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The UAB Department of Neurosurgery prides itself on how our employees embody the mission and vision of UAB. Our employees time and again go that extra mile for their patients and colleagues. Below are some recent kudos about our team!

Mary Beth Washington, Anna Munger, and Donna Dixon

A special thank you to Mary Beth Washington, Anna Munger, and Donna Dixon for holding down the department financial operations after Tammy's retirement. Teamwork at its best! - Donna Bailer

Eva Gilliam

Kudos to Eva Gilliam for her continued drive. She tackles a high volume of work every day and treats it like a challenge she's eager to face. - Donna Bailer

Cassandra DeGraffenried

Kudos to Cassandra DeGraffenried for her steadiness and professionalism during the constant whirlwind of UAB and HSF HR complexities. She's an asset to our department for sure. - Donna Bailer

Dianna Hall

Dianna Hall is always looking for ways to improve our office. Our work flow has improved so much since she took over the office manger job. She has also come up with new ways to better manage our appointment reminders and call to our patients. She listens to the nurses and other staff and helps us come up with the best plan possible. - Nadine Bradley

Molly Ercums

Molly Ercums has been an amazing addition to our pediatric team at Childrens. She is willing to help in way possible. This morning she was able to resolve a scheduling issue that we have been having for months even though our IT team could not. We appreciate you so much Molly. - Nadine Bradley

Robbie Burrell

Robbie Burrell has been a great addition to our team and is a pleasure to work with. - Jennifer Lancaster

Mary Beth Washington

Mary Beth Washington has so much on her plate right now and always helps and gets things done. - Jennifer Lancaster

Amy Finch

Amy Finch is my rock in Pediatric Neurosurgery! She provides so much support and is always kind in her responses! - Dianna Hall

Marissa Keppley

Marissa Keppley is a joy to work with and is helpful and kind. Serving on the 10 year committee with her was an honor. - Jennifer Lancaster

Martee Posey Dawson

Martee Posey Dawson is so helpful and does a great job of sharing resources to support the team. Thanks Martee! - McKenna Killets

Eva Gilliam, Lauryn Sheffield, Robbie Burrell and Jennifer Clements

Eva Gilliam, Lauryn Sheffield, Robbie Burrell and Jennifer Clements were hugely helpful in submitting two recent proposals to the Board of Trustees and NIH -- they deserve the credit for their proactive help and organization! - Dr. Nicole Bentley

Tricia Daniel

Tricia Daniel did such a good job coordinating holiday gifts for the department. Thank you for bringing holiday cheer to the office! - McKenna Killets

Jennifer Lancaster

Shoutout to Jennifer Lancaster for hosting a fun holiday party! She brings a ray of light to this office! - McKenna Killets

Brandy Nix

Brandy Nix was extremely helpful and very quick to response in our submission of SBIR for Drs. Rocque and Rhaeos. This was my first time submitting SBIR and it was a smooth and stressless process thanks to Brandy! - Anastasia Smith

Danny Lee

Danny Lee did a terrific job as usual with some IRB amendments recently. - Dr. Matt Nelson

Marissa Keppley

Kudos to Marissa Keppley for being a professional and successful responsibility juggler. She balances leadership roles in two departments all while continuing to be a supportive and encouraging supervisor. I am grateful to be on her team! - Savanah Kirchner

Lauryn Sheffield

Lauryn Sheffield is such a joy to work with. She has the sweetest can-do attitude and makes projects and tasks fun to do alongside. - McKenna Killets

Tori Caudill, Taylor Brinkley and Regan Gaskin

Tori Caudill, Taylor Brinkley and Regan Gaskin have started this new year with such positivity, enthusiasm and efficiency! Thank you all for being invested in a success of our research program! - Anastasia Smith

Dianna Hall

Dianna Hall has been a true team player holding down the fort during holidays weeks! She has also been amazing at helping set up everything at COA for Dr. McRae, our new faculty addition! - Anastasia Smith

Jennifer Clements

Jennifer Clements has done a terrific job in her role as a Staff Wellness Champion, in addition to her formal duties for the Department. She has been instrumental both in terms of ideas and execution for events that build togetherness in the Department. Her presence on the committee will be missed as she is stepping down to manage other responsibilities. - Dr. Matt Nelson

