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2016–17 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Recipients

Learn about current recipients of the Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Awards.

Every year, UC San Diego recognizes exemplary staff employees.

To find out more about the program and how recipients are selected, see Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Program.

For a list of past honorees, see Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Past Recipients.

The 2016–17 honorees are:


Principal Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year


Jennifer Bowser (PDF) (video)
Administrative Analyst
Resource Management and Planning: Sustainability Resource Center


Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year


Victor Aguilar (PDF) (video)
Senior Marine Mechanician
Marine Sciences: Integrative Oceanography Division


Mercedes Alcoser (PDF) (video)
Administrative Specialist
Health Sciences: Pediatrics


Jennie Chen (PDF) (video)
Administrative Analyst
Academic Affairs: Chemistry and Biochemistry


Sandra Diaz (PDF) (video)
Staff Research Associate 3
Health Sciences: Cellular and Molecular Medicine


Virginia "Ginger" Hazen (PDF) (video)
Program Representative 3
Research: Office of Research Affairs


Laura Majoch (PDF) (video)
Student Services Advisor 2
Academic Affairs: Division of Biological Sciences


Elisabeth "Elle" Mari (PDF) (video)
Senior Public Administration Analyst
Health Sciences: Pediatrics


A’verria Martin (PDF) (video)
Staff Research Associate 4 - Supervisor
Health Sciences: Psychiatry


Maria Orozco (PDF) (video)
Senior Food Services Manager
Student Affairs: University Centers


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