We want to thank you for your valued and appreciated 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service. Through the years, your talents and efforts have helped us to be successful. We celebrate and take pride in your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence. Congratulations on reaching this milestone!

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? Choose a career you love. Give it the best there is in you. Seize your opportunities. And be a member of the team.” -Benjamin Franklin

20+ Years of Service Recipients

Area of Employment
Lynn Allmond
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 APP 1  (NP/PA) , MCG-Surgery-Urology

20 Years

“Lynn Allmond combines knowledgeable and compassionate care in the busiest surgery clinics in the AU health facility. Despite a hectic clinical schedule, she continues to find time to provide instruction in the School of Nursing and serve on many important committees in the institution.”
— Martha K. Terris, MD, Witherington Distinguished Professor and Chair, MCG-Urology

Scott Anderson
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Lead Nurse, GCHC-Bacon Detention Center

20 Years

“Scott began his GCHC career as an RN at Ware State Prison and currently serves as the Lead Nurse at Bacon PDC/TC. Scott was instrumental in the 2004 startup of Bacon PDC's Medical Unit, as Lead Nurse and has intermittently served at both Bacon and Ware for 20 years. Scott is also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and conducts PREA examinations statewide, in the GDC Facilities.”
— Roger (Terry) Wilson, RN, GCHC– Bacon Detention Center

Heide Andrews
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Administrative Assistant 2 , MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years

“Heide is a true asset to CBA, MCG and AU. Ms. Andrews is organized and efficient in her daily duties and responsibilities. She is valued for her unique way of making everyone she works with feel unique, comfortable, and special; she is truly supportive of any task asked of her; she is a remarkable and supportive team player, she has a unique way of turning tedious tasks into fun projects. Ms. Andrews’s loyalty and dedication to the department, the Chair, and the Department Administrator are remarkable. Congratulations, Heide!”
— Sharon Lever, Department Administrator 2, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Vanessa Atchison
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Office Associate, GCHC-Baldwin State Prison

20 Years

“Vanessa Atchison has been a part of the team for 20 years, working in Medical Records and then as the department Office Associate. She was always willing to help staff with any issues that might arise and was very knowledgeable of Payroll and Human Resources issues.”
— Vernon Speight, Health Services Administrator, GCHC-Baldwin State Prison

Angela Baker
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Director, Testing & Disability Services, Disability Services

20 Years

“Angie is the consummate student advocate. She has worked tirelessly over her career to advocate for students as a counselor and as a disability services provider. As Director of Testing and Disability Services, Angie has worked to establish processes that bridge the gaps between the barriers faced by students with disabilities and successful degree completion. Angie’s influence during her career has been felt by countless students, many of whom are proud graduates of Augusta University because of her advocacy and service to the institution.”
— Scott T. Wallace, PhD, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

Robert Bledsoe
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Associate Professor, CAHSS-English & Foreign Languages

20 Years

“Dr. Bledsoe has filled many roles over the past two decades to include directing Humanities, mentoring and supporting his colleagues, and introducing thousands of students to German language and cultures. He is a true intellectual who loves knowledge for its own sake, and I am forever amazed at the breadth and depth of his reading. Vielen Dank für alles!”
— Rhonda Armstrong, PhD, Department Chair, CAHSS-English and Foreign Languages

Andrea Boatwright
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Licensed Practical Nurse, GCHC-Pulaski State Prison

20 Years

“I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate Ms. Boatwright's many years of service at Pulaski. Congratulations on this awesome achievement. We are lucky to have her. Great job " Boat"!”
— Dawn Butler, Director of Nursing, GCHC-Pulaski State Prison

Pritam Bora
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Research Manager, MCG-Medicine-Sickle Cell Program

20 Years

“In hopes of showing Pritam how much she is appreciated, her work family shared the following as her most notable qualities: sincere, honest, kind, dedicated, thoughtful, caring, reliable, demonstrates excellent teamwork, a true asset, diligent, kind-hearted. It is an honor and privilege to work with a person of such integrity and selflessness! If you want to know what grace looks like, look at Pritam. She never complains. She always smiles. She perseveres, always with joy in her heart. Pritam impacts colleagues in a positive way each day through her guidance. We are so blessed Pritam is part of our team and this organization!”
— Leigh Wells, Clinical Research Manager, Department of Medicine-Sickle Cell

Michael Brands
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Professor, MCG-Physiology

20 Years

“It is a great pleasure to acknowledge and congratulate Professor Michael Brands after 20 outstanding years as a faculty member at MCG-AU.  Dr. Brands is a truly exceptional faculty member who shines as a scientist, as an educator, and as an institutional leader. Most notably, he has provided exemplary service to MCG as an educator and in a leadership and membership capacity on many of the most important institutional committees.  His willingness to contribute his time and talents in service to the institution is remarkable and sets a standard for us all.  Thank you Mike! ”
— David Mattson, PhD, MCG-Physiology and Endocrinology

Melissa Briggs
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Senior Physical Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy

20 Years

“Melissa Briggs has worked for our organization for 20 years. She is a wonderful employee and a gifted clinician. She works so well with children of all ages and truly follows the tenets of Patient and Family Centered Care. Melissa is adored by her patients and families. Her compassionate and positive outlook make her a wonderful team member. It has been such a pleasure to work with her these many years.”
— Jeffrey Dowling, PT, DT., MHE. Director of Rehabilitation, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopedics, Augusta University Rehabilitation

Kristin C.
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Registered Nurse, Surgery Clinic

20 Years

“Kristin is known for being a great patient advocate and a creative thinker. She never forgets a patient and is cross-trained in several areas of expertise. She has a great rapport with the physician staff and she is a great asset to Ambulatory Care.”
— Sandra Oglesby, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory-Surgery Clinic

Lisa C.
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Charge Nurse/Instructor-CON-Biobehavioral, 4 South Surgery

20 Years

“Lisa is a self-directed, task oriented, professional nurse who consistently takes the initiative to improve the care that she provides for her patients. Most recently, she successfully completed her doctoral degree. Lisa is an asset to our nursing team and the organization at large.”
— Christa D. Butler MSM, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, 4 South Surgery

Ronald Chapman
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Lead Anesthesia Technician, Anesthesia OR/Asu

20 Years

“Ronald Chapman is one of our Lead Anesthesia Technicians. He is always patient safety focused and team oriented. Ronald assists in training new staff as well as medical students and residents. One of his many positive attributes is that he remains calm under pressure in any situation. Staff and Physicians often look to him to assist and he’s always happy to help.”
— Sarah Orial, MSN, RN, CNOR, Nurse Manager, Adult OR

Zhong Chen
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Postdoctoral Fellow, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years

“Dr. Chen has been an integral part of the MCG research effort for 20 years. His research skills and great attitude have both contributed immeasurably to his success at MCG. Dr. Chen is a team player who is dedicated to his work, to the numerous research projects he is working on now and has worked on in the past, and to Augusta University.”
— Mitchell A. Watsky., PhD, Dean, The Graduate School

Paulette Clemmons
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Secretary, Anatomic Pathology

20 Years

“Paulette is a valued employee for Anatomic Pathology.  She is always cheerful, smiling and willing to assist anyone and everyone.  She came as a young woman nervous about her new position.  Paulette grew into her position with poise, dignity and integrity to become one of the most valued employees in the department.  I, her supervisor, and all in the department congratulate on her 20 years of service.”
— Nancy Willis, Office Manager, Anatomic Pathology-General

Linda Clinton
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Pharmacy Technician, GCHC-Phillips State Prison

20 Years

“Linda Clinton is a true asset to Phillips State Prison Medical Department. She has a positive attitude, good work ethics, and always willing to assist others as needed.   ”
— April Woods,MPA, Health Services Administrator, GCHC-Phillips State Prison

Linda Coleman
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Credentialing Specialist, DCG-Business Office

20 Years

“Linda is a dedicated and valued employee of DCG who takes pride in the work that she does and is always willing to help others. During her 20 years of service in the DCG Business Office she has made significant contributions to the success of the college. She is often sought out by patients and fellow employees who know she will respond to their needs and do her utmost resolve any issues they might have. Linda always maintains a friendly and positive attitude towards everyone and is the consummate team player. ”
— Bill Bowers, Director, DCG-Patient Financial Management & Manager, DCG-Dental Associates

Meera Dase
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Administrative Assistant to Vice President, Ambulatory Expansion Integration

20 Years

“Meera Dase represents what AU stands for; quality service, team support, staff encouragement and a caring heart. Although patients may not see her or know who she is by sight, behind the scenes she is one of their biggest advocates working daily to advocate for those that are at the bedside taking care of them. Meera has made a difference in the Ambulatory setting, demonstrated the mission of AU, and positively impacts everyone she encounters.”
— Joe Thornton, Vice President, Ambulatory Expansion and Integration

Catherine Davis
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Professor , MCG-Medicine-Georgia Prevention Institute

20 Years

“Dr. Davis is a long time NIH funded health psychologist who focuses on exercise, cognition and cardio-metabolic health in children. With her 20 years of service, she has developed into one of the pioneers examining the beneficial role of exercise training on brain health using imaging technologies. Dr. Davis has developed expertise in the developmental aspects of health behavior interventions and randomized clinical trial methodology through her trials with children.  Included among her publications was seminal work published in JAMA on exercise dose in overweight children.  Dr. Davis has served on numerous MCG committees and as mentor for many trainees over the years.            ”
— Brian Annex, MD, Department Chair, Department of Medicine-General Internal Medicine

Tracy Davis
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Staff Nurse, GCHC-Hancock State Prison

20 Years

“Tracy Davis started working at Hancock State Prison in July of 2000, and he is a valued employee of the Medical Department. He has a let’s get the job done attitude and is willing to do more than what is assigned for him to do. He is very knowledgeable and shares his medical skills with other nurses. He is a great asset to the  Medical Team and we are blessed to have him, with his many years of nursing experience.          ”
— Linda Stevens, RN, Department of Nurisng, GCHC-Hancock State Prison

Andrea Dent
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Business Operations Specialist 1, Facilities-Administration

20 Years

“Andrea Dent is a dedicated Augusta University employee serving the Division of Facilities for 20 years. She is a key player in the business operations department and is well known across campus for her ability to “get the job done”. We thank her for being a part of our Division’s success over the years; we greatly appreciate it and value her hard work and efforts! - Aisha Lavin, Director of Facilities Bus Operations, Facilities Management”

Lisa Dukes
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Senior Medical Sonographer, Radiology-Ultrasound

20 Years

“Lisa is huge asset to our Ultrasound department. She uses her many years of experience to provide her patients with top notch imaging paired with friendly and professional patient care. She is always raising the bar for herself and taking on new challenges to continue her education. She is our biggest cheerleader for the team and never ceases to provided knowledge and encouragement to our new sonographers. Her co-workers consider it a privilege to work side-by-side with her.”
— Lewis Golden R.T. (R) ,Chief Radiographer, General Radiology

Johnny Dunn
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OR Assistant, Operating Room

20 Years

“Johnny does a great job in keeping our OR in tip top shape. We can always depend on Johnny to be here, especially after hours, behind the scenes ensuring our ORs are ready for our patients at all times.”
— Sarah Orial, MSN, RN, CNOR, Nurse Manager, Adult OR

David Ekwunife
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Physician, GCHC-Baldwin State Prison

20 Years

“Dr. David Ekwunife is very reliable, dedicated, works well with the medical staff and tries to do what is best for the inmates medically. We appreciate his contributions to Baldwin State Prison.                                                          ”
— Ikechukwu Akunwanne, MD, Medical Director, GCHC

Annie Franklin
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Administrative Assistant 1, MCG-Orthopedics

20 Years

“Annie’s dedication to the Orthopedic Department goes beyond measure. She is a constant joy and calming influence for our faculty, staff and patients. We are extremely grateful for her 20 years of service to Augusta University.”
— Ella Kayea, Project Coordinator, MCG-Orthopedic Surgery

Charlene Fredrick
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Licensed Practical Nurse, GCHC-Autry State Prison

20 Years

“Charlene Fredricks has been a constant fixture of the Mental Health Staff at Autry State Prison. She works well with the Psychiatry staff and Mental Health Counselors to provide quality services to the offenders at Autry State Prison. She attends to her duties with great diligence and passion. Mrs. Fredricks has previously been recognized for her outstanding Non-Compliance Counseling and Documentation and consistently receives top marks on this during Comprehensive Audits.                                                                                                                                   ”
— John Lee, LPC, Mental Health Unit Manger, GCHC-Autry State Prison

Valinsa Gainey
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Business Manager 2, MCG-Obstetrics & Gynecology

25 Years

“Congratulations on achieving this special milestone Valinsa! We are so appreciative of all of your contributions and dedication over the years! Thanks for all the support and encouragement you have provided to us all. We look forward to many more years of your continued service.     ”
— Candy Harper, Administrator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sharad Ghamande
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Department Chair, MCG-Obstetrics & Gynecology

20 Years

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Dr. Sharad Ghamande for his 20 years of service to the Georgia Cancer Center, Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University Health. The work he has done during the last two decades has made a lasting impact on his cancer patients, their families, and their communities, as well as his colleagues. Dr. Ghamande is a true hero for cancer patients by making sure their physical, mental, and emotional needs are met during and after their cancer diagnosis. We all learn from him and benefit from his professionalism and his engaging and affable personality.  ”
— Jorge Cortes, MD, Director, Georgia Cancer Center

Hope Gibson
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Denials and Appeals Specialist, Patient Accounts