Stephen Yance

Stephen Yance is responsive and so very helpful. Whenever I need help with patient access or uploading outside records and images, he is there. Our patients have a true advocate with Stephen in the clinic. Thank you for your dedication! - Kirsten Yelvington

Jennifer Lancaster

"Jennifer Lancaster did a great job planning the interview for Chunming Cheng, particularly given the difficult-to-navigate schedules of the people involved in that that needed to attend his conferences." - Dr. Matt Nelson

Eva Gilliam, Jennifer Lancaster, Chloe Ward, Savanah Kirchner, McKenna Killets, Cam Roby and Lauryn Sheffield

"I recognize Eva Gilliam, Jennifer Lancaster, Chloe Ward, Savanah Kirchner, McKenna Killets, Cam Roby and Lauryn Sheffield for their roles in planning and executing the Galbraith Scientific Symposium and Dinner. They demonstrated their reliability, problem solving skills, strength, stamina and resilience as we collaborated on this event. I couldn't have asked for a better group to work with." - Tricia Daniel

Eva Gilliam

"Eva Gilliam helped me out by sending a UPS package while I was working from home.  I can always count on Eva to do the job like I would do the job...CORRECT. She's the bomb!" - Martee Posey Dawson

Lauryn Sheffield

"I greatly appreciate Lauryn Sheffield's responsiveness and particularly in helping me quickly re-schedule conference travel at the last minute. Lauryn is awesome!" - Dr. Nicole Bentley

Jennifer Lancaster

"Jennifer Lancaster has done a wonderful job with preparing for Neurosurgery events and faculty candidates. She is always so kind and welcoming to those she meets. She is great to work with on projects and events." - McKenna Killets

Cam Roby and Danny Lee

"There's a lot of people in our department that are willing to help at a moment's notice, but Cam Roby and Danny Lee really stepped up to help me when I needed it for two different events. No questions asked - they were patient, flexible, and supportive. Thanks Cam and Danny for being great team players. I appreciate you!" - McKenna Killets

Brandy Nix, Anna Munger and Danny Lee

"Brandy Nix, Anna Munger and Danny Lee have been very patient in answering my constant questions on grant submissions and reconciliations for my new role in the department. I am very excited to work with this amazing team!" - Jennifer Clements

Jennifer Lancaster

"Jennifer Lancaster did an amazing job planning and organizing the 10-Year Anniversary Neurosurgery Employee Appreciation Luncheon. It was beautifully decorated and the food selection was great. We are very lucky to have her energy and organization for event planning!" - Jennifer Clements

Dana Belmont

"The Riley team (Allie McDuff, Tracy Rouse and Cathy Tully) goes above and beyond for our patients day in and day out. I am so appreciative of all they do and am beyond grateful to collaborate with them on the care and management of our patients." - Dr. Kristen Riley

Mary Beth Washington

"Mary Beth Washington powered through a particularly convoluted UAB travel reimbursement and got it through and submitted on time. This is nothing out of the ordinary, but business as usual for MB! I am grateful we can count on her tenacity to keep things on track." - Tricia Daniel

McKenna Killets

"McKenna Killets's strengths are clearly her cheerful personality and desire to accomplish the goals. She has succeeded in multi-tasking so as to satisfy our lab needs while juggling the needs of her other assigned PIs. She keeps up with our weekly lab ordering and follows-up when there are any delays or problems. She has also handled reimbursements as needed.  In sum, it is always a pleasure to see her entering the room with a smile at our weekly meetings, and working with her to keep our lab on track. We appreciate all the great help!" - Dr. Erwin Van Meir

Savanah Kirchner

"Savanah Kirchner has provided excellent feedback and help with the department annual report." - Jennifer Lancaster

Natalie Lane

"Natalie Lane is a bright light in the department." - Jennifer Lancaster

Tricia Daniel

"Tricia Daniel went above and beyond to help with the KZA coding training by showing up early and buying coffee for folks when the catering was late, and trying to solve IT issues." - Jennifer Lancaster

