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ABMA Launches Women In Boiler Industry Group

Feb. 26, 2024
New WIBI professional community will host inaugural panel at BOILER 2024 in Denver this May.

By SHAUNICA JAYSON, American Boiler Manufacturers Association

ABMA is excited to announce the launch of the Women in the Boiler Industry (WIBI) Professional Community, as well as the inaugural Panel and networking Luncheon for BOILER 2024, intended to celebrate the growing number of women in our industry.

ABMA’s Board Vice-Chair, Nancy Simoneau, President of Groupe Simoneau, and ABMA’s Marketing Director, Shaunica Jayson are collaborating to launch the WIBI professional community, offering an opportunity to network, raise awareness of our diverse workforce and advance our industry. The goal of WIBI is to promote, inspire, support, and connect women in boilers.

To launch this community, ABMA is hosting a Panel and Luncheon at BOILER 2024 on May 2nd, sponsored by Vector Systems, where leading women in our industry will share challenges and successes coupled with inspiration for the future of women in boilers. This event is open to all attendees with All-Access passes.

The panel will be moderated by Jayson and include Simoneau, as well as Kimberly Adkins, Chief Boiler Inspector for the Commonwealth of Virginia and only female U.S. chief boiler inspector, Teresa Melfi, Lincoln Electric Technical Fellow who holds over 50 welding patents, and Tricia Staible, ABMA Board Member and President of Robinson Fans.

When asked about the launch of WIBI, Simoneau stated, “Your gender may define your identity but your passion and engagement in life will make you become your true self. Let the boiler industry celebrate our successes of the past and be inclusive to all who want to advance it, regardless of who they are... I am very excited to be instrumental in the creation of this professional community and being a part of the inaugural panel at BOILER 2024.”

For more details about the WIBI Professional Community, visit and for more information on the WIBI Panel and Luncheon at BOILER 2024, visit the WIBI webpage on