20 Years

“We would like to extend our appreciation for the great work Hope Gibson has done during her 20 years at AU Health. Her diligence, self-motivation as well as dedication to always go the extra mile in order to achieve the best possible results is really admirable. We are so happy and proud of you for all you’ve accomplished. Wishing you the best for continued success!”
— Maria Ramsey, Director, Hospital Billing and Insurance Follow Up, Patient Accounts

Ophelia Givens
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Housing Coordinator, Residence Life

20 Years

“Ophelia started her career at the Medical College of Georgia in July 2000 as the secretary for the Director of Housing. She has seen the evolution of the university and student housing, but throughout those changes, Ophelia continuously assisted students with compassion and integrity. Now, as the Housing Coordinator responsible for assigning students to 1,228 beds, she continues to demonstrate her love for students and dedication to Augusta University through her professionalism and unwavering commitment to provide exceptional customer service for all those served by Housing and Residence Life.”
— Heather Schneller, Director, Housing and Residence Life-Student Affairs

Richard Griner
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Department Chair , CSM-Biology

20 Years

“Dr. Griner has in his 20 years at the University served in two roles: 9-month faculty member, and for the past 13 years as the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. During those 13 years he has led the department through considerable change: consolidation, the addition of degree programs in Cell and Molecular Biology and Ecology, and, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and Physics, the creation of the Masters in Biomolecular Science program. He has participated extensively in the design of the new building which will house much of the College of Science and Mathematics on the Health Sciences Campus, and in the coming year he will play a key role in planning the physical move of the largest department in the College to that building.”
— John Sutherland, PhD, Dean, CSM

Stephanie H.
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Registered Nurse, Radiology-Nursing

20 Years

“Stephanie Huggins works hard to give the best care to our pediatric sedation patients and adult interventional radiology patients in two completely different worlds, and she does both with ease. Examples of her growth in nursing are her certifications in pediatric nursing, ambulatory paranesthesia, and paranesthesia nursing. She provides outstanding care with compassion, knowledge and skill. She is a great illustration to the nursing profession of dedication, caring, and professionalism.”
— Leslie Edney, Assistant Nurse Manager, Radiology Nursing

Joseph Hallman
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Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities-General Maintenance Shop

20 Years

“Joseph "Mike" Hallman started with AU as an HVAC technician on Summerville campus and in 2015 he was promoted to be the Shop Supervisor of the Health Science campus General Maintenance shop. He is a diligent leader caring for his employees, trying to meet the various needs of his customers and serving the campus. During the Covid crisis he has led his shop in the set up and support of the inflatable testing tent at the Medical Center Emergency Department.”
— James Grigg, Director, Facilities Operations-Facilities Management

Ann Hayes
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Perioperative Manager, Operating Room-Administration

20 Years

“Ann is a caring and dedicated individual to the delivery of pediatric surgical care at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. She is a true Servant Leader in her everyday actions. Ann is respected by the associates that she manages, her peers and the medical staff. She is a valuable team member of the Augusta University Health System family.”
— Allen Kelly RN., MHSA., BSN., Assistant Vice President, Perioperative Services

Veronica Henderson
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Buyer 2, Supply Management - Purchasing

20 Years

“Veronica is a bright shining star in our office. She is always willing to help and go above and beyond to help others. She is always positive and finds the good in everyone. She constantly works very hard to ensure that she meets the mission of our department.”
— Terri Gregory, Purchasing Supervisor, Materials Management

Karen Herrington
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Business Manager 1, Athletic Administration

20 Years

“Karen is hard working, dedicated and loyal. She is an inspiration to her fellow employees as well as students. She always presents a positive attitude. ”
— Clint Bryant, MEd, BS, Director of Athletics

David Hess
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Executive VP, Medical Affairs & Dean, MCG

20 Years

“Dr. David Hess is the quintessential triple – no, quadruple – threat in academia: renowned educator, celebrated clinician, cutting-edge scientist, and skilled administrator. He is a gifted leader with rock-solid integrity, and also one of the most authentic, compassionate individuals I have ever known. Augusta University is beyond fortunate to count him as its own.  ”
— Gretchen Caughman, PhD, Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

Yali Hou
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Senior Research Associate ,  MCG-Vascular Biology Center

20 Years

“Yali Hou has been working in our lab (two PIs) as a senior research associate for about two years.   She is very careful and professional for various kinds of lab experiments and administrative work.  Currently, she is doing animal surgery, including hindlimb ischemia, histology, adenovirus amplification, endothelial cell isolation, etc.   She is also a good friend and colleague and very nice and easy to work with. ”
— Tohru Fukai, MD, PhD, FAHA, Professor, MCG-Vascular Biology Center

Peggy Jeffcoat
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Administrative Assistant 1, CAHS-Physician Assistant Program

20 Years

“Peggy is our Admissions Coordinator and works with the Physician Assistant Admissions Team to coordinate all aspects of the admissions process. She strives hard to make sure that the entire department runs smoothly on a day to day basis. She loves working with the first year didactic students, and when she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her grandson and daughter.”
— Judith Stallings, EdD, Associate Dean, CAHS

Ann Jennings
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Executive Administrative Assistant/Contract Specialist, Legal Services

20 Years

“I am writing to express great appreciation regarding an outstanding employee, who has completed 20 years of dedicated service. I have had the privilege of working closely with Ann for the past eleven years. I have never known a more professional, dedicated and responsible employee. Ann takes pride in doing things correctly, and will not stop until the job is done. She is always gracious and friendly and is a joy to work with. She believes in our goals and is determined to do her part to achieve excellence. Her work product and the intangible contribution she makes in the workplace are beyond measure.”
— Interim General Council, Legal Services, AU Health

Constance Johnson
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Senior Clinical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pathology

20 Years

“Connie is an asset to the Immunology/Special Testing Laboratory for many years and ensures everything flows as it should.  ”
— Brandy Gunsolus, Manager, Pathology Lab Utilization, Clincial Pathology-General Administration

Shauna Johnson
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Pharmacy Technician, GCHC-MGCC-Regional Pharmacy

20 Years

“Shauna is a dedicated pharmacy technician. She skillfully manages all aspects of our pharmacy workflow. She is an essential member of our pharmacy team and an asset to GCHC. ”
— Deborah O’Hanlon, Director, GCHC-MGCC-Pharmacy

Devin Jones
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Administrative Assistant 2 , COE-Kinesiology

20 Years

“Devin has worked on the Health Sciences campus in the College of Allied Health Sciences and she is currently the Department of Kinesiology’s administrative assistant in the College of Education. She has such a pleasant, calming personality and she always has a smile on her face when working with faculty, students and visitors. The Department of Kinesiology is truly lucky to have such an outstanding and positive person in the department. We are so proud of her 20 years of excellence and offer our deepest appreciation.”
— C. Steven Page, EdD, Chair, COE-Kinesiology & Chair, IRB

Kari Jones
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Relationship Director, Beckman Init, Beckman Coulter Alli

20 Years

“Kari, congratulations on this great achievement of 20 years with AU Health! Thank you for all of your valuable work. Your dedication is truly appreciated!”
— Michael Shaffer, B.A., Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Economic Development

Baolin Kang
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Research Associate , MCG-Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

20 Years

“Dr. Baolin Kang joined the Medical College of Georgia and the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics (now the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine) in 2000 and continued with IMMAG until 2009.  He went on to work with the Immunotherapy Center, the Vascular Biology Center, the Cancer Center andr eturned to work with our Department in 2016.  Dr. Kang continues to be a key member in the lab of Dr. Carlos Isales.  We congratulate him on this milestone!  ”
— Ann Stephens, Department Administrator 3, Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Lasha Kersey
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Wellness  Coordinator , Prac Population Health

20 Years

“Lasha is a passionate employee, who takes pride in her work and strives to ensure the patient is always taken care of.  She is a great team player that works to build strong relationships with everyone around her. ”
— Lauren Williams, Director, Population Health

Cassandra King
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Senior Radiation Therapist, Georgia Radiation Therapy Center-Administration

20 Years

“Cassandra has a true heart for patient care. She truly loves her patients and is a very strong advocate for them. She created the “Graduation Certificates” that we use to mark the end of a patient’s treatments. She spearheads celebrations on major holidays for the patients. She strives every day to make a tough situation more pleasant and enjoyable for those who matter most: patients! She has spent 20 years as a valued employee in this department and we are very grateful to have her!   ”
— Barbara Hayes, Interim Department Manager, GCC-Radiology & Oncology

Lisa L.
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Registered Nurse, 4C Pediatric Medicine

20 Years

“Lisa has contributed 20 years of services here at the CHOG. She is dedicated to excellent care of the patients and families she serve. She demonstrate excellent nursing skills and she is joy to be around. We are very proud that she has earned Clinical Ladder III and will very soon graduate with her BSN in Nursing. We are glad to help her celebrate and want her to know how much we appreciate her. ”
— Gloria Wright, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager, CHOG-Pediatric Medicine (4C)

Anita Lafferty
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Tissue Bank Coordinator, Pathology-Tissue Donor Services

20 Years

“Anita is commonly known as "Sunshine" in our department. This name is perfect because she always brings brightness and joy to the difficult job we perform.”
— Carl Eubanks, Tissue Bank Manager,  Path Tissue Donor Services

Donna Londino
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Professor  - Part Time , MCG-Psychiatry & Health Behavior

20 Years

“Donna,  Thank you for your 20 years of dedicated service to the children of Augusta Georgia, and your insistence upon quality in the care of all children. MCG, and Augusta, is lucky to have you!   ”
— Vaughn McCall, MD, Department Chair, Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Mark Lopez
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Professor , MCG-Emergency Medicine

20 Years

“Dr. Lopez is trained in both Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and has served as the Medical Student Clerkship director for Emergency Medicine and is currently the Assistant Medical Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine.    -”
— Richard B. Schwartz, MD, FACEP, Chairman and Professor,  MCG-Emergency Medicine

Ashley M.
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Registered Nurse, Radiology-Nursing

20 Years

“Ashley Moak is one of the sweetest, most humble, caring nurses you could meet. The nurses’ heart actualized, she consistently demonstrates her passion for nursing through her actions as demonstrated through her compassion for patients. She makes them feel comfortable and encourages them, and her nursing skills makes it easy for patients to trust her. Ashley is gentle, kind, patient, knowledgeable, calm, has a positive attitude and always has a smile on her face.”
— Leslie Edney, Assistant Nurse Manager, Radiology Nursing

Saundra M.
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Registered Nurse, Plastic Surgery

20 Years

“Sandy is known for her great customer service. It is not unusual for Sandy to go above and beyond for a patient to ensure they get the care they need and deserve. Sandy is a go-getter and delivers “out of the box” solutions to address problems. She has been recognized numerous times by patients and their families for the care she delivers.”
— Sandra Oglesby, Nurse Manager, Ambulatory-Surgery Clinic

Eddie Madison
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Manager, Summverville Technology Services, Information Technology

20 Years

“Thank you, not only for your dedication to helping our customers, but also for your dedication to mentoring our student workers. You make a difference every day by listening to people and helping them when they need it most. We appreciate all of the hard work and effort you have put into making the Information Technology team a success over the past 20 years. ”
— Janice Deloach, Associate Director, IT Field Services – ITSS

Tabbita Martin
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Supervisor, Centralized Business Office, Patient Accounts

20 Years

“We would like to recognize Tabbitha Martin for all the hard work and effort she has put forth during her 20 years with us at AU. Tab does a great job supervising our claims area and managing the Quadax billing system. Tabbitha has a wealth of billing knowledge and she is always willing to share that knowledge with anyone who wants to learn. Her focus, attention to detail, strong work ethic, willing attitude and desire for excellence makes her a great asset to the AU team. We feel very fortunate to have her in Patient Accounting. We look forward to seeing all of the great things she will accomplish in the upcoming years. Congratulations on your work anniversary Tab!!!”
— Maria Ramsey, Director, Hospital Billing and Insurance Follow Up, Patient Accounts

Regina L Messer
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Assistant Dean, DCG-Oral Biology & Diagnostic Sciences

20 Years

“Dr. Messer serves students at the graduate and professional levels. She is the Program Director for the Graduate Program in Oral Biology and Assistant Dean of Admissions. Dr. Messer chairs the DCG Admissions Committee. Congratulations Regina on 20 years of outstanding service!”
— Carol Lefebvre, DDS., MS, Dean, DCG

Allen Miller
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Facilities Maintenance Specialist 2, Facilities-EMS-Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning

20 Years

“Allen Miller came to Augusta University November 21st 2000. During his time here he has seen three name changes and a consolidation and many new buildings being built . Allen has worked for the last 20 years in the HVAC shop for Summerville and Foresthill's campuses and always been a very dedicated employee.”
— Alan Whaley, Facilities Services Manager, Facilities Management

Sara Mobley
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Senior Oncology Clinical Research Nurse, MCG-OB/GYN-Gynecologic Oncology

20 Years

“Sara Mobley provides excellent care for patients who have cancer. Patients and families rely on her in many ways that are unique to cancer care. Acting as educators, care providers, and a patient’s lifeline requires her to maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise. Sara is a true advocate for our patients and a valuable asset to the clinical team.”
— Valinsa Gainey, Business Manager 2, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Derika Moment
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Registration Specialist, Desk Operations

20 Years

“Congratulations on achieving  20 years of service with us!  We know you have worked hard for this accomplishment and we truly appreciate your dedication. Through the years, your talents and efforts have helped our success. We take pride in your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence.”
— Nicole Caldwell, Manager, Desk Operations-Registration Services

Walter Moore
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Senior Associate Dean , MCG-Med-Rheumatology

