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Exemplary Employees

By Ioana Patrigenaru | June 16, 2006

Terry Albritton
Senior Community Health Program Representative, Medicine
Terry Albritton developed the State of California Early Intervention and Bridge Program at the Antiviral Research Center (AVRC). This program introduces individuals who are newly diagnosed with HIV to medical and psychological care. Terry uses her excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge to educate and reach out to disenfranchised, marginalized populations within the HIV-positive community. She has the ability to put patients at ease in a research setting, thereby increasing the AVRC's enrollment of people of color. Additionally, Terry has devoted countless hours to volunteering at Christy's Place, an AIDS service organization dedicated to serving women and families. She facilitates two different weekly Spanish-language support groups and accompanies people to their doctor appointments as a patient advocate. Terry has established herself as an incredibly hard-working, knowledgeable, and compassionate health educator and care provider at the AVRC.

Gina Giles-Oas
Administrative Supervisor, Respiratory Care
As assistant to the administrator at Thornton Hospital, Gina Giles-Oas helped decrease operating costs, automate processes, and introduce new technologies, including serving as webmaster for the first Thornton employee Web site. She took on the "we listen" program at Thornton to ensure patients' expectations were exceeded. As the current administrative supervisor for Respiratory Services, she converted the policy manual to electronic files accessible through the UCSD intranet, configured a department employee database for HR information, and developed systems that provide notification of evaluations, CPR cards, licenses, and TB testing due for all staff. She also took on oversight of the UC Regents Account for Respiratory Care services and redesigned several components of the new employee orientation program. She oversees the department-wide reward and recognition program and is in her third year of co-chairing the Medical Center Dinner Dance Committee on which she has served for the past six years. Gina is committed to the highest level of quality, caring, and teamwork.

Willerma Harrison
Clinical Nurse III, Nursing 2 West Thornton Hospital
Willerma Harrison is an outstanding nurse whose extensive clinical knowledge, caring, and concern are a stabilizing influence for patients and staff. For the past 11 years, Willerma has invested her time in orienting new employees. She helps them to understand what they need to do and why it has to be done in a particular way. She has ensured the quality of the unit by excellent follow-through on staff issues, by working on various committees, and by modeling professional behavior. Willerma is also involved with the San Diego Urban League, supporting parents in helping their children and implementing programs to help youngsters achieve their dreams. Willerma believes in the power of helping others and has donated time, goods, and money to several charities, including Hurricane Katrina Relief, Amvets, and Father Joe's Village. Her involvement in the community and presence on her unit embody the core values of UCSD.

Davell Jackson-Brown
Conference Coordinator, Housing and Dining Services
Davell Jackson-Brown, a conference coordinator, has exceptional event planning and program management skills. She implemented the Black History Lunch at Plaza Café, its biggest revenue and patron attendance day of the year. She also served the Chancellor's Office as an intern working on projects for the Black History Month Planning Committee and the Cesar E. Chavez Planning Committee. Under her guidance, the revenue of the Black History Month Scholarship Brunch silent auction doubled. Davell also gives to the San Diego community, having served the Oak Park Little League and the House of Rachel (Catholic Charities) for homeless/ battered and drug-addicted women. She has been very active with the San Diego Civic Dance Association, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, and the San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, where she is a busy volunteer and dedicated dancer and performer. With a kind smile and a modest spirit, Davell gives freely of her time and energy.

Bob Jones
Police Sergeant, Police Department
Sgt. Bob Jones supervised the UCSD Police Department investigations unit for over 23 years. His enthusiasm, expertise, and work ethic greatly contributed to the excellent reputation of the UCSD police. Bob is self-motivated and willing to fill a need. On his own initiative, he studied the case law on issues related to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and developed procedures at UCSD that were praised by the Department of Education. Showing a creative streak, he designed the pin used to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UC Police Department and the UC Police systemwide flag. He wrote the stalking and workplace violence handbooks, was a founding member of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, is a member of the San Diego Stalking Case Assessment Team, and co-hosted the San Diego County "Stalking the Stalkers" conference. Bob has been a valuable resource to UCPD systemwide and to the San Diego County law enforcement community.

Ange Mason
Education Program Manager, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Ange coordinates San Diego Supercomputer's (SDSC) program of cyber-infrastructure education for teachers – SDSC TeacherTECH – which infuses technology-enabled science, math, and engineering discoveries and methods into the pre-college and undergraduate curriculum. Through Ange's leadership, SDSC TeacherTECH has become a national model and is estimated to reach nearly 1,000 teachers in 2006. Teachers say it is Ange's warm, caring connection to them and her consistent respect for their professionalism and desire to grow that keeps them coming back. Ange also connects with the UCSD community, having served as chair of the Staff Association's Holiday Pancake Breakfast and on the Staff Association Executive Board. In her own department, she helped organize the holiday party and is coordinating volunteers for "Expanding Your Horizons," a community outreach program on campus for middle school-age girls. Ange's contributions and dedication to UCSD are an inspiration.

Anna Gandolfi Mason
UCSD Student Foundation Manager, Information Technology and Financial Systems
Anna started her 15-year career at UCSD with the Associated Students, assisting the student government council and coordinating undergraduate elections. She served at Revelle College for three years, working closely with students and coordinating the commencement event. Anna has been in External Relations as manager of the Student Foundation for a year and a half working with student leaders. Anna coordinated a campus wide effort to support Hurricane Katrina relief that raised nearly $3,000. She volunteers during the Hands-On San Diego volunteer service day and the UCSD Cares campaign. In addition to her job responsibilities, Anna is working on her MBA, is a mother to two boys, volunteers at a number of community events, has managed several football teams, and is currently on the board for her son's high school football program. Her approach to collaboration helps her excel in a team environment and earns her the respect of students and colleagues alike.

Jennifer Reichstadt
Program Director for Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Psychiatry
In the past 18 months, Jennifer Reichstadt has made a dramatic job transition from research coordinator to program director for the Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA). As a research coordinator, she helped to recruit research participants and shape study design. She co-authored a recently published paper and is currently writing a paper as the first author. As program director, she manages all SIRA research and research training initiatives and plans SIRA events. She has also developed strong relationships with the SIRA Community Board of Advisors, local retirement communities, research participants, community donors, San Diego County's Aging & Independence Services, and Senior Community Centers of San Diego, a low-income senior housing complex in downtown San Diego. Jennifer is an effective public speaker and was heavily involved with a recent story that aired on local television generating wide publicity. Jennifer wins people over with her intelligence, hard work, devotion, and charm.

Carol Rogers
Associate Director, Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy
With creativity and energy, Carol enlivens and enriches the university's sexual harassment education programs in her job as the associate director at the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy (OSHPP). As the host of "Sex in the Cinema," she introduces topics related to OSHPP's mission via popular films. This year, Carol helped UCSD comply with a new state requirement by training hundreds of UCSD supervisors and answering related questions. She serves as the head of the Women's Center Advisory Board and on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues. She organizes volunteers at the Women's Resource Fair, which serves homeless women in San Diego County. She is also a member of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and serves on a California State Bar committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and on the board of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. We are very lucky to have Carol on our team at UCSD.

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