The Connection
February 19, 2019
Association News

2019 Region Spring Forum Guide

It seems like it will never end, but winter is nearly over and it's time to think about the warmer temperatures and sunny days of SPRING! It's time to come out of hibernation and join your fellow members at one of the Region Forums. It's a great opportunity to shake off the chill, gather with your peers and capture the spirit of NAWIC. Each of our eight regions are hosting an event in either April or May. Find the essential information about each in this handy preview guide online


2019-20 Board Candidates Slate Announced

The following candidates have announced their decision to lead and represent NAWIC for the 2019-20 board year. A Candidate Guide will soon be available to learn more about these members and their careers with NAWIC. All eligible members will be asked to cast their vote in May. More election details will be available in the coming days but in the meantime, congratulations to all those running and the best of luck!

National Officers

Region Directors

NAWIC President-Elect:
- Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP (Greater New York, Chapter 240)

- Anne Pfleger, CIT (Lima Ohio Area, Chapter 374)
NAWIC Vice President:
- Jill Hanson, CIT (Tampa, FL Chapter 36)
NAWIC Secretary:
- Lauline Mitchell (San Francisco, CA Chapter 19)
NAWIC Treasurer:
- Karen Hager, CBT, CIT (Greater Orlando, FL Chapter 73)
- Laurie Jimenez, CBT, PMP, DTM (Austin, TX Chapter 7)

Pacific Northwest Region:
- Kelly Aust, LEED AP BD+C (Portland, OR Chapter 54)
 South Atlantic Region:
- Debbie Edwards, CIT (Columbia, SC Chapter 113)
- Wendy McQuiggan (Richmond, VA Chapter 141)
South Central Region:
- Jennifer VanBreda, NICET II (Dallas, TX Chapter 2)
 Southeast Region:
- Cindy Spiropoulos, CIT, LEED GA (Greater Orlando, FL Chapter 73)

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On a dare from her ironworker brother in 1985, 21-year-old Vicki O’Leary took the ironworkers union apprenticeship test. She scored higher than he did and thought the matter was settled. But a Chicago apprenticeship coordinator offered her a job, which led to a 20-year construction trade career. “I’m not going to pretend it was easy, because it wasn’t,” says O’Leary, who worked on projects from O’Hare International Airport to McCormick Place convention center, always seeking opportunities to learn. She took an ironworker job for the city of Chicago that led to a role as its environmental health and safety coordinator. “I realized...

 NAWIC Member Named 2018 Engineer of the Year by Alaska Business 

Nominated by the Alaska Chapter of NAWIC National - U.S.A., Christine Ness, PE, FPE, CFPS of PDC Engineers was named the Engineer of the Year during last year's E-Week. We're pleased to share a little more about Ness and her vital work online here.

 Congratulations Christine from everyone here at NAWIC!


Minneapolis design and contruction attorney will lead the largest organization of construction lawyers in the world.

MINNEAPOLIS (January 28, 2018) – Kristine Kubes, principal of Kubes Law Office, PLLC, Minneapolis, has been elected as Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the largest construction law association in the world. She will serve as  Forum Chair beginning September 2019. In this post, she will lead more than 6,000 Forum members who represent construction company owners, design professionals, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties. In the Forum’s 43-year history, Kubes is the first Forum Chair from a solo/small law firm and only the sixth female lawyer to serve as Chair. 
Education / Training

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NFSF Applications Deadline 

The deadline for NFSF scholarship application submission is fast approaching!  Applications and all required documents must be submitted to no later than February 28th.  I am pleased to report that we have received a number of applications to date for both undergraduate and trade/technical school scholarships. We are looking forward to adding to the count between now and the 28th.

The NFSF 2018-2019 Awards Committee/Trustees, Riki Lovejoy, Connie Leopard, Cindy Johnsen and I, will be meeting the end of March to review all applications and make the awards.  All applicants will be notified shortly after that.  Once all the awards have been made and student information verified, the Chapters, Regions, companies and outside organizations with scholarship funds administered through NFSF will be provided a list of scholarship recipients.  There will also be a complete list of the 2019 recipients posted on the NFSF page on the NAWIC website.

I would like to thank everyone for supporting NFSF with donations this year.  NFSF is currently administering scholarship funds for about 22 NAWIC Chapters, 3 NAWIC Regions, 1 Company, and 1 Outside Association, in addition to the Foundation’s Funds. 

Keep spreading the word that NFSF is ‘expanding the construction industry one student at a time.

Sandy K. Field - NFSF 2018-2019 Administrator


Trenching and Excavation OSHA Training

Join the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers® & OSHA Region 6 as they offer a free video presentation on trenching and excavation safety. The one-hour video is now available for viewing. It provides guidance on how to prevent fatalities and injuries from common hazards in trenching and excavation. Register online to receive the link.


NAWIC Benefits Spotlight

The NAWIC Career Center offers construction companies, recruiters and hiring managers a unique resource that allows them to communicate their job openings to women in various fields of the construction industry. Finding the right women for the job has never been easier! The NAWIC Career Center features a construction industry online job board and NAWIC members can look to the job board to find employment opportunities. In the Career Center, members can post their resumes and find listings of the newest career opportunities related to the construction industry.



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Industry Update

As medical and recreational use of marijuana becomes more acceptable — and in some instances, legal — contractors are faced with a growing pool of candidates that are testing positive.

A report from the Lulea University of Technology in Sweden indicates that drones have a major role to play when it comes to inspecting and monitoring the state of the world’s infrastructure, according to Digital Trends.
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Feb 2019
OSHA Region 6 and OSHA Education Centers in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, are offering a free video presentation on trenching and excavation safety. The one-hour video will be available for viewing starting on February 18, 2019. It will provide guidance on how to prevent fatalities and injuries from common hazards in trenching and excavation.
Mar 2019
Mar 2019
The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.
Mar 2019
Mar 2019
Presented by Peggy Newquist/NEF
Apr 2019
April 4-6, 2019
San Antonio, TX
Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT
Apr 2019
April 11-13, 2019
Seattle, WA
Jill Hanson, CIT
Apr 2019
April 12-14, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Anne Pfleger, CIT
Apr 2019
April 25-27, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Diane Mike, CBT
Apr 2019
April 26-27, 2019
Chicago, IL
Anne Pfleger, CIT
May 2019
May 3-4, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP
May 2019
May 3-4, 2019
Nashville, TN
Catherine Schoenenberger
May 2019
May 17-18, 2019
Columbus, OH
Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT