Current & Past Award Recipients

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2016 Awards

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At the Office of Development: Deepti Pradhan

Pradhan’s initiative in creating and developing ground-breaking analytical and statistical tools and models has significantly improved the university's ability to fundraise and engage alumni.

At Yale Hospitality: Christopher Jamilkowski

From teaching students how to prepare healthy meals to producing maple syrup from Yale's trees, Jamilkowski’s innovation has created an inclusive and educational environment for students and staff enhancing the life of West Campus.

At the Yale School of Medicine Teaching and Learning Center: Gary Leydon

Leydon’s passion for advancing the ease and effectiveness of learning through technology is exemplary. By introducing game-changing technology, he has enhanced medical students' clinical experiences and research capabilities.

At the University Chaplain's Office: Ian Oliver, Gale Iannone, Amanda Wood, Debra A. K. Rohr, Sharon Kugler, Asha Shipman, Candice Provey, Maytal Saltiel, Omer Bajwa,

The Chaplain’s Office’s innovative programs have created places to honor diversity, enhance understanding, and build community across religions and cultures.

At the Yale Medical Library: Lei Wang, Holly Grossetta Nardini

Their creation of a breakthrough web-based search tool has saved hundreds of hours for investigators doing important medical research, while also ensuring more accurate and comprehensive data results.

At the Office of Facilities: Jack Tiboni, Jason Cook, Robert Molloy

The team's initiative has reduced costs for HVAC filters and belts while contributing to a healthier environment. Setting a new standard, these improvements are being applied across campus and will help Yale achieve its vigorous sustainability goals.

At the Yale School of Medicine Trauma Surgery Department: Andrea Barada, Louise Salvati,  Michele MacKinnel,  Esther Torrealba-Fox, Lillian Ortiz-Rodriguez

Together with their colleagues, this team has established an exemplary patient care and service model in a high-pressure trauma and surgical critical care unit. The team model they have created makes it possible to deliver outstanding results and continuous improvements that ensure their section's smooth functioning.

In Communications and Change Leadership, Administration, Human Resources Communications, and Information Technology Services: Karen Colburn-Murphy, Lisa Maloney, Lalani Perry, Lisa Sawin, Linda Clarke, Dana Lipnickas

The transformation and consolidation of forty-seven administrative Yale websites into a single community-focused web presence—It's Your Yale— was the ultimate collaborative effort. This team's leadership and extraordinary contributions produced a site that is the first of its kind in higher education.

2015 Awards

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At the Yale Police Department: Daniel Cavanaugh and Martin Parker, Jr.

Breaking down the door of a smoke-filled apartment and carrying a Yale student down two flights of stairs to safety, they illustrated courage, teamwork, and initiative that saved both a life and the apartment building.

At Yale Medical Group: Sally Thibodeau, Eileen Pepe, Michelle Colaccio, Lisa Burwell, Rasheda Danzy, John Johnston, Mary Mulqueen, and Michelle Pagan

Leading a successful effort to develop a clinical “pre-authorization” process at the Yale Medical Group, this team earned the trust and collaboration of all clinical departments, ultimately yielding more than $1 million in annual savings while increasing patient satisfaction.

In Information Technology Services: Elvin Torres

After noticing suspicious activity on Yale’s Outlook servers, he invested his own time to investigate the problem, thereby detecting a major cyber security risk to our systems and identifying the means to address it.

At the Yale University Art Gallery: Jill Westgard, Linda Jerolmon, Elizabeth Landau, Valerie Richardson, Laurie Laliberte, and Brian McGovern

Thinking creatively, this team investigated whether the gallery’s 1,200 paid memberships could be made free without financial loss. The resulting switch led to an eight-fold increase in members and simultaneous gain in revenues from dues and annual gifts.

At the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: M. Bowen Posner

Seeing the opportunity to transform the system by which alumni interviews are collected, he researched and led the creation of a new technology platform, improving dramatically both the ease of gathering interviewers’ input and the overall quality of rater evaluations.

In the Office of Emergency Management: Maria Bouffard

With an organization of two, she has inspired and built a team of more than 50 passionate, skilled staff members who voluntarily participate in campus-wide efforts to provide safety, coordinate responses to disasters, and protect the essential functions of the university.

At the Music in Schools Program: Michael Yaffe, Ruben Rodriguez, and Kathryn Gonzales

This small team from the School of Music developed an innovative program serving students in grades 4 to 12 that reinforces Yale’s connections with the New Haven community and has been recognized nationally as a model for cultural leadership.

The Workday implementation team: Nancy Creel-Gross, Ronald Lipkins, Marc Ulan, Jacqueline Tucker, Julie Grant, and Anna Maria Hummerstone

Coordinating a team effort involving more than 200 staff members from across the Yale campus, this cross-functional group from Human Resources, IT, and Finance & Business Operations ensured a successfully completed first phase of the Workday conversion project.

In the Yale Dining Services Bakery: Keri Logan, Edna Betzner, Gary Gulino, Joseph (Rusty) Hamilton, Pedro Rivera, Ronda Myers, and Bonnie Hill

With the opening of a new culinary services center, this team of bakers saw the opportunity to respond to a long-standing student interest in more vegan food options, developing desserts that are not only healthy but also delicious.

2014 Awards

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The Drupal Website Tool Creation team: Nancy Flowers-Mangs, Jessica Greer, Tenyo Grozev, Andrea MacAdam, Vincent Massaro, Kimberly Pasko, JoAnn Piscitelli, and Victor Velt

Working across departments and disciplines, this team collaborated to introduce a flexible and highly learnable web publishing tool, YaleSites, that has enabled us to cost effectively update and enhance thousands of pages of web content across the university.

Damage Containment at the Environmental Science Center: Richard E. Boardman

When sprinkler heads burst during the winter recess, Richard Boardman quickly pulled the right group of expert colleagues together and led this effort, which prevented catastrophic damage to one of Yale’s beloved treasures, the Peabody collections.

The Clerical & Technical Summer Training Collaboration team: Yvette C. Barnard, Ann DeLauro, Andrea C. Hart, Susan Z. Hart, Marcy Kaufman, Erica Sayers, Denise D. Scott, Daria Vander Veer, and Cathy Vellucci

This team developed a Summer Training Program which has helped to expand the perspective and skills of more than 1,000 Yale staff who have participated. Their efforts reinforce Yale’s commitment to staff development and career progression.

At the Yale Health Pharmacy: Peter Steere

Demonstrating consistent innovation and excellence in patient responsiveness, Peter has made the Yale Health Pharmacy one of the lowest cost and highest service quality operations in the industry.

The Expansion of Internal Millwork Capabilities team: Gabriel Esposito, Kevin Gardner, Michael J. Pizzella, and Barry J. VanSteenbergen

This team recognized that millwork projects that in the past were handled by outside experts could be done differently and less expensively through the acquisition of a few additional pieces of equipment and the development of the millwright team.

For the advancement of Digital Learning for Yale: Lucas Swineford

Lucas helped to cultivate donors and recruit faculty to teach online courses and led the effort to overhaul and rebuild Yale’s digital learning presence. His leadership is helping to transform Yale’s digital efforts and the global accessibility of its courses.

The Yale Pathology Tissue Services team: Amos Brooks, Lori A. Charette, Lisa Gras, Laura Ann Johnson, Sudha Kumar, Rebecca Melucci, John McGuire, Deirdre H. Salemme, Joseph R. Salemme III, and Yan S. Song

This team created a resource lab that provides researchers with tissue types vital to their work and helps translate research findings into diagnostic tools, medicines, and more. Their efforts have helped expand our annual research revenues by $1 million.