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October 27, 2022 – Extra Effort & Team Effort Awards


Ann Balquist, Admissions Assistant – nominated by Teresa Leland 
Ann has gone above and beyond her job duties to ensure our College Now rush was successful. She gave up several Saturdays to come in and process applications to help the students that applied at the last minute. By doing this, we were able to get more students moved to the enrollment process. Ann consistently has a good attitude and looks for ways to improve our processes. I feel Ann gives excellent customer service to our JCCC community. 

Natalie Alleman Beyers, Director, Institutional Planning & Research 
Mark Gordon, Senior Research & Data Analyst, Institutional Planning & Research 
Nominated by Ashley Jost 
Recently, we were tasked with submitting a very large financial aid report following new requirements under a quick turnaround.
Creating this report from scratch was a challenge. Natalie and Mark were invaluable resources, pooling data and utilizing superior analytical skills to capture the correct pieces we needed. They went above and beyond, taking the time to answer questions and meet as needed to see the project through to completion. 
It was definitely a team effort to make sure we had everything in place to ensure compliance and finalize the report. But thanks to their support, we were able to get it done successfully! We are so fortunate to have their knowledge and expertise at JCCC! They are very deserving of this recognition! 

Ina Crane, Transfer Articulation Analyst, Admissions – nominated by Teresa Leland 
Ina has worked above and beyond her duties to help during our College Now rush. She juggles several responsibilities and is always willing to help our team be successful. Ina has a positive attitude and works hard ensure students can move to the next step in their process to become JCCC students. 

James Drone, Senior Enterprise Desktop Engineer, IS – nominated by Tambra Wise 
James is extremely responsive and when he gets here he is smiling and friendly! We appreciate James so much! 

Brenda Edmonds, Mathematics Professor – nominated by Melissa Weston-Puett 
Brenda has been going to a local Johnson County high school twice a week to help a long-term sub in Calculus cover a maternity leave. This is one of our College Now courses. She has been answering student questions, teaching mini-lessons, and working with the sub on grading student papers. This is above and beyond her expectations as a College Now liaison. She is truly dedicated to our department and helping students succeed! 

Joyce Friedel, Administrative Assistant ARC, AAC – nominated by Kaitlin Krumsick 
With some recent shortages in desk staff, Joyce has stepped up in the AAC to keep the center running and shifts covered. She is such a bright and happy presence in the AAC, going above and beyond to help staff and students feel comfortable and supported. She’s an invaluable member of the team! 

James Gillies, Office Assistant, LRC – nominated by Kaitlin Krumsick 
With some recent shortages in desk staff, James has stepped up in the LRC to keep the center running and shifts covered, especially on evenings and weekends. James is very attentive to the needs of the center and the students and is excellent about solving problems to make the space better for all. James has given years to the LRC and JCCC and his dedication is valued! 

Cindy Harmison, Adjunct Associate Professor, Legal Studies – nominated by Gwenda Hawk 
Cindy has volunteered to assist other faculty members with classroom tech support as we pilot teaching multi-modality courses in the Paralegal program. She has also been instrumental in drafting surveys for students, providing feedback, engaging in departmental evaluation, leading small group connections, and developing department policy. Her assistance makes my job easier and more enjoyable! 

Magda Trevino, Admissions Assistant – nominated by Teresa Leland 
Magda worked above and beyond during our College Now rush. She worked several Saturdays to process applications and high school transcripts so students could move on to the enrollment process. Magda always has a great attitude and is willing to help in any way to help our the Admissions team. 

Ann West, Computer Lab Assistant, Client Support Services – nominated by David Brooks 
We have had several promotional events to raise awareness of the Computer Labs across campus. Ann has helped with these events. Her enthusiasm in reaching out to students during these events has been welcome and is much appreciated. Due to her help many more students across campus are aware of the existence and services the Computer Labs provide. 

The virtual Extra Effort Award nomination form can be found at https://blogs.jccc.edu/staffdev/awards/extra-effort/




  • Ann Balquist, Admissions Assistant • Admissions
  • Whitney Saporito, Admissions Assistant • Admissions
  • Magda TrevinoLead Student Assistant • IISS
  • Megan Kirby Luster, Admissions Data Specialist • Admissions
  • Michelle Eslick, Student Employee • Student Financial Aid
  • Ina Crane, Transfer Articulation Analyst • Admissions
  • Maggie Hodge, Transfer Articulation Analyst • Admissions
  • Kathie Vandeleuv, Transfer Articulation Analyst • Admissions
  • Kaitlyn York, Transcript Assistant • Admissions