20 Years

“Dr Moore has been a steadfast and stalwart pillar for MCG for the last 2 decades. He is an excellent Rhematologist, teacher, America's Top Doctor, and has led our graduate medical education efforts. I have told Walt he "can't say "no" and we always give him the toughest jobs.”
— David Hess, MD, Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs & Dean, MCG Professor

Connie Morris
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Dental Assistant Supervisor , DCG-Patient Services

20 Years

“Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the College of Dental Medicine. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many people; however, you stand out as an employee who has never wavered in your commitment to succeed. I have always admired your strong work ethic and personal integrity. ”
— Tenishia Smith, Manager, Dental Services, DCG Dental Associates

Elizabeth Murray-Pendergraft
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Department Chair, COE-Teaching and Leading

20 Years

“The College of Education is pleased to honor Dr. Beth Pendergraft for her 20 years of service. She is organized, detail-oriented, dependable, a team player, and is fully committed to advancing the profession of education. The strong relationships/partnerships she has developed with our P-12 schools are unmatched. She is a positive leader who is a difference-maker every day!”
— Judi Wilson, EdS., MEd, Dean, COE

Carol Nichols
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Professor, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years

“The department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Carol Nichols during her 20 years of service to MCG. Dr. Nichols, an anatomist by training, is an internationally recognized leader in Medical Education and has been a key player in curricular development for the pre-clinical medical program. Dr. Nichols is a fine colleague who is highly valued by the department. We thank her for her excellent service!”
— Sylvia Smith, PhD, Department Chair, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Corliss Norman-Williamson
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Residency Program Coordinator, DCG-Academic Administration

20 Years

“Corliss is a shining example of customer service and the university values. She is truly one of the “go to” sources for so many, she is highly relied upon and has a kind and professional way of helping people. She is a valued team member and greatly appreciated across the university for all her contributions, her service on committees, her kindness, and her participation! Congratulations on being an essential part of the DCG and the university, we are grateful for the dedication and passion you show every day!”
— Susi Hamilton, MEd, Director for Assessment and Compliance, DCG

James O.
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Nursing (House) Supervisor, Emergency Department & Critical Care Administration

20 Years

“James started out working in the ICUs earlier in his career and later became a Nursing Supervisor. James has been very dedicated to this institution and is always willing to offer input for improvements. He is well known throughout the hospital as being passionate in his role and always wants to leave his shift knowing he made the right decision. He is also passionate about sweet tea and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Thank you for your years of service.”
— Mark Schreiber, Director, Emergency Services & Critical Care-Emergency Medicine

Raeghan P.
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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse , Pediatric Surgery

20 Years

“Through the years, Raeghan's talents and efforts have helped our success. Loyal and dedicated employees like Raeghan are the foundation to the success of AU. We are proud to have you on our team. Congratulations on this service milestone.”
— Shannon Schander MSN, RN, CMSRN, CDP, CRNI, APHON, Ambulatory Nurse Manager- Pediatric Subspecialties, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Katina Payne
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Surgical Technologist, Operating Room

20 Years

“Katina is always ready, no one ever has to wait for her. Katina is knowledgeable in every surgical service line. Rest assured our patients and staff are in great hands when Katina is behind the table.”
— Sarah Orial, Nurse Manager, OR Administration

Sharri Peck
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Manager, HRIS & Reporting, Talent Acquisition &Development

20 Years

“Sharri Peck is a joy to have on our HR team! Internal to HR she is our “PeopleSoft Queen” and others outside of HR who know Sharri appreciate her as our “go to” when it comes to our HR System. She’s truly a hardworking, dedicated colleague who leads her section by example. While the accolades could go on and on, Sharri’s knowledge and expertise are the constants that make her shine! Twenty years of dedicated employment is quite an accomplishment; and we are proud to have the privilege of working with her! Congratulations!””
— Susan Norton, Enterprise Vice President, Human Resources & Carolyn Burns, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition & Development

Keshia Pollard
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Office Specialist, DCG-Oral Biology & Diagnostic Sciences

20 Years

“Keshia Fielding-Pollard started working at the DCG in 2000 as a dental assistant in the periodontics department. Keshia’s strong work ethic enabled her to rise to the level of dental assistant supervisor and later to that of a radiology technologist. Keshia is reliable, dedicated, and never hesitates to lend a helping hand. You can always depend on Keshia to help out and to give you an encouraging smile to brighten your day. Keshia is always looking for new opportunities to challenge herself and so she has recently taken on the position of office specialist to our department. We are proud of Keshia and are thankful to have had her dedication over the past 20 years.”
— Michelle Burnside Barnes, Office Manager 2, DCG-Oral Biology & Diagnostic Sciences

Heather Rayner
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Office Specialist, DCG-Patient Services

20 Years

“Heather Rayner is a devoted and hardworking employee at the DCG for 20 years. Heather started her career in the Business office and later made the switch to Instrument Control where she is an invaluable employee. Heather has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to have fun and tell jokes. Heather is an animal lover and a wonderful mother to her fur baby barker.”
— Wendy Miller, Manager, Central Sterile & Instr Contracts, DCG-Patient Services

Patrick Robinson
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Vehicle Services Foreman, Vehicle Services

20 Years

“Pat is the Foreman of the University Vehicles Services shop and oversees the service and repair of campus vehicles plus the purchase of new vehicles. He is diligent in his duties to ensure all campus vehicles are repaired and roadworthy. He also goes above and beyond for his customers and has even gone out in the early hours of the morning to pick up students stranded after their van broke down and brought them all back to campus.”
— James Grigg, Director, Facilities Operations-Facilities Management

Tammy Rodriguez
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Office Specialist , DCG-Patient Services

20 Years

“For 20 years Ms. Tammy Rodriguez has served with great distinction the operations of our organization in various positions of great responsibility. Ms. Rodriguez's capability to multi-task has generated valuable contributions to the Dental College of Georgia. She has provided exceptional support to our Dental Student Programs in a myriad of administrative services. Among these key tasks are her keen management of patient registration, appointment template and specialty referrals that provide our students a sound clinical foundation. Ms. Rodriguez’s exemplary work ethics are “second to none.””
— Orlando Lopez Camuy, Director, DCG-Patient Services

Ling Ruan
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Senior Research Associate , MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years

“Ling is an outstanding colleague who is not only a highly skilled research scientist but also a dedicated member of the AU research community. She is a great contributor to her own lab and as well as to the other labs on campus. Congratulations Ling!”
— Sharon Lever, Department Administrator 2, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Kara Sanders
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Assistant Bursar, Controller's Office

20 Years

“Kara Sanders has been by my side in our office since we went through the 2013 consolidation. She is someone that our office relies on every day to make our role within Augusta University successful. She is a model employee who strives to do more than is required of her and to keep our office running as smoothly as possible. I know that no matter what we ask of her, she will do it, and will do it well. I am so fortunate to have had so many years to work with her. I am proud of her and all that she has accomplished. I hope that she will continue to be a pillar of the success of Augusta University.”
— Bethany Welsh, MBA, Bursar, Controller's Office

Denise Sewell
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Pre-Access Services Representative, Financial Quality

20 Years

“Denise Sewell has been a part of Pre Access service for twenty years. She currently works in our OB/Gyn area. Denise is a true role model and team player. She will gladly assist in any manner asked of her. She is well respected by her team.”
— Christy Woodard, Manager, PreAccess Services-Patient Access Services

Madhav Sharma
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Principal Research Scientist, GCC-Immunotherapy Center ITC

20 Years

“Dr. Sharma is an incredibly dedicated and hard-working senior scientist, who has been instrumental in developing novel, cutting-edge experimental systems for studying the immune systems in tumors.”
— David Munn, MD, Professor, MCG-Pediatrics & Hematology Oncology

Deirdre Shaw
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Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Care Department

20 Years

“Deidre works as a pediatric respiratory therapist in the CHoG. She is an outstanding critical care clinician and gives excellent care to our tiniest of patients. She serves as a charge therapist on nights and supports our patients in NICU and PICU as an ECMO specialist.”
— Jennifer Anderson, Director, Respiratory Therapy & Pulminary Function Lab, CAHS-UHP

Peter Shipman
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Librarian Assistant Professor, Libraries

20 Years

“Peter Shipman is a steady, thoughtful, and important presence in the Libraries at Augusta University. With a special eye for the Health Sciences world, he has offered guiding and insightful leadership in grants work, in instruction, and in University governance. A sign of his commitment is found in his persistent and thorough work on the University’s Faculty Senate. His instructional contributions in medicine and dentistry also are evidence of his broad range of talents and his interdisciplinary expertise. He continues to publish in important journals and as an embedded librarian, he sets an important professional standard for us all.”
— Zach Kelehear, EdD,Vice Provost for Instruction, Instruction and Innovation

Nagendra Singh
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 Associate Professor , MCG-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

20 Years

“Dr. Singh is a valuable member of our faculty. A basic-translational researcher, Dr. Singh has made several seminal contributions to the field of immunology as it relates to cancer and the microbiome. He is a committed mentor who works side-by-side with his students and is also compassionate and caring. He is extremely collegial and collaborates with not only the faculty in our department, MCG and AU but he has established several national and international collaborations. It is with honor and pleasure our BMB family recognizes Dr. Singh’s 20 years of service in our department and the institution.  ”
— Vinata B. Lokeshwar, PhD, Professor and Chair, MCG-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Brenda Smith
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Patient Care Technician, 5 West Medicine

20 Years

“Brenda Smith is a FT PM PCT on 5 west. She precepts new staff and often comes in to cover for Unit Clerk needs as well since she volunteered to be cross trained as a Unit Clerk. She helps the unit out a lot by covering shifts that are not covered for various reasons.”
— Jeremy Graham, Nurse Manager, 5 West Medicine

Vernon Speight
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Health Services Administrator, GCHC-Baldwin State Prison

20 Years

“Vernon is a seasoned Health Services Administrator and a valued employee. He has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and is a College Instructor of Business. He is married with 4 children and they have 5 beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys running and watching his grandchildren play ball.                                                                                                                                                      ”
— Cassie Hargrove, Regional Health Services Administrator, GCHC

Susan Straw
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Pharmacy Technician - Oncology, GCC-Aiken 1 Pharmacy

20 Years

“Susan Straw is an invaluable team member of our GCC-DT & Aiken staff. With all the transition that occurred in this area of the Georgia Cancer Center over the last year, Susan has remained steadfast and continues to excel in her role as oncology pharmacy technician. She has taken new staff members under her wing and been enthusiastic as she has learned new processes. We are very fortunate to have Susan on our team and we congratulate her on 20 years of service.”
— Joshua B. Wyche, Pharm.D., MBA, Director, Pharmacy-Ambulatory & Oncology Services

Anya Sturgeon
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Supervisor, Centralized Business Office, Patient Accounts

20 Years

“Anya is  dedicated employee and we are grateful to have her leadership in our department for the last 12 years!  Her constant positivity, commitment to her staff and patient satisfaction are reasons why we would be blessed to have her for another 20 years at AU!”
— Heather Pender, Manager, Professional Billing, Patient Accounts

Carla Sullivan
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Associate Director, Financial Aid, Student Financial Aid

20 Years

“Carla has worked as an Assistant Director and Associate Director in the Office of Student Financial Aid for all twenty years. She is hard working and dedicated to helping students. When dealing with students and families, she is sensitive and compassionate. We hope she will work another 20 years in our office.             ”
— Debra Turner, Director, Financial Aid-Student Financial Aid

Jennifer Sullivan
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Professor, MCG-Physiology

20 Years

“Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Sullivan on the achievement of 20 years of service to MCG-AU.  Professor Sullivan is an outstanding scientist who has provided dedicated service to the institution and to the scientific community.  In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Sullivan has exhibited a continuous and enthusiastic commitment to training and mentoring at the undergraduate,graduate, and postdoctoral level. Her accomplishments in research, education, and service are truly remarkable and set a standard at MCG-AU.  Thank you Jen!  ”
— David Mattson, PhD, MCG-Physiology and Endocrinology

Elizabeth T.
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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse, Senior Center

20 Years

“Liz has a passion for her geriatric patients. Many of the geriatric patients call the office just to speak to Liz, as she has been their nurse for the past 15-20 years. She has a personal relationship with her patients and their families and makes sure they receive top notch care. Her patients, providers, our clinic, and AU are lucky to have a patient advocate like Liz on our team.”
— Ashlynn Ward, B.S.N., Ambulatory Nurse Manager, Medicine

Rhonda Tennell
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Health Services Administrator, GCHC-Dodge State Prison

20 Years

“Rhonda Tennell began working at Dodge in Oct 2000 as chronic care nurse, advanced to DON in Jan 2002, and advanced to HSA in March 2016. Rhonda is dedicated to Dodge State Prison.”
— Cassie Hargrove, Regional Health Services Administrator, GCHC

Marvin Thomas
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Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician, Lab Animal Services

20 Years

“I am pleased to write in support of Marvin Thomas and his contributions to the Division of Laboratory Animals Services and Augusta University. I have worked in the department with Marvin since 2007. He has always been a pleasure to work with and quick to do whatever is asked of him. He has trained to be a very skilled Animal Care Technician and truly cares for the animals assigned to him. Marvin is well liked by his co-workers as he has a very pleasant attitude and works as a “team player”. He takes his responsibility for the health of the animals seriously and displays the utmost compassion for them. Colleagues have commented that Marvin always greets others with a smile and is one of the most pleasant coworkers they’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
— Patricia Charlton, D.V.M., MS, Director, Lab & Animal Services

Ana Thompson
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Department Chair, CAHS-Undergraduate Health Professionals

