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

817-270-4343 office   817-270-0149 fax

817-821-9600 cell


news from around the region


              December, 2007                                                                   “SPREAD YOUR WINGS & FLY!”



Hello Region 7!


I would like to thank all of you who attended our Annual Planning Conference and hope that you were not disappointed.  Although IRS tax laws and requirements are not fun, we did learn more about our chapter Scholarships, the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation (NFSF) and the laws regarding fundraising events for them.  We learned the value of working together and how important it is to discover our common ground rather than to seek out our differences. Kudos to Martha Simpson for raising $1,000 for NEF with her special auction. As always, it was wonderful to rekindle friendships and develop new ones with our members throughout the region.  I welcome all comments and suggestions, so please feel free to contact me.


Special thanks to the Fort Worth Chapter APC Committee, NAWIC President-elect Pat McDonald, NAWIC Treasurer Deb Gregoire, NAWIC Secretary Judy DeWeese and Past NAWIC President Luci Roberts for sharing your knowledge and laughter with us.  AND, let us not forget the “Versa-Undies Girls” from Tulsa – you are TERRIFIC!


Forum 2008 is our next region event and plans are well under way.  The Austin, San Antonio and Waco chapters will be celebrating their 50th Anniversaries so it promises to be a wonderful event.  More news will be forthcoming regarding the agenda, speakers, special events and amenities offered at the facility.  Spring time in Texas hill country is a wonderful time of year, so mark your calendars now – I promise you will not be disappointed. 


A special thank you is in order to our Chapter Presidents and Region Committee Chairs for your dedication to NAWIC and Region 7.


Wishing you all a happy, safe holiday season,


Julia Campbell


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!






December 1         President’s Message for newsletter

January 7              Chapter President annual report & questions due to Director for Director’s Mid-Year Report (Mid-Year Board February 21-23)

January 30            IRS certification form due to NAWIC Office

February                Scholarship money due to NFSF

                                Crystal Vision/Achievement Nominations

                                Chapter Block Kids entries due

February 15          IRS 990 due to be filed

March                     Elect Nominating Committee

                                Chapter CAD/Design entries due

March 2 – 8           WIC Week

March 15               NFSF Scholarship Applications due

April 4 – 5              Annual Forum in Boerne, Tapatio Springs

ALWAYS                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









Austin #7 – Luci Roberts

·        Concentrating on member recruitment.


Corpus Christi #4 – Barbara Taylor

·          Lisa Huerta recruited 2 new members.

·          Block Kids contest January 19, 2008.

·          Kim Wilburn is working on a new roster.

·          Ways & Means Committee Chair Darlene Le-Omana is researching ways to increase income

·          WIC Week project is to install a playground set for The Ark, a home for abused and neglected children.

·          Corpus Christi Chapter is having an Open House on with ABC for their new LARGE Craft Training Center.

·          Construction Industry project will include painting the walls and ceiling of the nurse’s office at Prescott Elementary School and to design and build two benches with drawers as well as a workstation for the nurse’s computer.

·          Barbara Taylor has been appointed to the Builder and Contractor Advisory Committee by State Representative Juan Garcia.  This committee will advise on any Bills submitted concerning the construction industry.



Dallas #2 – Rebecca Hicks

·          Chapter sales at APC were for the benefit of the kids at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital; thanks to the “high-pressure” sales tactics of Tamara and some of our members, we doubled the amount of money available to purchase gifts for the kids at the hospital.  Special thanks to Lori Gallop-Wintz’s company Help is On The Way and Beke Puckett of C-CAP-Firestone for their generous donations.

·          November’s speaker, Bryan Dodge, talked to us about “How to Build a Better You”.  Mr. Dodge is a keynote speaker and has a weekly program on radio station WBAP and is working on a television show.

·          January’s speaker will be Dr. Lawana Gladney discussing emotional wellness.


Fort Worth #1 – Cristy Treder

·          Our first Block Kids competition is complete with another planned for the spring.

·          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.

·          Plans are under way to build another playhouse for Child Advocates and we will possibly get involved with a local Girl Scout Troop this year.  We will once again have a booth at the Entrepreneur Expo in February.

·          Our Publicity Committee has been very successful getting NAWIC events and information published.

·          WIC Week project is in the works.







Houston #3 – Kathy Sterling

·          We held our annual Industry Appreciation dinner in November to recognize chapter sponsors for their support throughout the year.

