Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Past Chair

Nancy J. Sanquist

Nancy J. Sanquist, IFMA Fellow
Past Chair, IFMA Foundation

Nancy J. Sanquist, an IFMA Fellow, is a professional involved with the built environment for the last few decades. She currently serves as the Chair of the IFMA Foundation with which she has worked with the last five years. She is a co-founder of the Global Workforce Initiative (GWI) and the Workplace Evolutionaries, and is the author of numerous books and articles on FM, technology, architecture, urban planning and maintenance including the award-winning book series titled “Work on the Move.“

Nancy has worked for the leading global FM and real estate technology companies, as well as teaching at University of San Diego, UCLA, Lafayette and Muhlenberg Colleges. Over the years she has worked with governments and corporations in the US, Canada, UK, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong (SAR of China), and Australia. She holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, historic preservation and art history from Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College and UCLA. She has also served on the Boards of the Schindler House and the Del Mar Village Association.

Foundation Chair

Joseph Archie
Director of Campus Operations, Loyola Law School | Los Angeles

Joe Archie has more than 35 years of experience in facility management and corporate real estate. As the Director of Campus Operations his responsibilities include; space planning and design, construction, facility maintenance, and campus security. His team includes a facility maintenance team, graphics specialists, and security professionals. He oversees contracted suppliers from engineering, architecture and many other trades.

Before joining the Loyola team, Joe worked for AT&T managing a Facilities Maintenance team covering the Los Angeles County division. He was responsibilities for a portfolio of 90 buildings covering 7 million sq. ft. of administrative, call center, network switching, and data centers. Prior to this assignment he was the Associate Director for Technical Planning & Operations supporting the Consumer Call Centers across the State of California.

A dedicated IFMA member, Chapter Leader (Los Angeles 2011- 2014) and IFMA Foundation Board of Trustee (2015 – present). Joe continues to dedicate his time and fund raising energy and leadership skills to the Global Workforce Initiative mission of the IFMA Foundation.

Second Vice Chair

Tony Piuci
Senior Vice President,  ABM

Tony Piucci brings over 30 years of Facility Management experience to ABM Industries, a leader in Facility Management Services for over 100 years.  Tony has held numerous roles at ABM from Operations, National and International Sales, and Strategic Account Management for ABM’s most prestigious accounts.   Tony handles ABM’s Commercial Real Estate, Financial and Retail clients.

He a member of IFMA Chicago, BOMA and Corenet and has spoken at numerous industry functions such as MIPIM, IFMA and BOMA’s annual conventions.

As a member of The IFMA Foundation’s Board of Trustees, he has served as Second and First Vice Chair and sits on the Executive Committee.

Tony graduated from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and lives in Naperville, IL with his wife and three children.

Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Chair

Irene Thomas Johnson, CFM
Senior Vice President, JLL

Currently, Irene is the Executive Director, Solutions Development for JLL and is responsible for the development and presentation of winning solutions for clients, including plant operations, project management, capital planning, real estate administration, and brokerage. These solutions include development of the organization staffing model, identifying detailed savings and improvement plans, technology solution, service delivery processes, tools and the financial analysis, and transition that demonstrates the value proposition to our clients.

Irene’s career spans over 25+ years of management and during this time she has had consistent leadership advancement and has earned a reputation as an industry expert in corporate real estate and integrated facilities management.  Irene has a strong and well-rounded background combining nearly 25 years of management, construction, retail, business, and education.  She believes in excellence and has always dedicated her talents and creative abilities to ensure the successful accomplishments of company goals.


Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, SFP, LEED AP, CxA
Vice President ​/ COO,  Facility Engineering Associates.

Laurie Gilmer is the newly elected 2nd Vice Chair of IFMA as of July 2019.  Her primary areas of expertise include facility systems assessments, energy management, sustainability and facility management organizational analyses. Her leadership at FEA has allowed her to positively influence their clients’ growth and knowledge of improved asset management.

