2020 Awards

In the Department of African American Studies: Vanessa M. Epps

Demonstrating exceptional performance, Vanessa went above and beyond her primary job responsibilities to foster an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff in her department.

In the Office of International Students & Scholars: Ann Kuhlman

A fierce advocate and compassionate visionary, Ann tirelessly worked to ensure the wellbeing of Yale’s international community and built the Office of International Students & Scholars to connect diverse populations in new ways.

At Yale Health: Cheryl Carden, Mary Cofrancesco, Nanci Joseph Fortgang, and Giuseppe Giorgetti

To reduce the risk of a “double pandemic,” this team reinvented the entire flu vaccine delivery model and developed an ingenious scheduling system to provide a broad spectrum of safe and convenient offerings to the Yale community.

In Yale Hospitality:  Aniello DeMartino, Cyon E. Jones, Danielle Lucci, Craig Staffey, Christina C. Wethington, and Nicole White

With exceptional operational performance, this team selflessly distributed thousands of pounds of food to the New Haven community and created a “home away from home” for all students remaining on campus during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the Yale community and beyond.

In Yale Conferences & Events, Facilities Services, Risk Management, Housing & Fleet Management, Yale College, and Student Administrative ServicesHeather Abati, Melanie Boyd, Donald Filer, Jeff Hughes, Ferentz Lafargue, Shannon LeGault, Marjorie F. B. Lemmon, George E. Longyear, Jr., Nathan Lubich, Suzanne Shaw, Caitlin Slattery, David Wright, Kate Vieillard, and Jennifer Zuccaro

Under untested and challenging circumstances, this team helped solved the temporary housing crisis for frontline health care workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic and managed the logistics of moving students’ possessions to and from campus.

In the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Ashleigh Corvi and Hannah Mendlowitz

With visionary leadership and creativity, this team converted Bulldog Days to a highly successful online experience for admitted Yale students.

In the Department of Emergency Medicine: Luis Cruz, Joy Grabow, and Jeffrey R. Hoffman

With exceptional creativity, flexibility, and utmost attention to detail, this team seamlessly transitioned emergency medical training to a virtual environment, providing educational continuity for medical students and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Office of Environmental Health & Safety:  Kevin M. Charbonneau, Benjamin Fontes, and Peter A. Reinhardt

Under enormous pressure, this team calmly and rapidly led the creation and mobilization of an infrastructure that ensured university-wide biomedical safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Yale Cancer CenterTrisha Burrello, Diane Eannotti, Laura Leary, Neta Shanwetter Levit, Talia Mitchell, Kira F. Pavlik, and Sara Raboin

With extraordinary care and diligence, this team rapidly transitioned Smilow cancer patients, researchers, and staff to remote care and work while upholding a high level of productivity, engagement, and quality.

In Yale Printing & Publishing Services, the Yale Broadcast Studio, and the Office of Public Affairs & Communications: Nicholas J. Appleby, Gregg Chase, Jason David England, Douglas Forbush, Andrew Hurley, Zoe Keller, Patrick Leone, Jack Neiswanger, Guy Ortoleva, and Dan Renzetti

In record time, this team worked together to create and produce an accessible, virtual Commencement and Opening Assembly, ensuring the continuity of hundreds of years of Yale tradition.