2015 President's Excellence Award Winners

In 2015, Georgetown University recognized its inaugural recipients of the 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

Kelly Bahan

Director, Clinical Trials
(Formerly Associate Program Coordinator)
GUMC Memory Disorders Program
Valerie Bellagamba Associate Dean for
Academic and Global Operations
McDonough School of Business
Charlene Brown-McKenzie Director Center for Multicultural Equity and Access
Cristina Dinu Associate Director of Admissions School of Foreign Services (MSFS)
Donna Even-Kesef Administrative Officer Department of Biology
Leslie Evertz Assistant Dean for
Academic and Student Affairs
McCourt School of Public Policy
Lisa Gordinier Senior Associate Director of
Programming and Advertising
Office of Global Education
Nicole Heydt Executive Assistant Army ROTC
Kathleen Julien Technology Zone Manager Classroom Education Technology Services
Mitch Kaneda Associate Dean and Director School of Foreign Service, Faculty – SFS
Sue Lorensen Senior Associate Dean Department of Linguistics
Mark MacLeod Information Systems Unit Manager Department of Public Safety
Heather Malnetrich Senior Business Officer, Main Campus Main Campus Office of the CFO
Salwa Ismail Patel Head of Library Information Technology Digital Services and Technology Planning
Peter Rea Database Manager and Scheduler Classroom Education Technology Services
John Richards Research Director McCourt School of Public Policy
Ray Shiu Associate Director Center for Social Justice
Research, Teaching, and Service
Maria Snyder Director of External Fellowships Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
David Taylor Associate Dean for Student Learning School of Medicine
Individual Winners

Team Winners

Team Winner Position
Gelardin New Media Center Beth Marhanka Department Head
Amy Richards Multimedia Specialist
Barrinton Hayes Multimedia Project Manager/Multimedia Specialist
Nikoo Yahyazadeh Multimedia Specialist
David Hagen Graphic Artist/Photographer
Community Partnership, Environmental
and Landlord Initiative
Cory Peterson Director, Office of Neighborhood Life
Theon O’Connor Community Director, Burleith, Office of Neighborhood Life
Tylor Bourn Program Manager for Computer Aided Facility Management, Facilities Management
Mark Sciarratta Director, Facilities Management
Marc Smith Assistant Superintendent of Landscape and Grounds
PT Jones Assistant Director, Office of Neighborhood Life
Georgetown Stories Joannah Pickett Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving, Office of Advancement
Laura Wilson Director, Digital Engagement and Social Media, Office of Strategic Communications
Emma Curran Videographer, Office of Strategic Communications
McKenzie Stough Digital Media Associate, Office of Strategic Communications
Team Winners