Council Leadership

  • Chair: Lynn Picone, GAF (
  • Vice Chair: Erica Sherman,GAF (
  • Secretary: Eilleen D. Troia, Peck Brothers Roofing
  • Treasurer: Christine Mockenhaupt, SRS Distribution (
  • Additional Chairs:

    Chantel Torres, Peck Brothers Roofing, Membership Chair (
    Maggie Nyk, Peck Brothers Roofing, Events / Social Media Chair (

Welcome to the Northern NJ National Women in Roofing homepage.  For a look at what is going on in our chapter, see the latest update below.

December Virtual Holiday Event


We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you all during our December meeting, on Wednesday, December 16th, from 12-1PM. We’ll be gathering to share some of our favorite holiday memories, what we’re grateful for this year, and some our very own seasonal craft ideas! If you have something you’d like to share, please put together and email us a brief slide with instructions and pictures, so that we can share it with the rest of the council.

We are proud to continue our support for the  Center for Hope and Safety NJ  during this holiday season. As discussed during November’s meeting, there are different non-contact ways to support the Center, including donating gift cards, making a tax-deductible donation, and choosing from their Amazon Wish List. These details are further described in the attached flier.

Don’t forget, there are often events and other great activities provided at the national level of our organization, make sure to check out the event calendar at


Please RSVP by using this link: 

Event Details:

December Party

Wednesday, 12/16 12-1PM

Zoom information will be shared separately








November Virtual Event:

Please Join Our Virtual Meeting

A panel discussion, with women in various career stages from:

  • Finance
  • R&D
  • Construction Management
  • Sales Support
  • Ownership

All drawn together by a love for Roofing! Learn from their experience how to Thrive in a Male Majority Space

 What: Thriving in a Male Majority Space

 When: Wednesday November 18, 2020 12:00 pm -1:00


Please contact with any questions


October Virtual Event:

We’re excited to announce our October event, ‘Presenting Virtually’. Join us to learn the top 10 tips for building and delivering interactive presentations that will captivate your virtual audience and keep them engaged.

This lunchtime presentation will be a great way to enhance your ability to communicate virtually as we work through our ‘New Normal’.  Featuring NWiR Member and GAF Talent Development Specialist, Victoria Scriveri, you’ll learn specific ways you can improve your presentation skills.



Event Details:

Thursday, October 29th

12-1PM ET NWIR NJ October Virtual Meeting


April Virtual Event:

Due to the current situation we had to cancel our March meeting.  Please join us for our April virtual meeting:


March Event

Join us at our next event, Wednesday March 25th, at GAF Headquarters in Parsippany.  We look forward to this educational presentation on personal safety.

Please RSVP here by March 20th:

Continuing our efforts to support the Center for Hope and Safety (, we are asking non-members for a $5 donation. We’ve had such generous contributions from the past few events and we’re energized that we can continue to support such an important organization.
We are also collecting the following breakfast food items for the Center for Hope and Safety:
•        Parmalat Milk (shelf-stable)
•        Cereal
•        Breakfast bars
•        Granola bars
•        Grape jelly
•        Peanut butter
•        Instant Oatmeal
•        Pancake Mix
•        Syrup
•        Coffee
•        Tea
Any donations would be greatly appreciated!


February Wine Down Wednesday Recap

Great night at a new location, Sushi Lounge in Totowa!  Like to welcome our newest member, Danielle Strang for joining us!  Also had a visit from Hayley Browne from Long Island joining us!  Love spending time with our council in a casual setting.  Looking forward to the next one!  Join us!


February Wine Down Wednesday

Join us at a new location!  Sushi Lounge in Totowa on Wednesday Feb 19th from 6-9pm.  Take some time out after a long day to wind down and connect with other women in roofing!   Hope to see you there!

Wine Down Wednesday - Feb 19, 2020


January Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Jennifer Keegan for connecting us with Jennifer Pazdon who presented the results from a survey on engagement and equity solutions in the structural engineering community. This was very insightful as it closely parallels the roofing industry. As we’ve learned tonight, there is some work to be done.

