Laura Black

Naperville, Ill. — Sept. 1, 2021 — Influencing the use of technology such as AI (artificial intelligence), digital twin, machine learning, BIM, ERP, drones, laser scanning, to name a few, and creating systems and digital transformation to digest data, today’s Women in Construction are agents of change laying the foundation for future generations.

Today’s volatile economic market—amid high material costs and labor shortages—will require a multigeneration, diverse workforce, with both women (and men) bringing new and unique ideas to the table, together, to overcome the hurdles the industry currently faces.

Each year, Constructech encourages all women within the construction technology field to nominate themselves and colleagues for this prestigious recognition, in addition to researching additional women in the space.

The first year Constructech honored women it took quite a bit of research to uncover deserving leaders of change. Since that time, there have been a surge of women working in technology and their companies, which are eager to recognize their achievements and now this award receives upwards of 100 nominations.

Some women are selected because of their involvement with technology, while others were chosen for shaping the company’s progress, contributing to the growth of technology in the industry, and going beyond what is expected to support other women.

Since 2015, the Women in Construction list recognizes the most successful females working within the construction industry, leveraging technology. These women exude a safety-first mentality, define project management and sustainability, deliver innovation, and serve as mentors to the next generation.

“During the past five years, more women have entered this male dominated space and companies have promoted women to leadership roles,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine and president of Specialty Publishing Media. “This year’s Women in Construction winners demonstrate they can bring innovation, ingenuity, and perseverance to an industry desperately in need of it. Together, let’s celebrate all they have done.”

The 2021 Women in Construction are:
LaNette Andrews, Clyde Companies
Sharon Berger, Gannett Fleming
Jean Bjork, Bjork Construction Co.
Jody Brown, Neumann Brothers
Clara Coffey, Fairstead
Sabina Dzaferovic, Fairstead
Mary Fasone, Burns & McDonnell
Nirva Fereshetian, CBT Architects
Katie Freed, Facebook
Leah Freshwater, Burns & McDonnell
Ewa Gasienica-Szymkow, Burns & McDonnell
Laura Guengerich, Aspen Contracting
Sila Gulgec, Thornton Tomasetti
Cindy Hillegass, Central Roofing Co.
Patty Hotchkiss, Great Lakes Roofing Corp.
Amy Huller, Castle Contracting
Veronica Jennings, JF Shea Construction
Erin Khan, Suffolk
Aja Kiah, Southland Industries
Melissa Kissinger, Miron Construction Co.
Allegra Klossen, Burns & McDonnell
Tiffany LaBruno, Gafcon
Theresa Lehman, Miron Construction Co.
Kitty Lichtenstein, McCarthy Building Companies
Jacqueline Maloney, Kaplan Construction
Kahina Mouelouel, U.S. Engineering Co.
Mandy Neese, Atlanta Paving & Concrete Construction
Samantha Nodzak, Tilson
Karri Novak, Suffolk
Mallory Olzinski, Brasfield & Gorrie
Lani O’Reidy, Timberlake Construction Co.
Rupa Patel, Thornton Tomasetti
Jody Polka, Ryan Companies US
Francina Price, Champions IFM
Diane Rink, Nicor Gas
Kami Sampson, Classic Homes of Virginia
Beth Seniw, ReArch Co.
Laura Smith, Miron Construction Co.
Maria Spalding, U.S. Engineering Co.
Corie Spankowski, ARCO/Murray
Britt Tegeler, Tegeler Construction & Supply
Claire Vorthmann, McCarthy Building Companies
Keyona Wells, Choate Construction Co.
Aisha Whitman, DJM Design CAD & Coordination Services
Saffron Wyse, Thornton Tomasetti

The winners are chosen by a group of former winners as well as the editorial team. The 2021 Women in Construction judges include Tracy Bell, Tilson; Jamie Berzon, S.M. Wilson & Co.; Heather Bowman, Branch Builds; Kasia Burzynska, Thornton Tomasetti; Sara Carlson, Curran Contracting; Rebekah Casey, Brasfield & Gorrie; Angel Douglas Stiemert, Ryan Companies; Rada Doytcheva, Rada Architects; Sarah Ebeling, Charles Perry Partners, Inc.; Jessie Houlihan, Stahl Construction; Erin Inman, Primera Engineers; Melissa Kershner, Aurora Contractors; Lori Buckman Moes, DJM Design CAD & Coordination Services; Jessica Morrissey, Bald Hill Builders; Sabrina Odah, Suffolk; Kelly Olson, Western States Equipment Co.; Jennifer Parkerson, Welsh Construction; Adrienne Sherwood, Grunley Construction Co.; Jennifer Jacka-Taylor, TREKK Design Group; and Lacy Wargel, Bowen Engineering.

An article featuring the winners, can be found online at:

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