Eva Gilliam and McKenna Killets

"Eva Gilliam and McKenna Killets went out of their way to help with KZA and getting the many, heavy, notebooks to Highlands from FOT. "

- Jennifer Lancaster

Cam Roby

"Cam Roby has stepped up and joined the DEI Committee and is a rockstar." - Jennifer Lancaster

Donna Bailer

"Donna Bailer helped at KZA to calm my nerves and with IT Issues." - Jennifer Lancaster

Dr. Rocque, Dr. Atchley and Dr. Ilyas

"Dr. Rocque, Dr. Atchley and Dr. Ilyas stepped up to help with A/V issues in the KZA training. It was much appreciated. " - Jennifer Lancaster

McKenna Killets

"McKenna Killets took on a task for the Galbraith speaker. She researched what needed to be done, completed the task. AND she has documented in Asana project management platform-- capturing the info. Thank you for the great attitude, follow through, work ethic and great work product. " - Tricia Daniel

Cam Roby and McKenna Killets

"Cam Roby and McKenna Killets came to Highlands to help me clean up the room and load up the leftovers from catering. They were not only helpful, but a breath of fresh air." - Jennifer Lancaster

Tricia Daniel

"Tricia Daniel went above and beyond with helping me on Chief Graduation Dinner. The event went well and the venue was great. Thank you for all of your help and for all of your hard work!" - Chloé Bunn

Eva Gilliam

"Eva Gilliam has been so helpful on many occasions and has been a great communicator with lab updates. She uplifts others by pointing out when someone is doing a good job, which feels positively affirming." - McKenna Killets

Brandy Nix

"Shout out to Brandy Nix for never skipping the beat. Brandy took over a fairly large submission during an already busy time. She always has a smile on her face and is a pleasure to work with." - Anna Munger

Natalie Lane and Tricia Daniel

"Natalie Lane and Tricia Daniel have been so sweet to stop by my office and say hi. Their friendly faces bring such a warm light to the office." - McKenna Killets

Danny Lee, Kirsten Yelvington and Mary Beth Washington

"Danny Lee, Kirsten Yelvington and Mary Beth Washington helped me to set up my home office.  Kirsten and Mary Beth provided me with the necessary equipment and Danny helped me with getting appropriate wires so this equipment would work. Thank you, team!!" - Anna Munger

Tammy Sharp and Mary Beth Washington

"Tammy Sharp and Mary Beth Washington helped me when I missed a deadline and their work got it done!  They are always helpful and I appreciate them to no end." - Jennifer Lancaster

Christy Spruiell

"Christy Spruiell helped me with obtaining appropriate departmental signatures under an extremely tight deadline. I could not have done it without her. Thank you! " - Anna Munger

Roderick McCloud

"Since Roderick McCloud's time with Neurosurgery, he has not only been efficient, responsive, and timely, but kind with a can-do attitude. Neurosurgery triage receives urgent fax requests for orders and MRI implant compatibility letters and he is always on top of it. Sending the faxes seems small, but it is a major help to our patients, us, and outside facilities. Roderick keeps the machine rolling. I'm sure he does so much more in the clinic, but I know he has been a great help to Neurosurgery triage with just this one task. " - Tristan Blicker

Dr. Rozzelle

"Dr. Rozzelle always answers my endless calendar requests and emails promptly in spite of his busy schedule. Sometimes I even get a Star Wars meme! " - Tricia Daniel

Tammy Sharp

"Tammy Sharp is the steady ship that guides the leadership team. She is unwavering in her dedication to the department and works days, nights, and weekends to ensure she provides the highest quality work product to those she works with. In addition, she is easy to talk to and is always willing to help you understand the complexities that exist between UAB and HSF. " - Michael Thomas

Jennifer Clements

"Jennifer Clements is a professional through and through. She is diligent, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Whenever I need information, she is quick to respond. She is so good at what she does. I very much look forward to working with her even more in the future." - Eva Gilliam

