Our Office Staff


Kate Zappone- kate@gaisconstruction.com

Title: Office Manager
Email: kate@gaisconstruction.com

Kate was born in Missouri and grew up moving around living in five different states.  She graduated from Covenant College with a BA in Business Administration.  She started her career in Nashville, TN in the music business, then moved into the marketing field.  This took her to Boston, MA to continue her career in marketing systems for 10 years.

Kate moved to North Carolina in 2001 to be closer to her family. Over the next 10 years she worked as the Office Manager for her brother, a General Contractor and her husband’s used car business.

Kate became a member of the Gais Construction family in 2010 as the Office Manager and is responsible for contracts, invoicing, payroll, HR, AR/AP, financials, accounting, insurance, legal, and implementation of processes throughout the company. She is in the office on Wednesdays, but otherwise works from home so she can homeschool her three boys and enjoy watching them play soccer, their favorite sport.

Jenny Cheon- jenny@gaisconstruction.com

Title: Estimator
Email: jenny@gaisconstruction.com

Jenny joined Gais as an estimator in early of 2017.

Raised in York, South Carolina, Jenny is a graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s in English. Before joining the general construction field, she was formerly an estimator for a residential plumbing company. Before that she worked for the York County School district for five years.

Her responsibilities include preparing cost estimates, communicating with sub-contractors, delivering bids on time, and other administrative duties.

When not sitting behind a desk and answering emails, Jenny enjoys her time writing stories or spending time with her family.

Melissa Salgado- salgado@gaisconstruction.com

Title: Facilitator
Email: salgado@gaisconstruction.com

Melissa was born in Hartford, Connecticut, however, she has lived in several other states up and down the east coast, including Vermont and Florida.  Melissa has resided in North Carolina now since August of 2011. Before joining Gais in September of 2019, Melissa worked as a Paralegal for 13 years in Connecticut, specializing in residential real estate closings.  After moving to North Carolina, she worked for Lincoln County Schools for 7 years, where she was able to enjoy having summers off with her two children.

At Gais, Melissa’s responsibilities include, Notice to Proceeds, Submittals, Change Orders, Certificates of Insurance, Customer Warranty Forms, Notice of Contracts, Project Anniversary Tracking, Website Updates, as well as assisting with many other administrative duties.

While not at work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling with her daughter who is a signed NY fashion model, watching her son play competitive soccer, and cooking.