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


             MARCH/APRIL, 2008                                                            “SPREAD YOUR WINGS & FLY!”



…from your Director


You all made our 2008 Annual Forum a success, in spite of my “jitters”, so a big THANK YOU, REGION 7.  It was an honor for us to share in the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Austin, San Antonio, and Waco chapters. The Forum Committee worked very hard to put this event together and they did an outstanding job!  Martha Simpson raised a total of $1,428.0o for NEF through raffle ticket sales and Ladder Club donations.  We were fortunate to have Christie Wigginton, NAWIC Immediate Past President, serve as our national representative and participate in our Forum; her enthusiasm and professionalism are an inspiration to us all.


As of April 1, Region 7 has recruited 82 new members this year, bringing our total membership to 308 talented women!  These are exciting times in NAWIC.  Thanks to the efforts of Kathy Sterling, De’Ann Gill, and the Houston chapter, we will soon be chartering a new chapter in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area, adding at least 30 members to our region. I will get to meet these dynamic women later this month – how exciting is that!  This process has been a great experience for me and I am looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s efforts. There is more to come and I will certainly keep you informed of progress.


The Region 7 Website is under construction.  Now, I need some help from one of you talented women to volunteer to administer our website.  My knowledge of such things is limited, at best, and there simply are not enough hours in the day for me to learn this process.  So, please contact me if you have an interest in taking on this task.


Chapter Officer and Director elections are coming up in June and the Nominating Committees are looking for candidates.  Serving on your chapter’s Board of Directors is a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional growth as well as utilizing your unique talents for the benefit of all.  I urge you to consider serving in some capacity – it just might be the best thing you have ever done for yourself and others.


Plans are under way for a Region 7 Leadership Training workshop on August 18 in Austin.  This workshop is for the benefit of incoming Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities available to them.   Of course, any member is welcome to attend.  I would like to extend a special thank you to Laura Culin for volunteering to coordinate this event for us.


NAWIC Officer voting ballots will be mailed by May 31.  Remember to cast your vote and return your ballot promptly.


Thank you,

Julia Campbell




Ø  04 – 05 Annual Forum, Boerne, TX

Ø  21 – Crystal Vision Award recipients announced


Ø  Chapters to present slate of Officers and Directors for 2008-2009 election

Ø  31 - Convention Promos mailed by this date

Ø  31 - NAWIC Officer election ballots mailed by this date


Ø  Chapter Elections

Ø  Elect Convention Delegates

Ø  15 - Chapter Dues information due to the NAWIC Office

Ø  21 - NAWIC Officer election ballots postmark deadline

Ø  30 - Chapter Officer information due to NAWIC Office


Ø  07 - Convention Registration postmark deadline

Ø  14 - Chapter Credential certifications due in NAWIC Office

Ø  15 – Deadline to submit new Chapter Officers to NAWIC Office


Ø  01 - Deadline to make Convention room reservations at NAWIC rate of $119.00/day

Ø  14 – Dues renewals distributed

Ø  16 - Region 7 Leadership Training for incoming Chapter Officers, Directors, and Committee chairs – Austin

Ø  18 – Chapter President annual report/questions due to Director for Director’s Pre-Con Report


Ø  03 -06 NAWIC Annual Convention, Las Vegas

Ø  11 - NAWIC Founders’ Day


Ø  01 – Dues Renewals due in NAWIC Office


Ø  08 – APC in Fort Worth


Ø  Be courteous and mindful of commitments




Austin                                Luci Roberts, CCA, CIT 


Corpus Christi              Barbara Taylor


Dallas                                 Rebecca Hicks


Fort Worth                      Cristy Treder


Houston                            Kathy Sterling


San Antonio                  Kim Miller


Tulsa                                   Judy Chrisman


Waco                                  Ginger Ritchison





                        Dianna Brannan

                                                Rogers O’Brien Construction


                        Cassandra Cantu

                                                Austin Commercial, L.P.


                        Sharon McGee

                                                R.M. Mechanical, Inc.


                        Toni Osberry

                                                Austin Chapter AGC


                        Carrie Pitt

                                                PBC, Inc.



                        Shannon Barnes

                                                Dee Brown, Inc.


                        Lisa Buck

                                                Veritas Advisory Group


                        Carmen Delatorre

                                                Skill Services, LLC


                        Lori Dozier

                                                The Townson Company


                        Christine Fadke

                                                Z Projects


                        Patrice Goldstein


                        Tatiana Oroza



                        Sherri Rutherford

                                                K. Thompson Electric, Inc.


Heidi Weinstein

                                                Construction Source Group



                        Tracy Barefoot

                                                AccuTex Electric


                        Rachel Ensey

                                                Acton Mobile Industries


                        Lani Hendrix

                                                Z Projects


                        Veronica Moreno

                                                Pavecon Commercial


                        Peggy Osburn

                                                BFP Company


                        Traci Robinson

                                                Midwest Wrecking Co. of Texas



                        Shawntel Broadus-Curtis

                                                CLP Resources


                        Sue Conkright

                                                Austin Industrial, Inc.


                        Kara Edwards

                                                Stonewall Constructors


                        Robin Keiffer



                        Orietta Murdock

                                                SPX Cooling Technologies


                        Martha Phillipp

                                                Trendmaker Homes


                        Pam Riquelmy

                                                Austin Industrial, Inc.


                        Joyce Slack

                                                Southway Systems


                        Karen Tamez

                                                Sunbelt Rentals


                        Theresa Williams

                                                Trendmaker Homes



                        Bridget Booth

                                                Clark/Byrne Construction


                        Penny McDonald

                                                The Fetzer Companies




SAN ANTONIO (cont.):

                        Lynda Miller

                                                84 Lumber


                        Rebecca Pena

                                                Foster CM Group, Inc.


