In honor of Women in Construction Week and Women’s History Month, Cordoba Corporation is celebrating some of our talented women in the construction management field! These team members are serving in a wide variety of positions and represent different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. They join all of our talented construction management staff in celebrating Women in Construction Week and Making a Difference for our clients and communities. We hope you enjoy getting to know them!
Emilie Valadez is a Project Coordinator supporting Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Emilie serves as an important liaison between project managers, construction coordinators, and city engineers, to ensure all necessary permits are obtained prior to construction.
She supports project managers by obtaining quotes from contractors; contacting local municipalities and other permitting entities to determine potential project impacts and notification requirements; managing project related documents; scheduling site visits to project locations; ordering and receiving materials for pipeline and instrumentation projects; coordinating project meetings and conference calls; and performing other project support functions.
Emilie began her career at Cordoba Corporation as an Administrative Assistant and quickly demonstrated her expertise at multi-tasking. She was later promoted to serve as Office Manager for Cordoba’s Long Beach Community College District Project Office. While serving as Office Manager, Emilie logged and routed invoices, purchase orders and payment applications. She represented the team at campus job fairs and assisted construction teams with job walks and handled numerous administrative duties in support of key construction projects on campus, including the Building GG Student Service Center, Building P Renovation, Building QQ/RR Renovation, Kinesiology Lab & Aquatics Center Project, and the Building D Level 1 Renovation.
Emilie later moved into an Executive Assistant position supporting Cordoba Corporation’s team that previously provided Capital Improvement Program support at the City of Industry. In this role, she assisted project managers with bid packages, staff reports, reference checks, job walks and prep-construction meetings. She was also tasked with tracking and maintaining company vehicles.
Emilie is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Irene Trujillo joined Cordoba Corporation in 2019 as a Project Coordinator on the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s (Valley Water) Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project for which Cordoba provides construction and program management services.
In this role, Irene is the Project Coordinator onsite. She makes sure the Cordoba Team is following all Valley Water requirements, such as making sure the team has a badge to access the site and she assists the team with any and all administrative needs.
Prior to joining Cordoba, Irene worked for five years as an onsite Field Coordinator for a construction company where she was responsible for job site compliance and key tasks that kept the construction team and subcontractors safe, organized, focused and in compliance with project and regulatory requirements. She also worked for six years in the asbestos remediation industry as a Production Manager. In this role, Irene was responsible for scheduling remediation jobs; creating manifests for disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste: and coordinating with various regional, state and federal agencies.
Irene has exceptional organization and communication skills; is an adept multi-tasker; and a quick learner with a strong attention to detail. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Irene is OSHA 30 certified and is knowledgeable in Bluebeam and PlanGrid.
In her spare time, Irene enjoys spending time with her granddaughter and family. She also enjoys taking long road trips and ending up somewhere she has never been before, as well as looking for new casinos to explore.
Janay Wilson is a Field Engineer, with a background in Interior Design and experience in Construction Management working with Cordoba Corporation’s Bond Management Team (BMT) at the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Pacific Coast and Liberal Arts campuses. She has worked on multiple projects ranging from complete interior renovations to ADA upgrades.
Janay joined Cordoba as an Intern in 2018 supporting Cordoba’s LBCC BMT on the Building J Auditorium Renovation Project, where she assisted in the oversite of both onsite and administrative duties. After later joining Cordoba as a full-time employee, Janay has served as Field Engineer on several other projects at LBCC, including the Building P Interior Renovation, the Pacific Coast Campus ADA Site and Building Barrier Removal Project, and the P2 Parking Structure.
Last year, Janay worked as the Project Lead for the LBCC Building MM Forklift Small Project. As the Project Lead, she coordinated the project job walks with the general contractor and subcontractors to review upcoming activities and scheduled work. She put together a classroom schedule and worked with LBCC staff to avoid any disturbances within the affected classroom areas. She also took preconstruction and daily construction photos for documentation and maintained the daily log to keep the team in the loop of all occurring site activities.
Janay has a B.S. in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University and associate degrees in Architectural Design and Architectural Drafting from LBCC. In addition, Janay has earned several Certificates of Accomplishment in AutoCAD coursework.
In her spare time, Janay likes to sew bow ties, draw, write, design, and most especially watch movies. She is a big movie buff and because COVID shut down the movies last year, her family threw her a surprise movie themed birthday party, complete with a red-carpet entrance, rented projection screen, all you can eat popcorn and concessions, relaxed seating (aka temporarily moved the living room sofa into the garage!) and a screening of her favorite movie, Hitch.
JasMin Khoe is an Assistant Construction Manager specializing in Education and Facilities. She has performed work on all project phases from conceptual design to construction closeout. She has successfully managed multiple ongoing projects and works closely with the Division of the State Architect (DSA) on various projects including modernization, new construction, sound mitigation, interim facilities, furnishings and move management.
