In its 2010–2011 registry of executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry selected Doreen Christian LaRoche, DST ’85 (BS, University of the District of Columbia), to represent civil engineering and construction management. As only one of two women to major in construction engineering at UDC (her sister was the other), LaRoche relished the challenge of a rigorous major. She believed that her future career would be exciting, and it’s more than lived up to her expectations.
LaRoche has managed construction projects at the US Department of Agriculture for the past 23 years. She is currently a civil engineer/project manager/COTR. LaRoche’s responsibilities have ranged from dams engineer for the Forest Service to managing multimillion-dollar construction projects, from design through completion. She has also served as the seismic safety coordinator at USDA and formulated departmental responses to Congressional inquiries on seismic issues.
The Jamaican-born LaRoche said that there are still too few women in a field she’s found enjoyable to pursue. “I have mentored children in elementary school through our USDA adopt-a-school program,” she said. She has mentored women and men in construction, too, through a Good Will of Greater Washington pre-apprenticeship program. Contact Doreen.LaRoche@dm.usda.gov for details regarding Good Will of Greater Washington pre-apprenticeship program.