Facilities manager, Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, Inc., 3650 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403, 707-577-7959, redwoodtoxicology.com
Professional background: Counseling, administration, facilities management
Education: BA in sociology
Staff: 45 data-entry personnel
technology offices, IT server rooms, and warehouse spaces.
As the company has grown over the 12 years I've been with them, the demands of facilities maintenance have gradually increased and continue to expand.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I moved from Alaska to Sonoma County in 1992. I like the cultural diversity of this area, the regional food and wine, and especially, the natural environment -- the weather's great! I'm a big fan of local efforts to preserve large tracts of undeveloped land.
What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization? Assuring the physical environments for our operations are maintained at requisite levels, resolution of urgent facility needs, oversight of maintenance contracts, and cost-control efforts.
"Facilities manager" at Redwood Toxicology historically has been a role assumed by administrative staff, whose primary roles are something else. I supervise a crew of about 44 in our Accessioning Department as a data-entry supervisor. I have been supplementing that work with duties as facilities manager since mid-2009.
What is your biggest challenge today? It's an ongoing challenge for me to balance the additional demands of facilities-management tasks with other demands on my time at Redwood Toxicology. I am grateful for the support and cooperation of coworkers throughout the company. There's a real team spirit here at Redwood Toxicology.
What is the next major project either under way or on the horizon? I've been looking for a new system for processing our discarded plastic. I'd like ultimately to divert it from the landfill to a recycler.
How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?: I think green technologies will be of much greater importance in the next few years. I think facilities managers have to stay abreast of new technologies relevant to the specific industries we support.
Current reading: 21 Days to Master Success and Inner Peace by Wayne Dyer.
Most want to meet: Jimmy Carter
Stress relievers: Hiking and going to the gym
Favorite hobbies: I enjoy hiking, bicycling, gardening, tinkering with computers, and yoga.
Words that best describe you: Analytical, self-motivated, articulate, dependable.