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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Rackham Auditorium


Anne Curzan
Geneva Smitherman Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature,
Linguistics, and Education
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Karla Renee Williams
Chief People Officer

Patrick Smitowski
Director, Human Resources


Presented by Merlis Nolan, Senior Manager, LSA Units

Humanities Division

Stephanie Hart
Department of American Culture & Comparative Literature

Social Science Division

Joe Johnson
Department of Political Science

Natural Science Division

Jen Barnett
Department of Psychology

Presented by Patrick Smitowski


Cindy Burck Bourland, Student Academic Affairs
Bennet Fauber, Department of Psychology
Teri Brenon Ford, Sweetland Writing Center
Judith A. Gray, Department of American Culture and Comparative Literature
Mita Sengupta Gibson, Department of Complex Systems
Catherine Mueller, Undergraduate Education
Dave Perhne, LSA Technology Services
Lorene Sterner, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Christoph S. Vogel, Biological Station
Milford H. Wolpoff, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology



Presented by Patrick Smitowski

10 Years

Gregory Allen, LSA Technology Services
Kim Berry, LSA Opportunity Hub
Stephanie Blackmore, LSA Finance
Raquel Buckley, International Institute
Thea Bude, Department of Communication and Media
Mark Champe, LSA Technology Services
Kara Cristian, LSA Finance
Laura Curtis, Department of Biology
Kelley Emerson, Science Learning Center
Julie Esch, LSA Finance
Lindsay Frischmuth, LSA Finance
Cathy Garcia, History of Art
Linda Garcia, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ryan Gotha, Department of Physics
Tina Griffith, International Institute
Stephanie Hart, Undergraduate Education
Jeremy Hoff, Department of Biophysics
Xueye Hu, Department of Physics
Nicholas Hytinen, LSA Technology Services
Shawn Jackson, LSA Technology Services
Rebekah Johnson, LSA Finance
Jeanette Kearney, LSA Finance
Katie Koch, Science Learning Center
Ilma Leka, LSA Advancement
Kristen Loszewski, LSA Advancement
Jan Malaikal, Department of Chemistry
Stacey McDowell, LSA Finance
Jennifer Nguyen, Department of Linguistics
Kyle Nowels, LSA Advancement
Catherine Person, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Rachel Reuter, Center for Global & Intercultural Study
Amy Rice LSA Human Resources
Adam Rountrey, Paleontology Museum
Alexis St. John, History of Art
Lindsay Stefanski, Department of Biology
Tenille Stewart, Michigan Language Assessment
Jason Tallant, Biological Station
Cody Thompson, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kierra Trotter, Department of Comprehensive Studies
Joseph Van Valkenburg, LSA Technology Services
Alison Wang, Department of Comprehensive Studies
Corene Weiland, LSA Finance
Amy Winchester, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
Keith Wittkopp, Department of Biology
Sinji Yang, LSA Technology Services

20 Years

Steven Beach, LSA Finance
Daniel Bochar, Department of Chemistry
Deborah Boissoneau, LSA Finance
Chris Gale, Department of Romance Languages & Literature
Amanda McConville, Michigan Language Assessment
Christine Modey, Michigan Community Scholars
Kimberly Pavuk, Department of Biology
Kim Ramsey, Department of Romance Languages & Literature
Sherry Webster, Biological Station

Presented by Anne Curzan


Jennifer Eshelman, Department of Sociology
Philomena Meechan, Language Resource Center
Laura Moggo, LSA Finance
Laura Schuyler, Sweetland Writing Center
Kelly Sullivan, Museum of Natural History


Donald Grimes, Department of Economics

*All milestones as of 12/31/23



Presented by Greg Dowd
Associate Dean for Humanities
Helen Hornbeck Tanner Collegiate Professor

Rising Star
Asma Baban
Administrative Coordinator
Institute for the Humanities

Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Employee
Jessica Hill Riggs
Program Manager
Digital Studies Institute

Natural Sciences

Presented by Trisha Wittkopp
Associate Dean for Natural Sciences
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Deborah E. Goldberg Distinguished University Professor

Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Employee
Carla Huhn
Executive Coordinator
Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Rising Star
Lynn Zhou
Quant Career Services Manager
Department of Mathematics


Social Sciences

Presented by Barbra Meek
Associate Dean of Social Sciences
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor

Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Employee
Jennifer Nguyen
Academic Services Manager
Department of Linguistics

