Our Management Team

Jill Stewart

Jill Stewart, Interim Director

Before being named associate director of the PMCS Project Management Division in 2017, Jill managed one of the department’s project management teams for over three years. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, she worked as a senior project manager and architect in private practice, with much of her work focused on educational facilities. In addition, she has been involved in learning environment projects for private and non-profit organizations. Jill holds a bachelor's degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in architecture from Arizona State University. A licensed architect for over 20 years, she is also a LEED accredited professional. Jill is a graduate of the APPA Institute for Leadership in Educational Facilities.

Doug Gilpin

Douglas W. Gilpin, Associate Director, Construction Services

Doug leads the Construction Services Division, responsible for the university’s in-house construction and renovation program. The division is comprised of seven specialty trade shops, a Production Control Section, and a Project Management Team responsible for the execution of $5 million in in-house construction annually. The division also manages major campus event support, working with colleges and departments to coordinate all facilities support for recurring events such as Commencement, Explore UT, Gone to Texas, and major one-time events. Prior to joining PMCS in 2019, Doug served a 26-year active duty career in the Air Force, holding numerous positions responsible for facilities and administrative support activities around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in engineering and environmental management, and his professional engineer license.

Mike Kirkendall, Operations Manager

Mike Kirkendall, Associate Director, Business Planning & Operations

Mike oversees the department’s Administrative and Financial team. In addition to managing the administrative areas, he coordinates the financial actions that evolve from the various PMCS funding and expense groups. He has been with The University of Texas at Austin for more than 10 years, primarily in an academic support role. Prior to working at the university he served with the University of Houston system in the Health Science Center and has nearly 20 years’ experience as an educational administrator. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in management from Texas Lutheran University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston.

Ana Thiemer

Ana Thiemer, Associate Director, Planning

Ana joined PMCS in 2015, overseeing the university’s Replacement & Renewal (R&R) program. Her division now includes technical review, cost estimating, project planning, and design. In addition, she oversees the PMCS data and communication team, which provides technical and support services to the organization. Before beginning her employment with The University of Texas at Austin more than eight years ago, Ana held positions in private firms and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). She serves on several APPA task groups and is a faculty member in the APPA Institute for Leadership in Educational Facilities. Ana holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from UT Austin.

Nate Atkins

Nathaniel (Nate) Atkins, Manager

As the technical review team manager, Nate oversees a team of technical reviewers who provide quality assurance and quality control for projects on campus. Before joining the Planning Division in PMCS in 2016, he practiced as a structural engineer for nine years in the states of New York and Texas, and he is a licensed professional engineer in both states. Nate graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.

Trina Bickford

Trina Bickford, Manager

Trina joined PMCS as contracts manager in February 2017. Her main duties are managing the solicitations and contracts for outside professional services and contractors as well as coordinating with internal services in support of the project management team. She has more than 30 years of purchasing and contracting experience, 24 of those at The University of Texas at Austin Purchasing Office. She also has experience in municipal procurement. Trina is a Certified Purchasing Manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Austin.

Robyn Green, Manager

Robyn Green, Manager

To ensure that PMCS delivers quality results and meets organizational goals, Robyn provides oversight to a team whose functions include strategic business analysis, process documentation, client satisfaction, and communication efforts in support of the entire PMCS organization. She has more than 28 years of professional experience, including over 17 years with The University of Texas at Austin. Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in architecture from UT Austin.

Shannon Hanney, Manager

Shannon Hanney, Manager, In-House Construction

Shannon manages Construction Services’ team of seven specialty trade shops – Abatement, Carpentry, Electrical, General Construction, Mechanical, Paint, and Sign Shop. He also manages the Production Control section, which assigns and schedules work executed by the trade shops. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, Shannon coordinated projects on campus for a Job Order Contractor (JOC). Shannon joined UT Austin in 2003 and he has managed teams in Construction Services since 2010. Shannon completed the Project Management Certificate Program through the UT Professional Development Center and he is an APPA Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP). Shannon earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography from UT Austin.

Kate Haenchen Jimenez

Kate Haenchen Jimenez, Planning and Design Services Manager

Kate Haenchen Jimenez is the manager of Planning and Design Services. She is a LEED AP ID+C, was a professor of Interior Design, has commercial design experience, and specializes in space planning, building programming, and project management. She oversees a team of planning project managers as well as an in-house design team. Before joining the Planning Division in July of 2018, she was responsible for strategic planning and the inventory of spaces owned and operated by Texas Tech University. Kate graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design, a master’s degree in environmental design, and a doctorate in interior and environmental design.

Lester Felder, Team Lead, Research/Science

Lester Felder, Team Lead, Research/Science

Lester is senior project manager at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC), overseeing a project management team. In addition, he serves as the liaison for the Cockrell School of Engineering, an assignment he has held for more than 14 years. Lester is a registered architect with over 27 years of architectural and construction experience--more than 16 of those years with The University of at Austin. He is a certified LEED Green Associate and a member of the Construction Owners Association of America, serving for five years on the Membership Committee as a national representative for UT Austin. Lester holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design/architecture from Texas A&M University.

Chris Marks, Team Lead, Student Life

Chris Marks, Team Lead, Student Life

Chris has nearly 28 years of experience in the construction industry, including 14 years at Purdue, 3 years at Ivy Tech Community College, 9 in the private sector as a contractor, and 18 months at The University of Texas at Austin. His certifications include Certified Education Facilities Professional (CEFP), Facility Management Professional (FMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Master Black Belt, plus additional certifications in Purchasing Law, Total Quality Management, and Incident Command. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Ball State University. Chris is the PMCS Team Leader for the Student Life portfolio.

Mitchell D. Stepp

Mitchell D. Stepp, Team Lead, In-House Construction

Mitch leads the team of project managers for the Construction Services division, focusing on execution of projects performed by the PMCS in-house trade shops. He has more than 35 years of experience executing and managing projects in the industrial and institutional construction industries. Mitch joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. He has served as a construction planner and project manager in Construction Services since 2014. Mitch holds a State of Texas Master Electrical license and is a Certified Educational Facilities Professional.

Linda Tsai, Team Lead, Arts & Entertainment

Linda Tsai, Team Lead, Arts & Administration

Linda Glaze Tsai has been practicing architecture for over 20 years. After completing her Master of Architecture degree from UT’s School of Architecture she moved out to San Diego and worked in a firm that focused on K-12 and Community College work. She is licensed in both California and Texas. In 2016 she made the jump from the design world to project management when she accepted a position at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she heads up the Arts & Administration Team with PMCS.

John VerShaw, Team Lead, Infrastructure

John VerShaw, Team Lead, Infrastructure

John VerShaw began his career 10 years ago after completing his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, specializing in thermal/fluid systems, at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining PMCS, John worked for six years for a private firm, performing building commissioning services for institutional and commercial buildings. During this time be became a LEED AP, a licensed Professional Engineer, and a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) with the Building Commissioning Association. John came to UT Austin in September 2014 as a project manager for the PMCS Facilities Engineering team, where he provided mechanical engineering and commissioning services for PMCS as well as leading his own projects. John is now the team lead for the Infrastructure team, carrying out mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, structural, and life safety projects across campus.