Welcome to NAWIC Philadelphia chapter 145


board of directors 

Meet your 2017-2018 Board of Directors.  A balanced, diverse, and committed group of women who lead our chapter with purpose, pride, and integrity. 



   Chapter Officers 




Angelina Perryman

Vice President of Administration for Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc, a third generation construction management firm established in 1961.  Ms. Perryman oversees the administrative department including contracts, risk avoidance, human resources, technology, and third generation strategic and corporate planning.  Ms. Perryman received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and Executive Leadership Education from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University in Hanover, NH.   Email Angelina Perryman 

vice president 


Allison calder


Allison is an estimator at Oliver Fire Protection & Security in King of Prussia, PA. Oliver has been in business for almost 60 years and is the leading fire protection and security provider in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her interest in fire protection stems from her many years as a volunteer fire fighter. Before working in the industry, Allison attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA where she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She later went on to pursue her Associates Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Delaware Technical Community College.  In addition, Allison is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ Delaware Valley Chapter.  She currently resides in South Philadelphia and enjoys exploring the city by foot. On weekends, she likes to get away from the urban scenery to hike, bike, camp and rock climb. Email Allison Calder 



Mary Gaffney

Mary is President and owner of a family-owned business, GEM Mechanical Services.  GEM Mechanical is a commercial HVAC construction company located outside Philadelphia.  Mary oversees all financial, sales, legal, and operational activities. She handles human resources, contract administration, bonding, purchasing, and company benefits, along with maintaining office procedures, safety procedures, computer systems, and field staff support. Mary’s background and experience includes project management ($25K to $50 Million in size), construction management, Auto‐CAD, and computer services. She has over 35 years of project management experience. Mary has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor’s of Science, Management Information Systems from Widener University and is OSHA 30 Certified. GEM Mechanical is nationally certified as a Women‐Owned Business Enterprise (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).    Mary resides in Edgmont, PA with her husband of 37 years.   Email Mary Gaffney.                                                               




membership, marketing & Public Relations Committee Co-Chair 

Angelique hunter 

Angelique is a Marketing Director who partners with contractors and small businesses to grow the awareness and opportunities for her company Smith Flooring Inc. After spending years working as a stylist in the fashion industry, Angelique traded her heels for a hard hat and joined her family’s commercial construction business.

“I wanted to change the approach of how the construction industry speaks to the public.” Says Angelique. Her combination of real-life storytelling and her love for visuals, both photo and video, connect with people who may or may not work in the construction industry. “I love the transparency that our company has online. Our content tells our customers who we are from a very authentic viewpoint then we tell them how we can provide solutions.”

As Marketing Director at Smith Flooring Inc. her responsibilities include campaign marketing, digital content, brand management, leads and sales. In handling all PR aspects, she enjoys curating events that build relationships but also fulfill Smith Flooring’s commitment to community outreach.  Email Angelique Hunter  

   Chapter Directors 





Membership, Marketing & Public Relations Committee Chair

Lindsay K. Poulin 

Lindsay is a Project Manager for CRB, a national engineering and construction management firm.  So far in her career she has worked on multiple complex construction projects in several core markets including: Higher Education, Corporate Office, Advanced Technology and Life Sciences. 

Lindsay has extensive knowledge in business and finance and has managed project cost controls for several high profile S&P 500 companies in Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  Lindsay received her Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico, and her Master’s in Business Administration degree from Centenary University in New Jersey. 

After making two consecutive trips to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to assist with rebuilding efforts with Habitat for Humanity, her passion for volunteerism was born.  In addition to volunteering, Lindsay sponsors an annual scholarship for high school girls in her hometown of Chico, CA who are going on to earn a degree in a construction related field.  