Nominated by Teresa Leland, Admissions Processing Coordinator

Accomplishment: The Admissions team successfully processed 5320 applications, answered 1432 phone calls and worked 3704 HS transcripts between Aug 1 and  Sept 16.  This amount of work could not be done with a two day turn around without the extra efforts of this team.  The team assisted students and parents on the admission processes to ensure as many as possible could move on to enrollment.  This team truly gave their best to create a positive experience for many first time and College Now students.  They were patient and provided the needed information and anticipated the next steps the student needed to take.  Each week they worked together to review processes and help each other out with frequent questions.  After the College Now deadline, they took time to reflect on what worked and how next year can be better. It is an honor to work with such a wonderful team.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  

S1: Ensure our models of teaching and learning lead to student success.
S2: Successfully transition students to JCCC.


S2: Develop and support an inclusive environment that empowers all students, faculty, and staff to succeed.


S2: Create and maintain an environment where employees are valued and belong.


  • Ann Nordyke, Manager of Enrollment Services • Records
  • Erica Lowry, Supervisory Student Development Specialist • Records
  • Leslie Quinn, Director of Enrollment Services & Registrar • Records
  • Georgia Livingston, Administrative Assistant • Records
  • Tracy Fox, Special Change of Major • Records
  • Kena Zumalt, Program Director of Veteran Services • Veteran & Military Resource Center
  • Alyssa Crites, Student Development Specialist • Records
  • Julie ArthStudent Development Specialist • Records 
  • Olivia LuStudent Development Specialist • Records 
  • Michelle BolinStudent Development Specialist • Records
  • Suzanne MorseStudent Development Specialist • Records
  • Sarah MartinStudent Development Specialist • Records
  • Becky BellStudent Development Specialist • Records
  • Sara FisherStudent Development Specialist • Records 
  • Robyn ZwolinskiStudent Development Specialist • Records 
  • Jennifer McNoltyStudent Development Specialist • Records
  • Amy RobbinsStudent Development Specialist • Records

Nominated by Janice Nelson, Strategic Student Communications Coordinator, Admissions

Accomplishment: Records Staff made approximately 800 out-bound calls to:

  1. New Students who were trying to enroll without assistance and unable to do so due to “closed classes” or “pre-req requirements” resulting in Student being unable to complete the enrollment process
  2. New Students who are/were enrolled, then dropped classes
  3. Current Students (not new Students) who are/were enrolled, then dropped classes

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  These proactive, outbound calls to assist new and current Students exemplifies “Student Success:  Support learners in achieving their educational goals” by “successfully transitioning students to JCCC.” These outbound calls are the definition of “meeting Students where they are.” Our JCCC Records Staff learned a great deal about Students which has already led to several process improvements to be identified and implemented.   


  • Shari Blank, Adjunct Faculty • Legal Studies
  • Cindy Harmison, Adjunct Faculty • Legal Studies

Nominated by Gwenda Hawk, Associate Professor, Legal Studies

Accomplishment: Shari and Cindy served on the Legal Studies Department Assessment subcommittee and helped develop a draft of a common rubric to use in our Fall 2022 Paralegal courses to assess students’ writing skills throughout the program. They are also assisting with an additional assessment tool to be piloted in Spring 2023.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  Student Success, S1: Ensure our models of teaching and learning lead to student success.


The virtual Team Effort Award nomination form can be found at http://blogs.jccc.edu/staffdev/files/2022/09/Team-Effort-Award.pdf

September 27, 2022 – Extra Effort & Team Effort Awards


Zach Taylor, Welding Instructor, Continuing Education – nominated by Molly Salisbury

Zach was recently hired as an instructor for CE. His first class was working with the NCircle welding program this summer. We received news that one of the NCircle graduates was recently able to use what he learned in the welding classes to get a different and higher paying job than he was expecting. This is due to the skills he learned from Zach and the confidence he gained in the course.


Nathan Preston, Lead Enterprise Desktop Engineer/Support, Information Services – nominated by Brad Staupp & Adrian Swan

Nathan Preston is new in his position as the Lead Enterprise Desktop Engineer Support here at JCCC. With the recent CLB remodel project with classrooms re-opening this fall semester, and vacating the SCI building, as well, Nathan has spent quite a bit of time ensuring that everything went smoothly for the start of the semester. The results are proven with record low emergency calls and a successful start of the Fall 2022 semester (which was one of the largest returns to campus in recent years). A very big thanks to Nathan!


