National Association of Women in Construction

Enhancing the Success of Women in Construction


Julia Campbell

DIRECTOR 2007-2009


4224 Arrowwood Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76115

817-821-9600 cell


news from around the region




from your Director


It is surprising to me that the first year serving as your director is behind us. I look forward to the coming year with much anticipation because of you all of you have brought dedication, commitment, and excitement to your chapters, the region, and NAWIC across the country. It is my honor to represent Region 7 for one more year.


Hurricane Ike was a monster storm that devastated southeast Texas from Galveston to Louisiana. The full effects are still not known and will not be for quite some time. The infrastructure of Houston was damaged and some residents are still without basic services, although they are on the road to recovery. Port Arthur suffered great losses with some of our members losing everything, including their jobs. Lorinda Kirk and Betty Keith are compiling a list of needs in response to the overwhelming show of support from NAWIC members across the country. We will share that information as soon as available.


We all want to help so here is an idea, thanks to Kasey and the Tulsa chapter. When you come to APC next month, we will have a box at the registration table to collect gift cards to give to the Port Arthur members for distribution. Any amount will be very much appreciated. Basic necessities are needed so next time you are shopping at Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kroger, etc. just add one or two to your cart at the check-out.


Convention was fantastic this year. The speakers were exceptional, the workshops, seminars, and programs were filled with timely information for us all. Our region had 52 registered members with 49 in attendance. It is my hope that everyone who attended will share your experience and knowledge gained with those who were unable to attend.


Annual Planning Conference is right around the corner and I would like to thank the Fort Worth chapter and the APC Committee for their commitment to provide us with a wonderful conference. These regional conferences are for your benefit and we always strive to bring you the information you need to get the most benefit from your membership. We will have a lot of information to share which will enable your chapters to be ever more successful and efficient. I look forward to seeing you there.


Safe travels,


Julia Campbell















  01 Dues Renewals due in NAWIC Office; renewals received after this date will incur a $25 late fee

  05 Deadline for Region newsletter articles

  15 NAWIC Manual updates available on the website

  31 Happy Halloween!



  05 Deadline for Region newsletter articles

  08 APC , Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel & Spa

  IRS 990 Certification form to NAWIC Office and Director

  27 Happy Thanksgiving!



  25 thru January 1 NAWIC Office closed

  25 Merry Christmas!



  01 Happy New Year!

  05 Deadline for Region newsletter articles

  10 Deadline to submit information requests to Director for Mid-Year Board Meeting

  30 Deadline to submit IRS 990 Certification Forms to NAWIC Office and Director


  7 NEF Testing

  16 IRS e-Postcard and return deadline

  26 thru 28 NAWIC Mid-Year Board Meeting, San Antonio

  Elect Forum Delegates

  Plan WIC Week activities



  2 thru 6 WIC Week

  20 Crystal Vision nominations due

  NAWIC Director Candidate forms due to NAWIC Exec VP 30 days before Forum


  24 & 25 - Region 7 Annual Forum, Tulsa



  26 thru 29 NAWIC Convention, Phoenix, AZ


  Be courteous and mindful of commitments













Austin #7 Laura Culin

Corpus Christi #4 Darlene Lee-Omana, CCA, CIT, CCRRC

Dallas #3 Tamara Crooks

Fort Worth #1 Pat Meadors

Houston #3 Sandy Field

Port Arthur-Golden Triangle #377

Betty Keith

San Antonio #11 Jennifer Swinney, CIT, CDS

Tulsa #76 Joani Kelly

Waco #14 Ginger Ritchison




Construction Profession and Education

Emilie Hins, Tulsa #76


Robynn Lehr, Fort Worth Chapter #1


Becky Wynne, CDT, San Antonio Chapter #11

Safety & Health

Jennifer Swinney, San Antonio Chapter #11

Strategic Planning

Gracie Narey, CIT, Fort Worth Chapter #1

WIC Week

Pat Briggs




Barbara Taylor, Corpus Christi #4

Block Kids

Tracey Hart, CIT, Fort Worth Chapter #1


Martha Simpson, San Antonio Chapter #11


Judy DeWeese, CIT, San Antonio Chapter #11




Judy DeWeese, CIT, San Antonio Chapter #11

Ginger Ritchison, Waco Chapter #14

Vickie Thompson, Corpus Christi Chapter #4




Executive Vice President

Dede Hughes

Office/NAWIC Store Manager

Theresa Price


Kate Bowling

Website/IT Specialist

Tim Elmore

Membership Director

Sandy Fite

Membership Assistant

Laurie McCullough

Communication Director

Misty Hart

Communication Assistant

Michelle Milner

Marketing Director

Julie Lyssy

Education Director

Mary Weaver




Effective September 29, 2008, the NAWIC Office hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST with the office being closed on Friday. This change is being made to reduce electricity use will reducing fuel costs for the staff. The NAWIC staff continually strives to provide outstanding support to our members. Since the number of hours the staff will be working will not change, you can expect the same level of exemplary service.




President Pat McDonald, CCA, CIT

President Elect Robin Fulton-Meyer, CIT

Vice President Debra Gregoire, CIT

Secretary Judy DeWeese, CIT

Treasurer Cindy Johnsen, CDS, CIT


Past President Tamie Taylor, CDS, CDT, CIT




Bylaws Tamie Taylor, CDS, CDT, CIT

Construction Profession

and Education Jill Melancon

Finance Cindy Johnsen, CDS, CIT

Membership Antonette Walker

PR/Marketing Rebecca Wynne, CDT

Safety & Health Awareness Lisa Losness

Strategic Planning Christine Parsons, CDS, CIT

Parliamentarian Linda Young, CIT






Austin Chapter #07

Marcell Ellison

Recon Services


Corpus Christi Chapter #4

Bria Whitmire

Fugro Consultants, Inc.

