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Staff Profiles


The general mission and goals of the Florida State University Grounds and Landscaping Operations is to consistently maintain a safe, clean, sustainable and attractively landscaped environment for the students, faculty, and staff of our institution.

Grounds and Landscaping Operations can provide an awarding opportunity for dedicated professionals to be of service to FSU by joining our team. To search for Grounds positions, as well as other jobs at Florida State University, visit http://www.jobs.fsu.edu.


Robert Scott Cisson, ASLA
Director of Grounds & Landscape Operations

Scott Cisson has been with FSU Grounds since 2008. He provides oversight and direction of the Grounds Maintenance, Landscaping, Solid Waste Management and Athletic Grounds operations. He plans and coordinates the grounds/landscaping services needed for new construction and renovation plans. He develops and implements policies and procedures to establish constraints and controls relating to the services and activities of the Grounds department. Mr. Cisson prepares and monitors the annual Grounds budget. He previously directed the activities of the Grounds and Landscaping at Arizona State University (1986-2008). Mr. Cisson has a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas and 26 years of experience as a Landscape Architect.

scisson@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7695
Fax: 850 644-2809


Anton Sonkin
Assistant Director of Grounds & Landscape Operations


Anton Sonkin has been with FSU Grounds since 2010 acting as a consultant in plan review of campus landscape development, initiating projects as well as working on assigned ones, and looking for opportunities to improve the landscape architecture of the campus. He prepares specifications for landscape projects, cost estimates for proposed improvements and make recommendations for improving unacceptable areas of campus. He serves as department liaison and technical specialist on new construction projects. He prepares guidelines for design and implementation of landscape architecture projects. He participates as an advisor and technical specialist in onsite inspections prior to University acceptance. Oversees and resolves problems. Schedule and monitor progress of internal projects, coordinate for optimum production in areas of content, personnel and cost. He has a Bachelor's of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University (1995).Mr. Sonkin has 15 years of experience and has 12 years experience as a Registered Landscape Architect in the state of Arizona.

asonkin@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 645-9688
Cell: 850 544-0256
Fax: 850 644-2809


David MacManus
Assistant Director of Grounds & Landscape Operations


David MacManus has worked with FSU Grounds since 2005. He acts a consultant in the selection and care of landscape plants and works to help ensure the health and proper maintenance of campus landscape plantings. He helps to monitor the quality of campus landscapes and makes recommendations for their improvement, provides input in decisions regarding plant care activities, provides oversight of nursery operations and assists with training of staff. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Florida (1979) and 30 years of experience in horticulture as a nurseryman, as a grower and as a horticulturist in both wholesale and retail nurseries.

dmacmanus@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7923
Cell: 850 694-2192
Fax: 850 644-2809


John Raulerson
Manager of Outdoor Amenities


John Raulerson has worked at FSU since 2000 and has been in grounds since 2011.He oversees the restoration, preservation and maintenance of outdoor accoutrements on the campus. He has a Master in Fine Arts with a concentration in metal casting and fabrication from UGA 1999. Mr. Raulerson has been working in the field of fine art and outdoor sculpture for 20 years.


jraulerson@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 645-9635
Cell: 850 544-2896
Fax: 850 644-2809


Willie Wiggins
Facilities Specialist


Willie Wiggins has been in FSU Grounds since 1998. He manages the daily operations of Waste Management and Recycling and Grounds Maintenance activities. He is responsible for developing and recommending new and improved programs, procedures, and methods to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and management of solid waste reduction, disposal and recycling functions. He works closely with university departments and organizations to implement and promote disposal and recycling efforts. Mr. Wiggins tours the campus making assignments and inspecting work to ensure safety and efficiency. He inspects university facilities to determine the need for services, trash containers, dumpsters, and ground litter pick-up and offers direction to the Grounds Supervisors to ensure that campus grounds receive the attention they need. He previously served as the Grounds Supervisor Sr. Superintendent at Florida A&M University.

wwiggins@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7925
Cell: 850 443-7061
Fax: 850 644-1132


Isiah Jones
Supervisor, Grounds Maintenance Zones 3 & 4


Isiah Jones has been with FSU Grounds since 1990. He is responsible for developing and recommending new and improved programs, procedures and methods to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and management of the grounds in his area. He tours the campus, makes assignments, and inspects work locations of employees to ensure that personnel are performing their duties in a safe and efficient manner. Mr. Jones is a Florida Master Gardener (University of Florida/IFAS Extension).

ijones@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-1196
Cell: 850 694-1683
Fax: 850 644-2809


Betsy Smith
Supervisor, Grounds Maintenance Zones 1 & 2


Betsy Smith has been with FSU Grounds since 2016. She is responsible for developing and recommending new and improved programs, procedures and methods to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and management of the grounds in her area. She tours the campus, makes assignments, and inspects work locations of employees to ensure that personnel are performing their duties in a safe and efficient manner. Ms. Pearson has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida. She has been working in the nursery, landscape and design profession for over 30 years on both coasts.

