L-R: Keith Spencer, Marlon Allsop, Giselle Holder, Sue Ann Cyril, Tony Keane (IFMA), Josanne Marcano , Aykean Matthews, Jennie Alleyne, Vaughn Halliday and Rouven Wagner.
Our Executive Team
Cindy Guevara - President
Cindy Guevara is a resourceful, versatile, and committed facility professional who has a great passion for advancing the FM profession. Her career in Facility and Corporate Services Management spans over 25 years as she worked through the ranks, gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations and maintenance management.
Cindy's versatility has seen her undertake many different roles at locally and internationally based organizations, spanning areas such as accounting, administration, purchasing, security services, project management, and health and safety. As the Facilities Coordinator at the Office of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, Cindy holds a BSc in Management from the University of the West Indies, an MBA with specialization in Supply Chain Management from Anglia Ruskin University, and is a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) with The International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
A consummate professional, a strong believer in continuous improvement, and possessing an internal drive to deliver, Cindy’s vision is to see the FM profession and professionals grow within the local and regional industries and be more recognized as a strategic and necessary component in an organization’s strategic planning and objectives. This internal drive has led her to become a part of the TTIFMA Executive where she can contribute further to the development of the profession.
Richard Gunpat - Vice President
Richard Gunpat is a highly experienced executive leader and consultant with over twenty (20) years of experience locally and regionally in facility management, engineering, project management, energy management, and aviation. Highly proficient and technical strategist with a strong work ethic who can work well with high-performing work teams who plan and achieve top results.
Mr. Gunpat holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies. He also holds prestigious credentials from global organizations as follows:
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) – FMP, CFM, and SFP (under IFMA Foundation/ Eric Teicholz Scholarship)
Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) – ProFM under full scholarship
International Finance Corporation (IFC) – EDGE Expert
Project Management Institute (PMI) - PMP
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) - LEED AP Building Design and Construction designation under full Scholarship)
ASHRAE – Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)
Richard currently serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of IFMA (TTIFMA) board, as Chapter Vice President to provide needful assistance to realize the Chapter’s Mission and Vision. He is recognized by IFMA as a thought leader having provided leadership and invaluable contributions for the CFM exam, SFP 2022 program, and a member of the global advisory group for the IFMA CFM Competency Model. In addition, he has been selected to serve on IFMA’s SFP Scholarship Committee for 2023 and is now with IFMA ESUS Community as a board member. Additionally, he volunteers regularly with GBCI for LEED exam maintenance activities and ASHRAE as a member of Standard Standing Project Committee (SSPC) 300 – Commissioning.
As a creative and forward thinker, Mr. Gunpat is highly able to inspire others and drive strategic action. He has a unique ability to see the big picture and identify opportunities, which has resulted in tangible success for his clients and organizations. He currently provides strategic and technical oversight inclusive of LEED consulting for airport-related buildings and systems at the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jackie Gittens - Secretary
Jackie Gittens has over fifteen (15) years of experience in operations, ten (10) of which cover the expansive portfolios of Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE), and Facility Management (FM). To support her pursuit of a career in HSE, Jackie obtained her BSc in Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment from the University of Greenwich in 2010 and gained experience through her work at a major local Beverage manufacturer and continuing presently in her current
position at a major regional distributor.
Her passion to adopt an influential role in the positive change needed to support future generations, lead Jackie to expand her studies into the fields of Environmental Sustainability and Energy Management, where she holds an MBA in Sustainable Energy Management from the University of the West Indies, together with the credential of Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers- Houston Texas, USA.
Jackie has taken the lead on energy monitoring, reduction, and efficiency initiatives in her current post, by conducting Level two (2) energy audits and enforcing the implementation of no-low cost measures recommended at one facility. Cost savings were realized following implementation. In 2023, prompted by the intended electricity rate increase, Jackie initiated the same to be done for other facilities within the Group of Companies and influenced the establishment of a cross-company team to drive energy reduction and efficiency.
Through her introduction to IFMA and by extension TTIFMA in early 2017, Jackie pursued and was successful in obtaining the Certified Facility Manager credential in 2019. IFMA provides a wealth of easily accessible knowledge and engagement platforms to Jackie and she believes the exposure and networking through TTIFMA are without question exceptional and supports the values she holds dearly, of helping others and creating a sustainable future.
Her exposure through HSSE provided a great appreciation and understanding of the needs across the supply chain and the importance of effective FM to achieve a safe and healthy working environment, along with supporting operational efficiency.
Giselle Holder - Treasurer
Giselle Holder is a dynamic, competent, and assertive engineer, who values client satisfaction. For the past nine years, Giselle operated as a Facility Manager at Acuitas Caribbean Ltd, located in Trinidad and Tobago, before being promoted to Director of Facilities Management in January 2019. Giselle works with Acuitas’ strategic partner, US-based FM Consultanting firm, Facilities Engineering Associates (FEA) for their FM consultancy jobs based in the Caribbean and South American region.
Giselle graduated in May 2015 from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with her Master of Science (MSc.) in Facility Management and achieved her BSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 from the University of the West Indies. Giselle also holds both the prestigious CFM (Certified Facility Manager) and FMP (Facility Management Professional) credentials from IFMA.
Ms. Holder has led TTIFMA for two terms and continues to play an instrumental role in developing the FM industry in the islands. She also serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Facility Management Committee where she was recently appointed the first female Vice-Chairperson. Giselle is one of four locals who were confirmed as authorized IFMA Trainers for the IFMA Facility Management Professional (FMP) Credential and Essential of Facility Management (EoFM) Workshop.
In 2013, Giselle had the opportunity to co-present at IFMA's World Workplace Conference held in Philadelphia, on the topic “Putting the “P” in FM: Project Management for the FM professional.” Giselle has a genuine passion for youth empowerment and community service and currently serves as the incoming Secretary of the Rotary Club of Maraval which focuses on serving those in need in the community, country, and the Caribbean.
Vaughn Halliday - Immediate Past President
Vaughn Halliday is a dynamic Management Executive specializing in Facilities and Project Management. His career spans over 20 years in both the operational and strategic aspects of facilities and projects within the Caribbean. Vaughn enjoys and actively lectures in both Project and Facilities Management. He is an International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Qualified Instructor, as well as a Commissioner on IFMA’s Certificate Committee.
Fuelled by a deep passion for the advancement of the FM industry, Vaughn has actively contributed to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago Chapter of IFMA, of which he was a founding member. He has served in several positions on the Chapter Executive since its formation.
A strong believer in continuous development, Vaughn holds an M.Sc. in Project Management, a B.Sc. in Management Studies, and an Associate Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Facility Management (CFM), Facility Management Professional (FMP), Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP), Change Management (Prosci Methodology), and RICS Associate (AssocRICS) credentials.