Dallas Chapter #02

Doris Green

USA Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc.

Angela Guill

Turner Construction Company



Fort Worth Chapter #1

Cathy Adley

Adley Transportation, LLC

Lisa Arnold

Merrill Lynch

Glenda Lopez

NWH Management, LLC

Stacey Slegh

Jennifer Snowden

Trade Management, Inc.


Houston Chapter #03

Rebecca Manzel

Energy Waterproofing & Roofing Systems, Inc.

Port Arthur-Golden Triangle Chapter #377

Cheryl Carson

Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce

Angela Massey

Advanced Asset Developments, LLC

Darlene Moody

Partnership Strategies

Rebecca Rutledge

APAC Texas, Inc

Mary Stewart


San Antonio Chapter #11

Terri Beavers

US Army Medical Command

Kimberly Cuccaro

CCC Group, Inc.


We welcome each of you to NAWIC and hope you take advantage of the many benefits available to our members. Please feel free to contact any member should you have questions or comments.



Austin #7 Laura Culin

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications.

  Hosts a Meet & Greet each month for new and prospective members

Corpus Christi #4 Darlene Lee-Omana

  October 11 Joint Garage Sale at the AGC Building

  Three members will attend APC

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications.

Dallas #7 Tamara Crooks

  We had 7 members attend Convention and everyone was extremely satisfied with the programs and speakers. Plans are in the works to make the trek to the deserts of Arizona next year.

  Upcoming events include our Block Kids Event at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital on October 25; our 15th Annual Golf Classic in April; our 4th Annual Texas HoldEm Poker Tournament in August.

  We will be attending APC in November and Forum in April it will be nice to finally leave the great State of Texas for Forum!

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications

Fort Worth #1 Pat Meadors

  Convention attendees have been re-energized and are full of enthusiasm for the upcoming year.

  Hostess chapter for APC one more time - we invite all to attend this conference which will be filled with learning and fellowship.

  Upcoming events include gathering stuffed animals for the Womens Center in December; greeting the Troops at DFW Airport; planning for the CASA playhouse; participating in the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure in April; assisting children at the Special Olympics in May; and hosting our Annual Golf Tournament in June.

  Robynn Lehr, chapter Membership chair has developed a campaign idea, Members are the Key to NAWIC each quarter recruiting members will be recognized for their efforts to recruit new members.

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications.

Houston #3 Sandy Field

  Hurricane Ike hit on September 12, causing incredible damage to the infrastructure of the southeast Texas area. Some residents are still without electricity and basic services. In some cases, residents have lost their homes and businesses. We are all trying to get back to normal and to help those in need.

  We are survivors and the Houston chapter will continue with membership recruitment, membership retention, top notch educational programs and speakers at meetings, Block Kids and we also hope to have a Magic Camp in 2009.

  Continuing support for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a haven for women and children in need of temporary shelter and guidance

Port Arthur-Golden Triangle #377 Betty Keith

  Recovering from the devastation of hurricane Ike

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications as well as radio and television spotlights

San Antonio #11 Jennifer Swinney

  Membership recruitment events.

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications


Tulsa #76 Joani Kelly

  Participated in Construction Industry Fair at Ziegler Park

  Silent Auction in September with proceeds donated to Cystic Fibrosis Association

  Planning Make a Difference Day activities with our partner in education, Jane Addams Elementary School

  Ongoing recognition in local trade publications


Waco #14 Ginger Ritchison

  Awarded a scholarship to Nathan Byrum who is pursuing a degree in Construction Science at Sam Houston State University. Nathan interned with Mazanec Construction Company.

  Guest speaker will be James Karl, Building Official, and Jerry Grisham, Inspector with the City of Bellmead discussing future construction projects for the City of Bellmead.

  Our chapter will serve lunch to the Waco Habitat for Humanity volunteer workers on October 25.




Convention was great and the Houston chapter made it even better. On behalf of the chapter, Brenda Hartman presented a check in excess of $52,000.00 from the Houston NAWIC Scholarship Fund to the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation.


Houston chapter member DeAnn Gill was recognized by WIC Week National Chair, Nancy Eaton, for her success in recognizing over three hundred women in construction during WIC Week with special events at all BECON locations.


The Fort Worth chapter is proud to announce the winner of their Block Kids Contest was awarded Third Place in the national competition at Convention. Misael Gonzalez built a glass-walled green construction museum.








NAWIC is excited to join the Sister Alliance Project, bringing together tradeswomen associations from across the country to share information and networking opportunities. The groups linked together are many and varied, from Cleveland to Missouri, from Iron Workers to the League of Women Voters, from Alaska Womens Network to the Department of Labor. Please take a moment to explore the website at .








Utilize the NAWIC website at there is a tremendous amount of information available to you with just a click of the mouse! Check out the following:


  Member information

  Chapter Officer Handbooks

  Committee Handbooks

  Programs In-A-Box

  Convention Information

  Magic Camp





I would like to remind everyone to remember our friends and loved ones who are going through difficult times, no matter what the cause. We all know someone having health issues, financial problems, or the loss of a loved one and if we take a moment to let them know we care, it makes their world a little brighter.


Let us never forget our brave men and women in the Armed Forces who put their lives on the line every day in order to preserve our safety and freedom. And to all our veterans, a heartfelt THANK YOU!





until next time,


Best wishes and safe travels,