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Women’s History Month: A Celebration of DPS Women in Construction

Mar. 18, 2022
 
Group photo of women in DPS construction
Just a few of the DPS women working in construction-related fields: Front row, left to right: LeeAnn Kittle, Director of Sustainability; Anne Weber, Director of Planning and Design; Heather Bock, Director of Construction; Trena Marsal, Executive Director of Facility Management. Middle row, L to R: Sharmane Reggans, Facility Planner; Joni Rix, Manager of Environmental Programs; Kahala Trebilcock, Construction Project Manager; Marie Palomo, Analyst and Buyer; Emma Grogan, Construction Project Manager; Vanessa Harris, Construction Project Manager. Back row, L to R: Margaret Pauls, Construction Project Manager; Tari Gold, Operations Project Manager; Renee Verspoor, Construction Project Manager; Kristy Sawyer, Senior Operations Project Manager.

Heather Bock recalls a time early in her career when it was rare to see a woman on a construction site and men would whistle at her while on the job. Now, as the DPS Director of Construction, Heather is able to reflect on how much has changed since then. “It has been so exciting to see how the industry has evolved over the past 20 years with more women in the field and more women in leadership roles,” she said.

While the construction industry has indeed changed in its representation of women, they still only make up 11% of construction workers in the United States. Reflecting DPS’s commitment to equity and inclusion, the district far outpaces this national average. Forty-eight percent of DPS employees who support school construction delivery and 33% of the Facility Management team are women. Women are represented in roles from facility managers to construction project managers to key decision-making directors.

DPS also seeks to ensure equitable representation with the companies we contract with for construction work. 35.2% of businesses who worked on DPS bond-funded construction and maintenance projects this past year are minority or women-owned, and 42% of those are owned by women.

During this Women’s History Month, we’re putting the spotlight on just a few of the many DPS women in construction and facilities. Click on the names below to learn more about these talented team members’ education, career paths, and advice for girls interested in pursuing similar careers.