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Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 


Since 1997 the Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards have recognized staff members who have excelled in the performance of their duties as well as promoted team work and inspired excellence in others. Staff are nominated by their department and selected by an advisory committee. Awards are presented at the annual College of Veterinary Medicine back-to-school picnic and BBQ.


  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2015



    Mustapaha-Maaz

    Mustapha Maaz
    Veterinary Information Systems Application Systems Analyst/Developer

    “Mustapha is the ultimate team player as he combines a sharp intellect with a keen listening ear to help others create ingenious solutions to problems. His always positive attitude is infectious as he can turn someone’s doldrum day into a day full of interest and opportunity.”

    Cassie Leonard (accepted by Kevin Snekvik)

    Cassie Leonard (accepted by Kevin Snekvik)
    WADDL Manager

    “Cassie willingly and creatively embraces the service ethic in supervising her unit. She anticipates needs, deploys personnel resources to complete tasks, and maintains high standards, while simultaneously enhancing morale of a diverse staff…”

    Rebecca Wolking

    Rebecca Wolking
    WADDL Microbiologist

    “Despite the fact we have an extremely demanding section in terms of high performance expectations and work load, her inspirational attitude and great sense of humor makes our section an inviting place to work. Becca never flinches in stressful situations where we are short-handed and very busy. She just pulls up her shirt sleeves and gets to work.”

    Darrell Nelson

    Darrell Nelson
    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Instructional Lab Supervisor

    “Darrel takes initiative and goes above and beyond often. He never complains when he has to come in early or stay late.” “Darrel is an excellent supervisor. I believe he is one of the best supervisors in the CVM…”

    Neal Burke

    Neal Burke
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences Research Technologist Supervisor

    “Neal is the most organized/neat laboratory supervisor I have worked with. He leads by example…” “He is able to accomplish all of this with a positive attitude. My laboratory has more workers now that ever but it runs more smoothly than it did prior to Neal taking over as a lab supervisor…”

    Veterinary Teaching Hospital Animal Care Staff

    Veterinary Teaching Hospital Animal Care Staff

    “Over the past two years, the load in VTH has increased by more than 15%, challenging our capacity to maintain cleanliness and biosecurity throughout the hospital. Many of the changes have centered around biosecurity and cleanliness in the VTH. Every challenge was met by this team with enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude…”

    Animal Resource Unit Large and Lab Animal Staff

    Animal Resource Unit Large and Lab Animal Staff

    “… Each staff member is cross trained to perform animal care or maintenance issues when there are absences. They work as a team and communicate between themselves and unit managers." "...All these people are experienced, think on their feet and work with each other to accomplish tasks…”








  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2014



    Kimberly Dudley

    Kimberly Dudley
    School of Molecular Biosciences Grants and Contracts Coordinator

    "Kim is an outstanding, highly reliable and motivated employee... she exhibits great competence and timeliness in performance of her job. Kim not only executes her duties efficiently and with grace, but also she routinely takes initiative to research for the most appropriate methods to accomplish her tasks. Indeed, she is not afraid to tackle the most complex and arcane issues."

    Rachel Halsey

    Rachel Halsey
    College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Coordinator

    "As I look around at all that's been accomplished or changed since Rachel came to work in the CVM, I am astounded." "Rachel is an extraordinary coordinator, herding faculty towards their goals without using the sharp prod." "In addition to her collegial nature, her collaborative spirit, and her simple ability to get things done, one of the attributes that most distinguishes Rachel is her quest for self-improvement and growth."

    Jennifer McDonald

    Jennifer McDonald
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital Fiscal Specialist

    "Jennifer accomplishes an amazing amount of work in her day... She has taken on additional duties, always with a 'how can I help' attitude and has been an integral part of our response..." "Jennifer's many roles are neither easy, nor are they set in stone. She is a very flexable employee who is always willing to take on additional tasks."

    Lisa Orfe

    Lisa Orfe
    Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health Research Supervisor

    "She makes it possible for many other people to be successful (training and trouble-shooting) while at the same time she fully engages in the creative process (experimental design, execution and analysis)." "She brings a 'can-do' creative, positive and friendly attitude to work every day (without fail) and everyone in the lab cannot help but be swept along."

    Stephen "Kip" Prahinski

    Stephen "Kip" Prahinski
    WADDL Lab Technician

    "Kip exceeds expectations in all ways possible" "Kip does so many behind the scenes tasks that most people will never have a clue how much they rely on him until he one day retires and those jobs no longer are 'magically' completeted. He arrives every morning before most people are awake." "He has eagle eyes when it comes to details and is proactive at maintaining our department's good reputation."

    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology Administrative Office

    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology Administrative Office

    "Efforts are thorough and mistakes are rare. All go well beyond what is required of them and consistently offer additional help as needed..." "I cannot imagine my transition here as smooth as it was without their motivation and dedication."

    Dr. Gordon Keown Award

    The Dr. Gordon Keown Award is to "recognize outstanding performance and dedication by a staff member of the Equine Division in providing exemplary care to patients and in supporting the efforts of clinical faculty".

     

    Lethea Russell

    "Her knowledge and abilities are only overshadowed by her dedication to the equine surgery service." "She is an invaluable resource for the section as she helps train both students/residents as well as faculty on occasion." "The highest praise I can give her is that she is 'a good woman in a storm', meaning when things are going bad, you want her in the room."







