WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION 2024

Led by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), March marks Women’s History Month, beginning with the industry-wide celebration of Women in Construction (WIC) Week. Thousands of members nationwide take this time to spotlight opportunities for women in construction and highlight their extensive contributions to the field.

The Women of JFC

Jordan Foster has a growing team of accomplished women in diverse roles across our company. This month, we are showcasing our team in the field and their many contributions to project success and safety. Stories of their construction career journeys, goals, challenges, and aspirations encapsulate their unique narratives.

Women Who Wear Hard Hats

By Taylor Mathews

“Going Against the grain Paves the way for women in construction. Statistics show that more women are now pursuing careers in the construction industry.”

Tricia Kagerer

Tricia Kagerer

Executive Vice President of Risk Management

Tricia Kagerer is the Executive Vice President of Risk Management for Jordan Foster Construction, where she leads risk management, safety, and leadership efforts. Tricia is the author of the book “The B Words: 13 Works Women Must Navigate for Success.” She is a nationally recognized speaker on women’s leadership.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, where she was honored with the Award of Excellence in 2020. Her professional credentials include Certified Safety Professional (CSP); Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS); Associate in Risk Management (ARM); Associate in Claims Management (AIC); licensed Texas claims representative and commercial agent and Certified Giant Leadership Coach.

Yessica Sweeney

Yessica Sweeney

Assistant Project Manager

Yessica Sweeney is an Assistant Project Manager at Jordan Foster Construction, with 4.5 years of dedicated service. With almost 8 years in construction, she transitioned from building high rises to multifamily wood framing at Jordan Foster. Inspired by her father’s career, Yessica navigates her male-dominated field with confidence. Outside of work, she enjoys being a mother to her two children, Jaden and Penelope. Her career highlights include winning the project of the year for The Mark at Weatherford with her team.

Estela Perez

Estela Perez

Project Controls Coordinator

Estela Perez serves as the Project Controls Coordinator for the Infrastructure & Concrete Division at Jordan Foster Construction. With nine years of experience in the construction industry, Estela brings expertise in Accounting and Finance to her role. She is driven by a profound sense of purpose and aims to make a lasting impact in her city by positively influencing collaborators and contributing to their professional development.

Bianca San Juan

Bianca San Juan

Operator

Bianca San Juan brings her passion for construction to her role as an Operator at Austin Civil Group, where she has honed her skills for five years. Nearly a year into her journey with Jordan Foster Construction, Bianca’s dedication to her craft is evident in her daily work. Inspired by her father’s career as an equipment operator, Bianca forged her own path in the construction industry, driven by a desire to make her mark. Beyond the job site, Bianca finds joy in family gatherings, exploring her culinary talents through cooking, and letting loose on the dance floor. Her commitment to excellence both on and off the job makes her a valued member of the construction community.

Faith Quinones-Ramos

Faith Quinones-Ramos

Project Engineer

Faith Quinones-Ramos is a Project Engineer in the Building Group at Jordan Foster Construction’s El Paso division. With five years of experience in the construction industry, Faith transitioned from earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology to pursuing a career in construction in 2018. Currently pursuing her Masters in Construction Management, she is dedicated to advancing her professional journey. As a first-time mother to her daughter named Hope, Faith is committed to being a strong role model. She takes pride in her achievements, particularly thriving in a male-dominated industry, and hopes to inspire more women to join the field.

Eva Paniagua

Eva Paniagua

Opperator

Evarista “Eva” Paniagua, a mother of seven with three bonus kids, joined our company nearly five years ago with minimal construction knowledge. Under the guidance of her supportive boss, Juan Hernandez, and helpful coworkers, Eva quickly gained confidence and expertise, mastering various construction tasks from operating machines to learning concrete work. Grateful for the opportunities and mentorship she’s received, Eva looks forward to continued growth and hopes to inspire more women to join the construction industry.

Lindsey Myer

Lindsey Myer

Project Engineer

Lindsey Myers is a Project Engineer in the Building Group at Jordan Foster Construction’s El Paso division. Graduating from NMSU with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, Lindsey has brought her technical expertise to her role for nearly three years. Outside of work, Lindsey enjoys crafting jewelry and art, diving into books, cheering on football games, and indulging in tasty tacos. Her diverse interests complement her dedication to excellence in her professional endeavors.

