2017 President's Excellence Award Winners

At the third annual President’s Excellence Awards, University Staff and AAP individual employees and team members were honored for demonstrating excellence and making a difference to the benefit of both the university and the surrounding community.

The award distinguishes individuals and team those who have made strides to advance the university in strategic and unique ways, and who serve as exemplary role models to their peers.

The award recognized winners on the merits of:

  • Performance that has clearly demonstrated a commitment to excellence — above and beyond the normal requirements of the position -- that has inspired excellence in others and is worthy of special recognition;

  • Service Excellence that has enhanced the quality of life or work for students, faculty and/or staff;

  • Operational Efficiencies that have resulted in increased productivity or measurable savings;

  • Extraordinary Leadership that has influenced or accelerated positive change;

  • Innovation that has improved educational, administrative or other operational processes, and;

  • Creative Initiatives that have led to increased collaboration and respect between and among diverse members of the University community.

Below is the list of the President’s Excellence Award winners. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your dedication and commitment to Georgetown University.

Individual Winners

Winner Position School/Department

Kennisha Austin

Director of the J.D. Externship Program

Georgetown University Law Center

Jane Banister 


Hoya Kids Learning Center

Gina Bleck 

Assistant Vice President

University Facilities

Robert Brokaw 

Associate Dean

Student Financial Services

Kristen Consolo 

Chief of Staff and Senior Administrative Officer

School of Continuing Studies

Leon Der 

Technical Shop Supervisor

Department of Physics

Susan Douglass

Education Outreach Coordinator

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Jessica Gershuny 

Director of Admissions

Center for Security Studies

Sarah Halpren-Ruder 

Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator

Georgetown University Police Department

Richard Pike 

Associate Director, Information Technologies

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Kristen Rogers 

Assistant Director

Main Campus Office of Academic Appointments

Rachel Rubin 

Director, International Student and Scholar Services

Office of Global Services

Whitney Tate 

Director of Programs

Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation

Joelle Wiese

Associate Vice President

Auxiliary Services

Team Winners

Winner Positions

OCR-Web Accessibility

Emma Craswell 

Director of Web Services, University Information Services
Joshua Dermott Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Stephen Fernie Web Services Coordinator, Digital Services and Technology Planning
Joni Halabi Javascript Front-End Developer, Web Services
Christopher Jewell

Director of Systems Development Information Systems Technology

Rachel Pugh

Senior Director for Strategic Communications, Office of Public Affairs

Shantae Robinson

Director of Counseling, Technology, and Student Employment, Student Financial Services

Alayna Ruberg

Web Project Manager, University Information Services

Richard Simon

Director of Digital and Web Strategy Communications, Georgetown University Law Center

Laura Wilson 

Senior Director of Digital Engagement and Social Media, Office of Public Affairs

IT/AV at Georgetown University Law Center

Laura Addiego Prospero

Web Application Developer, Georgetown University Law Center Library
Chukwudi Aninye Director of Technology Operations, Information Systems Technology

Christopher Ballantyne

Instructional Technologist, Information Systems Technology

Kyle Benardos

Multimedia Systems Engineer, Information Systems Technology

Daniel Cannistra

Multimedia Technologist, Information Systems Technology

Steven Eckhoff

Director of AV/TV Services, Information Systems Technology

Tanya Heffel

Director of Client Services, Information Systems Technology

Albert Myers

Manager of Online Education and AV Systems, Information Systems Technology

George Petasis

Assistant Dean for Technology and Chief Information Officer, Georgetown University Law Center