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Letter from the President’s Desk

Greetings NAWIC Sisters,

Happy New Year! Hope you are looking forward to all that 2020 has in store for NAWIC Chapter 21 and women in construction!

Thank you all so much for your participation and donations this past Holiday Season to the food drive for the San Diego Food Bank, the Steam Maker Festival at the San Diego County Fairgrounds, the signing Christmas cards for the troops, and supporting Rachel’s Women’s Center!  Wow…You made a difference in these community outreach efforts being a success for their clients, the students, our military and women in need.  Great Job!

Our fundraising efforts for Design Drafting and Scholarship are ongoing.  So please continue to show your support for NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21 and the Future Construction Leaders Foundation.  The Design Drafting Committee held a really fun Escape Room Adventure Fundraiser and Silent Auction; the Scholarship Committee has Tickets for the Trades Fundraiser through January 14th. The winner will be picked at our General Membership Meeting for a trip to Disneyland.  The First Kids Construction Expo is coming your way with NAWIC Block Kids Competition on Saturday, February 8th at the Scottish Rite Event Center.  These are the reasons why it is so important that we continue to introduce our youth and teens to the opportunities our industry has to offer.  Thanks also to the generosity of our sponsors for their continued support of our programs.

Our next NAWIC 2nd Saturday Member +1 Mixer will be January 11th at the Coronado Brewing Company in Imperial Beach!  Please join us for the “Free & Informal” event.  Come socialize and connect with your NAWIC Sisters.  Bring a co-worker, client, or industry friend and learn more about our organization and the wonderful women who are part of it, and how you can contribute too!

I hope to see you all soon, as we continue “Towering Towards our Future” at the Riverwalk Golf Course location for the January 14th membership meeting.
Cheers to Women in Construction,

Kimberly Bell
Pulice Construction, Inc.
NAWIC San Diego Chapter President

Local chapters do not speak for NAWIC National.

January Member Meeting
Path to ZNE (Zero Net Energy)
Join Sandy Houck and Susan Freed in an in depth discussion on Zero Net Energy. They cover topics like:
  • Overview of Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
  • Current trends in ZNE
  • What makes a building ZNE?
  • Measuring & Verifying Performance
  • ZNE stories“Th
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 pm – Networking, 6:00 pm – Program

Riverwalk Golf Club
1150 Fashion Valley Rd
San Diego, CA 92108

Register Online →

NAWIC 2nd Saturday Member +1 Mixer
Join us for our NAWIC Member + 1 Mixer! Please RSVP to Lisa Thibodeaux at by January 8th, 2020.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
11:30 am

Coronado Brewing Company | Imperial Beach Restraunt
875 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach, CA 91932


Kids Construction Expo & NAWIC Block Kids Competition

The First KIDS’ CONSTRUCTION EXPO is coming your way – Saturday morning, February 8th, 2020 at the Scottish Rite Event Center. This is a FREE family event. There will be interactive displays in electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, carpentry, design, and heavy equipment. As the kids enter our expo, each will be given a toy hard hat with the mission of visiting each booth to obtain and add stickers to their hard hat. During the expo, for children grades K – 6th who wish to participate (and sign up ahead of time), we will have our Block Kids competition. This program challenges kids to use their imagination in constructing a structure or project using interlocking blocks. By introducing children to construction industry careers at an early age, we are hoping to create awareness and develop their interest in future careers in the industry.

For more information, to sign up for the Expo and Block Kids, or to sign up as a sponsor or volunteer, visit our website:
This is going to be a major event for our chapter and foundation – we need your support. Please consider donating or ask your company if they would like to sponsor. We will also be accepting in kind donations – specifically we need safety vests for the block kids judges – please reach out to me (KimberlyBell at
 or 619.753.5605if you are able to donate 25 vests.

Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Scottish Rite Event Center

1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Save the Date: 11th Annual NAWIC Golf Tournament
Join NAWIC for our 11th annual Golf Tournament on August 27th, 2020 at Twin Oaks Golf Course, 1425 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069.

For more information about the event or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Hailey Martensen at 619-917-6406.

Sponsor Spotlight: Pulice Construction, Inc.

