Facilities Management

Facility Management Instructor Information

Ward Arntson, FMP, CFM

Year became a CFM:  2003
IFMA Chapter: Northern Illinois
Area instructing: Leadership & Management; Business of FM
Current Position: Regional Facilities Manager, Vanguard Group

Background: Ward came to the FM field in a non-traditional manner. While working as a military maintenance test pilot, his interest was sparked in systematically fixing things. Upon leaving active duty, Ward spent 1989-1996 working in university auxiliary support services at Northwestern University. He made the transition to a full-time FM role in 1996.  Previous to Verizon, he held FM roles with Hewitt Associates LLC and Johnson Controls. Ward is a member of the Army Reserve and lives in Antioch, IL. He and his wife have four children.


Jerry DiCola, CFM, SFP, FMP and LEED Green Associate

Year became a CFM:  2005
IFMA Chapter: Chicago. Co-chair of the Career Services Committee since 2005; awarded Rookie of the Year Award in 2006
Area Instructing: Human and Environmental Factors; Business of FM
Current Position: Facilities Manager with Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, a 175 intellectual property attorney law firm in Chicago

Background:  Jerry’s job responsibilities include the oversight of 120,000-square-feet of leased space in the NBC Tower. In addition, he manages the law firm’s daily operations of office services, hospitality services, and maintenance and procurement services. Prior to joining the firm in 2004 as Facilities Manager, he had successful careers in human resources, sales and entrepreneurial. His varied work experience has provided the needed background to address and support the various responsibilities of his roles as FM. In November 2005, Jerry earned his Certified Facilities Manager (CFM) certification. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from DePaul University. 


Mark Kischner Sr., CFM

Year became CFM: 1998
IFMA Chapter: Northern Illinois Chapter
Areas Instructing: Operations & Maintenance; CFM Review; Business of FM
Current Position: Operations Manager with RREEF, a real estate management company

Background: With over 25 years in facilities management, Mark has worked in the government, retail, hospitality, real estate and other sectors. He has led facility groups for the Village of Glen Ellyn, IKEA retail stores and Hilton Corporation, and has managed facilities ranging from an 1846 tavern on the National Historic Register to a newly-built IKEA. He is a Plan Commissioner in his community, former member of the Oakton Community College Facilities Management and Engineering Advisory Committee, and has been teaching the CFM Review for many IFMA chapters for 10 years. At IFMA’s World Workplace 2002, he accepted the Chapter Award for Professional Development on behalf of the Northern Illinois Chapter.


Ira A. Marcus, CFM, IFMA Fellow

Year became a CFM:  1993
IFMA Chapter: Northern Illinois
Area Instructing: Technology; Business of FM
Current Position: Real Estate Manager, Sears Holding Corporation

Background:  Ira has over 25 years of experience in the Facilities Management profession.  During his accomplished career he has focused on strategic planning, portfolio management, facility audits, process improvement and cost control, CRE/FM technology implementation, project management methodology, business continuity, environmental management, and organizational development. 

Ira is a frequent presenter at local and international events on Facility Management, Quality Customer Service, Emergency Response, Ergonomics, Technology Implementation and Career Transitions.  He has written numerous articles for national trade journals and newsletters, and acted as Editorial Advisor for UpWord Publishing's Fire Protection: A Guide For Facility Managers. 


Patricia A. Moonier, FMP, CFM, SFP

Year became a CFM:  2005
IFMA Chapter: Chicago
Area Instructing: Quality and Innovation; Business of FM
Current Position: Manager, Contract Requirements, Argonne National Laboratory

Background:  Patricia has 20 years of experience in the Facilities Management profession. She has been awarded for managing quality services, and for creating and implementing innovative solutions. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University with a concentration for the latter degree program in facilities management.  Patricia is a registered real estate broker in Illinois, and has been a member of IFMA since 1998.


Mark Sekula, FMP, LEED-AP, CFM, IFMA Fellow

Year became a CFM:  1993
IFMA Chapter: Southeast Wisconsin
Area instructing: Finance and Business Essentials of FM
Current Position: President of Facility Futures, Inc.

Background:  Mark has over 36 years of facility management experience, and has served as a facilities management practitioner and as an FM consultant. He is a certified instructor of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and teaches classes in facility management nationally.

He founded the IFMA Facility Management Consultants Council and has served as an officer of the Southeast Wisconsin IFMA Chapter. In 2011, Mr. Sekula was bestowed the highest honor given by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) when he was named an IFMA Fellow. Mr. Sekula also co-authored the recently published book titled, “The Facility Manager’s Field Guide” as well as having had over 25 articles published on facility management and business issues in a variety of professional journals.

Mr. Sekula holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning and a certificate from the Kellogg Management Institute-Management Certificate Program at Northwestern University.


Kit Tuveson, CFM, IFMA Fellow

Area Instructing: Sustainable FM

Kit is the President of Tuveson & Associates LLC, a facility management consultancy company. His 36-year Hewlett-Packard career included responsible positions in Process Engineering, Manufacturing Line Management, Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety. Kit has managed facility teams, global program managers, cross functional teams and served as Global Director Facility Operations and also Global Director of Environmental Health & Safety. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He served IFMA as Board Chairman (1997-1998). Kit has advised a high-tech start-up company, SynapSense Corp. (Wireless Sensor Monitoring technology and solutions), on FM strategy and implementation; revised the IFMA CFM Exam Review course; developed a new California State University Sacramento Certificate Program on Greening Your Business and Sustainable FM; and lectured at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of San Francisco and Holy Name College.