Darren Hale, P.E., CEM
Darren has served more than a year as the associate director of the Facilities Operations and Maintenance division of Facilities Services and has 18 years of experience in facilities operations and energy management. Before joining UT Austin, he was a commander with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps from November 1999 to May 2017. During that time he served in several capacities, most recently as assistant regional engineer where he oversaw the budget supporting eight installations across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. Previously, he provided leadership for naval facilities operations, military construction, public works, capital investment and humanitarian assistance projects at various U.S. bases throughout the world. He also deployed to Afghanistan, where he oversaw the construction program to rebuild infrastructure for the Afghan armed forces. Darren is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager. He obtained his Master of Science degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Associate Director, Custodial Services
Sally has worked for The University of Texas at Austin for more than 38 years. She joined the university as a custodian (Building Attendant II), moved up the ranks, and in 2008 she was promoted to Associate Director of Facilities Services responsible for the Custodial Services division. Under her direction, Custodial Services has become nationally recognized for its training program, “green” cleaning, and overall cleaning excellence. In 2016, she received the Pinnacle Award, the lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the cleaning industry and the (OS1) users.
Debra Di Meo
Assistant Director, Facilities Services Support
Debra brings 36 years of experience in management and customer service. She joined UT Austin in Facilities Services in 2011 and began work on planning and organizing the department’s Facilities Service Center (FSC), which launched successfully in September 2013. Prior to UT, Debra worked for United Airlines for 31 years. During her time with the airline, she was the general manager of the 24/7-based Airport Operations in Austin. Her responsibilities involved oversight of more than 50 customer service representatives and management of the facility’s $2.2 million budget. She created cost-efficient work schedules and analyzed various metrics to ensure all operational and customer service goals were met or exceeded. She also standardized procedures to improve worker safety and efficiency.
Associate Director, Landscape & Integrated Building Services
Bridget has more than 31 years in design, construction, and facilities services experience, with 17 of those years in facilities management. In addition to her responsibilities as associate director, Bridget serves as the department’s emergency operations officer and special projects liaison. Prior to joining Facilities Services, she worked for Phillips Petroleum, Oregon Health & Science University, Matrix Architects Engineers Planners, Inc., and for the Houston Zoo as director of facilities. She brings a unique combination of experience from the manual drawing board to hurricane preparation for nearly six thousand animals. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in anthropology from the University of Oregon and an Associate in Applied Science degree in drafting and design technology from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
David has 30 years of experience in safety and emergency management. He was with OSHA Consultative Services before joining UT Austin Environmental Health & Safety in September 2001 as a safety specialist IV and the university asbestos consultant. He was the director of Emergency Preparedness for the university from 2008-2016. Working closely with regional partners, he created and implemented the university’s emergency plans. He then joined Facilities Services in May 2016 as a safety specialist IV. David is a Certified Emergency Manager. He holds a Master of Science degree in occupational health from the Medical University of Toledo.