Five School of Dentistry staff members were recognized for exemplary work during a luncheon earlier in September at the Husky Union Building on the UW campus.
Those receiving 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards were:
Lara Alpert, Director of Clinical Accounting & Finance Reporting, Clinical Services: Nominator Michael Dominguez called her “the essence of grace under pressure. … She inspires us to be the best we possibly can.”
Tonya Greer, Project Manager, Clinical Services: Nominator Juanita Roberts said Greer “goes above and beyond to reach out to people to make sure their questions are answered. Sometimes they’re answered even before they’re asked!”
Juana Rashid, Patient Care Coordinator, Oral Medicine: Nominator Dr. Mark Drangsholt said that through a time of transition in the Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities program, Rashid “has been the backbone of the DECOD clinic. Her position is far more than a job – it’s a calling that makes a difference in each patient’s life.”
Juanita Roberts, Administrative Specialist, Office of the Dean: Nominator Jean Garber said, “This is all about how dedicated, gracious and fair she is in dealing with everybody across the School.”
Allan Trinidad, Dental Assistant, Oral Medicine: Dr. Drangsholt called him “calm, quiet, steady and a positive influence – very critical [qualities] in seeing special-needs patients,” and noted his dedication, including an instance where he came to work after breaking his foot.
Dean Joel Berg hosted and helped present the annual awards, which are given to recognize staff work that goes well beyond the call of duty.