Cheryl Rusnak

Cheryl Rusnak

Woodside, NY, US



Facilities management specialist experienced in dynamically coordinating daily operations and multiple special construction projects. Passionate about sustainably maintaining and planning for critical facilities central to the success of an organization.



The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Library Facilities Specialist/Project Planner

Responsible for providing reliable daily guidance and assistance managing maintenance in an academic library system of 6 libraries with a main building exceeding 575,000 square feet. Oversaw planning and management of special construction projects in all Libraries relating to buildings and systems, spaces, furnishings, and equipment.

* Succeeding in providing consistently thoughtful stewardship and trusted decisions on facilities issues.
* Contributed to budget preparation and submitted purchase order requests regularly to maintain inventory of equipment and supplies.
* Experience sourcing products, establishing and maintaining vendor relationships, and securing quotations for a variety of maintenance, service, and product needs. Gathered specifications for requests for proposals.
* Actively participated in project meetings with contractors, project managers, and architects from pre-bid meetings and document review through weekly construction meetings.
* Coordinated and scheduled relocations and communicated work schedules and updates to those affected.
* Assisted in monitoring contractors’ progress and performance for highest quality and timeliness.
* Increased dialog, coordination, and information exchange between Library staff of all levels, contractors, architects, and other University staff for all work directly impacting Library staff, spaces, or operations.
* Submitted requests into a work order system (Maximo®) and tracked progress, coordinating with engineers about immediate concerns. Discussed needed changes to preventative maintenance with shop supervisors.
* Photographed and archived ongoing construction progress of Mansueto Library (
* Served as sustainability liaison for the Library in campus-wide initiatives and served on the Sustainability Council (2009-2013), co-chairing the Waste & Recycling sub-committee.

Jul 2006 - Jun 2013

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Interim Library Shipping and Receiving Supervisor

Temporarily assumed responsibility for supervision of all mail room activities including interdepartmental distribution of mail, messenger deliveries and pick-ups, loading dock deliveries, and all outgoing mail.

Feb 2013 - May 2013

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, Interim Library Facilities Manager

Temporarily assumed primary responsibility for oversight and management of all Library facilities and functions of Library Facilities and Shipping and Receiving. Assisted in the hiring of a Library Facilities Manager.

Aug 2012 - Feb 2013

Community Specialists, Chicago, IL, US, Property Operations Manager

Supervised, interviewed, trained, and scheduled 24-hour doormen in an onsite management office for a 524-unit condominium association. On-call, 24-hours a day, for emergencies. Coordinated discipline and termination of employees. Interacted daily with Board of Directors, residents, maintenance staff, and contractors.

Aug 2002 - Feb 2006


The University of Chicago Graham School, Chicago, IL, US, Leadership in Sustainability Management

Non-degree program

Sep 2010 - May 2012

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Bachelors, English

Graduated Cum Laude with 3.59 GPA

Aug 1997 - May 2001

Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Bachelors, Psychology

Graduated Cum Laude with 3.59 GPA

Aug 1997 - May 2001

Areas of Specialization