Carlos Dougnac is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and is a Florida registered architect and state certified general contractor. He was in private practice for 25 years offering design-build services on a variety of building types before joining the staff at Miami Dade College in 2007, where he directed the implementation of their capital improvement plan and college-wide design as AVP of Design and Construction and College Architect. He joined the staff of the University of Delaware in 2013, where he directed major and special projects before being named Assistant Vice President in charge of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Florida in 2015. Mr. Dougnac is a LEED Accredited Professional and commenced graduate studies at the University of Delaware Lerner School of Business. Carlos and his wife Raquel, also an architect, have a daughter who is a practicing attorney and a son who is a musician and Fine Arts major.
Gene Herring is a graduate of Florida A & M University, and has been employed at the University of Florida for the past 37 years. During this period, Gene has served in various capacities within Planning, Design, and Construction and UF Facilities Services. He is a state of Florida Licensed General Contractor with an educational background in Architectural Engineering. Gene’s primary role at UF is Director of Capital Construction Programs and Finance and has also spearheaded the UF BIM (Building Information Modeling) implementation effort during the past ten (10) years.
Gene and his wife Yvonne have three adult children, two grandchildren and he is also an avid salt and fresh water fisherman launching out on his Carolina Skiff given every opportunity.
Mercedes Bongiovanni has joined Planning Design and Construction (PDC) in March 2016, bringing with her over 30 years of purchasing experience both in the private and public sector. As a contract administrator, her daily duties include review and approval of pay requests and processing of requisitions for correctness. Her knowledge of Florida Statutes, UF regulations and her ability to quickly spot anomalies has made her an immediate asset to PDC.
Mercedes accolades during her 17 years at UF Procurement Services, include being a proud recipient of the Davis Productivity Award in 1999 for her assistance in the implementation of the successful UF P-Card program, the 2011 Sustainable Solution Award in Waste Reduction and the 2015 Supplier Diversity Award.
In her spare time, Mercedes enjoys cooking, relaxing at her farm, taking care of her 2 rescue cats, and bragging about her super children.
As a true A.C.R., Brian returned home to Gainesville after 10 years following college (Presbyterian College) and a career in finance and contracts that led him to UF in 2007 as a Contract Administrator in Planning, Design, & Construction. While at UF, Brian has served on several committees and panels and enjoys representing UF at a variety of functions. After 9 years of service at UF, he entered the private sector briefly into Project Management for a local contractor. However, he returned to UF shortly thereafter to continue as a Contract Administrator and help grow the division at UF.
His passions in life are his love for his family and the beautiful game of soccer. A fierce “Gooner” at heart (a supporter of the professional soccer club Arsenal FC in London, England), Brian enjoys giving back to the sport that has provided so much for him. He is the Director of Player Development and Academies as well as a head coach at Gainesville Soccer Alliance where he enjoys not only coaching his own children, but gets to grow and teach the greatest sport ever to over 1,200 local children.
Edgar Morales is a graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration. He has worked successfully on a variety of administrative projects with local small businesses and non-profits prior to joining the University of Florida in a full-time capacity in 2018.
He joined the Division of Planning, Design and Construction in March of 2019 as a Contract Administrator, managing invoices and procurement activity for our projects.
Edgar loves to spend time with family and friends. His hobbies include baseball, softball and running.
Melissa joined the UF staff in 1991 as an Assistant, for the Accident Prevention officer for EH&S. Since, working for EH&S she has moved to several departments over the years to help further her skills and knowledge of the University. She came to Facilities Services in 2010 and started working for the Architecture / Engineering (A/E) Department and received the Sr. Fiscal Assistant position in 2011. In 2013 the A/E Department merged with Facilities Planning & Construction which became the UF Planning, Design & Construction Division and in 2015 was reclassified to an Administrative Assistant I.
Dan's responsibilities as a contract administrtor include procurement activity and invoice processing for the projects administered by PDC. He started working with the university in August of 1989.
Dan graduated from the University of Florida. Shortly after graduation, he passed the exam from the Board of Accountancy of the State of Florida. Dan has worked approximately six years in public accounting and twenty-five years at University of Florida.