Ann Balquist, Admissions Assistant – nominated by Ina Crane

Since Ann started, she has always put in extra effort when needed. She is real team player and someone you can always count on. Especially in these extra busy times for admissions, Ann has stepped up, put in extra hours, and her work is always excellent.


Magda Trevino, Admissions Assistant – nominated by Ina Crane

Magda is an incredible worker who learns remarkably fast. These last few weeks when we have been very busy, Magda has put in extra hours and has helped us tremendously in handling our work load. We are very grateful to have her on our team.


Becky Klinkenborg, Budget Analyst, Financial Services – nominated by Janelle Vogler

Becky has gone above and beyond to assist Dining Services in setting up a new accounting and inventory system. Her knowledge, experience, and time spent has been invaluable. Thank you Becky, we appreciate you!


Georgia Deming, ESL Program Manager, JCAE – nominated by Leslie Dykstra

Georgia has gone above and beyond in August to help sign-up, test, and enroll over 500 ESL students into classes. She did this while enduring significant staffing issues. She has worked every morning and night since August 1 to ensure students are placed correctly in our program.


Mary Thibault, Assistant Program Director, Hiersteiner Child Development Center – nominated by Courtney Hultgren

As HCDC was prepping for the start of fall classes, Mary spent ample time (including some after hours) working on the garden, playgrounds, and maintenance of the building. She trimmed shrubbery, pulled weeds, and most impressively, cleaned the siding to the center. It was very dusty, dirty, and gross and she cleaned it all by hand.


Jaya Daniel, Coordinator, IISS – nominated by Kim Steinmetz

Jaya led orientation and went above and beyond job duties to ensure the event was a success. She managed our online learning platform, organized all of our staff, and supported current students at the busiest time of year. Jaya deserves recognition because she helped students feel welcome, supported, and encouraged during this important transition.

Jaya also led training of a new employee this summer. She went above and beyond what is expected by spending countless hours walking the employee through our processes and procedures. She led with patience, detail, and empathy. It has been wonderful to see Jaya take on a leadership role and coach a newer employee! Well done Jaya!


Ashley Hunter, Supervisor – Customer Relations, Bookstore – nominated by Debbie Brewer, Daisha Holmes & Christal Williams

Ashley is the point of contact in the bookstore for our financial aid students and the KS Promise students. She is always positive and always available for the students and staff. If there is an issue, she will find the answer and make sure the student gets what they need. We could not manage the KS Promise program without Ashley assisting the students with their book purchases!!! We appreciate all she does!

Ashley has been extremely valuable to the Financial Aid Office in the execution of the Kansas Promise Scholarship program. She is excellent at helping issue book vouchers to students and troubleshooting difficult situations. We can always rely on Ashley’s positive attitude and responsiveness when we need it the most. Thank you Ashley!


Eric Elisabeth, Professor, Chemistry – nominated by Christina Wolff

Eric continues to volunteer his time to lead the French table. The community and the students benefit so much from his time. Merci Eric!!!


Helga Dotti-Alvarado, ESL Instructor, JCAE – nominated by Georgia Deming

During our teacher workdays, after testing and orientation but before classes began, the person who was to help 20+ ESL teachers prepare for their first class had a family emergency. Helga stepped in, organized all the files, helped teachers establish class rosters, set up Excel files, check and complete enrollment forms in addition to taking care of her two classes that she needed to prepare.


Amy Foster, Administrative Assistant, JCAE – nominated by Georgia Deming

Amy Foster consistently does everything. In addition to her regular duties, during ESL testing and registration, Amy volunteers to do split shifts in order to help with testing and orientation. Whether that involves traffic control, test proctoring, book selling, or trouble shooting equipment issues, she is always there to help everyone and to ensure program success.


Julie Mulder, West Park Lead Instructor, JCAE – nominated by Leslie Dykstra

Julie works as the lead instructor in the Adult Basic Education/GED program at West Park for JCAE. After a new instructor had to resign the week before classes started due to a family emergency, Julie stepped up and took on an additional class without hesitation. She is currently teaching two classes and managing two other classes at West Park. She has done an excellent job. We are lucky to have her on our team and with our students.


Susan Hoffman, Coordinator, Staff & Organizational Development – nominated by Tambra Wise

Susan coordinated the first employee picnic in years! She ensured there was plenty of fun and games to keep our employees smiling and eating! I have only heard great things about this very special employee event!


