Alyssa Burley

Alyssa Burley – I’m currently the Client Services Coordinator at Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. where I assist our clients with the Risk Management Center online portal, schedule training workshops, administer the company website, and create marketing materials.  Our clients are primarily in the construction industry.  I previously worked for a mining consulting firm and a non-profit that educates the public about the importance of local construction aggregates through in-class activities, field trips and community events.  My professional background is in strategic communications, marketing and graphic design.

I enjoy remodeling projects with my husband, Nick.  We work well together and I especially enjoy picking finishes, painting walls and molding, and even laying flooring.  We also enjoy off-roading in the desert and Baja California.  We enjoy playing with our two puppies and three cats.

Rancho Mesa Insurance is helping to spread the word about NAWIC by posting an article on their website highlighting NAWIC’s 58th Anniversary Dinner. Feel free to like and/or share the article.


Suzanne Ives - Clark Construction

Suzanne Ives – I’m a Sr. Project Manager at Clark Construction, currently overseeing two projects: The Overture (existing California Theatre) and The Legacy International Center. I like to Hang out with my husband and two boys (ages 5 & 2) plus exercise (train for half marathons and triathlons). I am currently on the mentoring committee for NAWIC.  

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Emily Rupar – I am currently an Assistant Project Manager with Gafcon in a staff augmentation role. I am working with SDG&E on their Capital Projects Team. My current projects include a parking lot site improvement project, the installation of EV Chargers, structural and TI work in a 70,000 sq ft building, and a renovation project at their Mission Control site. My short term career goal is to become a project manager, which I believe I will obtain within the next year.

For fun I like to be outside. I love to kayak, to play soccer, to hike or trail run, play ultimate frisbee, to roller skate, and to hang out on the beach. I also love to watercolor and I love to watch anything sci-fi, especially Doctor Who.

Honestly I am unsure about the activities with NAWIC as I’ve never been involved before. I am just learning what sorts of activities you do and am interested to hear more. If you have suggestions, please let me know!

I am not on a committee but I would be interested to do so. Again, suggestions are welcome.


LaurieIrwin1Laurie Irwin – I have been with People Ready (formally known as Labor Ready) for 20 years this October. When I first started I had no intention of staying, its was a job to help me pay my mortgage. But I find inspiration in “Putting People to Work” and helping them pay their own bills. So here I am 20 years later. I started as a Customer Service Representative, was promoted to a Sales Representative after a year and by my 2nd year I was managing my own branch. I would love to become a Market Manager someday.

Laurie IrwinI am an avid runner and gym junkie. Currently I am training for my 5th marathon and will be doing the Rock n Roll Marathon this June. Although some people may not think of running 26.2 miles as “Fun” lol

I am very new to NAWIC so I am not familiar with all of the committees or networking opportunities yet. This Tuesday, May 9th will only be my second time at an event. But I do look forward to participating more and becoming more involved.

I am a single Mother and have a fabulous 18 year old who just finished his first year at the University of Redlands and he is my world.


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NAWIC San Diego Chapter Member of the Year

Donna Walton 

Donna has worked in the commercial construction industry for over 25 years. She is a NAWIC member that is a shining example of a woman in construction. She brings a wealth of project management, customer service experience, she plays a vital role in influencing the industry by making sure projects are completed on time and within budget.  Donna fully understands the project management process from estimate to closeout and possesses the unique ability to manage diverse and constantly changing priorities. She has been a member of NAWIC for less than 5 years, but is one of our biggest cheerleaders! She has embraced our Block Kids event, co-chairing for the past few years and as co-chair this year made it one of the best years ever! She went above and beyond to put together a fabulous event.

As a project manager, she steps up for all responsibilities; from pre-construction and specifications, project planning, coordination, negotiations and leadership, to managing subcontractors, change orders, inspections and commissioning. When it comes to NAWIC, this dynamic individual has served on our board of directors and has also chaired the hospitality committee for 3 years. When our guests and members first arrive at a meeting, it’s her smiling face that greets them. She helps manage the dinner meetings and takes all of the RSVPs as well, which takes a lot of organization. She never says “no” – she volunteers for any committee that needs her and truly cares.

Not only does she volunteer and give endless time and energy to multiple NAWIC events and functions, but she is also very involved in the Susan G Komen Foundation and has participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build events.

Because of Donna’s involvement in NAWIC functions, her support of others and her professionalism – AND because she does all of this with a smile on her face, the San Diego Chapter has presented her with the Member of the Year Award.


Dynalectric San DiegoNAWIC Pacific Southwest Region Member Company of the Year


Dynalectric shows its strong commitment to promoting not only the ideals of NAWIC, but the construction community as a whole. The company has been a silver level sponsor of Camp NAWIC from day one and offers hands on participation with the electrical elements of the camp, supplying materials and electricians.

Dynalectric has shown its support for our association by allowing employees to devote time to NAWIC locally, regionally and nationally, including serving as Past National President and Regional Director. Currently, one of their employees serves on NAWIC’s National Advisory of Young Professionals Committee. They are always willing to share their facilities for NAWIC events and meetings when needed – including our March WIC Week meeting – thank you.

Dynalectric is also involved with the ACE program, mentoring young people, and encourages internships to those pursuing careers in the Construction Management and Engineering fields. Many of the Dynalectric employees pass on their knowledge as instructors at the Apprenticeship Center. Dynalectric’s commitment to promoting women in construction industry can also be seen by the number of female project engineers they employ.

For promoting and encouraging participation in NAWIC events and outreach programs, supporting education, community involvement, fairness and equality in construction hiring and for their professionalism, NAWIC San Diego Chapter has presented this year’s Pacific Southwest Region Member Company of the Year Award to Dynalectric.

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NAWIC San Diego Chapter Company of the Year

Project Cornerstone, Inc.

Project Cornerstone is a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of local construction aggregate resources through hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This organization encourages both young girls and boys to consider careers in construction through in-class activities, field trips, and community events. This past month, the organization partnered with El Capitan High School to take their students to Enniss, Inc. and Hanson Aggregates in Lakeside. They also had a booth at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering where the public learned about the most commonly used building material in the world: concrete. Plus, they have several in-class activities where students learn about the science behind making concrete.

The benefit of this program – hearing young women who have participated say that they want to be engineers or work in construction or operate heavy equipment when they grow up. This program through Project Cornerstone has opened the eyes of thousands of young students to the viable and valuable careers the construction industry offers.

For their involvement in the community, promoting women in the construction industry, and educating future generations about the career opportunities in construction, design, architecture and engineering NAWIC Chapter 21 presented the San Diego Company of the Year Award to Project Cornerstone.