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), he provided project oversight for the construction of the John J. Allison, Jr. Polaris Center in East Hartford and the River Street School extension in Coltsville. In addition, he developed the educational specifications and grant applications for seven new magnet schools. His prior experience provides the foundation for his practical, hands-on approach to school construction procedures from design to completion.





Chris' 20 year background encompasses engineering, construction and owner's project management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hartford and is an OSHA-Authorized Construction Trainer. His technical knowledge became further solidified by hands-on, in-the-field knowledge that he developed throughout the course of his career, serving in a range of positions including survey crew chief and designer to construction manager and general contractor. His expertise is particularly concentrated in the educational sector, where he brings a comprehensive understanding of the challenges associated with public school construction to each project that he undertakes. He is respected among industry peers, known for being conscious of overall project objectives while remaining steadfastly focused on budget and schedule adherence. Prior to joining CSG, Chris worked for Meyers Associates, Macchi Engineers and KBE Building Corporation. Most recently, he was a Project Manager for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) where he gained unique experience managing projects from an owner's perspective, which proves to be invaluable in serving clients to this day.

karen depersia

senior project manager


Karen has over 30 years’ experience in architecture, project management and construction. She attended Syracuse University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. Her comprehensive experience as an Owner’s Project Manager at Capital Region Education Council (CREC) lends itself perfectly to the functions she is responsible for at CSG. Karen is proficient in the management of complex, multi-phased projects in both the private and public sectors. She has invaluable procedural knowledge of the State of Connecticut Office of School Construction Grants.  

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PROJECT Executive


Michael brings deep knowledge of the construction industry gained through a 30 year career in the industry, with a particular expertise in the management of complex, large scale programs involving multiple stakeholders. He has extensive experience in commercial, institutional and residential construction and firsthand experience owning a site improvement and concrete construction business.





Jason has a diverse construction background that spans a period of over 20 years.  He owned and managed a successful construction company performing renovations on both residential and commercial projects.  His attention to detail and uncompromising standards of quality have given him a reputation as a high quality contractor.




Paul Torcellini has been in commercial construction for over 35 years.  Paul started out as a member of a survey crew and worked his way up to superintendent.  His extensive knowledge of construction means and methods, his in-depth understanding of construction documents and his meticulous focus have benefited CSG’s clients in the quality of work delivered as well as financially.



Gus Penna has over 40 years of experience in the field of public education as a teacher and administrator in the state of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  While an administrator in Avon, Connecticut he directed the school district’s building projects from the initial planning to opening day ceremonies.  Projects included major renovations and additions to all schools in the district, highlighted by a newly constructed elementary school and major renovation of the high school. Gus has an extensive breath of knowledge of all phases of school construction. At the initial beginnings of magnet schools, he was the Project Manager for the first two magnet schools operated by CREC, Metropolitan Learning Center and University of Hartford Magnet School.  Currently he has and continues to coordinate the FF&E schedules and purchases for several magnet schools in the Greater Hartford area.  His unique expertise lies in working with educators to understand the programmatic requirements for building projects and matching equipment and furniture to support the educational missions of schools.