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About us

The Construction Careers Council creates a bright future for West Michigan’s construction industry by building a diverse and qualified workforce.

The Construction Careers Council was established in May 2021 to address the current and future talent needs in the construction industry. The council takes pride in its members representing different trades to give an accurate representation of the industry as a whole.

our members

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Walter
Christophersen

Membership Dev. Coordinator - IBEW Local 275

Walter, a lifelong resident of West Michigan, has committed himself to improving his community through volunteerism, education and involvement in the labor movement.  Walter has been an IBEW member since 2002, having completed an apprenticeship and becoming a successful electrician. Walter was hired as IBEW Local 275’s membership development coordinator in 2013, and has since trained organizers and community advocates and helped labor workers elevate themselves in the workplace.

 

Walter is a dedicated father, Muskegon resident, and loves to spend time outdoors.

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Mindy
Curtiss

Human Resources Director - Kent Companies, Inc.

Mindy is an HR director with a passion for guiding and supporting employees throughout their careers. Mindy finds the construction industry to be a “breath of fresh air” that allows her to work with diverse groups of people, from laborers to CEOs.  

Mindy earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Davenport University.

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MAC
DODDS

Industry Council Lead – Construction Careers Council

Mac is passionate about changing the way people think about the construction industry. Mac has worked in the industry in various roles, now working to build a strong construction workforce in West Michigan through his role as the lead for the Construction Careers Council.

 

Mac resides in Rockford, Michigan with his wife and enjoys sports, being outdoors, and reading. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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Nick
Elzinga

Director of Operations – Control Solutions, Inc

Nick has been in the building trades here for the last 22 years.  Originally starting in the trades as an electrical apprentice, he made the move to temperature controls in the mid 2000’s.  Nick started with Control Solutions in 2011 as a project technician and since then has served in the roles of Project Technician, Service Technician, Service Manager, Service/Service Projects Director, and now, Director of Operations as of September 2021.

He and his family call Rockford home.  Go Rams!  In their spare time they enjoy fishing and anything on the water.

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Amy
Lebednick

Business Solutions Director - West Michigan Works!

Before joining West Michigan Works!, Amy worked in health care management for eight years and specialized in operations, staff and project management, integrated software, and customer service. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in international business and marketing with a minor in Spanish.

Amy and her two children live in Grand Rapids.

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Brooke Mahlebashian

HR/Office Administrator - Summit Point Roofing

After spending the majority of her career in the legal industry, Brooke made the switch to construction last year by following her passion for processes and people. She enjoys providing a fresh perspective to not just roofing but construction in general.

She grew up in the Forest Hills area and enjoys spending her free time golfing, going to brunch, and spending time with her husband and three pets.

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Meg
Mathis

Meg believes construction is a people business and feels the best way to see the vision behind the building is through storytelling. Meg does this by speaking with the workers in charge of different areas of the building; "the heartbeat of any building is the people who took part in creating the building.” From architect to superintendent, Meg believes pride comes through when a challenge is solved, teamwork is maximized, and expertise is put to the test. 

 

Meg came to the U.S. from Poland in the early 80’s. She loves to travel and spend time with family.

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Ryan
Struck-VanderHaak

Resources Business Partner - Wolverine Building Group

After going to Calvin University to study architecture and teaching, Ryan has worked in positions ranging from middle school teacher to college counselor, and has spent the last dozen years working in human resources in manufacturing, architecture, construction, and engineering. 

 

Ryan is originally from the state of Washington and loves spending time outdoors with his family, ranging from hiking trips to mountain biking with his teenage twin sons.  He’s constantly renovating his 1927 Bungalow and loves how construction builds the environments where people can live, work, play, gather and learn.

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Holly
Wasielewski

Talent Acquisition Manager - The Christman Company

Holly proudly followed in the footsteps of her family who have been in construction for many generations. After attending Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, she has spent the majority of her career in the construction industry in HR and Talent Acquisition roles leading recruiting and workforce development strategies. She's passionate about creating opportunities and access for students and diverse, non-traditional candidates in effort to educate and promote careers in the construction industry. Holly truly believes there's a career for everyone in construction and advocates with her council members to bring opportunities to all.

 

 

Holly is a West Michigan native; her and her husband own and operate a small family farm in Wayland, Michigan where they raise cattle for beef to sell to consumers.

Interested in joining the council?

Thank you for your interest!

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