Lindsay is a strong supporter and advocate for the empowerment and advancement of women in construction and STEM related industries, and is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Association of Women MBA’s, and the National Association of University Women (AAUW).    In her free time, Lindsay enjoys traveling, investing, politics, fashion, interior design, dancing, boxing, spending time with friends and family, and cuddling with her rescue dog.  Lindsay currently resides in Plymouth Meeting, PA.  Email Lindsay K. Poulin 



Erin O'Brien-Hoffman 

Erin O’Brien-Hofmann is the G.I.F.T (Girls in the Finishing Trades) and VIP (Vocational Internship Program) Program Coordinator/Education Specialist. Her duties include educating  and provide necessary experience, to current High School Students, on the skills and demands of the apprenticeship programs offered at the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI) (Drywall Finishing, Glazing, Painting, and Paperhanging). The VIP program is used as a stepping-stone for students to progress from classroom to potential Apprentices or Industrial Workers. The 2 year or 188 hour VIP program also affords students construction industry wide recognized certifications in OSHA 10, First Aid, /CPR. Students attend the FTI weekly on specified days during the school year for 15 weeks both their Junior and Senior years in High School. Anytime not in the classroom is spent on the pavement recruiting men and women alike. Erin recently has received a promotion to be the commercial paint apprenticeship program instructor as well.

Erin is a union DC 21 , Local Union 2011  commercial painter with 11 years’ experience in the field. She has worked that time with Schnoll Painting. Responsible for projects including the Comcast Building, Convention Center expansion, Franklin Field, CHOP, TCNJ and much more.

Erin Loves her job and has a passion to reach other women in hopes that they too will consider a career in the building trades. Erin resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and her three boys. Her hobbies include working on her own home and helping others by painting interiors and exteriors to beautify their spaces. Erin is a member of NAWIC, CLUW and the AFL-CIO. Email Erin Hofmann   



Women in Construction (WIC) Week Committee Chair 

Kay Fitzgerald

Kay is a Project Manager for a small construction management firm, PJM Construction Management, LLC, which manages commercial and residential projects in Pennsylvania and the Jersey Shore.  Over the years, she has worked as a Cost Engineer, Estimator, and Project Manager.  Kay lives in south New Jersey with her boyfriend and two dogs.  She enjoys reading, yoga, going to concerts, and is a big Philadelphia Flyers fan.  Email Kay Fitzgerald 


Immediate Past-President 

Piljo Yae 

Piljo is a Superintendent for Barr & Barr Inc., a construction management company established in 1927. The signature moment for Barr & Barr came in 1932, when Nelson Rockefeller Sr. hired Barr & Barr to build the Promenade, British and French Buildings — creating Rockefeller Center.  Piljo has been in the construction industry, including CM, GC and Structural + Miscellaneous Steel contracting for over 30 years.  She is responsible for overseeing  projects (including ‘Design Build Projects’ and ‘Value Engineered Projects’); for reviewing drawings to site supervision; project scheduling; following up quality and safety of field performance and delivery criteria; change orders;  enforcing project schedule, deadlines and bench mark items.  Piljo studied Architectural Interior Design at Pratt Institute and Auto Cad at Montgomery Community College. Email Piljo Yae   



Maura Hesdon 

Maura is the General Manager of Shoemaker Construction Co. and has more than 18 years of leadership experience working within the male-dominated construction industry. In her role, Maura provides executive management oversight. More importantly, Maura is tasked with ensuring overall project and corporate success as well as customer satisfaction.  She facilitates teamwork between  all disciplines of the project team and serves as the Owner’s executive level contact with Shoemaker.   As General Manager for Shoemaker, Maura also acts in a leadership role as part of The Butz Family of Companies - an enterprise of construction companies which includes Shoemaker along with Alexander Building Construction Co. and Alvin H. Butz, Inc. During her 18 years in the construction industry, Maura has overseen the successful completion of 44 projects valued at more than $1 billion. Using this wealth of experience, she is able to help the project team defy navigate potential challenges that might otherwise delay the Owner’s project or add unnecessary expenses to the budget. Her success managing and overseeing construction projects has earned her the respect of her coworkers - both men and women alike. Away from the work site, Maura is also a regional leader in the pursuit of making the construction industry more accessible. She co-founded Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Philadelphia, a camp associated with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) where she and others are able to introduce school-aged girls to possible careers within the industry. Maura also works with schools such as Drexel University and Universal Audenried Charter High School to help promote inclusion within the construction industry. Email Maura Hesdon      

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