The Helmets to Hardhats Program was conceptualized in 2002 and rolled out nationally in 2003 to assist Post 9/11 Veterans transition into careers in the Building Trades. New York, with its rich union density and high Veteran population, was one of the original launch sites for the program. To date, over 3,000 Veterans in New York State have started construction careers. NY Helmets to Hardhats has a team of dedicated professionals dedicated to your transition.
NY H2H has a very hands on, personal approach. Every Veteran that fully registers on the site will receive an email of successful completion with links to contact our support team for further assistance. We know technology is king, but nothing can replace a live person with knowledge of the trades in your area to facilitate your transition.
Meet the Team
New York State Director
Anne Trenkle joined the National Helmets to Hardhats Program as New York State Director in July 2003. Her initial undertaking was focused on developing innovative methods of incorporating the Helmets to Hardhats Program into apprenticeship programs throughout NY, including implementing direct entry for returning veterans as well as establishing a 15% veteran population in all participating NYS apprenticeship programs. In the Fall of 2013, Anne achieved a long time goal of establishing New York City Helmets to Hardhats, Inc., a separate 501c3 Labor-Management Initiative, dedicated to assisting the transition of a diverse NYC Veteran population into careers in the NYC construction industry. Anne began her career in the industry working for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. She is a native New Yorker, currently living in Rockland County, NY.
Upstate Regional Director
Michael Schraft joins the New York H2H team after fifteen years in public service in the United States Air Force, Peace Corps and State Dept. Born and raised in Western New York he is a third-generation military veteran and proud son and grandson of retired UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22. His last assignment in government was as an Economic Development Officer serving two years in Afghanistan with USAID. Since 2015 he has been focusing on apprenticeship training and workforce development in the Western NY region. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY- Buffalo State College and MPA from SUNY-Binghamton University. Mike is an avid traveler, skier, and golfer.
Director of Operations
Katelyn Guy joins the New York H2H staff in 2018 initially working as a volunteer. Katelyn is a 2018 Graduate of Coastal Carolina with the hopes of doing non-profit work for veterans. After superior dedication to Helmets to Hardhats, and her ability to continue in the support of our H2H veterans, Katelyn transitioned from volunteer to our very own NYC Operations Support Specialist. Katelyn comes with an extensive list of Union connections, and is a proud daughter and sister of two Local 7 Tile, Marble, & Terrazzo members.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Allie Trenkle joined the NYH2H staff as an intern in 2016. Allie is a 2019 graduate of the University of Connecticut with degrees in Marketing and Communications. With her commitment to NYH2H and our NY Veterans, Allie has been brought on as our Communications Coordinator. Allie comes from a background of Union Construction and knowledge of the NY Building Trades as she comes from a long line Local 638 Steamfitters.
Get your construction career started today. Register at www.helmetstohardhats.org, upload your resume and contact us.