Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award Winner

2020 NEF’s Carol A Kueker Construction Education
Visionary Award Winner

Ellyn A. Lester, Assoc. AIA, PhDc

Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ

As a Teaching Associate Professor of Construction Management, Ellyn Lester also serves as the Director of Built Environment Programs and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies for the Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department. During her tenure, the Construction Management and Construction Engineering and Management masters programs have seen tremendous growth, starting in the mid-20s in 2014 to their current enrollment of more than 120 students.

Before joining Stevens, Lester worked at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, was a Vice President at MBA Management, a Vice President at the Design-Build Institute of America and led the marketing efforts of several architecture firms. She has also served on numerous professional

boards including AIA Washington DC, AIA San Diego, SMPS Kansas City, and the Construction Roundtable of New Jersey. Lester has presented her research at numerous regional, national and international academic and professional conferences, including CIB International Research, ICCF, ASEE, and AMPS, as well as several AIA regional conferences, ECC International and the CMAA World Conference.

Her notable awards include the 2018 Stevens’ Faculty Appreciation Award from the Graduate Student Council, the 2012 AIA California Associate of the Year, the 2011 NewSchool of Architecture Staff Member of the Year, the 2003 Design-Build Institute of America’s Chapter of the Year – while serving as the chapter’s Executive Director – and SMPS National’s Striving for Excellence Grand Prize in 2001.

Lester – Press Release
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The Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award recognizes individuals for their passion and dedication to NEF programs and the promotion of construction education.

Award Nominees for 2020.2021

Shanen L. Aranmor
Weld Like a Girl
Yuma, AZ
Sponsor: Nicolle Wilkinson

Doreen Cannon
Full Time Instructor
Cleveland Plumber’s Journeyman & Apprenticeship Training Center
Cleveland, OH
Sponsor: Laura Ceja

Reetika Dhawan
Associate Vice-President of Workforce Development and Career & Technical Education
Yuma, AZ
Sponsor: Nicolle Wilkinson

Lauren Holmes
Senior Project Manager
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Beaverton, OR
Sponsor: Erin Holmes

Kevin Imes
STEDY (Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma)
Yuma, AZ
Sponsor: Nicolle Wilkinson

Penny M. Knoll
Associate Professor
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
Sponsor: Andrew Sabia

Jennifer Lacy
Building Forward Lean Practice Leader
Robins & Morton
Plano, TX
Sponsor: Rachel Boyd

Ken-Yu Lin
Associate Professor
University of Washington/College of Built Environments/Dept of Construction Management
Seattle, WA
Sponsor: Renee Cheng

Susan N. Mass
Office Manager/Training Operations Manager/Senior Associate
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Sponsor: Ken Valder

Cecilia Orozco
Architectural Drafting Engineering CADD Instructor
Center for Career & Technology Education
El Paso, TX
Sponsor: Julia Smith

Dr. Lingguang Song
College of Technology/Construction Management
University of Houston
Houston, TX
Sponsor: Sandy K. Field, CBT, CIT

Previous Recipients

2019: Michael E. Barkett
Mississippi Construction Education Foundation
Pearl, MS

2018: Alise Martiny
Business Manager/Finance Secretary
Greater Kansas City Building Trades Council
Independence, MO

2017: Kathleen Garrity
Retired President
Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington
Mill Creek, WA

2016: Jack Chapel
Education Coordinator
AGC, San Diego Chapter, Apprenticeship and Training Trust
San Diego, CA

2015: Robert M. Aydukovic
CRE President
Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI)
Towson, MD

2014: Brian H. Hess
Engineering/Surveying Coordinator
Mount San Jacinto Community College
San Jacinto, CA

2013: Jennifer Blanchard Belk
Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC

2012: Dr. Linda Thomas-Mobley
Chair, Construction Management Program
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
San Diego, CA

2011: Sheilah Goulart
Founder & Director
YouthBuild San Joaquin, Pre YouthBuild
San Joaquin Building Futures Academy
San Joaquin Regional Conservation Corps.
Stockton, CA

2010: Dan Graham
Northwest College of Construction
Portland, OR

Darline H. Johnson Volunteer Achievement Award

Past Recipients

2012: Karen E. Long, CIT was recognized for time, leadership and overall dedication to the on-line testing procedures for NEF Adult Education courses.

2009: Susan Carson, CIT and Linda Young, CBT, CIT were recognized for their work in developing the Construction Bookkeeping 101 (CBT) Adult Education program.

2006: Pat Callicotte, CCA was recognized for time, talent, leadership and overall dedication to the organization over the past years.

2005: Roger Liska was recognized for his exemplary efforts to promote NEF and its programs across the industry and help build their value and prestige.

2004: Frances Jackson was recognized for her outstanding fund-raising efforts for NEF and her overall dedication to the organization.

1998: Carol Kueker was recognized for her outstanding service as Program Coordinator for NEF.

1997: Kimberly Cameron was recognized for her involvement in organizing the Building Design Program targeted towards students in grades six through nine.

1993: Cheryl Kolar was recognized for her role in establishing the CAD/Design/Drafting Competition geared toward senior high school students.