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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Women In Construction is committed to ensuring our members and visitors are directed to one of our advisory partners to assist you with maintaining or obtaining your certification.


Steering Committee Members

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

Danielle Bickel (Vice-chair), Upstate Rebar

Mike Anderson, Abstract Architecture

Bill Bauer, Edbauer Construction

Mercedes Calway, R&P Oak Hill Development

Grace Dettelis, Ideal Concrete

Kathleen Farinacci, SmartEdge

Kristie Gerace, Construction Exchange

Adam Guglielmi, Construction Exchange

Lisa Hobba, Weydman Electric

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

Christina Lopes (Guest), Erie County Workforce Development

Moira Moldenhauer (Past Chair), Dwight Moldenhauer

Eileen Osborn, Spur Line Construction

Nicholle Overkamp, Wilcox Financial

Cathy Pera, Bison Scaffold & Mason’s Supply

Peter Romano, United Materials LLC

Tom Saia, Iroquois Bar Corp

Nicole Savage, Nature’s Way Environmental

Sal Sciandra, Frey Electric

Camille Shepard, Datz Dat


Click here for a list of participants on our Workforce Development Subcommittee.

Click here for a list of participants on our MWBE Subcommittee.



Committee Advisors

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





Supporting Advisory Organizations