Recipients

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We are happy so many of you have already taken part in the Pay IT Forward program we launched in September 2014. Recipients and nominators span our entire campus and multiple IT units. Every day we see the wonderful work you are all doing individually and collectively toward reimagining IT here at UC Berkeley. Each of your roles is vital to our success since you are interconnected with some of the larger initiatives we have undertaken that are outlined in our IT Action Plan.

We thank you and all the Pay IT Forward recipients for your efforts and dedication - keep up the great work!  
          ~ IT Leadership Group

View recipients in 2019: Aug. 5 - Nov. 1|May 24 - Aug. 5 | March 20 – May 23 | Feb. 5 - March 19 | Dec. 20 - Feb. 4

Visit the Appreciate page to see how the recipients are living the UC Berkeley Operating Principles.

Recipients Aug. 5, 2019 - Nov. 1, 2019

Nili Ovaici (IST-SIS) - nominated 8/8/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Willingness to challenge norms and strive for improvement. Willingness to jump into new responsibilities, especially running the daily Operations Scrum meeting. (Tim Heidinger, IST-SIS)

Lani Pittman (IST-SIS) nominated 8/8/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Willingness to challenge norms and strive for improvement. Willingness to jump into new responsibilities, especially running the daily Operations Scrum meeting.(Tim Heidinger, IST-SIS)

Kazmin Senoglu (IST-SIS) nominated 8/8/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks for being so helpful and patient! (Ken Hensel, IST-SIS)

Ellen Rinker (SAIT-IT) nominated 8/12/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Ellen takes initiative to solve problems without being asked. A recent example is when a new monitor was not displaying information clearly. Ellen took it upon herself to come up with a solution - she requested a salvage computer, got it correctly imaged, and then set up a slide show that presents crisp, clear pictures. Thanks to her industriousness the SAIT lobby now has a new way to inform others about project work. (Kate Dustin, SAIT)

Jake Tracy (IST-SIS) nominated 8/13/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
I truly appreciate how Jake will step in to assist in any area that needs help. Most recently, I needed a BSA to help test some functionality for Grad and Law students (SISRP-47705). Jake was reliable and thorough. I'm very grateful for his willingness to support the team! (Adrianne Mann, IST-SIS)

Kaylin Rochford (IST-SIS) nominated 8/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Kaylin was instrumental in ensuring the Phase A, B, & C efforts were delivered for a P2 project. Not only did she deliver upon CalCentral re-designs but she coordinated check-ins with the development team, built timelines to help partners understand dependencies, interviewed users & provided recommendations to allow decisions to be made efficiently, helped train campus staff, escalated risks appropriately, and so much more. Kaylin did all this with a wonderful attitude and is a joy to work with. I'm very appreciative of her efforts. (Adrianne Mann, IST-SIS)

Tina Rohani (SAIT-IT) nominated 8/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Tina played an instrumental role in finding an opportunity and generating enthusiasm for the second-ever Women of SAIT get-together. As part of an ongoing effort to create community within SAIT, this event was a huge success and facilitated communication, generated collaboration, and strengthened relationships across women within SAIT. According to one participant, "I really enjoyed it and it really helped me make connections with people I don't necessarily collaborate with, but now I feel a bit more of a sense of community with them." (Cristobal Olivares, SAIT-IT)

Kim McPhee (SAIT-IT) - nominated 8/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Kim provided valuable administrative support and generated a lot of enthusiasm for two Women of SAIT get-togethers. As part of an ongoing effort to create community within SAIT, both events were a huge success and facilitated communication, generated collaboration, and strengthened relationships across women within SAIT. According to one participant, "I have had a great time at both of these events, and it has helped me feel a little more confident that there are other women in the organization looking out for my success and my wellness." (Cristobal Olivares, SAIT-IT)

Isaac Orr (IST-Telecom) - nominated 8/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
IST Telecom and SAIT have been working together on network management in the residence halls. Isaac in particular has been helping bring the teams together to find approaches that best fit student needs. He brings a great perspective to our meetings and really helps us feel like we're partners in our efforts to serve the campus community, not just another customer asking for service. (Keenan Parmalee, SAIT-IT)

Jeff Makaiwi (Data & Platform Services - IST) nominated 8/16/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Jeff is always available to enthusiastically help the SIS (Campus Solutions and CalCentral) team with any and all issues, questions, projects, problems, and anything else we can throw at him. Jeff has been an essential member of the SIS Phase 2 project in addition to his daily support of SIS operations. We are extremely appreciative to have him a part of the team. Thanks Jeff! (Kali Armitage, IST-SIS)

Rich McGowan (IST-SIS) nominated 9/3/2019 - We include and excel, together.
In order to do my job effectively I need to understand Campus Solutions system functionality and processes in depth. Rich is consistently responsive when I have questions and not only does he provide accurate answers, he provides context so it it easy to see how it fits in to the system as a whole. He possesses a respectful and collaborative spirit and I am grateful to work with him. (Katy Maloney, IST-SIS)

April Wolford (IST-OCIO) nominated 9/12/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you so much, April, for the technology assist so I could participate remotely in a very important meeting. I really appreciate it! (Terri Kouba, IST-Telecom)

Taneya Neal (IST-Telecom) nominated 9/26/2019 - We simplify.
My team was involved in upgrading a computing center at University Village and they completed their work at the end of March. The final step was to get a phone line and alarm system installed, and unfortunately there were numerous delays on the Student Affairs end with this part of the project. Three months later, it still had not been resolved... until Taneya showed up on the scene! Despite numerous additional obstacles, Taneya persisted until the phone line was installed, and then looped in the correct folks at UCPD to see the job through to completion. Without Taneya's intervention and problem-solving, we wouldn't have been able to finally close the chapter on this project. Thank you thank you, Taneya! (Cristóbal Olivares, SAIT-IT)

Gladys Oddoye (IST-Telecom) nominated 9/26/2019 - We focus on service.
My team was involved in upgrading a computing center at University Village and they completed their work at the end of March. The final step was to get a phone line and alarm system installed, and unfortunately there were numerous delays on the Student Affairs end with this part of the project. Three months later, it still had not been resolved... so I reached out to Gladys for assistance. She quickly recognized that the significant time delay posed a security risk for the unsecured computers and immediately prioritized getting this resolved. She tracked down additional information that was needed, assigned the follow-through to one of her strongest team members, and kept tabs on the situation until she was sure it was moving along as it needed to. Without Gladys' excellent judgment and quick action, we wouldn't have been able to finally close the chapter on this project. So appreciated, Gladys! (Cristóbal Olivares, SAIT-IT)

Tim Heidinger (IST-SIS) nominated 9/26/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I truly appreciate Tim's work on preparing the "SIS BFS JIRA demo". He did a fabulous job capturing the essence of how SIS is using JIRA allowing us to share this information with our BFS colleagues. The hope is we can leverage best practices across teams. I love working with Tim because he has a talent to simplify and define processes well. Plus, he's just a cool colleague! (Adrianne Mann, IST-SIS)

Naseem Ghaffari (IST-OCIO) nominated 9/27/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Naseem is such a pleasure to work with and is often in the middle on some challenging issues that cross from professional to personal by the nature of her position. I really value all the time and thoughtful effort that she is putting into improving our hiring, goal setting, and merit raise process. (Rana Silver, IST-SIS)

