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Facilities Employees Making MIT Work

Whatever has to get done, gets done. If Facilities staff are doing their job well, they often are invisible to the community. The images on this page are meant to give you a peek at the people behind the scenes who keep MIT working.


John CuniffeRunning with the Collier MIT Strong team
John Cunniffe, a 2nd Class Engineer in the Central Utilities Plant, is running this year’s Boston Marathon as part of MIT Strong, the group honoring the memory of Officer Sean Collier. Cunniffe, who has worked for Facilities since July of 2010, ran last year’s marathon. He was stopped due to the day’s horrific events and was not able to finish the race. So far this year he’s raised over $3,000 for MIT Giving. Support John and others running the marathon on April 21. Watch the Marathon and cheer him on!


Melody CravenOur print and web design specialist
Melody Craven has worked in Facilities communications for the last eight years. She delivers print and web communications for the department and MIT as a whole, whether behind a camera, a computer screen, or by means of a poster. During her time here, she has received spotlight awards, shared an MIT team Excellence Award, and most recently received an Infinite Mile Award. Those who have worked with her find her to be “gracious and effective” completing tasks with little “fuss or bother” to get the job at hand done right!


Joe CoccolutoMIT's clean water purveyer
Maintenance Mechanic Joe Coccoluto is a 19-year veteran who knows his way around water. Most recently he helped to spearhead our current Water Treatment Program with Barclay Chemical. His work has helped to minimize potential health issues in people and also to reduce pump and pipe erosion. Joe’s weekly monitoring of the cooling tower’s performance has provided many safeguards. In addition, he has been a strong resource in monitoring the water pools and the equipment that service them.


Deb PuleoShe mails it!
Deb Puleo has been with Facilities since July of 1995 as Mail Services' lead Administrative Assistant. She effortlessly runs the bulk mail operations for the Institute with little to no supervision and she takes care of all billing and charge backs for any processed mail. She also manages various complex pieces of mailing equipment and oversees most all mail jobs. During her time here, Deb has received many awards including an Infinite Mile Award this year. Consider this; if you’ve received mail at MIT today, Deb has probably had a hand in getting it to you.


Dawn SimonelliSteadfastly supporting Facilities
Dawn Simonelli is a seasoned customer service professional. She started with the R&M Support group in Facilities in March of 2000 handling work orders, shutdowns, and customer concerns. In November of 2008 she came on board with the new Customer Service Center. During the past year, she’s led her team by training and educating three new hires who were rotated through two positions. In addition to that and her duties as a Customer Service Coordinator in the CSC, she’s also helped Marty O’Brien with the design and implementation of a new employee training guide.


Hanna VellaHonored for service over the years 
Hanna Vella has been with MIT since 1995 and during her 18-year tenure she has always provided an outstanding level of hard work and dedication. This year Hanna received an Infinite Mile Award and the team that nominated her says that she continually goes above and beyond to make sure that the second floor of Building E40 is in tip top shape. She always lends a hand finding items that they need and does it all with a smile. Congratulations Hanna!


Jarrod Jones Being honored in food waste management
Congratulations to Jarrod Jones, Recycling and Solid Waste Management Supervisor, for his contributions in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. Due in large part to Jarrod’s efforts, the EPA honored MIT with a 2010 and 2011 Food Recovery Challenge Achievement Award. The EPA applauded MIT for its demonstrated commitment to improving sustainable food management practices and for setting a great example by food scraps for higher and better uses.


Christine StasioSupporting MIT and Facilities’ Operations
The newest member of the Customer Service Center (CSC) team is Christine Stasio. Christine brings to the team a diverse background in customer service with a focus on serving the client. She will certainly use her skills to assist the MIT community and become a vital resource. The CSC team is a central point of contact for customers. You can contact them directly at: 617-253-4948 or Their office is in Building 7-019. Office hours are Mon-Fri 7 AM to 5 PM.


Dave HingstonNew R&M supervisor is a blast from the past
In October 2012, Facilities welcomed back Dave Hingston. Dave worked at MIT for over 15 years as a plumber in Repair & Maintenance before leaving in 2007. During his five years away, he held positions of project estimator and foreman with an outside plumbing contractor. Dave’s strong MIT background combined with his experience managing large crews is a good fit for the position of R&M’s plumbing supervisor. Dave’s shop is in E19. He reports to Piping Systems Senior Supervisor Mike Correira.


Mike MobleyA new supervisor for CSG buildings
Facilities welcomed Mike Mobley to the new Comprehensive Stewardship Group (CSG) in early October 2012. Prior to coming to MIT Mike was the Director of Field Operations at Emond Mechanical for 21 years. Mike will use his background in HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical as he supervises the CSG tradespeople on the day shift. Contact information for Mike can be found in the Facilities online directory.


Maria CaetanoLighting up days
After a having a successful run on the third shift, Maria Caetano is bringing her management skills to days. Maria joined Facilities in August 2008 as a night shift supervisor in Custodial Services. Prior to coming to MIT she was a supervisor at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center North Shore facility?. Maria excels at customer service and understands the needs of the MIT community. She will surely shine in her new role.


Bruce SerretWorking overnight
Facilities welcomed Bruce Serret to the Custodial Services management team as a night shift supervisor this summer [2012]. Bruce brought to MIT an extensive custodial experience in the academic and private sector. Most recently, he worked at Wellesley College as a Custodial Services supervisor and prior to that he was a supervisor with ABM, a national cleaning contractor.


Tom HardyMoving up and shifting over
Congratulations to Tom Hardy who was recently promoted to Senior Supervisor in Custodial Services. Tom joined Facilities as a supervisor on our night shift in July of 2011. His new job is on the evening shift, so he’ll have a different view of campus now. Prior to coming to MIT Tom worked at Boston University’s Medical Center as their Environmental Services Operations Director.


Ed RitaProviding Comprehensive Stewardship
Now the leader of the Comprehensive Stewardship Group (CSG), Ed Rita began his career in Facilities as the Plumbing supervisor in October of 2010 and was promoted to Assistant Manager of R&M in April 2012. The CSG complements our Repair and Maintenance area and has a focus on the new and newly renovated buildings on campus. Their office is located in the basement of the Stata Center, Room 32-070.


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