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Top USF staff earn Quiet Quality Awards

Exceptional efforts in problem-solving, having a positive attitude, providing leadership and staying resourceful. These are the attributes of 78 USF staff members who earned Quiet Quality Awards and were recognized and presented with their award at a ceremony held May 24 in the Marshall Center Ballroom.

The staff represented all areas across the USF System, including USF Health.

USF System President Judy Genshaft, center, with a group of Quiet Quality Award winners who attended this year's ceremony.

Quiet Quality Awards are for USF staff who excel in their work roles while also demonstrating professional traits that are beyond their basic job duties, such as problem-solving, positive attitude, leadership and resourcefulness. Sponsored by the USF Staff Senate, the awards have been given to successful employees since 1996.

“Your efforts impact our student success, enable us to become a top research institution, and propel us into the national spotlight as a model for higher education,” USF System President Judy Genshaft told the awardees. “You are the professionals who keep USF running smoothly. Thank you for your integrity, your work ethic, your talents and your dedication to our students and to USF.”

Quiet Quality awardees are named each month across the fiscal year. Winners for FY 2016/17 include:

July 2016

Chuck Welsh — HR Coordinator — Administrative Services

Teresa Kasman — Bus Driver — Parking and Transportation

Matt Sackles — Maintenance & Repair Worker — Athletics

Craig Georg — Broadcast Production/Program Assistant — Academic Affairs

Paul Cleveland — Sr. Purchasing Agent — Purchasing

Mia Achebe — Sr. Custodial Worker — Marshall Student Center

Darryl Waddy — Academic Programs Specialist — Sarasota Academic Affairs

Walton Mattei — Transit Bus Driver — Parking and Transportation


August 2016

Christy Chefalas — Fiscal & Business Specialist — Administrative Services

Julia Cummings — Custodial Worker — Physical Plant

Terrance Anderson — Administrative Specialist — Research

John Shuey — Custodial worker — Facilities Management

Keila Martin — Housekeeper — Intercollegiate Athletics

John Assam — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Edgar Robinson — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Carolyn Glover — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending


September 2016

Barbara Riffe — Staff Assistant — Athletics/Men's BB

David Chapel — Academic Program Specialist — School of Information, CASAD

Cynthia Cherry — Administrative Clerk — Office of the Registrar

Melissa Hamley — Unit HR Coordinator — VP Research

Agnes Ramirez — Program Coordinator Assistant — Dept. of Pediatrics

Amber Lee — Office Manager — Sarasota Arts and Sciences

Christine Brubaker — Academic Program Specialist — Integrative Biology

Robert Buggica — Enrollment Mgmt. Assistant — Graduate Admissions


October 2016

Elizabeth "Beth"Corbin — Administrative Specialist — University Advancement

Gladys Owens — Accounting Specialist — University Controller's Office

Melissa Lopez — Administrative Specialist — Student Outreach & Support

Sharon Wright — Staff Assistant — School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

Bernice Pugh — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Jason Bombaugh — Academic Program Specialist — School of Music

Raquel Alfonso — Administrative Specialist — Dept. of Pediatrics

Randy Oprisko — Office Equipment Technician — Information Technology


November 2016

Erin Pierce — Medical Education Program Specialist (USF Health) — Office of Educational Affairs

Michelle King — User Applications Specialist — Engineering Student Services

Heather Thomas — Fiscal & Business Specialist — College of Public Health

Olivia Savage — Academic Program Specialist — Sarasota Student Services

Charles Mcgee — Teaching Laboratory Specialist — Art Department

Gerard "Jerry" Bair — Building Systems Control Tech — Information Technology

Nancy Serrano — Office Manager — English

Heather Van Allen — Academic Program Specialist — Teaching and Learning


December 2016

Gloria Murphy — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Diana Reese — Academic Program Specialist — Economics

Corey Kelly — Staff Assistant — Admin. Services Business Center

Julie Schenk — Academic Program Specialist — Teaching and Learning

Melony Herron — Staff Assistant — College of Business Admin. Dean

Terry Kroner — Financial Aid Assistant — Financial Aid

Solange Gorleku — Academic Program Specialist — Academic Affairs, USF St. Petersburg


January 2017

Jessica Szempruch — Library Specialist — Library, Sarasota Campus

Eric Tate — Parking Services Supervisor — Parking and Transportation Svc

Timothy Barstow — Administrative Clerk — Parking and Transportation Svc

Patricia Jaipersad — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Catherine Lloyd — Transit Bus Driver — Parking and Transportation Svc

Pamela Hallman — Administrative Specialist — SA&SS Shared Services

Vynique Andrews — Student Services Programs Specialist — Housing and Residential Education


February 2017

Anthony Penny — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Robert John — Computer Hardware Repair Spec. — Information Technology

Richard Ruiz — Sr Shipping and Receiving Clerk — Housing and Residential Education

Catherine Negron — Library Specialist — Tampa Campus Library

Nicole Kornicks — Fiscal & Business Assistant — UCO Purchasing Services

Leigh Anne Blackwell — Academic Program Specialist — Chemistry

DeeLores Everett — Accounting Specialist-Payroll — University Controller's Office

Laura Pierce — Academic Program Specialist — Psychology


March 2017

Jannine Palmer — Staff Assistant — USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Science and Math

Gail Van Alstine — Executive Administrative Specialist — VP for Health Sciences

Shari Gaesser — Administrative Specialist — College of Pharmacy - Student Affairs

Nancy Rodriquez — Accounting Specialist — University Controller's Office

Valerie Jordan — Academic Program Specialist — Teaching and Learning

Tony Hardy — Custodial Worker — Building Services and Vending

Paul Laplante — Info Tech Support Specialist — Health Sciences Center

Michael Lebron — Law Enforcement Officer — University Police


April 2017

Gail Merchant — Postal Services Supervisor — Postal Services, Sarasota Campus

Pamela McLean — Staff Assistant — College of Public Health/Dean's Office

Sarah Moyer — Staff Assistant — Accounting

Isabella Parizon — Administrative Specialist — Dept. Of Internal Medicine

Mary Dooley — Fiscal & Business Specialist — President's Office

Lizette Charriez — Fiscal & Business Specialist — Center for Urban Transportation Research

Christian Diaz Martinez — Senior Groundskeeper — Campus Recreation

Jodi Northway — Staff Assistant — Mental Health Law and Policy

- Story by Sarah Worth, and photo by Eric Younghans, USF Health Communications and Marketing

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