Dan enjoys many outdoor activities and is (of course) a big UF basketball and football fan.
Cherrie was born and raised in Gainesville. She joined Gator Nation in 09/2003. As of 9/2018, she has joined the Planning, Design and Construction family. She is mainly responsible for assisting the AVP and Directors, Payroll and HR duties (hires, evaluations, etc.).
Cherrie enjoys all kinds of crafting. She and her husband enjoy airboating, classic cars (1965 Mercury Caliente and 1972 GMC Jimmy). They also enjoy spending time with their kids, grandbabies and family.
Linda Dixon began her career in transportation planning and came to UF in 2001 to lead campus master planning and intergovernmental coordination. Her role expanded in 2010 to include managing the University’s historic preservation programs in St. Augustine. Two projects Linda led have won awards including the Innovation Square Framework Plan and the St. Augustine Historic Area Strategic Plan. Prior to UF, she worked for the City of Gainesville, Florida, Delaware Department of Transportation, and the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. Linda earned her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and was recognized with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. She is also an alumna of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Gainesville program, Class of 2000. In 2016, she completed the University of Florida’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program. Throughout her career, Linda has been active in her professional organizations holding statewide office in the Florida and Delaware Chapters of the American Planning Association, and serving as a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Bicycling for the National Academy of Sciences. She has held accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1996.
When not at work, Linda enjoys relaxing with her family and being outdoors to garden, swim, and ride horses. She gets her greatest enjoyment from her two grandsons who happen to be the smartest, cutest people in the whole world.
Erik is an environmental planner with prior experience as a planner and GIS analyst in water management and natural resource conservation. His role at UF (since 2004) involves working on and implementing the Campus Master Plan, as well as coordinating the University’s joint committees.
Erik enjoys spending his free time with his family and three doodles.
Billy Triay joined UF in 2011 managing the State historic properties in St. Augustine. Billy was previously with the City of St Augustine for 10 years when the city was the caretaker of the same historic preservation program. Duties include maintaining over forty structures representing the 18th and 19th centuries; leasing of commercial and residential units; event rental and planning; managing museum operations and visitor information services.
He mostly enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife Katy and two boys, Gabriel and Michael.
Tamera Baughman is a graduate of Florida International University with a master’s degree in Construction Management. She managed university construction projects for over a decade before joining the UF Planning, Design and Construction team in 2019.
Tamera enjoys music, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
Gordon Burnham is a true A.C.R and bleeds orange and blue! He was in private practice for 25 years where he directed and managed a variety of special projects in construction. He joined a leading Commercial Construction company in 2014 as a Senior Construction Manager where he managed multiple projects at the University of Florida. In 2017 Gordon joined Arthur Rutenberg Luxury Custom Design Home Builder as a Construction/Project manager and during his time of employment advanced to VP of Construction.
Gordon and his wife, also an employee of UF, have a daughter and a son that graduated from P.K. Yonge High School and are now experiencing their college years. As a family they all love to be on the water fishing, scalloping or just enjoying the view. Sports have always been a big part of the family’s foundation also. Their children participated in softball, baseball, football, and volleyball. Gordon volunteered as a youth baseball coach for 8 years during that time.
Stephen Caron has over 27 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Projects include, but are not limited to: emergency first responder facilities, educational facilities, restaurants, hospital & diagnostic centers, health centers, laboratories, banks, infrastructure renovations, utilities, roadways and parking lots.
Stephen is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing, traveling, sports, playing cards and volunteering time as part of various fraternal organizations and clubs.
Stuart Cullen is a Florida native, born in Miami and moved to Gainesville in the mid-1960’s. Growing up in Gainesville, just 2 miles from UF campus, he spent a great deal of time on UF campus by selling drinks at Gator games to playing racquetball on the Schnell Field courts. As a Santa Fe Community College student, he dually-enrolled to participate in the Gator Band, where he met his wife. After working for a few years, he returned to UF to earn his BS in Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed with local private Civil and Environmental Engineering practices where he obtained the Professional Engineer certification and served for over 15 years as an owner. Throughout this career he has been an integral part of the design and construction of many UF facilities making the appointment as a UF PDC Senior Project Manager a logical transition.
