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Employees Honored for Service to University and the Community

15 May 2013 No Comment
School of Social Work Dean Richard P. Barth and President Perman honor Employee of the Year Theresa Washington (Photo by Alex Likowski).

School of Social Work Dean Richard P. Barth and President Perman honor Employee of the Year Theresa Washington (Photo by Alex Likowski).


Nominees for the University’s Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award, the James T. Hill Scholarship, and the Community Service Award were on the edge of their seats as the winners were about to be announced during the annual Employee Service Recognition and Community Service Awards Program, held at the Marriott hotel near the campus on April 18.

Twelve staff members were up for the Employee of the Year honor, which includes a $1,000 cash prize. Two nominees were vying for the Hill scholarship, which awards $2,000 to further an employee’s education. And there were three nominees for the Community Service Award.  

Theresa Washington, executive administrative assistant in the dean’s office at the School of Social Work, walked away with the top employee award. Shannon Salyer, administrative analyst in the School of Medicine’s Department of Physiology, received the scholarship. And Kaloyan Bikov, an information systems engineer in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, won the Community Service Award.  

Washington later thanked her supervisor, Lucia Rusty, MSW, ACSW, CSW/NY, DCSW, an assistant dean at the School of Social Work. Washington said they have a strong working relationship. 

“I wouldn’t be here without her,” she said.

The Cecil S. Kelly Memorial Employee of the Year Award is named after an assistant director for operations and maintenance who had been a University staff member for nearly 23 years when he died of cancer in 1989. 

Salyer said she is blessed to be the recipient of the James T. Hill Scholarship, which bears the name of a longtime University vice president who retired in 2009.

“Having the University and the Department of Physiology support my education goals is imperative to my success,” she said. “I am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful institution.”

Bikov, who volunteers as a mediator at the Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County and at the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, said it was humbling to receive the Community Service Award when many others at the University also are performing important work for the community.

“It was a great honor,” said Bikov, who also has volunteered at Gilchrist Hospice Care and St. Vincent’s Villa, a facility for children with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.  

Recognized as well during the program were more than 80 staff members who have been employed at the University for 20, 25, 30, 35, or 40 years. Joann Meekins, a supervisor in the School of Medicine cytogenetics laboratory, said that after serving at the University for 35 years she is still excited about her work.

“Everyone in the lab feels that in a small way we’re really helping patients and physicians,” Meekins said.

Members of the 2012-2013 Staff Senate and the University’s eight finalists for Staff Awards from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents also were recognized at the event.

President Jay A. Perman, MD, said the staff members honored at the luncheon represent the University’s core values, including diversity, civility, and collaboration. 

“We get our work done because we work together as teammates,” Perman said.

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