May 23, 2024

Employee Appreciation Day Recognizes Faculty and Staff

The university recognized its outstanding faculty and staff during the annual Employee Appreciation Day on Monday, May 14.

During the awards ceremony, the following employees received university awards:

Dr. Tom Riley

Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation: Dr. Tom Riley, University Physician and Director of the Health Center

Charles Coleman Memorial Service Award: Wilma Willard, Office Manager, Biological Sciences

Staff Advisory Council’s Larry Atkins Awards: Melina Downs, Public Relations Specialist, University Publications

Wilma Willard

Matthew Mejia, Associate Dean of Admissions/Adult Degree, Admissions

Doug Noble, Director of Dodd Auditorium, Office of Events and Conferencing

Human Resources also would like to congratulate all those who were nominated, including:

S.A.C. Larry Atkins Nominees Charles Coleman Nominees Hurley Award Nominees
Cris Dargan, Office of Human Resources Dei Bayer, Counseling & Psych. Services Lisa Ames, DTLT
Kelly Eury, University Relations & Comm. Peggy Lepp, Admissions Meta Braymer, Prof. Dev. & Reg. Eng.
Linda Falden, College of Education Connie Souza, Facilities Services Leah Cox, Office of the President
Jerry Fleming, Facilities Services Cindy Toomey, Classics, Phil. & Religion Teresa Kennedy, English, Ling. & Comm.
Susan Harvin, University Advancement Bob Liebau, Campus Recreation
Abbie McGhee, Office of Events & Conf. Daniel Quann, Facilities Services
Zafeer Mobashar, Office of Events & Conf. Cathleen Romine, James Monroe Museum
Barbara Mussey, Admissions Larissa Ruuskanen, Counseling & Psych. Services
Tammy Pettus, Admissions Mark Safferstone, Prof. Dev. & Dahlgren Campus
Christie Pugh, University Relations & Comm. Melissa Yakabouski, Admissions
Jean Stumbaugh, UMW Foundation
Agata Thompson, Disability Resources
Tommy Westbrook, Facilities Services

All nominees: Please stop by the HR office to pick up your certificate and special acknowledgement, if you didn’t pick it up on Monday.

For more information on the award winners please visit our recognition website:

Thank you also to all who helped with the planning and organization of this year’s event. Special thanks to:

  • UMW Foundation
  • Office of Events and Conferencing
  • Multimedia Staff
  • Staff Advisory Council
  • Sodexho Food Services
  • Facilities Services
  • Athletic Grounds crew and Housekeeping staff
  • Starlight Entertainment
  • MC’s Rick Pearce and John Morello

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.