The Executive Staff team leads Facilities' divisions and defines the organization's mission, vision, and strategic goals.
To contact a Facilities executive staff member, please browse through the list below.
Prior to joining the University in 2003, Shari served as Assistant Vice President for Waterfront Assets at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she managed and developed a diverse City-wide real estate portfolio, specializing in waterfront properties, ferry operations and shipping and rail terminals. Shari holds a BA in Community Studies from UCSC and an MBA from Columbia University.
La-Verna Fountain currently serves as the Vice President for Construction Business Services and Communications at Columbia University in the City of New York. As the Associate Vice President, Ms. Fountain will help lead our outreach and communications efforts regarding construction business opportunities and activities.
Prior to assuming the role in Facilities, Ms. Fountain served as the Associate Vice President of Public Affairs where she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Columbia's Office of Communications and Public Affairs and as the public affairs liaison on the University's top initiative--the expansion of the University.
In addition to her work at the University, Ms. Fountain is the President and founder of the Defiant Hope Consulting and Training Company. For the past 25 years, she has provided motivational speeches, training and facilitation on topics of conflict resolution, cultural diversity/human awareness, nonviolence as a way of life, working with teenagers, spirituality in the workplace, staff development and organizational development.
La-Verna also served as the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Senior Advisor to Save the Children for its U.S. programs, served as the State Office Director for former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, and as Deputy Communications Director for the late Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey.
Joseph A. Ienuso is Executive Vice President of Facilities at Columbia University, one of the top academic and research institutions in the world. Under Joe's leadership, Columbia University Facilities supports the core educational and research mission of the University by maintaining a safe, beautiful, and functional campus environment. The University Facilities organization is responsible for the safety, preservation, and maintenance of Columbia's real estate portfolio including space planning, overseeing new building design and construction, operating and maintaining buildings and grounds, managing the University apartment housing inventory, and ensuring campus public safety. University Facilities is responsible for an operating budget in excess of $200 million per year, a capital budget in excess of $1 billion, and the management of more than 240 buildings and 13 million gross square feet.
Since his appointment as Executive Vice President of Facilities in August 2005, Joe has presided over several initiatives to improve operations and services at the University and support its growth as a globally respected academic institution. Achievements include the successful integration of the University's academic and residential facilities departments, the planning and construction of new LEED certified buildings such as the Lamont-Doherty Geochemistry Research Building and the Northwest Corner Building, and the University's proposed long-term expansion plan in Manhattanville, the former manufacturing zone in West Harlem. Joe helped guide the University through New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for the rezoning of 6.8 million gross square feet in Manhattanville into an academic mixed-use zone, which was approved by the New York City Council in December 2007.
Joe joined Columbia in 1989 and has since led various change initiatives through senior administrative roles at the University, including Vice President of Facilities Management; Assistant Vice President of Finance and Administrative Planning for Facilities Management; Director of Student Information Systems and University Registrar; Director of Finance and Administration for Student Services; Director of Enrollment Services for Student Services; and Director of Admissions for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining Columbia, Joe was the Director of Student Affairs at St. John's University.
Joe holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from St. John's University, and a Bachelor of Science from St. John's University. Joe is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a nonprofit organization that trains women for skilled jobs in construction and other blue-collar industries. Joe is also a director of the New York Building Congress and Co-Chair of its Education Task Force.
Joseph Mannino is Vice President, Capital Project Management. With over 15 years of experience which includes a diverse background in the areas of project management, design, construction and specialty subcontracting, Joe has been involved in all phases of project management for new building construction, building additions, extensive interior renovations, exterior envelop upgrades and complex mechanical upgrades.
For Columbia University, Joe has managed over $100 million worth of projects which include Lenfest Hall, renovation upgrades to Carmen Hall, Wien Hall, River Hall, Ruggles Hall and McBain Hall, and various office and departmental office renovations.
Joe is a licensed architect in New York and New Jersey, and his previous experience includes designing institutional buildings and acting as an owner's representative for the City University of New York.
