DENVER and AURORA, Colo. – New officers and award recipients were announced June 22 during the quarterly Exempt Professional Assembly meeting video conferenced between the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses. 

New officers are:  
President: Danny Felipe-Morales
Vice President/President Elect: Malaika White
Past President: Leeann Fields
Secretary: Nicole Ganley
Treasurer: Carissa Smith
Tech Coordinator: Blake Humphrey
Anschtuz Medical Campus-at-Large: Tamika Coleman
Anschtuz Medical Campus-at-Large: Joey Failma
Denver Campus-at-Large: Larry Armenta
Denver Campus-at-Large: Omar Montgomery 

Recipients of the newly-created ‘Let Your Light Shine’ (LYLS) Award had been announced earlier, but two staff members were recognized and congratulated by Chancellor Don Elliman during Friday’s meeting.

Let your light shine award winnersPhoto: From left Danny Felipe-Morales, Kerrie Bathje, Chancellor Elliman, Marlinda Hines-Sloan, Leeann Fields, Resa Cooper-Morning.

For June, the LYLS award was presented to Marlinda Hines-Sloan, Academic Advisor, School of Education and Human Development.

Her co-worker nominators describe her as devoted and available.

“Marlinda is always bright and cheerful and known as the office “counselor” as she always makes time to check in with everyone and truly listens when colleagues want to share. Her advisees in the graduate program appreciate her hard work and constant advocacy. She is always available to meet with prospective and current students and truly does a phenomenal job recruiting for our department. She is collaborative and innovative with new ideas for the office. She co-chairs our diversity committee and represents our department mission of advocating for the diverse needs of our student, faculty, and staff.”

Hines-Sloan also is a call center volunteer at the Auraria Campus Phoenix Center that assists clients regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. And she works to support The Boys School – a Denver Public Schools charter school targeted for boys of color.

May’s inaugural LYLS award went to Kerrie Bathje, Manager of Parking and Transportation

Her nominators said she is beyond flexible as a ‘go-to person.’

“Kerrie has been very customer service oriented and innovative in her approach to problems and the needs of the campus community. She seeks input from stakeholders and makes sure that the programs implemented provide various services in a user‐friendly manner. Kerrie has been instrumental in the University providing the Ecopass program for staff and taking into consideration the needs of individuals who would like to take public transportation, but also have the option to drive if need be. Kerrie works closely with individuals throughout the university. Kerrie frequently comes to campus on weekends or evenings and volunteers her time to make sure everything runs smoothly.” Kerrie provides free Notary Public State of Colorado services, and she is a bone marrow donor. Kerrie is admired as the “epitome of someone whose professional and personal life is dedicated to service to others.”

An active community member, Kerrie volunteers at her daughters’ school, and she is a volleyball coach for the City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department.

In addition to the campus-wide recognition, those recognized with the LYLS award receive a $100 gift card.

Nominate colleagues now

Nominations for “Let Your Light Shine” must be submitted by the 5th of each month in order to be in the selection pool for the following month. All nominations received on or prior to May 5, 2012 have been retired from the pool. All nominations received May 6, 2012 through May 5, 2013 will remain in the nomination pool for the 2012-13 fiscal year (through our June 2013 selections). The rules governing this program and the online nomination form can be found at the EPA website.

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