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September 2022 Newsletter

National Women in Roofing Day 2023 is quickly approaching, and we are so excited to see everyone! Our theme this year for our conference in Dallas is “Follow Your Path." We are encouraged and excited to always bring you the best content and topics each year, and this year is no different. This is the “final” call for presentations, so now is your chance! What do you wish you would have known earlier in your career? What topics are important to our industry as a whole? We encourage you to submit a presentation proposal related to women in all areas of the roofing industry. Everyone is welcome to submit. Submissions will close on September 30th. For more information, please visit our website

Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing
Maureen Greeves, Tremco; NWiR Education Committee Chair
Erica Faver, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; NWiR Education Committee Vice Chair

Upcoming Events

The Education Committee has several upcoming events, and we are also looking for volunteers to offer time and talent for future content offerings!
Upcoming events include:

  • September is Safety month for the Education Committee. Check out some of the great content and information Education Committee member Jae Horbacz has pulled together on all things safety. Information will be available on the Technical Resources page. Speaking of donating time and talent! On September 27th and 28th Lorna Rojas, a Licensed OSHA instructor and member of the OSHA Safety Council will be hosting an OSHA 10-hour certification course. This course will be delivered in Spanish. Registration will be capped at 40 participants. Check out the Events calendar and watch for the registration link which will be coming soon! Read about more events...
Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Levello Construction
; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

NWiR at Best of Success

Join NWIR at the Best of Success Conference on December 4, 2022, in Scottsdale, Arizona as we talk with powerhouse women who have paved their own paths and become true leaders in our industry. These women will discuss proven methods to not only lead yourself but lead others and lead a successful organization. Come talk to them, listen to their story, and learn more about what it takes to succeed in this great industry. #BOSConf 
Register here!
  Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Co Chair
Brenna Driver, Owens Corning; NWiR Membership Co Chair
Jae Horbacz, Kemper System America; NWiR Membership Vice Chair

Membership Monday Celebrates New Members

We had a smashing meet and greet with new members this month!

We welcomed Decanra Chisenhall from Roofl who has joined the Raleigh Triangle Council, Kaitlyn Reid from 1B Roofing Systems who has joined the Dallas Fort Worth Council in Texas, Monica Jativa from Transcona Commercial Roofing who is from Winnipeg, Manitoba who is a perfect fit for our North America Virtual Council and Annie Kuhlman the Branch Manager for Beacon in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, another perfect fit for the North America Virtual Council.

Welcome, welcome, welcome, beautiful ladies!!! We are so very happy you have joined us!

  Kelley Caron, OMG Roofing Products; NWiR Mentoring Committee Chair
 Kyrah Coker, National Roofing Partners; NWiR Mentoring Committee Vice Chair

Workplace Problems & Leadership Issues/Challenges

Join the Mentoring Group open discussion on workplace problems & leadership issues/challenges on September 13, 2022, at 6:00 pm ET. Register here!
 Christine Mockenhaupt, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWiR Councils Committee Chair
Mary Beth Reed, GAF; NWiR Councils Committee Vice Chair
If you have been part of a successful council startup, consider joining the NWiR Councils Committee. We meet regularly with councils across the country who are looking for guidance and support to get their own local councils established. Your insight and wisdom will go a long way toward helping others find success. If you are interested, please contact the Councils Committee Chairs at

You Don’t Want to Miss the Fun!

Are you thinking that all these council events look fantastic and you are wondering if there is a council in your area? To make sure you are on the mailing list for your local Council, update your profile in the MyNWiR section of the website and make sure that you’ve selected the Council that you’d like to participate in.

Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:

NWiR Seattle Council

PNW Women in Roofing Day with RCAW

RCAW & NWiR are so excited to bring our first annual PNW WIR Day on October 22, 2022. We’ve planned a day full of education and hands-on training for all members of our industry. One of the shared goals of the NWiR and RCAW is to continue to create environments for our employees to come together and feel a part of a community. Those that work within the roofing industry come from vast backgrounds, and most likely didn’t set out to be in this industry. But we all know the roofing industry is a lucrative one to grow your career and businesses in. Register here!