Rising Star
Rachel Watson
Advisor and Thesis/AMDP Coordinator
Department of Psychology


Undergraduate Education

Presented by Tim McKay
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Employee
Tina Kokoris
Administrative Coordinator
Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts

Rising Star
Lindsay Fedewa
Student Services Assistant
Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts


Dean’s Office

Presented by Jay Baer
LSA Chief of Staff

Rising Star
Brandon Bond
Mental Health and Well-Being Student Advocate
LSA Dean’s Office

Kay Beattie Outstanding Individual Employee
Kristin Truszkowski
Business Analyst
LSA Finance


Presented by Patrick Smitowski

Sanam Aldag
Manager of Customer Experience
LSA Technology Services



Presented by Anne Curzan

Museum of Zoology

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Ben Hess
Museum Registrar

Robbin Murrell
Administrative Specialist

Greg Schneider
Research Museum Collection Manager


Individual Staff Award for Contributions to LSA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Presented by Isis Settles
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Heather Hanosh
Student Services Manager
Department of Chemistry


Staff Team Award for Contributions to LSA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Partner Orientation Program Project Team

LSA Technology Services

Jean Arnold
Manager, Sight and Sound Operations

Jared Arras
Desktop Support Specialist Associate

Lisa Ahlgren
IT Project Manager Intermediate

Jeremiah Cook
Web Designer/Admin

Laura Green
Desktop Support Specialist Lead

Robert Stonik
BlueCorps Advisor

Additional Nominees for Staff Awards

Presented by Patrick Smitowski

Jennifer Alexander
, Sweetland Center for Writing
Liz Asteriou, Undergraduate Education
Elizabeth Baker, Sweetland Center for Writing
Imani Barnes, LSA Opportunity Hub
Laura Benson, Department of Psychology
Matt Bidlingmeyer, LSA Technology Services
Brad Bottoms, Center for Social Solutions
Rachel Brichta, International Institute
Chris Buck, Department of Psychology
Julie Burnett, Department of Comparative Literature
Chris Chesno, LSA Technology Services
Nikki Cischke, LSA Advancement
Lindsay Cogswell, LSA Human Resources
Shannon Davis, Undergraduate Education
Tanya Dietz, Organizational Studies
Kelsey Dyez, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Jennifer Eshelman, Department of Sociology
Sandy Forrest, LSA Human Resources
Trey Garant, LSA Facilities and Operations
Heather Gray, Department of Mathematics
Denise Guillot, LSA Honors
Amanda Harrison, LSA Faculty Academic Affairs
Wayne High, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Sweetland Center for Writing
Brian Hunter, LSA Facilities and Operations
Taranbir Kaur, Residential College
Brent Kellenberger, LSA Technology Services
Mike Lollo, LSA Facilities and Operations
Alexa Lynch, LSA Student Recruitment
Linda Mason, LSA Facilities and Operations
Dallas McGhee-Henry, OptiMize
Megan Roberts, LSA Scholarships
Chris McPeake, LSA Facilities and Operations
Candice Middlebrook, Residential College
Lori Moizio, Sweetland Center for Writing
Vicken Mourdain, International Institute
Nikki Nabozny, LSA Technology Services
Barb Oliver, Science Learning Center
Lisa Parisi, Department of Anthropology
Robert Pelcher, LSA Technology Services
Keon Ray, LSA Technology Services
McKenzy Rehfus, Department of Linguistics
Nathan Sadowsky, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Laura Schuyler, Sweetland Center for Writing
Caroline Skiver, LSA Technology Services
Robert Stonik, LSA Technology Services
Aaron Valdez, Sweetland Center for Writing
Andrew Warren, LSA Facilities and Operations
Audra Wilson, History of Art


Karla Renee Williams


2023–24 Staff Achievement Awards Selection Committee

Jerri Atkins, LSA Human Resources
Jessica Garcia, LSA Human Resources
Amy Grier, University Human Resources
Neal McKenna, English Language Institute
Jennifer Stalmack, LSA Human Resources

Staff Achievement Awards Planning and Support

Jerri Atkins, LSA Human Resources
Kim Lewandowski, LSA Human Resources
Patrick Smitowski, LSA Human Resources
Jennifer Stalmack, LSA Human Resources


LSA Technology Services


Michigan Photography


University Productions Staff, School of Music, Theatre & Dance