Caitlin Murphy, Senior Executive Assistant, President’s Office – nominated by Kim Steinmetz & Kaitlin Krumsick

Caitlin has served in a leadership capacity for Staff Council and has gone above and beyond to serve the college. She was an inaugural member of the HR/Staff Council Sub Committee. She led by organizing the meetings, serving as the unofficial recorder of minutes, and clarifying topics as needed. Caitlin has selflessly led this group and is rotating off soon. We will miss her greatly!


The virtual Extra Effort Award nomination form can be found at https://blogs.jccc.edu/staffdev/awards/extra-effort/






  • Annina Dahlstrom, Integrated Marketing Manager • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Christina Seitzinger, Creative Lead/Designer • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Julie Neemeyer, Director of Operations • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Deanne Belshe, Director of Planning • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Christa Byer, Digital Strategist • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Stacy Boline, Marketing Copywriter • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Molly Baumgardner, Communications Coordinator • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Amy Becker, Coordinator of Marketing Projects • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Chris Gray, Vice President • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Callie Woods, Coordinator of Social Media & Content • Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Mary Anne Matos, Marketing Automation Specialist • Strategic Communications & Marketing


Nominated by Joy Ginsburg, Executive Director, Foundation

Accomplishment: There are so many accomplishments that I can credit to this team that I’m worried I may miss something, but here goes:

  • Revamped updated website for JCCC Foundation (it looks AMAZING)
  • Updated JCCC Foundation Logo (new look is going to help the Foundation stand out as its own entity while still staying attached to the main brand)
  • Helped set up users and strategy for social media (we have gained lots of followers on LinkedIn and Facebook and we have even purchased ads to increase participation on Lace Up 5k)
  • Created and managed an invitation to scholarship recipients to attend a lunch (resulted in over 200 students attending)
  • Designed the most beautiful and engaging Some Enchanted Evening invitation
  • Open Petal Society (created an online giving page, created marketing materials to help promote the effort and created a new/more impactful form for registration)


Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):

Engaging the community and helping students feel like they belong and are appreciated. Many of these tools will help us continue to raise funds to support all of the strategic priorities of the college.



  • Amy Culey, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Christy Lemanske, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Helga Dotti-Alvarado, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Kaitlyn McLaughlin, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Linda Turbyfill, ESL Lead Instructor • JCAE
  • Michelle Rico, Non-Credit Instructor• JCAE
  • Olivia Chiu-Clevinger, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Amber Schrage, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Amy Foster, Office Assistant • JCAE
  • Amanda Chung, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Diane Mora, Mandatory Training Stipend • JCAE
  • Angie Huber, Program Coordinator • AO-K
  • Becky Sears, Transition Coach • JCAE
  • Jill Sigler, Transition Coach • JCAE
  • Christine Bittel, Non-Credit Instructor • JCAE
  • Janice Blansit, Program Director • JCAE


Nominated by Georgia Deming, Program Manager, English as a Second Language

Accomplishment: In two weeks’ time, we have managed to get 580 ESL students gmail accounts, connected them to Google Classroom, and downloaded several apps. Teachers and staff went to Center of Grace and West Park to assist with this monumental task which puts students on the road to acquiring digital literacy skills.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  Student Success and Employee Engagement.



  • Shari Blank, Adjunct Faculty • Legal Studies
  • Cindy Harmison, Adjunct Faculty • Legal Studies


Nominated by Gwenda Hawk, Associate Professor, Legal Studies

Accomplishment: Shari and Cindy served on the Legal Studies Department Assessment subcommittee and helped develop a draft of a common rubric to use in our Fall 2022 Paralegal courses to assess students’ writing skills throughout the program. They are also assisting with an additional assessment tool to be piloted in Spring 2023.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  Student Success, S1: Ensure our models of teaching and learning lead to student success.


The virtual Team Effort Award nomination form can be found at http://blogs.jccc.edu/staffdev/files/2022/09/Team-Effort-Award-2.pdf

September 7, 2022 – Team Effort Awards



  • Robyn Albano, Campus Services
  • Christine Bittel, JCAE
  • Robin Boley, Campus Services
  • Don Campbell, Project Management Office
  • Georgia Deming, JCAE
  • Shannon Ford, Information Services
  • Tim Frenzel, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
  • Tom Hall, Campus Services
  • Kayla Harrity, JCAE
  • Matt Holmes, Network & Data Center Operations
  • Robin Judkins, Network & Data Center Operations
  • Del Lovitt, Information Services
  • Heather Reinhard, Information Services
  • Adrian Swan, AV Services
  • Elisa Waldman, Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Nominated by Janice Blansit, Program Director, Adult Education & Literacy