20 Years

“Congratulations, Ana Thompson on 20 years of service to Augusta University. As a two time alumnus of our legacy university, the Medical College of Georgia, you have been a force for quality and excellence in dental hygiene (DH) education. Beyond DH, your contributions as the first chair of the combined Department of Undergraduate Health Professions, provided the sophisticated leadership needed in a time of great change. Thank you for your grace and skill. We would not have been successful without you!”
— Lester Pretlow, PhD, Dean, CAHS

Angela Toole
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Operations Manager, Institutional Review Board

20 Years

“Angela is a treasured member of the IRB Office. She always has just the right word to bring humor and joy to our days. We are grateful for her leadership, hard work, and dedication. ”
— Ivy Tillman, MS, Director, IRB Office

Hanh Vo-Booker
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Senior Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy

20 Years

“Hanh Vo-Booker has been an integral part of our Pediatric Rehab Team for the past 20 years. She brings knowledge, skill and compassion with her every day that she is here. Hanh is known as a Pediatric expert within our organization and throughout the community. We have been and continue to be so fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside her as she improves the lives of the children she treats.”
— Jeffrey Dowling, PT, DPT, MH, Director of Rehabilitation, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopedics, Augusta University Rehabilitation

Freddie White
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Environmental Services Technician, Environmental Services

20 Years

“Congratulations on achieving this anniversary with us! We know you have worked hard for this accomplishment and we truly appreciate your hard work and dedication.”
— April Minix, Assistant Manager, Facilities Management-Environmental Services

Gregory White
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Equipment Repair Specialist, MCG-Biomedical Maint & Utility

20 Years

“Greg is an honest hard working man. His skill set which includes machining, electronic equipment repair and Ultra low refrigeration repair is extremely valuable for our AU community. Greg is extremely focused, pays close attention to detail and has a great passion for his work. Greg also has an impeccable attendance record rarely taking a day off. He is a pleasure to work with!”
— Dewey Jones, Senior Equipment Repair Specialist, MCG-Biomedical Maintenance & Utility

Roger Wilson
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Staff Nurse, GCHC-Bacon Detention Center

20 Years

“Terry Wilson has been an excellent Health Service Administrator, and an even better nurse for the last twenty years. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in his craft, and always imparts wisdom into his staff members. Thanks for being someone who truly cares about your staff and the job. Happy Anniversary!”
— Laronda Thornton, RN, GCHC–Bacon Detention Center

Robert Yu
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Professor, MCG-Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

20 Years

“Dr. Robert Yu joined the Medical College of Georgia in April, 2000 as Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine & Genetics (now the Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine) and served in this capacity until 2009. Since this time he has continued to have a very successful research program in Neurodevelopment, glycobiology, neural stem cells, and neurodegenerative disorders. His contributions to the University are notable. Congratulations for achieving this milestone!”
— Ann Stephens, Department Administrator 3, MCG-Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Ming Zhang
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Assistant Professor, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

20 Years

“The department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy is pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of Dr. Ming Zhang during his 20 years of service to MCG. Dr. Zhang, a virologist who studies cytomegalovirus infections in the retina, oversees a research program funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). He is highly valued by the department. We thank Dr. Zhang for his excellent service!”
— Sylvia Smith, PhD, Department Chair, MCG-Cellular Biology & Anatomy

Truemiller Zimmerman
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Pre-Access Services Representative Lead, Financial Quality

20 Years

“Truemiller Zimmerman has been a part of Pre Access Services (formerly known as FQC) for twenty years. She has worked for almost every department and is now in the role of “Lead” for our team. She is not only a great Lead but a great Cheerleader as well.”
— Christy Woodard, Manager, PreAccess Services-Patient Access Services

Salonick Amos
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Physical Plant Specialist III, Facilities-Operations-Zone Maintenance

25 Years

“Salonick has been a vital part of the Zone Maintenance shop as well as this organization. Salonick has shown nothing but excellent customer service when it comes to the needs of our patients, as well as the employees. His work efforts for the growth of this organization have been nothing but admirable. Continuing to help this organization strive for success when it comes to the mission, vision, and values, Salonick has always been a team player. He goes above and beyond when it comes to assisting his coworkers when called upon. I would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication!”
— Larry Carter, Facilities Services Manager, Facility Operations-Zone Maintenance

Amy B.
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Nurse Manager, 3C Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

25 Years

“Amy has taken on progressively responsible positions throughout her tenure and is a true servant leader, and team player. She manages the PICU, PIMCU, and Pediatric Transport / ECMO team with enthusiasm, and always assures decisions are made in the best interest of the patients and families. Her positive attitude and genuine helpful spirit are evident in all she does. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our team .”
— Kim Basso, Director, Women & Children Services, Women & CHOG-Administration

Tracey Barton
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Administrative Assistant 2, MCG-Academic Affairs-Curriculum

25 Years

“Tracey manages to tackle the very complex process of keeping over fifty of our faculty, residents, and advanced practice providers in the right place at the right time all of the time, ensuring that all of our educational, clinical, and administrative requirements are always met. Thank you, Tracey!!  ”
— Patrick Hatch, IT Project Coordinator, Family Medicine

Ronald Browne
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Supervisor, Occupational Health & Safety, Radiation Safety Office

25 Years

“Ron truly cares about his employees. Ron has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the Environmental Health and Safety Division and all of Augusta University.”
— Phil Young, Associate Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety

Lisa C.
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Registered Nurse, Medical Intensive Care Unit

25 Years

“Lisa Cooper started as a RT and added a RN to her credentials as well. She currently sits on the research council on the hospital wide shared governance and is a CN3 in the nursing clinical ladder program.”
— Sandra Clay, Clinical Instructor, MCG-General Internal Medicine

Michelle C.
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Registered Nurse, Cardiology Practice Site

25 Years

“Michelle has been the echo lab charge nurse for many years. Recently, she took a similar position in our outpatient labs where she continues to give consistent guidance and quality clinical care. She is calm in a crisis and is dedicated to the provision of excellent patient care. She has always been an asset to the Division of Cardiology and we are fortunate to have her on our team.”
— Judy Howard, Practice Site Manager II, Cardiology-Administrative Support

Laurie C.
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Registered Nurse, Pain Management

25 Years

“Laurie says her favorite thing about working at AUMC has been helping ease patients’ preconceived fears related to surgery and nerve block procedures. She has played a vital role over the years in training residents and collaborating with the faculty to successfully provide blocks to surgical patients. Laurie is energetic, positive, a team player and always takes excellent care of her patients and families.”
— Andrea Putzier, B.S.N., Nurse Manager, Perianesthesia

Carolyn Cannon
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Office Manager 2, Faculty Affairs

25 Years

“Having 30 years of experience myself in higher education, I can state unequivocally that working with Carolyn has been one of the highlights of my career. Her professionalism is impeccable, and a trait that I find to be rare in the workforce. She is pleasant, kind, committed, dependable – making everyone around her better. This university --- its students, its faculty, and its staff  has benefitted from her selfless service and dedication for 25 years, and we are better for having had her with us.    Here's to another 25 years!”
— Kathy Browder, PhD, Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs

Mary Cerasuolo
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Business Manager 1, MCG-Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

25 Years

“Deenie Cerasuolo joined the Medical College of Georgia and the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics (now the Department Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine) in August, 1995. She continues to be a valued member of the department and has served the department in many different roles over the past 25 years. We are very lucky to have her as a part of our group. We congratulate her on meeting this milestone!”
— Ann Stephens, Department Administrator 3, MCG-Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Teresa Chaney
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Administrative Assistant 1, CON-Operational

25 Years

“Teresa Chaney has been with Augusta University for over 25 years, first at MCG/Neurology and most, recently, in the College of Nursing. Teresa is a consummate professional who is committed to excellence. She has never shied away from a task and seeks to understand before being understood. Additionally, Teresa has a great sense of humor, is friendly, and cares about her fellow employees. The College of Nursing is glad and honored to work with her.”
— Bill Hamilton, MBA, MHA, Assistant Dean, Instruction and Innovation, Assistant Professor, CON-Physiological and Technological Nursing 

Charlotte Chatto
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Associate Professor, CAHS-Physical Therapy

25 Years

“Dr. Charlotte Chatto has been an integral piece of the long-term success of the department of Physical Therapy. Her calming and reassuring demeanor that she exhibits each day helps to stabilize everyone in the department in times of stress. She is a recognized leader in instructional innovation and unique learning opportunities for her students. Thank you for your contributions for the last 25 years, Charlotte. ”
— Kevin E. Brueilly, PT, PhD, Professor and Chair, CAHS-Physical Therapy

Charlotte Christy
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Associate Professor, CSM-Biology

25 Years

“Dr. Christy is a Botanist and a valued member of the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition to teaching important courses for our majors, she works with students on novel research projects identifying the genetic relationships between wild orchids growing on the Summerville Campus. Importantly, she provides oversight for the department’s greenhouses, and she works closely with our students’ Biology Club to help them prepare for their annual plant sale fundraisers.”
— Richard Griner, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Timothy Coleman
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Physical Plant Specialist III, Facility Operations-Mechanical

25 Years

“I can’t say enough about Tim’s dedication to the medical center. He is there when we need him to include holiday coverage and on-call. He is respected by his peers and is definitely a team player. Congratulations, Tim on your 25 years of service!”
— Leslie Lamb, Facilities Services Manager, Facility Operations-Mechanical

Deborah Deeder
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Clinical Outcomes Manager, Women & CHOG-Administration

25 Years

“Debi is a powerhouse of energy, spirit and knowledge. She always gets the job done, while giving others credit for their part along the way. She is a true advocate for our patients, families, and staff, and can always be counted on to do what it takes to make things happen.”
— Kim Basso, Director, Women & Children Services, Women & CHOG-Administration

David Durand
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Systems Analyst 3, Information Technology

25 Years

“David is an experienced application developer with a long history at Augusta University. During his many years at AU, David has served as a primary technical resource responsible for the development of numerous key institutional applications that are still used prevalently throughout our organization. Outside of work, David is an avid movie fan, gamer, and comic book reader.”
— Morgan Whaley, Director, Enterprise Application Systems-ITSS

Laura Durham
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Equipment Specialist, 7 North Transplant

25 Years

“Laura is a very task driven, integral part of our team. Daily, she does her best to ensure that the nursing staff have the necessary supplies and equipment needed to provide excellent care for our patients. We sincerely appreciate Laura for her 25 years of service to AUMC.”
— Christa D. Butler MSM, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, 4 South Surgery

Jack Eisenman
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Professor, COE-Teaching and Leading

25 Years

“Dr. Eisenman began at Augusta State University as a former kindergarten teacher 25 years ago and he still enjoys going into the elementary classrooms every semester when he works onsite at the professional development schools. He is the longest serving faculty member in the Department of Teaching and Leading and is known throughout the CSRA for his work in classroom management. His legacy in this area will be enduring. He has taught a teacher or administrator in almost every elementary school in the CSRA area. - Beth Pendergraft PhD”

Kellie Foss
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Administrative Director, Clinical Pathology

25 Years

“Department Director Kellie Foss is considered to be the foundation of AU Medical Center’s lab services. She has ascended through every level of the department and trained many of the current staff. Through her twenty- five years of dedicated service, Kellie has set a high standard of the lab’s commitment to support our hospital and clinics.”
— Timothy M. Gaillard, FACHE, MHA, MSBA, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AU Medical Center

Brennan Francois
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Associate Director, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Counseling

25 Years

“Brennan is the consummate team player, a can-do , will --do attitude about not only his work, but life. AU Health is fortunate to have him caring for patients and staff everyday. I am fortunate to be able to call him my friend.”
— Chaplain W. Jeffrey Flowers, D.Min, BCC, Director of Pastoral Care

Kevin Frazier
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Vice Dean, DCG-Academic Administration

25 Years

“Dr. Kevin Frazier has served AU and the DCG in many important roles over 25 years. He was the Vice President of Student Services prior to consolidation. The DCG was fortunate to recruit him back as Vice Dean. In addition, he oversees DCG Faculty Affairs and has served as Interim Chair of two departments. Congratulations Kevin on 25 years of outstanding service! ”
— Carol Lefebvre, DDS, MS, Dean, DCG

Valinsa Gainey
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Business Manager 2, MCG-Obstetrics & Gynecology

25 Years

“Congratulations on achieving this special milestone Valinsa! We are so appreciative of all of your contributions and dedication over the years! Thanks for all the support and encouragement you have provided to us all. We look forward to many more years of your continued service.”
— Candy Harper, Administrator, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cathy Golatt
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HIMS Technician, HIMS

25 Years

“Cathy is a very positive, team player and collaborator.  She is a go getter!  Cathy takes initiative and gets the work done.  She is very reliable and a great employee!   ”
— Mary Justin Hayes MBA/MHA, Image Processing Manager, HIMS

William Gray
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Manager, Educational Technology, College of Education

25 Years

“The College of Education is pleased to honor Bill Gray for his 25 years of service. He is dependable, a creative problem solver, and is quick to respond to the needs of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. His skills in data analytics have positioned us well for re-accreditation next year. He is one of the unsung heroes at our university!”
— Judi Wilson, EdD, EdS, MEd, Dean, COE

Ricky Green
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Facilities Maintenance Specialist 1, Facilities-Plumbing Shop

25 Years

“Ricky Green came to work at Augusta College on May 1, 1995, and has seen four name changes and one consolidation during his time here. Ricky has seen a lot of new building come and a lot of old building go. Ricky started 25 years ago as a grounds keeper and moved up to a Plumber.”
— Alan Whaley, Interim Facilities Services Manager, Facilities Management

