Meet Your Facilities Area Managers
Francisco has 16 + years of professional experience in hospital/critical environments as a Facilities/Plant Operations Leader at Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospitals, John Muir Health, Acadia HealthCare and Stanford Health Care, where he directed and administered operational performance standards for the system, driving consistency and ensuring healthcare-specific compliance excellence across the enterprises. Francisco also has 10+ years experience in Oil & Gas and Maritime Transportation. Francisco has extensive experience in Facility Management in regulated environments.
Francisco attended the Maritime Academy of Mexico where he studied Marine Transportation and Science Engineering. He is a member of the ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) and the CHD (The Center for Healthcare Design).
Joseph joined LBNL in late 2019. Before joining the lab, Joseph spent over a decade in various leadership roles in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. Joseph has a passion for reliability centered maintenance and utilizing data and strategies to reduce asset downtime and improve equipment efficiencies.
Fun Fact: Joseph enjoys spending his time outdoors with his Boxer dog Axel. This includes camping, barbecuing, catching local sports events, or beer tasting at nearby breweries.
Carlos has over 15 years experience in the repair, installation and construction management of large Security, Access Control and Fire Life & Safety projects. He has worked with LBNL Facilities since 2015. Prior to joing the team of Facilities Area Managers, Carlos has served the lab as a Facilities Fire Alarm Electrician and a Facilities Maintenance Planning Specialist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from his native country, is NICET and CA DIR certified.
Fun Fact: Carlos enjoys spending time with his family.
Cannon is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) with over 17 years of Operations/Facilities Management experience. Prior to joining the lab in May 2021, Cannon worked in the Biotechnology/Medical Device and Healthcare industries. He has extensive experience in construction, facilities/equipment maintenance, compliance and environment, health, and safety.
Fun Fact: Cannon enjoys mountain biking and experiencing the great outdoors. Improvisational cooking is another passion that allows him to get in touch with his creative side and spread the joy to his loved ones.
Sam Phillips provides leadership for the team of Facilities Area Managers (FAMs) and Work Scheduling. Sam came to LBNL in 2013 as a plumber and advanced into positions in work planning and control and Facilities Management. Before coming to LBNL, Sam worked in maintenance and construction at Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, Kaiser hospitals across the Bay Area, and Levi’s Stadium. Sam is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) and has a technical mechanical apprenticeship certification in Plumbing and Pipefitting.
Fun Fact: Grounded in his family and faith, Sam enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children.
Rich has 30+ years experience in maintenance and facilities management and began working at LBNL in early 2019. He began his career as a nuclear mechanic on a fast attack submarine and Quality Assurance Supervisor in the US Navy. He then moved into facilities management in the bio-pharmaceutical world where he spent the next 20 years until he joined the Facilities Operations team at LBNL as a Facilities Area Manager.
Fun Fact: Rich enjoys getting away from it all on the weekends with his wife Jennifer and his little dude Vincent. He also coaches youth sports, including baseball and football, loves to golf, and BBQing on his smoker.
Adam is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) with over 15 years of experience supervising and managing facility operations in a wide range of industries and complex facilities. Before relocating to the Bay Area, he was the Facility Manager with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, and has worked at CBRE, Global Workplace Solutions in New Hampshire, and with the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Adam enjoys developing collaborative working relationships with faculty, researchers and operational staff and has extensive experience in operations and maintenance, budgeting, project management, strategic planning, safety, and improving work processes.
Fun Fact: Adam enjoys hiking, biking, trail running, exploring nature and traveling.
Pete has over 30 years of experience as a union trained commercial refrigeration technician with a specialty in ultra-low temperature refrigeration systems. Pete has over 16 years of combined service with UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and LBNL. Pete joined LBNL in 2017 as a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician. Prior to his service in the UC system, Pete was a field service technician and supervisor for Hussmann Corporation, responsible for the repair and installation of many commercial built-up and pre-fabricated HVAC&R systems, and supervision of over 30 service technicians throughout northern California and Nevada. Pete is a reserve officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and previously served five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy. Pete has a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation, a certificate in Project Management, and is an FAA certified flight instructor.
Eric joined the LBNL Facilities team in March 2020. Prior to that, he worked in the BioPharma/BioTech industry as a Maintenance Lead. At Boehringer Ingelheim in Fremont, CA, Eric was a Lead Mechanic over utility maintenance activities. At Illumina, Eric was a Maintenance lead involved in commissioning and developing maintenance processes for a brand new facility.
Fun Fact: Eric is also a new Father to Eric Anthony Tafoya JR! Eric enjoys traveling to different areas for fishing, usually ends up in Alaska every year with his wife and soon with his son.