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In honor of Women’s History Month, PCAPPA celebrates inspiring women in Facilities

Name and Institution: Kim Case-Nichols, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Women Leaders who inspire me: Joann Strobbe, Megyn Kelly, Lander Medlin

Key leadership words to describe these leaders: Passion, Decisive, Humility

Name and Institution: Jennifer Sorenson, CSU San Bernardino

Women Leaders who inspire me: Polly Pinney, Lander Medlin, Elvyra San Juan, Shari McMahan

Key Leadership words to describe these leaders: Fierce, Strategic, Passionate, Courageous

Name and Institution: Deborah Guillen-Aguilar, University of Southern California

Women Leaders who inspire me: Dr. Wanda Austin (Interim President, USC), and Ana Zavaleta (Director of Human Resources, USC Finance)

Key Leadership words to describe these leaders: Excellence, Trust, Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Employee Empowerment, Courageous

Name and Institution: Laverne M. Livernoche, Portland State University

Women Leaders who inspire me: Laurel Brown

Key leadership words to describe these leaders: Compassionate, Integrity, Dedicated, Loyal, Resilient, Down to Earth, Fair, Trustworthy, Decent, Knowledgeable

Name and Institution: Liam Robinson, Director of Facilities Operations Stanford School of Medicine

Women Leaders who inspire me: Winne Kwofie

Key leadership words to describe these leaders: Passion, Energetic, Results, Integrity

Welcome New Board Member Steve Yeadon, Co-Treasurer

Steve is the Assistant Director of Facilities Operations at Reed College in Portland Oregon.

Steve began his Facilities career in 2000 after working with Hewlett-Packard for 15 years. Steve joined the facilities department in a K-12 School District in Oregon. Using his expertise in mechanical and electrical systems and Direct Digital Controls, Steve was the District’s owner’s representative for new construction projects. Steve’s portfolio of certifications includes licensed electrician in the State of Oregon, Certified HVAC Specialist, Certified Machinist and Fabricator and an APPA CEFP in 2016.


Spotlight on the next generation

by Natalie Gunn, a student at Washington State University

If you asked me a year ago what the
Facilities Services department at my school did, I would tell you I didn’t know that our school had a facilities department, and I definitely didn’t know what they did. It’s crazy how all of that has changed in a year. Since learning about my university’s Facilities Services, not only have I been able to have an internship within the department, but have had many amazing opportunities outside of the school; opportunities like the PCAPPA Conference.


Congratulations to the 2018-2019 PCAPPA Board

Left to right: Nicole Sanderson, Kristin Witters, Moe Salem, Tony Ichsan, Winnie Kwofie, Bob Andrews, Steve Yeadons, Alvaro DeSousa, Tom Polansky, Eric Johnson, Kim Case-Nichols

To learn more about the board members, visit the Board Member page.

Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews

Jr. Rep. & Secretary

September 2017

Message from the President

You are welcome to the Pacific Coast Region of APPA (PCAPPA). PCAPPA is one of the six APPA regions and PCAPPA supports Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, State of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Guam. Our main goal is to provide you with essential Facilities Leadership Development programs that will enable you to align your facilities organization to support the academic success of your institution. PCAPPA together with its Chapters and APPA provide training and developmental opportunities that target all levels of your organizational from entry level staff to supervisors, managers, and yes, senior managers and leaders.

PCAPPA partners with industry experts and seasoned professionals to ensure you have timely information and critical knowledge to support the expanding and evolving roles of your facilities personnel and the changing facilities environment. I look forward to working with you and your staff to develop great professionals and leaders well equipped to enhance and to transform your institution and the facilities profession. We are all in this together.

Robert Andrews
PCAPPA President 2017-2018

August 2017

Congratulations to the new PCAPPA President and Board of Directors

PCAPPA is proud to announce the appointment of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. This group of talented professionals will lend their expertise, energy, and vision to the ongoing mission of PCAPPA. Visit the Board Members page to meet your new board.

In the pictures at right, outgoing president John Ferris passes the gavel to incoming president Robert Andrews. Click here for more images from the 2017 Joint Conference.

July 2017

APPA/PCAPPA/BAYAPPA Joint Conference 2017

The 2017 Joint Conference, held in San Francisco, was a huge success! Our members were able to network with educational peers, share and learn new best practices, and discover new approaches to ongoing challenges. Read more >

Portland Community College (PCC) is honored to receive the APPA 2016 Sustainability Award.

Photo courteous of APPA

This Sustainability Award in Facilities Management is designed to recognize and advance sustainability excellence in educational facilities. This annual award recognizes a facilities management department that has integrated sustainable policies and practices throughout all facets of the organization and embedded them within the educational institution.

​Among the college’s many sustainability efforts, some of those highlighted with the award include:
• A strong commitment to sustainability and climate action as outlined in the school Mission, Climate Action Plan and Strategic Plan;
• Innovative waste management practices including on-site composting and mini trash cans;
• Commitment to LEED certification for all new construction;
• Best practices in energy management and efficiency upgrades resulting in over 60% energy savings;
• Efforts to educate and engage the college community through outreach including an annual Eco Challenge and events;
• Curriculum and hands-on educational opportunities like learning gardens, as well as a Sustainability Focus Award;
• Student leadership in sustainability efforts including The Green Initiative Fund; and
• Measuring and reducing scope III emissions through sustainable purchasing, alternative transportation and green cleaning.

APPA announced this prestigious honor at the annual July conference this year in Nashville as well as in the Sept/Oct 2016 Facilities Manager magazine.

If you are interested and have further questions on submitting for this award, pls. contact:
Briar Schoon, PCC Sustainability Manager ( or 971.722.8322

Winter 2015

PCAPPA is proud to announce the formation of the San Francisco Bay Area (BAYAPPA) Chapter!! Check out their website for more information!

Washington Chapter announces organizational name change – NorthWest APPA (NWAPPA). Check out their website for more information!

Summer 2015

PCAPPA is pleased to announce the International Award Recipients for 2015:
Sustainability Award – San Diego Community College District
Effective & Innovative Practices – University of California San Francisco
Meritorious Service Award – Tony Guerrero
Pacesetter Award – David Woodson
Unsung Heroes Award – Patty Anderson