                        Melissa Rodriquez-Ramirez

                                                Clark Construction Group, L.L.C.


                        Loveleena Saxena

                                                Clark Construction Group, L.L.C.


                        Patty Wright

                                                Wortham Insurance & Risk Management


                        Patricia Wylie

                                                Johnson Controls, Inc.


                        Brenda Younts

                                                MAGI Construction



                        Dana Todd




                        Joyce Cammack

                                                Jewell Concrete



                        Renee Cook

                                                Lennox Industries


                        Allison Wilson

                                                AEW Construction LLC



Austin #7 – Luci Roberts

·         Put together membership packets to have available at all meetings.

·         Chapter calendar complete with speakers scheduled through August.

·         Welcomed 5 new members.

·         Co-hosted Annual Forum at Tapatio Springs in Boerne; hosted the Welcome Party and registration.


Corpus Christi #4 – Barbara Taylor

·         Construction Industry Project is based with the Prescott Elementary School.

·         WIC Week project with The ARK, a home for abused children, evolved into a major project repairing and replacing an existing door.

·         Skills USA program was a huge success with the chapter providing judges and helping out wherever needed.


Dallas #2 – Rebecca Hicks

·         In observance of WIC Week, we hosted a new and potential member orientation on March 3 at the Dallas QUOIN office with 20 in attendance.

·         WIC week project was a small construction project at the Dallas Zoo.

·         President Hicks was the March speaker, covering the Texas law regarding contingent payment clauses (pay-if-paid) in construction contracts.

·         Annual Golf Tournament on April 14, benefitting Scottish Rite Hospital.

·         Welcomed 9 new members.


Fort Worth #1 – Cristy Treder

·         Our chapter proudly supports The Women’s Center, Union Gospel Mission, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Northside Interchurch Agency, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Child Advocates of Tarrant County, Zonta International throughout the year.

·         WIC Week/Construction Industry Project is to build a playhouse for CASA.

·         We support scholarships through NFSF as well as apprenticeship programs through CEF and IEC.

·         Welcomed 6 new members.

·         May is Industry Appreciation month, with special recognition to an employer who promotes women in the construction industry.


Houston #3 – Kathy Sterling

·         Membership promotion – welcomed 10 new members.

·         Continuing support of The Bridge and other community service projects.

·         WIC Week project was a jobsite tour of the Baker Hughes Center for Technology.

·         Working with local industry associations to promote NAWIC

·         Several ongoing community service projects.


San Antonio #11 – Kim Miller

·         Industry Appreciation Night was March 12 with Becky Oliver, Executive Vice-President for the Greater San Antonio Builders Association.

·         WIC week events included an AGC Salsa Mixer and a bowling tournament.

·         Walk for the Cure benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and breast cancer research is scheduled for March 29.

·         Welcomed 9 new members.

·         Golf tournament is April 18 at Canyon Springs.

·         Co-hosted Annual Forum at Tapatio Springs in Boerne.


Tulsa #76 – Judy Chrisman

·         WIC Week project was a tour of the new BOK Arena in downtown Tulsa.

·         Welcomed 1 new member.

·         Preliminary planning for Forum 2009 with Kasey Bauman, Forum Coordinator


Waco #14 – Ginger Ritchison

·         Welcomed 1 new member.

·         WIC Week project included receiving a proclamation from the City of Waco to display in the AGC plan room and publish a notice in the AGC newsletter.

·         Co-hosted Annual Forum at Tapatio Springs in Boerne; mailed registration forms and produced the handbooks.

·         A website for Waco Chapter is in the planning stages.






Construction Industry

Sandy Field, Houston Chapter #3



                        Kathy Sterling, Houston Chapter #3



                        Becky Wynne, San Antonio Chapter #11


Professional Education

                        Emilie Hins, Tulsa Chapter #76


Safety & Health

                        Jennifer Swinney, San Antonio Chapter #11


Strategic Planning

                        Gracie Narey, Fort Worth Chapter #1


WIC Week

                        Gracie Narey, Fort Worth Chapter #1



NEF Representatives:



                        Carolyn Brice, Dallas Chapter #2


Block Kids

                        Tracey Hart, Fort Worth Chapter #1



                        Martha Simpson, San Antonio Chapter #11



                        Karolene Pittman, Fort Worth Chapter #1



Region 7 Fund Committee:


                        Judy DeWeese, San Antonio Chapter #11


                        Ginger Ritchison, Waco Chapter #14


                        Vickie Thompson, Corpus Christi Chapter #4





The NAWIC Education Foundation is seeking nominees for the 2008 Carol Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award.  Established to honor Carol’s service and dedication to NEF, the award recognizes an outstanding construction educator or advocate for construction education, and is awarded to a individual outside of the NAWIC membership.  The guidelines and nomination forms were mailed to chapter presidents on March 26.  Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2008.





The following email was received from Immediate Past President, Chris Wigginton:


I thought I would share some exciting news from SAWIC (South African Women In Construction).  I have just heard from Anna Marie, one of the SAWIC members I met last year in South Africa.  She had just finished a meeting with the government and they have approved a construction program for high school students.  They remembered me speaking on MAGIC and contacted me for more information.  We have sent them all they need to get started and will continue to assist them with what they need.


Looks like MAGIC is going global!!



…in closing,


Don’t forget to utilize the NAWIC website for information, education, upcoming events, etc. at .


As we go about our day-to-day routines, let us not forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  If you have been too busy to call an old friend lately, take a minute to do so – you may be surprised to know your thoughtfulness just made their day a little brighter.


Best wishes and safe travels,