|President - Jennifer VanBreda|
Jennifer VanBreda has been a member of NAWIC since 2008. She has previously served as chapter Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and President She has also served as a Regional Chair of WIC Week and served as the Regional Liaison for NEF. Jennifer has contributed to the Dallas Chapter since joining by serving as the WIC Week Chair, the Webmaster, implementing a new software for correspondence and volunteering whenever possible for the betterment of the chapter and NAWIC.
Jennifer works at SimplexGrinnell, a life safety system company. At SimplexGrinnell, Jennifer is an Account Executive and focuses on customer service. She designs and sells Fire Alarm and Security systems for commercial facilities. Jennifer is currently enrolled at DeVry University to continue her education.
In her free time, Jennifer is working on remodeling her new home. She in the process of a bathroom remodel, and moving onto the master suite next. Jennifer is an animal lover. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats.
"NAWIC holds a special place in my life. From the moment I joined NAWIC in Southern California, I have felt a bond with the women. We all share a similar passion for our industry and want to share that with everyone, especially other women. We want to show women, especially the young girls, that you can do anything in construction. You can swing a hammer on a job site, or be a CEO of a large construction company. We are strong, we persevere, we dare and we believe!"
|Vice President: Francine Hawkins-Alegeh|
Francine Hawkins-Alegeh is an African American woman from Natchez, MS. She has worked full time while attending Copiah Lincoln Jr. College, University of Southern Mississippi, Southern University, DeVry University, ATI and DCCCD colleges of Dallas. She has studied and worked in fields relating to residential electricity, electronics engineering technology, computer aided design, commercial plumbing, ship building and project/construction management. She has spent many weekends volunteering for the Dallas Habitat for Humanity.
|Recording Secretary - Wanda Bledsaw|
Wanda is sole owner of Bledsaw Construction & Design, LLC, a remodeling firm serving Dallas and Collin County, Texas. She is a 5th generation Texan and genealogist.
Wanda was awarded National Association of Professional Women 2014-2015 for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to her Profession and the Achievement of Women.
Wanda has been a proud member of NAWIC since 2002. She served on the National NAWIC Professional Development Committee 2013-2014. She has also served as a Chapter Director, PR/Marketing Chairperson and Membership Co-Chair from 2013-2014. Wanda received the NAWIC Regional 7 and National NAWIC PR/Marketing awards in 2014. This year, Wanda will serve at the NAWIC National Chair for PR & Marketing, the Dallas Chapter Membership Chair and the Chapter Recording Secretary.
“Members and Sponsors are the gold to our successful Chapter”. If you are a woman in construction, you need to be part of NAWIC. My door is always open for my NAWIC sisters.
|Corresponding Secretary - Brenda Corbett|
Brenda has been a member of the Dallas Chapter #2 since March 1998. She has served the chapter as twice President, Vice President Elect, Vice President and Director. She has served Region 7 as the chair of Block Kids and CAD. Chapter committees she has chaired' Membership (this was the first committee I chaired), Block Kids, CAD, Golf, WIC Week, RSVP and Special Notices.
"Being a member of NAWIC has helped me grow professionally and personally. I can remember when I couldn't stand before a group and talk without feeling like I was going to pass out, but with the help and guidance of my fellow NAWIC members I overcame this. I ran for Region 7 Director twice and was defeated both times, but that did not dampen my NAWIC spirit. One of my opponents, Judy DeWeese, went on to become National President."
She started working in the construction industry in 1985 in Tulsa Oklahoma working for Kiewit & Sons out of Omaha, Nebraska. While working for them she moved all over the country as a job site office manager. In 1994 she moved to Dallas, Texas and began working for Brandt Engineering as office manager. Brenda stayed for nine years, then moved on to CF Jordan and currently at McCullough & Associates.
Brenda grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a Sooner Fan. She attended The University of Tulsa, but unfortunately, never finished mher studies. She has three children, Darla, Houston and Eric, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, one grand daughter-in-law, eleven grandchildren (7 of them are boys) and soon to have her first great grandson. She has a Staffordshire Terrier American Bull Dog named Ace, who's bark is intimidating and has become her protector. Her two oldest grandsons, Zak and Kyle, live with her and keep her on the “straight and narrow” as well as contributing to her gray hair.
|Treasurer - Ann McCullough|
Ann McCullough has been a member of NAWIC since 1991. She is the chapter treasurer for 2014-2015. She has been a director numerous times, secretary, VP and Chapter President 3 times.
Ann started the Dallas Chapter Block Kids program in 1993, when her son, Mike, was in elementary school. She has participated in just about every Block Kids Program since.
