College honors employees for outstanding service and quality

For their years of service and excellent work, 37 staff members earned awards in a celebration of their accomplishments at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Aug. 7.

“It’s gratifying to see people here from throughout the college who are involved in everything from clinical patient care, diagnostic services, biomedical research, public health, international programs — all impacting lives in central New York, throughout the state, the nation and the world,” said Lorin D. Warnick, D.V.M., Ph.D. ’94, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “This is a dynamic and invigorating place to work, and that’s thanks to all that you do.”

The recipients of the Dionne Henderson Staff Excellence Award pose with flowers in front of a green curtain with Henderson's family
The Dionne Henderson Staff Excellence Award winners with Henderson's family.

The ceremony included the announcement of this year’s recipients of the Dionne Henderson Staff Excellence Award. Now in its second year, the award’s namesake, Dionne Henderson, worked at the college for nearly a decade in administrative positions for both Human Resources and the Department of Clinical Sciences. She passed away unexpectedly in 2016 after complications from a cancer-related surgery. Her family attended the event.

“The best part is that this is a community celebration, and we have come together like I have never seen before to create a wonderful event to recognize our hardworking, dedicated staff,” said Mary Beth Jordan, CVM’s director of human resources.

The award was presented to three recipients: Marie de Roos, Gwen Frost and Nicole Woodhull. Marie de Roos is an administrative assistant in the Accounting Service Center (ASC). “Marie is the backbone of our Accounting Service Center,” said Candy Hawker, accounts representative at the ASC, which nominated de Roos. “Her positive nature and warm personality are always a welcome addition to any committee and gathering.”

Gwen Frost is a senior grants and contracts coordinator for the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC). “Gwen’s dedication to each and every faculty member, her excellence in providing high-quality proposal packages and her ability to communicate across our college, the university and sometimes the world to bring a project together is beyond distinction,” said Kim Potter, director of business operations at the AHDC, Frost’s supervisor and one of her nominators.

 Nicole Woodhull, Gwen Frost and Marie de Roos.
Clockwise from top left, the winners of the Dionne Henderson Staff Excellence Award: Nicole Woodhull, Gwen Frost and Marie de Roos.

Nicole Woodhull is an executive staff assistant in the Office of the Dean. “Nicole is the most compassionate, diplomatic and welcoming supervisor we have had the honor to work with,” said Christina Wilkinson, administrative assistant in CVM’s student and academic services office and one of Woodhull’s nominators. “She gives everything she does 110 percent and is not afraid to step outside her comfort zone.”

The event also celebrated the Staff Service Awards, which recognize outstanding staff whose work contributes to the success of Cornell’s students, faculty, alumni and colleagues at the university. Combined, their years of service totaled an impressive 985 years.

“For those of you who are celebrating service milestones, we know it’s not just about the years you’ve been here,” said Mary George Opperman, M.S. ’17, Cornell’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “It’s about all the dedication you’ve put in to those years, all the hard work and everything that you’ve accomplished.”

Staff service award recipients sit with Dean Warnick and their plaques on the steps in the college atrium
Recipients of the Staff Service Awards, which recognize outstanding staff whose work contributes to the success of Cornell’s students, faculty, alumni and colleagues at the university.

20 Years of Service

  • Rosemary Adessa
  • Gordon Andrews
  • Keila Dhondt
  • Kathy Fowler
  • Belinda Gross
  • Kimberly Hayes
  • Jen Powers
  • Jai Sweet, Ph.D. ’96
  • Jessica Divell
  • Cathy French
  • Ariana Harris ’05
  • Paul Jennette ’87
  • Sherri Stull
  • Victoria Thomas
Staff sitting in Lecture Hall 4/5 watching a presentation on the screens
“The best part is that this is a community celebration, and we have come together like I have never seen before to create a wonderful event to recognize our hardworking, dedicated staff,” said Mary Beth Jordan, CVM’s director of human resources.

25 Years of Service

  • Catherine Brown
  • Scott Butler
  • Curtis Kretz ’94
  • Laurie Lychalk
  • Joseph McLain
  • Casey Morgan
  • Michelle Stefanski- Seymour
  • Dean Wolf

30 Years of Service

  • Joby Cowulich
  • Wendy English
  • Brenda Henley
  • Diane Kilts, M.H.A. ’96
  • Kim Salino
  • Deborah Watrous
  • Judy Withers
Dean Warnick at a podium congratulating staff service award recipients
Combined, their years of service total an impressive 985 years.

35 Years of Service

  • Barbara Catlin
  • Gwen Frost
  • Patricia Janhonen
  • Vonda Royce
  • Karen Wilcox

40 Years of Service

  • Linda Benson
  • Pamela Schenck
  • Amy Yeager ’76, D.V.M. ’79

 “This represents an amazing achievement,” said Warnick.

By Melanie Greaver Cordova

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