UMKC Celebrates the 2022 Staff Award Recipients

The awards recognize staff excellence and milestone achievements
awards sit on table

The University of Missouri-Kansas City recognized more than 240 employees at the 2022 Staff Awards ceremony in March. The annual event is an opportunity for UMKC to celebrate staff members who have achieved personal and professional milestones, shown extraordinary commitment to service and ethics and championed the university’s commitment to student success, diversity and inclusion, engagement and outreach, and research and discovery.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the first time in two years that UMKC staff could join together for an in-person celebration. Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D. recognized the original COVID-19 tracing team at the awards. The team includes Obie Austin, Robin Hamilton, Dea Marx, Chris Popoola and Jill Reyes.

The Chancellor praised the staff for all the work they have done to go above and beyond, even when faced with challenging circumstances of the pandemic.

“Our staff members are the heartbeat of this university,” said Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D. “Every year, I am overwhelmed by our staff’s dedication and accomplishments.”

Chancellor Mauli Agrawal addresses attendees at the 2022 staff awards
The 2022 Awards were held in person for the first time in two years

Congratulations to the 2022 awardees:

20 Years of Service

Amir Ayoub
Rebecca Bergman
Richard Bigham
Tyrone Blea
Matthew Brown
Verna Crowder
Mary Flores
Robin Hamilton
David Lucas
Tanya Moore
Deloris Phelps
Kimberly Rudolph
Laura Rupp
Robert Smith
Jane Vogl
Anthony Wescott
Karen Wilkerson
Marie Winzer

25 Years of Service

Patrice Adams
Selena Albert
James Bradley
Andrea DiRaimo
Darren Hersey
James Holt
Nancy Kunkel
Lyndsey Magrone
Keivan Moghadam
Nghi Phan
Earl Reed
Steven Stoner
Anjing Xu

30 Years of Service

Lena Jones
Kristen Temple

35 Years of Service

Michael Bongartz
Cara Bradley
Barbara Glesner Fines
James Havner
Shelly Janasz
David Johnston
Jonathan Shroyer

40 Years of Service

Doretta Kidd
Jennifer Underwood

Marilyn Turbush celebrates her award with co-workers
Marilyn Turbush, front row second from right, celebrates her award with the External Relations and Constituent Engagement staff 


Staff who graduated with a UMKC degree in Spring 2021, Summer 2021 or Fall 2021

Olivia Brown
Lauren Crusoe
Destiny Delgado Peterson
Jocelyn Garcia
Roland Hemmings Jr.
Chante Keller
Kelly McDonald
Leta Moler
Emma Satterfield
Hannah Shackles
Julie Smith
Suman Suman
Stephan Young

Supervisory Development Series Graduates

Wayne Nagy
Anna Zimmerman

Dr. Elson S. Floyd Administrative Leadership Development Program

Nate Addington
Matthew Brown
Katie Garey
Rosa Nataraj
Tammy Welchert

Series on Leadership Essentials Program

Nancy Bahner
Rebecca Bergman
Erin Bumann
Gina Campbell
Brenda Cindrich
Rob Durham
James Havner
Danita Johnson
Camille Johnson-Arnold
Caitlyn Mapel
Adrena Mason
Christen Melvin
Liz Muleski
Patricia Mullin
Wayne Nagy
Jessie Riggs
James Shackelford
Emily Strayhall

Living the Values Award

Cynthia Beard
Matthew Brown
Lauren Butler
Diane Elliott
Collin Foster
Michael Graves
Kendell Hale
Robin Hamilton
Alia Herrman
Erika Holliday
Shelly Janasz
Camille Johnson-Arnold
Julie Kohlhart
Mousami Mohanty
Lora Owens
Barbette Roach
Myisha Sims
Tess Surprenant
Elizabeth Valle
Kaitlin Woody

School of Nursing and Health Sciences staff pose for a photo together
Krystal Olmos-Romero, front left, celebrates her award with co-workers from the School of Nursing and Health Studies
Staff Awards
Staff Council Dedication Award

Julie Myer, Senior Student Services Coordinator, International Student Affairs

Excellence in Student Success

Chelsey Butts, Student Support Specialist II, College of Arts and Sciences

Excellence in Research and Creative Works

Chris Winders, Director Research Activities, Office of Research Services

Excellence in Engagement and Outreach

Marilyn Turbush, Office Specialist, External Relations and Constituent Engagement

Excellence in Multiculturalism, Globalism, Diversity and Inclusion

Makini King, Interim Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Excellence in Planning, Operations and Stewardship

Sandy Wilson, Finance and Accounting Manager, Office of Research Services

Rising Star

Krystal Olmos-Romero, Senior Office Support Assistant, School of Nursing and Health Studies

Chancellor’s Staff Award for Extraordinary Contributions

Liz Hoffman-Shrout, Director II Student Support Services, UMKC Campus Recreation

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