As his role of project manager Robert has managed both major and minor projects of varying types. He has a Bachelor-Architectural Design 93’ and a Master of Building Construction 95’ both from UF. Robert started working for the University of Florida in 2014.
His hobbies include guitar, golf, and collecting comic books. His favorite movie is Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
Melanie has joined us with a combination of over 30 years of construction and finance experience. She has been with University of Florida for over 16 years and has joined the UF Planning, Design and Construction Team in the Winter of 2019. This is following a long-vested career at the University of Florida P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School serving a Superintendent and Facility Operations Manager. Prior to her career at the University of Florida, she and her husband owned and operated a HVAC Company in the North Central Florida area for over 18 years.
Outside UF, Melanie’s world revolves around her family - her husband, children and grandchildren. They all enjoy time together on their airboat, fishing and family dinners.
Mark Humbert has over 10 years of architectural, construction, and real estate development experience prior to joining the Division of Planning, Design, and Construction in August of 2015.
Mark enjoys reading and spending time with this family.
Keith Humphreys is a graduate of University of Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management. He has worked in property development and construction for 20 years. Keith’s experiences range from large new construction multi-storied mixed-use buildings to small high-tech renovations. He served 10 years in the US Navy where he was an Operations Specialist.
Keith and his wife Karen have 3 children. They enjoy traveling, sports, and all beach related activities.
Frank Javaheri is graduate of University of Florida with degrees in aerospace and mechanical Engineering. He was a business owner for several years and has been with UF for over 26 years in Energy/Utilities, Systems Engineering, Operations Engineering and since 1999 at the Planning Design and Construction Division. Frank is currently a sr. project manager and has managed major renovation and new construction projects totaling over 1,000,000 GSF on various UF campuses in Florida primarily on research, academic, clinical and housing type buildings. Mr. Javaheri is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Frank and His wife Brigitte, a Registered Nurse, have two sons, Joshua is the lead artist at Trendy Entertainment in Gainesville and Stephan is a practicing DMD currently with the United States Air Force.
Joey Mandese graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction degree. Joey is a native Floridian and a licensed Certified General Contractor. He has owned an architecture firm and a construction company and has worked in Florida in the private sector for over 27 years. During his tenure, Joey has served as President/Owner, Director of Development, Director of Operations, Director of Preconstruction, Marketing Director, Project Manager and Owner’s Representative.
Throughout the years, Joey has served and continues to serve on local Board of Directors. His passion is in coaching and music. Joey coaches youth boys lacrosse and is the drummer in a classic rock band that plays locally in North Central Florida. Joey and his wife Wendy have two teenage kids, two cats, and two dogs.
Cydney received her Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and is a licensed architect in both Colorado and Florida. She has worked in Denver and Boston before coming to the University of Florida in 2003 as a project manager. She began her career at UF by managing minor projects and after a few years started managing major projects. Many of her projects are focused on student life and the arts. Among her projects are the Steinbrenner Band Building, Harn Museum Asian Art Wing, Fackler Foyers at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Reitz Union expansion and renovation, the Career Connections Center expansion and renovation, and the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence.
In 2019, Cydney was announced as the University Architect where she will represent the University on the national stage as she joins her peers in the Association of University Architects. In this role, Cydney will guide the architectural aesthetic on UF’s main campus. She will see projects through the approval process and work with the Planning, Design & Construction team to ensure compliance with campus design guidelines and other standards.
Francisco is responsible for managing both major and minor projects. He mentors and provides orientation of policies and procedures to new project managers. Francicso started working for the University of Florida in September 2005. He has a Bachelor's in Science of Mechanical Engineering with experience in Commissioning Engineering.
He enjoys spending his free time as a sports trainer and sport photographer. His favorite quote is "It is about time to STOP trying and to START doing it!"
Greg joined the Planning, Design and Construction team in 2014 as a Project Manager. Greg is involved in various projects throughout the University from quick response to minor projects. He has over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. He has worked as a Senior Estimator and Project Manager for several companies throughout the state of Florida. He specializes in working in a fast paced environment and manages multiple projects at any given time.
