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!
- How did you get involved in the roofing industry?
I worked in healthcare for about 17 years, ranging from IT to Scheduling Practice Manager. I was just looking for something different. There is always a career and a need for healthcare workers, but I realized there is also a need for a roof; being commercial or residential. I saw a position opened for a Service Coordinator at Rackley Roofing and I reached out to a friend that held that position and asked her questions about the company, the position, and if she thought I was qualified. She gave me positive feedback about everything. I have now been at Rackley for 2 years and was recently promoted to Service Manager.
- Use three words or labels to describe yourself.
Focused, organized, and respectful.
- What is a fun fact about you?
It may be hard to believe for some, but I am a very shy, quiet person until I get to know someone or until they get to know me.
- What are the pros and cons of being a black woman in the roofing industry?
I do not really have any pros or cons. Mostly I am behind the scenes of roofing (answering phones, etc.) instead of direct contact with our customers in person. However, in the past there were lots of African American women that made history and they were never recognized for their contributions until later in history.
- What do you hope to see change for women of color in roofing in the future?
I hope to see more women of color being acknowledged/recognized for the roofing industry and for encouragement to all if they have or are considering a career in roofing.