PPC Staff Updates

Our department is now a new unit, expanding to include two other departments on campus:

Traci Ferdolage Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Planning, Development, & Operations, September 2017

UC Santa Cruz has hired Traci Ferdolage to serve as the associate vice chancellor for Physical Planning, Development, and Operations. She started on September 13, 2017.

Ferdolage comes from Humboldt State University where she served as associate vice president of facilities management.

At Humboldt, Ferdolage was responsible for planning, design, and construction; operations and maintenance; energy and sustainability; parking and commuter services; and real estate functions.

This new campus position was created by restructuring the AVC position within Physical Planning and Construction so that it will now oversee a new unit that combines PP&C, Physical Plant, and Real Estate.

"The major objective of the restructure is to enhance integration of facility planning, acquisition, construction, management, operation, maintenance and renewal in order to better serve the campus," said Sarah Latham, vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services. "I believe Traci possesses the leadership capabilities to successfully advance this goal."

Watch for updates as the transition takes place.

Parker Welch  GIS Programmer / Analyst, September 2017

Parker graduated from UCSC in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Under the tutelage of another campus unit (The Center for Integrated Spatial Research), he has provided GIS services here on campus and for various organizations across the country. His professional experience on campus includes work for UCOP, TAPS (check out the new campus poster and bus stop maps!), EH&S, and a stable of graduate students, while his off-campus portfolio includes projects for the Tennessee Valley Authority, Santa Clara County Fire Dept., and local renewable energy developers, among others.

We are looking forward to utilizing his diverse GIS skillset, which includes spatial data creation and management, programming, reporting and visualization, consulting, and cartography. Parker very happily reports, he is recently married to his beautiful and amazing wife, Thaiana.

Leslie Berman  Disbursement Specialist, June 2017

Leslie has joined our team from Structure Tone, Inc., an Interiors Construction Management company located in NYC. During her 12 year tenure there, she rose from Executive Assistant for the CFO to Facilities Department Manager. She was also responsible for creating and developing the Corporate Concierge Department which she folded into Facilities to not only oversee Internal Finances, Fleet Management, Mail Services, Catering, File Retention, Facilities Maintenance and all on-site Project Management for Structure Tone properties Nationwide, but also addressed the needs of the employees or “Internal Clients” including office equipment and supplies, space reconfiguration and sometimes even just a shoulder to cry on.

Prior to her career at Structure Tone, Leslie worked with a Santa Cruz based, Residential Construction company for several years. There she was responsible for project accounting, payroll and assisting with Project Management.

Michelle Cole Projects Accountant, March 2017

Michelle joins us from Lighthouse Bank where she served as Vice-President and Loan Operations Manager for 9 years and was responsible for developing and creating the Loan Operations Department.  She was one of the key management personnel that started Lighthouse Bank, which specializes in construction and commercial real estate lending.  Her responsibilities included managing loan servicing, loan documentation, lending compliance and audit, software administration, financial accounting, analysis and reporting.

Before beginning her career at Lighthouse Bank, Michelle spent 7 years working at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Physical and Biological Sciences business office as a Budget Analyst.  Prior to that she spent 12 years working at Coast Commercial Bank where she held a number of key positions.

Student Staff

Mayank Srivastava - Project Assistant, March 2016

Justin Cheng - Project Assistant, February 2015

Kyle Smith - Project Assistant, September 2015

Brianna Jesse - Project Assistant, March 2016