Dana Belmont, Lauryn Sheffield, Martee Posey and Robin Benderson

"Thank you Dana Belmont, Lauryn Sheffield, Martee Posey and Robin Benderson for helping our team schedule individual meetings with clinical faculty to discuss the grateful patient program. We appreciate you!" - Jennifer Philpot, Sarah Weinacker and Caleb Rotton

Norma Miller

"Norma Miller demonstrated the pillar of 'ownership' at UAB by stepping up to gather and create an agenda for her group's meeting. Kudos for being a caring steward of the clinical trials." - Tricia Daniel

Janice Kennedy

"Congratulations to Janice Kennedy on receiving a nursing excellence award!" - Christy Spruiell

Dana Belmont

"When ever asked, Dana Belmont's answer is 'no problem, I can do that.' Dana recognizes when her colleagues need help and will step in to support. Great teamwork, Dana!" - Kirsten Yelvington

Eva Gilliam

"Eva Gilliam has a "can do" attitude and does not know the meaning of an obstacle. Eva consistently takes initiative and goes out of her way to help in anyway she can. Thank you Eva!" - Kirsten Yelvington

Li Li

"I want to thank Li Li for her help over the last couple of months as I learned a new process! She took time out of her schedule to make sure I had the support I needed. Working together, we were able to provide critical data to Dr. Markert at our last two lab meetings. - Sherrie Alexander

Cassandra Degraffenried

"Cassandra Degraffenried always has a smile and provides support during challenging situations. She has the ability to evaluate and consider all options that ultimately lead to the best solutions for the department as well as the individual. Thank you for all that you do Cassandra! - Kirsten Yelvington

Andrea Boohaker

"Andrea Boohaker goes above and beyond! Thank you!"

- Amanda Blackwell

Martee Posey

"Martee Posey is always helpful providing guidance and mentorship."

- Amanda Blackwell

Dr. Satoru Osuka

"I am inspired by Dr. Satoru Osuka's passion to show up and be involved. He has led the mission for building the Japanese Researchers Association here at UAB, and has been co-leading the Brain TRIP meetings - allowing for students to gain valuable advice and present their research. This past month, he also volunteered himself to get pied in the face for GBSO's "Pie your PI" fundraiser. Great job Dr. Osuka!"

- McKenna Killets

Dana Belmont

"Thank you to Dana Belmont for always checking in on me to help if I am overtasked, delivering the mail and posting the conference room schedule. " - Amanda Blackwell

Jennifer Lancaster, Eva Gilliam and Dana Belmont

"Jennifer Lancaster, Eva Gilliam and Dana Belmont have not only taken the time to help me answer a few questions, but they've taken it steps further to make sure I have my hands on resources. Y'all are very much appreciated. " - McKenna Killets

Amy Finch

"Amy Finch has been extremely helpful with the transition to EPIC. She has taken it upon herself to learn as much as she can and support her colleagues through the process. Thank you, Amy for all of your hard work and dedication! " - Kirsten Yelvington

Anna Munger, Eva Gilliam, Jennifer Clements, Kirsten Yelvington, Cassandra Degraffenried and Mckenna Killets

"I want to express my tremendous gratitude to Anna Munger, Eva Gilliam, Jennifer Clements, Kirsten Yelvington, Cassandra Degraffenried and Mckenna Killets. They have contributed enormously to the setup of my lab. Without their help, my lab
and office setup would not have been so smooth and fast. Thank you so much!!" - Dr. Satoru Osuka

Danny Lee

"Danny Lee is a rockstar at getting things completed on time! He has been very helpful with getting participants reimbursed on a very quick timeline. He is very easy to work with and always so pleasant!" - Anastasia Smith

Tori Caudill

"Tori Caudill is doing a great job of being proactive and efficient with her time! She is also quite thoughtful about her colleagues and always makes them feel seen and appreciated!" - Anastasia Smith

Sabrina Famuyiwa

"Sabrina Famuyiwa has done a great job at catching up all of the backlog of a very large registry! She is also on top of one of our very important funded multi-center projects and is making sure all visits are scheduled. " - Anastasia Smith

Dana Belmont and McKenna Killets

"Thank you, Dana Belmont and McKenna Killets, for helping create the Acts of Kindness board." - Amanda Blackwell

