2021 Retirees

2021 Retirees

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Ardie Dehghani

  • Director, Campus Engineer
  • Engineering
After graduating from University of Oklahoma, Ardie worked at engineering consultant and contractor jobs, yet was unsure of what he wanted to do. In the meantime, he decided to work at UC Davis for a few months until he figured it out. More than two decades later, Ardie is still here and soon to be retiring from his position as the director of engineering and campus engineer, a testament to how much he’s loved working here.

Mary Ramos

  • Director
  • Business Operations
Mary Ramos has held a variety of positions at Design and Construction Management (DCM) over the years, but currently works as director of business operations. Throughout her 21 years at UC Davis, she’s loved seeing new classrooms, dining halls, dormitories and buildings be erected by DCM as well as mentoring others on advancement within the university.

Bill Starr

  • Executive Director
  • Integrated Capital Planning
Bill Starr, executive director and founder of Integrated Capital Planning at Design and Construction Management (DCM), will be retiring after twenty years of service at UC Davis. Bill was first hired as an associate architect, and over the years, he has worked at DCM as a senior project manager and associate director. 

Bill Varley

  • Sr. Construction Administrator
  • Inspection Services
Bill Varley, Electrical Inspector and Sr. Construction Administrator, is retiring after 20 years. His career in the electrical industry spans 50 years, beginning in high school when he worked in electrical supply stores.

Rhonda Lake

  • Associate Director
  • Transaction & Portfolio Management
Rhonda Lake began her UC Davis career in October 2012 as an associate director in Design and Construction Management’s Real Estate Services. As the current director of Transactions and Portfolio Management, she’s enjoyed working with so many dedicated and talented colleagues over her time with the university.

Cynthia Hongola

  • Analyst
  • Contracts
Cynthia Hongola has been with the university for a little over 20 years. She started at Facilities Management before her position merged with Design and Construction Management (DCM) when she assumed her current role of contacts analyst.  

Kurt Wengler

  • Associate Director
  • Engineering Project Management
Kurt Wengler is a professional registered engineer who began his 20-year career at UC Davis as a consultant, designing UC Davis projects. After 10 years of consultant work, he officially began employment with the university as a project manager, managing numerous projects at Design and Construction Management. Over the past four years, he served as Associate Directorof Engineering Project Management.