NWiR Tennessee Council

Education - Packed Luncheon

The Tennessee Council members enjoyed an education-packed luncheon held by Nashville Icon, Demetria Kaladimos! Demetria focused on her experience in her past career and how to defeat gender discrimination. Thank you to our lunch sponsor OWENS CORNING!

NWiR Tampa Council

FRSA & Self-Care September!

NWIR celebrated with the FRSA on their 100th year anniversary in Daytona Beach.
The very first FRSA Convention was hosted in Daytona Beach. Thank you to all the ladies who helped set up, work and take down the NWIR trade show booth. We had two special guests-Michelle Boykin with Rackley Roofing our very own National Chair and Ellen Thorp with Meridian Consulting our Executive Director. Thank you to everyone who came to the FRSA NWIR Session!

Don’t miss out on our NWIR Self-Care September event at Safety Harbor Spa on September 18, 2022. Register here!

NWiR Oklahoma Council

Paint & Craft Night in Tulsa

We had so much fun at our Board and Brush event this month! Thank you to everyone who came! It’s so great to connect with the awesome women in the industry. Make sure to catch us at one of our upcoming monthly events!

NWiR Columbus Council

Asphalt 101

Join the Columbus Council on September 14, 2022, at 11:30 AM ET for an engaging virtual overview with Toni Newsome of Owens Corning! Toni will cover the essential component and discuss everything there is to know to understand the asphalt shingle.

Toni Newsome is Owens Corning’s Modified Asphalt Innovation Leader for Roofing Science & Technology (S&T).
Toni leads a team responsible for designing asphalt formulations for all 3 growth product platforms in Roofing & Paving. Register here!

NWiR Indianapolis Council

Flourish Yoga

The ladies in the Indianapolis Council hosted a yoga class, “Flourish Yoga”, a woman-owned yoga studio! We had such a great time and were able to celebrate empowerment during our flow.


NWiR Oregon Council

Ms. McNeil's Classroom Supply Drive!

The Oregon Council spent the month of August gathering classroom supplies for Kindergarten students at Mill Park Elementary. 77% of students here are considered low-income and all students qualify for free breakfast and lunch services. All school supplies are provided to students at no cost. However, students are allotted one set of supplies and any additional expenses, including classroom décor, come out of the teacher’s pocket.

Christine McNeil has been teaching Kindergarten for nearly two decades. Her gift is in building a solid foundation for education, as soon as children enter the school system, by instilling a love of learning. She does this through games, art, working and talking with other students and singing and dancing to learn new concepts (and get their wiggles out)!

The team had an amazing time coming together to give back to these children in their community!

NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council

North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is coming up on September 22, 2022. Our council is collecting clothing items to donate to Genesis Women’s Shelter. The thrift store has been making contributions to Dallas for over 20 years. We as a council drop off the items and spend the day working at the thrift store on North Texas Giving Day. Please get your donations to one of our council members by the 21st. You can reach out to Casey if you need to coordinate a drop off –
  Celebrating women and their accomplishments

RRO Certification Accomplishment!

Amilly Washington, CEO of OptaMiss, recently passed her RRO Certification through IIBEC. We are excited to celebrate this accomplishment with her!


Woman-Owned Construction Launches to Serve Denver Metro

Lovello believes in a higher level of production for improved communication and collaboration on every project.

(Denver, Colorado – August 8, 2022) – Levello Construction, a woman-owned construction company, announced that it is now open for business in the Denver metro and the Front Range, Colorado areas. Levello Construction is a residential general contracting company with a focus on exterior systems including roofing, gutters, paint, windows, and siding. Read more...

The Eleven Percent: Sarah Lechowich

Sarah Lechowich talks about running a woman-owned company, the importance of mentorship, and what's in her tool bag. View here...

