Meet the Women in Construction Team

Julie Kuklinski

Program Director

As Program Director for the Moore Community House Women in Construction Program, Julie has raised funds and has programmatically seen WinC through its pilot years, shaping it into the solid and successful program that it is today. Under her leadership since 2008, the program has graduated more than 30 classes, totaling about 400 women and maintained a 70% graduate placement rate. She has worked on over 200 homes alongside her students.

Simone Agee

Program Manager

Simone is a 2013 graduate of the program. She now assists with recruitment, training and placement, along with providing support to potential, current and past participants. Previously, she was a real estate/property manager and has 10+ years of experience with both residential construction and teaching, coaching, and mentoring young women of color.  She also teaches supplemental curriculum and professional development classes.

Jonathan Gonzalez

Program Manager

Johnny came to the program in 2010 and has organized and successfully led more than 20 job training classes. Previously, he was a Volunteer Coordinator and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for Hands On Gulf Coast. He has 10+ years of experience in the construction field. He also coordinates training and job placement along with providing support to past, current and future students.

Lauren Clark

Program Coordinator

Lauren joined the WinC staff in February 2017. After graduating from Rhodes College in 2013, Lauren returned home to the Gulf Coast. She has worked for multiple nonprofits as a program assistant and program coordinator, successfully managing volunteer projects, training classes and grant administration. At WinC, Lauren assists with planning and implementation of class projects, works to expand current partnerships and supports recruitment efforts. Lauren also supports other community initiatives as a volunteer and Board Member of the Dream Program, a local nonprofit offering inclusive recreational opportunities to individuals with special needs.

Sophia Wilkinson

Program Coordinator

Ethel Williams

Program Instructor

Ethel is a 2017 graduate of the Women in Construction program and a program instructor.

Anna Hays

Program Assistant

Joanne Gray

Program Coordinator / Instructor

Jocelyn Bass

Case Manager Coordinator

Jocelyn Bass, a graduate of William Carey College and native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, has spent most of her professional career working to improve the quality of care for Mississippi’s youngest and most vulnerable population, children.  Jocelyn is pleased to merge her desire to improve the life of children with the mission of Women In Construction to train women in the construction and advanced manufacturing fields.  As Case Manager Coordinator, Jocelyn is happy to support the women that participate in the program on their way to an employment sector that pays higher wages and offers the opportunity for families to earn a self-sufficiency wage.  Jocelyn and her husband Patrick are residents of Gulfport and have three children, Kristin, James and Jacob.

Ruth Mazara

Workforce Case Manager

Anne McWilliams

Workforce Case Manager

Jeanne Robinson

Tool Room Clerk

A Missouri native, Jeanne attended Forsyth High School and College of the Ozarks in Missouri studying Mass Media. At the age of 30 she joined the Army, doing basic training at Ft Dix, NJ, and trained in Field Radio repair. She was also trained in Digital System repair. She moved to Biloxi to be near her children and grandchildren. After several years of restaurant work, Jeanne discovered WinC. She graduated with Class #26 and later enrolled in the first electrician class given by WinC.

Branden Forshee

Office & Technology Manager

Sally Frederic

Data Coordinator

Francis Lopez

Administrative Assistant

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