Executive Board


Pauline MacLean is the National Business Development Manager for ATI Restoration, LLC, the nation's largest family owned restoration contractor. She has worked in the disaster recovery industry for the past 27 years acquiring the necessary certifications to manage projects and now, in her current sales role, has developed key relationships with numerous regional and national commercial property and facility management clients. In her past hotel management career, Pauline utilized her creativity and leadership to hire, train and manage hotel staff in Dallas and Los Angeles.

In addition to her current role as LA chapter President, Pauline has been previously appointed as a board member of BOMA GLA and the William H. Parker Foundation for LAPD and is still active within those organizations. 

Pauline's passion within the FM community includes supporting membership growth within the LA chapter and continued education for women FMs.

Pauline currently resides in the South Bay of Los Angeles and has 2 adult sons and a rescue dog. When Pauline is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, golfing, traveling and wine tasting.

Vice President

Merrilu Alfaro, FMP, CFM, ENV SP is the Director of General Services for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. She has been a facility professional for 20 years and has a degree in Business Marketing & Communications from Cal State University Fullerton. Merrilu currently manages 12-acre Union Station East property, which includes:

LA Metro’s Union Station Gateway Building (Headquarters)
    • 28 levels
    • 628,000 square feet
    • Mostly offices
    • Dispatch Center, Call Center, full-service Cafeteria, LAPD substation and other amenities
Gateway Child Development Center (GCDC)
    • 2 levels
    • 30,0000 square feet
    • Child Care center with indoor and outdoor play spaces
East Portal Passenger Concourse
    • 3 levels
    • 50,000 square feet
    • Passenger amenities, retail spaces, passenger services office
USG Parking Garage
    • 4 level subterranean parking
    • 1.5 million square feet

She previously managed the Bentley Prince Street Carpet manufacturing facilities and showrooms nationally, totaling over a 1M square feet and acquired her Facility Management Professional (FMP) certification in 2009. Ms. Alfaro obtained her Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation in 2011 and most recently (2018) acquired the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) – ENV SP certificate and instructor designation. Merrilu actively participates in the Orange County & LA IFMA Chapters.


With over 15 years working with FMs and IT managers in both public and private sectors, Cheryl has developed and implemented Audio Visual, IT and health and safety standards for such companies as Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Levi Stadium, AEG, Amgen, Boeing, Disney the LA Community College District, UCLA, The J. Paul Getty Trust, and others. Having more than 10 years experience as either an active committee chair or board member (or both) with IFMA-LA, Cheryl is an asset to Facility Managers and the challenges they face within their global organizations. Her focus is on assisting large, multi-layered organizations understand cutting-edge solutions that will better serve a facility as a whole. Whether IT/AV or as she's done with Monofoil, Cheryl provides solutions for much of what challenges FMs in a global environment.


Sean Collyer is the Director of Operations/Facilities at Vistamar School, a private independent high school in El Segundo, Ca. During the last 3 years, he has managed departments associated with capital projects, health and safety, transportation and other front-facing services. Prior to Vistamar School, he held roles with Lundgren Management, overseeing public school facility modernization projects for K-12 institutions, and new capital projects for Community College and High School Districts. Most recently, Sean managed the College of the Canyons gym renovation and held a leadership role during the construction of the new Castaic High School for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Sean has held diverse roles during the last 20 years in an educational setting, from teaching, coaching and administration. These various roles have aided Sean in unifying the needs and requests of the community and stakeholders. Here at the IFMA-LA Chapter, Sean is new to our board and holds a Member-At-Large position.    

In addition to his role as the Director of Operations/Facilities, Sean is also a member of the men’s basketball coaching staff at Vistamar School. Sean has also previously held head coaching positions at Granada Hills Charter High School and St. Genevieve High School, he was also an assistant coach at Moorpark High School and Los Angeles Pierce College. Sean is originally from Southern California and currently resides in Santa Monica.

Immediate Past President


Madison Felien is a Senior Account Executive for Supply Solutions. She has been with her company and in the Janitorial world for over 4 years. Supply Solutions is a full line distributor of janitorial supplies, office products, PPE and packaging supplies. She prides herself on world class customer service while maintaining a personal touch. Madison embraces her clients as partners and strives to help them attain their business goals relative to supplies and develop joint business plans to do so.

Madison has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Cal State Fullerton. She currently is on the board as Member-at-large and oversees the Hospitality Committee and Social Media Marketing for IFMA LA. Madison currently resides in Newport Beach, CA. When she isn’t glued to her emails, she spends time at the beach, traveling, wine tasting and trying new restaurants with friends.


Past Presidents

2019-2020 & 2020-2021, Immediate Past President, Ashley Madrid

2018-2019, Garth Sellers

2017-2018, Wilson Cisneros

2014-2016, Ken Matthews

2013-2014, Joe Archie

2011-2013, Garth Sellers

2010-2011, Chris Nehls

2009-2010, Thomas Schulte, CFM

2007-2009, Clay Dunning, CFM

2006-2007, Mark Cicero, CFM

2005-2006, Timothy C. Gray, CFM

2004-2005, Debra Ertel-Hernandez, CFM

2003-2004, Ron Corey, CFM

2002-2003, Barbara J. Kane, CFM

2001-2002, Mel Sturr

2000-2001, Tim Richardson

1999-2000, Francis Kuhn, CFM

1998-1999, Ken Burkhalter, CFM

1996-1998, Pat McLaughlin

1995-1996, Phyllis Meng, CFM

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