Melissa Adelman (IST-SIS) nomintaed 9/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Melissa will go out of her way to assist you with making your life easier! She single-handedly put on an extremely interesting and informative training for us regarding how to plan better and make your meetings more efficient, complete with in-class activities and homework! Her enthusiasm for continuous improvement is invigorating and I appreciate everything she does for the organization! (Nili Ovaici, IST-SIS)

Walter Stokes (IST-DPS) nominated 10/3/20019 - We include and excel, together.
We appreciate many things about Walter, but we noticed that Walter did an exceptionally good job facilitating the Director Meeting on 10/3. He pulled in people on the phone, solicited widely from the room very inclusively and got us through the agenda in a timely manner. (Bill Allison, IST-API & Liz Marsh IST-OCIO,

David Rieger (IST-IS) nominated 10/3/2019 - We focus on service.
Thank you for the work you did on the Root Cause Analysis regarding recent network issues affecting UC Merced. The documentation you organized and created, and the thoughtful analysis on what we can do to improve, made for excellent communication and follow-up in our meeting with the DCIO and Infrastructure Director at UC Merced. (Dave Browne, IST-IS/Telecom)

Isaac Orr (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/3/2019 - We focus on service.
Thank you for the work you did on the Root Cause Analysis regarding recent network issues affecting UC Merced. The documentation you organized and created, and the thoughtful analysis on what we can do to improve, made for excellent communication and follow-up in our meeting with the DCIO and Infrastructure Director at UC Merced. (Dave Browne, IST-IS/Telecom)

Gladys Oddoye (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/3/2019 - We focus on service.
Thank you for your ongoing follow up on Incident survey responses with Telecom customers. Your actions ensure that we listen to customer complaints and feedback, and that we continuously strive to improve how we provide Telecom services to all customers. (Dave Browne, IST-IS/Telecom)

Naseem Ghaffari (IST-OCIO) nominated 10/3/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Naseem did a great job in facilitating the Directors conversation yesterday around the new new performance review process! We are moving the needle on a shared mental model around the new system. (Jenn Stringer, IST-OCIO)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) nominated 10/3/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Great job on the perfromance management discussion! You made the scenarios believable! (Jenn Stringer, IST-OCIO)

Amit Singh (IST-IS) nominated 10/3/2019 - We include and excel together.
Thank you for your efforts to improve the change management call effectiveness and flow, including listening to feedback from multiple people and looking at best practice at other UC campuses and in the industry. Your recently implement changes to the weekly call, which involve submitters more actively as presenters, should enhance the meaningful conversation on the call and provide overall higher value to the organization as we strive to manage our change-related risks. (Dave Browne, IST-IS/Telecom)

Steve Aguirre (IST-IS) nominated 10/3/2019 - We focus on service.
Steve's displayed flexibility, imagination, and excellent customer service in his efforts to keep the data center powered on last week. He collaborated with campus facilities to immediately mitigate the emergency risks, while listening to customer feedback and iteratively developing and implementing plans for research computing that addressed their concerns and maximized their uptime. The original proposed plan would have disrupted research computing multiple times throughout the week, and complications with cooling for research computing would have added further disruption, all at a time critical to research grant funding development. Steve negotiated an alternative work plan that required only 1 outage early in the week for research computing and 1 outage to reinstate campus power after repairs completed. This plan involved ensuring refueling of the generator all week, and bringing in an additional generator to address research computing special cooling needs. He did this all while keeping the rest of the data center running without interruption, and working with facilities through the weekend as they completed necessary repairs to building power equipment. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Noah McGee (ITCS-OCIO) nominated 10/4/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Noah did great out of the box work to creatively think about addressing facutly printing pain. (Jenn Stringer, IST-OCIO)

Sean Schluntz (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/4/2019 - We focus on service.
I appreciate Sean's extended work efforts, technical and troubleshooting expertise, vendor management, collaboration with other teams, persistence, and follow-up in resolving multiple data network-related issues 8/23-8/27, for follow-up to implement permanent resolution after initial workarounds, and for thoughtful post-incident analysis and additional vendor management after the incident was resolved to ensure we get what we need from them going forward. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Geovanni Herrera (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/4/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I appreciate the collaboration between Geo and his colleagues, and their persistence in troubleshooting sporadic voice call issues 9/30-10/3/19. The cause of the problem was very difficult to isolate, and they went down multiple paths to find the problem, working together to help each other succeed. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Jim Williams (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/4/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I appreciate the collaboration between Jim and his colleagues, and their persistence in troubleshooting sporadic voice call issues 9/30-10/3/19, especially since Jim had just returned from vacation and had to jump into the deep end of the pool while playing catch-up from being out several weeks. The cause of the problem was very difficult to isolate, and they went down multiple paths to find the problem, working together to help each other succeed. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Frank Der (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/4/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I appreciate the collaboration between Frank and his colleagues, and their persistence in troubleshooting sporadic voice call issues 9/30-10/3/19. Frank is a member of the Network Operations and Services (NOS) team, and is not primarily responsible for Voice calling issues. He jumped in and collaborated with his peers in the Voice Operations, Products, and Services (VOPS) team knowing they needed his help to succeed, and his working with them was critical to their success. The cause of the problem was very difficult to isolate, and they went down multiple paths to find the problem, working together to help each other succeed. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Rosalind Nevels (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/10/2019 - We focus on service.
Roz's commitment to customer service is exemplary! She changed her schedule on very short notice in response to a request from the Crisis Management Team (campus leaders) to cover calls to the campus operators on 10/9/19 from 5 to 10 PM, adding to her normal shift that day. Calls were expected because of the PG&E power shutdown. She immediately agreed to do this when requested. Thank you for being so responsive and flexible, Roz! (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Sharon Smith-Murray (IST-Telecom) nominated 10/10/2019 - We focus on service.
Sharon changed her schedule on very short notice in response to a request from the Crisis Management Team (campus leaders) to cover calls to the campus operators on 10/10/19 starting at 7 AM, moving up her normal start time on that day. Calls were expected because of the PG&E power shutdown on campus. She immediately agreed to do this when requested. Thank you, Sharon! (Sharon changed her schedule on very short notice in response to a request from the Crisis Management Team (campus leaders) to cover calls to the campus operators on 10/10/19 starting at 7 AM, moving up her normal start time on that day. Calls were expected because of the PG&E power shutdown on campus. She immediately agreed to do this when requested. Thank you, Sharon! (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Bruce Lorenzen (IST-IS/Telecom) - nominated 10/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
In response to urgent work related to the PG&E power shutdown, Bruce decided to stay in Berkeley overnight (he commutes daily from Santa Cruz) to make sure things were being taken care of, and to support an Operator who agreed to stay until 10 PM so that she would feel safe while working alone in her building. This shows how much Bruce cares about his co-workers, and about successful campus operations. Thank you for caring so much, Bruce! (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Gennady Minevich (IST-Admin IT) - nominated 10/20/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Gennady worked to add additional names to Warnme during the latest campus emergency. This allowed for additional people to get needed timely information to keep them safe and the campus safe. (Dave Browne, IST-IS)

Radha Kariechedu (IST-EDW) - nominated 10/23/2019 - We focus on service.
Big thanks to Radha for keeping our nightly Cal Answers refresh jobs on track during the week of Oct. 21, despite multiple late night job failures caused by an Oracle bug. Her prompt responses kept EDW data up to date and directly benefited our Cal Answers customers across campus. Thank you Radha! (Max Michel, IST-EDW)