Frank is the Vice-President of Operations at Columbia University where he is accountable for providing a full range of facilities services to the University, including comprehensive building maintenance and repair; renovation, faculty and student housing; custodial; physical plant; and energy management. Frank leads a team of over 860 employees, providing services to over 14 million square feet of facilities.
Previously Frank had a 15 year career in Healthcare Facilities, most recently as Director of Engineering at New York Presbyterian Hospital. There he worked on the development and construction of an extensive $4M chiller plant upgrade and a +$30M onsite cogeneration system, the first of its kind to be interconnected to ConEdison's Manhattan power grid. Frank has also served as Director of Critical Infrastructure Solutions for a consulting firm, Power Management Concepts. In this role, Frank served the needs of multiple mission critical clients with engineering and technology solutions.
In 2010, Frank became the President of the New York Energy Consumers Council and has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences on the topic of energy management and efficiency within institutional environments. He has authored technical articles on cogeneration for industry trade publications and he brings this expertise as well as proficiency in critical infrastructure systems to Columbia University.
He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and holds an MBA from Fordham University.
Jim McShane is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He began his career on patrol in the 52nd Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in October 1984 and served as a patrol supervisor in the 41st and 42nd Precincts. After graduating from St. John's University School of Law in 1986, Jim obtained a leave of absence to work as an Associate Attorney at the Law Firm of Rogers & Wells. Upon his return to the department in October 1987, he was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters and then to the Office of the Police Commissioner as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Benjamin Ward.
Promoted to Lieutenant in November 1989, Jim McShane was soon assigned to the staff of First Deputy Commissioner Ray Kelly. He was promoted to Captain in January 1992 while attending the Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master of public administration degree. In the fall of 1992, he returned to the Police Commissioner's Office as Legal Advisor to then Police Commissioner Kelly. In 1994, Deputy Inspector McShane commanded the 47th Precinct in the Bronx. Thereafter, he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the First Deputy Commissioner's Office under Commissioner John Timoney in January 1995.
In August 1996, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, Narcotics Borough Manhattan South, where he served until June 1997, when he was transferred to the Traffic Control Division. Jim served in Traffic for nearly six years, as both the Executive Officer and as Commanding Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief in January 2002. In March 2003, Chief McShane was appointed Executive Officer of the Narcotics Division, his final assignment in a 24-year career with the department.
Prior to joining the N.Y.P.D., Jim McShane taught mathematics in the South Bronx for five years--first at St. Angela Merici Elementary School and then at Morris High School, where he also served as Dean of Students.
Jim McShane holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fordham University, a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University and was awarded a Fulbright Grant as a lecturer at the Police College of Finland in Helsinki, Finland in 2000.
Pitruzzello is the Vice President for Manhattanville Development. He serves as the Columbia University Facilities' point person on all aspects of development, design and construction of the University's 6.8 million sq. foot Manhattanville in West Harlem campus expansion.
Previously, he was Vice President for Real Estate at Time Warner, where he was responsible for corporate real estate, design and project management, and operations. He led Time Warner's team in the planning, design, and construction of the company's one million square foot office, broadcast center and corporate headquarters interiors within Time Warner Center in New York City.
Prior to joining Time Warner, Pitruzzello was a partner in a real estate banking firm and served with the Battery Park City Authority in several senior management capacities including President and Chief Executive Officer, at a time when the 92-acre Battery Park City project became a thriving office, residential, and retail community.
Earlier in his career, Pitruzzello specialized in finance and construction law in the fields of affordable housing, health care, and higher education. He has also served as Assistant Counsel to former New York Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and was general counsel to several public benefit corporations.
Additionally, he is a director of the Bowery Residents Committee and the Apollo Theater Foundation, and a member of the Urban Land Institute and the New York Committee of the Regional Plan Association. He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Boston University.
James Wang has over 25 years of financial management experience and has held senior leadership roles in higher education as well as complex and diverse operating environments. Wang joined Facilities in 2007 after 5 years at Hunter College where he last served as Acting Vice President for Budget and Finance.