Please reach out if there is a topic you would like to hear more about or an event idea. This is YOUR council and we are here to serve! Hoping some can come down to the Hard Rock Hotel in Atlantic City in March to volunteer at NERCA. We will have a booth and a hospitality event on Wed March 18th at 6pm. It’s a great chance to network and spread the word about our council!



As I reflect upon the last 3 years and look how far we’ve come, my heart is full of adoration for these women that take the time out of their busy schedules to contribute to our council. We’ve accomplished so much and I want to thank everyone that has participated in any of our events, you are what makes our organization possible! I hope to see our council continue to grow by leaps and bounds, keep sharing the experiences with other women in the industry and invite them to join in! I am proud to have been the Council Chair for the first 3 years here in NJ.

It brings me great pleasure announce the new Board of Directors, starting in 2020:

Lynn Picone, Council Chair
Erica Sherman, Vice Chair
Christine Mockenhaupt, Treasurer / Past Chair

I’d like to introduce our newest board members
Eilleen D. Troia, Secretary
Chantel Torres, Membership Chair Magdalena Nyk, Events / Social Media Chair

These women have already made a great impact on our council in the past year and I’m excited to have their continued contributions in the future. Looking for great things to come! Stay tuned in 2020!

Thank you for your continued support of our Council.  Your participation in our group makes it possible for us to keep moving forward!  Please enjoy your holidays, be safe and Happy New Year!




December Quarterly Event and Holiday Party

Hello, everyone,

We are pleased to announce our December Quarterly Event! Please mark your calendars and RSVP for Tuesday, December 17th at 6PM in the Grande Saloon. We will be celebrating the past year of empowering Women in Roofing and we’d love for you to join us. We’ll review this past year’s activities, the NWiR Mentorship Toolkit, and introduce next year’s Board!

We’re also encouraging attendees to bring a gift under $25 for a White Elephant gift exchange, with the theme of gifts which empower or inspire women!

Dinner and drinks are included, with a cash bar available. We are asking Members to pay $10 and non-Members to pay $20. Looking ahead at the next year, now’s a great time to join National Women in Roofing if you haven’t already!

This event will be one you won’t want to miss!



Please RSVP by December 14th:

Event Details:

Tuesday, December 17th 6-9PM

The 940 Room at the Grande Saloon

940 Van Houten Avenue

Clifton, NJ 07013


November “Bury the Hatchet” event

The Northern New Jersey Council got together to bond and burn off some stress throwing hatchets at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Pecks Brothers graciously sponsored the event, which was a great opportunity for members to connect over food, drink, and hatchet throwing. We had quite a few bullseyes!


October Wine Down Wednesday

Save the date for our October Wine Down Wednesday at a new location….The Grande Saloon in Clifton, NJ.
Join us on October 9th starting at 6pm for an evening of networking. We have a space reserved, and food and drink will be available – Happy Hour runs until 7pm and our group will receive 10% off discount afterwards.
Hope you can join us!




September Quarterly Event:

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to our September Quarterly meeting last night and thank our host GAF and also to our National Chair Jennifer Stone for joining our meeting and panel. It truly makes my heart happy seeing fellow women in roofing coming together to spend time as we all continue to learn and grow in our careers. If you haven’t been to one of our meetings I highly encourage you to take the time to join us and I promise you won’t be disappointed!


July Event:

Great night out with  Vinnie Mootz learning how to make fresh mozzarella. Thanks to Chris Tetto and CertainTeed Corp  for sponsoring this month’s event.   We learned about nutrition and meal planning from Jennifer Katafigiotis from Weight Wellness Center.

Great night with a great bunch of ladies! 

Look out for our next event on August 14th at Uncorked in Totowa and Save the date for Sept 11th for our quarterly meeting at GAF headquarters in Parsippany.


We are very excited to share the details for our July Event – Let’s Get Cheesy! As another step in the direction of education and self care, we will learn how to make our own mozzarella from Vinny Mootz ( and also have Jennifer Burns Katafigiotis, CEO and Founder of Weight Wellness Center ( to discuss nutrition and eating healthy on the run with us. We are grateful to Certainteed (, who will be sponsoring this event.

Space will be limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. This event will free for members and $25 for non-members. If you’ve been thinking about joining NWIR, now would be a perfect opportunity!