Accomplishment:  In academic year 2020-2021, in alignment with JCCC’s Covid protocols, JCAE ESL classes could not be held at Center of Grace.  In academic year 2021-2022, Center of Grace implemented a $6MM+ renovation and expansion which is enabling JCAE to relocate from the basement of the Center to the main level (with windows!).  However, before classes could be held in the new space, considerable work was needed to finish the core network infrastructure, gather and install equipment, and place furnishings. The team recognized in this nomination worked tirelessly to finalize plans and complete the work needed to ready the Center for occupancy for the start of classes this fall.  Some of the members began working with JCAE in 2020 to pack and store materials and plan for the return.  By spring, the team was meeting weekly to share updates and coordinate efforts. In August, the final touches were completed just in time for ESL students starting classes this fall. The new classrooms are not only fresher and more up-to-date, but they also enable JCAE to expand the number of ESL students served at Center of Grace to approximately 300.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  Student Success:  Support learners in achieving their educational goals.



  • Leann Eaken, Administrative Assistant • Continuing Education
  • Rachell McAlister, Administrative Assistant • Continuing Education
  • Hillary Callahan, Administrative Assistant • Continuing Education
  • Kathy Gill, Coordinator of Healthcare • Continuing Education

Nominated by Aimee Martin, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education


Accomplishment:  The Continuing Education Operations Administrative Assistant group had to step in and handle the summer youth, professional education and life and leisure programs when one of their colleagues left. This incredible group divided and conquered each week of enrollments, with minimum interruption. The instructors, parents and students were none the wiser to the changes that had happened. In the process they worked together to help each other out covering the various tasks all while handling their own program area responsibilities and starting to centralize tasks within Operations.

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  The commitment by the group ties into the student success goal and community partnership goal. The students and community attendees in CE continued to be taken care of while never knowing that someone had left. They all received excellent customer service and timely answers to their questions and inquiries. The dedication of the CE Operations Administrative Assistant group is top notch and I and this college are very luck to have this group taking care of our clients, students, customers and instructors.



  • Ashley Conner, Testing Center Specialist • Continuing Education
  • Lisa Winscott, Assistant • Continuing Education
  • Jennifer Schrowe, Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy

Nominated by Debbie Rulo, Executive Director of Continuing Education


Accomplishment:  The Regnier Testing Center Administrators managed over 1,000 additional testers in FY22 compared to FY21.

FY21: 3,216        FY22: 4,298

The Regnier Testing Center has not had testing numbers this high since 2016. Taking on additional vendor partners has made a difference, as well as Testing Center Administrators backing each other up when someone is out. This team has made the difference. Great Job!

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):

This team supports JCCC’s Strategic Goals in the following ways:

Student Success: Support learners in achieving their educational goals.

Community Partnerships: Advance diverse and strategic partnerships.




  • Natasha Jenkins, Program Lead Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy
  • Julie Mulder, Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy
  • Michelle Elwood, Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy
  • Margery Downey,  Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy
  • Connie Berggren,  Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy
  • Jennifer Schrowe,  Non-Credit Instructor • Adult Education & Literacy

Nominated by Leslie Dykstra, Program Coordinator, Adult Education & Literacy


Accomplishment: This team worked all of August to register, test, provide orientation and individual student conferences for 270 students. They worked through staffing shortages to ensure every student had the best possible experience. They met JCAE, JCCCC, KBOR and student expectations along the way.


Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):


S1: Ensure our models of teaching and learning lead to student success.

S3: Create effective systems and pathways for students.



S3: Be a convener for issues that transform and strengthen our communities



S2: Develop and support an inclusive environment that empowers all students, faculty, and staff to succeed.



S2: Create and maintain an environment where employees are valued and belong.

S3: Develop a consistent culture of accountability, integrity, and equity.


August 26, 2022 – Extra Effort Awards

The Extra Effort Award is intended to recognize performance outside the job description of an individual employee. All JCCC employees are eligible. Click here for the new updated form. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=OUIkFfLc50Wu_RJ7afxUOGchAomEfXJNurGi9BBNeG9UOU9JSTdBN0VGRlExTko5MVlZS05VSkpIViQlQCN0PWcu 


Billy Carpenter, Mechanic, Maintenance – nominated by Sandra Warner

Huge thanks to Billy Carpenter for all his hard work to design a color-coded labeling system for Emergency Water Shutoff locations at JCCC. He used CLB as the prototype, creating visual diagram(s) of water systems / excess flow shutoffs on the back of each door, tagging Fire Sprinklers and Domestic Water Mains as well as adding door signage on the 30+ mechanical spaces across campus. Billy’s expertise and attention to detail was critical to the success of this initiative and brings our Water Damage Program documentation to life.