  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2013



    Galen Gorence

    Galen Gorence
    School of Molecular Biosciences Animal Care Facility Manager

    "...an incredibly hard working employee who goes out of his way to ensure that the facilities he manages run as smoothly as possible...when problems arise, I can count on him to come to my door with solutions...resourceful and diligent...very professional and truly is a role model for all employee..."

    Diana Olsen

    Diana Olsen
    WADDL Medical Transcriptionist Lead

    "...Diana is in the position where everyone else thinks she should know how to fix their problems, and most of the time she does!...has a knack for helping to calm anxious or agitated clients with personal service that is empathetic to their concerns without compromising department policies..."

    JoLynn Reno

    JoLynn Reno
    WADDL Aquaculture

    "...indispensable ...master at multi-tasking and managing her time efficiently...very conscientious of the importance of accuracy in her work and therefore her work is flawless...exemplifies "going above and beyond"...has a great team spirit..."

    Kelli Williams

    Kelli Williams
    WADDL Molecular Diagnostics

    "...Kelli’s inspirational attitude makes our section an inviting place to work...infectious good-natured temperament is an inspiration to everyone in the lab...Kelli contributes heavily to our outstanding image nationally and worldwide. Our laboratory has an excellent reputation for service, and a great portion of this reputation can be attributed to Kelli’s efforts..."

    Abby Scarlett

    Abby Scarlett
    Keown Award for Outstanding Staff Member

    The Dr. Gordon Keown Award is to "recognize outstanding performance and dedication by a staff member of the Equine Division in providing exemplary care to patients and in supporting the efforts of clinical faculty".

    Anesthesia Technicians

    Anesthesia Technicians Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    Mary Albi, Janel Bingman, Shelley Ensign, Shona Meyer, Nicole Valdez

    "… offer exceptional care for each and every patient…The anesthesia technicians wrote the book on the words efficiency, conscientiousness, timeliness, job excellence, craftsmanship, and continuous improvement…As for ethical and professional behavior, our team is outstanding…They are an inspiration to faculty, residents, interns and students …"

    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

    Becky Morton, Max Benson, Laura Kinslow, Sue McLam, Bea O’Neill, Bobbi Sauer, Donna Sienkiewicz, Ty Simanson

    "…were responsible for moving 24 research labs, an administrative office and a Vivarium from March –July 2013... all of this was over and above their administrative duties for which they also had to keep up as much as they could. The teamwork and service that each of these nominees showed was amazing...they always had a smile on their face, a 'can do spirit', and work ethic that made the move successful..."








  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2012



    Trevor Alexandar

    Trevor Alexandar
    WADDL bacteriology and parasitology

    "...has more enthusiasm than I can describe, which is very infectious to all those working with him...never is idle and will be the first one to volunteer to help others... an excellent model of the perfect employee..."

    Lusha Evans

    Lusha Evans
    WADDL

    "...Her enthusiasm is contagious...very diplomatic, knows how to work with people to get maximum cooperation with no fuss... has a good perspective on problems, and has imaginative ideas to resolve them... She makes "above and beyond" sound too limiting..."

    Jill Griffin

    Jill Griffin
    Administrative Manager Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

    "...very effective communicator and she is proving to be a strong team builder...she brings her creativity and resourcefulness to bear on every problem ...has a great amount of empathy that is required when supporting the complex and individual needs of the students who come from various different cultures and countries..."

    Dena Melleck

    Dena Melleck
    WADDL Bacteriology

    "...meticulous in her work ...will work above and beyond what is asked of her because she is proud of the finished product..fun to work with and brings a smile for everyone to enjoy..."









  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2011



    Marie Crossley

    Marie Crossley
    Ophthalmology technician
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences

    "...by far the hardest working technician I have known...has a smile on her face even when there is more work to do than time to do it...energy is limitless... willing to help when it is needed even after a full day of work-regardless of the service needing help ..."

    Kathy Dahmen

    Kathy Dahmen
    Administrative Manager
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences

    "...an innate ability to see a person’s qualities and sort through their strengths and weaknesses. She immediately sets to work on capitalizing on strengths and strategizes ways to help others overcome their weaknesses..."

    Denise-Faerber

    Denise Faerber
    Finance Manager
    School of Molecular Biosciences

    "...instrumental in the successful management of the myriad of financial accounting instruments required to maintain SMB and meet the needs of 200 plus employees as well as meet the fiscal standards... inspires the rest of the staff with her work ethic and positive attitude...consummate team worker...leads by example"

    Bev Hunter

    Bev Hunter
    Research Technologist II
    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology/Global Animal Health

    "...highly flexible in her work and is focused on getting the job done... Her ethics are at the highest level—she ensures that all experiments are done correctly and in compliance with research regulations... She doesn’t do the work for the students but rather shows them how to do it and/or guides them to the resources that will provide the needed background..."

    Ryan Newcomer

    Ryan Newcomer
    Microbiologist I
    WADDL Immunodiagnostics

    "...In our laboratory section of perfectionist, it's my way or the highway personalities, we were really lacking the glue to make our machine stick together. He has bridged the gap between personalities and we all adore him...people are treated with the utmost respect and taken care of thoroughly by Ryan, presenting an excellent view of WADDL and of WSU to the outside world..."







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