Continuing our efforts to support the Center for Hope and Safety (, we ask you to consider bringing any of the following to this event for donation:

Cereal, Tomato Sauce, Juice boxes, cans of tuna chicken or ham, Rice, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Vegetable Oil, Pillows (must be new).

Last week we had a fantastic June meeting, focusing on Work/Life balance. Jennifer L’Estrange from Red Clover ( facilitated discussions about how to identify what we need and how to create communities around us that help us get us there. We wrapped up with a very relaxing Chair Yoga session – it’s amazing what you can accomplish and how much better you can feel even while sitting down at work! Thank you to Peck Brother’s (  for sponsoring this great event!

Please RSVP by Wednesday July 3rd


Event Details:

Wednesday, July 10th, 6-8PM


Vinny’s Mootz

265 Ridge Road

Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

Click here if you’d like to sponsor a future event!


We’re excited to share that Peck Brothers will be hosting and we’re looking forward to connecting with you.

Let’s face it, it can be a challenge to make time for both your career and personal life needs. This meeting will feature speaker Jennifer L’Estrange from Red Clover HR, who will discuss Work-Life Balance. A Chair Yoga instructor will wrap up the meeting for us to help us reinforce the concept of self care. Make some time for yourself and join us for this great event!

Food and drinks will be provided, and we ask that you RSVP by Friday, June 7th so we can best plan for your attendance. Know someone who might be interested in attending or learning more about NWIR? Bring them along!

Please RSVP by Friday, June 7th

Event Details:

Thursday, June 13th, 6PM.


Saddle Brook Marriott

138 New Pehle Avenue

***In support of the Center for Hope and Safety, we will be collecting items at the event to donate. Please consider bringing any of the following:

– Diapers – sizes 4, 5, and 6

– Baby wipes

– Parmalat milk

– Toiletries – full size


Join us for some casual networking, RSVP here:

***In support of the Center for Hope and Safety, we will be collecting items at the event to donate. Please consider bringing any of the following:

– Diapers – sizes 4, 5, and 6

– Baby wipes

– Parmalat milk

– Toiletries – full size


We hope you can join us for our March Quarterly Meeting.  We will have Jean Kirch from the Center for Hope and Safety ( joining us to discuss a partnership in helping victims of domestic violence and their families in our community.

Please RSVP here by March 22:

Thanks for joining our first “Wine Down Wednesday” event! It was a pleasure spending time with you ladies last night. We are looking to make this a monthly standing event in 2019. Stay tuned!
Some photos from our local ladies participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Paterson Build! Beautiful weather, great team work, and hard work put in today! Special thanks to the Henry Company for providing lunch, and to Kizzie Hoyte, Jennifer Latone, Jennifer Trapane, and Briggitta Berze for being awesome Women in Roofing!
Thank you to those who were able to attend our meeting at Allied Building Products last week.  We had a nice evening of networking, planning and hearing from a fantastic speaker, Greta Bajrami.  She was able to give us so many takeaways from her experience in the startup of her own roofing contractor business that apply in so many situations.  My favorite was how she trained her crew to live by the customer always being right, no matter what the situation.  It’s easy to be defensive and much harder to be humble. From the customer’s perspective, it’s much harder to stay mad when being treated good.  Her style of customer service is a credit to her success and growth and I admire her for that.
As we continue to determine the direction that, we, the council want to go, we have attached another short survey.  Please take the time to respond so we can gear future events in the direction that is best for everyone.  We appreciate you taking the time to respond, if you would be so kind to complete by July 31 we can move forward on a date for our December meeting.
Upcoming Events:
Sat. Sept 29 (7:45am – 3:30pm) Habitat for Humanity Build in Paterson
This event is limited to 10 people, 4 have signed up so far, so if you are interested, please sign up here to hold your spot:
Dec. Holiday Event (date to be determined from survey)
Learn the basics about roofs while enjoying a holiday meal
Hope everyone enjoys the summer!