Janette Jasperson, Coordinator, International Education – nominated by Brooke Roberts

Janette is an irreplaceable asset to International Education (and JCCC)! Her institutional knowledge, passion in working with students interested in studying abroad, and her network of relationships across campus have been essential in the rebuilding of IE post-pandemic. I’m grateful to have worked with her the past few months and I can’t imagine a more deserving person of this recognition.


Ann Fielder, Adjunct Faculty, College Success – nominated by Mary Rack

Ann is teaching AAC 092 Basic Math Review, an independent study course, Summer 2022. We are collaborating to support a student with severe special needs, so I have been able to observe Ann going above and beyond her usual care for students. She has maintained ongoing contact with the student and his support team, as well as devising alternate methods for teaching and testing him.


Julie Jobe, Senior Analyst, Accounts Payable – nominated by Vickki Jo Powers

Julie Jobe has been operating as the only Accounts Payable Analyst for the last month. Julie did not miss a beat to ensure bills were paid timely and in completing employee expense reports. Because of Julie’s commitment to the success of Accounts Payable, the fiscal year-end, which is a busy time for Financial Services, has gone smoothly.


Tenaye Reda, Housekeeping – nominated by Daniel Tamire

Tenaye is an outstanding housekeeper. I appreciate Tenaye’s work ethic and attention to detail. She strives to make a positive difference each day on the JCCC housekeeping team.


Tony Butler, Drafting Lab Supervisor, CSS – nominated by Kathryn Douglas

Tony hadn’t previously performed scheduling for the labs. He completed the process once, realized that it took a considerable amount of time and number of revisions to complete, and created a new schedule template that cut the entire process down to 1/10 of the previous time with fewer revisions required. His design inspired change in my scheduling process that also resulted in reduced time spent. Tony deserves this award because his efforts and insight led to him, his colleagues, and their departments significantly reducing time spent on scheduling each semester.


Kristi Stanley, Copywriter, Marketing – nominated by Maggie Stanton

Kristi is hard at work updating our Title XI information. She frequently takes on big projects like these and makes sure everything is done correctly. Her attention to detail makes her worthy of the Extra Effort Award!


Linda Turbyfill, Lead ESL Instructor, Adult Education – nominated by Ellie Parker

We were up to our eyeballs getting ready for the start of the semester when the copier started misbehaving. Linda lead the charge (along with about 2/3 of our staff – everyone was wondering if we were having a party in the workroom there were so many of us crowded in there trying to figure out what to do). By some miracle – mostly Linda’s stubborn determination and ingenuity, she got the copier working again! Thanks for saving the day, Linda! And in all seriousness, thanks for everything you do to support your colleagues, our program, and our students. You are an absolute joy to work with. We couldn’t do what we do without you.


Lisa Gates, Benefits Specialist, Human Resources – nominated by Jade Bailey

Lisa has been consistently helpful to Chris Patch (Writing Center Coordinator) and I since we both took on new roles in the Writing Center at the end of the Spring semester. She provides timely and thorough responses to our questions about the search and hiring process, and always with kindness and a genuine interest in helping us do our jobs most effectively. I can’t thank Lisa enough for her help these last couple of months – if I could give her a free coffee every day of the year, I would!


Mahogany Frazier, Procurement Specialist, Procurement Services – nominated by Jim Feikert

Mahogany is the glue to Procurement Services and recently was a mission critical piece to FY-End. She stopped her normal daily activities to work on 30 last minute POs that needed to be copied to new FY22 POs in order to assist Financial Services with the PO Roll process. She has also recently been challenged with some new contract processes and procedures not necessarily in her job description. She always goes above and beyond what she is asked to do and she does it with a smile and confidence! Thank you so much for all your work Mahogany!


Christa Byer, Digital Strategist, Strategic Communications & Marketing – nominated by Maggie Stanton

Notice how nice our web pages are looking? You can thank Christa! She has been updating and overhauling several department web pages back-to-back. Each new page has a fresher look that reads easier and aids in recruitment. Thanks, Christa!


Angie Huber, AO-K Coordinator, Adult Education – nominated by Janice Blansit

Whatever the need, Angie is quick to initiate action and jump in with a quality contribution. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities and relationships to benefit students. When one of our Transition Coaches resigned, Angie bridged the gap for months. When we needed extra staff to herd traffic for start-up at Center of Grace, Angie volunteered. When we needed support for orienting numerous new team members, Angie was on it. Whatever the need, Angie is quick to offer help, and her help is always of the highest quality and timeliness. We are delighted to have Angie on our team!


