Women in Construction

Women in Construction is a group that was formed in 2015 by leaders in the construction industry who recognized that there was an interest and an energy from women who felt that they were uniquely positioned to have a positive impact on the industry. The group’s goal is to stand with diversity to build an inclusive culture through leadership and collaboration. They seek to achieve mutual success by promoting education, networking, support and communication.

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Committee Members

Karen Antonelli (Chair), Chiampou, Travis, Besaw & Kershner, LLP

Danielle Bickel (Vice-chair), Upstate Rebar

Moira Moldenhauer (Immediate Past-chair), Dwight Moldenhauer, Inc.

Nicole Savage, Nature’s Way Environmental (Chair of MWBE Subcommittee)

Maria Nowakowski, United Materials (Chair of Workforce Development Subcommittee) 

Bill Bauer, Edbauer Construction

Mercedes Calway, R&P Oak Hill Development

Joyce DeLong, Insty-Prints of Cheektowaga

Grace Dettelis, Ideal Concrete

Kathleen Farinacci, SmartEdge

Adam Guglielmi, Construction Exchange

Lisa Hobba, Weydman Electric

Lisa Hoffman, Rider Frames & Gallery

Liz Kraengel, Duke, Holzman, Photiadis & Gresens, LLP

Eileen Osborn, Spur Line Construction

Nicholle Overkamp, Wilcox Financial

Cathy Pera, Bison Scaffold & Mason’s Supply

Lori Riker, Benchmark Environmental

Tom Saia, Iroquois Bar Corp

Sal Sciandra, Frey Electric

Camille Shepard, Datz Dat

Chris Wopperer, Thermal Foams

Committee Advisors

Diane Byas, NFTA

Janique Curry, ECMC, MWBE Compliance Office

Geraldine Ford, Empire State Development

Rebecca Gandour, City of Buffalo, Office of Strategic Planning

Dhannayia Johnson, Buffalo State University Small Business Development Center

Alex Lauer, Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY

Stephanie Pennington, LP Ciminelli 

Dolly Randle, CASNY

Sara Veschio, Women’s Business Center at Canisius College





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