Award Ceremony Illuminates Employee Excellence

Group of people pose in courtyard of chancellor’s residence.
Winners of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards pose with university leaders, from left: Wendy Lilliedoll, Bill Tuck, Shannon Tanguay, Jason S. Herum, Morgan Luthi, Kelly Yurkosky, Elizabeth Sturdy, Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Administration Clare Shinnerl, Chancellor Gary S. May, UC Davis Health CEO and Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences David Lubarsky, Leah Galasso, Santana Diaz, Abigail Higareda Borbe, Nichole Mahaffey and Tabatha Yang. (Anjie Cook/UC Davis)

The Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards ceremony last month celebrated the remarkable dedication and achievements of 12 staff employees that make UC Davis and UC Davis Health a better place to work, learn and receive care. Held at Chancellor Gary S. May's residence on April 29, the event was a testament to their invaluable contributions.

Opening the ceremony, May expressed gratitude. 

“It’s a privilege to recognize these winners,” he said. “[They] completely embody the spirit of UC Davis, where we reach great heights in all our endeavors. Every aspect of our mission at UC Davis depends on collaboration. At times, the work of our staff happens behind the scenes, but our operation could not succeed without the effort of so many people who excel across our campuses.”

As the recipients took the stage for commemorative photos with May; David Lubarsky, UC Davis Health CEO  and vice chancellor for health and human sciences; Clare Shinnerl, vice chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration; speakers Tammy Kenber, chief Human Resources officer; and Amy Murphy, interim executive director of Human Resources for UC Davis Health, spoke of the employees’ exceptional accomplishments.

The evening concluded with a gathering in the courtyard, where attendees mingled over refreshments against the backdrop of the setting sun.

Thanks to the outstanding achievement of the awardees, and anticipating another year of progress and excellence, the future looks bright for next year’s ceremony.

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Tahlia Aghily is a communications specialist with UC Davis Health Public Affairs and Marketing, and can be reached by email.

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