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ATSU honors achievements, anniversaries with Missouri campus employee award ceremony

Alan Coonfield, coordinator, animal care, ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), receives a hug from a family member after being named winner of the Missouri campus' Distinguished Service Award.

A.T. Still University (ATSU) hosted its annual Missouri campus Employee Recognition & Award Ceremony on March 23, 2023, honoring outstanding achievements and employment anniversaries. 

ATSU’s Kirksville, Missouri, campus’ Distinguished Service Award went to Alan Coonfield, coordinator, animal care, ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

Nominators submitted the following comments in support of Coonfield’s selection:

Other recognitions included: 

ATSU-KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, presented the A.T. Still Staff Awards for Excellence in Teaching for Basic Sciences to William Brechue, PhD, professor, chair, physiology, and for Clinical to Valena Fiscus, DO, MPH, assistant professor, internal medicine.

ATSU-KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, presents the A.T. Still Staff Awards for Excellence in Teaching for Basic Sciences to William Brechue, PhD, professor, chair, physiology.
ATSU-KCOM Dean Margaret Wilson, DO, ’82, presents the A.T. Still Staff Awards for Excellence in Teaching for Clinical Sciences to Valena Fiscus, DO, MPH, assistant professor, internal medicine.

ATSU-Missouri Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) Dean Dwight McLeod, DDS, was joined by Elsie Gaber, PhD, EdS, MEd, in presenting the Elsie Gaber Compassion & Integrity Award to Brooke Robinson, MPA, director student success, administration.

ATSU-Missouri Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) Dean Dwight McLeod, DDS, and Elsie Gaber, PhD, EdS, MEd, present the Elsie Gaber Compassion & Integrity Award to Brooke Robinson, MPA, director student success, administration.

ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) Dean Marisa Hastie, EdD, ACSM EP-C, PN1, FACSM, presented the Michael Samuels Impact Award to Jaana Gold, DDS, PhD, MPH, CPH, professor (tenure), master of public health – dental emphasis, the Outstanding Employee Award to Vera Bannerman, MBA, academic advisor, administration, and the Professor of the Year Award to Greg Loeben, PhD, MA, associate professor, master of public health.

Quarterly Employee Excellence Award recognitions included: Lisa Norman, PMP, BS, research projects manager, Research Support, ATSU; Richelle Lee, osteopathic academic coordinator, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, ATSU-KCOM; Daniel England, BA, financial aid specialist, Enrollment Services, ATSU; and Julia Truitt, BA, administrative support, Learning Resources & Accommodation Services, ATSU.

2022 Service Award recipients

50 years: Nancy Parrish, executive assistant, University Advancement, ATSU.

40 years: Robert Baer, PhD, professor, Physiology, ATSU-KCOM; Dan Martin, MA, director, ATSU Wellness Programs, Thompson Campus Center, ATSU.

35 years: Gaylah Sublette, MBA, vice president, Research & Sponsored Programs, ATSU.

30 years: Gary Mosier, supervisor, Boiler Room, ATSU; Melissa Stuart, PhD, professor (tenure), chair, Microbiology, ATSU-KCOM.

25 years: Lois Epperson, administrative support, Medical Education, ATSU-KCOM; Anita Franklin, BS, research data specialist, Research, ATSU; Kim Watson, insurance specialist, Clinic Business Office, ATSU-KCOM; Tammy Weidenbenner, BS, network identity analyst, Information Security, ATSU. 

20 years: Eric Snider, DO, professor, chair, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, ATSU-KCOM.

15 years: Robert Behnen, MBA, associate vice president, University Advancement, ATSU; Stephen Calloway, BS, network systems administrator, ITS Operations, ATSU; Kathleen Clay, MEd, BS, director student financial aid, Enrollment Services, ATSU; Carrie Gaines, BS, director post-award compliance & management, Sponsored Programs, ATSU; Sara Grgurich, BA, manager sponsored programs projects, Sponsored Programs, ATSU; Valerie Hamlin, BS, curriculum coordinator, Medical Education, ATSU-KCOM; Donna Hettinger, administrative assistant, Clinical Affairs, ATSU-KCOM; Terry Hilpert, purchasing assistant, Purchasing, ATSU; Peter Kondrashov, PhD, professor, chair, Anatomy, ATSU-KCOM; Debra Leunen, administrative assistant, Pharmacology, ATSU-KCOM; Corey Louder, BS, director, Purchasing, ATSU; Barbara Magers, service worker, Environmental Services, ATSU; Gretchen Middleton, accounting assistant, Finance Office, ATSU; Corey Sanford, lead multimedia specialist, Academic Technologies, ATSU.

10 years: Candace Ayars, PhD, associate professor, Doctorate of Health Education, ATSU-CGHS; Jeffrey Chaffin, DDS, MPH, MBA, MHA, assistant professor, Master of Public Health – Dental Emphasis, ATSU-CGHS; Lihua Dishman, DBA, MBA, associate professor, Doctor of Health Administration, ATSU-CGHS; Jeremy Houser, PhD, associate professor, Anatomy, ATSU-KCOM; Patricia Ivie, administrative assistant, Microbiology, ATSU-KCOM; Eric Matthews, PhD, MS, professor, Doctor of Health Sciences, ATSU-CGHS; Brian McCarty, support services specialist, ITS Customer Services, ATSU; Michelle Mollick, MBA, senior director of sponsored programs, Sponsored Programs, ATSU; Adam Moore, DHA, CMPE, executive director, practice management, Clinic Business Office, ATSU-KCOM; Brooke Robinson, MPA, director student success, Administration, ATSU-MOSDOH; Amanda Selby, EdD, assistant director admissions, Residential Admissions, ATSU; Doris Snyder, coordinator advancement services, Development, ATSU; Beth Thompson, MEd, MS, academic computing analyst, Administration, ATSU-CGHS; Steven Webb, BS, BA, research coordinator II, Research Support, ATSU; Margaret Wilson, DO, dean, professor, ATSU-KCOM.

5 years: Forrest Bollow, EdD, university director, Office of Assessment & Accreditation, ATSU; Grishondra Branch-Mays, DDS, MS, senior associate dean, academic affairs, administration, ATSU-MOSDOH; David Cameron, service worker, Environmental Services, ATSU; Bradley Chambers, BA, director, Development, ATSU; Ronnie Drummond, BS, service worker, Environmental Services, ATSU; Brianna Fountain, MHA, BS, manager, sponsored programs projects, Sponsored Programs, ATSU; Jodi Gamm, MBA, BS, academic advisor, administration, ATSU-CGHS; Monica Harrison, BS, CPA, operations controller, Finance Office, ATSU; Charles Heckert, BS, curriculum coordinator, Medical Education, ATSU-KCOM; Janette Helton, BS, executive assistant, Research, ATSU; Kevin Helton, security officer, Security, ATSU; Julie Hessler, DO, assistant professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, ATSU-KCOM; Gabe Hettinger, AA, HVAC mechanic, Maintenance, ATSU; Jeon Sook Kim-Han, PhD, assistant professor, Pharmacology, ATSU-KCOM; Corey Luebbering, MPH, research coordinator II, Research Support, ATSU; Terri Smiser, BS, enrollment coordinator, Enrollment Services, ATSU; Brenda Williams, project coordinator, Academic Affairs, ATSU-KCOM; Melissa Yowell, BS, academic coordinator, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, ATSU-KCOM; Elizabeth Zetterlund, BS, AHEC scholars program manager, AHEC, ATSU-KCOM. 

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