Please join us for our next 2 events in July and September.
RSVP here for our July event:  by July 11th
To sign up for the Habitat for Humanity event, click here:
Thank you all for coming out to GAF Headquarters for our first meeting of 2018.  I am so grateful for the volume of women that came to spend time learning about our organization!  We had a record number 46 women attend!
I am happy to let you know, we do have a complete Board of Directors for NJ, so please allow me to introduce everyone.
Christine Mockenhaupt – Chair
Lynn Picone – Vice Chair
Erica Sherman – Secretary
Liz Sieling – Treasurer
Julie Baker – Membership Chair
Jennifer Keegan – Education Chair
We will be getting together shortly to give you the dates for the remaining meetings for 2018 so that you can mark your calendars.  Thank you to all those that completed the surveys.  Your input and ideas will help guide us going forward.
I especially want to thank Lynn and Renee for welcoming us to GAF!  The presentations were terrific!  It’s always nice to always be learning, and hearing how innovative GAF is was fascinating!  The personal branding topic was perfect and the value exercise sparked some great conversation.
Networking / Mentoring
One of the ideas that came out of our speed networking round was to create a database of contacts.  I will work with the board to find a platform that we can log everyone that wants to be included.  We can use this as a local mentoring center for members.
Thank you all again for attending.  Our local website is:
If you haven’t already joined, what are you waiting for?  Click right here to join!
Until next time…..



Please join us for our first meeting of 2018, where GAF has graciously offered to host a great event to kick off the season!

This will be a limited space event, so please RSVP here:


 National Women in Roofing was representing in Boston last week at NERCA.  We had a Meet and Greet Event on Wed night that had a great mixture of manufacturers, distributors and contractors.  Here are a few photos from our booth and event.

Check back soon, our next event will be in May!

Thank you all for coming out last night, it was great seeing everyone again and meeting some new faces!  Below is a recap for those of you who were unable to attend:
Guest Speakers Mary Jean and Barbara from Northern NJ Dress for Success came in and told us about the various services they provide women looking to get back into the workforce or sharpen their skills.  These services include Career center, Professional Women’s Group, counseling and coaching for interviews, Foundations of success workshop, and Technology Skills workshop, in addition to many others.
We decided to start a clothing drive which will culminate with a trip to the Dress for Success boutique, tentatively set for Sat. Oct 28 in the afternoon (SAVE THE DATE), where we will sort and donate the clothing collected as a team.
Rebecca Reilly from Sullivan Engineering was interested in guest speaking about her non-traditional role
Jyoti Belanger and Christine Mockenhaupt were interested in becoming mentors (6 month commitment)
​We also celebrated our Founding Members with presentation of their Founding Member Pins:
Bari Siano
Michelle Boyd
Jyoti Belanger
Christine Mockenhaupt

For those of you who haven’t signed up for membership, please do so at ​

Membership Benefits include:
Mentoring from seasoned roofing professionals and industry leaders who will help guide you in important career decisions, and help you solve workplace challenges.
On-line training sessions to help you hone your skills and stay up-to-date with industry thought-leaders
Networking sessions at industry events, with an emphasis on programs that will advance women’s career paths in roofing at every level
Recruitment channels that will give you access to rising stars in the roofing industry
Employment opportunities nationwide from leading roofing companies and related industries
So don’t hesitate and make it official and sign up today!  Annual membership is $60 and it is YOUR individual membership, no matter where you are affiliated.
Jeanine Tolve – Allied Building Products
Mic​helle Boyd – Ganter Contractors
Christine Mockenhaupt – Allied Building Products
Michele Mulrenan – Myles Kelly
Jyoti Belanger – Allied Building Products
Vicky Cardozo – Myles Kelly
Bari Siano – Myles Kelly
Jenny Javier – Myles Kelly
Krystle Nesta – Myles Kelly
Michelle Russo – Myles Kelly
Rebecca Reilly – Sullivan Engineering
Mary Jean Barnes & Barbara Alves – Northern NJ Dress for Success
​I will follow up with a flyer on our clothing drive in the coming week, but for now spread the word and starts collecting.  ​
​Thanks for helping to build this great organization in New Jersey, and remember to “Empower Each Other” every day!  Spread the word and pass along this email to your co-workers, contractor, distributor and vendor partners in the field to share with women in their businesses and let’s keep growing our group!

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