Conceived in 2020 by Margot Heyne-Bell and Laura Stauffer. They recognize the need to recruit more women to work in the construction trades. They realize that there are barriers in pursuing these work fields and exposure to these work fields is not common for women. Ms. Heyne-Bell graduated from ANEW in Seattle, Washington area prior to accessing an electrical apprenticeship and having a career in the trades. She knew that a pre-apprenticeship program can be successful in providing women access and employment in the trades. Ms. Stauffer has over 40 years in oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer where she successfully completed a career in a non-traditional field. She volunteered with several area nonprofit organizations and served on the boards at the Street School and Gilcrease Museum.
Board of Directors
Margot Heyne-Bell, co-founder
Laura Stauffer, co-founder
Cassie Hammond has been with the Laborers’ Union for over 21 years. She has held several positions in Local 107 including Dispatcher, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer. Cassie is currently the Southwest Laborers’ District Council Assistant Business Manager, LIUNA Women’s Caucus Chair, Sisters of Union Labor (SOUL) President, and she serves on the Northeastern Oklahoma Labor Council Executive Board. Outside of work, Cassie volunteers as Treasurer for the Peninsula Fire Department and Auxiliary, has been an active volunteer for The Girl Scouts of America and participates in many local activities within the community. “Women are going to be a key component in the future of the labor movement,” said Hammond. “I look forward to supporting these women in the construction industry.”
John Staires developed the class curriculum and teach the technical skills training. He has over 46 years of experience in the construction industry where he has formed many relationships. Some of his experiences include Building Official in the City, City of Tulsa’s Chief Electrical Inspector; and served on various construction industry technical committees and boards
WANTT is a 501(C) (3) organization.
There are many ways for you to get involved:
Be a Participant - join our training for skill trades
Be a Donor - support us with in-kind, money, grants
Be an Employer - work with us to develop a program so that you'll employ our graduates
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