Gilmer is a published author and she co-authored IFMA’s second manual in the Sustainability How-to Guide Series, “EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.” She has been instrumental in raising awareness for the ENERGY STAR program through the IFMA Energy Challenge, most recently contributing energy analysis to IFMA’s 2017 O&M Benchmarking Report.

Currently serving on the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Operator Certification program advisory committee, Gilmer was the committee’s first chair. She is also a member of the National Visiting Committee of Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST).

Gilmer is an IFMA qualified instructor for IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®), Facility Management Professional™ (FMP®) and Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®) programs. She is  past chair of IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Credential scheme committee.

Deborah Rowland
Director Public Sector Services Affairs for Sodexo

Deborah co-ordinates the public sector activities for Sodexo and manage government relationships in the UK.

Strategic and operationally experienced property and facilities management Director with over 30+ years practice in private and public sectors. An industry thought leader demonstrating best practice in service delivery and asset management, leading business transformation and developing new policy for FM and construction.  Raising the bar in professionalism and leading by example to make FM a career of choice.


Deborah was previously Director Facilities Management for the Ministry of Justice and prior to that was Head of FM Policy and Strategy in the Cabinet Office. She developed an FM Strategy with central government departments across a spend of £3.2bn for the central government estate to drive out efficiencies. During her time in government she completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy programme at Oxford Said Business School.

Deborah led the Government Soft Landings (GSL) policy which was an objective of the Government Construction Strategy to align construction and design with those that use, operate and maintain them. This forms part of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 which has been    mandated for central government and was a member of the United Kingdom BIM Task Group.

Regina Ford Cahill
Chairperson, Construction and Facilities Management
Pratt Institute

Regina Ford Cahill, MS, is the Facilities Management program chair. Regina holds a Master’s Degree in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from S.U.N.Y. at Downstate Medical Center. She has twenty-five years of professional experience as a manager of recreational, educational, and economic development programs, as well as facilities management.

She has been in higher education since 2008. First, at Technical Career Institutes in New York City where she oversaw an associate degree program in Facilities Management with five other majors. While she was at TCI, the program received Provisional Accreditation from the IFMA Foundation. Additionally, Regina worked on the Accreditation Team for the college’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

As of 2014, Ms. Ford Cahill has been at Pratt as Chair of the program in Construction Management and the graduate program in Facilities Management. Ms. Ford Cahill has a long history working in her Brooklyn community; serving on Park Slope Civic Council, Community Board 8 and as President of the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District. As a 45-year resident of Prospect Heights, she has seen the world from her window.

Case Runolfson
Senior Director, Facility Management Department
American Institutes for Research

Case  has worked in widely diverse work environments in the U.S. and internationally in the field of facilities management (FM) for over 25 years with the goal of advancing the two most impactful assets of an organization: the workforce and the workplace. His focus has been on the application of metrics and process in an environment that encourages professional development while emphasizing the role of Facilities Management in strategic planning.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a Marine Officer. He transitioned to a career in Facilities Management with his first job as the Administrative Officer for the Northeastern U.S. Region for the U.S. Trustees Program, DOJ. Since then he has worked for the State Department and major firms in the industries of: the practice of law, telecommunications and, health and education research.

In 2005, Case joined AIR (one of the largest nonprofit organizations in health and education research) and in that time he has focused on creating a process-centric work environment, emphasizing the value of metrics, professional development and implementing succession training for staff. In his department of 36 staff, he oversees the leases and operations and maintenance for AIR’s real estate portfolio of US and international offices as well as budget development and management, space planning, construction, office support and production services to over 2100 employees.

As a member of IFMA,. Case was the 2014-2015 President for the Capital Chapter of IFMA, in Washington, DC.. As chair of the Scholarship Committee, Case promotes the participation of IFMA Councils, Chapters and industry partners.FM professionals. He is a member of Facilities Management Accreditation Commission, receiving his ABET Program Evaluator certification this year.

Bob Dills
Vice President
Western Allied Mechanical, Inc.

