Staff Member of the Month

Approximately 200 staff employees work at and support the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Each month, a deserving staff member is recognized for their exemplary job performance. As part of the honor, the selected employee receives eight hours of annual leave, a personalized front-row parking spot at the college for the month, and a certificate of recognition from Dean Cyril Clarke.

Individuals are peer-nominated and may only receive the recognition once per academic year. Faculty, staff and students can nominate a staff member by sending a completed nomination form to Rebekah Woodyard.

To see winners from years prior to 2017, visit our archive of past winners →

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Terry Wnorowski

October 2017

Terry Wnorowski Ophthalmology Technician
Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Since joining the veterinary college more than 25 years ago, ophthalmology technician Terry Wnorowski has demonstrated consistent excellence in her work in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Her nominator described how Terry “has expanded her skill set to not only include outpatient case management, but she has collaborated with our other ophthalmology techs to develop an efficient system for triaging emergency case consultations from referring veterinarians and clients.”

Wnorowski is known for being calm, cool and collected. She is a calming force for those around her, whether they are students, clinicians, or house officers. She is known for getting things done when services are short handed, having expanded skill sets, and being a great hands-on helper for student teaching.

"Our faculty and staff have stated repeatedly how lucky we are to have such a dedicated, upbeat, and hardworking technician," her nominator noted. Wnorowski was called "the ultimate team player," and deemed "one that we can all aspire to be like in our day-to-day actions in our hospital."

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Jonathan Hinckley

September 2017

Jonathan Hinckley Laboratory Specialist
Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies

As a laboratory specialist in the laboratory for neurotoxicity studies, Jonathan Hinckley demonstrates diligence and efficiency in his work and attention to detail with data and experiment documentation. Jonathan ensures adherence to all associated IACUC protocols and maximizes efficiency without compromising the integrity of the study.

His nominator noted that the director of the lab “has complete trust and confidence in Jonathan's abilities and professionalism to carry out the breadth of work that is currently being performed.” Recognized as conscientious, courteous and dedicated, Hinckley's “ability to perform this work has been extremely important to the lab's success in becoming a Virginia Tech resource for drug safety studies in animals,” his nominator explained, and overall, “Jonathan's performance in the laboratory has always been outstanding.”

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Caley McCoy

August 2017

Caley McCoy Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Caley McCoy, clinical laboratory scientist, has worked in the clinical pathology laboratory at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the past year and was named the August Staff Member of the Month.

“The lab has undergone an enormous amount of change, both with protocols, new instrumentation, and staffing. Caley has consistently embraced taking on new responsibilities and has been an integral team player with the staffing changes,” wrote her nominator. “She is always willing to participate, help out her coworkers when in a bind, and we have been able to lean on her support and backup.”

McCoy’s nominator added that she wanted to recognize “her efforts and dependability in a time when we really need it.”

Dr. Mike Erskine presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Susan Egerton

July 2017

Susan Egerton Client Care and Patient Services Coordinator
Equine Medical Center

In her position as the client care and patient services coordinator at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Susan Egerton serves as a leader and role model for all of her colleagues. During a recent renovation project, Egerton was a team player, flexible, and eager to learn new skills. Egerton “has exhibited all of these qualities and more as she has lead us through a challenging time,” her nominator explained.

These qualities are especially significant because Egerton was physically isolated from the rest of her coworkers while the construction was ongoing. Despite this challenge, Egerton still remained a positive leader for the admissions team. “Her grace and positive communication skills have been greatly appreciated by her coworkers,” said her nominator.

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Kathy Farley

June 2017

Kathy Farley Administrative Assistant
Academic Affairs

As an administrative assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs, Kathy Farley demonstrates exemplary performance in everyday tasks and impressive initiative with event-related projects. Most recently, Farley assisted with the Spring Awards Ceremony and the Commencement Ceremony and her dedication and ingenuity made each event run successfully. Consistently, “the quality of her work and the timeliness of her work is outstanding,” explained her nominator.

