Recognizing Outstanding Penn Staff Members with 2016 Models of Excellence Honors
February 16, 2016, Volume 62, No. 23
At Penn, going the extra mile gets you noticed. In its 17th year, the Models of Excellence Program will honor 77 outstanding staff members who play key roles in Penn’s successes every day.
President Amy Gutmann will present honorees from across 13 schools and centers with awards for their exemplary service on April 21 in Irvine Auditorium.
The Models of Excellence program spotlights remarkable staff contributions to the University’s standing as a global leader in education, research and public service. It’s also a unique opportunity for staff to appreciate and be appreciated by their colleagues along with the entire Penn community. The awards are presented in three categories: Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisor.
Models of Excellence
The Models of Excellence Award recognizes staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency and a deep commitment to service.
Both the Penn Wellness/Be in the Know Team and the Penn Wharton China Center Project Team will be presented with the Models of Excellence Award.
Penn Wellness/Be in the Know Team
The Penn Wellness/Be in the Know Team implemented a University-wide health initiative that engaged thousands of employees on a path to wellness.
Amy Blake, Human Resources
Chris Blickley, Human Resources
Stephanie Brown, Human Resources
Elizabeth Devietti, Perelman School of Medicine
Matt Gauntt, Human Resources
Tamika Graham, Human Resources
Ashlee Halbritter, University Life, Student Health Service
Moriah Hall, Perelman School of Medicine
Sheila Hall, Human Resources
Rebecca Huxta, University Life, Student Health Service
Chris Hyson, Human Resources
Karen Kille, Human Resources
Soncerae Lewis, Human Resources
Erica Schulke, Human Resources
Sara Solomon, Perelman School of Medicine
Katrina Terrell, Human Resources
Geri Zima, Human Resources
Penn Wharton China Center Project Team
The Penn Wharton China Center Project Team was chosen for their work supporting research opportunities and fostering Penn’s faculty and student relationships with Chinese partners.
Dan Alig, The Wharton School
Jessie Burns, Provost’s Center
Laura Cavender, President’s Center
Leo Charney, Provost’s Center
Christina Cook, President’s Center
Edwin Datz, Facilities & Real Estate Services
Tara Davies, Development & Alumni Relations
Malini Doddamani, The Wharton School
Jeffrey Edwards, Information Systems & Computing
Stefan Frank, The Wharton School
Amy Gadsden, Penn Global
Eric Greenberg, The Wharton School
Yanan Guo, The Wharton School
Michael Hugel, The Wharton School
Marko Jarymovych, The Wharton School
Artemis V. Koch, Division of Finance
Karuna Krishna, The Wharton School
Jimmy Lieu, The Wharton School
Anna Loh, The Wharton School
Maureen McGinness, The Wharton School
Amanda Mott, President’s Center
Alison Noji, Penn Global
Maria O’Callaghan-Cassidy, The Wharton School
Kelly O’Connor, Development & Alumni Relations
Janice Orlov, Provost’s Center
Roman Petyk, President’s Center
MaryAnn Q. Piccolo, Division of Finance
Josh Piven, Provost’s Center
James Quinn, The Wharton School
Orna Rosenthal, Development & Alumn iRelations
Charles Rumford, Information Systems & Computing
Elizabeth Santilli, The Wharton School
Scott Sharpe, Development & Alumni Relations
David Siedell, The Wharton School
Jane Simons, The Wharton School
John Singler, The Wharton School
Laura Park Smith, Facilities & Real Estate Services
Jerold Steinbrink, The Wharton School
Mark Wehrle, Information Systems & Computing
The Division of Facilities & Real Estate Services (FRES) ACE Mentor Team, the Springfield Mills Restoration Team and the Wharton Course Match Team will receive Models of Excellence Honorable Mentions.
FRES ACE Mentor Team
Mariette Buchman, FRES
David Dunn, FRES
Marilyn Jost, FRES
Susan Long, FRES
Springfield Mills Restoration Team
Robert Gutowski, Business Services
Thomas Wilson, Business Services
Wharton Course Match Team
Frank DeVecchis, The Wharton School
Alec Lamon, The Wharton School
Jason Lehman, The Wharton School
Hugh MacMullan, The Wharton School
Amy Ortwein, The Wharton School
John Piotrowski, The Wharton School
Margaret Troncelliti, The Wharton School
Pillars of Excellence
The Pillars of Excellence Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes the important support Penn’s weekly-paid staff members provide to promote the University’s mission.
This year’s Pillars of Excellence awards will go to Brian Anders of Development & Alumni Relations and Greg Szydlowski of Facilities & Real Estate Services.
Mr. Anders is recognized for his leadership, problem solving and customer service in his role as Sweeten Alumni House Building Manager.
With his electrical expertise, Mr. Szydlowski is being honored for his exemplary customer service and initiative in situations of urgent need.
Collin Anthony of the College Houses & Academic Services, S. Tyler Hoffman of The Wharton School and Wilma Smith of Residential and Hospitality Services will receive Pillars of Excellence Honorable Mentions.
Model Supervisor Finalists
The Model Supervisor Award honors supervisors who are effective and productive leaders for the University.
The three finalists for the Model Supervisor Award are:
Gary Garofalo, Parking Services, Business Services;
Erika Gross, University Life, Student Health Service;
Rosey Nissley, Administrative Information Services, Information Systems & Computing.
The recipient of the Model Supervisor Award will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.
Each Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisor Award winner and winning team member will receive $500 and a symbolic award. Staff members who have earned Honorable Mentions will receive $250 and a symbolic award.
The 24-member 2016 Selection Committee included people from across the Penn community: administrators, faculty, weekly-paid staff, supervisors and past Models of Excellence honorees. This year, the Selection Committee carefully reviewed 11 Models of Excellence nominations, 11 Pillars of Excellence nominations and seven Model Supervisor nominations submitted by University colleagues and supervisors. All nominees merit recognition for their noteworthy work. Honorees were selected based on their distinguished efforts and impact above-and-beyond expectation.
Congratulations to all honorees, finalists and nominees! The Penn community is invited to attend the Models of Excellence Award Ceremony and Reception on Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.
—Division of Human Resources