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Grodner began her career with the Carpenters Union in 2007 as an apprentice and went on to serve as a shop steward and mentor prior to being hired on staff in 2016. She serves as the New York State Chairwoman for the Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB), is a board member for the Oyster Bay-North Hempstead-Glen Cove Workforce Development Board and a trustee on the North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund.
Part of her role for SIB involves facilitating a four-week training program that is designed to recruit women with little to no experience in carpentry and provide them the skills, knowledge and confidence to start a career with the Carpenters Union.
“We believe our membership should reflect our communities. One way to achieve this goal is to actively seek women for our Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprentice Program,” said Grodner.
Grodner presents at state-wide information sessions with community organizations and other entities, on a “Women in the Trades” webinar, hosted by NYS Senator Kaplan from Long Island, and representing the Sisters in the Brotherhood on a panel that focused on gender stereotypes in particular industries.
Grodner has also volunteered on several community projects including helping to organize the National Wreaths Across America Day, which aims to cover all veterans’ graves with a Christmas wreath in remembrance of our nation’s heroes. She also traveled to Puerto Rico to give her time and talent to help rebuild after Hurricane Maria.
Whether it be through her job responsibilities or volunteer efforts, Grodner is proud to represent the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, the Sisters in the Brotherhood and, above all, is proud to be a union carpenter.