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Jerisha Garcia, Obrera (Laborer) – Mujeres en la Construcción (Women in Construction)

Jerisha Garcia ha trabajado para Todd & Sargent desde 2022. Ella actualmente trabaja en el proyecto de Waupun, WI como obrera. Siga leyendo para obtener mas informacion sobre su experencia en la construcción. 

Jerisha Garcia has worked for Todd & Sargent since 2022. She currently works at the Waupun, WI jobsite as a laborer. Read on to learn more about her experience in construction:


¿Como y cuando decidiste dedicarte a la construcción? (How and when did you decide to go into construction?)

Cuando me di cuenta que había la oportunidad de laborar en un campo donde usualmente no hay mujeres. (When I realized there was an opportunity to work in a trade where normally there aren’t any women.)


¿Como fue su camino hacia la construcción? (What did your path into construction look like?)

Realmente no he tenido un camino como tal, ya que es mi primer trabajo en construcción. (This is actually my first job in Construction.)


¿Que es lo que más disfruta de su trabajo/trabajar en la construcción? (What do you enjoy most about your job/working in construction?)

El compañerismo y el aprendizaje diario (Getting to learn something new daily and my coworkers)


¿Qué ha sido lo más sorprendente de ser mujer trabajando en la construcción? (What has been the most surprising part of being a woman working in construction?)

El trato de los compañeros, que brindan apoyo e igualdad. (My coworkers providing support and equality within each other)


¿Cuales cree que son algunos de los obstaculos, reales o percibidos, que enfrentan las mujeres en la construcción? (What do you think are some hurdles – real or perceived – that women face in construction?)

La confianza para realizar algún trabajo (Confidence to complete a task)


¿Ay algo que has hecho durante tu tiempo en la construcción que sea tu favorita cosa que hacer? (What is your favorite thing you’ve done during your time in construction?)

Nada en especial, todo para mi es nuevo y me gusta aprender mas cosas. (Nothing in particular, everything is new to me and I enjoy learning a lot things.)


¿Que consejo tiene para las mujeres jóvenes que se incorporan a la industria de la construcción? (What advice do you have for young women joining the construction industry?)

Respeto para todos con los compañeros, acatar las indicaciones de los superiores, las reglas y que le echen ganas. (To always have respect for your coworkers, to always try your hardest and follow the rules.)


¿Que consejo tiene para las mujeres jóvenes que están considerando seguir una carrera en la construcción? (What advice do you have for young women who are considering pursing a career in construction?)

Que lo intenten y que luchen, que no se abstengan a lo que dirán los hombres (To always try your hardest, and not to be afraid of what people will say)



Brian Watson

Director of Project Management

Brian Watson is responsible for project management at Todd & Sargent, bringing consistent project delivery to our clients. He works closely with our project management teams and clients to ensure project quality, schedules, and budgets are met. Brian is a member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and International Association of Operative Millers. Brian graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Construction Engineering and has been with Todd & Sargent since 2014.


Christie Mohlke

Vice President – People

Christie Mohlke leads all HR functions at Todd & Sargent, such as culture, recruiting, training, compliance, employee onboarding and orientation, employee relations, benefits, and more. She has over 10 years of experience in human resources focusing on operations management. Christie graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing from Austin Peay State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cumberland University. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management and is designated as a Professional of Human Resources.

Lesley Whitten

Operations Manager – Canada

Lesley Whitten oversees all aspects of our Canadian operations, from project management and engineering to field operations to ensure each facility meets client expectations. She has more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, and she has worked on many new grain elevator builds, large scale elevator and facility upgrades, fertilizer facilities, and canola crushing plants while serving in roles from project coordinator up to project management manager. Lesley holds a CET (Certified Engineering Technologist) and PMP (Project Management Professional) accreditation.

James Bucher

Chief Financial Officer

James Bucher is responsible for Todd & Sargent’s finance, accounting, and information technology functions. He manages the T&S accounting team, banking and insurance relationships, and oversees the annual audits of the company’s financial statements, benefits plans, and insurance programs. James graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Accounting and holds his Certified Public Accountant designation. James has been with Todd & Sargent since 2017.

Pat Taggart

Vice President – Field Operations

Pat Taggart is responsible for field operations at Todd & Sargent. His duties include overseeing safety, field construction teams, construction scheduling, and project quality assurance. He also oversees Todd & Sargent’s warehouse team. Pat graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agriculture Studies. Pat has been with Todd & Sargent since 1983.

Bryan Coussens, P.E.

Vice President – Engineering

Bryan Coussens is responsible for all aspects of Todd & Sargent’s engineering function. Bryan manages Todd & Sargent’s team of engineers and drafters to meet our clients’ complex engineering needs. He provides structural, process, and value engineering for projects in the grain, feed, flour, biofuels, and specialty industries. Bryan also reviews projects for code requirements and compliance. Bryan is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Civil Engineering. Bryan has been with Todd & Sargent since 1996.

Scott Sylvester

Vice President – Business Development

Scott Sylvester is responsible for developing and maintaining strong client and partner relationships as well as identifying new market opportunities at Todd & Sargent. He has over 20 years serving clients and partners in the Ag and Industrial construction markets. He is an active member with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and past member of Food Processing Suppliers Association and Iowa Lean Consortium. Scott graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a General Studies degree, with an emphasis on communications and psychology.

Alex Kerrigan

Vice President – Project Development

Alex Kerrigan is responsible for project development at Todd & Sargent, bringing ag and industrial projects from concept to reality. Alex works closely with each client’s team to develop successful facility designs and compile comprehensive and competitive cost estimates. Alex is a member of the American Feed Industry Association, Grain Elevator and Processing Society, International Association of Operative Millers, and National Grain and Feed Association. Alex graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Alex has been with Todd & Sargent since 2002.

Rori Bouchard

President – Canada

Rori Bouchard leads our Canada team to fulfilling the company mission and vision and ensures our company lives its values every day. He has more than 15 years of industry experience, with specialized knowledge in all facets of the construction of ag-industrial facilities with experience as a project manager, business development director, and managing director, among other roles. Rori is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Manitoba and Grain Elevator and Processing Society. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Management.

Jon Sargent

President & CEO

Jon Sargent provides overall strategic and corporate direction to Todd & Sargent. In his role as President & CEO, he focuses on setting the company’s vision, leading the company’s leadership team, and ensuring the company lives its values every day. Jon is a member of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS), Construction Management Association, and former board member of Associated Builders & Contractors of Iowa. Jon graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in Finance and from the University of Chicago with an M.B.A. in Economics. He is also a member of The Sargent Group, Inc. Board of Directors. Jon has been with Todd & Sargent since 2010.