Darin Clarke (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Darin was pro-active in keeping service providers in the loop about the Telecom Catalog upgrade and answering related questions. (Kathleen Lu, IST-API)

Taneya Neal (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Thank you Taneya for your work on the piloting the ServiceNow KB attachment feature and for sharing your knowledge and experience with the knowledge base! (Colette Jackson, IST-Telecom)

Irma Donaldson (IST-Telecom)- nominated 10/31/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Thank you Irma for your excellent contribution to our pilot for attaching a KB article to an incident for KCS. Your perspective and knowledge was such an asset! (Colette Jackson, IST-Telecom)

Marchella Thomas (IST-Telecom) - nomintaed 10/31/2019 - We image and innovate.
Thank you Marchella for your contribution to the KCS pilot for attaching articles to incidents. You were such a great asset to the team! (Colette Jackson, IST-Telecom)

Marty Sulc (IST-SIS) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Marty is a joy to work with. He is frequently one step ahead of me (which makes my life easier), and is *always* ready, willing, and able to accommodate my most obscure or abstract requests. Recently, Marty supported me in a big way by taking on the compilation of all project requirements (from multiple streams) into a single document, when I was running out of time to stay involved in this. I am very fortunate to have Marty on my team, for this and so many other reasons :) (Melissa Adelman, IST-SIS)

Chara Bui (IST-SIS) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Chara always brings a positive attitude to the project, especially since our priorities sometimes conflict and block each other's progress due to the nature of our roles. Recently, Chara supported me in a big way by taking on the compilation of all project requirements (from multiple streams) into a single document, when I was running out of time to stay involved in this. She'd be an asset to any team, but I'm grateful she's on mine :) (Melissa Adelman, IST-SIS)

Joslyn Broussard (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We focus on service.
Joslyn participated in an all hands in deck for resilience week when we had to issue Zoom licenses on an urgent basis to support classrooms teaching. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Robin Tate (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/20119 - We focus on service.
Robin participated in an all hands in deck for resilience week when we had to issue Zoom licenses on an urgent basis to support classrooms teaching. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Marchella Thomas (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We focus on service.
Marchella participated in an all hands in deck for resilience week when we had to issue Zoom licenses on an urgent basis to support classrooms teaching. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Taneya Neal (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We focus on service.
Taneya participated in an all hands on deck for resilience week when we had to issue Zoom licenses on an urgent basis to support classrooms teaching. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Robin Tate (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We focus on service.
Robin participated in an all hands in deck for resilience week when we had to issue Zoom licenses on an urgent basis to support classrooms teaching. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Rosalind Nevels (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Rosalind participated in an all hands on deck a couple of weeks ago during the PGE power shut down. She worked extra hours in order to be available to provide information to parents and students to calm them down. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Sornette Whyte (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Despite being knee deep in a campus wide project ((PCI), Sornette stepped up to take on another high profile project without complaint. She exhibits a good attitude and spirit. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Sharon Smith-Murray (IST-Telecom) - nominated 10/31/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Sharon participated in an all hands on deck a couple of weeks ago during the PGE power shut down. She worked extra hours in order to be available to provide information to parents and students to calm them down. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Ron Barker (IST-Telecom) - nominated 11/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Ron, unselfishly worked the football games on the weekends as he always does. A big thanks for his willingness to always step up when needed. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

William Freytes (IST-Telecom) - nominated 11/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Will unselfishly worked the football games on the weekends as he always does. A big thanks for his willingness to always step up when needed. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Irma Donaldson (IST-Telecom) - nominated 11/1/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Irma participated in presenting to the KCS community and did a wonderful job! (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Recipients May 24 – Aug. 5, 2019

Jennifer Wilson (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/30/2019 We include and excel, together. 
Jennifer volunteered and jumped in to help us with our laptop refresh project. Going beyond her normal duties, she has helped us inventory our spare machines, validate working/non-working machines, salvage machines as needed and establish a process around the inventory of our machines and working with the team to help everyone get their machines updated. Thank you, Jennifer! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Brett Bibeau (IST-OCIO) – nominated 6/4/2019 We focus on service.  
All the work helping settle in new student employees, constantly resolving access issues for the team to make our work easier, and dealing with literally tons of equipment arriving all the time in support of our projects. Brett does a job, which is not highly visible, but has a huge impact to everything else we do. (Isaac Orr, IST-Telecom)

Chris Bartlett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 6/4/2019 - We focus on service.     
All the work done behind the scenes to make sure the network team remains stocked with all the cables, and bits and pieces they need to keep the network running. Dealing with literally tons of equipment arriving in a constant stream in support of all our projects.  Chris works in a role, which is not highly visible, but has a huge impact for everything else we do. (Isaac Orr, IST-Telecom)

Chara Bui (IST-SIS) – nominated 6/5/2019We imagine and innovate.     
I appreciate Chara for co-facilitating the ebike training kickoff class with David Sorrell from Parking & Transit on May 22 during Bike Month. She had a full schedule yet she still made time for getting people interested in this excellent alternative transportation resource at 2850. Chara reached out to our UC Berkeley IT colleagues in ETS and RTL through the 2850 Slack channel and through the 4th floor ebike program coordinator. Chara's initiative resulted in getting more people interested in trying out the ebikes and two new ebike riders were certified. (Gretchen Peters, IST-SIS)

Margarita Zeglin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 6/10/2019We include and excel, together.      
Margarita graciously helps me whenever I get in a bind.  Recently I had a printing issue for a training occurring the same morning, and Margarita willingly helped me figure out the jam.  She not only goes beyond for her teammates, but she always keeps a good attitude doing it (even if taking a part of the printer is not only of her favorite things to do!) (Stephanie Dunn, IST-OCIO)

Isaac Mankita (IST-OCIO) – nominated 6/10/2019We include and excel, together.      
Isaac was a huge help at the end of the OneIT Summit this past week.  He helped me bring back supplies to Warren Hall.  After the event, I was so exhausted so having his help was such a relief.  Thank you for helping out, Isaac! (Stephanie Dunn, IST-OCIO)

Mike Valenza (IST-Admin IT) – nominated 6/10/2019 We include and excel, together.      
Mike has been especially supportive in helping the Imagine team discover why documents are taking a long time to upload from the Travel site. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Vahid Nadi (IST-Admin IT) – nominated 6/10/2019We include and excel, together.    
Vahid has been supportive in helping the Imagine team troubleshoot why documents are taking a long time to upload from the Travel site. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Melissa Adelman (IST-SIS) – nominated 6/11/2019 We focus on service.      
Melissa is an incredible asset to SIS. Most recently, she saved the day by organizing teams for One IT and setting up our One IT Posters and jumped right into action after returning from a grad school trip. Thank you, Melissa! (Rana Silver, IST-SIS)

Dustin Miller (IST-ITCS) – nominated 6/13/2019 - We focus on service. 
Dustin made music at the retirement party happen. He provided the sound equipment, and the lead guitar and backup vocals! (Summer Scanlan, IST-Identity & Access Management)

Kerry Hays (IST-API) – nominated 6/13/2019We focus on service.   
Kerry made music at the Retirement Party happen! He got the group together, set up the sound, and provided base and backup vocals! (Summer Scanlan, IST-Identity & Access Management)