Mary Hayes
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Manager, Image Processing, HIMS

25 Years

“Mary Justin Hayes is very smart and dedicated. She makes sure to communicate fully on anything happening that may impact our department or our organization. She is enthusiastic and strives to do what is necessary to support AU Health.”
— Cinnamon Hood, Director, HIMS-Operations

Ramona Herrington
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Lead Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Care Department

25 Years

“Mona was hired here at AU very soon after graduating from the university’s Respiratory Therapy Program and was promoted to Lead Therapist 6 years later, She is a natural leader with a remarkable work ethic with a focus on quality and excellence making significant contributions in quality, research and education. She strongly believes in the interdisciplinary team and looks for innovative ways to work as a team to take care of our patients. ”
— Jennifer Anderson, Director, Respiratory Therapy & Pulminary Function Lab, CAHS-UHP

Anatolij Horuzsko
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Professor, Georgia Cancer Center

25 Years

“I can’t thank Anatolij Horuzsko enough for his 25 years of service to the Georgia Cancer Center. From basic science research to being active in various Cancer Center events, Dr. Horuzsko is the definition of a very valuable team player. His passion for the Georgia Cancer Center helps connect us as one Georgia Cancer Center family moving our mission forward to improve the lives of our patients. It is a pleasure to have Dr. Horuzsko as part of our GCC family.”
— Jorge Cortes, MD, Director, Georgia Cancer Center

Pedro Hoyos-Salcedo
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Associate Professor, CAHSS-English & Foreign Languages

25 Years

“Dr. Hoyos specializes in Hispanic American literature and has written several general-interest books and articles about South American politics and culture. In the community, Dr.Hoyos served as President of the Asociación Cultural Hispanoamericana, and he volunteers as a tutor, writer, editor, and translator. ¡Le agradecemos sus 25 años de servicio!”
— Rhonda Armstrong, PhD, Department Chair, CAHSS-English and Foreign Languages

Carolyn Hudson
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Medication Assistance Coordinator, Pharmacy-Administration

25 Years

“Carolyn Hudson joined the AU Health Department of Pharmacy 25 years ago as a pharmacy technician. She transitioned to her current position as a Medication Assistance Coordinator with Patient Assistance in 2006. Carolyn’s compassion and care for her oncology patients drives her in assuring affordable medication access.”
— Todd Davis, PharmD., Manager, Pharmacy-Pharmacy Administration

Melissa I.
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Registered Nurse, CHOG-Pediatric Acute Care Unit

25 Years

“Melissa Inglett, BSN, RN, CPN is a valued member of the Pediatric Perianesthesia team. Melissa provides outstanding care to patients in the Pre and Post Anesthesia phases of care. She ensures patient safety throughout the continuum of perianesthesia care through her expert clinical practice and commitment to patient and family centered care. She demonstrates a high level of accountability to her patients as demonstrated by her attaining distinction as a Clinical Nurse III (CN III) and holding a national certification in Pediatric Nursing (CPN). When Melissa is not working, she enjoys traveling with her family and spending time with her two granddaughters, ClaireRyan and Dawsyn.”
— Ann Hayes, MSN,Nurse Manager, CHOG-Pediatric Perioperative Services

Sandra Jean-Pierre
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Grant Development Specialist 2, MCG-Vascular Biology Center

25 Years

“As a 25-year employee of the Vascular Biology Center, Sandra is a valuable asset to the department and an integral member of the administrative team. She is an advocate for VBC faculty and staff in performing all of her responsibilities. She manages the funds she is responsible for as if they are her own, stretching each dollar, spending every grant to the penny, and holding our vendors to high standards. She's a force to be reckoned with.”
— Cindy Tuttle, Department Administrator 2, Vascular Biology Center

Ella Johnson
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Cafeteria Cashier , Dining Services

25 Years

“On behalf of the entire Food & Nutrition Department, thank you for twenty five years of service and hard work in the Terrace Café. Your dedication and commitment to service have contributed to the overall mission and goals set for department. We are proud to have you on our team.”
— Lavone Cook, CDM, CFPP, Food & Nutrition Services Director

Sandra K.
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Registered Nurse, Cardiac Care-Intensive Critical Care Unit

25 Years

“Sandra King has been with our facility for 25 years and is a great asset to our hospital. She is always smiling and friendly. She is very knowledgeable and is always willing to lend a helping hand to her co-workers. She is a wonderful example of what nursing is all about and we are proud that she has shared that compassion with our patients and continues to do so.”
— Sue Shock, Administrator, Heart and Cardiovasular Services

James Kirkland
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Facilities Maintenance Lead Specialist, Facilities-Carpenter/Roof Shop

25 Years

“James Kirkland came to work at Augusta College June 1, 1995, and has seen four name changes and a consolidation. James has seen a lot of new building being built during his 25 years. James started as an Electrician and moved to the Carpenters shop where he is a lead Carpenter for Summerville and Forest Hills Campuses.”
— Alan Whaley, Interim Facilities Services Manager, Facilities Management

Melody Kitchens
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Accounts Payable Specialist, Controller's Office

25 Years

“Melody Kitchens has been a staple of the Accounts Payable Department and her drive to deliver quality customer service to campus has been a true asset.”
— Justin Hensley, Director, Accounts Payable, Office of the Controller

Robert Klein
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Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Care Department

25 Years

“Robert has been a foundation of our department and served in many capacities. He has mentored and trained many therapists and is always willing to help where ever needed. He covers all the Critical Care Units throughout the adult hospital and has a true caring nature that comes through at the bedside.”
— Jennifer Anderson, Director, Respiratory Therapy & Pulminary Function Lab, CAHS-UHP

Denise Kornegay
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Director, Statewide Area Health Education Centers

25 Years

“Denis Kornegay serves many roles but above all else, she is an advocate for others. Whether that advocacy be for health care professionals in Medicine, in Nursing, or in Allied Health, she has tirelessly sought out a better way for the care givers and care receivers. As Director of the Area Health Education Centers, she successfully lobbied for financial support from the state legislature, has led interdisciplinary mental health training, and has promoted the institution in K-12 settings. In her many efforts for said promotion, health care providers across the entire state have benefitted. Most recently, she successfully secured tax credits for our volunteer preceptors who provide important instruction for our health care students. She is a true champion for our health care mission at Augusta University.”
— Zack Kelehear, EdD, Vice Provost for Instruction, Instruction and Innovation

Allegra M.
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Assistant Nurse Manager, 3C Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

25 Years

“PICU is as great as it is because of the investments Anni makes every day to assure that everyone has what they need to provide top quality care. Her commitment to growth and support of the staff is seen in her daily actions. Anni also recognizes staff and boots the spirits of the team regularly with her amazing cooking! Once Anni was called the "backbone of the unit" and no truer statement has ever been spoken!”
— Amy Bales, Nurse Manager, 3C Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Debra M.
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Assistant Nurse Manager, Perianesthesia-Post Anesthisia Care Unit

25 Years

“Debra is one of those people that truly loves coming to work each and every day. She has a passion for our staff, patients and families and goes above the call of duty each day she works. Debra’s love is OR and Perianesthesia nursing. She is a team player and leader that leads others by example in all that she does.”
— Andrea Putzier, BSN., Nurse Manager, Perianesthesia

Maury Mack
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Equipment Specialist, 3 West Neurology

25 Years

“Maury has been a very valuable team player for many years. We have depended on him to support the nursing units with supplies, restocking, cleaning equipment and keeping equipment in good working order. He has displayed care to our patients and families that represents who we are at AU Medical Center - compassionate, enthusiastic, dependable and trustworthy. We truly thank you for your years of service.”
— Roslyn Marshall, Nurse Manager, 3 West Neurology

Steve Martin
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Facilities Maintenance Specialist 2   , Facilities-Paint Shop

25 Years

“ I am pleased to congratulate Steve for his years of service.  In his 25 years, he has given a lot to the university.  He is a friend and supporter of many co-workers.  He is talented and works hard.  Thank you and congratulations!”
— Nora Radar, Manager, Facilities Services-Facilities Maintenance

Debra McDaniel
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Director, IT Portfolio & Project Management , Information Technology

25 Years

“Debra McDaniel currently serves as the Director, Portfolio & Project Management in the Division Information Technology. In her role, she’s part of IT’s senior leadership team and ensures that all of our IT projects are successfully executed on-time, on-budget, and meeting all project deliverables. Over the past 25 years at Augusta University, Debra has held many different staff and management roles.    What strikes me most, is that while Debra is a consummate professional focused on whatever formal role she has, she always seeks to go well beyond to help others. Debra is always the first to volunteer, she mentors others, and is a major advocate to all. Not only does she do this working within the walls of Augusta University, but she’s active in the community as well as professional organizations. For example, she’s been a Vice President for the CSRA Project Management Institute for over four years. As I think about Debra, I am struck by her commitment to Augusta University, her utmost professionalism, and her insatiable desire to help others to succeed. Debra’s service is an example to us all, and I am grateful for her contributions throughout the years.”
— Michael Casdorph, Vice President/CIO, ITSS

Willie McGahee
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Assistant EVS Manager, Environmental Services

25 Years

“Health Sciences Environmental Services is proud to recognize Willie McGahee with 25 years of service. Willie is a joy to work well and he interacts very well with the campus community in a very professional manner. He is very supportive and compassionate when it comes to his staff. Director, Derek Thornton and I thank you for your valued 25 years of service in the EVS Department!”
— Charlene Johnson, Manager, Environmental Services-Facilities Management

Nahid Mivechi
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Director, Georgia Cancer Center-CMCR&CV

25 Years

“It is an honor to help Dr. Nahid Mivechi celebrate 25 years of service. It is a pleasure to work with her, to hear what research projects she’s working on and to see her interacting with her laboratory team as they work to make breakthroughs in cancer care and delivery. She is a great mentor and team member. I would like to congratulate her for all of her hard work and I can’t wait to see what new discoveries she will make in her research.”
— Jorge Cortes, MD, Director, Georgia Cancer Center

Angela Morgan
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Department Chair, CAHSS-Music

25 Years

“Dr. Angela Morgan has provided outstanding leadership to the Department of Music and to the Pamplin College for 25 years. As the longest-serving department chair in the College, Dr. Morgan has significantly shaped her department through the hiring and mentoring of faculty, through the continuous development and improvement of the curriculum, through the never-ending outreach and recruitment of students, and (most recently) through the major renovation of the Fine Arts Center. Thank you Angela for all your contributions to the Department of Music and the Pamplin College!”
— Elna Green, PhD, Dean, CAHSS

Randy Murphy
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Associate VP, Ambulatory Care Nursing, Ambulatory Management

25 Years

“Randy Murphy has worked for the organization for 25 years. Randy is an outstanding Nursing Leader. He is highly dependable, responsible and accountable. Randy works diligently to promote high quality care to ambulatory care patients. We are very fortunate to have Randy leading Nursing in the Ambulatory Care Services area for AU Health.”
— Laura Brower, MSN.,Vice President & Chief Nursing  Executive, AU Medical Center, AU Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, CON

Steven Nunn
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Director, Copy & Print Services, Auxiliary-Copying Services

25 Years

“Steven has provided exceptional service to Augusta University for more than 25 years. In every instance, in every interaction, Steven delivers exceptional service while exhibiting compassion, empathy and kindness. To put it simply, Steven is just a really great guy.”
— Karl Munschy, MS, Assistant Chief Auxiliary Services Officer, Auxiliary Services

Shirl P.
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Registered Nurse, Perianesthesia

25 Years

“Shirl provides high quality post-operative patient care each and every day she works. She reassures patients when they are feeling weak and groggy. She teaches patients and their families what they need to know to successfully recover at home. Shirl is a team player and always makes sure patients are well cared for postoperatively.”
— Andrea Putzier, BSN, Nurse Manager, Perianesthesia

Ned Pruitt
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Professor, MCG-Neurology

25 Years

“Congratulations, Ned on 25 years of service to MCG.  Thank you for your loyalty to your patients and our residents and students.  The department wouldn’t be where it is now without your efforts.”
— Jeffrey Switzer, DO, MS, Department Chair, Neurology

Michelle C S.
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Manager, Nursing Education & Research , Center of Nursing Education

25 Years

“Michelle Sweat, MSN, RN, CCRN, was named Manager of Nursing Education and Research in January 2020. She has been with Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) since 1995 where she has held multiple leadership positions. She first joined AUMC as a staff nurse on a medical surgical floor and joined the Medical ICU team in 1998. During her tenure at AUMC she has been a Charge Nurse and a member of the Rapid Response Team. She is active in Shared Governance where she served on the Shared Governance Education Council since 2006 and served in the roles of secretary, co-chair and chair. In 2008, she accepted the MICU Educator role and in 2016 accepted the Clinical Outcomes Manager Role for the ICU/ED/BH Division. Michelle received both her BSN and MSN from Augusta University. She is a member of AACN and received the Spirit of Nursing Award in 2009 from the Georgia Nurses Association. She obtained her Critical Care Nursing certification in 2016.”
— Lynne Wallom, Director, Professional Nursing Practice & Education, Center of Nursing Education

Tara Schafer
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Dental Assistant, DCG-Patient Services

25 Years

“Tara and I have worked together for the past 20 years. She’s always the sunshine in my day, and she shares that light with  the department of Patient Services. She has worked in the same Prosthodontic Clinic for 25 years.Her bubbly personality and hard work always brings a smile to the faces of our faculty, residents, staff,  and patients. Thank you  Tara for your many years of service and dedication. We look forward to seeing your smiling face for many more years!                          ”
— Connie Morris, Dental Assistant Supervisor, DCG-Endodontics & Prosthetics

