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VP Humiston has announced the winners of the 2015-16 UC ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards, which recognize and reward outstanding individual and team performance of Agriculture and Natural Resources staff.
STAR awards allow managers to nominate staff who demonstrate exceptional performance, creativity, organizational abilities, work success and teamwork. The nominations were reviewed by a panel, which made recommendations to me.
The following are the names of the 2015/2016 ANR STAR Award recipients and comments from those nominating them.
Fourteen individuals won awards:
- Steve Dreistadt, Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program – “We at UC IPM, and those throughout ANR who have worked with him, respect and value Steve's integrity and commitment to communicating high-quality scientific information to solve pest problems.”
- Leah Haynes, Master Gardener Program in UCCE Ventura County – “Her work in Ventura County is known throughout the state for excellence and high achievement. Ventura County Master Gardeners are ‘On Fire' with activity and excitement – Leah is a big part of that.”
- Melissa LaFreniere, UCCE in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties – “Her contribution to our nutrition education team is invaluable, and she is always working behind the scenes to suggest and implement the most efficient way possible to deliver our programming. She is an exemplary employee with exceptional creativity, organizational and teamwork skills.”
- Chinh Lam, Integrated Pest Management Program – “Chinh's greatest skills are his ability to listen to input without becoming defensive, analyze the changes that should come from them, and do the work to make those changes happen. I appreciate his forward thinking and exceptional team and project management skills.”
- Cole Smith, UCCE in Santa Clara County – “Cole has exceeded the expectations of TAC and UCCE for the compost program by developing a strong and diverse volunteer force and consistently delivering effective workshops on composting and waste reduction. His passion and interest in expanding the program has contributed to its notoriety and success.”
- Heidi Von Geldern, Contracts & Grants – “Heidi is committed to helping our customers and improving our team to assist UC ANR. She provides outstanding customer services. We rely on Heidi for her calm assessment of problematic situations and her directed strategies to resolve them.”
- David White, Human Resources-Affirmative Action – “David went above and beyond in collecting and analyzing data in response to a comprehensive USDA NIFA review. He developed creative formulas to improve the required reports, and worked long hours to meet short deadlines.”
- Asian Citrus Psyllid Public Education Campaign Team: Jeannette Warnert, Tyler Ash, Myriam Grajales-Hall, Alberto Hauffen, Ray Lucas, Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell and Mark Hoddle – The campaign successfully helped convey to California citrus tree owners the threat posed by ACP and the steps they can take to mitigate the hazards. UC ANR's Strategic Communications team thoughtfully brought together several key resources and components to execute an outreach plan, resulting in positive, quantifiable results.
- UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in Central Sierra: Wendy West, Gretchen Birtwhistle, Hector Ochoa, Natalie Alfaro-Perez, Monica Drazba, Emily
The STAR winners received their awards at the Special Staff Meeting and Recognition Event June 16 at the UC ANR building in Davis.
Westphal named UCCE nematology specialist
Westphal's research program focuses on nematode problems of tree and vine crops. He will explore a multitude of cultural, biological and chemical strategies for managing nematodes in almond, grape, peach, walnut and other crops.
Prior to joining UC, Westphal worked as a scientist at the Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants at Braunschweig, Germany, where he researched nematode management on field crops and was responsible for determining plant resistance to plant-parasitic nematodes in the official cultivar release program.
Westphal is based at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier and can be reached at (559) 646-6555 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maccree and Rodegerdts join Risk & Safety Services
Malendia Maccree and Kimberly Rodegerdts have joined the ANR Risk & Safety Services team.
email@example.com or (530) 750-1364.
Rodegerdts joins our team as the custodian of criminal records, where she will help implement our program to centralize the receipt and management of background checks and criminal records clearance for employees and volunteers. Like Maccree, she also worked at UC Davis Environmental Health & Safety, where she provided analytical and regulatory compliance guidance to the Biosafety, Select Agent Program. Rodegerdts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 750-1383.
Along with adding these new staff members, ANR Risk & Safety Services has also implemented some organizational changes. David Alamillo will be splitting his time between emergency/business continuity planning and EH&S duties. Mark Barros is now the EH&S supervisor, managing implementation of safety programs, policies and audits. Barros is the primary point for safety coordinators. Linda Harris remains the primary point of contact for risk management and insurance issues.