Robert Sands is the Officer of Construction and Facility Services for the Houston Independent School District, and has worked in education for more than 23 years, serving 17 years as executive director of facilities for two school districts in Texas. For the last six years he has consulted with school districts across the country in master planning, bond planning, facility assessment and program management.
With a background in electrical engineering and business development, Sands worked as an electrical contractor for 15 years before beginning his career in educational planning and programming.
Sands is the former Southern Region President of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFP), serving for nine years on the International Board of Directors and for the last two years as a Board Member for the CEFP Southern Region Foundation Fund. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
JOEL FALCON General Manager for Facilities and Maintenance Houston Independent School District
Joel Falcon is the General Manager of Facility and Maintenance under the Construction and Facility Services team for the Houston Independent School District, where he is responsible for maintenance, grounds, environmental, and HVAC services at all educational and administrative campuses.
In his current position, he oversees the repair and maintenance of 279 schools, the 7th-largest school district in the country. Falcon previously worked for 10 years at the Dallas Independent School District as a maintenance supervisor, director of student transportation and as executive director of maintenance services, before joining HISD in 2012.
From 2009 to 2010, he served on the Council of the Great City Schools peer review committee, where he reviewed the operations of urban school districts such as Houston ISD.
A Dallas native, Falcon earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas.
Dan Bankhead is the General Manager-Design, for the Construction Services Division of the Houston Independent School District's Construction and Facility Services Department. For the past two years, he has led a $1.2 billion facilities capital program involving more than 160 campuses across the city.
Prior to joining HISD, Bankhead held positions as a senior associate and associate principal with two American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Firms of the Year and recipients of the Texas Society of Architects Firm Award. During his 29-year career, Bankhead has directed many of local, national, and international projects, winning several awards.
Bankhead serves on the Board of Directors of the ACE Mentor Program Houston and the Architecture Center Houston Board of Directors, and is past-president of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Bankhead earned his bachelor of arts and bachelor of architecture degrees from Rice University, and has completed graduate courses at the University of San Francisco.
Sue Robertson is the General Manager, Facilities Planning for the Houston Independent School District, where she oversees planning for the 2012 Bond Program. As an educational planner, Robertson has assisted districts in facility assessments, developing educational specifications, and district-wide master planning. In 2001, she formed Planning Alliance, a corporation that provided facility planning services for K-12, higher education, and business clients.
Robertson is a past-president of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and co-author of Creating Connections, a planning guide used by planning and design professionals for K-12 schools.
Robertson has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and has worked as an educator from elementary through university levels. She has a master's degree in interior design from Florida State University, and experience in space planning for schools and commercial office buildings.