Dallas Chapter #2

"Members are the Key"
2015-2016 Board of Directors

Pictured from Left to Right - Director: Kim Gibbons, Director: Sandy Liebau, Director: Susan Kittrell, Director: Susan Hewitt,
President: Jennifer VanBreda, Vice President: Wanda Bledsaw, Secretary: Brenda Blakeman, Treasurer: Ann McCullough
President - Jennifer VanBreda
Jennifer VanBreda has been a member of NAWIC since 2008.  She is coming into her fourth term as a chapter president.  She has previously served as chapter Secretary, Vice President and President-Elect. She has also served as a Regional Chair of WIC Week, Liaison for NEF and currently Regional Chair for NEF Fundraising.  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 a Project Manager and works with district offices across the United States to ensure a smooth installation of new Fire Alarm systems.  Jennifer is currently enrolled at DeVry University to continue her education.

Jennifer focused on bring the basics of NAWIC back to the chapter last year, and this year she will be focusing on the members.  "The members make the chapter, and without them, there is no need for a Board of Directors, no need for me".

In her free time, Jennifer is working on remodeling her new home.  She has completed a bathroom remodel, and moving onto the master suite next.  Jennifer is an animal lover.  She has 3 dogs and 3 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: Wanda Bledsaw

Owner, Bledsaw Construction & Design, LLC.  a unique construction  company in Collin County that refers and also remodels kitchen and baths, estate sales, make readies, residential inspection report repairs  and staging for quick residential sales.  Being in the Construction Industry for over 3 decades, Wanda has a vast referral system of available contractors for your next project.          

Wanda has been a proud and honored member of NAWIC Dallas Chapter 2 since January 1, 2002

  • NAWIC Dallas Board Director 2013-2014
  • Chapter PR/Marketing Chairperson 2013-2014
  • NAWIC Dallas Chapter 2 Golf Classic Co-Chair and Membership Co-Chair  2012-2014
  • NAWIC Dallas Board Recording Secretary 2014-2015
  • Chapter Membership Chairperson 2014-2015

National NAWIC Appointed Duties and Awards:

  • NAWIC National PD&EC Co-Chair for Library/Resource 2013-2014
  • Awarded NAWIC National PR/Marketing “Excellence In PR & Marketing, 2013-2014
  • Awarded NAWIC National PR & Marketing Partnering Queens 2013- 2014
  • NAWIC National PR & Marketing Co-Chairperson 2014
  • NAWIC National PR & Marketing Chairperson 2014-2015
  • NAWIC Regional Star Recruiter Award

2015-2016 NAWIC TERM:

  • NAWIC  Dallas Chapter 2 Vice-President 2015-2016
  • NAWIC Dallas Chapter 2 Membership Chairperson 2015-2016
  • NAWIC South Central Regional Membership Chairperson 2015-2016

Wanda believes NAWIC Dallas Chapter 2 member volunteers and NAWIC Dallas Chapter Sponsors are the Gold to our chapter for over 60 years. 

Secretary - Brenda Blakeman

Brenda Blakeman 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.  

Treasurer - Ann McCullough

Ann McCullough has been a member of NAWIC since 1991.  She is the chapter treasurer for 2015-2015, her second term as treasurer.  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 most all Dallas Chapter events in her 24 years.  She has attended 10 Annual Meetings and numerous Regional Events.

Ann is CFO of McCullough & Associates, a construction consulting firm established in 1983. 

Ann 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 and being on the board this year.”

Director - Susan Kittrell

My name is Susan Kittrell….This year, 2015-2016, I am one of the directors in the Dallas Chapter of NAWIC.  I have been a member of NAWIC for almost 7 years. During the past seven years I have been Vice President of the Dallas Chapter of NAWIC ,  either Chair or Co-Chair of the membership committee for four out of those six years, and also a director for the same amount of time.  I have been Chair of the Golf committee, the Clay Shoot and last year large events. In the last two years I and my team have achieved new records in attendance and profits from our Golfing events. In the 2013-2014 year I chaired the Dallas Chapter’s first Sporting Clay Shoot event.  Failure is not part of our  vocabulary.  I have also assisted the WIC committee for the last two years with our successful events, the GW Bush library, and JFK  tours along with luncheons.

I came to Texas in 1984 and worked in the drywall and acoustical division of Insulation Supply Company. I discovered I enjoyed the manufacturing, distribution and sales in the roofing industry.  I have worked for three major companies in the past, GAF,West End Distribution, and ABC/Bradco Supply.  I am now and have been for seven years been employed by C-CAP Building Products representing Firestone.  These opportunities have strengthened my pricing abilities, customer service, and territory sales strengths. I have been in the business of roofing and basic construction in Texas now for over 27 years.