Nicole Davis, Success Coach, Orientation & New Student Retention – nominated by Becky Sears

Nicole Davis took the initiative to reach out to the JCAE transition coaches to learn more about the GED program. Her initiative opened the door for collaboration between our departments which will help JCAE GED graduates be successful at JCCC.


Michelle Caples, Administrative Assistant, Counseling – nominated by Natalie Bergman

Michelle is kind, patient and conscientious in everything she does. This week, she spent extra time helping a student make a last-minute Access Services appointment that would work with his schedule. Her extra effort made the student feel welcome at JCCC.


Ann Nordyke, Manager of Enrollment Services, Records – nominated by Leslie Quinn & Janet Kraft

I wanted to share this with you to recognize how amazing Ann is. She patiently, thoughtfully helps students, faculty, and staff with difficult situations that occur around the drop for nonpayment. It is often very challenging to solve some of these types of problems and she does so with grace and wisdom every time. Her extra effort to help students navigate complex, challenging enrollment barriers is a gift to this college and often occurs behind the scenes with little recognition. I am incredibly grateful to have her on my team and so appreciate her work. Not only has she dealt with the normal stress of our high volume August, she has also led her team through the additional effort of outbound calls to several hundred students who had registration errors and needed guidance to enroll. We are so lucky to have Ann leading the Student Development Specialist team. She consistently rises to meet challenges and goes above and beyond to help our students.


Ann valiantly rescued and secured alternate sections for a fall student who’d been dropped due to my oversight on fall payment deadline day. Both the student and I remain extremely grateful for her thoroughness, willingness to reach out to both the student & JCCC internal departments to secure his coursework. The “Village” saying wouldn’t work without the individual expertise and abilities of people like Ann.


Julie Sisk, Program Support Specialist, IISS – nominated by Kim Steinmetz

Julie joined the IISS team in July and has hit the ground running! She has picked up job duties quickly and has taken a lot of initiative. She brought some new ideas to the orientation for student icebreakers and helped students feel welcome. Julie has gone above and beyond to integrate into the team. We’re lucky to have her.


Alyssa Slana, Tutor Coordinator, Academic Achievement Center – nominated by Kaitlin Krumsick

As we prepare to welcome students back this Fall, Alyssa has put in so much work into reimagining the AAC Tutoring program, ensuring that we are best serving the needs of students and staff. She has also worked hard in outreach efforts to academic departments, athletics, and other partners on campus to make sure that students, faculty, and staff are aware of the great resources we have on campus. Alyssa is dedicated to the work of student support and puts forth extra effort daily to make sure the people she works with feel heard, supported, and served.


Janet Kraft, Billing & Accounts Receivable Specialist, Bursar’s Office – nominated by Courtney Price

Janet has gone above and beyond making me feel welcome here at JCCC. She has done a wonderful job of showing me the ropes and being so kind!


Ashley Jost, Coordinator, Financial Aid – nominated by Judi Reilly

More and more corporate donors are requesting from the JCCC Foundation specific information on financial needs of JCCC students overall. To provide this information, the Foundation turned to Financial Aid for help. Ashley Jost worked diligently to identify the requested information but it wasn’t simple because FAFSA information had to be converted to the information donors were requesting. Thanks to Ashley’s efforts, the Foundation has already been able to secure two $5,000 gifts for student scholarships from corporate donors. More is expected because this information is being requested often. Now we have information to submit. Thank you Ashley!


July 28, 2022 – Extra Effort & Team Effort Awards


Troy Dooling, Plumber, Maintenance – nominated by Allen Barton
Troy does all backflows in repair and replacement, is helpful in doing a job, and is always looking for plumbing to fix from major to little jobs. He helps others and regularly asks for information on how to fix or repair problems.


Maggie Stanton, Marketing Copywriter, Strategic Marketing Operations – nominated by Kristi Stanley
While helping out one of her coworkers, Maggie created the awesome advertising headline for JCCC: “Start here. Go anywhere.” It speaks volumes, and tells prospective students in just a few words what a JCCC education can do for them. The popular headline has been used on everything from ads on buses to billboards to print and digital ads promoting the College. Fun fact: Maggie also coined the term “Sprintern” when she worked as an intern for Sprint. That concept was featured in an advertising campaign with Verizon-turned-Sprint guy “Paul” and a “Sprintern.”