Ann is CFO of McCullough & Associates, a construction consulting firm established in 1983. Her husband, Rob, of 37 years, is president and owner.
Ann also owns a gift shop located in A Honey of a Deal Boutique in Historic Downtown Carrollton. We have held a number of events at the shop for WIC week and other occasions over the years.
Ann is part owner of and CFO for two apartment buildings in CA.
When Ann and her husband retire, it will be to their home in Lake Tahoe, CA, where they will be closer to their son and have time to canoe, hike, enjoy the snow, and work on environmental projects in the Tahoe Basin area.
“I have met and learned from amazing women during my 24 years in NAWIC. The level of professionalism, energy and commitment to the construction industry and to NAWIC that these women have is unparalleled. I hope I can make a significant contribution to the chapter as treasurer this year.”
|Director - Brenda Blakeman|
Brenda has worked in the construction industry since moving to Dallas after college. She raced to Texas from Oklahoma as quickly as she could and has become a true Texan. Her background in the construction industry ranges from HR Management to accounting having worked for owner’s, general contractors, electrical contractors and a paving contractor.
Brenda has been involved with NAWIC over the years. She joined the Dallas chapter last year after having been a member of the Ft. Worth chapter for several years. She served on the Board of Directors for the Ft. Worth chapter three years and was an active member.
|Director - Susan Kittrell|
Susan Kittrell currently works for C-CAP, Inc. (Contractor's Commercial Architectural Products, Inc.). Susan is a very motivated, hard working sales woman who has had a career in the commercial roofing industry that has flourished since 1984. She has worked as support to sales and as an outside sales representative for roofing companies, manufacturers and distributors. Susan believes women are "key" in the construction industry, whether is be as support staff, sales or ownership roles.
Susan is the past Vice President of the Dallas Chapter. She is essential in the fundraising events that the chapter holds annually and contributes greatly to the recruitment of new members for the chapter.
|Director - Sandy Liebau|
Sandy Liebau has been a member of NAWIC for only one year but is willing to help whenever and wherever needed to accomplish all NAWIC goals. She has been a spirited volunteer on Block Kids, the Golf Tournament, the Clay Shoot, as well as served on the Nominating Committee.
She has 20 years of experience in the construction industry being responsible for accounting, payroll, human resources, contract documents, office management, client relations, and assisting the Vice-Presidents of Manhattan Construction Company’s Dallas Region. Manhattan is a general contractor widely known for building high profile projects. Sandy has been a volunteer for several years on the Hearts and Hammers program. The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas area.
Sandy was born in Dallas and has lived within the DFW metroplex her whole life. She is part of a large close knit family and loves to spend time with them.
|Director - Dee Rainey|
Dee Rainey is President of SR Roofing Solutions, Inc., a commercial roofing company. SRRS meets the requirements of projects that require e-Verified personnel. She also works as Business Development Manager for SafePro, LP, a roof hatch safety and security company.
Dee has a broad range of business and community leadership experience. Her first jobs include working summers on a tobacco farm and housekeeping dept. at a hotel. She continued on to work in the technology, manufacturing and construction industries, with roles that have included project management, event planning, accounting and executive administrative assistance.
Dee has been happily married to Tim Rainey for nearly 35 years and they have raised two children, Angie and Craig, now 30 and 29 years old. They spend much of their free time with family and friends on their dock/boat at Lake Lewisville. Dee also enjoys reading, gardening, and crafting.
Dee currently serves as president of the Dove Creek Homeowners Association; she has also volunteered and served on the board for various community and industry organizations.
|Parliamentarian - Sue Bruns|
Sue joined NAWIC in 1965 in Milwaukee, WI. (49 years ago) and transferred to Dallas in 1978. When in the industry, she worked for general contractors as an accountant. She retired in 2012, but maintain a distributorship of Shaklee products.
In addition to her membership in NAWIC, she continues membership in the Crossroads Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). The Unit was founded by Martha Knowles, a past national president of NAWIC and active member in the Dallas Chapter until her death. Martha believed that everyone in an organization, especially its officers, should be conversant in parliamentary procedure. Membership is open to all.
Sue has lived in Lewisville, TX since 1984. The abode is also home to half-dozen kitties. She is their caretaker, friend and companion.
Standing Committees 2014-2015
Professional Development & Education
co-chair Teresa Mastin
Other Committees 2014-2015
Public Relations & Marketing
co-chair Liz Moucka
Kelly Braddy Van Winkle
Major Chapter Fund Raisers
Ways & Means
Scholarships & Partnerships
Safety & Health