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 2008



    Theresa Pfaff

    Theresa Pfaff
    Program Specialist 2
    Veterinary Clinical Sciences

    "...exceptional at what she does... knows when to lead and when to let others lead to build confidence and self-esteem...always friendly and has a laugh in her smile..."

    Eric Lautzenheiser

    Eric Lautzenheiser
    Animal Care Manager

    "...loyalty and responsibility toward his assigned job are his strongest attributes...Eric is a pivotal person in the veterinary college's mission...displays genuine empathy for the animals in his care ..."

    Andrea Farmer

    Andrea Farmer
    Development Officer

    "...has established herself as one of the rising stars on this campus... begins with a strong ethical background aimed at treating people the way she herself would want to be treated...has a dynamite personality that permeates the entire department..."

    Dot Newkirk

    Dot Newkirk
    Microbiologist II

    "...Loyal and dedicated are adjectives used to describe her work... the queen bee of the laboratory...unflinchingly provides support for all... well respected..."

    Lisa Orfe 2008

    Lisa Orfe
    Associate in Research

    "...willingly embraces the betterment of those around her on a daily basis... has every quality you could ask for – she has advanced knowledge, incredible job skill, great teaching skills, and is also lots of fun to work with...routinely 'thinks outside the box,'"...

    Nancy Bassman

    Nancy Bassman
    Clinical Technologist I

    "...dedicated and loyal employee... trustworthy, honest and hardworking... Because of her patient and kind personality, she is often the first person the clinical pathology residents will ask if they have a question about anything in the laboratory.... makes you feel like you are the only person that matters...always smiling and ready to help."

    Jeanne Jensen

    Jeanne Jensen
    Senior Publications Coordinator (Editor)

    "...highly motivated...unique mixture of above the best professionalism, humor and intelligence with attitude of protective and careful mother...smile is highlighting my day and her positive thinking makes me more optimistic..."









  • 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..."








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