Pulice Construction, Inc., founded in 1956, is a heavy civil general engineering contractor and construction manager. Pulice has built successful projects over the years for both public and private owners, under Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, and Public-Private-Partnership (P3) delivery methods. Our project experience includes work in three primary market sectors – Transportation, Wastewater, and Water. Transportation sector includes airports, bridges, roads, and highways. Water sector includes dams, reservoirs, and distribution mains. Wastewater sector includes sanitary/storm sewer, treatment plants, and pump stations. For more information, visit
Find Pulice Construction on:      
Want to be the next Spotlight Sponsor?
The Spotlight Sponsorship was designed to help support the cost of hosting the monthly membership meeting.  Becoming the Spotlight Sponsor includes the following benefits:
  • Display one (1) branded item at registration area during membership meeting. Sponsor must bring and set up prior to start of meeting. Examples include: pop up banner, poster, table cloth, etc.
  • Logo to be displayed on screen during networking hour at membership meeting.
  • Short blurb about the sponsor company with logo to be run in newsletter and posted on website during month of sponsorship.
Cost: $150 Payment is due by the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Contact Mariana Rosillo at to book your Spotlight Sponsor month.       
2019-20 Design Drafting Competition Sponsorships

The National Association of Women in Construction— San Diego #21 is sponsoring the NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) Design Drafting Competition for High School and College students.
The competition provides recognition to contestants for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings and renderings. The drawings may be created utiliz-ing any computer aided design (CAD) program available to the contestants, drawn by hand, or may consist of a combination of computer aided and hand drawn plans. Entries will be evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work.

Contestants will be judged at the local level with the local winning entry in each division being sub-mitted for Regional and National Competition. Contestants will be furnished with an architectural problem developed by a 
design professional, a site description and plan, and a list of required drawings and infor-mation. Judging will be performed by construction industry professionals. Future Construction Leaders Foundation believes the challenge of meeting future workforce demands emphasizes the importance of education, training, and preparing our youth for careers in construction.

Won’t you please join us in sponsoring this motivational competition?
  • High-rise ($500)
    FCLF Website Sponsor Recognition 2020, (+ Monthly member meeting acknowledgement, + monthly chapter newsletter recognition through judging)
  • Mid-rise ($250)
    Monthly General Member Meeting Sponsor Acknowledgement through Competition Judging
  • Podium ($100)
    Hard Hat Newsletter Monthly Chapter Recognition through Competition Judging
Make checks payable to: NAWIC SD Future Construction Leaders Foundation
Mail to: PO Box 880655, San Diego, CA 92168-0655

For questions or information, call Myrna Smith (619) 504-1590.
Critique of December NAWIC Meeting
Our December meeting presenter, Johnny Ferrer from Battalion Protection Group, Inc. has asked NAWIC members who attended the December meeting for their feedback on his presentation. You may download the critique form and email it to Johnny at

"We are always seeking feedback, both positive and negative to help us improve in all areas of our company," wrote Johnny in an email to chapter.
In addition, if anyone has any additional questions or concerns that were not addressed at the meeting, you can always contact Battalion Protection Group, Inc. at or Johnny directly at (877)515-4827 or
Industry Training
Cal/OSHA: Enforcement vs. Consultation

Join Rancho Mesa Insurance and Cal/OSHA for an informative conversation about the difference between Cal/OSHA’s enforcement and consultation branches. Learn how to take advantage of Cal/OSHA’s free consultation services and resources to create a safe workplace environment. Understand the benefits of participating in partnership programs like:

  • Golden Gate
Owners, Safety Directors, Managers, and Supervisors.

Carmen Cisneros, Area Manager, Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch

Please limit the training to 2 attendees per company. If you need to send more than 2 people, please contact Alyssa Burley at (619) 438-6869 or

Please enter the building from the west side door located to the right of the main entrance and follow the signs. This meeting is located upstairs. Please contact Alyssa Burley with ADA access questions.

New Members
Please welcome our newest NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21 members!

Michele Costa, CIT, Gafcon, Inc.
Recruiter, Dianne Koehle

Brittany Olsson, Raken
Recruiter, Amber Webb

Renie Ritchie, Crest Insurance Group, LLC
Recruiter, NA

Terri Warnick, Gafcon, Inc.
Recruiter, Dianne Koehle

Gaby Wolff, Gafcon, Inc.
Recruiter, Dianne Koehle

Leslie Miasnik - 14 Years
Cheri Seitz - 2 Years
Sarah Williams - 2 Years
Laura Nieman - 1 Year
Jami McArdle - January 1
Patti Hodson - January 2
Gabriela Pasillas - January 23
Melinda Dicharry - January 29
Carol Hutchinson - January 29

January Committee Reports

Social Media:
Happy Holidays! Our social media footprint continues to grow every month. Fun fact, last week alone we had over 1500 Facebook post shares! That’s incredible! We are gearing up for another giveaway across our social media accounts for the new year. Planning has begun for our first social media event ever! Stay tuned for more details. Remember to continue to follow our multiple social media accounts (listed below) and  share our content. Reminder, if you’d like to have something posted on our accounts feel free to email our social media committee email ( *Post graphic design is available.* Hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays!