Chloe Bunn

"Chloe Bunn taught me how to create a QR code for the Random Acts of Kindness project I was working on! Thank you, Chloe, for helping me learn something new." - Dana Belmont

Dr. Philip Schmalz

"Dr. Philip Schmalz's willingness to relay opportunities to the admininstrative team so that we can improve services for our patients, MDs, APPs and staff. Timely feedback gives us the opportunity to promptly investigate and fix issues." - Donna Bailer

Paula McKenzie

"Paula McKenzie is an incredible APP who consistently and tirelessly gives of herself to provide the best care for our patients. Paula would never ask to be in the limelight, but her dedication, results, and amazing work ethic certainly do shine a bright light on her. Paula, we are so grateful for you!" - Donna Bailer

Jennifer Philpot

"Jennifer Philpot has been a fantastic partner in our department's development efforts. As a young department, it takes time to build a strong giving stream. Jennifer has partnered with faculty and staff alike to lead Neurosurgery's efforts and culture of giving." - Donna Bailer

Danny Lee and Norma Miller

"In July, there was an adverse event for a participant enrolled in one of our investigator-initiated studies and the study was put on hold. There was a tremendous amount of data that had to be collected to be reviewed by the IRB, DSMB and FDA. This led to further questions and the gathering of more and more data. Danny Lee and Norma Miller both work vigorously to get this done and now we are ready to open the study back up to enrollment. Thank you for your hard work and long hours working to get this completed!!" - Donna Dixon

Norma Miller and Natalie Lane

"Norma Miller was made aware of our first BEACH study participant at 7:30am and the participant had to be randomized and given the first dose of the study drug or placebo by 10am. The study's electronic data system managed at Johns Hopkins had a glitch and was not working for our site. Both Norma and Natalie Lane diligently worked through this together with Johns Hopkins, but it was a highly stressful situation. I want them to know how much I appreciate their work that day!!" - Donna Dixon

Brandy Nix

"While submitting a very short notice application, Brandy Nix provided Dr. Nelson with some examples of documents that he wasn't familiar with and he said the examples were very helpful." - Donna Dixon

McKenna Killets

"McKenna Killets is the new program coordinator for several of our neurosurgery research faculty. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is quick to learn and is becoming very comfortable with the ordering processes at UAB. She is also jumping right in with travel coordination. I can't say enough good things about her. She has a great work-ethic and is happy to serve her people. A wonderful addition to our department." - Eva Gilliam

Chloe Bunn

"I have been involved in Resident education and Resident-candidate selection for my entire career. I have served various terms as the UAB Neurosurgery Residency Training Program director, the most recent consecutively from 2000-2018. While I prefer in-person resident candidate visits and interviews, I have never enjoyed the resident interview and ranking process more than this last season, in very large part due to the efforts, guidance, vibrant enthusiasm and leadership of Chloe Bunn. "Kudos" indeed! Thank you." - Dr. Mark Hadley

Cam Roby

"Cam Roby has a good attitude and is very helpful! I can't thank her enough." - Jennifer Lancaster

Michel Thomas

"Kudos to Michel Thomas for his excellent work getting the new monthly productivity reports out to individual clinical faculty and continuing to compile data and reports for a recurring monthly summary of productivity metrics for the department." - Donna Bailer

Heather Cheek, Amanda Chambers and Cammie Shoemaker

"UAB Spinal Neurosurgery and UAB Orthopedic Spinal Neurosurgery have recently finalized two very important documents; The Spinal Enhanced Recovery Protocol (ERP) and the UAB Spinal Surgery Education Booklet. While neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal faculty participation and leadership was a constant throughout these processes, the real workforce and consistent drivers of these important initiatives were Heather Cheek, Amanda Chambers and Cammie Shoemaker. Thank you, thank you!

