Our Management Team
Director, Project Management and Construction Services
As director of Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS) for The University of Texas at Austin, Mike directs the design and construction activities primarily for projects up to $4 million total project cost. He oversees the project management activities of 140 staff for 12 million square feet (SF) at the UT main campus and satellite facilities. Responsibilities also include contracts management and standards management for all university design and construction projects.
From 1994 to 2008, Mike served as Medical Center Facilities Planning and Capital Development director, Capital Outlay assistant director, and senior project manager at the University of Virginia. He directed the design and construction management efforts of more than ten project managers and staff managing a portfolio of more than 100 active projects. Responsibilities included strategic planning, facilities planning, space management, and unit and staff relocations for the 5,500 staff medical center.
Mike served as the chief facilities officer at Washington and Lee University between 2008 and 2010. He oversaw the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operations activities campus-wide and directed daily activities of 110 staff members with overall responsibility for 2 million SF in 70 buildings on 350 acres. In addition, he led the reorganization of Facilities Management through elimination of silos, reassigning staff, extending promotions and new hires. He also led the reorganization of the University Capital Program, including developing a common request process in coordination with university senior leadership and the Board of Trustees.
Immediately prior to joining UT Austin, he was the owner of Connections Planning Group in Crozet, Virginia, directing planning, design, and construction efforts for multiple institutional and private clients. Mike received his Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University.
Associate Director, Project Management Division
Mike DeBow provides leadership to the teams that develop, plan and execute client-requested renovation projects across The University of Texas at Austin campus and at outlying campus facilities within the State of Texas.
He oversees the renovation project management teams. His leadership responsibilities include four sections: Laboratory and Technical Projects, Classroom, Office and Auxiliary Projects, Facilities Engineering, and Pickle Research Campus (PRC) Projects. The Project Management Division completes over 200 projects valued at more than $40,000,000 annually. Mike also manages the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) program and The University of Texas at Austin interface with The University of Texas System for institution-managed projects above $4 million. He also manages the annual budget allocation for ADA program for accessibility investments in the campus.
Mike joined Project Management and Construction Services in April 2006. Before then, he was a project director for a large military housing development firm. As an engineer officer in the Army, he has significant experience in facilities management, construction management and project management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Associate Director, Construction Services Division
C.J. Wiles leads Construction Services, which is the in-house renovation and minor construction program for the campus. The program includes the handling of all client requests (SR10s) for facility renovation services, and management and planning of shop projects by the Project Planning and Production Control Section. Construction Services eight specialty trade shops execute projects; these trade shops include Abatement, Cabinet, Carpenter, Electric, General Construction, Paint, Sheet Metal/Insulation, and Steam and Plumbing. Additionally, the division coordinates special event support, working with colleges and departments to ensure the Facilities Services and PMCS shops meet their needs, from the smallest setup for tables and chairs to Commencement.
C.J. joined the former Physical Plant as assistant director of Planning and Construction in February 1999. He became associate director of Construction Services with the reorganization of Physical Plant and the creation of the Project Management and Construction Services department in January 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in facilities management.
Associate Director, Planning Division
Ana Thiemer leads the division that manages the R&R (Replacement and Renewal) program for The University of Texas at Austin, as well as project planning, cost estimating, and technical document review in collaboration with all university project stakeholders at the campus.
Since she began managing the R&R program in 2009, she has successfully implemented a prioritization process. Ana has been able to use data to secure additional dollars: $4 million above the allocated $14 million in fiscal years 2009-10 through 2013-14, with an additional $6 million secured for the next four fiscal years starting in 2014-15. The current R&R budget holds at $22 million. She has also managed the university's Energy and Water Conservation program, which has reduced energy consumption by eight percent over two years. Ana serves on the APPA and CAPPA Information and Research committees, and she teaches in both the APPA Institute and the APPA Academy.
Ana joined Project Management and Construction Services in January 2015, after serving as manager of Energy and Asset Management for Facilities Services since January 2009. She received her master’s degress from The University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
Manager, Procurement and Compliance
Mindy leads the Procurement and Compliance team of Project Management and Construction Services. This team oversees the solicitation process and contractual compliance for professional service providers, bid projects and job order contracting.
Prior to her promotion to manager of Procurement and Compliance, Mindy served as the assistant manager of the Contracts Section for four years. Mindy has more than 20 years of experience in compliance and contract management of federal, state, and local regulatory programs for the development and operations of both housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Mindy majored in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Manager of Plant Construction, Construction Services Trades Shops
Neil Crump manages the Construction Services trade shops in renovation/repair projects, event support, and maintenance support for Main Campus. Prior to joining PMCS in 2007 he held the positions of VP of facilities services with Velocity Credit Union and work center manager at Applied Materials. Neil received his bachelor of business administration degree in the engineering route to business from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1984 to 1993, he held positions at the Pickle Research Campus, including lab research assistant at the Applied Research Laboratories and electrician in the Physical Plant. He is a licensed master electrician through TDLR and a certified facility manager through IMFA.