Facebook: NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21
Instagram: @nawicsd_21
LinkedIn: NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21

Membership Report:
Membership numbers YTD are
Active: 3 New  39 Renew
Corporate 2 New  21 renew
Student 0 New 3 Renew
Retired 0 New 0 Renew
Total 73
New Members in November:

Michele Costa CIT Gafcon Inc    
Brittany Olsson Raken    
Renie Ritchie Crest Insurance Group LLC    
Terri Warnick Gafcon, Inc    
Gaby Wolff Gafcon    

PDE Report:
PDE Topic: Path to ZNE
Speaker: Susan Freed Project Manager, Energy and Sustainability Division at County of San Diego and Sandy Houck, LC, CMVP, LEED AP
Date: January 14
Summary of presentation:
  • Overview of Zero Net Energy (ZNE)
  • Current trends in ZNE
  • What makes a building ZNE?
  • Measuring & Verifying Performance
  • ZNE stories
PDE February progress: Program chair reached out to ASPE Program chair and is waiting on his response.

Friendship & Cheer:
Is looking for a current membership list with birthdays.

NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21’s 2nd Annual Toast to the Trades will be on Friday, March 6, 2020.
More details to follow.

Anniversary Night
NAWIC San Diego Chapter 21’s 61st Anniversary/Awards Night will be on Friday, April 17, 2020.
More details to follow.

Design Drafting:
The Design Drafting Competition is full steam ahead and 2 schools are currently participating with approximately 30-35 students from Morse High and Patrick Henry High.
Some important dates on this competition are:
12/24/19 – Student applications are due to chapter
1/5/20 – Chapter participation form due to Region
2/7/20 – Morse High will taking a tour of the New School of Architecture
3/4/20 – Student Drawings due to Design Drafting Committee
3/6/20 – Judging of drawings will take place at Pulice Construction
3/16/20 – Chapter winners are due to Region
4/6/20 – Regional winners to National
5/1/20 – National Winners announced
We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Design Drafting Competition:
DPR Construction
All Access Rentals
University Mechanical
Pulice Construction
Rick Smith
Paradigm Mechanical

Beaver Construction
Hale Engineering
Sponsorship is still available! Thanks to all of those that supported the Escape Room Fundraising Adventure and the Silent Auction that were held in December.
If you have any questions, you may contact any of us on the committee.
Myrna Smith, CIT, CDT – Committee Co-Chair
Dame Brown – Committee Co-Chair
Members:  Ellen Yurish, Rhonda Mitchell, Tamela Cross, and Kimberly Bell

Hospitality: No report.

Ways & Means: No report.

Website: No report.

Camp NAWIC: No report.

Golf Tournament: No report.

Scholarship: No report.

WIC Week: No report.

Block Kids: No report.

Maximize Your NAWIC Membership
At the June 2019 NAWIC San Diego Chapter meeting, Lisa Thibodeaux and Alyssa Burley encouraged the San Diego Chapter members to maximize their NAWIC membership by joining committees, becoming an officer or director and volunteering.
Watch Video →

Submit Your Stories
Please send links to videos, images with captions, announcements and anything else you would like to have included in the newsletter by the 15th of each month to Alyssa Burley at

Kimberly Bell, Pulice Construction
(702) 755-1588

Amber Webb, Ryan Companies
President Elect
(858) 812-7917

Shelby Ballow, Dowling Construction
Vice President
(858) 277-7988

Helen Panebianco, Dynalectric San Diego
Recording Secretary
(858) 527-2639

Edna Rodriguez, Herc Rentals, Inc.
Corresponding Secretary
(619) 322-3190

Mary Webb, Hayward Baker
(619) 443-3891

Ashley Carnevale, Tru-Duct, Inc.
Immediate Past President
(619) 672-6186
Lorena Quintero, Williams Scotsman

(866) 892-0188

Tiffany Carapella, Sunrise Bobcat & Hauling Service, Inc.
(619) 938-0439

Hailey Martensen, J Geyer Plumbing, Inc.

(858) 755-1811 x302

Isabel Marocco, Casper Company

(619) 419-2607

Carol Hutchinson, United Site Services

(619) 218-0815

Shawn Brown, RDO Equipment

For more than 55 years, NAWIC has helped women take advantage of the  opportunities in construction. Whether you want to embark on a new career, establish a networking base, be a  mentor/mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your  education, or invest in great friendships, NAWIC offers a variety of  opportunities — large and small.  Savvy NAWIC members, business  owners and managers can expect value from their investment in NAWIC. NAWIC  membership affords many opportunities, professional, educational and through the NEF (info from
Core Purpose:  To enhance the success of women  in the construction industry.
The Value of a NAWIC Membership:
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4: of great use or service
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