I believe women are KEY in the construction industry, which is one of the many reasons I believe in NAWIC and all that our organization represents.  NAWIC promotes my beliefs and has worked towards not only improving my self-esteem but others in the organization.  It promotes ethics in my personal and work life. It Empowers women to turn challenges into opportunities for growth.  I believe the future depends on our younger, new members. I believe the Vintage members have an obligation to educate women and pass to our new younger members, our knowledge and experiences in the construction industry. I believe in the team. Every position, committee, and event I have been involved in has involved team work.  I believe we are stronger and successful when we pull and work together. Women in construction are Unique.  We are resourceful, perceptive, engaging, leaders, people persons and empathetic.

I believe in new ideas, but still keeping with the ideas, on which this organization was built.

 I promise I will do everything in my power to assist in  making our Dallas Chapter successful in 2016.  As in our NAWIC core values I believe in ourselves as women, I will persevere in the strength of our convictions, and I will dare all to move to new horizons.  I pledge to you the agility of my hands, the ability of my mind and the integrity of my heart.    

Director - Sandy Liebau

Sandy Liebau has been a member of NAWIC for two years 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 and has previously served on the Nominating Committee, as well as Committee Chair for WIC Week.

She has 20 plus 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 - Kim Gibbons

I’ve worked in the construction industry since 1998, beginning as an Accounting Clerk for a major structural steel fabricator in San Angelo, Texas.   In short order I began a long career as a “Road Warrior”, first being transferred to the Field Project Management Department to manage office operations at our remote jobsite in Pittsburgh, PA.  Remained in Pittsburgh for approximately five years, working on several high profile projects in that region such as the Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field, PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Dave L. Lawrence Convention Center. Changed firms and continued working all over the United States serving as office manager, payroll clerk, document controller, you name it – I did it. 

In 2008 I changed careers in that I began working with McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., first in the field and then moved to the Divisional Office where I am now the Executive Assistant to the President and provide administrative support for the other executive staff.  Additionally, I serve as the Contract Administrator for our Commercial Operations Business Unit. 

I am a strong advocate for education as most of you know through my volunteer work and championing Mi Escuelita Preschool, and I am thrilled that NAWIC shares the same concern and support to educating people – both women and men – because we all know it the construction worker, project manager, engineers and architects that build America!  

Director - Susan Hewitt

Susan Hewitt began working in the construction industry in March 1977 with Patent Scaffolding Co/Harsco Infrastructure serving in many capacities during her 18-year tenure. In January 1995 she began her career with Austin Commercial where she serves as field office manager today. 

Through the years, Susan’s construction career has provided her many opportunities that included everything from Accounting and Branch Operations to Scheduling Crews, Equipment Procurement and Safety.  During her years at Austin, Susan has held positions in Jobcost, was a CMIC Trainer and HUB/ROCIP Coordinator, and taught the “How to Get Paid” class for Austin’s Diversity Mentor program.  She is currently working at  the Toyota Corporate HQ site as Field Office Manager.

Susan has served on Associated Builders & Contractors’ Support Staff Committee for more than five years and was an ABC Magnolia Award nominee in 2002.

Susan celebrated her 20th anniversary with Austin Commercial and as a NAWIC Dallas member in 2015.  She has served on various NAWIC committees over the years, including Construction Industry Committee Chair 2002 – 2003, Job Bank Committee Chair 1998 – 1999, Habitat for Humanity Liaison 1998 – 2003 and served as a NAWIC Dallas Director 1998 – 2000.

Her hobbies include antiques, gardening and stained glass. She’s a member of TWAW and reserves weekends for her husband Charlie (recently retired with 40+ years in the construction industry) and hiking with her rescue dog, Samantha.  She also takes frequent trips to visit Kelly Rene her free-spirited daughter who lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Susan’s personal philosophy is that we have no guarantees in this wonderful life but keep a positive attitude, do the best we can every day, and help others who cross our paths.

Susan is proud to serve NAWIC Dallas as a 2015-2016 Director.  She believes it is important to share our experiences to help mentor the new generation of Empowered Women in Construction because they are our future.  

Parliamentarian - Sue Bruns
Sue joined NAWIC in 1965 in Milwaukee, WI. (50 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 2015-2016

Professional Development & Education
Britni Hammond

Ann McCullough

Wanda Bledsaw
co-chair Teresa Mastin

MaryAnne Doss

Strategic Plan

Other Committees 2015-2016

Public Relations & Marketing
Laurel Wesson

Block Kids
Kelly Braddy Van Winkle
co-chair  Debbie Parker

CAD Design

Ways & Means
Brenda Blakeman
co-chair  Sandy Liebau

Jill Melancon

WIC Week
Sandy Liebau
co-chair  Susan Hewitt

Safety & Health
Kim Gibbons