Her award certificate preparations for the Spring Awards Ceremony saved both time and money for the department and her carefully crafted seating chart and check-in system to adapt to the new format for the commencement ceremony was a tremendous support for the event. Farley is “a solid planner and has a vision of the perfect event,” her nominator explained, and overall, wants to applaud Farley for “her outstanding service, dedication, initiative, and professionalism.”

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Jeremy Ridenour

May 2017

Jeremy Ridenour Large Animal Clinical Supervisor
Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Jeremy Ridenour, large animal clinical supervisor in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is the May Staff Member of the Month. Since joining the veterinary college in 2010, Ridenour has been consistently exceptional in all capacities. As a large animal overnight technician, Ridenour cared deeply for all of his patients and was a proactive problem solver, according to one nominator. Now as the large animal clinical supervisor, Ridenour has continued to be extremely helpful and has kept up “the excellent work,” including assisting with student labs and set-up.

In addition to his duties at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ridenour was instrumental in assisting students facilitate an excellent Open House and in helping with the organization, set-up, and clean-up of various events for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Another nominator explained how Ridenour “went so far above and beyond” in this area and deserves recognition for his hard work.

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Hope House

April 2017

Hope House Administrative and Office Specialist
Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Hope House, who is originally from Ohio, moved to Blacksburg from Virginia Beach in 2013, and later worked in the accounting department at the Inn at Virginia Tech. When she joined the veterinary college a little over a year ago, House made an instant impression on her coworkers with her constant cheery disposition. “Hope is extremely friendly and is always in a good mood,” one nominator said, and can always count on House to “brighten my mood” when it has been a long day.

Her caring, upbeat nature is also infectious and demonstrates genuine compassion for those around her. Because of this, another nominator said that House “should be recognized for her enthusiastic and positive attitude that makes our day better.” When she is not working at the veterinary college, she stays busy taking care of her two sons, ages 6 and 8, two dogs, and three cats.

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Lynette Cruise

March 2017

Lynett Cruise Director of Human Resources
Human Resources

Lynett Cruise is an exemplary leader of the human resources team. Cruise, who has been with the veterinary college for nearly sixteen years, is always extremely helpful and friendly, and willing to assist others when they are in need. In addition, her nominator described how Cruise is “very educated in her field and always knows the right thing to say.”

Last fall, Cruise also earned an Ally certificate through the University Organizational and Professional Development’s Diversity Development Institute, demonstrating her commitment to diversity and inclusion practices at the veterinary college. Overall, Cruise is an “asset to the team here at the vet school,” her nominator explained.

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Kayla Williams

February 2017

Kayla Williams Technician
Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Kayla Williams served as a surgery technician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's surgery section for three years before becoming a large animal veterinary technician last month. During that time, she has been a helping hand to students, house officers, faculty, and staff.

"She has led our section with excellent patient care and tremendous technical skills," her nominator wrote. "These skills have allowed tasks to get accomplished efficiently but have also allowed moments of teaching and clarity to students exceling in day one competencies."

Her nominator added that Williams has gone "above and beyond her daily routine" by adapting new technical skills, such as serum preparation for infection into canine patients, and helping to coordinate clinical trials within the surgery section. A multi-tasker, Williams has served both soft tissue and orthopedic patients. "Kayla practices hospital protocol with biosecurity measures and maintains professional manner in all of her duties," her nominator wrote. "She serves as a leader within the surgery ward and we appreciate her kindness through it all."

Dean Clarke presents the Staff Member of the Month award to Ruth Meade

January 2017

Ruth Meade Administrative Assistant
Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Since joining the veterinary college 18 years ago, Ruth Meade has demonstrated consistent excellence at the veterinary college. One nominator described how Ruth “is always willing to come in at a minute’s notice to help with whatever problem or project we may have. She demonstrates the true meaning of the word team player.” Another nominator described how Ruth also “goes above and beyond not only for her department but helping others.”

When the Department of Population Health Sciences hired several new staff members, Ruth worked well beyond her normal hours and workload to assist with training and share her knowledge. A third nominator described how Ruth “was extremely patient, always smiled, and was very effective in helping” the new hires. The nominator continued, “her help is appreciated by all of us in Population Health Sciences” and that she “exceeds all expectations.”

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