ABOUT US

ROCHESTER NAWIC 314

Our Core Purpose:
To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

NAWIC HISTORY

The National Association of Women in Construction was established in 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas. NAWIC originally began as women in construction of Fort Worth. It was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network that was strongly supported by their bosses and male counterparts. It was so successful that it gained national status a mere two years later.

Currently NAWIC has a membership of approximately 6,000 with close to 200 chapters in almost every U.S. State and in Canada with International affiliation agreements with NAWIC-Australia, NAWIC-New Zealand, and most recently with South African Women in Construction (SAWiC). Since its national charter in 1955, NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction whose careers range from the skilled trades to business ownership.

BOARD MEMBERS

Melissa Wentland
Melissa Wentland

Melissa Wentland

President

Melissa, originally from Kalamazoo, MI, moved to Rochester in 2011.  She studied Construction Management at Michigan State University and has been working in the construction field since graduating in 2004.  She works for Livingston Associates as the Director of Outreach and Workforce Development.  Melissa joined NAWIC in 2015 and had held position of Board Member, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President and currently President. 

Melissa spends her free time with husband Kyle, two sons Connor and Drew, and dog Stella. 

Jennifer Hungate

Jennifer Hungate

Vice President

Jennifer Hungate

Jennifer Hungate

Vice President

Jennifer Hungate is Vice President of Operations at Robert F. Hyland and Sons, a Rochester General Construction company that specializes working on Federal Projects. Jennifer started out at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology in 2008. During her collegiate career she did several internships with local General Contractors and Municipalities which helped her decide on her career path in the construction industry. Jennifer is also the owner of Hungate Properties which offers affordable rentals throughout Monroe County for both commercial and residential needs. Jennifer has been a member of NAWIC since 2011 and has served as a board member in 2015. She is excited to be serving as Vice President for the 2019-2020 year (2nd term).

In her free time Jennifer enjoys DIY projects, cooking and traveling across the US to visit new breweries. She currently resides in Penfield with her husband Nathan and two sons: Connor and Logan.

Beth Lifka

Treasurer

Beth Lifka

Treasurer

Beth graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in Recreation (focusing on Program Planning/Design & Operations).  She has worked at Hewitt Young Electric for the past 17 years, with her current position being Sr. Project Administrator / Employee Development Leader.  What had started out as a part time job turned into a career, helping the company grow into a $20+ million company.  She enjoys the diversity that each day brings.
Beth Joined NAWIC in 2017, serving as a board member in 2018/2019 and is currently serving as treasurer.

She currently resides in Pittsford with husband Richard, son Reed, and dog Ella.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being involved with Pittsford Crew, traveling to Virginia to see her 105-year-old Granny, and searching for the elusive “perfect” bottle of wine.

Kayla Pliszka

Kayla Pliszka

Recording Secretary

Kayla Pliszka

Kayla Pliszka

Recording Secretary

Kayla grew up in West Seneca, NY and moved to Rochester while studying at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Kayla graduated from RIT with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology, and now works an Assistant Project Manager for The Pike Company.  Kayla became involved in NAWIC in 2016, served as a board member for the 2017-2018 year, and is the Recording Secretary for the 2018-2019 year.  She is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program.

Kayla’s main hobby is racing personal watercraft, AKA jet skis.  She has been racing in IJSBA Region 8 since 2015, and she hopes to compete in the 2019 IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Corresponding Secretary

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Corresponding Secretary

Audrey is a Rochester native that attended SUNY Brockport where she studied Political Science, Criminal Justice, and International Relations. She is a Vice President, Employee Benefits at USI Insurance Services where she serves as a consultant helping companies manage and design their health and ancillary insurance programs. She joined NAWIC in 2016 and has served as a director on the board for the last two years and is currently the Corresponding Secretary. Audrey resides in Ontario, NY with her husband Christopher, and daughter Lyla.

Jenna Stundtner

Jenna Stundtner

Board Member

Jenna Stundtner

Jenna Stundtner

Board Member

Jenna Stundtner works at Tracey Door Company Inc; resides in Rochester, NY.

In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts and local live music.

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Board Member

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Board Member

Currently lives in Rochester NY, native to Buffalo.  Went to Rochester Institute of Technology for Civil Engineering and graduated with a Bachelors in Science.  Works for a general contractor, The Pike Company Inc. as an Assistant Project Manager.

In her spare time, Giana like to travel to different places, cook new foods and be outdoors.

Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton

Board Member

Emily Sexton

Emily Sexton

Board Member

Emily is originally from Tupper Lake, NY. She attended college at Clarkson University. Upon graduating in 2017 she got a job with The Pike Company and moved to Rochester. She is new to NAWIC and looks forward to serving on the board for the 2019-2020 year.

Rebekah Warner

Rebekah Warner

Board Member

Rebekah Warner

Rebekah Warner

Board Member

Rebekah Warner is a Rochester native who attended SUNY Geneseo where she received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. After earning her degree in business and working in the financial industry, she decided to pursue her need for a creative outlet and went back to school to study Interior Design. She currently works as a designer and virtual construction specialist for TiverBuilt LLC, a virtual design and construction company here in Rochester, NY.

Outside of the office, Rebekah can be found traveling the world and exploring the outdoors. She adores her pups and enjoys all things sports.

Eileen Buholtz

Eileen Buholtz

Board Member

Eileen Buholtz

Eileen Buholtz

Board Member

STANDING RULES

Download the NAWIC Standing Rules here.