The Distinguished Staff Award highlights University of Washington staff members who display a commitment to the UW and a passion for their work that never rests. This award represents our University’s highest honor by recognizing those who create a world of good through their hard work, dedication and selfless spirit.

Nominate an individual or team of up to eight staff members for the 2017 award. Please share stories of colleagues who inspire us all through their boundless collaboration, innovation and drive to discover.

Up to five individuals or team nominees will be selected for a $5,000 award presented at the University’s Awards of Excellence ceremony in June.

Make a Nomination for the 2017 Award

View the 2016 Nominees


Nominations are open October 3, 2016 – November 30, 2016.

On March 1, 2016, we gathered in the HUB Ballroom for our annual reception honoring the Distinguished Staff Award nominees. Our executive sponsor and Vice President for Human Resource Mindy Kornberg, along with President Cauce, kicked off the festivities. We were fortunate to also have Wolf Yeigh, UW Bothell Chancellor, Ed Taylor, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Paul Hayes, Executive Director of Harborview Medical Center, honor our nominees by speaking to the UW tenet they represent: Innovation Mindset, Leading Edge Student Experience, and Proven Impact. To the left are a few highlights from the reception. Congratulations to all of our nominees!

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The Distinguished Staff Award Timeline

  • October 3, 2016 – November 30, 2016

  • December

    Nominees reviewed for eligibility.

  • January

    Congratulatory letters are campus mailed to all nominees who have met the award criteria, along with an invitation to attend the Distinguished Staff Awards reception.

    Selection committee begins review of eligible nominees.

  • February

    Nominees are highlighted on the DSA website.

    Distinguished Staff Award Reception.

  • March

    Distinguished Staff awardees are notified by the Vice President of Human Resources and are invited to the University’s Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.

    Office of the President sends congratulatory letters to awardees.

  • April

    UW Today officially announces all awardees.

  • June

    Annual Awards of Excellence and reception for all awardees.

    Distinguished Staff awardees are highlighted on the DSA website.

The 2017 Selection Committee

Photograph of Kimberly Mishra

Kimberly Mishra, Chair

Executive Director
Human Resources Marketing, Communications, and Engagement
Seattle Campus

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Lowell Jones

Human Resources Administrator
Applied Physics Laboratory
Seattle Campus

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Bridgette Kern

Associate Director of Internal Communications
University Marketing and Communications
Seattle Campus

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Amanda Koppelman

Event and Information Services Supervisor
Seattle Campus

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Amanda Patrick

Clinic Manager
UW Psychological Services & Training Center
Seattle Campus

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Mark Pekarek

Maintenance Mechanic Lead
Facilities Maintenance & Construction
Seattle Campus

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Denise Rollin

Human Resources Director
Administration and Planning
Bothell Campus

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Heather Ruiter

Program Coordinator
Disability Support Services
UW Tacoma–Student Health & Wellness

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Brett Thomazin

Manager of Respiratory Care
Pulmonary Lab and The UW Medicine Sleep Center
Harborview Medical Center

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Christina VanMiddlesworth

Office Support Supervisor
School of Social Work
Seattle Campus

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Josh Wendt

Computer Support Analyst 2
UW Medicine IT Services (HWSG)
Harborview Medical Center