This month the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will be celebrating Black History Month with features of strong black women within our industry. Let us all celebrate the achievements and vital roles of our Black Women in Roofing!

1. How did you get involved in the roofing industry? I started in the roofing industry as a steppingstone job until I found what I really wanted to do, but after working in the industry for less than a year I became passionate about roofing and made the decision to remain in roofing. I’m approaching my 7th year in roofing and I’m very happy.

2. Use three words or labels to describe yourself.  Resilient, resourceful, considerate

3. What is a fun fact about you?   I’m an immigrant. I was born in South America, grew up in Barbados and moved to Arizona when I was 17 to attend Arizona State University.

4. What are the pros and cons of being a black woman in the roofing industry? One of the pros for me is that I get to be a trailblazer. I have the unique opportunity to not just be a black woman in the roofing industry but to be a black woman in the roofing industry who can affect change through my work with the DEI Committee and NWIR. One of the cons is not enough representation but I strongly believe that with the work we are doing with the DEI Committee that will change.

5. What do you hope to see change for women of color in roofing in the future? I hope to see women of color being represented more. I think it’s difficult to recruit women of color into an industry if the representation isn’t there.