“I am surrounded by amazing people, starting with my employees all the way up to the executive director. They all inspire me to do the best job that I can. I am simply a reflection of all these great people. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful nonprofit organization.”
Professional background: HVAC maintenance technician, supervisor maintenance operations, manager maintenance and maintenance supervisor for over 30 years. Education: Technical Training in industrial electricity, environmental controls, boilers, chillers, air conditioning and heating, maintenance management training, OSHA safety training. Currently majoring in music at SRJC.
Staff: One maintenance technician
Describe the facilities you oversee: Extended Child Care is a before and after school and full day summer program for elementary school children. We have 24 portable/modular classrooms located at 10 school sites in three school districts; Windsor, Mark West and Wright. Most of our sites are equipped with kitchens and some with yards.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I like the wow factor of creating, refinishing, building and painting. I like the rescue/hero factor of solving problems or saving the day with an urgently needed repair. I like keeping the facilities safe and clean for all of our kids and teachers. These are the types of situations that I thrive on and look forward to each day. I am also earth friendly and environmentally conscious. I believe in recycle, reuse or donate. I also use environmentally safe landscaping methods.
What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?
My roll is to maintain all buildings and grounds and keep our sites clean, functional and safe. To assist with the needs of the ECC staff in creating an environment that compliments their centers. I direct my staff, contractors and vendors and oversee the upkeep of equipment and supplies. The directors, supervisors and teachers are all my customers. I am here to help remove distractions and improve our spaces so that my customers can focus on their jobs
Any community involvement?
Volunteered for Ceres Community Project, coached basketball for YMCA and for Willowside Middle School.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
Creating a garden learning environment in the back yard of our Mattie Washburn Center. This was a community project with teachers, parents, kids and our executive director.
What is your biggest challenge today?
The biggest challenge is in trying to be equally present and available for each center.
What is the next major project either under way or on the horizon?
Next major project will be replacing the Modular Classrooms at the Windsor Creek Center.
What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?
The recent purchase of a very large Ford transit van.
How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?
I don’t see much change in the next five years, possibly software upgrades for maintenance PM and Work Order programs.
Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Dr. Les Shipley Optometrist, successful small business owner for over 40 years. Gives back to the community.
Current reading: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.
Most want to meet: The Dalai Lama
Stress relievers: The gym, playing my guitar, and my wonderful wife.
Extended Child Care Coalition of Sonoma County
1745 Copperhill Parkway Suite 5, Santa Rosa 95403