2018 has unofficially been called the Year of the Woman. With 30% of JAMA’s workforce female, it was only fitting that the JAMA Women’s Round Table take shape. Spearheaded by Partner Jacqueline “Jackie” Vinkler and Project Manager Kim Pacheco, the group offers a forum for dialogue and actions that create a more supportive work environment. The group will conduct quarterly meetings with topics and speakers ranging from leadership and mentorship to current barriers or issues.
The Round Table has also inspired the firm to highlight female employees, an often underrepresented group within the A/E/C industry. This month – structural engineer Kim Carden, SE and Production staff member Celia Barraza.
Kim Carden, SE is not just an engineering powerhouse, but a lady on the move! In addition to project duties Kim cares for her two children and remains an active athlete. She led a group of Moms in an obstacle race in February, is running a half marathon in March, and a full marathon in May.
Celia Barraza has just added another credential to her long list of specialties: AutoDesk Certified Professional. Scoring a near-perfect 995 out of 1000 on the exam, Celia’s REVIT for Structures Certification (or ACP designation) helps position JAMA as a technology leader for our clients and partners. She and BIM/CAD Leader Art Padilla have earned this prestigious designation.