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Celebrating the Women of Ross & Baruzzini: Healthcare, Higher Education, and Human Resources

Happy Women’s History Month 2021! Every March, the United States celebrates women’s contributions to history and culture.

Our firm is dedicated to supporting the women who make Ross & Baruzzini successful. From aviation to accounting, the women across our diverse teams are extraordinary examples of talent, experience, and perseverance.

Join us as we salute trailblazers from the past while celebrating our wonderful talent. This week, we’re featuring the women of our Healthcare, Higher Education & Research, and Human Resources teams.

Healthcare

Tori Gillespie, P.E.

Role: Director of Operations 

Location: St. Louis

Tori Gillespie is our Director of Operations for our Healthcare Market. She is dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the best quality in our Healthcare projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. Tori is also registered as a Mechanical Engineer in four different states.

In addition, she serves as the Chair of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. Outside of Ross & Baruzzini, she has served on the executive board for the National Society of Black Engineers St. Louis Gateway Alumni Chapter as the former Treasurer and the current Program Chair.

Fun Fact: She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2018.

Marissa Sexton

Role: Electrical Engineer 

Location: St. Louis

Marissa Sexton is an Electrical Engineer with our Healthcare Market. She joined Ross & Baruzzini as an intern in the summer of 2017 and has grown exceptionally over the years.

She loves to take on challenges and has great leadership skills. She serves as the Co-chair for the district level of Illuminating Engineering Society. Also, she is very active as a volunteer for Lift for Life Gym.

Fun Fact: She earned an honorable mention for Eaton student lighting design competition from the 40th annual SOURCE Awards.

Sharon Albritton

Role: Senior Project Coordinator 

Location: St. Louis

Sharon Albritton is a Senior Project Coordinator with our Healthcare team. She enjoys helping others and seeing our MEP/FP groups bring projects to fruition, fitting all aspects of design together like a puzzle. She is proud that her family, friends, and colleagues can depend on her help through life’s endeavors.

Fun Facts: Always wanting to give back, Sharon plays Mrs. Clause for our annual Breakfast with Santa company event. Her top bucket list goal is to make the world a better place. She also loves to sing.

Sarah Wilson

Role: Intern

Location: St. Louis

Sarah Wilson is a Mechanical Intern with our Healthcare team. She is currently enrolled in the UMSL/Wash U Joint Engineering Program. Her eagerness to learn and can-do attitude has been a tremendous help to the team. From 2019-2020, Sarah served as the President of the Pierre Laclede Honors College Student Association.

Fun Fact: In 2017, she won a STEM Award for Mathematics from the American Association of University Women.

 

Higher Education & Research

Annie Smith, PE, CEM, LEED, BEMP

Role: Director of Energy Services

Location: St. Louis

Annie Smith is our Director of Energy Services. Annie began her career at Ross & Baruzzini as a Mechanical Intern in May 2011. As a Certified Energy Manager with a LEED AP BD+C accreditation, she is passionate about energy services and efficiency.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Annie was recently named to Engineered Systems magazine's list of Top 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC and hosts our Energy Efficient Facilities during COVID-19: Webinar Series.

Fun Fact: Real estate is her second passion, and she enjoys discussing current prices, investing strategies, and financing methods.

Amy Counts, CPA

Role: Senior Project Coordinator

Location: St. Louis

Amy does a great job providing support as a Senior Project Coordinator for our Higher Education & Research team. She is a Certified Administrative Professional who enjoys following our projects from a drawing to completion. Each building’s unique design inspires her work.

Fun Facts: Amy always has great ideas for our company RBQ’s and other traditions! Outside of work, she enjoys reading and wants to travel the U.S. by RV. She is also very proud of her son, and she loves watching him grow.

Niki Partney

Role: Senior Mechanical Designer

Location: St. Louis

Niki Partney is a Mechanical Designer with our Higher Education and Research Market. Niki has been with the firm for over 27 years. Passionate about giving back, Niki spearheads our annual Poverty Lunch. She finds her work as Mechanical Designer unique, interesting, and challenging.

Fun Facts: She is most proud of her two amazing daughters, her favorite hobby is stained glass, and she would love to visit Hawaii.

Human Resources

Jessica Goeke

Role: HR Manager

Location: St. Louis

Jessica was recently promoted to HR Manager and will be leading HR initiatives.

Her passion for employee wellness and engagement is demonstrated through her PHR certification. She is inspired by the women of Ross & Baruzzini who made their way in an industry traditionally dominated by men.

Fun Facts: Outside of work, she loves to cook and read. Her top bucket list goal is to visit her ancestral home of Scotland. Jessica is also proud of her three, independent daughters.

Trista Stahr, MA, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Role: Chief Administrative Officer

Location: St. Louis

Trista recently was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer for our firm. She is up for the challenge and we are confident she will be very successful in this new role! Her certifications and memberships include SPHR, SHRM-SCP, L&C SHRM, and HR Executive Network. At work, she is dedicated to helping people find their passions and achieve their ambitions while aligning their goals to business objectives.

Fun Facts: Outside of work, she is a proud mom of three amazing children. Her favorite hobby is working out and her top bucket list goal is to complete an Ironman race. “Determined” is how she would describe herself in one word.

Sarah Ontiveros, PHR

Role: HR Generalist

Location: Dallas

Sarah Ontiveros is an HR Generalist and has been with the organization for over 20 years! Sarah has earned PHR, DallasHR, and NTXSHRM certifications. She loves how data and analytics help her work smarter.

Fun Facts: At work, she is proud to be a part of our Leadership Development Program. Outside of work, she is proud her two daughters, Ryan and Kori. She is inspired by the other amazing women within Ross & Baruzzini as well as her oldest daughter, who knows what she wants in life and works hard every day to achieve her goals. Her hobbies include gardening and watching her kids play sports. Her bucket list top goals are to visit Ireland, Romania, and Dracula’s castle.

Jade Salama

Role: HR Generalist

Location: St. Louis

Jade Salama is a Human Resources Generalist and leads recruiting for Ross & Baruzzini. She is passionate about employee engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion. Her coworkers consistently describe her as compassionate and working in HR inspires her to assist employees and partners in any way she can!

Fun Facts: She loves taking bike rides in the warmer months, and she wants to travel more internationally while learning about different cultures across the world.

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