Asma Bayunus

Asma Bayunus

EHS Operations Manager

Asma Bayunus is the EHS Operations Manager at Jordan Foster Construction (JFC), where she has dedicated seven years of service. With a profound respect for the construction industry and the unwavering commitment it demands, Asma excels in her role as Operations Manager. Beyond her professional endeavors, she leads a superhero life as a devoted wife, mother, and community activist. As a mental health advocate, she champions the importance of well-being in both personal and professional spheres. Known for her infectious enthusiasm and dedication, Asma admits to an unhealthy addiction to Dr. Pepper, shopping, and sushi.

Taylor Mathews

Taylor Mathews

Risk Analyst

Taylor Mathews is a Risk Analyst at Jordan Foster Construction. Graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Taylor has been with JFC for almost three years, starting as an intern before assuming her current role. She is an active member of TEXO’s Young Constructors Council (YCC) and is working towards earning her Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist certification this year. Taylor is dedicated to developing her skills in risk management, claims, and insurance, and looks forward to mentoring those interested in construction risk management careers.

Tania Chaparro

Tania Chaparro

Senior Accountant

Tania Chaparro is a Senior Accountant at Jordan Foster Construction, where she thrives in the dynamic world of construction. Outside of her professional endeavors, Tania is a passionate outdoors enthusiast who finds fulfillment in rescuing dogs. She enjoys embarking on hiking adventures, participating in wellness activities, and exploring new destinations through travel. Quality time with family and friends is paramount to Tania, and she cherishes the loyal companionship of her Great Dane, which enriches her life. With over four years of experience in the construction industry, Tania brings dedication and enthusiasm to her role as Senior Accountant.

Tanya Moses-Yazeed

Tanya Moses-Yazeed

Project Accountant

Tanya Moses-Yazeed is a Project Accountant at Jordan Foster Construction’s Infrastructure Division. With a background in accounting services for energy and engineering companies, including The Shaw Group and Jacobs Engineering Group/Worley, Tanya brings valuable expertise to her role. She is dedicated to redesigning processes for efficient cost tracking reports, contributing to Jordan Foster’s growth and success. Tanya is grateful for the support she has received during her transition and looks forward to making further contributions to the company’s success.

Norma Y. Valtierra

Norma Y. Valtierra

Administrative Assistant

Norma Y. Valtierra brings over two decades of construction experience to her role as Administrative Assistant in the Infrastructure and Concrete Division at Jordan Foster Construction. Joining the Jordan Foster family recently, Norma feels right at home, believing her path has led her to this fulfilling point in her career. Having served as a mentor and sounding board to her peers in earlier years, Norma’s bright, welcoming spirit and kindness have made her an integral part of their growth. With proficiency in various facets of Accounting and Administrative processes crucial to infrastructure projects, Norma eagerly anticipates the advancement of both the corporation and her professional development.

Tina Frias

Tina Frias

Payroll Department

Tina Frias is an essential part of the Payroll Department at Jordan Foster Construction. With a commitment to following the company’s Core Values and providing excellent service to all employees, Tina strives to exceed expectations daily. Having been with CF Jordan, now Jordan Foster, since 1997, Tina takes pride in her enduring journey with the company. She recognizes the importance of embracing change and growth as essential components of excellence and resilience. Tina’s belief in God’s plan and purpose gives her perspective and gratitude for each day. She sees every day as a gift and is thankful for the opportunities she encounters.

Kammy Villalobos

Kammy Villalobos

Executive Assistant

Kammy Villalobos is the Executive Assistant for the Infrastructure and Concrete Division at Jordan Foster Construction. With a tenure dating back to January 1995, Kammy is an integral part of the team. Outside of work, she treasures family moments with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. Kammy’s resilience shines as a nine-year cancer survivor, and she aspires to join competitive senior softball leagues. Her dedication and gratitude extend to her professional journey, where she plays a vital role in the infrastructure division’s triumph and expansion.

