Douglas W. Gilpin, Director, Campus Construction
As the director of Construction, Doug will lead a new department, created from our current Capital Planning and Construction (CPC) and Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) departments, managing all campus construction efforts for a two-billion-dollar design and construction program. Doug has a wealth of experience as a leader of facilities organizations both in higher education and in the military. Most recently, Doug served as the associate director for the Construction Services division within PMCS, responsible for the university’s in-house construction and renovation program. Prior to joining the university in 2019, Doug served a 26-year active duty career in the U.S. Air Force, holding numerous positions responsible for facilities and administrative support activities around the world. Doug has a master’s degree in engineering and environmental management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He also holds a Professional Engineer license and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional credential from APPA.
Brent Stringfellow, Director of Campus Planning and University Architect
Brent is the Director of Campus Planning & University Architect. Before joining UT, he was the Associate Vice-President of Facilities & University Architect at Lehigh University. Prior to his career in higher education, Brent spent 20 years in private practice with award-winning firms in New York and Boston with a focus on institutional and academic projects. Brent received his undergraduate degree in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's in Architecture from Harvard University‚ Graduate School of Design. Brent is a registered architect in Texas and Pennsylvania, and a member of NCARB, the AIA, and the Association of University Architects. In addition to his professional experience, he has been an adjunct professor at a number of institutions, including Smith College, Pratt Institute, City College of New York, Fudan University, and Lehigh University.
Jill Stewart, Associate 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.
Ana Thiemer, Associate Director, Planning
Ana oversees the university’s Replacement & Renewal (R&R) program. Her division includes technical review, cost estimating, project planning, and design. In addition, she oversees the data and communication team, which provides technical and support services to the organization. Before beginning her employment with The University of Texas at Austin, 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.
Shannon Hanney, Associate Director for Construction Services
Shannon has served the past two and a half years as the Manager for In-House Construction, leading the efforts of the In-House Trades Shops and Production Control. Prior to this, Shannon managed Construction Services’ team of seven specialty trade shops—Abatement, Carpentry, Electrical, General Construction, Mechanical, Paint, and Sign Shop. He also managed the Production Control section, which assigns and schedules work executed by the trade shops. He has served UT for almost 20 years, beginning as a Construction Coordinator with Physical Plant. 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.
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 Planning 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, Assistant Director, Contracts
Trina joined UT as a contracts manager in February 2017. As the Assistant Director for Contracts, 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, Assistant Director, Business Operations
Robyn provides oversight to a team whose functions include strategic business analysis, process documentation, client satisfaction, and communication efforts. Along with ensuring quality results and meeting organizational goals in support of the entire 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.
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 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, Interim Assistant Director, Auxiliaries and Infrastructure
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, 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, Interim Assistant Director, Academic & 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.
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. John previously 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.