Tara Schafer
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Department Chair, DCG-Pediatric Dentistry

25 Years

“Dr. Tara Schafer earned her dental degree and certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the DCG. She also earned a Masters in Oral Biology from the Graduate School. She has served as the Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program Director and is currently chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Congratulations Tara on 25 years as a faculty member!  ”
— Carol Lefebvre, D.D.S., MS, Dean, DCG

John Schneider
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Radiation Safety Specialist, Radiation Safety Office

25 Years

“John is helpful to everyone in the Division. John is one of the most self-motivated employees I have had the pleasure of working with.”
— Phil Young, Associate Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety

Andrea Schofield
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Transfer Center Registered Nurse, Bed Management

25 Years

“Andrea Schofield is punctual, responsible, and efficient. She completes any task asked of her with accuracy and fidelity. One of my most reliable people. Always eager to help the department with additional tasking, filling in schedule vacancies, and is an outstanding preceptor for new transfer center nurses.”
— Bryce Klockenga, Manager, Capacity Management-Bed Management

Stephanie Sealey
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Project Cost Accountant, Corporate Accounting

25 Years

“Stephanie has been an integral part of the hospital’s finance area since she was hired. In 2000, when the hospital became MCG Health Inc, Stephanie started to build what is now the Health System’s Corporate Accounting department. She then moved into the Financial Planning & Analysis area where she worked with the cost accounting and decision support systems, and later moved into budgeting and forecasting. Stephanie has now circled back to the Corporate Accounting department and is responsible for the accounting for all capital purchases and projects for the Health System. Stephanie continues to be an asset to the finance department as she continues to grow in her career.”
— Jennifer Coursey, Associate Vice President, Finance Controller, Corporate Accounting

Lureda Stephens
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Emergency Services Charge Clerk, Emergency Medicine

25 Years

“Lureda has been a loyal unit clerk in the ED for 25 years. The changes she has seen during her time here make her a continuous resource for all staff. You can ask her anything and she can always answer you. She is a wealth of knowledge. She is always willing to help, and always wears a smile! Thanks you for all your support over the years.  ”
— Tracie Sowinski, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department

Jennifer Still
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Business Operations Specialist 1, CAHS-College of Allied Health

25 Years

“Jennifer Still joined the College of Allied of Health Sciences in December of 2019 and has already become a great asset. She has quickly learned her new role, is a hard worker, and very detailed. Jennifer shows great initiative and is highly dependable. Jennifer is an invaluable employee that is a pleasure to work with. I am so thankful to have her a part of the team.”
— Aubre Keenan, Director, CAHS-Business Operations and Practice

Debra Vantuyll
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Professor, CAHSS-Communication

25 Years

“Dr. Debbie van Tuyll is a leading scholar of the Civil War press and winner of the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) Sidney Kobre Award for lifetime achievement. She also is one of the founders of the Transnational Journalism Conference and has published extensively about the Irish-American press. She is an outstanding teacher who has mentored hundreds of journalists and public relations practitioners, as well as historians, around the country. Dr. van Tuyll has served on the international, national, regional, and state levels in journalism and communication organizations, as well as serving on department, college, and university committees. She has served on the board of AJHA and as head of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is the author of seven books on journalism history.  ”
— David Bulla, PhD, Interim Chair, CAHSS-Communications and Professional Writing

Fay Verburg
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Librarian Assistant Professor, Libraries

25 Years

“Fay Verburg has consistently been committed to the mission of both the libraries and Augusta University. In her work, she recognized that the health of the libraries is a sign of a healthy institution. Her attention to faculty, staff, and students has been unwavering and her work reflects the values of the institution. She has offered leadership throughout her career and was especially influential during the consolidation process when her advocacy for a student-centric philosophy remained a central tenet of her work. She reflects all that is good about this University.”
— Zack Kelehear, EdD, Vice Provost for Instruction, Instruction & Innovation

Kimala W.
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Registered Nurse, Surgery-Intensive Care Unit

25 Years

“Kim is a nurse in SICU. She has served in various units in the hospital and in a variety of roles, including charge nurse. Kim is always very attentive to her patients, and willing to offer suggestions and improvements to the unit.”
— Leigh Stanford, RN, MSN, CNL, Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical and Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Kimberly W.
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Charge Nurse, Emergency Medicine

25 Years

“Kim is a permanent charge nurse in the ED and has been a charge nurse for many years. She is known to be fair does a great job running the department day to day. She is a resource to all nurses- new and experienced. She is dedicated to the department and the nursing profession and works to help develop other nurses in their profession. She is the only Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC ) direct/instructor for the area and teaches other skills and classes as well. She is an asset to the department. Thanks for all you do Kim!”
— Tracie Sowinski, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department

Donna Wear
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Professor, CSM-Biology

25 Years

“Dr. Wear is an Ecologist who teaches popular courses for students in the Department of Biological Sciences. She maintains several research projects including one involving the endangered Shoals Spider Lily which grows in the Savannah River. Recently, she worked with a local group in Augusta’s Harrisburg community to turn aquatic weeds, which grow in the Augusta Canal, into fertilizer for local gardens as part of the “Grow Harrisburg” project, designed to assist these residents in growing their own healthy, fresh food.”
— Richard Griner, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Jenny Whitlock
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Compliance Coordinator, Institutional Animal Care & Use

25 Years

“Jenny joined MCG in 1995 and two years later, moved from the School of Nursing to the IACUC office. In the 23 years that Jenny has served as the IACUC Coordinator, she has been responsible for initiating many major changes to the IACUC program and its administration. These include establishing an occupational health program for animal users, the transition from paper to on-line protocol submissions and involvement in six successful AAALAC reaccreditations of our animal care program. During this time, as IACUC Chairs have come and gone, Jenny has gracefully adapted to having a new manager every few years, providing stability and continuity in our animal care program. She is a staunch defender of animal welfare and her in depth understanding of federal and USDA regulations and their application is invaluable. Members of the IACUC rely on her for training and take advantage of her knowledge to keep Augusta University compliant. Many investigators seek out Jenny for advice on how to develop and amend their protocols and are impressed not only by her insight and efficiency, but also by her positive attitude and willingness to help. This consideration for others extends beyond her role as IACUC coordinator as Jenny is a friend and supporter of many current and past MCG employees and anyone who has visited the IACUC office is aware of her compassion for animals, especially her “family” of terriers.”
— Ruth Harris, PhD, Professor, MCG-Physiology and Endocrinology

Sabina Widner
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Assistant Chair , CSM-Psychology

25 Years

“Dr. Sabina Widner is a highly valued member in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She has served many different roles within the department over her tenure and continues to selflessly work toward enhancing the department. Of special note is her unwavering support for our long standing graduate program and its transition to a doctoral program.”
— Michael Hoane, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department OF Psychological Sciences

Pamela Williams
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Pre-Access Services Representative , Patient Access Services

25 Years

“I want to express my personal appreciation for your achievement of this milestone. Loyal and dedicated employees like you are the foundation to any successful company. Thank you for your contribution to our success. Congratulations on achieving this anniversary with us! We know you have worked hard for this accomplishment and we truly appreciate your dedication.  Your attention to detail at work makes you more unique. Keep up the good work.”
— Laura Grier, Manager, Financial Counseling, Patient Access Services

Susan Wise
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Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy

25 Years

“Susan Wise is such an outstanding COTA. She has been a member of our Pediatric Rehab Team for 25 years. She is loved by her patients and their parents. Susan’s creativity and passion for the profession of Occupational Therapy make every treatment session fun and functional for her patients. She is truly an amazing asset to our organization.”
— Jeffrey Dowling, PT, DT, MHE,  Director of Rehabilitation,  Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopedics,  AU Rehabilitation

Diana Wright
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Registration Specialist , Desk Operations

25 Years

“Congratulations, on 25 years of service! You have been such a significant part of our team and we couldn't imagine our workplace without you. We applaud the determination and effort you have demonstrated during your time with us. Thank you for your devotion to Augusta University.  ”
— Nicole Caldwell, Manager, Desk Operations-Registration Services

Thomas Albritton
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Professor, MCG-UGA Medical Partnership

30 Years

“Dr. Albritton has served in various roles in medical education in the Department of Medicine and the school since he joined the full-time faculty of the Medical College of Georgia in 1990. He is a respected educator at MCG and has earned a national reputation in medical education. As an educational administrator, Dr. Albritton developed and implemented a PBL program at MCG, served as the director of medical student education in the Department of Medicine, and was the associate dean for curriculum from 2000-2017. Following his move to Athens , Dr. Albritton helped implement the current day AU/UGA Medical Partnership's clinical skills and methods curriculum , where he continues to been a guiding influence for both faculty and administration.”
— Andrew P. Morris, PhD, Campus Associate Dean for Curriculum-UGA  Health Sciences Campus

Dessie B.
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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse, Cancer Clinic

30 Years

“The majority of Dessie’s service has been with the Oncology patient population originally on the inpatient side but transitioned to the outpatient clinics. She has a very quiet demeanor but is very knowledgeable and compassionate about her work. She has been dependable and flexible throughout her service. She has also trained many nursing staff, RN/LPN/CMA over the course of her service. Dessie has been a great asset to the Oncology population and departments. -”
— Tracey Slagle, MSN, Clinical Director, GCC-Outpatient Oncology

Scott Barman
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Professor, MCG-Pharmacology & Toxicology

30 Years

“Dr. Barman currently serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and he is Administrative Director of Admissions, Office of Academic Affairs, Medical College of Georgia, AU. He now has provided more than 30 years of exceptional service and leadership at the departmental, institutional and national level, as well as an excellent track record of sustained research productivity and teaching ability.”
— Alvin V. Terry Jr., PhD, Regents Professor and Chair, MCG-Pharmcology & Toxicology & Associate Vice President for Basic Science Research

Mary Alice Bell
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Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy

30 Years

“Mary Alice Bell has been a strong advocate and leader of the Occupational Therapy team for 30 years. Mary Alice is a committed member of the multidisciplinary Neuroscience team where she contributed towards AU Health becoming an accredited stroke rehabilitation center. She has also been involved with the Family Centered Care planning committee. Through 30 years of change, a constant in Mary Alice’s life has been her sustained purpose and dedication to AU Health, the patients, and her peers. Not only has Mary Alice made contributions to the advancement of her specialty as an Occupational therapist, her experience and knowledge benefited countless patients, coworkers, and students over time and will continue to do so moving forward. -”
— Jeffrey Dowling, PT, DPT, MHE, Director of Rehabilitation, Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy & Orthopedics, AU Rehabilitation

Ruth Bell
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Patient Care Aide, Medical Intensive Care Unit

30 Years

“Ruth Bell is known as the person that helps us keep the unit clean and straight. She is always willing to do whatever is needed to assist by being back up to answer call lights, the telephone and sit with patients. The common comment in the unit is “you can tell Miss Ruth is off today”. We all try to live up to her high expectations.”
— Sandra Clay, Clinical Instructor, MCG-General Internal Medicine

Mary Jo Cooper
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HIMS Technician , GRT Center Administration  

30 Years

“Mary jo is an incredible member of the GRTC team. She always has a smile has an infectious laugh and truly brings joy to our office. She is reliable, kind and always willing to lend a hand whenever any of us needs help. She is a steady presence in our hectic day and I am so grateful to have her here. I look forward to working with Mary jo for many, many more years.”
— Barbara McFarland, MBA, Administrator, GCC-Outpatient Cancer Services

Lynne Coule
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Assistant Professor- Part Time, MCG-Emergency Medicine

30 Years

“Dr. Lynne Coule joined the Emergency Medicine faculty in 2002 and began working in theChildren’s Hospital of Georgia (CHOG) Emergency Department.  She is presently part time clinical faculty.  She remains involved in teaching in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship.  She has an interest in teaching residents in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and resuscitation.     ”
— Richard B. Schwartz, MD, FACEP, Chairman and Professor, MCG-Emergency Medicine

Tracy Van D.
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Registered Nurse, Shock Trauma

30 Years

“Van is a relief charge nurse in Shock Trauma. He also serves as a preceptor and mentor. Van is a constant source of stability and calm in the chaos that often comes with working in an ICU.”
— Leigh Stanford, RN, MSN, CNL, Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical and Shock Trauma-Intensive Care Unit

Angela Day
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Senior Radiographer, Radiology Diagnostic

30 Years

“Angie started her career at AU straight out of Radiography School, she has been an pivotal part of the Radiology Team for over 30 years. As a Senior Radiographer she has held many positions in the Department and has excelled in all of them.”
— Lewis Golden RT (R), Chief Radiographer, General  Radiology

Jeffrey Dowling
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Director, Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitative Therapy Services

30 Years

“Jeff Dowling has worked for the organization for 30 years. Jeff is truly the best of the best in all aspects of his role. Jeff sets very high standards for himself and his department. Jeff develops excellent working relationships with the employees within his department and outside of the Rehab department. Jeff totally embraces the PFCC principles in direct patient care and as a leader. - Laura Brower, MSN. Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive Augusta University Medical Center Augusta University, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, College of Nursing”

Sharon Dugger
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Medical Transcriptionist, Family Medicine

30 Years

“Sharon is a well-experienced employee who has vested herself to AUMC for more than 30 years. She is extremely dependable, respected by her colleagues and is a strong team player. She has a prodigious desire to contribute to AUMC high standards of patient care.”
— Latrese Cratic, Family Medical Center, Practice Section Supervisor

Jan Ebersole
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Registered Medical Lab Technician, Clinical Pathology