Ronnie Ong (IST-Identity & Access Management) – nominated 6/13/2019We focus on service.      
Ronnie made music at the Retirement Party happen! She coordinated rehearsals and played guitar, and sang lead vocals! (Summer Scanlan, IST-Identity & Access Management)

Jeremy Rosenberg (IST-ISO) – nominated 6/13/2019 We focus on service.
I approached Jeremy with a gnarly problem this morning that had both security and political implications. I appreciate that he was quick to take the time to listen, careful to understand my concerns, and took ownership of the problem as he is in a better place to affect the issue. It took a huge amount of stress off my plate. Thank you! (Ian Crew, IST-API)

Dee Hep (BRS) – nominated 6/19/2019 We focus on service.      
Dee is always friendly and provides excellent customer service. I appreciate her timely responsiveness. Thank you! (Sandra Wasson, KALX Radio Station)

Lani Pittman (IST-SIS) – nominated 6/19/2019 - We include and excel, together.    
Lani has always helped me with the logistics at every IST Managers' meeting. With all the audio/visual equipment, which we have to use, her presence, patience and willingness to help is much appreciated! (Clarissa Fermin, IST-OCIO)

Jane Valentine (IST-SIS) – nominated 6/19/2019 - We include and excel, together.      
Jane has always offered to help me with the IST Managers' meeting to ensure that we have all the necessary equipment that we need to have a successful meeting. I appreciate her time on top of her busy schedule and her positive attitude. (Clarissa Fermin, IST-OCIO)

Janice Scannell (RTL) – nominated 6/19/2019 - We focus on service.      
Janice is very responsive and helped with some past due bills and a contract issue KALX was having regarding our website. I am very appreciative of all her help! Thanks. (Sandra Wasson, KALX Radio Station)

Eric Maddy (IST-ITCS) – nominated 6/19/2019 - We focus on service.      
Eric is super helpful and always willing to help with random IT emergencies that occur when he is nearby. Most recently, I needed last-minute help getting a laptop ready to use for Summerfest. It was up and running in no time! (Summer Scanlan, IST-ISO)

Joe Luang (IST-ITCS) – nominated 6/20/2019 - We focus on service.      
Joe is always so efficient & pleasant to work with but recently he has been LIVING at our office as we onboard numerous new employees who need new computers. In the midst of all of this, my computer tanked & Joe did the research to learn that my CPU was one of the oldest onsite. He then went the extra mile to recommend to my management that an upgrade to the newest version was needed! I figured I would have to wait in line behind all the new hires but he was able to get my system up & running, FULLY MAPPED from the old one & me working along again quickly in amongst all of his other duties here! I consider Joe to be a valued member of our team & thank him & his management for the consistent, expert support he always provides! (Karen Shuker, Haas Core Programs)

Miguel Rivas (Haas HTS Group) – nominated 6/20/2019We include and excel, together.      
Miguel has been very instrumental in the upgrade of many of our computers here in the office. He has come above and beyond expectation and dealt with me with patience while I was learning a new process specific to Haas Technology Group. I appreciated his collaboration and wanted to show my gratitude of all his effort (and patience with me). (Matthieu Kaminski, Haas Core Programs)

Dennis Kelsey (IST-IS) – nominated 7/3/2019 - We include and excel, together.      
On June 30, we had a serious issue with submitting batch jobs on the mainframe thru Control-M. Dennis worked all day to ensure the jobs were loaded manually, and monitored everything. He went over and above what I would expect a Coordinator to do. He was extremely courteous on the Sev 1 bridge call, and did everything that was asked of him. (Laurie Graham, IST-IS)

Mike Branaman (IST-IS) – nominated 7/3/2019We include and excel, together.     
There was a problem on Sunday June 30 where we could not submit any batch on the mainframe thru Control-M. We were on a Sev1 call with UCOP and my team. I slacked Mike to join and he work with the Coordinator all day to manually bring in the jobs (not his responsibility), monitor them, and he got up early on Monday to ensure there were no problems. He went over and above his responsibilities. (Laurie Graham, IST-IS)

Brett Bibeau (IST-OCIO) – nominated 7/10/2019We are accountable to each other.   
I was out due to an illness for an extended period. While away, Brett handled my immediate responsibilities and encouraged me to focus on my situation over anything at the office. It was quite comforting to know your peer has your back in a time of need. (Chris Bartlett, IST-OCIO)

Margaret Chester (IST-OCIO) – nominated 7/10/2019 We are accountable to each other.      
While I was out of the office due to an extended illness, Margaret went out of her way to promote my well-being.  It was quite comforting to know my supervisor prioritized my health and encouraged my needs to recover.  These are the moments where one solidifies the loyalty and respect of their team. Thank you Margaret! (Chris Bartlett, IST-OCIO)

Naseem Ghaffari (IST-OCIO) – nominated 7/10/2019 - We are accountable to each other.   
For the many things she and the so-helpful IST Admin team does, including Naseem's willingness to engage in a quick and helpful consult on sensitive matters even when her schedule and plate are overloaded. (Kathleen Lu, IST-API)

Rosalind Nevels (IST-Telecom) – nominated 7/16/2019We include and excel, together.   
Her willingness to help whenever we are short-staffed in the warehouse. (Margaret Chester, IST-OCIO)

Sharon Smith-Murray (IST-Telecom) – nominated 7/16/2019 - We include and excel, together.      
Her willingness to help whenever needed when we are short-staffed in the warehouse. (Margaret Chester, IST-OCIO)

Pablo Membreno (IST-Telecom) – nominated 7/17/2019 - We focus on service.      
Pablo is always willing to help the DPM team. He goes out of his way to accommodate last minute requests from customers on campus. (Martin Garcia, IST-Telecom)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 7/24/2019We focus on service.      
Stephanie is incredibly helpful, and quick to respond, whenever I work with her on anything. I get travel reimbursements processed in a day, and responses to emailed questions in just a few minutes.  She makes my life a huge amount easier on a very consistent basis. (Ian Crew, IST-API)

Recipients March 20 – May 23, 2019

Greg Snow (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/20/2019 - We focus on service. 
Great partnership with his IST colleagues. (William Allison, IST-API)

Kim McPhee (SAIT) – nominated 3/25/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Great partnership with his IST colleagues. (William Allison, IST-API)

Marina Bennett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/26/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Marina is amazing - she is so dedicated, always here to help us work through complicated procurement issues (and time sensitive matters). She is a great team player and I do not think we can possibly thank her enough! (William Allison, IST-API)

Lindsey Heagy (Statistics) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Lindsey, your talk was amazing. We are so thrilled you came to the UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup on 3/26 and hope to see you there in the future! (William Allison, IST-API)

Shane Knapp (Rise Lab - Engineering Research Centers) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Shane- thank you so much for coming to the first UC Berkeley Cloud Computing Meetup. I hope you come again and we really enjoyed your talk! (William Allison, IST-API)

Jason Christopher (Research IT) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Jason, I wanted to thank you for being a great, thoughtful partner. I really value your friendship and appreciate you being so open with me. Your contributions to the cloud community we are building are invaluable. (William Allison, IST-API)

Sibyl Chen (Berkeley SkyDeck) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Sibyl - thanks so much for being a great partner. The SkyDeck is very lucky to have you as their program director! (William Allison, IST-API)