Further, Heather Cheek has revamped our UAB Neurosurgery Spine Board and has consistently contributed to the efficiency of our meetings and the documentation of our proceedings. She is a remarkable contributor to and partner of UAB Spinal Neurosurgery." - Dr. Mark Hadley

Steven Yance and Lori Mehaffey

"Kudos to Steven Yance and Lori Mehaffey for coordinating and supervising the move of our patient referral processes to the clinic." - Donna Bailer

Jennifer Lancaster and Christy Spruiell

"Kudos to Jennifer Lancaster and Christy Spruiell for their excellent work on the semi-annual faculty retreat in December." - Donna Bailer

Brandy Nix

"Brandy Nix did a fantastic job of stepping up and taking care of last-minute submissions for our faculty during my time of need. Her help is greatly appreciated." - Anna Munger

Jennifer Lancaster

"I would like to thank Jennifer Lancaster for her big contribution to our DEI committee. She is the glue that holds the team together!" - Jianmei Leavenworth

Donna Dixon, Brandy Nix, Tricia Daniel

"Thank you Donna Dixon, Brandy Nix, Tricia Daniel for helping me pull through a funding application on short notice. Sorry about that - but thank you!" - Dr. Nicole Bentley

Anna Munger and Brandy Nix

"Anna Munger and Brandy Nix have been so helpful with my grant applications and account management. They are so patient and really responsible, and are life savers for my last-minute requests! Thank you both!!" - Jianmei Leavenworth

Administrative Team

"Eva Gilliam , Jennifer Lancaster, Cam Roby, Amanda Blackwell, Chloe Bunn and Dana Belmont, Eva Gilliam, Jennifer Lancaster, Cam Roby, Amanda Blackwell, Chloe Bunn and Dana Belmont swooped in to the rescue to help with the bagging, organizing, delivering and mailing of holiday gifts. They kept me from feeling overwhelmed and are always there to get the job done! SO GRATEFUL.

Also to Donna Bailer who let her office be Santa's workshop." - Tricia Daniel

Danny Lee

"Danny Lee is the best co-worker who always helps when needed. He is constantly helping me with computer issues and picking up my slack when I get too much on my plate or overwhelmed in a day. As I write this, he is redacting charts for me to send to a sponsor for safety while I'm preparing for a monitoring visit and an SAE. I know I can always count on him when I can't get everything done by myself and he is so very much appreciated!" - Rhonda Whidden

Jennifer Clements, Kirsten Yelvington, Cassandra Degraffenried and Tammy Sharp

"I would like to thank Jennifer Clements, Kirsten Yelvington, Cassandra Degraffenried and Tammy Sharp for their patience and great help! Without their help, my lab and office relocation would not have been so smooth and fast. THANK YOU!" - Jianmei Leavenworth

David Aldrich and Linda Davis

"In these trying times of increased patient assessment care and demands, increased stresses of patient scheduling, pre-certifications and operative treatments and the attrition of many of our fellow clinical health care providers, I have reviewed my busy practice patterns over the last 24 months. Our numbers remain high, our patients are happy and feel attached, there have been virtually no misses in the orchestration of their care and our treatment outcomes (medical and surgical) remain well above average. Two individuals are primarily responsible for my practice results: David Aldrich, PAC and Linda K. Davis, CRNP. Day in and day out, even when additional demands are hoisted upon them, they both in their individual and exceptional ways have been consistent, committed, strong and true. I am most grateful to you both." - Dr. Mark Hadley

Danny Lee

"Danny Lee has always been on the ball and is prompt in helping with a variety of things from IRB processing, ordering things or getting reimbursed for things that I already ordered. It’s much appreciated." - Matthew Nelson

Elizabeth Dowdy

"Elizabeth Dowdy is always willing to step up and do what needs to be done for the good of the patients and the department. I appreciate all of your hard work, Beth!" - Kirsten Yelvington

Rhonda Whidden and Norma Miller

"Thank you to Rhonda Whidden and Norma Miller for being flexible and accommodating with their busy schedules so that they were able to participate in a lengthy site initiation visit that ran over schedule." - Danny Lee

Jennifer Clements, Sherrie Alexander, Matt Nelson, Dana Belmont, Cam Roby, and Amanda Blackwell

"Jennifer Clements, Sherrie Alexander, Matt Nelson, Dana Belmont, Cam Roby, and Amanda Blackwell all did a fantastic job planning and organizing the family day picnic at Oak Mountain! It was so much fun and after it was over, we hiked 6 miles up 50 flights of stairs (per Apple watch) to the King's Chair overlook! Thank you for that Wellness Day!!" - Donna Dixon