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NWiR Day 2023: March 5th Dallas, Texas

National Women in Roofing (NWIR) is hosting a one-day conference in Dallas, Texas on March 5th  in advance of IRE. By attending, you will connect, discover, and cultivate new relationships with roofing professionals.

The sixth annual NWiR Day is the premier conference for multidisciplinary women professionals in the roofing industry to get together to learn about the latest business strategies and tactics and share their secrets to success. Connect with professional, like-minded, good-spirited women from all facets of the roofing industry and experience insight, inspiration, and fun.

We prefer to keep NWiR Day a women’s only event. NWiR recognizes that many men are equal partners to our mission of empowering women in the roofing industry; for that reason membership has been open to men since the original membership launch in June of 2016. Most of the time, NWiR events are inclusive of all genders. However, there is a unique perspective and experience that women in roofing have that is not necessarily shared by men, and it aligns with the need in our industry to mentor, educate, network and recruit women into roofing. It also provides a safe space for conversation. We invite and welcome men, supporters, and guests to join us for our evening reception to celebrate the end of a successful NWiR Day.


NRCA Healthcare Program

Learn about the newest addition to the NRCA Healthcare Program on September 21, 2022, at 12 PM CT.

The Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement is the newest addition to the NRCA Health Care Program. Available for member firms of all sizes, ICHRAs were created under the Affordable Care Act to ensure significant savings for members while offering great coverage to their employees. During this webinar, you will learn about ICHRA, its benefits, and how to get a quote. More information is on the NRCA website.

IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium in Milwaukee, Nov 14-15

International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) and ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Partner for the First Time to Co-Host Building Enclosure Symposium in Milwaukee, WI, November 14–15, 2022.

IIBEC courses are such a great source of technical information about the building enclosure and this new partnership with AEI looks so interesting. Ellen Thorp, our Executive Director will attend along with several other NWiR members. NWiR will have a booth at the trade show and we are excited to introduce NWiR to new building enclosure consultants, architects, and engineers.

More information here on registering for the conference; we’ll also publish a call for volunteers in late October to help us staff the NWiR booth. Read more here...

MRCA & RCAT Host Luncheon for Women Contractors

MRCA & RCAT are having a joint meeting in late September in Fort Worth, Texas. Part of their agenda will be a luncheon for all women who own or are involved in the management and operation of roofing contractor companies. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Fort Worth Convention Center. RSVP is required, please register here.

The NWIR Dallas Fort Worth Council will also be hosting a booth at the trade show, please stop by 616 and say hello!

Mentoring Session - September 13
Education Committee Meeting - September 14
NWiR Austin Council Monthly Luncheon - September 14
NWiR Columbus Council Asphalt 101 - September 14
Roofing is... Being an Upstander - September 14
Expert Tips for Contract and Negotiation and Review - September 15
Self-Care Spa Day - September 18
Stand Up Meeting for New Members - September 19
Events + Education + WIRE Book Club - September 20
NWiR Oklahoma Lunch and Learn - September 21
NWiR at the WSRCA Annual Convention 2022 - September 24-26
NWiR OSHA 10 - Hablas Español? - September 26-27
NWiR at WSRCA Session and Networking Reception - September 26
MRCA & RCAT - Dallas Fort Worth - September 27-29
NWiR Central Florida Council Educational Sale Event - September 29
NWiR Austin Council Monthly Networking - September 29
Membership Council Meeting - October 5
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

New Text Reminder Service Launching

In this time of information overload, we are very careful about not over-communicating with NWiR members. We rely on the website blog, calendar, and newsletter as our central source of information and we use social media to serve as a secondary source of information. We send emails to members sparingly, as we are aware that email fatigue is a very real thing. At the same time, we know that filters can be very strong and sometimes our emails to members aren’t able to make it through to your inbox. For that reason, we are beta testing using a texting service on a very limited basis, with a maximum of one text message per month. This texting service requires you to “opt-in” so be on the lookout for a message coming to your phone in the next few days. Please choose to “opt-in” and rest assured that we will not blow up your phone!
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