30 Years

“Jan’s skills and diligence has serviced her well over the past 30 years. Jan has worked nights one of the hardest shifts in the laboratory.”
— Mary Jonah, Manager, Core Lab Operations, Clinical Pathology-General Administration

Kristin F.
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Registered Nurse, Shock Trauma

30 Years

“Kristin is a charge nurse in Shock Trauma and very dedicated to her job and unit. She serves as preceptor, mentor, and is a member of the Recruitment and Retention Committee. Kristin is always willing to lend a hand to her coworkers, share a laugh, and offer a word of advice.”
— Leigh Stanford, RN, MSN, CNL, Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical and Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Jeffery Freeman
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Distribution Technician, Dietary

30 Years

“Jeffery, congratulations on your thirty years of service in Food & Nutrition Services. Your commitment to ensure that all food and supplies are delivered safely to the department and units within the hospitals has been much appreciated. We know that success doesn’t come without hard work and commitment. Today, we honor and thank you for your hard work and performance over the years.”
— Lavone Cook, CDM, CFPP,  Director, Food & Nutrition Services

Sherry G.
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Senior Licensed Practical Nurse, Cancer Clinic

30 Years

“Sherry has served on the inpatient and outpatient Oncology departments for as long as I can remember. She was often and is still sought out for her IV skills to start difficult IVs for patients who required IVF or treatments. She was very flexible, often staying late to cover or completing extra duty over the years when needed. Sherry has also assisted in Infusion, Injection Clinic, and in Triage on many occasion.”
— Tracey Slagle, MSN, Clinical Director, GCC-Outpatient Oncology

Sherry Hadden
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Denials Management Specialist, Patient Accounts

30 Years

“Congratulations, on 30 years of service! We want to express our personal appreciation for your achievement of this milestone. Loyal and dedicated employees like you are the foundation to any successful company. We are so proud to have you as part of our work family. We are confident that you will keep up the good work for many years to come! Together, we say Thank You for your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence. Happy anniversary! ”
— Maria Ramsey, Director, Hospital Billing and Insurance Follow Up, Patient Accounts

Robert Jackson
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Clinical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pathology

30 Years

“Robert’s success over the past 30 years has been due to his hard work and determination to provide quality patient laboratory test results. He is friendly and always willing to help, he is a good team player.”
— Mary Jonah, Manager Core Lab Operations, Clinical Pathology-General Administration

Karen Johnson
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Unit Clerk, Surgery-Intensive Care Unit

30 Years

“Karen is a unit clerk in SICU and STICU. She is a dedicated member of the SICU and STICU team; she has trained many clerks, nurses and others in how an ICU should run. Karen is known for her kindness and generosity, and her willingness to go above and beyond her job description.”
— Leigh Stanford, RN, MSN, CNL, Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical and Shock Trauma-Intensive Care Unit

Mitchell Joiner
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Senior Radiographer, Radiology Diagnostic

30 Years

“Mitch started his career at AU straight out of Radiography School and he has been an pivotal part of the Radiology Team for over 30 years. He performs Portables and works in the OR and is a Senior Radiographer.”
— Lewis Golden RT (R), Chief Radiographer, General Radiology

Charmane Jones
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Food Service Worker I , Dining Services

30 Years

“Charmane has completed thirty years of service in Food & Nutrition Services this year. Charmaine ensures all customers receive freshly made deli sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas in the Terrace Café daily. We take this special moment to celebrate this milestone in your career and congratulate you for being a dedicated, essential employee.”
— Lavone Cook, CDM, CFPP, Food & Nutrition Services Director

Lisa Kedigh
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Department Self Assessment (DSA) Auditor, Institutional Audit

30 Years

“Lisa’s dedication to AU shines with her energetic enthusiasm and eagerness to help each day!! She is always willing to go the extra mile and proves herself invaluable to our organization.”
— Crystal Corey, Audit Manager, Office of Institutional Audit and Compliance

Christian Lemmon
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Professor, MCG-Psychiatry & Health Behavior

30 Years

“"Christian, I thank you for your tireless devotion to your patients and your leadership. At 30 years of service, you must be among our most dedicated faculty."  ”
— Vaughn McCall, MD, Department Chair, Psychiatry and Health Behavior

Melanie M.
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Registered Nurse, Emergency Medicine

30 Years

“Melanie has been in the CHOG ED for 30 years. She always has a smile on her face is and is recognized by her patients often. Melanie has a memory like no other and is able to recall patients and families that she cared for from when she started many years ago. Now she is taking care of their children too. Melanie also is a great resource for others and often precepts students and new employees. Thank you, Mel, for your service to AUMC/CHOG ED.”
— Tracie Sowinski, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department

Lisa McDonald
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Manager, Compensation, University Human Resources Services

30 Years

“Congratulations to Lisa McDonald as she celebrates 30 years of exemplary service to Augusta University! Lisa, our University Compensation Manager, has been a quiet and incredibly capable leader in HR for more than 20 of those years. Her sound judgment and expertise in Compensation have allowed the university to stay current on market trends in higher education and her outstanding, behind the scenes work has supported competitive compensation for all employees within the fiscal resources available to AU. She leads with the highest integrity and has been a wonderful role model of excellence over her entire career. Lisa joined the Medical College of Georgia in 1990 and has made it her professional home since. She is also a wonderful wife and mother, and she and her husband, Greg, also an AU employee, have 2 wonderful daughters. Congratulations, Lisa! As Lisa retires, she will be missed in more ways than one can count.”
— Norton, Susan A., SPHR, MS, Enterprise Vice President, Human Resources

David Munn
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Professor, MCG-Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

30 Years

“Dr. Munn’s contributions over his 30 years of service to Augusta University are immense. He has provided invaluable mentorship to individuals at all levels of training and his ground breaking research within the field of immunotherapy has positively impacted the lives of innumerable patients. Dr. Munn exemplifies what it means to be a physician scholar and Augusta University is fortunate to have him as a member of the faculty.”
— Patricia Levins, Senior Administrator, Pediatrics Administration

Michael Myers
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Professor - Part Time, DCG-Restorative Sciences

30 Years

“Dr. Michael Myers, Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences, is universally recognized as the consummate mentor. His receipt of numerous awards for teaching excellence is testament to his outstanding contributions to student learning and patient care. In addition to scholarship, his service in leadership and committee roles has been exemplary with highlights as department Vice Chair (1994-2003), Interim Chair (2003-2006), and Chair (2006-2014). He is a role model for consistently outstanding effort and achievement. ”
— Kent L. Knoernschild, DMD, MS, FACP. Professor and Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair, DCG-Restorative Sciences & Past President and Chief  Professional Officer, The American Board of Prosthodontics

Julie Paist
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Director, Clinical Operations, DCG-Patient Services

30 Years

“For nearly two decades, Julie Paist has been the MVP for clinical services at The Dental College of Georgia (DCG). In her current role, Ms. Paist is responsible for the management of diverse areas ranging from the College’s sterilization center, supervising dental assistants, maintaining inventory and ordering supplies for the simulation lab. What has made Ms. Paist so special is that she is the consummate “team player.” She has high expectations of her staff but is compassionate to their needs as individuals. Thank you, Ms. Paist, for your numerous contributions to the DCG for the past 30 years!”
— Alan Furness, DMD, Assistant Dean, DCG-Academic Administration

Gregory Passmore
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Professor, CAHS-UHP-Medical Laboratory-Imaging and Radiological Sciences

30 Years

“The 30 years of trajectory for Dr. Passmore have been filled with numerous recognitions as an excellent educator and researcher. His expertise in the field of physics has been especially instrumental for the Nuclear Medicine Technology program which he directs. Dr. Passmore is a distinguished speaker often invited to present at international conferences. Augusta University and the College of Allied Health Sciences are fortunate to have him as a valuable member of the faculty.”
— Ana Thompson, MHED, Department Chair, CAHS-UHP

Marjorie Phillips
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Pharmacy Coordinator, Pharmacy Administration

30 Years

“Marjorie has had a very distinguished career with our department. She is recognized as a leader at the local, state and national level. In our department, she is so very passionate about her work and daily serves as an encourager and mentor to so many. We thank her for her dedication to and leadership in the profession of Pharmacy and our department during her 30 years of service.”
— Richard Burrell, Administrative Director, Pharmacy

Wanda Prince
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Grants Program Administrator, Sponsored Programs Administration

30 Years

“Wanda started working at Augusta University in July, 1990 and has been with the Division of Sponsored Programs Administration (DSPA) since December, 1994. During her time at AU she has served under four presidents, three interim presidents, and five vice presidents for research. Wanda has managed all facets of the Intramural Grants Program (IGP) sponsored by the Sr. Vice President for Research for the last twenty-three years. Over that time, the program has disbursed more than $14M to university faculty. She has also administered the Research Incentive Program over the last eighteen years, which has distributed over $23M to university researchers to further support their research efforts.Wanda supports Augusta University’s various missions and routinely demonstrates this not just in her work, but in all the volunteer activities that she participates in across campus. We are fortunate to call her our colleague and friend.”
— Diego Vasquez, MPA., Associate Vice President, Sponsored Program Administration

Genevieve Ramsey
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Med Lab Technician II, Cancer Clinic

30 Years

“Known as Mrs. G, Genevieve has served the majority of her years with the Oncology department. She advanced her skills and roles on the job. She is responsible for running the phlebotomy and lab draw area of the Cancer Center. Before the move to the current location in 2010, she performed the quality testing on the equipment also. She is dependable and makes sure that processes are done right. For a long time, she always made sure that staff were recognized and celebrated their birthdays. It has been a pleasure working with her.”
— Tracey Slagle, MSN, Clinical Director, GCC-Outpatient Oncology

Sudha Ratan
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Professor, CAHSS-Social Sciences

30 Years

“Dr. Sudha Ratan has 30 years in the system having joined us from Georgia Southern in 2002. She was chair of Political Science 2002 to 2016. Dr. Ratan teaches a variety of courses on Global politics in the political science program and in the Master of Arts in Security Studies (MAISS) program. She also continues to publish and present on Afghanistan and other topics of national interest.”
— Kimberly Davies, PhD, Interim Dean, CAHSS - Department of Social Sciences

Vivian Rice
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Manager, Interpreter & Translational Services, Interpreter & Translational Services

30 Years

“Vivian Rice, Manager of Interpreter and Translation Services, has proven that the only way to be truly satisfied in a 30-year career in health care is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. For 30 years, Vivian has demonstrated that she faces her work with passion, strength, determination and confidence. Vivian, you are a valuable member of AU Health and I am proud you are part of our team. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, skills, and experience with us, and our patients, for 30 years!   ”
— Julie Moretz, Associate Vice President, Center for Patients and Families/Chief Experience Officer

Coressa Roberts
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PC Support Specialist 2, Information Technology

30 Years

“Thank you for being part of the Information Technology family for the past 30 years. Your hard work and dedication to helping customers has made you an invaluable member of our team. Customers ask for you by name because they know they can depend on you and you will go the extra mile to get them working again!  ”
— Janice DeLoach, Associate Director, University IT Field Services, ITSS

Melanie S.
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Registered Nurse, 4C Pediatric Medicine

30 Years

“Melanie serves as a Charge Nurse on 4C. She works with Nursing Clinical Informatics and also serves as a BLS Instructor. Melanie is a great resource for all and is a great educator and teacher. She is a valuable asset to our team!”
— Kim Basso, Director, Women and Children Services, Women & CHOG-Administration

Chris Sligar
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Associate Professor , CSM-Mathematics

30 Years

“Dr. Chris Sligar is highly valued for his many contributions to the University over the past 30 years. He is an excellent teacher who has taught an extremely wide range of mathematics courses at all levels. His record of service is vast, including organizing and running Augusta Unviversity's annual Math Contest, and he is always willing to serve on any committee at any level.”
— John Sutherland, PhD, Dean, CSM

Judith Stallings
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Associate Dean, CAHS-College of Allied Health

30 Years

“Congratulations, Dr. Stallings on 30 years of service to Augusta University. You are the quintessential example of the success being developed daily by our students at Augusta University. As a cherished alumnus of our legacy institutions Augusta State and Medical College of GA, it has been our privilege to have you as a most honored colleague! In the words of Dr. Bonnie Dadig, "Judith is a class act!". I have witnessed the same and wholehearted agree!”
— Lester Pretlow, PhD, Dean, CAHS

Robert Steel
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Facilites Services Manager, Zone Maintenance

30 Years

“Robert Steel started his career at AUMC in the Facilities Preventive Maintenance shop and wanted to get some experience so he could get a better job.  30 years later, he is still here and continues to make the Facilities Department better.   Robert was a quick learner and was promoted to a Facilities Specialist II and then several years later, was promoted again to a Facilities Specialist III to become the lead mechanic for the HVAC/Mechanical Shop.  Robert continued to grow and showed he was a leader, not only for the Facilities Department, but for the entire health system.  He was promoted again to his current role of Facilites Manager where he oversees all of the A U Health outside buildings and manages the nights & weekend shifts.  Robert has been a tremendous leader for the entire organization and we congratulate him on his 30 years of service at AUMC. ”
— Jimmy Taylor, Assistant Director, Facilities Services, Facilities Operations-Electrical

Roberta Sturgis
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Unit Clerk, 3C Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

30 Years

“Roberta has been a part of the PICU team for 30 years. She regularly shares new ideas to meet the needs of PICU in this quickly changing healthcare environment. Roberta supports the PICU and other units within the organization by working to fill gaps in staffing in heavily needed areas. She has taken amazing care of the families and other staff of the PM shift for all of these years!”
— Amy Bales, Nurse Manager, 3C Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Katherine Sweeney
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Assistant VP, Student Success, Under Graduate Academic Advising