Denise Herndon

Denise Herndon

Assistant Controller

Denise Herndon is the Assistant Controller at Jordan Foster Construction. Originally from El Paso, Denise is a proud Socorro Bulldog with a passion for sports. After earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oregon State University, Denise began her accounting career at a plants Nursery in the Pacific NW. Joining JFC in early 2019 as a staff accountant, Denise quickly rose through various roles before being promoted to Assistant Controller in February 2021. With three years in her current position, Denise is grateful for the knowledge gained from her team and excited to continue her journey at Jordan Foster Construction.

Mariana Orwig

Mariana Orwig

Risk Coordinator

Mariana Orwig serves as the Risk Coordinator at Jordan Foster Construction, having joined the team in 2013. Beyond her professional duties, Mariana treasures spending quality time with her husband and daughters. They enjoy catching up, traveling, cooking, shopping, and cheering on her daughters as they play soccer. Her commitment to both family and work reflects her balanced approach to life.

Kelsey Gardner

Kelsey Gardner

Safety Coordinator

Kelsey Gardner serves as the Safety Coordinator at Jordan Foster Construction’s Austin division. A graduate of Murray State University, Kelsey studied OSHA during her time there. After interning with JFC in El Paso in the summer of 2021, she was hired on in January of 2022. Originally from Indiana, Kelsey pursued her education in Kentucky before relocating to Texas for her role at Jordan Foster Construction. With two years of experience in her current position, Kelsey is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all employees on site.

Isabel Thurman

Isabel Thurman

Director of Human Resources

Isabel Thurman serves as the Director of Human Resources at Jordan Foster Construction, bringing over 25 years of HR experience. A UTEP graduate, she joined the company in 2021 with a passion for fostering diversity and inclusion in construction. Isabel enjoys empowering women in their career paths and breaking barriers. In her free time, she indulges in reading, hiking, visiting family, and traveling, finding inspiration in exploring new places and connecting with loved ones. Her dedication to creating an inclusive work environment drives her professional endeavors.

Mayble Villa

Mayble Villa

Assistant Project Manager

Mayble Villa serves as the Assistant Project Manager for the El Paso Landscaping division at Jordan Foster Construction. With eight years of industry experience, Mayble recently joined the Jordan Foster family and quickly advanced from an Administrative Assistant to her current role. Her ultimate aspiration is to become a proficient Project Manager, driving her enthusiasm for furthering her education in Construction Management. Outside of work, Mayble enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and road trips, along with attending concerts. She cherishes quality time with family and friends and finds joy in fostering connections. In her downtime, Mayble indulges in music, books, movies, and prioritizes her well-being through regular exercise.

Monica Morales

Monica Morales

Human Resource Specialist

Monica Morales is a Human Resource Specialist at Jordan Foster Construction, having joined the company in 2023 with eight years of experience in HR. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business management, Monica brings a wealth of expertise to her role. What Monica enjoys most about working in construction is witnessing the fruition of projects and their positive impact on the community. From providing employment opportunities to infrastructure developments and safety improvements, she finds fulfillment in contributing to meaningful initiatives. Monica also values creating a network of supportive women in the industry, fostering collaboration and empowerment among peers to achieve success collectively.

Nubia Watt

Nubia Watt

Human Resources Generalist

Nubia Watt, a Human Resources Generalist at Jordan Foster Construction since 2019, brings 16 years of HR experience to the team. She finds fulfillment in the diverse and challenging environment of construction, always embracing opportunities to learn and grow. In her free time, Nubia enjoys quality moments with family, staying active through exercise, and treating herself to a bit of retail therapy, finding balance in both her personal and professional life. Nubia is dedicated to fostering a positive and supportive work culture within the company, believing that a happy workforce is essential for success.

Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez

Estimator

Rebecca Gomez found a new passion in construction as an Estimator for Jordan Foster Commercial in El Paso, transitioning after 32 years in healthcare in both clinical and administrative management roles. A proud United States Air Force veteran and cancer survivor, Rebecca brings resilience and dedication to her work. In her free time, she cherishes making memories with her grandkids and family, finding joy in their company. Rebecca also enjoys traveling, reading, and meeting new people, embracing life’s adventures with enthusiasm and positivity.

Like Father, Like Daughter

By Tricia Kagerer

“Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, with an entrepreneurial spirit, Yessica Sweeney started her lawn mowing service in North Richland Hills, Texas, by the age of 11.”

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