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2022–23 Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year Award Recipients

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

List of Honorees

2022-23 Principal Exemplary Staff Employee of the Year

Samia Hamnache (PDF)
Administrative Supervisor
Health Sciences: Neurological Surgery 

2022-23 Exemplary Staff Employees of the Year 

Ruben Guerrero (PDF 
Hospital Assistant
Health System: Hillcrest Nutrition 

Teresa Hernandez (PDF
Senior Custodian 
Resource Management and Planning: Facilities Management 

Alyson Hong (PDF)
Emergency Management/Business Continuity Specialist 
Resource Management and Planning: Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)

Tugay Inal (PDF)
Supervisor, Rady Technology Help Desk
Academic Affairs: Rady School of Management 

Gennie Miranda (PDF) 
Director of Operations, IDEA Student Center
Academic Affairs: Jacobs School of Engineering 

Donna Mojarro (PDF)
Child Development Center Teacher 
Resource Management and Planning: Early Childhood Education Center 

Cecilia Ozkan (PDF)
Chief Administrative Officer
Academic Affairs: Ethnic Studies Department 

MarDestinee Perez (PDF)
Center Director
Equity Diversity and Inclusion: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion 

Stephanie Pineda (PDF)
Senior Academic Advisor
Academic Affairs: Seventh College 

Dejan Ristic (PDF)
Facilities Management Specialist
Marine Sciences: Marine Biology 

Mariel Schmidt (PDF)
Occupational Therapist
Health System: Hillcrest Senior Behavioral Health 

Amina Sheik Mohamed (PDF)
Project Policy Analyst
Health Sciences: Clinical Translational Research Institute 

Pa Chia Vue (PDF)
Assistant Director, Financial Support and Student Engagement
VC and Chief Financial Officer: Business and Financial Services 

Erin Wilcox (PDF
Professional Anatomical Scientist
Health Sciences: Medical Education 

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