Manager, Project Control and Customer Relations
Robyn Green manages Project Control and Customer Relations. To ensure that Project Management and Construction Services delivers quality products and meets organizational goals, she coordinates the client satisfaction program and manages the strategic planning and metrics programs. She supervises a design group of interior and graphic designers, as well as the historically underutilized businesses coordinator and a data analyst.
Manager, Project Planning and Production Control, Construction Services Division
Shannon Hanney manages the Project Planning and Production Control section within Construction Services. The section consists of six construction planners who manage in-house renovation and minor construction projects executed by Construction Service’s eight specialty trade shops. The Production Control team receives and processes all client requests for facility renovation services and provides support to the construction planners and Construction Services trade shops.
Shannon joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2003 as a construction coordinator, supporting numerous projects across campus. In 2007, he became a project manager in the Special Projects and Alternative Contracts section within PMCS, where he specialized in managing projects executed using the job order contract (JOC) delivery method. Shannon was selected for his current position in September 2010.
Before joining the university, Shannon coordinated projects at general contracting firms specializing in commercial and institutional construction, including projects on the university campus. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography, Urban and Regional Analysis from The University of Texas at Austin. He completed the Project Management and Construction Services Certificate Program through the UT Professional Development Center in 2005, and received the LEED™ Green Associate credential from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2010.
Manager, Facilities Engineering
Aziz Hussaini leads the Facilities Engineering team, which manages engineering design and construction projects for university clients. Team members strive to be good stewards of the university and deliver high-quality renovation projects that exceed client expectations.
Aziz joined The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 as a project manager. Prior to joining the university, he worked in private practice as an engineer and manager.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a master's in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Aziz is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Senior Project Manager, J. J. Pickle Research Campus-Project Section
Lester Felder is the senior project manager for the J.J. Pickle Research Campus project section of PMCS. He has more than 15 years of experience working for The University of Texas at Austin, managing multiple design/renovation projects, leading lab, technical and special campus projects.. For over four years, Lester has trained project managers on the Job Order Contracting (JOC) process and supervised project managers in the Special Projects and Alternative/Contracting section of PMCS. He has managed JOC renovation projects from $5,000 up to $2.6 million, as well as the $6.6 million design build contract for new construction of the UT Elementary School. Lester has served as the PMCS liaison to the Cockrell School of Engineering for the past 11 years.
The university's representative Owner Member of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) at the national level for over ten years, he currently serves on the membership committee. Lester is a Registered Architect in Texas since 2004 and a LEED Green Associate since 2009. He received his degree in Environmental Design/Architecture from Texas A&M University.
Senior Project Manager, Laboratory & Technical Section for the Project Management Division
Paul Shelander leads the Laboratory and Technical Projects team. He provides project management services for the design and construction of the College of Natural Sciences research, teaching laboratories and offices. As liaison to the College, Paul assists in the overall coordination of their renovation program projects. Paul is also involved with managing special renovations for various colleges, schools and units on campus.
Paul joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1998, after working as a practicing architect with the Boston architectural firm of Hill, Miller, Friedlaender, and Hollander (HMFH). His previous experience includes managing educational facility design teams, as well as designing complex institutional projects for the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Paul is a registered architect in both Texas and Massachusetts, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has a master’s degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in biological sciences as well as a certificate in cytotechnology (the study of human cells to detect signs of cancer or other abnormalities) from The University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences in San Antonio. This unique educational background provides additional support to Paul’s management of design and construction of his team’s projects.
Manager, Project Management Division for the Construction Coordination Section
Bettie Simpson-Weeks manages the Construction Coordination staff for all renovation projects managed by Project Management and Construction Services. Their duties include reviewing project plans for constructability, scheduling and coordinating utility outage, keeping building occupants and project managers informed throughout all phases of construction and working closely with the contractor to assure the project is completed on time and to specifications, among other tasks.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, Bettie held the positions of director of inspections for the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, and manager of inspections for the City of Austin. She also owned and operated her own construction/inspection firm, was regional manager for a well-known insurance company, and was involved with Occupational Safety and Nursing Management for a number of years.
Bettie has a degree in nursing and was licensed to practice in Florida and California. She has been active in organizations including The Women in Construction Network and The Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas.
Senior Project Manager, Project Management Division for the Classroom, Office & Auxiliary Section
Jill Stewart leads the Classrooms, Offices and Auxiliary project management section, which manages design and construction projects for clients across all colleges and business units, as well as campus-wide initiatives. Jill and her group also work with the director to develop strategies for implementing major classroom renovations and other special projects. Her team is comprised of professionals with varied backgrounds, all focused on providing excellent service to our campus clients.
Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, Jill worked as a senior project manager and architect in private practice, with much of her work focused on educational facilities for a wide variety of clients across Texas. Much of her work was on projects within the university, as well as other campuses in the state. In addition, she has been involved in learning environment projects for private and non-profit organizations such as Chrysler, General Motors, YMCA, and Focus: HOPE. Several of her efforts have won accolades, including the Presidential Design Award, and many have been recognized as LEED accredited.
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. She has been a licensed architect for 20 years and is a registered interior designer and LEED accredited professional.