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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 2007



    Barb Robbins

    Barb Robbins
    Academic Coordinator

    "...her level of dedication to all of the many jobs she does is truly exceptional...incredible patience and good humor...proactive...she is the institutional memory of the CVM..."

    Barry Seward

    Barry Seward
    Finance Budget Coordinator

    "...exemplary efficiency...constantly striving for excellence...his good cheer is infectious...goes above and beyond his job description..."

    Betsy Wheeler

    Betsy Wheeler
    Veterinary Technologist
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences

    "...quintessential model employee...inspiration of excellence in others...a wealth of medical knowledge...highest ethical quality..."

    Katie Baker

    Katie Baker
    Microbiologist, Field Disease Investigative Unit

    "...unfailingly cordial...she's phenomenal...possess a wealth of technical knowledge and skills..."

    Pam Colbert

    Pam Colbert
    Neuroscience Program Coordinator

    "...highly conscientious..uncanny ability to make whomever she is with feel comfortable and valuable... one always feels motivated or uplifted after a visit with Pam..."

    Roland Munson

    Roland Munson
    Veterinary Technician
    Small Animal Medicine

    "...flexibility is nothing less than miraculous...never seems to have a bad day...always willing to give a helping hand...a role model for others..."








  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2006



    Stacey LaFrentz

    Stacey LaFrentz
    Research Associate
    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

    "...willingness to tackle such a demanding position that requires an exhausting level of multi-tasking on a daily basis...desire for self-improvement.. excellent leadership...superb job of listening...positive attitude... "

    Bob Mitchell

    Bob Mitchell
    Multimedia Coordinator
    Biomedical Communications Unit

    "...clients keep coming back because they are so pleased with the work he does...constantly carries a positive attitude and always has time for YOU...always upbeat & cheerful.. handles difficult situations with maturity and wisdom...keeps up with advances in video"

    Sandi Brabb

    Sandi Brabb
    Assistant Director
    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

    "...absolutely outstanding...team oriented...one of the hardest working, most loyal and committed staff...if the dictionary had a definition for above and beyond, it should have a picture of Sandi...virtually fearless...willing to take on almost anything and when she does it almost always succeeds..."

    Christina Rockett

    Christina Rockett
    Continuing Education Coordinator

    "...her tireless dedication to the job is unmatched...constant upbeat attitude is a daily reminder that the work here is done in a positive setting...she is caring...she is dedicated... she takes the time to see that all the details are met is a lot like your Mom...her selfless dedication to the job should stand as an inspiration to us all..."

    Sally Anderson

    Sally Anderson
    Neurology Patient Care Coordinator & PSR
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS)

    "...outstanding organizational skills...very calm & collected...amazing ability of staying very composed and yet still very efficient under stressful situations...sets a great example...inspires us all to stay positive...takes initiative in trying to make our hospital a great working environment for everyone.."








  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2005



    Dorri Guettinger

    Dorri Guettinger
    Finance Budget Manger
    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

    "...excellent work, an unwavering sense of ownership and responsibility, and a much appreciated positive attitude...Dori's commitment to excellence and her professional demeanor is an inspiration to us all...is an equally outstanding human being who is am integral part of our community and a friend and advisor to many."

    Lynne Haley

    Lynne Haley

    Associate Director of Development
    Development & External Relations

    "..She has proven to be an invaluable resource in analyzing potential new programs and has even worked to launch her own initiatives outside her traditional duties ... has demonstrated true leadership and decision making abilities... most critically, she has retained the most positive attitude you can imagine... no matter how busy she is she always stops what she's doing and takes time for individual assistance.."

    Henry Moore

    Henry Moore
    Photographer
    Biomedical Communications Unit

    "...If anyone in the college wants to know about digital cameras, digital color printing, black history, or good fishing... they seek out the expert: Henry Moore...He is outstanding at what he does, and loves his work with a passion...He is friendly, always upbeat, and always has a good word to say to those he meets... he handles difficult situations with maturity and wisdom... he learns fast and is not afraid to tackle new areas..."

    Sue Zumwalt

    Sue Zumwalt
    Principal Assistant
    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

    "...Sue is an enthusiastic self starter... she is reliable and goes about her tasks, duties and responsibilities in an organized and efficacious manner... she deals with crises on a daily basis and meets the timelines for her various tasks, especially when they come in under very short notice, in an expeditious, conscientious, friendly and professional manner... She inspires excellence by her leadership among the staff who she supervises... "






  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2004



    Charlie Powell

    Charlie Powell
    Senior Communications Manager
    Veterinary Development and External Relations (VDER) office

    "For the past 15 or so years, Charlie has performed the work of many. He remains steadfast in his personal crusade to tell the story of the hard-working people within the College of Veterinary Medicine to as many people as possible. ...it is his resourceful imagination that constantly affects the work he does, and the work of others around him. He is constantly coming up with innovative ways to come up with solutions or easier ways to accomplish a task."

