Facilities and Construction Staff
Mark Zimmerman is the Director for Facilities Management and Construction and has been employed at the college for 18 years. Mark attained his Certificate in Management in 2001 and his BS in Business Administration in 2011 from Elizabethtown College.
Mark manages a seventy-five (75) person staff who are the stewards of the campus grounds and facilities. The Facilities Management department oversees the physical plant which includes building trades, mechanical trades, grounds and environmental services. The department is also responsible for the auto mechanic shop, technical and theater operations, SESP (Special Events and Summer Programs) and scheduling.
Mark has over twenty-five (25) years of experience in building renovation, remodeling and is responsible for the planning and executing of capital construction projects and renovations for the College in support of the College's strategic plan and mission. Mark graduated from APPA's (Association of Physical Plant Administrators) Facilities Management Institute and is credentialed through APPA with his CEFP (Certified Educational Facilities Professional).
Baron E Wanner is the Mechanical Trades Supervisor, has worked at Elizabethtown College for 33 years, and attended Stevens Technical School majoring in plumbing/electrical. Baron oversees campus plumbing & backflow inspection and documentation, heating, air conditioning and electrical. He also manages building automation system operation and scheduling.
Barry Fritz is the Technical Operations Director. The Technical Operations department provides support for events held in Leffler Chapel & Performance Center’s Musser Auditorium and the Brossman Common’s Koon’s Activity Venue. Barry has been with the college for over 16 years. Barry has also served as a faculty member, resident designer, and technical director for the college’s Theatre Division. He has a BFA degree in Theatre from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Steve Bender is the Supervisor of Environmental Services. In this position, Steve supervises all Environmental Services staff, hires Environmental Services staff as needed, oversees cleanliness and sanitation of all campus buildings, and inspects fire extinguisher units on campus meet safety standards. Years with College: 3 years with Dining Services – 19 years with Facilities Management
Donna Browning is the Assistant Director for Special Events & Summer Programs, and has been with the College for 10 years. Donna supervises special events, summer camps and conferences. She also supervises the Colleges scheduling program. Donna attended York College of Pennsylvania majoring in Business Administration.
Joe Hudzick is the Manager of Special Events & Summer Programs, has been employed for three years and is a 2009 Graduate of Elizabethtown College. Joe supervises the Special Events & Summer Programs student summer employees. Joe is also responsible for assisting off campus clients with planning for an event or conference on campus. He is also responsible for coordinating all on campus event setups with members of the campus community who are planning events.
Karen Hodges has been employed by Elizabethtown College since 1993, and has been Coordinator of Campus Events and Scheduling since 2004. In this position, Karen works with faculty, staff, and student groups, assisting them in properly scheduling their meetings and events. Karen graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2004 with a BS in Business Administration. She loves traveling and photographing people from around the world.
Joe Yurkovic is the Office/Work Station Manager for Facilities Management and has been employed at the College since 1996. Joe oversees the day-to-day operation of the Facilities Management front office, including the work order system. He also handles accounts payable for the department and acts as administrator for the departments P-Card (purchasing card/Visa), and is responsible for the water quality/chemistry of the College swimming pool.
Sharon Defenderfer is the Administrative Assistant at Facilities Management. Sharon answers the many telephone calls from the campus community for assistance. Her responsibilities also include filing and correspondence involving campus construction and events, and managing the schedule for the Director of Facilities Management. In addition, Sharon manages the College’s vehicle/motorpool reservations and reports. Sharon has been employed at the College for eleven years.
Scott Nissley , Building Trades & Grounds Manager, has been employed at Elizabethtown College since 1986. Scott supervises the Grounds staff, who maintain approximately 38 acres of turf, campus landscaping beds, 16 acres of NCAA Athletic Fields, and the roads, paths, and sidewalks on campus. Scott also supervises the Building Trades staff, who complete work orders, and general repair items such as repairing or replacing doors and windows. The Building Trades staff is also part of the hybrid construction process currently used at the college on very large projects.