New Places, New Faces
UM Hospital Facilities
Thomas Jensen is a Foreman I for Plant Hospital Maintenance. Tom returned to Plant Operations from the University of Michigan Housing Division. He began his work here at the University in Plant Building Services in 1991. His experience working in many campus buildings and then several residence halls has prepared Tom to really enjoy the challenges that he faces in the complex Hospital environment.
Tom is a long-time Ann Arborite. He is very much a family man; he enjoys spending time with his wife and their 13 year old daughter. His hobbies include hiking and of course, following U of M football. Thomas’ favorite time of year is fall, because of the cool weather and awesome colors that border the skies.
Matthew Hicks, General Foreman of Hospital Maintenance, is responsible for all aspects of facilities maintenance at the hospital. He comes to Plant Operations from New York City with 17 years of facility management experience that include the utility, transportation, and healthcare industries. Matt is a graduate of South Carolina University and received his graduate degree from the Pratt Institute.
Matthew is a hard worker and he enjoys his job. When asked why he chose U of M he said because of the many opportunities The University of Michigan has to offer.
Matthew is a newlywed with three beautiful daughters and is adjusting to Michigan weather. In his spare time you might find Matthew looking for rare coins, designing a web page, mentoring or consulting.
Wayne Dries, Hospital Foreman I, is responsible for the 1.3 million square feet of office space the hospital occupies outside the immediate medical center area. His office could be just about anywhere on any day of the week. Wayne has been in the health care field for 25 years, and was actually the last person to walk out of Beyer Hospital when it closed.
In his spare time, Wayne enjoys black and white photography, horses, and riding his ’96 Fat Boy Harley. His love of photography began about fourteen years ago, and through the years, he has spent many hours in the dark room and produced countless photos. And yes, he even develops his own film! Wayne also enjoys attending New Mexico’s Ballon Fiesta, where every year he takes countless rolls of film of the world’s most beautiful balloons.
Brianne Haven spends her days educating the University of Michigan’s faculty, staff and students on the importance of recycling and the benefits it has on our communities. She’s spent the last four years here in Plant Operations, Grounds & Waste Management, starting in 1998 as a student intern, and hired as regular staff in October, 2001.
Brianne has a strong connection with the University of Michigan; she graduated, works, and was even wed right here on campus! Brianne and her husband Grant also met here at the University.
Brianne is very supportive of recycling and environmental stewardship philosophies and practices. When asked what she would like people to know most, her reply was, “ Think about what you’re consuming; BUY RECYCLED MATERIALS.” In her spare time you’ll find her out in the yard gardening, reading or volunteering at the local animal shelter.
From left to right: Tom Jenson, Matthew Hicks and Wayne Dries, all of Hospital Facilities.
Photo by Tenishia Bohl
Brianne Haven, Recycling Office
Photo by Pam Smith
Plant Personalities is a regular feature of The Plant Exchange. Tenishia is always on the look out for friendly faces to interview, newcomers and old-timers alike. If you have a name or face you’d like to connect, please e-mail the details to her at Tenishia Bohl (get address).