A Year of Grace, Gratitude, and Great Transformation

Under the leadership of the Executive Committee, Jennifer Keegan, Anna Anderson, Christee Holbrook, Christine Mockenhaupt, and Michelle Boykin, 2023 has been a year of great transformation for National Women in Roofing (NWIR)! Supported by a phenomenal Board of Directors, NWIR has grown from a start-up and fully transitioned into a well-established association.

This transformation has been supported by Adams & Reese as they continue to provide guidance on legal issues and risk management for the association. Ashlee Poplin, along with other attorneys at Adams & Reese, including longtime NWiR supporter Trent Cotney, provides guidance on legal issues and risk management for the association. Hilary Morgan stepped down from her role as General Counsel recently after serving as General Counsel since 2017, and the association is grateful for her many years of service.

In addition to strengthening our governance with the support of Adams & Reese, this transition has incorporated:

  • Intentional inclusion of male allies and advocates
  • Addition of the At-Large Board Member position
  • A new full-time Executive Director

The intentional inclusion of male allies and advocates was an important step to leverage NWIR’s platform to promote equity within the industry. We truly are stronger together and will continue to grow and impact change as a collective. Incorporating this approach directly into the NWIR Leadership, we are excited to share the growth of the Board of Directors with the addition of the At-Large Board Member position. 

The first At-Large Members are John Kenney of Cotney Consulting in Florida, who is the first male ally and NWiR member nominated to this position; and Susan DeGrassi, who is a long-standing board member of NWiR with Antis Roofing in California. This position is a non-voting seat intended to bring specific expertise to the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee will assign specific tasks to best leverage their expertise to support NWIR Initiatives.

Just a few weeks ago, National Women in Roofing welcomed our new, full time Executive Director, Katie Bodiford! Check out her press release for the full story.

All of this would not have been possible without the grace shown by our Board of Directors as we navigated all of the transitions that have come along with this transformation. This Board dedicates their time and energy through committee leadership to empowering women in the roofing industry and have been instrumental during this evolution. 

With change being the only constant, NWIR welcomed the newest leaders that were invited to join our Board of Directors, including: 

This diverse Board of Directors is under the leadership of The Executive Committee, that is diverse in their own right. Their unique perspectives and blend of industry segments, leadership positions, and technical strengths are varied and lend to their collective strength, balance, and vision. The current Executive Committee includes:

Past chairs Renae Bales, Jennifer Stone, Shari Carlozzi, and Heidi Ellsworth remain engaged in the association, chairing special committees and providing advice and counsel regularly to the association and to women throughout the industry.

Jennifer Keegan, Chair of NWiR, celebrates the commitment of the Board of Directors by saying, “The women (and now a male ally) on the Board of Directors inspire me daily with their willingness to roll up their sleeves and lead with such grace and heart! We truly wouldn’t be where we are without this powerhouse of industry leaders who embrace NWiR with passion and intention. I am truly grateful for their grace and grit throughout our evolution this year.”

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