Ana Lim, Executive Assistant, President’s Office – nominated by Caitlin Murphy
Ana continues to go above and beyond in her role. She is always willing to help out in any way needed and continually gets tasks done early. In particular, she rearranged her entire schedule last week to cover my duties while I was out on vacation –  it was a HUGE help. I would have come back to work with an overwhelming to do list had Ana not been so helpful!


John Adessi, Business Advisor, Small Business Development Center – nominated by Vincent Haworth
We have a mutual client that was in the process of purchasing a business; the buyer was in a very time sensitive situation and needed specific statistics for his loan request. John was on vacation, but still took time to send the necessary information so the client could move forward with his loan request. The client was able to use this information and was able to secure an offer from the bank! Thank You, John!


Steven Piper, Fitness Center Monitor, Health & Wellness – nominated by Lori Mallory
Steven Piper is a monitor in the LFC. He works the 6a-9am shift, which is not a desirable time. He comes ready to work, helpful to patrons, and always full of ideas for improvement. Steve is a retired postal employee, so it is in his blood to serve others with a smile, come rain or shine. We appreciate his effort to keep JCCC a welcome place to visit.

The virtual Extra Effort Award nomination form can be found at https://blogs.jccc.edu/staffdev/awards/extra-effort/



  • Bret Lawson, Senior Cloud Engineer • Academic Technology Services
  • Tim Lucas, Senior Cloud Sys/App Administrator • Academic Technology Services
  • Jeff Morgan, Senior Cloud Sys/App Administrator • Academic Technology Services
  • Sen Lin, ATS System Support Technician • Academic Technology Services

Nominated by Adam Entwhistle, Director of Academic Cloud Architecture/Infrastructure

Accomplishment: Successful start of term(s) – The Academic Technology Services – Cloud Systems Team represents a quality distinct to its own, and their work ethic not only comes forward in their regular duties, but as a team they take a number of lead roles when working to update academic server hardware/software, academic cloud based infrastructure, systems administration and processing the necessary communication required to detail items of a technical nature to professors, adjunct instructors and cross campus staff. These efforts efficiently coordinate timelines, downtime and notifications to academic areas both on and off campus, assisting in face-to-face, hybrid and virtual learning. The systems team’s technical endeavors are not always noticed or present in the open, but can be monitored by having a successful start of a semester; having limited student ticket requests and support phone calls into the Technical Services Center on systems like Canvas, IT VMware Virtual Environments; accessing Student Active Directory services, VPN account access, Cisco NetLab, Papercut and all of the integrations intertwined into academic systems. Having completed the last spring, fall and most recently the start of the summer semester with limited systems outages while completing several other internal projects, their efforts are on full display. This work goes above and beyond and in regards for team effort, showcases the robust use of technology on campus and in virtual cloud environments. Their work directly benefits the students and staff we serve. Cheers from a technology standpoint to another successful start of term!

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  The team’s hard work supports the Student Success strategic goal by creating and maintaining effective systems and pathways for students. They accomplished this by diligently supporting student learning through completing daily tasks and accomplishing larger goals, all related to the technological initiatives of the school.


  • Lisa Crawford, Career Development Coach • Career Development Center
  • Natalie Price, Career Development Coach • Career Development Center
  • Ashley Kretzschmer, Career Development Coach • Career Development Center

Nominated by Crystal Stokes, Coordinator, Career Development Center

Accomplishment:  The Career Development Coaches went above and beyond to help a non-traditional student build self-confidence by patiently working with the student for several weeks to develop job search strategies, effective interviewing skills, and appropriate interview attire. The Career Coaches provided encouragement and words of affirmation to the student, and it all paid off in the end because the student utilized the strategies she learned and obtained employment with JCCC. Way to go Career Coaches!!

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  The team’s hard work supports the Student Success strategic goal by creating and maintaining effective systems and pathways for students and ensuring that our models of teaching and learning lead to student success. They accomplished this through their approach to coaching, as evidenced by the positive results.


  • Sam Schunck, Student Support Technician • Technical Support Center
  • Aaron Capito, Student Support Technician • Technical Support Center

Nominated by Mark Barbosa, Technical Support Center Manager

Accomplishment:  Sam and Aaron’s amazing presence at our TSC table during Cav Craze Days brought in a record number of applicants for our Student Support Technician position. From that single event, we are currently onboarding 4 new students to our team. Great effort and truly great teamwork!

Ties in with JCCC Strategic Goal(s):  The team’s hard work supports the Student Success strategic goal by creating and maintaining effective systems and pathways for students. They accomplished this through their successful efforts to engage students in work opportunities on campus that will support them financially and in experience.