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 Hungate
Jennifer Hungate

Jennifer Hungate

President

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I love a great DIY project and can be often found at home on the weekends doing some sort of project or supporting local breweries within Rochester and surrounding cities. My husband and I have been to over 100+ breweries along the East Coast and Colorado.

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
This will be my second time running for chapter President. There have been many great women before me who have successfully held this position, and I hope to be viewed as one of them. I look forward to continuing the assistance with the growth of our chapter memberships and experiences that our
current members receive. I think we can all agree that COVIV-19 was not something any of us expected but as a group I am proud to say we made it through the thick of it. I look forward to empowering women and hopefully helping the younger generation consider construction as a career opportunity.

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
EXPERIENCE! Throughout my career I have had many successes and many failures. The failures are where I learned the most in life and my career, it is part of growing. I feel that being on the board, I would be able to give my perspective to other woman in the industry who may have questioned their abilities or their

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Vice President

Audrey Wackerman

Audrey Wackerman

Vice President

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I love trivia and watch Jeopardy regularly. I love to travel (and look forward to getting back out in the world post-pandemic, but shockingly have never been to NYC). My husband Chris and I live in Ontario, and I am a mom to a 2-year-old beautiful and sweet human tornado named Lyla.

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
For me, NAWIC represents the empowerment of women as a whole; whether it is in a construction related field, a different male-dominated profession, or in a much broader sense. This group truly aims at elevating its’ members, while simultaneously giving back to the community. By continuing to serve our members on the board, I aspire to take a more active role in helping the group achieve its’ goals and recruit new members to help spread the message of professional and personal unity. On a personal note, I believe the opportunity to retain my seat on the board is invaluable, as I continue to grow and develop as a young professional.

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
As a board member, I hope to bring organization, energy, and passion, tied with the occasional well-timed joke or two. In all seriousness, this group is filled with tons of women I admire and respect both personally and professionally and if re-elected as Vice President, I would continue

Melissa Wentland
Melissa Wentland

Melissa Wentland

Treasurer

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I am not originally from Rochester.  I’m from Vicksburg, Michigan and met my husband while we were both at Michigan State.  I told him we would never move to Buffalo (where his dad lives) because it gets too much snow.  So instead, we moved to Rochester, where we got more snow than Buffalo last winter.  

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
As a Past President, I am excited to help keep up the momentum our chapter has built in our local area.  

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
I personally bring more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, the last 5 serving in some capacity with NAWIC.  My industry knowledge paired with my love for NAWIC help me to encourage women at whatever stage they are in their career.  I hope to help foster relationships that we have been building over the years within our chapter and with like-minded groups.  

Heather Tenny

Heather Tenny

Recording Secretary

Heather Tenny

Heather Tenny

Recording Secretary

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
An interesting fact about me would be that I have a super friendly 4-year-old bulldog named Geo who comes to the Tactical office with me sometimes! 

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
I am interested in holding a NAWIC board position because I am passionate about supporting women in their career endeavors and becoming more involved with NAWIC will allow me to make more connections to be in a position where I can impact and support women in the construction industry! 

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
As a board member I would bring my passion, positive attitude, and organization skills. Additionally, I have a solid background in office and Human Resource functions so I can provide guidance and support to our members in those areas. I am mission oriented and enjoy working with a team towards a common goal, so I think it would be awesome to work together in the coming year to continue to support NAWIC members and grow the NAWIC presence in Rochester. 

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Corresponding Secretary

Giana Gengo

Giana Gengo

Corresponding Secretary

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I am a foodie and love to travel.

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
Being a part of a strong network of women Influencing younger generations to be involved to look into a career in construction or engineering

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
My strong sense of motivation, determination and candor 

Beth Lifka

Board of Director

Beth Lifka

Board of Director

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I live in Pittsford with my husband and 19-year-old son – in a recently pet free home …  time to get the projects done before the next critter moves in! I enjoy travelling -preferably to someplace warm (with a beach and ocean) – hoping to get some travel in this year.  I love searching out local restaurants, wineries, or breweries.

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
I like being involved - NAWIC is such an energizing group of women! I enjoy working with the team to help in providing energetic / informative speakers and planning engaging future events to help us all grow, both personally and professionally.

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
Experience and flexibility!  Working for contractors for many years has given me the opportunity to focus on many different aspects of the construction industry – from  contracts, safety, insurance, accounting, payroll, HR, etc. - I feel my well-rounded background helps contribute to the success of our organization. I was a NAWIC board member in 2018-2019 and have been Treasurer for the last 2 years (2019-2021).  I have met my 2-year term limit as treasurer, but I still want to contribute to make our organization, and members, even stronger - in any way possible!

Emily McMullen

Emily McMullen

Recording Secretary

Emily McMullen

Emily McMullen

Recording Secretary

Emily was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended the State University of New York at Potsdam where she earned a BA in Employment and Labor Relations. She now works for GMR Associates as an Account Manager for Group Plans helping merit shop contractors build employee benefit plans that keep them in compliance with NYS prevailing wage law. Emily became a NAWIC member in 2018 and especially loves the work the Rochester chapter does with the community. 

Emily currently resides in Scottsville, NY. In her spare time you can normally find her checking out a local music venue. She also likes to hop in the car and take mini road-trips across New York and the New England area on the weekends.

Casey Semler

Board of Director

Casey Semler

Board of Director

1. What is an interesting fact about you that you would like to share with the voters?
I have a huge family; I am one of eight kids. I am also an ordained minister for officiating weddings.

2. What interests you about a board position with NAWIC?
I am interested in a board position with NAWIC because it is such a great learning opportunity. I have learned so much being on the board this past year. I am eager to continue learning and strengthening the connections I have made through NAWIC.

3. What do you feel you could bring personally to NAWIC as a board member?
As a board member, I can bring a lot to the table for our Social Media presence. This past year I have worked hard to have our chapter be more visible on all platforms. I also am good at and enjoy making our invitations and other collateral we may need for events and fundraisers. I hope to continue to help grow our social media presence and our meeting attendance as well. 

STANDING RULES

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