2022

COHORT PROFILES

We Are AEC

We Are AEC will expand the awareness of the AEC industry within the general public through imagery and therefore, will reinforce the premise that people from many different walks of life can find fulfillment within these careers.

Amanda Prosser

VP at ISG

Christina Turner

Proposal Database Manager at PRIME AE Group

Karen Purcell

President at PK Electrical

Kim Pham

Senior Associate and Senior Electrical Engineer in Training at O’Connell Robertson

Misela Gonzales-Vandewalle

Senior Associate at O’Connell Robertson

Nicole M. Dress

Architect/Sr Project Manager at Converse Winkler Architecture

Breaking Bias

Our mission is to create gender bias awareness at all levels of an organization by developing engaging activities, based on research and statistics, that break down defense barriers by using an approach that incorporates humor and friendly competition that will inform, educate, enlighten and create a culture committed to breaking the bias.

Vanessa Davis

Professional Geologist, PG

Carrie Casillas

HR Director at Forensic Analytical

Carrie West

CFO at DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Lauren Kirschbaum

Project Engineer at CORE Consultants

Jenny Kiel Thomason

Senior Associate at OMNIPLAN

Jen Harkleroad

Civil Engineer

Empower Space

Due to fear of speaking up, people are finding increased job dissatisfaction leading to people exiting the work force and not moving up to higher level roles. Self-advocacy, confidence, and assertiveness are meaningful tools that everyone can use to increase their job satisfaction by being an active contributor to their own success. Unfortunately, the opportunities to learn these skills are not evenly distributed in the workforce. By creating an easily accessible space that is curated to address common issues and provides an opportunity for mentorship when you need it, more people can learn to speak up.

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Hillary Crabb

Senior OSP Engineering Tech at BHC

Kristin Worrell

Executive Director of Business Development at Hillmann Consulting, LLC

Melissa Frausto

Assistant Planner at LACO

Michele Spinowitz

Principal at Hillmann Consulting, LLC

Rachel Paterno

Environmental, Health, & Safety Division Supervisor at Hillmann Consulting, LLC

Samantha Collins

Staff Engineer at Dewberry

Tasha Bolivar

Team Manager for Galloway & Company

Jessica Schmidtetter

Business Development & Marketing Associate at The Vertex Companies

Tony Casagrande

President/Principal at Campos Engineering

Well-Engaged

A confluence of factors is impacting our AEC workforce. Taking care of people, finding people and retaining people is challenging like never before. The challenges show no sign of letting up and likely will continue to influence our industry. We believe wellness is a sound way of thinking about and addressing challenges. Simply: Healthy people for a healthy business.

Ana Ramirez

Sr. Lead Designer at OBMI

Chris Haas

Principal at CORE

Dathan Gaskill

Managing Director at ZGRS Zweig Group

Emily Waldenmeyer

Vice President at HP Engineering

Emily Winfield

Lead Mechanical Engineer at Design Alaska

Kim Thompson-Smith

Principal at VMDO Architects

Kristen Jacobs

Marketing Director at Windsor Engineers

Christine Sheng

Client Director at Rogers-O’Brien Construction

Scott Tanner

Project Engineer at BHC

TeacHER

Many AEC firms are struggling to hire due to a shrinking workforce. In addition, there is a lack of awareness and interest about the AEC field in K-12 students. The teacHER group is hoping to combat this challenge by creating resources for AEC professionals to go out into K-12 classrooms and after-school programs and get students excited about the opportunities in the AEC industry. Our goal is to provide our local communities the educational resources to how to build a positive future through available opportunities in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry.

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Andi Vicksman

Structural Engineer EIT at Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers

Anne Brummett

Project Manager at Howell Construction

Brittney Boyle

Marketing Director at Pentalon Construction

Jennifer Llop-Noy

Senior Project Manager at OBMI

Laurel Stone

Owner and Founder at StoArc Studio, LLC

Michelle Huber

Director of Finance at HFW Companies

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Our cohort members promote inclusion by developing strategic steps and tools! We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to advancing firms across the United States.

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