Devin Houghtlin

"Since Devin Houghtlin joined the DEI Committee, he's been a great help to us. His enthusiasm is refreshing." - Jennifer Lancaster

Jennifer Clements

"I'm excited to say our first Wellness Family Day Picnic was a huge success! I wanted to thank everyone who helped out, but give a special kudos to Jennifer Clements who went above and beyond to make it a special event for everyone!" - Sherrie Alexander

Eva Gilliam

"Eva Gilliam has stepped up to help support the research faculty during the transitional time. She is always finding solutions and completing new tasks as quickly as possible. I really appreciate everything that Eva does." - Kirsten Yelvington

Anil Mahavadi

"Anil Mahavadi stepped up at the last minute to take extra call to allow all of the PGY 1s and 2s to attend the Women's Leadership Council Dinner in recognition of our newer residents. I very much appreciate his team spirit." - Dr. James Markert

Dana Belmont

"Dana Belmont always has my back and helps me out all the time. She offers to help me without me even having to ask her to help. She's the bomb!" - Martee Dawson

Meg Crew

"Meg Crew always goes the extra mile to get patients what they need. She even tracked down a taxi during high demand to make sure a complicated patient was able to travel to all her needed appointments without having to wait for an escort." Kristen Lamb

Tracy Taylor

"Tracy helps me out with clinic letters I print from home and faxes them for me. She is always agreeable to help with a smile on her face." - Martee Dawson

Martee Dawson

"Martee took the initiative to get Dr. Fisher set up with a new means of dictation without even being asked about it. She is always willing to jump in and help in any way!" - Lori Mehaffey

Department APPs and RNs

"Thank you to the department APPs and RNs for your continuing excellence in patient care, and your flexibility and teamwork during times of coverage shortages. Your adaptability shows teamwork and resilience." - Donna Bailer

Blazer Bolt Participants

"Whether you contributed money, did the virtual run, or came out to support the annual Blazer Bolt ... thank you for participating in this annual event to raise money for brain cancer. Kudos to Drs. Markert, Nabors, Van Meir and members from Dr. Van Meir's lab for doing the 5K, Natalie Dalton and Allie McDuff for doing the walk, Jennifer Lancaster for volunteering, and all others who took part." - Donna Bailer

Cassandra DeGraffenried

"Cassandra Degraffenried has jumped in to help address a threat to our lab operations when our lab manager decided to join another laboratory. She worked hard with HR to rapidly develop a retention offer and, after this effort was ultimately unsuccessful, was quick in posting a new position. I am delighted to report that one of the applicants accepted our offer and will join our team in January." - Erwin Van Meir

Anna Munger and Brandy Nix

"Our lab operation has also been facilitated thanks to the dedication of Anna Munger and Brandy Nix who prepare lab budget projections and navigate our grant submissions with great attention to details for a seamless operation. Very much appreciated!" - Erwin Van Meir

Eva Gilliam

"I would like to thank Eva Gilliam for stepping in when we lost our admin assistant and we had a number of pending issues that needed to be addressed, from reimbursements and ordering supplies for our lab operations to booking travel for lab members to attend a conference." - Erwin Van Meir

Jennifer Clements

"Thank you Jennifer Clements for helping me on short notice with the 3-year renewal of our two IACUC authorizations for our mice work in the lab. The timing of these renewals was unfortunate as they both expired at the same time and we had just lost our lab manager. Jennifer stepped in to help me address the reviewer requests and navigate the online software that has its quirks. I very much appreciated the help when I was in the middle of writing an NIH grant. One of the protocols was just renewed and we hope the second one is not far behind!" - Erwin Van Meir

Amanda Blackwell and Cam Roby

"I would like thank Amanda and Cam for stepping up with me for the Galbraith Breakfast, Lunch and Snack. Cam had FOT on lock and me and Amanda had the Kaul under control. We did 5.56 miles back and forth. We donated leftover food to the OR, they were very Grateful. I appreciate you all." - Dana Belmont