Employee of the Year – Professional Development

Employee of the Year Awards


  • Staff of the Year: Sue Steffen, Executive Assistant, Counseling
  • Manager of the Year: Chris Warden, Director of Kinesiology/Athletics
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Nicole Sandoval, Speech
  • Faculty of the Year: Rachel Sherman, Language Arts
  • Career Achievement: Jim Wright, VP, Academic Affairs/Deputy Superintendent


  • Staff of the Year: Yu-Pui Kong, Computer Lab Coordinator
  • Manager of the Year: Ron Quinta, Dean, Science, Technology and Engineering
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Candice Nance, Business Administration
  • Faculty of the Year: Sally Scofield, Director and Associate Professor, Nursing
  • Career Achievement: Deb Parziale, Professor Nursing; Coordinator Program Review, SLOA, and Professional Development
  • Career Achievement: Alan Kirshner, Professor History


  • Classified Staff of the Year: Quan Nguyen, Web Course Technician, IT
  • Manager of the Year: Lesley Buehler, Dean, Learning Resources and Technology
  • Interim Manager of the Year: Kenn Waters, Interim Dean, Counseling
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Rick Flynn, English Instructor
  • Faculty of the Year: Nancy Pauliukonis, Professor, Deaf Studies, Deaf Students, English


  • Classified Staff of the Year: Ben Peralta (Campus Security)
  • Manager of the Year: Jim Wright (VP Academic Affairs)
  • Adjunct Faculty: Lenore Landavazo (Counselor)
  • Faculty of the Year: Kay Harrison (Professor, Speech and Communication)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Carolyn Strickler (Professor, Business Administration)


  • Staff – Nathan Brown, Department Systems Analyst, Business Services
  • Faculty – Cynthia Katona – Professor, English/Journalism
  • Adjunct Faculty – Elisa Webb – CAOT, BSM, BA, CS


  • Staff – Fred Alim, Theatre Arts Technician
  • Faculty – Carrie Dameron, Assistant Professor, Medical-Surgical Nursing


  • Staff – Nam Hoang, Senior Accountant, Accounts Receivable, Business Services
  • Faculty – Vicki Curtis, Associate Professor, ESL


  • Staff – Mike Triplett, Customer Support Coordinator, Information Technology
  • Faculty – Ron Staszkow, Professor, Math


  • Staff – Bob Ortt, Evaluation Specialist, Office of Admission and Records
  • Faculty – Bunny Klopping, Professor, Deaf Studies, American Sign Language


  • Staff – Liz Crisp, Desktop Support Services, Information Technology
  • Faculty – Chris Warden, Assistant Professor, Physical Ed; Athletic Trainer and Lottie Bain, Professor, Physical Ed. – Tango to Durango


  • Staff – Zelma Hunter, Administrative Secretary, Newark Ohlone Center Main Office
  • Faculty – Jim Klent, Professor, Chemistry


  • Staff – John Li, Accounting and Budget Coordinator, Business Services
  • Faculty – Mark Lieu, Professor, ESL, Faculty Senate President
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