Dallas Chapter #2

"Members are the Key"
2015-2015 Board of Directors
Pictured from Left to Right - President: Jennifer VanBreda, Vice-President: Francine Hawkins-Alegeh, Recording Secretary: Wanda Bledsaw, Treasurer: Ann Mcullough, Corresponding Secretary: Brenda Corbett, Directors: Susan Kittrell, Sandy Liebau, Brenda Blakeman, Dee Rainey, Parliamentarian: Sue Bruns
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.

She is also a member of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) in Dallas as 2013-2014 President, 2012-2013 Vice President, CAD Chair and 2009-present, Board of Directors Secretary, Publicity Committee Chair, and Dallas Chapter Website Designer. She is currently the 2014-2015 Immediate past President, Vice President, Regional CAD Chair, Dallas CAD Chair and Scholarship Chair.
Along with being in several high school mentoring programs, 3 education partnerships, serving on 3 Irving ISD Boards and a member of the turnaround agenda at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church to mentor in southern Dallas. This goes along with work, business, and wife role.

She is a member of the Advisory Board at MacArthur High School in Irving for the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Departments. She has been a guest speaker at many of the different high schools and colleges in the Dallas area. Francine helped in forming the first ever NAWIC High School mentor program ACE Scholars at Macarthur High School in Irving, Texas. Every year Francine takes on the task of mentoring 1 senior on their senior project in engineering, construction or architecture.

Francine is currently attending Texas A&M University Commerce to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She works full time as a Senior CAD designer for AVI-SPL and own and operate two businesses.

Current 2014-2015 Regional CAD Chair – Texas and Oklahoma,
2014 Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Turn Around Agenda volunteer with the Public Schools Outreach Ministry, 2014 TEAM Mentor Irving ISD, 2014 Partner in Education Irving ISD, 2014 National Society of Leadership and Success Sigma Alpha Pi, NAWIC 2014 to 2015 Immediate Past President, NAWIC 2014 to 2015 Vice President, NAWIC 2014-2015 Scholarship Chair, NAWIC 2014-2015 CAD Chair, NAWIC Dallas CAD Chair 2009-2015, Macarthur High School ACE Advisory Board Member 2011-2015, Irving ISD CTE District Advisory Board Member, Irving ISD Internship/student apprenticeship Task Force member, ACE Scholars Mentor 2012 – 2015, HUB Certification State of Texas 2007 to 2015, Woman Owned Business 2003 to 2015, Minority Owned Business, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 1992 – 2015, 2014 Black Contractors Association, 2014 Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, OSHA 30 Construction and OSHA 10 certified, 2014 Minority Small Business Champion by the SBA D/FW District Office, 2014 Non-Profit Partner of the Year from Irving ISD

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.”

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.

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. 

“There is nothing greater than a family’s love and bond for one another. I hope that everyone feels the golden magic it brings to one’s heart and soul. So here’s to all the women in NAWIC experiencing that within their own families and amongst each other as a second family!”

Director - Dee Rainey

Dee Rainey is President of R Roofing Solutions, Inc. a commercial roofing company.  SRSS meetings 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
Jill Melancon

Ann McCullough

Wanda Bledsaw
co-chair Teresa Mastin

MaryAnne Doss

Strategic Plan
Jennifer VanBreda

Other Committees 2014-2015

Public Relations & Marketing
Lynda Dodson
co-chair Liz Moucka

Block Kids
Kelly Braddy Van Winkle

CAD Design
Francine Hawkins-Alegeh

Major Chapter Fund Raisers
Susan Kittrell & Sandy Liebau

Ways & Means
Brenda Blakeman

Scholarships & Partnerships
Francine Hawkins-Alegeh

WIC Week
Sandy Liebau

Safety & Health
Kim Gibbons