Recognition Awards

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.

2020 - Individual Awards

Kristen Rosche

Kristen Rosche
Scientific Assistant
Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Caitlin Estalilla holding awardCaitlin Estalilla
Academic Coordinator, Dean's Office

Jane Hommel holding awardJane Hommel
Veterinary Technician, Equine Services Group, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Krystina Karn holding awardKrystina Karn
Veterinary Technician Small Animal Surgery, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Kasey Burton holding awardKasey Burton
Veterinary Technician Small Animal Oncology, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

2020 - Team Awards

VCS Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory (MDR1 Testing Lab)

  • Becky Connors - Program Specialist – Research
  • Judy Arneson - Program Assistant
  • Kelli Brown - Office Assistant
  • Neal Burke- Research Technology Supervisor
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory (MDR1 Testing Lab) team members

VTH Small Animal Surgery Technician Team

  • Rachel Kimbrel - Veterinary Technician
  • Krystina Karn - Veterinary Technician
  • Christina Ojanen - Veterinary Technician
  • Chris Dumas - Veterinary Technician
  • Christian Bowe - Veterinary Assistant
VTH Small Animal Surgery Technician Team members

2019 - Individual Awards

Rachel Olson

Bree Peterson

Lethea Russel 

2019 - Team Award

VCS Veterinary Teaching Hospital Anesthesia Team
From left to right:
Janel Holden,
Dean Bryan Slinker,
Mary Albi,
and Shelley Ensign,
Shona Meyer
and (not pictured)
Nicole Valdez

  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2013

    Galen Gorence

    Galen Gorence
    School of Molecular Biosciences Animal Care Facility Manager

    " 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

    "...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 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

    " 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 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

    " 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
    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..."

  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2010

    Shirley Elias 2010

    Shirley Elias
    Research Tech III
    Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology

    "...She has the ability to go-with-the-flow in all situations, even under pressure and in unpleasant or unexpected circumstances... She actively engages her coworkers, has a pleasant demeanor and fun sense of humor...She is infinitely patient and positive in all circumstances. Through this she inspires all those around her..."

    Barb Hodson 2010

    Barb Hodson
    Academic Coordinator, Student Services

    "Even under the most demanding of work conditions, Barbara maintains an incredible, positive attitude, which inspires others to more effectively deal with extraordinary circumstances... Barb can be in the middle of any thought or conversation and as soon as a student walks in, her whole hearted attention is directed to that person. She displays the most professional and positive attitude which is vitally important to the image of the College..."

    Sue Jacobson 2010

    Sue Jacobson
    Coordinator, People-Pet Partnership

    "..teaches PATH classes, writes grant applications and gives presentations to funding agencies...strong work ethic and sense of fiscal responsibility..Sue is careful to get the most value out of each dollar spent...provides guidance to people interested in becoming NARHA certified...empathy and tenacity...truly enjoys her job and cares about the benefits riders gain from PATH and PATH to Success...does half to 2/3 of the horse care herself..."

    Laura Kinslow 2010

    Laura Kinslow
    Fiscal Specialist I
    Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN)

    "...friendliness draws people to her...No is not in her vocabulary...We need to clone Laura...Laura models the type of performance one would like in all their employees...willingness to do whatever needs to be done to make the department function...Laura is one of the reasons IPN is a fun and energizing place to work"

    Lisa Lujan 2010

    Lisa Lujan
    Academic Coordinator, Student Services

    "Lisa exudes a tremendous level of pride in her work... amazing ability to remember names...not unusual for Lisa to assist students in other ways such as giving them a ride home, taking them to doctor's appointments or giving them advice on community services...Lisa performs her job to perfection...herding cats doesn't even come close to what Lisa manages to do on a daily basis...wonderful calming effect on the students who are often anxious regarding clinical scheduling...She is the poster child for the saying 'Where there's a will, there's a way'..."

  • Outstanding Staff Recognition Awards 2009

    Karen Hornfelt

    Karen Hornfelt
    Principle Assistant:
    Clinical Communication Leadership & Cont Education Programs

    ...Karen has been autonomous and self motivated in an extraordinary manner since she walked in the door... I have never, let me say that again, NEVER, worked with an individual who had the professional competence, commitment, dedication AND positive can-do attitude that is embodied in Karen Hornfelt...

    Steve Leib

    Steve Leib
    Scientific Associate
    Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP)

    ...His attention to detail and exemplary work ethic are an example to all who know and work with him...Steve is an outstanding research associate who contributes significantly to the productivity of several faculty members in the Department, as well as to the productivity of numerous other staff members and graduate students...

    Sue Pritchard

    Sue Pritchard
    Research Technician II
    Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP)

    ...Sue's performance of her routine duties has been exemplary, and I have come to just assume that complete reliability is a given...One of Sue's most outstanding qualities is one which is not really part of her job description – and which she gets no formal credit for: teaching. Over the years she has taught many graduate and undergraduate students how to do any number of types of experiments...

    Lisa McEwen

    Lisa McEwen
    Patient Services Representative
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    ...Lisa consistently goes "above and beyond" in her duties... She does work as a team player within the whole clinic and reaches beyond her position at the front to be sure work smoothly for clients, students and doctors. She makes everyone want to work together and she influences by her actions, not by standing around telling people what to do to be team players...

    Rachel Jensen

    Rachel Jensen
    Large Animal Technician
    Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    Gordon H. Keown Award for an outstanding staff member in the Equine division.

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