At Cordoba Corporation, JasMin is currently supporting the Inglewood Unified School District. She is working on multiple projects such as the Morningside High School Los Angeles World Airports Sound Mitigation Project where she is involved in all aspects of contract administration from change management to monitoring construction progress.
JasMin has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University. She loves to travel, experience other cultures, and is dedicated to serving the community.
Michelle Cannady brings a diverse collection of education and management experience from 20 plus years in the utility and customer service industries.
She joined Cordoba Corporation earlier this year as the Cordoba Team Lead supporting Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas) New Business Team. Michelle serves as a field liaison where she is responsible for reviewing, inspecting and conducting quality assurance tasks at job sites. In addition, she collects, evaluates and researches relevant data for work order authorizations.
Prior to joining Cordoba, Michelle served in a variety of project coordination, project management and estimating roles for a construction contractor supporting SoCalGas. Her broad experience on several SoCalGas programs is well-suited for her current role here at Cordoba Corporation with SoCalGas.
Michelle has studied at Riverside Community College and California Baptist University. She enjoys being a wife and mother to three boys and three dogs. In addition, Michelle loves to travel, is a foodie who enjoys trying new places to eat everywhere she goes, and she loves to be active.
Sally Natividad joined Cordoba Corporation in 2020 and is currently serving as a Field Engineer supporting Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). In this role, she works with a construction manager in the Gas Transmission Tech Services department, to ensure that construction milestones are met, any field problems are addressed, and that constant communication is kept between the construction and project management personnel.
Sally previously worked as a Project Engineer/Estimator at an engineering services firm. In this role, she gained valuable experience supporting Requests for Proposals and working with Bluebeam to create estimates. In addition, she was responsible for placing material orders, scheduling jobs, overseeing job sites, and preparing change orders.
Sally earned a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley she worked as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Tutor at the Berkeley Unified School District.
As part of her Engineering studies at UC Berkeley, Sally conducted various special projects. These projects included designing viscous wall dampers for seismic stability for a building on campus; designing several baggage, transportation and security screening recommendations to increase demand at Ontario International Airport; and analyzing the methods/materials used for the construction of the 700 Santana Row project in San Jose in order to determine its potential environmental impacts.
In her spare time, Sally likes helping K-12 students with mathematics and opening up about her experiences as a first-generation college graduate to motivate young students with limited resources to pursue a career in STEM. She also enjoys knitting, playing volleyball, and spending time with her family.
Sarah Wright has over 15 years of diversified design and construction experience in various business sectors ranging from institutional and commercial to retail and residential. She is a highly motivated and detail-oriented interiors specialist with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
In her current move management role at Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Sarah has been able to utilize her design development expertise in the education sector supporting client needs by delivering effective space planning solutions in order to achieve efficient and functional learning spaces. She is responsible for strategic relocation oversight for LBUSD’s Measure E Bond Program, which includes $1.5 billion focused on school repairs addressing health and safety improvements at schools throughout the district.
Prior to her work at LBUSD, Sarah served as a Relocation Project Coordinator the Los Angeles Community College District’s BuildLACCD $9.5 billion bond program. Sarah’s experience also includes working for an interior design firm and for Nordstrom, where she earned numerous awards overseeing the interior environment of 22 Southern California stores, including space planning and allocations, fixture sets, merchandising and styling.
Sarah started her journey with Cordoba Corporation as a Relocation Project Manager Intern at the Long Beach Community College District, supporting various projects, including the Science Building, Theatre and Arts Building, Security Camera Upgrades, and the Campus Wayfinding Signage Initiative.
Sarah earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations with a Minor in Communications from the University of San Diego, where she was also an award-winning soccer player.
Stephanie Pulcifer is a Construction Manager with over 25 years of experience in all phases of multimillion-dollar construction, infrastructure, superfund and public projects for government and private sector clients.
She is experienced in public contract, building and education codes and requirements, and adept at managing projects with complex, auditable funding structures and spending requirements at the federal, state and county level. Stephanie is also experienced in writing policies and procedures, and developing streamlined processes and schedules, with demonstrated ability to liaison with project stakeholders.
Stephanie is currently serving as a Construction and Design Manager at Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) for its Measure GG Bond Program and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) sound mitigation improvements where her skills are used to the fullest. Her familiarity with maintenance and facilities needs means she is tasked with projects outside of strictly bond work.
Prior to joining the IUSD Team, Stephanie served as Cordoba’s Program Director for the Burbank Unified School District Measure S Bond Program. In this role, she provided program management services for new construction, expansion, modernization, and/or renovation projects at 18 school sites.
Stephanie earned an A.S. degree in Architecture from East Los Angeles College and she has taken coursework in Construction Technologies at Cal Poly Pomona’s School of Engineering. She completed a 14-week Construction Management Seminar at the University of Southern California, and various specialty construction courses through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
In her spare time, Stephanie likes to hike and is patiently waiting for baseball season to return.