Gordon Peng (Berkeley SkyDeck) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Gordon, I cannot overstate how much I value your work and everything you have done for the SkyDeck and to help me be successful there as a partner. If I can ever do anything to help you, please let me know. (William Allison, IST-API)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Steph, thank you so much for everything you do. I just want you to know that your thoughtful, quick, smart handling of so many things plays a big role in my ability to manage my own work -- and many of us feel the same way. You are a great partner. (William Allison, IST-API)

Eli Perri (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/27/2019 - We focus on service.
Thank you Eli for keeping our financial operation run like such a tight ship. This gift card represents *three* "toasted bagels with an egg". All the API managers and I really appreciate everything you do. (William Allison, IST-API)

Kerry Hays (IST-API) – nominated 3/28/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
I recently had something happen that was quite upsetting and I needed an ally. Kerry came through with real sensitivity and compassion, and really made me feel validated and like someone had my back. It was hugely appreciated. (Ian Crew, IST-API)

Margaret Chester (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/2/2019 - We are accountable to each other. 
Margaret's dedication to task is wonderful, and her willingness to go the extra mile to make our move to the 3rd floor easy, was wonderful! (Walter Stokes, IST-DPS)

Chris Bartlett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/2/2019 - We focus on service.
Chris has an unflappable attitude, and is especially helpful, and focused on customer service. (Walter Stokes, IST-DPS)

Matthew Skinner (IST-SIS) – nominated 4/3/2019 - We focus on service.
Matthew quickly fulfilled an unplanned request that came to him out of the blue. His contribution enabled us to create a more usable report. (Tim Heidinger, IST-SIS)

Margarita Zeglin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/4/2019 - We focus on service.
Margarita is awesome. She is always there to help us. She did great running the Oakland Tech HS program including through the teacher strike. The students love the program. (William Allison, IST-API)

Rita Rosenthal (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/4/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Rita has done an incredible job at building community through her work on the Reimagining IT communications strategy! (Liz Marsh, IST-OCIO)

Melanie Green (RTL) – nominated 4/4/2019 - We focus on service.
Melanie has been awesome around Director Research IT coordination! (Jenn Stringer, IST-OCIO)

Jordan Haynes (SAIT-Student Tech Services) – nominated 4/4/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Jordan has brought a whole new level of staff engagement to Student Technology Services. Student staff and career staff alike are participating in workplace activities such as Chilipalooza (homemade by SAIT staff!), movie nights, and recognition programs, creating a closer-knit, more collaborative workplace environment. (Anne Marie Richard, SAIT)

Rob Silva (IST-API) – nominated 4/4/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks for providing such an engaging campus tour for our Oakland Tech interns! (Jenn Bellenger, IST-API)

Margarita Zeglin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/5/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Margarita has been so, so, so helpful with arranging the visit of the 2019 ITLP Cohorts to UCB. She has shown us the way to prepare for SWAG bags, setting up meals, helping us figure out after class activities. And she has always done this with a smile. Thanks so much Margarita. From Suzanne, April, Allison, Edgar, Kevin and Laurie (Laurie Graham, IST-IS)

Darin Clarke (IST-Telecom) – nominated 4/9/2019 - We focus on service.
Collaboration, integrity, availability, and very funny! (Stella Pretzlaf, IST-OCIO)

Radha Karichedu (IST-EDW) – nominated 4/12/2019 - We focus on service.
Thanks Radha for the late nights you put in this week to resolve multiple production issues. Our Cal Answers Customers owe you a debt of gratitude for your heroic efforts on their behalf! (Max Michel, IST-EDW)

Vivian Sophia (ITCS) – nominated 4/17/2019 - We include and excel, together.
We appreciate the extra mile you went to help us test the Berkeley Desktop 1803 Dev Image Releases and the feedback provided. This really helped to iron a few things out before the release hit production. (Clifton Hom-IS)

Kellsie Adam-Briesch (IST-Telecom) – nominated 4/17/2019 - We focus on service.
Excellent customer service and accommodations for the production Bomgar DNS cutover. With this being a critical system for remote support used by IT on campus, Kellsie worked non-business hours to ensure downtime was minimal. (Clifton Hom, IST-IS)

Janet Li (IST-API) – nominated 4/22/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Janet keeps on exploring until she is able to break through to the next phase of her work. Thanks Janet. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Karen Hurtado (IST-API) – nominated 4/22/2019 - We simplify.
Karen is eager to learn and improve her work. Thank you Karen. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Jeffrey Landucci (University Development & Alumni Relations) – nominated 4/22/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Jeff helped me complete an urgent project for our brand new Dean of the Business School. I was building a Constituent Fact Sheet in Crystal Reports. I reached out to him multiple times for his expertise when I was having trouble finding/retrieving data in the way we needed it. He was able to direct me and I was able to complete the project on time. Thanks Jeff! (Evelyn Ortman, Haas Core Programs)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/25/2019 - We focus on service.
Thank you for your flexibility and fast response times as you graciously handle changes in plans and last-minute requests as we're planning events and signing up for conferences and trainings. (Danny Grieb, IST-EDW)

Gladys Oddoye (IST-Telecom) – nominated 4/29/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
I have been going through a lot in my personal life and Gladys has been supportive in helping me get through and to continue to be the best me I can be at work. I'm so grateful to have her has my supervisor and for her understanding and making things just a little bit easier for me. (Taneya Roe, IST-Telecom)

