Employees of the Month 2014

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Employees of the Month 2014

Join Dean Dunlap in congratulating the 2014 School of Medicine employee award winners. Congratulations!

Teresa Woodson, Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, April 2014

Teresa Woodson, EOM, April 2014Teresa Woodson, Financial Services Specialist for The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, was recognized for her willingness to step in and handle additional duties due to reductions in staff in the department.  Her colleagues describe her work ethic as outstanding and they stated that she is a team player.  There was particular emphasis on how she has proven to be instrumental in navigating Clarity in order to input this year’s budget!

Greg Benham, Chief Operating  Officer, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science, stated, “Teresa is not only being nominated for her unbelievable productivity, but also her dedication and passion for her job.  She is instrumental in maintaining sound financial decision within our department, as her efforts have a positive effect on the School of Medicine and the University.”

Peggy Pasternak, SOM Dean's Office, March 2014


Peggy Pasternak, EOM, March 2014Peggy Pasternak, Secretary to the Dean of the School of Medicine, Administration was awarded the School of Medicine March 2014 Employee of the Month award.  Nominations for Peggy recognized her for her going beyond the call of duty to keep the office working smoothly during a very stressful transition of several staff.  She brings an understanding of customer service, protocol, and shared responsibility that is critical to supporting the School of Medicine, Administration office.

Dr. Sharon L. Hostler, MCLemore Birdsong Professor of Pediatrics, stated, “Peggy brings her best self to work every day of the week.  She cares about the needs and wants of everyone around her and is quick to diagnose a problem needing to be solved.  She has endless energy and good humor.  I have never seen her grumpy, disinterested or critical of others.  In any crisis, we need Peggy as the triage person."

Nicole Vaughn, Department of Radiology, February 2014

Nicole Vaughan, EOM, Feb 2014Nicole Vaughan, Human Resource Generalist in the Department of Radiology, Administration was awarded the School of Medicine February 2014 Employee of the Month award.  Nominations for Nicole recognized her outstanding level of professionalism, remarkable efficiency, and extraordinary commitment to the institution.  It was also stated that Nicole has truly developed a concierge-type service with an array of Faculty services provided.

Tina M. Pendleton-Fuller, Associate Administrator for Radiology, stated, “Nicole has also exhibited remarkable teamwork with several special projects not directly related to her job role over the past year, serving as a resource to the Clinical Faculty Hiring Workgroup, which is working to streamline the faculty hiring process across the SOM, UPG, and Medical Center, the results of which will significantly reduce the cycle time in hiring Clinical Faculty.   We are all very fortunate to have Nicole working with us for the past 20+ years, and we continue to be grateful for her loyalty to the Department and School of Medicine.”

Brenda Lawson, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, January 2014

Brenda Lawson, EOM, Jan, 2014Brenda Lawson, Executive Medical Secretary in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, wasawarded the School of Medicine January 2014 Employee of the Month award.  Nominations for Brenda recognized her outstanding level of professionalism, remarkable efficiency, and extraordinary commitment to the institution.  It was also stated that her dedication to running all administrative aspects of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Division is absolutely unparalleled.

Dr. Mark Abel, Frankel Professor, Pediatric Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, stated, “Brenda’s ability to accomplish and perform like she does is a reflection of total dedication and commitment to the institution and its people.  There is no one who deserves the honor of Employee of the Month more than Brenda.”

Emily Feiner, Physician Assistant for the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics, stated, “I think if I had one word to describe Brenda it would be dependable.  We can always count on her to never forget things and to always follow through with requests."