Brownstone sponsors Chapter #113’s member Brittany Grabski

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Columbia, SC, November 1, 2016

Please help us in welcoming Brownstone as a company partner to our chapter and congratulations to Brittany Grabski! Brittany Grabski has accepted the Marketing Director position with Brownstone in Columbia, SC and they have graciously signed her up as a NAWIC member under their firm! 

Brownstone is a full-service consulting firm specializing in Program/Construction Management and Architecture. We are experienced and competent professionals who can manage, design and deliver projects as clients expect, “with superior quality, under budget and on time.” To find more out about Brownstone go to


NAWIC Chapter #113 welcomes PattyPacks to present at NOV 2016 member meeting

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Katie McKinley, a 5th Grade Teacher at Midway Elementary School and the founder of  PattyPacks, will be the guest speaker at our Chapter’s November 1, 2016 membership meeting. PattyPacks was created in loving memory of her son, Patterson Grey McKinley.

The mission of PattyPacks is to assist the families of infants and children born with a vast array of congenital heart defects. PattyPacks strives to reduce the emotional strain on the child’s family during hospitalization.

The inspiration of PattyPacks is derived from Patterson Grey McKinley’s hospitalization, at birth, and subsequent visits to the Medical University of South Carolina. Patterson, his nurses, his doctors and his other heart family friends provided an awesome example of evaluating life’s priorities.

It is PattyPacks intent to deliver “the Pack” for families to utilize during the stressful hours in the operating room and during post op. PattyPacks was launched by the gifts and blessings of many of Patterson’s family and friends and now continues to be supported by the community through fundraisers and our annual PattyPacks Warm a Heart 5K and 10K race.

Over the last 5 years PattyPacks has delivered thousands of packs to families at The Medical  University of South Carolina in Charleston and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. 

NAWIC Chapter #113 Member Meeting will be held at Mashburn Construction,1820 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Date & Time: November 1, 2016, at 6:00 PM

For more information, please contact: Coral Brandt (Jumper Carter Sease Architects), Membership Chairperson, phone: 803.791.1020; email:

NAWIC Installs 2016-2017 National President and New Board Members

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Fort Worth, TX, September 28, 2016

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) installed Connie Leipard, CIT, as its 62nd National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Leipard, owner of Quality Drywall Construction, has been a member of NAWIC’s Central Missouri Chapter since 1995.

“NAWIC is poised to make a positive impact in the construction industry by focusing our resources on member career development through leadership opportunities, education and networking,” said Leipard. “The 2016-2017 NAWIC national board is committed to making a difference by implementing effective training programs for our members. In addition, we will increase engagement with construction employers to determine future training programs. Our efforts will lead to greater success in recruiting and retaining women in the industry.”

Leipard’s goals for the upcoming year include providing training resources for chapter leaders and individual members to promote personal, professional and association growth; continuing succession planning for the upcoming retirement of NAWIC’s executive vice president; and implementing a national marketing program.

Leipard’s theme for her year in office is “Support ­– Encourage – Grow.” This encompasses what NAWIC is all about—enhancing the success of women in the construction industry. She wants to, “remind members of the opportunities we have through NAWIC to make a difference in the industry and for the women employed in it. As we support, encourage and grow, the influence of women in the industry will increase.”

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NAWIC also installed officers President-Elect Catherine D. Schoenenberger, Granite State Chapter, N.H.; Vice President Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT, Charlotte, N.C. Chapter; Treasurer Anne Pfleger, CIT, Lima Ohio Area Chapter; Secretary Diane I. Mike, CBT,Fort Worth, Texas Chapter; and Immediate Past President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT, Greater Orlando, Fla. Chapter.

In addition to the officers, the NAWIC board is comprised of a director from each of the association’s eight regions. Each director serves a two-year term and is elected by her peers to bring the wishes and needs of the chapters to the attention of the association. New directors installed include:

  • Midwest Region Director Vickie Nickel, CIT, Greater Kansas City, Mo. Chapter;
  • North Central Region Director Jenny Mangas, Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter;
  • Northeast Region Director Doreen Bartoldus, P.E., CCM, Lower Hudson, N.Y. Chapter; and
  • Pacific Southwest Region Director Elizabeth M. Teramoto, CIT, Las Vegas, Nev. Chapter.

NAWIC region directors serving the second year of their term include:

  • Pacific Northwest Region Director Ruth Fritts, Boise, Idaho Chapter;
  • South Atlantic Region Director Lorie Lythgoe, Richmond, Va. Chapter;
  • South Central Region Director Dena Rowland, Fort Worth, Texas Chapter; and
  • Southeast Region Director Angelia McElroy, CIT, Tampa, Fla. Chapter.