Bob Dills owns Western Allied Mechanical with a group of partners, where he serves as Vice President and Treasurer. Western Allied is located in Menlo Park, CA and is a leading provider of commercial and industrial air conditioning systems and services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beyond his service as an IFMA Foundation Trustees, Bob is a highly engaged member of the Silicon Valley Chapter and is a past chapter president. He also co-founded the GROW Organization, a 501©3 public charity encouraging young adults to explore careers in the built environment professions, providing them with internships, scholarships and mentoring.

On the personal front, Bob has enjoyed 38 wonderful years of marriage to Melissa, and they have three daughters and three young grandsons. He has an enduring love of the outdoors; fly fishing and motorcycling are his favorite recreations.

Andrea Sanchez
Executive Director
SparkStory, LLC

Andrea Sanchez is the executive director of SparkStory ( She empowers both entrepreneurs and businesses with tools and strategies as they go through organizational change, giving them the courage to tell their unique stories. With more than 20 years of executive communications, marketing, change management, editing and writing experience, coupled with a profound passion in leadership, she believes that success comes from authentic self-packaging.

Andrea blogs regularly on Medium as editor-in-chief of WORTHY, and hosts the weekly Twitter chat #DareToBe every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET as @asanchez16 to give others the courage to be themselves. Prior to founding SparkStory, Andrea worked at IFMA overseeing the association’s communications, marketing, FMJ magazine, knowledge strategy, research, social media and change management.

As a volunteer, Andrea is presently on the board of the IFMA Foundation and is chair of the Houston’s Writers Guild board. She is a huge animal lover and also assists at her local animal shelter. Andrea is married with three children and three dogs.

Samson Lee
VP, Facilities Operations

Samson’s background is Building Services Engineering with 30+ years of working experience including Design, Consultancy, Operations & Maintenance, Project Management, Contract Management and Facility Management.

He is with AllianceBernstein Hong Kong Ltd. and Vice President of Asia Pacific on Strategic Planning and directing the development and coordination of facilities operations throughout the region. He pioneered the corporation’s global transformation goal on office workplace and completed the pilot project for their Hong Kong Office in 2017, which led to winning of the IFMA Asia-Pacific Best Facility Management Strategy Award. Samson was also honoured with the IFMA Asia-Pacific Facility Manager of the Year 2018.

Samson was Past President of the IFMA Hong Kong Chapter and led the chapter to glory by winning IFMA’s Award of Excellence 2016 on “Large Chapter of the Year” and “Large Chapter Web Communications”. He is currently Trustee of IFMA Foundation and Founder Member/Director of the IFMA Foundation Hong Kong Ltd.

Alexi Marmot
Professor of Facility and Environment Management
University College London

Alexi is an architect and planner whose career spans professional practice, writing and academia. Born and raised in Australia, she received her postgraduate education at University of California Berkeley, before making the UK her home.

At UCL, University College London, she is Professor of Facility & Environment Management and Director of the Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments, based in the internationally highest-ranked school of Architecture & Built Environment (QS 2019 global rankings). She is also Professor of Architectural Science in the University of Sydney.

Alexi is founding director of London-based practice, AMA Alexi Marmot Associates, experts in evidence-based consultative design for workplaces, educational estates and cultural buildings. Many large national and international organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors have benefited from AMA’s strategic advice and designs for sustainable and effective environments that benefit people, organisations, society. She is author of Office Space Planning: Designing for tomorrow’s workplace (McGraw-HIll) and Understanding Offices (Penguin) with Joanna Eley.

She is a Governor of WMC, the oldest extant European college of adult education.

Alexi is a passionate advocate of the importance of FM in sustaining our cities, our schools, workplaces and homes – thereby helping to create a good society.

Pat Turnbull, MA, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow
President | COO
Workplace IQX

Pat founded Workplace-IQX in recognition of her passion around strategic, organizational and workplace design as important drivers in shaping corporate culture, amplifying human performance and accelerating enterprise success.   WP-IQX helps businesses link vision, strategy, brand and space (physical & virtual) in order to deliver exception user experiences (UX) and enhance business results.

