Inaugural President's Award for Staff Excellence awarded to 34 employees

On Nov. 12, President Peter Salovey congratulated 34 staff members representing seven key initiatives for the first-ever President’s Award for Staff Excellence. The award honors staff members who demonstrate Yale’s spirit of leadership, innovation, and collaboration at its best.

President Peter Salovey congratulated 34 staff members representing seven key initiatives, who received the first-ever President’s Award for Staff Excellence on Nov. 12.  

The awards honor staff members who demonstrate Yale’s spirit of leadership, innovation, and collaboration at its best, Salovey presented honorees with framed citations for their achievements.

This year’s awardees were:

The Drupal Website Tool Creation Team

Andrea MacAdam

Nancy Flowers-Mangs

Vincent Massaro

Victor Velt

Kimberly Pasko

JoAnn Piscitelli

Jessica Greer

Tenyo Grozev

Working across departments and disciplines, this team collaborated to introduce a flexible and highly learnable web publishing tool, YaleSites, that has enabled Yale to cost effectively update and enhance thousands of pages of Web content across the university.

Damage Containment at the Environmental Science Center

Richard E. Boardman

When sprinkler heads burst during the winter recess, Boardman quickly pulled the right group of expert colleagues together and led the effort, which  prevented catastrophic damage to one of Yale’s treasures, the Yale Peabody Museum’s collections.

The Clerical & Technical Summer Training Collaboration Team

Cathy Vellucci

Andrea C. Hart

Marcy Kaufman

Susan Z. Hart

Ann DeLauro

Denise D. Scott

Daria Vander Veer

Erica Sayers

Yvette C. Barnard

This team developed a Summer Training Program that has helped to expand the perspective and skills of more than 1,000 Yale staff who have participated. Their efforts reinforce Yale’s commitment to staff development and career progression.

At the Yale Health Pharmacy

Peter Steere

Demonstrating consistent innovation and excellence in patient responsiveness, Steere has made the Yale Health Pharmacy one of the lowest-cost and highest-service quality operations in the industry.

The Expansion of Internal Millwork Capabilities Team

Michael J. Pizzella

Gabriel Esposito

Kevin Gardner

Barry J. VanSteenbergen

This team recognized that millwork projects, which in the past were handled by outside experts, could be done differently and less expensively through the acquisition of a few additional pieces of equipment and the development of the millwright team.

For the advancement of Digital Learning for Yale

Lucas Swineford

Swineford helped to cultivate donors and recruit faculty to teach online courses and led the effort to overhaul and rebuild Yale’s digital learning presence. His leadership is helping to transform Yale’s digital efforts and the global accessibility of its courses.

The Yale Pathology Tissue Services Team

John McGuire

Yan S. Song

Amos Brooks

Rebecca Melucci

Deirdre H. Salemme

Laura Ann Johnson

Lori A. Charette

Lisa Gras

Joseph R. Salemme III

Sudha Kumar

This team created a resource lab that provides researchers with tissue types vital to their work and helps translate research findings into diagnostic tools, medicines, and more. Their efforts have helped expand Yale’s annual research revenues by $1 million.

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