30 Years

“Katherine Sweeney (30 years): Ms. Sweeney has served this institution in many important roles. Whether her job be as Director of Admissions, Registrar, or AVP for Student Success, she has never wavered from being a staunch advocate for students. In fact, even as she was promoted over the years, she refused to give up access to her students when many others might have freely given up that important task. Even today, when Chairs or Deans or Faculty need work completed for students, they go directly to Ms. Sweeney because they know that the work will be done completely, fairly, and quickly. Her institutional knowledge and commitment to the university are true assets to the university.”
— Zach Kelehear, EdD, Vice Provost for Instruction, Instruction & Innovation

Sandra W.
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Registered Nurse, 4 South Surgery

30 Years

“Sandra has dedicated her nursing career to the patients and families of AUMC. She has remained steadfast and committed to the 4-South team. Her efforts are noticed and appreciated.”
— Christa D. Butler MSM, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager,  4 South Surgery

Steven Weiss
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  Associate  Professor , CAHSS-History

30 Years

“Dr. Steven Weiss is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, who for two decades has anchored the philosophy program at Augusta University. He is a true philosophical short-stop, equally comfortable discussing Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, or Rawls, and a dynamic teacher whether the classroom is filled with freshman, philosophy minors, or medical students. He has for years led a team of undergraduates to the regional Ethics Bowl, where Augusta University has come out winning many debates with larger and more established philosophy programs. And he is the anchor of the bioethics programs at Augusta University, serving not only on the Hospital Ethics Committee and IRB, but is leading the instruction in the foundations course for our graduate certificate in bioethics. We salute him for 30 years of service.”
— Andrew Goss, PhD, Chair, Department of History & Professor of History, Anthropology and Philosophy

Raymond Whiting
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Associate VP, Curriculam & Instruction Innovation, Instructional Support

30 Years

“Dr. Whiting has faithfully served the institution as a faculty member in Political Science, as an Administrator in multiple offices, as a leader of the QEP, as a parliamentarian in the Faculty Senate, and now as an Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Innovation. He is noted for his attention to detail and for his care of individuals. Dr. Whiting is quite accomplished and he has remained a steadying force across many years of disruption and change at Augusta University.”
— Zack Kelehear, EdD,Vice Provost for Instruction, Instruction & Innovation

Brian Williams
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Senior Clinical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pathology

30 Years

“Brian is a key and valued member of the Clinical and Forensic Toxicology Laboratories.”
— Brandy D. Gunsolus, DCLS, MLS (ASCP) cm, Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science, Pathology Utilization, Special Testing Laboratory Manager, Director of Specimen Referral, Department of Pathology

Marcelle Young
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Imaging Systems Support Assistant, Radiology File Room

30 Years

“Marcelle is a funny, straightforward person who has gained a lot of respect from her coworkers and our patients.  She is a hard-working employee who puts patient care first always.   Marcelle is not afraid of change will often tell us “It will be Okay, we will get through this.”  She has been an excellent mentor to our new employee.   We sincerely thank her for her 30 years of dedication to AU and the Radiology Department. ”
— Lewis Golden RT (R), Chief Radiographer, General Radiology

Sandra Young-Mayes
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Research Associate , MCG-Medicine-Georgia Prevention Institute

30 Years

“Sandra Young-Mayes is a research associate and project coordinator at the Georgia Prevention Institute. She has worked on various NIH-funded studies focusing on cardiovascular disease such as studying the relationship of childhood diet and exercise on the future development of heart disease to studying the impact of high blood pressure on cognitive impairment. Sandra has served on many research teams in different capacities at the Georgia Prevention Institute. She has been instrumental in collecting data for numerous publications over the years.  Sandra is a valued team member! ”
— Varghese George, PhD, Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences

Darrell Adair
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Asset Management Technician, Asset Management-Property Control

35 Years

“Darrell does an outstanding job and gives everything he does 100%. Darrell consistently has a can do attitude and tries his best to help everyone. Darrell says it’s all about customer service. He will be quick to tell you our job is to provide the best customer service we can, to be friendly and helpful and to treat everyone with kindness and respect.  Darrell is to be commended for his consistent efforts over the past 35 years. He is a tremendous asset to the Institution and an inspiration to those he serves.”
— David White, Director, Supply Chain Management-Supply Chain Initiative

Darrell Brann
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Professor, MCG-Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

35 Years

“Dr. Darrell Brann, came to the Medical College of Georgia as a graduate student in 1985 graduating “with distinction” in 1990. Since that time he has made significant contributions to our university in the areas of research, teaching, education and service. He has received numerous awards, most notably in 2001 the “Distinguished Alumus Award”, he was appointed as “Regents Professor in 2007; and in 2014 he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Research” from AURI. Congratulations on your many achievements!”
— Ann Stephens, Department Administrator 3, MCG-Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

Sarah Braswell
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Historical Research Cord. , MCG

35 Years

“On behalf of the Office of the Dean, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms. Sarah Braswell for her many years of dedicated service to the Medical College of Georgia and our university. Ms. Braswell has served our institution for more than three decades and has distinguished herself as an incredibly loyal, gifted and talented individual. She is truly one-of-a-kind!                                ”
— Nikia Erickson, Senior Project Coordinator-Departmental, MCG-Dean's Office

Ruth Ann Clark
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Administrative Specialist, Clinical Pathology

35 Years

“Ms. Ruth Ann Clark is a consummate laboratory administrator with thorough knowledge of personnel matters, time and attendance, and purchasing rules and regulations. She has maintained an outstanding rapport with the 200 or so laboratory personnel and guards their interests jealously. ”
— Kellie Vinson Foss, FACHE, MBA, MT (ASCP) SH, Administrative Director, Pathology Services

Pamela F.
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Registered Nurse, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic

35 Years

“It is Pam's dedication of 35 years that has contributed to our success. Through the years, your talents and efforts have helped many children. Together, we take pride in your accomplishment and your commitment to excellence. Congratulations on your anniversary!”
— Shannon Schander MSN, RN, CMSRN, CDP, CRNI, APHON, Ambulatory Nurse Manager- Pediatric Subspecialties, Children's Hospital of Georgia

Lewis Golden
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Chief Radiographer, General Radiology

35 Years

“In his 35 years of service to the organization, Mr. Golden has seen many changes and innovations. This experience serves him well as being a knowledgeable and resourceful asset to the Department of Radiology. He is known by many in the organization and through this time he has been the consistent face of Radiology. His service to the Department and to the Organization is truly appreciated.      ”
— Stephen Gaines, Administrator, Radiology-General Radiology

Walter Henderson
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Facilities Maintenance Specialist 2, Facilities-Carpenter/Roof Shop

35 Years

“Walter is a terrific person! He is dependable, reliable, and great to be around. His 35 years with us shows that he enjoys working for our University. It is with great pleasure that I congratulate him for his years of service. Thank you and congratulations!”
— Nora Rader, Manager, Facilities Services

Cheryl Lewis
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Supervisory Medical Technologist, Clincal Pathology-Blood Bank

35 Years

“Ms. Cheryl Lewis is the go to person in the blood bank for all quality issues. She is adept at generating innovative approaches at improving quality and bringing the blood bank staff along in this journey. She is the recognized expert for advancing stem cell treatment at this institution.       ”
— Kellie Vinson Foss, FACHE, MBA, MT (ASCP) SH, Administrative Director, Pathology Services

Anthony Murro
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Professor, MCG-Neurology

35 Years

“Congratulations, and thanks Tony,for 35 years of service.  I greatly appreciate your efforts to our patients, the Epilepsy program and to train our students, residents and fellows. Their success is a reflection of your commitment to neurology, epilepsy and the department.”
— Jeffrey Switzer, DO, MS, Department Chair, Neurology

Sandra O.
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Nurse Manager-Ambulatory, Surgery Clinic

35 Years

“Sandra is an asset to Ambulatory Care and our organization. She can be counted on to help with all ambulatory initiatives. Currently, she is leading the training effort with nursing staff for telehealth visits. She looks for innovative ideas to bring to her practices, like an interactive educational tool in the Neurology waiting rooms. Physicians present new services or treatments they want to incorporate into their practices and she finds a way to implement those in a timely manner. She is well respected by her staff who consistently rank as a highly engaged staff within the organization.”
— Rebecca (Becky) Douglas, MHSA, RN, CPN, Director, Ambulatory Care Nursing

Susan P.
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Registered Nurse, 4 West Surgery

35 Years

“Susan Pickard is a PT PM RN on 4 West. She is a very experienced nurse and is a dedicated member of the 4 West team. Susan is a strong advocate for her patients and does not settle for anything but the best for her patients.”
— Jeremy Graham, Nurse Manager, 5 West Medicine

Carla R.
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Registered Nurse, Cancer Clinic

35 Years

“Carla is a very knowledgeable and professional nurse. She has excellent clinical skills and judgment. Carla previously worked in Cardiology before transitioning to the Cancer Center many years ago. In recent years, she has focused on the Cancer Center Triage area and has developed protocols and patient flow to direct patients safely and quickly. She trains new staff to cover the area and works diligently to provide customer service to the patients requesting prescriptions, completion of forms, requesting to speak with Providers, and needing urgent or emergent assistance. Carla has a very calming and soothing voice that projects a serving heart.”
— Tracey Slagle, MSN, Clinical Director, GCC-Outpatient Oncology

Teresa Thomas
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Clinical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pathology

35 Years

“Teresa is the ideal employee. Although mild mannered, she is ferocious about being a Medical Technologist; always ready to “roll her sleeves up” and perform! She is both diligent and a team player. Congratulations on 35 years!                                  ”
— A. Demetrius Richardson, MT(ASCP), Supervisor, Clinical Pathology Services, Clinical Pathology-General Administration

Sheila Tinsley
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Manager, Clincal Lab Operations, Clincal Pathology-Blood Bank

35 Years

“Ms. Sheila Tinsley has encyclopedic knowledge of the multitude of regulations pertaining to the operations of blood bank. Her assiduous attention to detail has kept the unit accredited by College of American Pathologists, AABB, The Joint Commission and FACT on a reliable and dependable manner.”
— Kellie Vinson Foss, FACHE, MBA, MT (ASCP) SH Administrative Director, Pathology Services

Cindy Tuttle
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Department Administrator 2 , MCG-Vascular Biology Center

35 Years

“The Vascular Biology Center is honored to be celebrating Cindy Tuttle’s 35 years of service. Cindy is an outstanding administrator that has consistently balanced the research, financial and compliance needs for our 100+ faculty, research staff and administrators. Her professionalism is second to none and on behalf of the VBC I would like to say that it has been a pleasure to work with her and we greatly appreciate all of her efforts on our behalves. ”
— David Fulton, Director, Vascular Biology Center

Ruth W.
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Nurse Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

35 Years

“Ruth brings a wealth of experience both clinically and in leadership no matter where she goes. She is a true team player, with an incredibly strong work ethic, and a desire to serve the organization, and our patients, families and staff. We are lucky to have her on our team.”
— Kim Basso, Director, Women and Children’s Services-Women & CHOG

Ann Walker
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Manager, Record Completion, HIMS

35 Years

“Ann Walker is a true pleasure to work with. She will not give up until the job is completed at the best quality – or the customer is fully taken care of and happy. She supports her staff, our physicians, and our organization with great leadership, understanding, and positive attitude. She is a true asset to AU Health.”
— Cinnamon Hood, Director, HIMS-Operations

Benjamin Wright
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OR Assistant, Operating Room

35 Years

“Benjamin has provided our department with many years of excellent service for our patients and staff. Benjamin is always happy to help anyone and anywhere that may need it. He always lends an ear to his coworkers and genuinely cares about how you and your family are doing.”
— Sarah Orial, MSN, RN, CNOR, Nurse Manager, Adult OR

Bridget Evans
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Senior Clinical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pathology

40 Years

“Bridget has been a leader for 40 years. She is everyone’s “favorite aunt”, sharing her vast knowledge and wisdom about all things related to the Chemistry area. She is collaborative, professional, and still eager to learn and promote her profession. Congratulations on 40 years!”
— A. Demetrius Richardson, MT (ASCP), Superivsor, Clinical  Pathology Services, Clinical Pathology-General Administration

Diane Rhinehart
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Lead Surgical Technologist, Operating Room

40 Years

“Diane is one of our most experienced surgical technologists and there is probably nothing she hasn’t seen or done. Diane is an asset on a critical shift. She has helped provide stability and consistency during our times of change.”
— Sarah Orial, MSN, RN, CNOR, Nurse Manager, Adult OR, Augusta University Medical Center

Carol Skelton
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Charge Capture Analyst, Revenue Integrity

40 Years

“Carol is a wealth of knowledge for Revenue Integrity and we are so lucky to have her as part of our team! She’s worked at AU in multiple capacities and has brought all of that experience to the department and AU continues to benefit from her presence every single day! She is a dedicated mother, wife, grandmother and team mate! We look forward to working with her for as many years as she is willing to give!”
— Kristin Rich, Manager, Revenue Integrity & CDM and Data Analytics

Mary Jonah
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Manager, Core Lab Operations, Clinical Pathology

45 Years

“Ms. Mary Jonah is not just the manager of the Core Laboratory, she is the soul of the laboratory. During her long tenure she has taught and mentored many of the personnel in the laboratory including the current Administrative Director for Pathology Services. Her tough love is respected, admired held in high regard by all who know her.”
— Kellie Vinson Foss, FACHE, MBA, MT (ASCP) SH, Administrative Director, Pathology Services