Angela Fong (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Angela has worked hard to bring a flexible and adaptable style of leadership to her staff. She has team members who work well with lots of structure, which she provides adeptly, while she also has others whose work thrives best when given freedom to be creative. Despite these divergent styles, she still brings the team together effectively as a collective and as a whole, and keeps them moving forward with grace and enthusiasm. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Cherry Wu (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We focus on service.
This semester, Cherry has been asked to manage numerous graphic design projects that required her to work long hours, deliver on quick timelines, and navigate numerous revisions, all while still retaining a consistent image and brand style. Not only did Cherry excel in achieving all she was asked, but also she did some of her best creative work ever! Multiple staff and students have shared how much they love the various graphic elements she designed this semester. We are so fortunate to have Cherry's expertise and creativity as a tremendous asset to our team! (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Rex Xu (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Rex brings a tremendous level of professionalism and accountability to his work. He sets high standards for himself and his team, asks incisive and important questions, defines clear processes for work projects and assignments, and openly accepts responsibility for mistakes when they happen. Rex's level of integrity is one of the most remarkable characteristics he brings to his work, and it is clear that it rubs off on his team as well, who deliver high-quality work under his leadership. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Sasha Itkis (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
This semester, I had the chance to work closely with Sasha during the selection process for incoming staff members to the Information Security team in SAIT. Sasha was excited to try new approaches to hiring that would allow candidates who might normally be overlooked to be able to shine more during the interview process. She put a lot of time and thought into crafting strong interview questions, forming the ideal interview team, and carefully evaluating each candidate's potential - more so than this team has done in past years. She also ran into several challenging ethical situations throughout the process, for which she sought consultation and guidance in order to make integrity-based decisions. The outcome is the selection of an incredible strong staff going into next year, in large part thanks to all of Sasha's thoughtful planning and deliberation throughout. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Ashley Nguyen (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Ashley is a seasoned staff member on the WinSys team in SAIT and brings a quiet but impactful style of leadership. In her role as a peer, she pays attention to workflow and staff dynamics that would otherwise go unnoticed, and either gently encourages the team to address them or seeks consultation from supervisors on how best to proceed. She has taken the risk to bring up issues that might be sensitive, rather than letting them linger, and has in the process gained tremendous respect from her team. Above all else, she treats others with the utmost dignity and courtesy and succeeds in engendering their trust as someone who people can turn to for help and support. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Ethan Vuong (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We focus on service.
Ethan plays a valuable role for the Desktop Engineering team by being able to gain the trust of many of our key customers within Student Affairs. He has a high-level understanding of the division and its many components, and brings this to bear when working with our customers and partners. This has yielded feedback from our partners that they feel their needs are well-understood by Ethan and that they appreciate the support they receive from him. His knowledge and expertise within Student Affairs have played an important role in his success. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Elizabeth Fung (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We focus on service.
In my humble opinion, Elizabeth has gone through an incredible metamorphosis over the past two semesters in terms of her professional values and leadership instincts. We have worked closely on several hiring processes for her team and Elizabeth has quickly embraced new approaches to hiring that focused on improving how we link our criteria to our interview questions, ensuring we are objectively reviewing each candidate, and reworking our deliberation process to ensure the team we select is the best mix of talent and style. Most notable of all, Elizabeth has brought numerous "ethical dilemmas" to me for consultation and her thinking and judgment in these cases has been spot-on. Elizabeth has grown a tremendous amount in a short time and has been an invaluable thinker on our team. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Alex Wang (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We focus on service.
Alex serves on a small, independent work team within SAIT, but also participates in a collective of leaders from about a dozen other work teams. As part of this, we invited participants to play a role in planning and executing two leadership-themed workshops for the other members, and admittedly this was outside of Alex's typical work and comfort zone. Nonetheless, he challenged himself to take it on and did a fantastic job with it! From his thoughtful approach to planning, to well-selected activities for the workshops, to having to quickly adjust things during the actual workshops, Alex truly shone. I know this was an important milestone for Alex in his own leadership trajectory and am really proud of his willingness to step up for - and succeed! - at this professional development opportunity. Great work, Alex! (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
For her continuous and excellent services to Enterprise Datawarehouse (EDW) and Admin IT Units. I cannot imagine IST without the positive attitude and support from Stephanie. (Kim Chhay-Wade, IST-OCIO)

Alexa Frederick (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
I greatly appreciate Alexa's careful balance between a) maintaining professionalism within working relationships while b) figuring out how to maintain her professional values and voice difficult issues. Given several challenging issues this past semester, Alexa very delicately navigated how to get folks with very different perspectives on a given issue to better see each other's points of view. As an excellent relationship builder, Alexa also provided time and space for multiple team members to share their concerns with her, and then leveraged her voice to bring those issues to leaders within the organization in a thoughtful and professional manner. It's safe to say that several highly sensitive situations came to Alexa and she responded with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and judgment. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Jess Mankewitz (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
I have always appreciated Jess' commitment to bringing issues of diversity and inclusion into any leadership conversation we have within the organization. Whether around supervision challenges, hiring practices, or creating an inclusive work environment, Jess is often the first to name something that needs to be considered to create improved conditions. What I especially appreciate is that it clearly comes from Jess' heart as well as from her sense of professional responsibility. She is careful to not "put down" what we're doing in the organization, but she also "keeps it real" and makes sure we are pushing ourselves to always do better. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Zachary Yiu (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Zach brings tremendous heart and compassion to his work in SAIT. Much of his work involves supporting large-scale processes and decisions, and he is often one of the first people to remind us that we have to consider how people will be impacted by what we do - both our clients and/or our staff. He advocates for the perspectives of people with quieter voices, and offers valuable insight into how to respectfully manage challenging interpersonal situations. He reminds us of the importance of emphasizing connection and compassion in the midst of a fast-paced environment. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Alex Popescu (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Alex has earned a reputation among his peers as being someone who they can go to when they are feeling frustrated, stressed or under pressure. Whether by providing a listening ear, offering strategies for resolution, or even offering to shoulder some of their workload during a busy period, the support Alex has provided to his peers has been greatly appreciated and provides the sense of collaboration and support we value so much within SAIT. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Nick Yang (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Nick has played an important role in bringing improved communication, collaboration and teamwork to his own immediate Unix team and a partnering programmer team. Historically, there have been a number of challenges between the two teams, and Nick's quiet but effective leadership has been a key component in really making some strides in the past year. The two teams now convene regular joint meetings, coordinate efforts more closely, and think collectively about future issues that one or both teams may need to respond to. It is a pleasure to recognize Nick's efforts in bringing the teams closer together and ultimately improving their collective effectiveness. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Noah Alcus (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Noah brings very careful and considerate input in how to approach problems and make group decisions. I have appreciated how reflective and intentional he is during the meetings we have both participated in. He is genuinely curious about how best to align intention with action, and is quick to be introspective about his own actions may impact a given situation so that he choose the best course of action. He is open to feedback, growth and improving his skills to be the most effective leader he can be, and it is a pleasure to recognize this important quality in Noah's contributions to SAIT. (Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Ikram Magzoub (Student Affairs IT) – nominated 4/30/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Ikram brings a commitment to SAIT around the importance of transparent communication and thoughtful process. During team meetings, she advocates for staff needs and ensures that consideration is given to how best to communicate with and support staff. She values recognition for hard work, uplifts employees who excel, and believes in preserving dignity for all staff even when their performance needs improvement. Her advocacy for a healthy, respectful and transparent workplace is worthy of recognition and appreciation.
(Cristobal Olivares, Student Affairs IT)

Clarissa Fermin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 5/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Clarissa is an incredibly dedicated employee, never hesitating to provide answers to questions and take on new requests and challenges, always providing great customer service with a positive attitude! (Liz Marsh, IST-OCIO)

Chris Bartlett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 5/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Chris is always incredibly responsive and customer service oriented. He gets thinks done quickly, communicates well, and is a very positive person. Chris is a delight to work with! (Liz Marsh, IST-OCIO)

Brett Bibeau (IST-OCIO) – nominated 5/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Allows provides very quick and accurate service. (Blaine Isbelle, IST-Enterprise Data Services)

Jen Bellenger (IST-API) – nominated 5/7/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
When O365 had an outage and Jen did NOT involve the windows team, but simply updated status with the O365 status link. (Blaine Isbelle, IST-Enterprise Data Services)

Syed Ahmed (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We focus on service.
Syed, thanks for being AWESOME at reporting almost 100% of your hours for this week. It's fantastic and greatly appreciated, thank you!! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Kazim Senoglu (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Kaz, thanks for being AWESOME at reporting more than 100% of your hours for this week. It's fantastic and greatly appreciated, thank you!! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Frankie Pun (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Frankie, thanks for being AWESOME at reporting almost 100% of your hours for this week. It's fantastic and greatly appreciated, thank you!! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Adrianne Williams (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Adriane, thanks for being AWESOME at reporting almost 100% of your hours for this week. It's fantastic and greatly appreciated, thank you!! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Ken Hensel (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Ken, thanks for being AWESOME and almost reporting 100% of your hours for this last week! It is greatly appreciated and means a lot, thanks! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Syed Ahmed (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you Syed for always sending a clear and detailed weekly status report! It makes my job much more achievable and it means a lot to me, thank you! (Ross Stivison, IST-SIS)

