Boston – The NECA Boston Chapter proudly joined with Massachusetts construction industry organizations in celebrating National Women in Construction (NAWIC) Women in Construction Week , March 3 through March 9. The event highlighted the diverse and critical roles women play at all levels of the construction industry.
NECA Boston Chapter has many outstanding women among its membership, who have made significant contributions to all facets of the electrical construction industry. In fact, a number of NECA Boston member contractors, are women-owned businesses, including:
Absolute Renewable Energy – Kate Weinslaw;
Aetna Fire Alarm Service Company, Inc. – Kathleen Guinee;
Chapman Construction Group – Vicki Chapman;
Coghlin Electric Contractors, Inc. – Susan Mailman;
Dagle Elecrical Construction – Maureen Dagle;
L.J. Mishel Electrical – Gina Mishel;
Radiant Electric, LLC – Tara Saxton;
Seaport Energy – Gina McLaughlin;
Swan Electric – Maria Fallon; and
Yates Electric Services, Inc. – Julie Merrill.
NECA Boston pays special recognition to the contributions of Kathleen Guinee, president of Aetna Fire Alarm Service Company, Inc., who serves on the NECA Boston Board of Trustees and is the first woman-elected Chair of the Mass. Board of State Examiners of Electricians.
The chapter proudly recognizes Susan Coghlin Mailman, principal of Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc., who serves as the current president of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts. She also is a member of the Mass. State Apprenticeship Advisory Council.
NECA also congratulates the Greater Boston union electrical industry labor partners at IBEW Local 103, and the vision of Business Manager Lou Antonellis for the appointment of Kenell Broomstein to the position of business agent. The first female business agent in IBEW Local 103 history, she also serves as the second district representative for the IBEW International Women’s Committee and is a member of the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee. Kenell continues to build a powerful career and is making significant contributions to the union electrical industry.
Kristen Gowin, assistant manager of NECA Boston Chapter, spoke of women in construction and also of her own career: “I am proud to have been able to build my career with NECA, the leading organization in the electrical construction industry. It’s an industry that’s so important to the future of our region and America. To be able to work closely with so many women leaders in our organization, as well as with our partners at IBEW Local 103, is inspiring. Together, the diversity of NECA contractors and our partners at IBEW is empowering the current and future generation of women as electrical construction professionals.”
Gowin is actively involved in several industry organizations geared toward mentoring, including Massachusetts Girls in the Trade, the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Women in NECA, and with the NECA Boston/Wentworth Student Chapter.