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2017–18 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 2017–18 honorees are:


Principal Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year

Margaret Mimie Rattanachane (PDF) (Video)
Blank Assistant 3
Academic Affairs: Education Studies


Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year

Veronica Abreu (PDF) (Video)
Student Services Advisor 3
Academic Affairs: Computer Science and Engineering
Aaron Davis (PDF) (Video)
Research and Development Engineer 3
Marine Sciences: Nimitz Marine Facility
Manuel "Nel" Garcia (PDF) (Video)
Police Sergeant
Resource Management and Planning: Police Department
Tinhtuong "Timm" Nguyentong (PDF) (Video)
Hospital Lab Technician 2
UC San Diego Health: Pathology Lab
Leanne Nordeman (PDF) (Video)
Health Professions Educations Specialist 3
Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs
Brett Pickering (PDF) (Video)
Marine Technician 3
Marine Sciences: SIO Directors Office
David Robertson (PDF) (Video)
Career Services Specialist 4
Academic Affairs: School of Global Policy & Strategy
Lindsay Romasanta (PDF) (Video)
Academic Achievement Counselor 4
Student Affairs: Student Success Programs
Natalie Wolfe (PDF) (Video)
Financial Analyst 3
Academic Affairs: Economics
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