Jason Miller (IST-SIS) – nominated 5/10/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I want to thank Jason for his guidance and assistance in the CalCentral Postgres migration project. I sincerely appreciate the time he spent reviewing my code and giving me constructive feedback. (Frankie Pun, IST-SIS)

Steve Masover (Research IT) – nominated 5/14/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Steve, thank you very much for all your help with the Research IT website. Neither of us knew the answers, but it was fun figuring out together. Thanks also for helping me brush up on my bash skills :) (Amy Neeser, Research IT)

Rick Jaffe (Research IT) – nominated 5/14/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Rick, thank you so much for stepping up to work with the RDM intern! I really appreciate all your help. (Amy Neeser, Research IT)

John Valmores (ITCS) – nominated 5/17/2019 - We focus on service.
John took extra steps to research my software problem. (June Ramirez, Research IT)

Guy Mirisciotti (ITCS) – nominated 5/17/2019 - We focus on service.
Guy was fantastic with updating my computer and being patient with the questions I was asking during the conversion. (Scott Dinkelspiel, Human Resources)

Christy Weber (ITCS) – nominated 5/23/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Our teams recently finished a project that spanned 7+ months. The project required Christy to create and apply a number of new policies in Active Directory and determine how those policies would migrate ~5000 campus user accounts to a new state without disrupting the end-user's work. There was a rigorous weekly migration schedule, which occurred on top of Christy's usual job responsibilities. The project was successfully completed, and it would not have happened without Christy's great work. (Alex Kim, IS)

Maggie Gajek (ITCS) – nominated 5/23/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Our teams recently finished a project that spanned 7+ months. The project required Maggie to create and apply a number of new policies in Active Directory and determine how those policies would migrate ~5000 campus user accounts to a new state without disrupting the end-user's work. There was a rigorous weekly migration schedule, which occurred on top of Maggie's usual job responsibilities. The project was successfully completed, and it would not have happened without Maggie's great work. (Alex Kim, IS)

Ben Kaaya (ITCS) – nominated 5/23/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Our teams recently finished a project that spanned 7+ months. The project required Ben to create and apply a number of new policies in Active Directory and determine how those policies would migrate ~5000 campus user accounts to a new state without disrupting the end-user's work. There was a rigorous weekly migration schedule, which occurred on top of Ben's usual job responsibilities. The project was successfully completed, and it would not have happened without Ben's great work. (Alex Kim, IS)

John Benedict (ITCS) – nominated 5/23/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Our teams recently finished a project that spanned 7+ months. The project required John to create and apply a number of new policies in Active Directory and determine how those policies would migrate ~5000 campus user accounts to a new state without disrupting the end-user's work. There was a rigorous weekly migration schedule, which occurred on top of John's usual job responsibilities. The project was successfully completed, and it would not have happened without John's great work. (Alex Kim, IS)

Recipients Feb. 5 – March 19

Kim Chhay-Wade (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/5/2019 - We focus on service. 
Kim has been diligent, level headed and patient as we went through the annual exercise of recalculating our recharge rates. (Walter Stokes, IST-Data and Platform Services)

Isaac Mankita (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/5/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Isaac has worked through the rate recharge analysis with vim and vigor, and has constantly acted professionally when addressing budget issues.
(Walter Stokes, (Walter Stokes, IST-Data and Platform Services)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/6/2019 - We focus on service.
Stephanie is a delight! Thank you for all your help with the New Year's party, especially with the accommodations request. (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Kerry Hays (IST-API) – nominated 2/6/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you so much, Kerry, for taking the lead on organizing the talent show for the New Year's party! It was a blast :) (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Greg German (RTL) – nominated 2/6/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Greg, for sharing your talent with us at the New Year's Party! We could not have done it without you :-) (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Ronnie Ong (Calnet) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Shout out to Ronnie for her lending her beautiful voice and ukulele skills for the New Year's party! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Clarissa Fermin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Claris, for all your help with our student hiring! I appreciate your diligence in getting us through the process. (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Margarita Zeglin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Margarita, for all your help and diligence with getting the New Year's party approved! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Summer Scanlan (Calnet) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Summer, for contributing your enthusiasm and creative ideas for IST social events! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Julie Goldstein (Security) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks to Julie for sharing her beautiful renditions of Handel and Telemann, and her willingness to perform first -- especially as a new Berkeley community member! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Jeremy Rosenberg (Security) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks to Jeremy for livening up our New Year's party by performing his master of ceremonies duties so well :-)  (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Brian Wood (IST-API) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Brian, for your awesome performance at the New Year's Party! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Allison Henry (IST-Security) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks to Allison (aka Miss Dolly) for bringing the FUN to our New Year's Party! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Dale Engle (IST-EDW) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Dale, for adding some cheese (and your lovely voice) to the New Year's Party! We will have to dial you in from Oregon next year. (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Dustin Miller (IT Client Services) – nominated 2/7/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thank you, Dustin, for playing your excellent rendition of Great Balls of Fire at our New Year's Party :-)  (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Mona Irwin (IST-Admin IT) – nominated 2/11/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Helping out in anyway needed. (Margaret Chester, IST-OCIO)

Marina Bennett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/11/2019 - We focus on service.
Today, I was really struggling with a frustrating interaction related to a Bear Buy cart, and getting really quite annoyed by the whole thing. Marina saw what was going on, empathized, and took over the cart in order to make the problem just go away, saving me quite a bit of work. She turned a pretty bad afternoon into a really good one. Thanks Marina! (Ian Crew, IST-API)

Joslyn Broussard (IST-Telecom CCU) – nominated 2/19/2019 - We focus on service.
Joslyn has been invaluable in our work to redesign our Telecom Enhancement prioritization process. From decision making to excellent documentation detail Joslyn has been a great asset in a monumental change to our enhancement pipeline. Thank you Joslyn for your contribution to our work! (Colette Jackson, IST-Telecom)

Robin Tate (IST-Telecom CCU) – nominated 2/19/2019 - We focus on service.
Robin's contribution to the redesign of our Telecom Catalog enhancement prioritization process has been tremendous. Robin is meticulous and consistent as we navigate new documentation and ideas. Thank you Robin for your contribution to our work! (Colette Jackson, IST-Telecom)

Ian Crew (IST-API) – nominated 2/20/2019 - We focus on service.
Thanks to Ian and Kerry for your help in getting the computers and work area set up so nicely for the new Berkeley Mobile App student team! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Kerry Hays (IST-API) – nominated 2/20/2019 - We focus on service.
Thanks to Ian and Kerry for your help in getting the computers and work area set up so nicely for the new Berkeley Mobile App student team! (Jen Bellenger, IST-API)

Stephanie Dunn (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/22/2019 - We focus on service.
Stephanie is so thoughtful. She exemplifies the culture change that is now growing in IST. She helped me with a recent hire situation that I really appreciated. Keep up the good work Steph! (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Clarissa Fermin (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/22/2019 - We focus on service.
Claris is a consummate professional! She is always on top of her game and supremely knowledgeable about all HR questions and task that I inquire about. She is extremely helpful and responds to things quickly. I find it a great pleasure whenever I have to work with her. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Marina Bennett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 2/22/2019 - We imagine and innovate.
Marina is a very special person to work with. She is super helpful in many ways including vendor relations, coordinating services, purchasing items for us etc. It is always my esteemed please to work with her! (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Lia Grant (IT Client Services) – nominated 2/25/2019 - We focus on service.
Marina is a very special person to work with. She is super helpful in many ways including vendor relations, coordinating services, purchasing items for us etc. It is always my esteemed please to work with her! (Linda Fitzgerald, IST-Telecom)

