About Us

About the Sisters in the Building Trades

The Sisters in the Building Trades, is a Not-For-Profit Organization, listed as a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Therefore, donations keeps us alive and provide us with the funding to make all our activities, volunteering and training available to our members.

This means that your donations are not only going to help the Sister’s but they also benefit you. Your donations are all considered tax deductible. Please contact us
for more information about donations and deductions. For a list of current donations please click here.

Our mailing address is:
Sisters in the Building Trades
17701 108th Avenue SE
PMB #131
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: 206.618.6715
Fax: 253.850.1259
EIN# 56-2554359
And our email contact info:
Melina Harris: Main contact, photos, questions, submissions, opinions, idea’s, etc.
Kandy Paulson: Events Promotions

The Board of Directors 2012


Melina Harris
Carpenters Local 30
Kent, Washington
Skype – melina_harris

Vice President

Kandy Paulson
Steward, Teamsters Local 174
Seattle, Washington


Christina Hall
IUOE Local 612
Tacoma, Washington


Dawn Maddox
IBEW Local 76
Gig Harbor, Washington

Sherry Lynn Barry
Laborers District Council, Organizer/Tribal Liaison
Hoquim, Washington

Carolina Taylor
Ironworkers Local 86, Instructor
Kenmore, Washington

Suzie Ellis
Teamsters Local 174
Kent, Washington

Yolanda Lowery
Carpenters Local 30
Seattle, Washington

Rebecca Smith
IBEW Local 46, Instructor
Aberdeen, WA

Anne Ware
Carpenters Local 156
Eugene, Oregon

Mercy Haley
Project manager, Carpenters Local 713
Campbell, California

Elena Salinas
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
San Jose, California

Terri Bremer Piasecki
President/CEO at Charm and Hammer
Apex, North Carolina

Tamera Guilinger
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Local 839
Chicago, Illinois

Leah Redmond
Carpenters Local 1325
Alberta, Canada

Magdaline (Maggie) Yen
IBEW Local 353 – Sisters in the Trades
Toronto, Ontario

Kelly Kienleitner
IBEW Local 213 – Instructor
Alberta, Canada

Annette Bennett
Electrical Instructor
New South Wales, Australia

Deborah Mykkell Phillips
Project Manager
Sidney, Australia

Fi Shewring
SALT – Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen
Maiabar, New South Wales, Australia

Legal Name

Sisters in the Building Trades Inc

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sisters in the Building Trades is to expand a network of active women that will affirm building trades sisters as a positive and growing part of the construction workforce. To increase the number of trades women through cooperative recruitment efforts and mentoring support for enhanced retention. Hold regular meetings allowing women to network and share their experiences; match mentors to new trades’ women; enter into partnership with disadvantaged women to provide encouragement and hope; and reinforce appropriate workplace conduct. Increase public awareness of construction careers; provide speakers to career fairs and other outreach opportunities; support recruiting efforts of apprenticeship programs; and use our skills in volunteer work.

Federal Status

501C3 Non Profit , FEIN 56-2554359

State of Washington

Corporation Account # 3-127018-4
Unified Business Identifier # 602-577-091
Date of Incorporation 01/23/06
State of Washington Charities Program Registration # 22388
Dunn and Bradstreet DUNS # 791364073

Other Donors

SUGAR CRM will be phased in as the Sisters new Data and E-Mail program.
A Dual Core Server was donated by Larry Jackson of IBEW Local 46.
Server Hosting and IT services are donated by Steven Jeffries

Web services are donated by
Tony Wolowski
Omega Technologies

Book keeping and CPA services are donated by
The Godwin Group, PLLC Audrey L. Godwin, CPA
Phone: 425-282-6915 Fax: 425-282-6916
Godwin Group
Email: agodwin@thegodwingroup.net
Director Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants
Focus Group Panel, Her Start up http://www.herstartup.com/fg.html

Finance Trainer
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Chair of the Women’s Committee, Master Builder’s Association
Washington Women Employment and Education, Board member www.wwee.org/
Northwest Women’s Business Center, Volunteer http://www.seattleccd.com/wbcmain/nwwbc

The Sisters In The Building Trades is a Voting Member of The National Committee on Pay Equity. By vote of the members March 13th 2007.

The Statement of Principles of the NCPE is as follows.

  • True equality for the millions of women and minorities in the work force will not be achieved until there is pay equity.
  • Achievement of pay equity will benefit millions of households, particularly the growing number headed by women.
  • The drive for implementation of pay equity must be seen as reversal of a historical pattern of devaluing work done by women and minorities.
  • While it is crucial that all occupations be open to women and minorities, efforts must continue to find solutions to the problems of workers in female-and-minority-dominated occupations.
  • Pay equity is an intrinsic part of the goal of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sisters in the Building Trades is a member of the Steering committee of the Construction Center of Excellence Since 2006. http://www.rtc.edu/CCE/

Sisters in the Building Trades

17701 108th Avenue SE
PMB #131
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: 206.618.6715
Fax: 253.850.1259
EIN# 56-2554359

The Next Meeting of the Sisters

When: February 4th, 2017
What Time: Set up at 3:30PM | Potluck at 4PM | Meeting Starts at 5PM
Where: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA
Building "C" Room 122
$3 parking

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