·          In our ongoing support of The Bridge, a shelter for abused women and their children, we collect donations monthly and in December we always provide toys for the children.  Many of the companies our ladies work for donate additional toys, giving us a big donation to help through the holidays.

·          Plans are under way for our Block Kids competition.

·          We are proud to have several new members who are stepping up to the plate, becoming involved in the many opportunities available.


San Antonio #11 – Kim Miller

·          Merry Christmas everyone! Our Chapter Christmas party is Wednesday, December 12 at Dave & Busters for a Mystery Dinner Theater.

·          We are also helping with the 8th Annual Construct A Kids Gala, benefitting children in the Bexar County Foster Care.

·          Our January meeting will be “Contractors in a Box” night, thanks to Becky Wynne.  Contractors who participate will have a display table to “hawk their wares” and ten minutes at the podium to talk about their services – all for $100 each.

·          Terri Pasley inducted three new members in November: Dawn Revell with W.G. Yates, Sandee Morgan with W.G. Yates, and Susan Burrier with Pletz.  The day after the meeting Christi Marsh with Texas Air Systems and Jacque Lyons with W.G. Yates joined our chapter!

·          Please take time to visit our website to see what’s new at .



Tulsa #76 – Judy Chrisman

·          These ladies are busy with their many projects and committees. ( Note from Julia: I feel certain they are working on another rendition of their Versa-Undies!)


Waco #14 – Ginger Ritchison

·          We had two members from our chapter attended APC. New member Anne Owens attended and she enjoyed it very much.  Anne has also volunteered to do our web page when our members vote to start the process.

·          We have a new member, Glynna Swanner with CWA Construction, Inc. recruited by Jackie Deskins.

·          We will have our traditional fiesta dinner at our Christmas party on December 11 along with our Chinese gift exchange.

·          Our members donated money for a gift card to Wal-Mart for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children.

·          My boss, K. Paul Holt, has graciously donated the materials needed to print the program for our Annual Forum in April








AUSTIN CHAPTER #7                                                                                                

Jennifer Morton

Brandt Engineering



Kimberly Keplar

Bluebonnet Roofing



Maria Flores        


Victoria Klopfenstein

Turner Construction

Antionette Marquez

Phyllis Moynihan


Nicole Orsburn                   

Aguirre Building Services

Erin Pierce

Law Offices of R. Sean McDonald

Bernadette Rodriguez

Balance Out



Marilyn Brewster

Electro Acoustics & Video, Inc.

Denise Broadway

S & J Electric

Jennifer Clay

                AUI General Contractors

Laura Esquivel

Esquivel Services

Christie Hons

                AUI General Contractors

Karen Griffin

                Artfoam, LLC




De’Ann Gill

                Becon Construction Company, Inc.

Cathy McDow

                RLI Surety


Sherri Reagin

                Cytex Architectural

Kelly Uhlig

                Trademark Construction




Susan Burrier

                Pletz Construction, LLC

Laura Harris

                W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.

Jacqueline Lyons

                W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.

Christi Marsh

                Texas Air Systems

Sandee Morgan

                W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.

Dawn Revell

                W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co.




Miela Stephens

                Traffic & Lighting

WACO #14


Glynna Swanner

                CWA Construction, Inc.




Elizabeth King

                Garrison Partners


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.  I encourage you to take advantage of the benefits your respective chapters have to offer.






Treasurer Deb Gregoire has announced she will run for Vice-President in 2008; Secretary Judy DeWeese has announced she will run for Secretary in 2008; Region 12 Director Cindy Johnsen and Region 4 Director Christine Parsons have announced they will run for NAWIC Treasurer in 2008.






Construction Industry

Sandy Field, Houston Chapter #3


                Kathy Sterling, Houston Chapter #3


                Becky Wynne, San Antonio Chapter #11

Professional Education

                Emilie Hins, Tulsa Chaper #76


Safety & Health

                Jennifer Swinney, San Antonio Chapter #11

Strategic Planning

                Gracie (Narey) Stewart, Fort Worth #1

WIC Week

                Gracie (Narey) Stewart, Fort Worth #1


NEF Representatives:



                Carolyn Brice, Dallas Chapter #2

Block Kids

                Tracey Hart, Fort Worth Chapter #


                Martha Simpson, San Antonio Chapter #11


                Karolene Pittman




Business Owners & Managers Council (BOMC)

                Laura Culin, Austin Chapter #7


Region 7 Fund Committee


                Judy DeWeese, NAWIC Secretary, Past Director


                Ginger Ritchison


                Vickie Thompson