NAWIC is an international association serving approximately 124 chapters across the United States. It was founded in 1953 to enhance the success of women in the construction industry as “Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas.” In 1955, the charter was expanded to allow chapters to form across the country and the National Association of Women in Construction was born. NAWIC’s Core Purpose is “To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” The association has expanded to include international affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For more information, please contact Communications Director Autumn Daughetee at (817) 877-5551. Visit NAWIC online at

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SOURCE National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

Haley Ray Pavement Marking is enjoying steady growth

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Haley Ray

Columbia, SC, September 30, 2016

“There are so many of us now! Just two years ago it was just me and Chip. I love seeing our company grow!” – Haley Ray, Haley Ray Pavement Marking

Haley Ray is a member of the NAWIC Columbia, SC, Chapter #113.



Adair Stevenson is NAWIC Chapter #113’s Member of the Year (2015-2016)

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Adair MemberoftheYear

Columbia, SC, August 24, 2016

Adair Stevenson, a Geologist with ESP Associates P.A., was selected by a group of her peers as NAWIC Chapter #113’s Member of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the organization throughout the 2015-2016 year. Adair accepted the award at the Chapter’s annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast on August 24, 2016.

Qualifications for the “Member of the Year” are: 1) Member must be a member in good standing of the Columbia, SC Chapter of NAWIC. 2) Member should be chosen for her accomplishments and contributions to the Chapter during the current NAWIC year.


Darla Moore installed as NAWIC Columbia Chapter President

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Columbia, SC, September 21, 2016

Hood Construction Company congratulates Darla Moore, Project and Subcontractor Outreach Coordinator, on being installed as the 2016-2017 President of the Columbia Chapter of NAWIC – the National Association of Women in Construction.

Moore, who has been a member of NAWIC’s Columbia chapter for nine years, is heavily involved with the organization – including volunteering at the Annual Golf Tournament which funds scholarships for South Carolina college students in construction-related majors.  “NAWIC is dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, and I am proud to be a part of its future here in Columbia,” said Moore. Hood Construction supports Darla and other employee-members of NAWIC by participating in numerous association events, as well as periodically hosting tours of construction sites.

As a quality-based business leader, Hood Construction is a long-time supporter of NAWIC and other industry partners, as well as the clients and communities we proudly serve.  Congratulations to Darla on being installed into this important leadership role!

Article courtesy of Columbia Regional Business Report, (

NAWIC Chapter #113 Welcomes Workforce Development Manager

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Samantha Ericson Turner

NAWIC Columbia, SC, Chapter #113 will hold their monthly member meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 6:00 PM at Mashburn Construction, 1820 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC.

Please join us as we welcome Samantha Ericson Turner, the Workforce Development Manager with Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA). Samantha will be discussing workforce shortages in our industries and what some of the local community leaders are trying to do to help.

The 2016-2017 Officers of NAWIC Columbia, SC, are Inducted

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2016-17 officers and board

Columbia, SC, September 6, 2016

The Columbia, SC, NAWIC Chapter #113 inducted their Officers for the 2016-2017 term. Pictured (from left) Parliamentarian, Linda Schilling of Walker White, Inc.; Immediate Past-President 2015-2016, Debbie Edwards of Premier Lighting and Control; Treasurer, Melba Cannon of Swann Associates Inc.; Corresponding Secretary, Susan Jennings of Specialty Woodworks; Recording Secretary, Sheila Nelson of McCrory Construction; Vice President, Susan Clary of Contract Construction, Inc.; President-Elect, Coral Brandt of Jumper Carter Sease Architects; and President, Darla Moore of Hood Construction.

NAWIC Chapter #113 Inducts their 2016-2017 Board of Directors

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2016-17 board members

Columbia, SC, September 6, 2016

NAWIC Columbia, SC, Chapter #113 inducted the 2016-2017 Board of Directors at the member meeting held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 6:00 PM. Pictured (from left) Immediate Past-President (2014-2015), Janet Lehman of Jumper Carter Sease; Board Members Adair Stevenson of ESP Associates, P.A.; Nichole Kopenhaver of McCrory Construction; Dana Jacobs of Sign-it-Quick; and Rebecca Connelly of OLH, Inc. The Board of Directors will take their turn on the board starting October 1, 2016.

Adair Stevenson, Nichole Kopenhaver and Dana Jacobs will be serving for the first time.  Rebecca Connelly is Past President from the 2013-2014 term.


Three new members of NAWIC Chapter #113 (Columbia, SC) are inducted

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newly inducted members

Columbia, SC, August 2, 2016

Three new members were inducted into NAWIC Columbia, SC, Chapter #113 at the member meeting on August 2, 2016.  Pictured above (from left) are the three new inductees, Lee Smith of LJS Benefit Consultants, LLC; Jordan Hyrne of McCrory Construction; and Sravani Juluru of OLH; Membership Chairperson, Darla Moore of Hood Construction and co-chair Dana Jacobs of Sign-it-Quick.