Jose Madrigal (Central HR) – nominated 2/27/2019 - We focus on service.
Jose has been extremely helpful and patient with answering all UCPATH related questions that I have that helps with timing our hiring and recruitment processes. With his quick response, I am able to provide the support that our managers need and relieve some anxiety with some of our HR actions. (Clarissa Fermin, IST-OCIO)

Clifton Hom (IST-IS) – nominated 2/28/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Clifton is a great partner to our team and does not hesitate to help whenever asked. The latest example of his positive collaborative spirit came yesterday when Kerry Hays and I were struggling to understand a problem being described by an instructor who was trying to install Windows. Using his knowledge of Windows OS deployment, Clifton was able to help us hone in on the solution for the user and avoid sending the user to Microsoft support and potentially hours of lost productivity. (Jon Hays, IST-API)

Ev Ortman (Haas - Advancement Services) – nominated 2/28/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Collaboration and great teamwork is what I am recognizing today for two people. Ev and Brenda worked collaboratively together this week to develop several rush data graphics for a volunteer board meeting next week. There is a vacancy in our unit and this work was previously performed by the vacant position. Together they identified a solution, developed the visual, and presented it to the customer on time. Great work! (Karen Latora, Haas Core Programs)

Brenda Illescas (Haas - Advancement Services) – nominated 2/28/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Collaboration and great teamwork is what I am recognizing today for two people. Brenda and Ev worked collaboratively together this week to develop several rush data graphics for a volunteer board meeting next week. There is a vacancy in our unit and this work was previously performed by the vacant position. Together they identified a solution, developed the visual, and presented it to the customer on time. Great work! (Karen Latora, Haas Core Programs)

Michael Cervantes (UDAR-AIM) – nominated 2/28/2019 - We focus on service.
Michael was asked to perform data cleanup on corporate records identified by the Haas School as our Top 40 corporate records. He took on this task and prioritized it within his regular work. In addition, at the mid-point he sent us a status update. This week, he gave us hands on demo on the best practices to search for these data sets in the CADS database. Very much appreciate his excellent customer service. (Karen Latora, Haas Core Programs)

Brian Koehmstedt (IST-Calnet) – nominated 3/5/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
His going above and beyond to ensure a successful transition to UCPath. (Summer Scanlan, IST-Calnet)

Greg Snow (IST-Calnet) – nominated 3/5/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
His going above and beyond to ensure a successful transition to UCPath. (Summer Scanlan, IST-Calnet)

Patricia Juarez-Gordiano (IST-API) – nominated 3/12/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Patricia, thank you for persevering to complete those complex and useful SDDs. I know it was a slog! (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

William Allison (IST-API) – nominated 3/12/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Thank you for always letting me speak my thoughts! (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Wayne Shao (Student Business Operations) – nominated 3/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Wayne is a consummate team player. Thanks for all your hard work to ensure Imagine and Student Business Operations are operational! (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Patrick Schmitz (RTL) – nominated 3/13/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Patrick, thank you for helping Janet and supporting the IT Knowledge Management effort. I can tell Janet learned a lot from you and we both appreciate your support. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Jen Bellenger (IST-API) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Jen is a great partner on IST social events. She is vital to making social events happen! (Summer Scanlan, IST-Calnet)

Daniel Bass (IT) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We are accountable to each other.
Going out of his way to help me fix an IT issue. Following up with others who are trying to help to make sure that progress is made. Coming to my office to troubleshoot repeatedly. Thanks Daniel! (Caroline Williams, Integrative Biology)

Lani Pittman (IST-SIS) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Thanks you for always stepping up when needed. You inspire others to stay positive, stay focused and always maintain a good attitude. (Linda Sanz, IST-SIS)

Tamila Williams (IST-SIS) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We include and excel, together.
I truly appreciate all of your mentoring and expertise. You never fail to share knowledge and encourage team building. (Linda Sanz, IST-SIS)

Eli Perri (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Eli is a lifesaver! Any time I have a rush catering order or a rush request that is for a chart-string she is always so quick to respond. Her great attitude and response time to my emails are greatly appreciated. Thanks, Eli! (Stephanie Dunn, IST-OCIO)

Marina Bennett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 3/14/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Marina is such a hard worker and provides great customer service. She is always available for questions and I appreciate her patience. She is a great colleague and very knowledgeable on many campus policies that apply to my everyday work. Thanks for everything, Marina! (Stephanie Dunn, IST-OCIO)

Jen Bellenger (IST-API) – nominated 3/15/2019 - We include and excel, together.
Jen very generously spent time and provided insight to Karen, a student working on the IT Knowledge Management effort. (Marlita Kahn, IST-API)

Melaniece Parker (IT Client Services) – nominated 3/19/2019 - We focus on service.
She is courteous and always provides excellent customer service. (Gladys Oddoye, IST-Telecom)

Recipients Dec. 20, 2018 – Feb. 4, 2019

Marc Love (IST-Telecom) – nominated 1/8/2019 - We focus on service. 
Very helpful, thoughtful and courteous. (Brett Bibeau, IST-OCIO)

Chris Bartlett (IST-OCIO) – nominated 1/8/2019 - We include and excel, together. 
I appreciate Chris' work ethic and his focus on teamwork. (Brett Bibeau, IST-OCIO)

Taneya Neal (IST-Telecom) – nominated 1/16/2019 - We include and excel, together. 
Once again, Taneya Neal answered my frantic call to setup a conference call to include a caller from China today at 5pm. We do not have a Zoom account. Every time I get Taneya Neal from the IT Help Desk, she really thinks through the questions (brainstorms) and offers a few suggestions to fix problem or refers quickly. Taneya is a skilled problem solver, always goes beyond the call of duty, anticipates my needs and demonstrates excellent customer service and commitment to the mission of UC Berkeley. All her answers are completely 100% detailed. I always end our phone conversations, happy, less frustrated, and glad we have Taneya Neal on board at UC Berkeley! Thank you so much. (Aleta Martinez, Jacobs Design Institute)

Margaret Chester (IST-OCIO) – nominated 1/24/2019 - We include and excel, together. 
Margaret is helpful and understanding of my home and work situation. She is supportive and I appreciate this. (Brett Bibeau, IST-OCIO)

Summer Scanlan (IST-OCIO) – nominated 1/31/2019 - We include and excel, together. 
I appreciate Summer's attention to Change Management as she is the first one to complete the form. (Amit Singh, IST-IS)

Eric Maddy (IST/CSS-IT) – nominated 1/31/2019 - We include and excel, together. 
Eric is a stellar IT staff person. He always extends himself whenever I need computer support. He does his job thoroughly and with humble. (Amit Singh, IST-IS)

Kellsie Adams-Briesch (IST-Telecom) – nominated 2/1/2019 - We focus on service.
Our team works with Kellsie frequently in order to launch UC Berkeley websites built on the Open Berkeley platform. She is always courteous, thorough, and timely, and we could not do what we do without her (and her colleagues, of course). (Anna Gazdowicz, IST-API)