Our Office Staff


Kate Zappone

Title: Office Manager
Email: kate@gaisconstruction.com

Born in Columbia, Missouri, Kate has been a member of the Gais Construction family since 2010.

Though traveling most of her life across the United States and living in various different places, Kate moved to North Carolina sixteen years ago to be closer to her family. For nearly six years she worked for her brother as an (info here) where she (more info here).

Jennifer Barber

Title: Office Administrator
Email: jennifer@gaisconstruction.com

Born in Beckley, West Virginia, Jennifer joined the Gais Construction family in early 2016.

Though a native to West Virginia, Jennifer has lived in North Carolina for several years now. Before working for Gais Construction she was an office manager another company. Very knowledgeable with both Quickbooks and bookkeeping, Jennifer was hired for administrative office support. Her responsibilities include coordinating office activities and operations, manage phone calls and correspondence, support budgeting and bookkeeping procedures, create and update records, submit timely reports, manage agendas and other administrative duties.

When not in the office, Jennifer is a very creative person who enjoys refinishing old furniture. She also enjoys spending the weekend with her two sons and spunky little granddaughter. Any time she can explore new restaurants and pubs in the local area with friends and family is a good highlight in her life.

Jenny Cheon

Title: Estimator
Email: jenny@gaisconstruciton.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

Title: Facilitator
Email: salgado@gaisconstruciton.com

Our newest office team member, Melissa joined Gais as a Facilitator in September of 2019.

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, Melissa worked as a Paralegal for 13 years, 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 summer’s 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 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.