Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters -- Week of May 13

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As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.

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As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize 14 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.   

This week, on behalf of the entire Penn State community, we’d like to say thank you to: 

  • Tomi Dreibelbis, senior director for educational affairs at the College of Medicine, whose nominator wrote: “Tomi exemplifies the type of leader that makes Penn State a world-class institution. As a leader shouldering considerable responsibility, Tomi is honest, respectful and upbeat, and she has built remarkable camaraderie in her staff that brings the best out of her colleagues.” 
  • Nancy Lucas, administrative support assistant at Penn State New Kensington, who received multiple nominations. One reads: “Nancy is one of the most supportive people around! She goes above and beyond in her duties in the Office of Academic Affairs and always does her best. Nancy is a die-hard Penn State fan who supports our sports teams, student activities, and faculty events.” The other reads: “Nancy exemplifies the qualities that a staff leader should have in this office. She excels at finding ways to make processes and procedures more efficient. Nancy consistently goes above and beyond to keep things on our campus running smoothly and always treats everyone with respect.” 
  • Geoff Mosebey, talent acquisition specialist in Human Resources, whose nominator wrote: “Geoff is simply a fabulous partner to work with during a search process. He is dedicated, thoughtful and positive. His approach to his work has made a lasting impression, and I believe Penn State is fortunate to have Geoff representing the institution to prospective employees.” 
  • Laura O’Brien, channel strategy manager at Penn State World Campus, whose nominator wrote: “Our entire team is so appreciative of Laura and wants to recognize her efforts! The professionalism she exudes in the quality of her work, her positive spirit and team-centered approach make her an outstanding co-worker. Laura, thanks for being a shining example of what it means to be a Penn Stater!” 
  • Josh Quimby, police officer with University Police and Public Safety, whose nominator wrote: “Josh is always willing to help others. His positive attitude makes the workplace a more pleasant place to be.” 
  • Michele Ramsey, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State Berks, whose nominator wrote: “Michele is an amazing educator and mentor who goes above and beyond to recruit and retain students at Berks. She participates in all admissions events, presents at the Arts & Lecture series and co-chairs Berks’ Fall Fest. This year she spent hours making friendship bracelets to give students!” 
  • Marissa Rosensteel, director of events in Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, whose nominator wrote: “Marissa is an outstanding event manager with strong communication and organizational skills. She is a pleasure to work with, always providing clear direction. Her leadership style creates a work environment enabling her staff to work cohesively to provide positive outcomes for clients.”   
  • Pam Royer, administrative assistant in the Smeal College of Business, whose nominator wrote: “Pam definitely deserves a ‘We Are!’ shoutout!  She is a pillar of strength and takes pride in her work.  Pam always puts her best foot forward and handles any task given to her.  We are lucky to have her!” 
  • Jennifer Saunders, assistant financial officer in the Student Affairs Finance Office, who received multiple nominations. One nominator wrote: “Jennifer’s personalized training sessions are not only logical and direct, but they also leave a person feeling like something good has just happened beyond simply getting the books right — namely that an enduring positive working relationship is underway. Jennifer equals joy on my balance sheet.” Another nominator wrote: “Jennifer has an exceptional ability and talent to educate, inform and train anyone that crosses her path! More importantly than skills, Jennifer meets everyone where they are in the most welcoming and accepting way, always leaving them feeling good and ready to take action!” 
  • Jana Saupe, senior analyst in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, whose nominator wrote: “Jana's knowledge of process and her ability to explain is exemplary. But her true gift is that she is a champion of others. She always celebrates the achievements and strength of our team and others at the University.” 
  • Mindy Vail, senior financial associate in the Eberly College of Science, whose nominator wrote: “Mindy is a ray of sunshine with her eagerness to continue to learn and desire to always do her best work.  She shares what she learns, always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude.  Mindy truly is a team player and exudes Penn State Values daily!  It is a pleasure to work with her.” 
  • Corie VonGunden, recording supervisor in the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, whose nominator wrote: “Thank you to Corie for going above and beyond to ensure continued responsiveness and excellent service when faced with extra responsibilities due to staff vacancies.  She willingly stepped up and did so with a smile, added enthusiasm and kindness!”   
  • Pat Wills, professional development coordinator with Penn State Extension, whose nominator wrote: “Pat took the initiative to expand our professional development SharePoint site to a valued resource for the Extension team with calendar links to upcoming webinars and easy-to-find recordings of past events. Our team appreciates Pat for providing an easy way to find the resources they need.” 
  • Alicia Wondoloski, director of research development and award administration at Penn State Harrisburg, whose nominator wrote: “Alicia is always available to help faculty and staff with immediate and pressing needs to submit grant proposals. She is always very positive and smiling, even when the deadline is imminent. Alicia knows how to process and submit grants and if she has questions, she gets back to you quickly.” 

Thank you Tomi, Nancy, Geoff, Laura, Josh, Michele, Marissa, Pam, Jennifer, Jana, Mindy, Corie, Pat and Alicia — and to everyone who helps make Penn State such an incredible community! 

Do you know someone who deserves a shout out? If you do, consider nominating that person by filling out a short online form.