Listee Features — Construction

Lena Graham-Morris

LENA GRAHAM-MORRIS

Having produced over 50 events, workshops and seminars dedicated to the economic development and sustainability of entrepreneurs and small businesses, Lena Graham-Morris was raised by entrepreneurs when people were still trying to figure out what “entrepreneur” meant. During this time, she started to see the way that different people were treated. When she had her own studio, she would see different obstacles that she went through from being an entrepreneur. Ms. Graham-Morris was in the hospital for 45 days experiencing three surgeries, and her show was canceled. After that, she had the opportunity to work for the African American Chamber of Commerce. It was then that she saw all of her experiences come together. She had a passion inside of

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Melissa Russell

MELISSA RUSSELL

An experienced underground utility contractor, working with horizontal drilling and pipes, Melissa Russell was ready for a change and a new challenge for herself. She is the co-founder and president of Cannon Utility Services, LLC in Belleville, Illinois, since 2016. Having been in the business for 30 combined years of experience, the company has grown to a size that has allowed her to build and/or upgrade miles of plant over the past year. They are a diversified HDD contractor that has done work to include CATV, telephone, sewer, water, fiber, HDPE pipe and casing placement for commercial and residential customers. In January 2017, Cannon Utility Services, LLC expanded their services once again to include forestry work for Ameren. This work

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COLETTE M. HERRIN

Colette M. Herrin has loved the Lord all of her life, and has completed intense studying and taught 18 years of Bible study. She had the opportunity to take all of her studies and turn it into credentials, and she is now a pastor. Through this post, she gets to preach and speak on what she loves, which she hopes will help others. Ms. Herrin owns Warranty Enterprises LLC, a family business, where they are painting contractors that paint residential and commercial buildings inside and out; they will paint essentially anything. She is also the bookkeeper of the company and tries to do everything else that she can. Her son is the general manager, and he goes out and gets

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C.L. Wales

C.L. WALES

Starting off in architecture in the community development department, C.L. Wales was the total sum project manager on each project. She began her professional career in the 1980s when she worked for a city community development department in for the city of College Station, Texas. She was project manager to assist those in poverty to get indoor plumbing, hot/cold running water, wall heaters, patched holes in walls and floors, reframed walls and roofs, carpeting, vinyl floors, insulated, sheet rock and painted walls at no cost to the individual. Later on, Ms. Wales was the project design manager of Actus Lend Lease Development in Fort Hood, Texas, from 2002 to 2005, also serving the company’s Beaufort, South Carolina, branch as project

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Deirdre Harvey

DEIRDRE ANNE SHANAHAN HARVEY

Tenacious and passionate, Deirdre Anne Shanahan Harvey has become an invaluable member of the New York City Transit team. She joined the group as a construction manager in 1991 and quickly realized she had found her niche. Over the years, her responsibilities have come to include overseeing and influencing projects and guiding staff members, who appreciate her conflict resolution skills and her willingness to be open and communicative. She is currently working on a flood litigation project in Coney Island, New York. Ms. Harvey considers the highlight of her career to be participating in the development of a ventilation plant. They finished two months ahead of time, which was fortunate because there was a smoke condition in the subway. The

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Katy Abraham

KATY K. ABRAHAM

Growing up, Katy K. Abraham loved to watch her father at work. He founded Construction Cost Management, Inc. (CCM, Inc.), in 1979, and always demonstrated a passion for construction and customer service. In 2012, Ms. Abraham decided to continue his efforts by buying and growing his business. As a professional estimator, she works with large architecture and engineering firms on projects like building and renovation and handles a lot of the sales and marketing. Ms. Abraham also manages a staff of 15. Notably, at Christmas, each employee gets to choose an organization that means something to them and then the company makes a donation in their honor. To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Abraham earned a Bachelor of Arts in

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DEAN NAOMI BROWN

Backed by strong leadership experience and a passion for forestry and construction, Dean Naomi Brown has thrived in the Department of Natural Resources in the state of Alaska. She currently serves the organization as the deputy state forester in the Division of Forestry, as an acting state forester, and as the co-chair of the computer group. In the past, her roles included acting director of agriculture and manager of the Northern Region of the Division of Land and Water Management. Outside of the Department of Natural Resources, Ms. Brown garnered experience as a journeyman carpenter with Enserch Alaska Construction, Inc., a geologist with Placer Dome United States Inc., an office manager with Northwind Aviation, assistant construction engineer and field construction

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