    Jan Luft

    Jan Luft
    Herds Manager

    "She is one of the most efficient staff members on my team. Jan is always up to any challenge that comes her way. Jan is the first one to volunteer. She has great rapport with all of her co-workers, research staff and faculty and is effective in her communications. She has good team building skills and works hard to keep our team going in the right direction. She is very approachable, always having a smile and a laugh. She is very perceptive and sensitive to the feelings of others and is very professional in her attitudes and demeanor."

    Richard Brown

    Richard Brown
    Lab Technician
    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

    "Richard appears to be a mainstay in the sleep research group. He is a genuine inspiration to all he works with. He is patient and kind with co-workers and meticulous in his own performance. If ever there was a team builder Richard fits the bill to a "T". He is always building self-esteem and camaraderie among his co-workers in his lab and in the entire department. He is flexible and easy-going even on the worst of days or when his work load is especially heavy."

    Kurt Westensee

    Kurt Westensee
    Technical Systems, Veterinary Information Systems

    "Kurt exhibits a great attitude and commitment to his work and often works outside his normal job duties doing whatever it takes to get the job done and done right. His willingness to take on additional responsibilities has enabled him to make a significant contribution to the College. His leadership, organizational, and communication skills are major assets to the College and our customers."

    John Vander Schalie

    John Vander Schalie
    Associate in Research

    "John puts his competitive spirit into his work. He competes against himself to be as efficient as possible in completing tests to ensure the fastest turn around time for clients, while still maintaining accuracy." "When the workload is heavy... he maintains a positive attitude, sets priorities, and tackles the workload with an attitude of 'we'll do the best we can'. He is not afraid or unwilling to admit to his mistakes, modeling the highest ethical behavior. "John treats everyone with the same friendly manner.. He is always willing to teach others..."








  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2003



    Laurie McDermott

    Laurie McDermott
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS)

    "Laurie is an excellent supervisor. She is hard working and always goes the extra mile to keep her department running. She is always friendly and attentive to customers. Laurie goes above and beyond for the hospital. Laurie is funny, outgoing, approachable, and makes it a pleasure to come to work. Laurie's sense of teamwork is exemplary. Laurie is an outstanding supervisor and employee unmatched in the university, and this organization is better off for having her around."

    Melissa Krug

    Melissa Krug
    Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP)

    "It is always a great pleasure to work with someone who can keep alert, is creative, and in good humor even when it seems that nothing is working. Melissa's greatest contribution is the excellent training and trouble shooting assistance that she provide for students and students from other labs. I have been awed by Melissa's positive attitude and professionalism. Many people would be overwhelmed by the vast array of responsibilities in our lab. Melissa sets an example as a team builder."

    Ernie Motteram

    Ernie Motteram
    Field Disease Investigation Unit (FDIU)

    "Ernie is extremely conscientious in his job activities. He has excellent interpersonal skills, is an excellent communicator and is respected and liked by students, faculty and other staff. These interpersonal skills, and his range science and ranching background, allow an easy intercourse with ranchers and farmers and also provides agricultural non-veterinary inputs and insights to livestock problem investigations. He is an absolute enthusiast for the activities of the FDIU and the College of Vet Med in both formal and casual associations with livestock producers."

    Katie McMenamin Snekvik

    Katie McMenamin Snekvik
    Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL)

    "Katie is a team player who adapts her schedule to the needs of others. She is good humored and even-tempered in a demanding job. In spite of her heavy workload, she always takes time out to help others and does this in a quiet, efficient and unassuming manner. In my opinion, she is an example of the model employee. I wish we could clone her. Katie always shines with her positive, kind, innate good-natured outlook on life and people. Katie is an example of professionalism."

    Chuck Royce

    Chuck Royce
    Biomedical Communications Unit

    "He is friendly, always upbeat, and always has a good word to say to those he meets. Chuck is at the forefront of making it all happen. He handles difficult situations with maturity and wisdom. He learns fast and is not afraid to tackle new areas. For Chuck, every competitive challenge is an opportunity not just to survive, but to move ahead and thrive. Chuck doesn't sit on creative ideas. . . he puts them into practice, and makes the BCU work environment a better place."

    Alison McKiernan

    Alison McKiernan
    Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL)

    "Alison's professionalism has always been above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of her work. She is very meticulous in her work and has an incredible ability to manage her time to the utmost. Alison's inspiration to myself and to some of her coworkers lies in the fact that she has provided such a high quality of professional service for 25 years. Her positive attitude and unwavering approach sets a high precedence for us all. Above all, is the service she provides not only within the school, but to outside entities as well. The motivation to her work is fueled by the fact that she cares so much about what she does."




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