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

Jennifer Harter, President
Jennifer Harter, President

Jennifer Harter

President

Jennifer is a Rochester native that attended West Virginia University where she studied Business. After college she came back to Rochester where she took a job in the insurance industry with a concentration in construction. In 2013 Jennifer joined NAWIC and immediately feel in love with the organization. During her time in NAWIC she has held several board positions and sat on a number of committees.

In Jennifer’s spare time she enjoys DIY projects. She currently resides in Brighton with her husband Donald and dog Phoebe.

Melissa Wentland

Vice President

Melissa Wentland

Vice President

Melissa, originally from Kalamazoo, MI, moved to Rochester six years ago.  She studied Construction Management at Michigan State University and has been working in the construction field since graduating in 2004.  She works for DGA Builders managing mostly multi-family housing projects.  Melissa joined NAWIC in 2015 and has held the positions of Board Member and Corresponding Secretary.

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

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Treasurer

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Treasurer

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.

Jenna Studner

Recording Secretary

Jenna Studner

Recording Secretary

Jennifer Hungate

Corosponding Secretary

Jennifer Hungate

Corosponding Secretary

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 time there she did several internships with local General Contractors and Municipalities which helped her decide on her career path in the construction industry. 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 corresponding secretary for the 2017-2018 year.

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.

Jillian Penkin

Jillian Penkin

Immediate Past President

Jillian Penkin

Jillian Penkin

Immediate Past President

Jillian is from the Rochester area and working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance. She started in the construction industry 7 years ago with a mechanical contractor and has continued her journey to Johnson Controls. In her 6 years with NAWIC Jillian has held board positions and been a part of many committees. As immediate past president, Jillian is staying committed to the NAWIC values and promises to do all she can to continue reaching audiences everywhere. Jillian is the NAWIC National Membership Chair in the 2017-2018 year.

Jillian travels every chance she gets and hopes to check a new country off her list every year!

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Board Member

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Board Member

Audrey is a Rochester native that attended SUNY Brockport where she studied Political Science, Criminal Justice, and International Relations. After college she began working in the insurance industry, as an employee benefits consultant. In 2016, she joined NAWIC and was immediately inspired by the group’s values and mission and joined the board for the 2017-2018 year.

Audrey resides in Ontario, NY with her husband Christopher, and fur monster Remy.

Barb Wood

Board Member

Barb Wood

Board Member

Eileen Buholtz

Board Member

Eileen Buholtz

Board Member

Haley Rotter

Haley Rotter

Board Member

Haley Rotter

Haley Rotter

Board Member

Haley Rotter is a Sales and Marketing Professional working for O’Connell Electric in their Renewable Energy Division, Rochester Solar Technologies.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations from the SUNY @ New Paltz in 2006, she participated in an internship program at the Solar Living Institute in California, where she confirmed her interest in a career in the sustainable energy field.  As a contractor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) from 2010-2015, Haley assisted with hundreds of NYSERDA funding applications in the Finger Lakes region. She is a certified “Building Analyst” through the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and is a member of the Upstate NY Chapter of the U.S Green Building Council.  Haley currently lives in the City of Rochester with her boyfriend Sean and dog, Jake.  She is a new member of the NAWIC Rochester Board of Directors and is excited for what is to come.

Kayla Pliszka

Kayla Pliszka

Board Member

Kayla Pliszka

Kayla Pliszka

Board Member

Kayla grew up in West Seneca, NY and moved to Rochester while studying at Rochester Institute of Technology.  After graduating from RIT with a BS in Civil Engineering Technology, Kayla accepted a position as a Project Engineer with The Pike Company.  Kayla become involved in NAWIC in 2016 and is excited to be a board member for the 2017-2018 year.  She is also an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a mentor in the ACE Mentor Program.

Kayla’s hobbies include racing jet skis in the warmer months and snowboarding in the colder months.

STANDING RULES

Download the NAWIC Standing Rules here.