He enjoys the outdoors, gardening and spending time with his wife Cheryl and daughter Serena.
Michael Rubin is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Construction Management, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters in building construction. Before returning to work at UF in 2017 he spent five years working in Shanghai, China for one of the largest private EPC contractors in China doing project controls work for EPC projects around the globe. While in China, Michael also organized and conducted a cultural exchange program as well as other professional training programs within the office.
Michael is constantly seeking new ways to leverage technology to improve life in and outside of work. As an avid traveler he’s always planning his next trip, and enjoys cooking (and eating), as well as cycling, and photography.
Wendy Simonson is a graduate of the University of Miami with a BA degree in Architecture and the University of Washington with an MSc degree in Construction Management. Wendy’s construction experience includes the management of various types of public projects for Federal and State agencies. She served as a commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service for 7 years, with Overseas Buildings Operations. Her private sector experience includes construction management of multi-phased utility infrastructure and multi-purpose NFL stadia projects [e.g.; Dolphins (Hard Rock in Miami) and Seahawks (CenturyLink Field in Seattle)]. Wendy joined the Gator Nation as a UF PDC Senior Project Manager in 2018.
Dustin graduated with a double major in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 2010 he went back to school to obtain his masters in construction management with a sustainability focus. He has gained a wide range of experience in engineering, construction management, as well as maintenance and operations on projects including corporate office headquarters, hospitals, military detention facilities, high-end residential homes, as well as university buildings. In 2015, he transferred from Facilities Service's Energy Department over to Planning, Design and Construction with the responsibility of assisting all project teams to ensure that projects are designed and constructed in a manner that meets the current University standard of obtaining LEED Gold certification. Dustin obtains credentials as a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Professional, as well as an Energy Manager in Training.
Outside the office he enjoys building upon his experiences through traveling and hosting couchsurfers. He is interested in learning about various cultures and exploring what shapes human behavior. He plays disc golf and enjoys camping throughout all of the Florida seasons.
"If you think we can’t change the world, it just means you are not one of those that will"" – Jacque Fresco
David Wood is a graduate of the University of Florida with the Degree Master of Arts in Architecture. He is a licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida and a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining Planning Design and Construction in 2014 he spent 30 years in the private sector in both the design and construction industry. David’s project experience includes multiple deliveries for the State University System at the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and the University of North Florida.
David has two grown children, William who is a medical software consultant with Accenture and Benjamin who recently received his Masters Degree from the University of Florida and works as an Athletic Trainor for IMG Sports.
Marie is a graduate of Colorado State University and is a licensed interior designer. She was in private practice for eight years before coming to UF in 2006. She is currently a project manager for minor projects and selects furnishings for major projects.
Marie enjoys ceramics and painting and spending time with her three daughters.
Lori received her Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. She has worked in Tampa, Florida / Boulder, Colorado / Portland, Oregon and Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Architecture and Design industry before returning to Gainesville. She joined the Planning, Design and Construction team in 2014 and enjoys managing and providing interior design expertise on Campus and Health Science Center projects.
Outside of work she is an avid sports fan, enjoys spending countless hours at the soccer field and expanding her knowledge and passion for photography.
Frank began his career at the University of Florida in 1988 as a student while attending the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where he received a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics. While working in Facilities Services at the Health Science Center Frank completed the development and installation of the first computerized maintenance management system used at the university. Following graduation he accepted a fulltime position in the Vice President of Health Affairs Information Technology group where he continued to specialize in developing and supporting facility related software.
From 2000-2017 Frank worked as Associate Director in Planning, Design and Construction where he oversaw the Space Management and Analysis team and the divisions’ software development and IT needs.
In October 2017 the Business Affairs Technical Services (BATS) team was created and Frank was named the director. This unit provides support to all Business Affairs divisions. Services provided include website design and development, data-based web application development, and enterprise application support as well as software acquisition consulting. In addition, BATS provides space management and analysis functions for the university and offers an enterprise GIS that can be utilized by the university community.
For more information about BATS and to see a list of staff, please visit bats.facilities.ufl.edu