Pat uses a collaborative approach, business analytics, workplace strategy, technology and creative communication / change management techniques to unite leadership and staff around goals and to assure acceptance of the vision and change process.  She excels in developing multi-level communication plans to support change management, marketing and brand development, internal / external messaging and stakeholder engagement.

Pat has focused her career on contributing to a more productive and sustainable Built Environment as well as to advancing the Facility Management/Real Estate profession.  She earned a Master’s Degree in business administration and organizational change (BAOC) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) as designated by the US Green Building Council and was honored as a ‘Fellow’ of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA Fellow).

Carlos Santamaria, RPA, MBA, LEED AP
FM Statewide Liaison – CCCCO
Principal, CEES-Advisors

Carlos Santamaria brings engineering principals, theoretical design, and field evaluation to workforce development efforts. He has extensive experience in implementing operational best practices, energy efficient and major system upgrades that includes energy management systems, electrical systems, HVAC systems and building envelop systems.

He has conducted over 200 building evaluations, commissioning and assessments in buildings across the US and in China. Currently focusing on Tall Building Energy Efficiency Opportunities. Carlos conducts ASHRAE LII Energy Assessments in over 150 Tall Buildings across the US. Carlos provided the Energy Assessment for the 2nd Tallest Building in the World, The Shanghai Tower.

Working as SME and Deputy Sector Navigator – Regional Director representing 28 colleges in the Bay Area Region as it relates to Facilities Management, Facilities Maintenance and Energy Efficiency Workforce Development Programs.  Carlos joins the 2019/2020 IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees bringing globale experience and new energy to the work.

Angela R. Johnson, PE, PMP
VP of FM Service Development

Angela R. Johnson, PE, PMP leads the development of new facility management (FM) services for Sodexo as VP of FM Service Development. She is a licensed Professional Industrial Engineer and certified Project Manager with 16+ years in industrial engineering and facilities engineering across multiple industries. Additionally, she holds certifications as a Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) and Facility Management Professional (FMP). Her expertise is in implementing and managing facilities’ engineering programs that embrace environments of change, driving innovation through imagination, and exploring ways to challenge the organization to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage.

Angela previously held two positions within the Healthcare and Universities segment within Sodexo as Director of Quality Assurance and National Engineering Area Support Manager, respectively. As well as previously holding multiple positions with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) managing over $3 billion in a variety of facility service contracts for Navy and Marine Corps bases.

Angela has been awarded several Special Act Awards from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Modern-Day Technology Leader award from Black Engineer of the Year Award, and a Women Worth Watching Award from Diversity Journal. She is a NCEES volunteer to set cut scores for industrial engineer licensing exams, a member of the Project Management Institute, and a member of IFMA. She also serves as a co-chair for SoTogether FM, an employee business relationship group at Sodexo.

Christy Jellets
the Manager of Facilities
Project Chimps

Christy Jellets is the Manager of Facilities for Project Chimps.  In this role, she manages a 236- acre sanctuary for the chimpanzees which have been retired from medical research.  Christy has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, more than half of which has been in the area of facility management.  Her past employers include the YWCA, Frazer Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden and Girl Scouts.   From renovation to new construction, Christy’s career has included successful building projects and major exhibits throughout metro-Atlanta and setting non-profits up for long-term facility success.

She is revered as a pioneer in nonprofit facility management arena.  As part of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Christy helped initiate the first Nonprofit Facility Summit in 2009 to educate nonprofit employees and volunteers on the competencies of facility management.  This event continues today serving 300 nonprofits each year.    Christy continues to give to the FM community by serving as a past-president of the IFMA Atlanta chapter, and by volunteering within her community.  In 2011, she was honored with the first Outstanding Achievement award by the Atlanta Community Toolbank for 20 years of service as a volunteer, facility educator and mentor with the organization.  She first joined the IFMA Foundation Board of Trustees in 2011 lending her skills to several successful events and gaining volunteer support for the IFMA Foundation.

She resides in the mountain community of Cherry Log, GA with her husband Jeff and two yorkies.  If you ask her about her granddaughter, expect to see photos.  She is quite proud of this new role!

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