The NAWIC Greater Des Moines Chapter #80 is ran by a group of individuals who volunteer their time, talent and expertise to create a support system for women in the local construction industry and to encourage others to consider a career in construction.

The NAWIC committee system assists the chapter in many ways by generating new services, ideas and events that benefit the local construction industry. The committees often communicate and complete tasks via email and by meeting a handful of times throughout the year.


To attract new members and retain the current membership.

Membership Committee Members

Tania Bowman, Dean Snyder Construction (Committee Chair)

Janae Brown, DCI Group, Inc. (Board Liaison)


To obtain/develop programs and construction-related projects to educate NAWIC members, to promote professional and personal growth and educate the community about NAWIC through outreach to students.

Programs, Education & Projects Committee Members

Dawnica King, Cruiser Electric (Committee Chair)

Hannah Anderson, Kendell Doors & Hardware (Block Kids Lead)

Valerie Harlan, Baker Group

Stephanie Heckroth, Architectural Wall Systems & Seedorff Masonry

Melinda Packebush

Kelli Paskert, Skold Companies (Board Liaison)

Carly Rice, Turner Construction Group


To increase and maintain visibility and public awareness of NAWIC, to enhance our organization’s image and pursue unique marketing activities.

Public Relations & Marketing Committee Members

Stephanie Heckroth, Architectural Wall Systems & Seedorff Masonry (Committee Chair)

Shelby Boyd, Merchants Bonding Company

Andrea Gersema, Baker Group

Caren Henry, Comfort Products Distributing (Board Liaison)

Kelli Paskert, Skold Companies

Ashley Pearston, Terracon


To organize and plan all aspects of special events hosted by our Chapter. Such events could include: Holiday Parties, Volunteer Activities, Youth Activities, Networking/Happy Hour Events, etc.

Special Events Committee Members

Karlee Bruce, Baker Group (Committee Chair)

Samantha Blettner, Heartland Finishes

Tania Bowman, Dean Snyder Construction

Sandi Dueling, Baker Group

Jackie Goode, Trinity Construction

Dawnica King, Cruiser Electric

Sara McAvoy, Baker Group

Kristin Petersen, The Weitz Company (Board Liaison)

CJ Sherzan, Elder Corporation


To organize and plan all aspects of the NAWIC Construction Scholarship Invitational.

Golf Committee Members

Sara McAvoy, Baker Group (Committee Chair)

Ashley Pearston, Terracon (Board Liaison)

Eileen Kinnear, Heartland Companies

Chelsea Martin, Graphite Construction Group

Kelli Paskert, Skold Companies


To organize and plan Women in Construction (WIC) Week activities to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

WIC Week Committee Members

Samantha Blettner, Heartland Finishes (Board Liaison)

Tania Bowman, Dean Snyder Construction (Commitee Co-Chair)

Melinda Packebush (Committee Co-Chair)

CJ Sherzan, Elder Corporation