bdsmith@fsu.edu
Office: 850 645-7836
Cell: 850 926-3191
Fax: 850 644-2809


Randy Wright
Assistant Solid Waste Management Supervisor


Randy Wright started with FSU in 2006. His job is to assist Mr. Willie Wiggins in the operation of the Solid Waste& Recycling Center. He helps with the daily collection of recycling; removing of debris from around dumpsters and loading docks, emptying dumpsters around the dorms and off of the campus. He oversees the collection of recycle material inside of the offices on and off campus. He also assists in keeping the Solid Waste and Recycling equipment working. He previously supervised cleaning activities for FSU's Building Services.

rwright2@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-6919
Cell: 850 694-3601
Fax: 850 644-3211


Brian Donaway
Facilities Supervisor, Athletic Fields


Brian Donaway has been with FSU since 1999. Mr. Donaway plans, organizes and supervises the activities of staff providing ground maintenance for all athletic fields and the golf teams driving range. He reviews the process to determine that NCAA and FSAA guidelines for intercollegiate and intramural fields are met. He monitors the schedule of ground maintenance to include mowing, topdressing, aeration, fertilization and other treatments as needed. He coordinates the preparation of athletic fields prior to activities including ground/grass preparation, paint markings and grooming. Brian received his training at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and has worked with the Cleveland Indians Spring Training Facility.

bdonaway@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-5927
Cell: 850 443-7063
Fax: 850 645-3278


Steve Blanton
Facilities Supervisor


Steve Blanton has been with FSU since 2007. He supervises the maintenance of the President's Home, the Alumni Center, Innovation Park and FSU satellite properties and the Grounds Spray Technicians. Mr. Blanton provides daily work assignments for crewmembers. He inspects work performed by employees evaluating their job performance. He monitors grounds keeping tasks including watering of plant materials, trimming, mowing, edging, weed-eating, raking and removing debris. Mr. Blanton also assists as needed on special projects throughout the campus. Mr. Blanton is a Florida Certified Horticulture Professional and has a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech (1975).

sblanton@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7873
Cell: 850 597-1218
Fax: 850 644-7873


Abbie Wright
Grounds/Landscaping Office Manager


Abbie Wright has been with FSU for 28 years. Ms. Wright is responsible for the management of personnel, administration and budgetary functions within the Grounds/Landscaping Department. She supervises the office staff to provide efficient workflow. Ms. Wright provides administrative assistance making recommendations regarding policies and procedures for the department. She assists in the preparation of the annual budget and coordinates the payroll and purchasing of Grounds. Ms. Wright is a graduate of FSU and FAMU.

awright@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 645-0115
Fax: 850 644-2809


Teresa Norton
Grounds/Landscaping Office Assistant


Teresa Norton has been with FSU for 27 years. She assists the office manager in coordinating the functions of the Grounds administrative office including preparing departmental reports, staffing the front office and maintaining accurate records. Mrs. Norton receives all incoming calls for work requests, and has the responsibility for taking messages and relaying them to appropriate units.


tnorton@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-2805
Fax: 850 644-2809


David Bryant
Supervisor, Grounds Maintenance Zone 1


David Bryant has been with FSU Grounds since 1987. He provides daily work assignments for crewmembers. Inspects work performed by employees evaluating their job performance. Mr. Bryant monitors groundskeeping tasks including watering of plant materials, trimming, mowing, edging, weed eating, raking and removing debris. Zone 1 covers the east end of campus including Westcott, Law School, Pepper Center, Hecht House, Sandels, CPD and Longmire, Music, Fine Arts and Jennie Murphee. Mr. Bryant is a Florida Master Gardener (University of Florida/ IFAS Extension).

drbryant@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7787
Cell: 850 694-3723
Fax: 850 644-2809


Carol Hayes
Supervisor, Grounds Maintenance Zone 3


Carol Hayes has worked with FSU Grounds since 2008. She provides daily work assignments for crewmembers. She inspects work performed by employees evaluating their job performance. Mrs. Hayes monitors grounds keeping tasks including watering of plant materials, trimming, mowing, edging, weed eating, raking and removing debris. Zone 3 covers the northwest side of campus including the Medical School, Psychology, Stone, and Sally Hall, King, Chemistry. Mrs. Hayes has 12 years of experience with grounds maintenance activities.

hhayes@admin.fsu.edu
Office: 850 644-7787
Cell: 850 445-3420
Fax: 850 644-2809


Claudia Montany
Facilities Supervisor, Nursery


Claudia Montany supervises our plant nursery and provides direction for the activities of our planting crew. Ms. Montany has a Bachelor of Science degree from FSU in Art. She has been in the horticulture profession for 30 years' 28 years in the nursery industry and 2 years at Maclay Gardens State Park. She has served as a horticulturalist, retail manager, floral designer and as a landscape designer.

cmontany@admin.fsu.edu
Cell: 850 445-6568
Fax: 850 644-7873


Donald Brown
Facilities Supervisor, Mowing


Donald Brown has been with FSU Grounds since 1989. He supervises our Turf Maintenance Crew activities including aeration, fertilizing, over seeding, mowing, edging and debris removal. Mr. Brown has a wide range of experience in Grounds maintenance supervision.


dlbrown@admin.fsu.edu
Cell: 850 694-0466
Fax: 850 644-2809