2016 Award Recipient
Jonathan Boulter, associate director of patron services for the Moss Arts Center, is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to his team by promoting work-life harmony. Boulter is the 2016 recipient of the Hokie Wellness Supervisor Spotlight Award.
Known by his peers for building an environment based on mutual respect, helping his team work together toward a common goal, and leading by example, Boulter strives to help every employee feel valued.
“He recognizes that our employees are the most valuable assets in our organization and provides them with attention, support, and appreciation,” said Kacy McAllister, box office manager for the Moss Arts Center.
According to his colleagues Boulter supports their work-life harmony by encouraging personal and professional development, arranging networking opportunities at conferences, and allowing flexibility in their schedules. Boulter is also credited with supporting his employee’s well-being by holding a book club and monthly yoga classes at the Moss Arts Center for his employees.
“It’s always an honor when you see that your employees feel valued and included in the team,” he said. “To be recognized by them for this award shows me that we are doing something right on our team.”
Ellie Sturgis, Associate Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist, Cook Counseling
She is the one we go to when we need support, validation, reassurance, and fairness. She takes an interest in our personal lives and interests and she supports them. She promotes our differences and lets us each shine in our chosen areas. She shared with me that when she goes on her morning walk she was takes time to reflect on each staff member and the positive qualities about them. She encouraged me to develop this practice as it would help me support my co-workers and focus on their strengths.
She notices us and affirms our hard work. More importantly, she acknowledges when things are hard and her presence is felt right in it with us. She pulls us aside and thanks us for our work. She is stable and consistent. She advocates on our behalf to set boundaries. She also encourages us to find our niche and place on campus we may connect or grow. Ellie's praise is important in a setting where people are giving a lot of their energy, emotionally, to others. A lot of our work happens behind closed doors and it means a ton to receive feedback.
Renee Eaton, Undergraduate Program Director, HNFE
Probably the thing that most promotes teamwork is a weekly meeting that Renee takes time out of her busy schedule to hold. At the meeting, she helps us to coordinate and distribute our work. Our advising center is open during set hours, but Renee has arranged for some of us to come in late and others to leave early. That flexibility can make a huge impact on our lives without affecting the service to the students. While I haven’t needed to use this, Renee has made it clear that working from home occasionally is an option. Knowing that possibility exists makes it easier to come to work at set hours each day. We have weekly meetings that don’t really feel like meetings which is remarkable.This department feels more like a family. The check-ins on well-being are genuine. The meetings are fun, light, and informative. Everyone has a place and a voice. She’s available for personal meetings, and also promotes that we work well together by going out together for ice cream, doing healthy activities together, or participating in the department tailgates for the football games!
Renee has initiated a program where students and department members join her to climb up and down the stadium steps. Those who participate get a t-shirt. Not only is it an opportunity for us all to exercise, but it is also a chance for us to interact and for students to talk with faculty outside of class. Renee also runs a Recsports class, Body Flow. She is a leader in our department focused on nutrition, foods and exercise. Maintaining physical fitness for herself and others is a priority for Renee. She is a wonderful role model for me.
- Sharrika Adams, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
- Judy Alford, Business Manager, TLOS
- Dawn Lee Bishop, Business Manager, Dean of Engineering
- Stephanie Diehl, Family Nutrition Program Northern District area coordinator, FNP northern district
- Heather Evans, Director, Leadership Education Collaborative
- Wendy R. Herdman, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Unit Coordinator VA Cooperative Extension, Westmoreland County Office
- Lisa Mahaney, Assistant Director of Finance and Administration, Engagement Finance
- Richard Quintin, Director, Enterprise Systems, Database and Application Administration
- Margaret Radcliffe, Assistant Director For Operations, VCCER
- Donna Rasnake, Supervisor, Student programs
- Katie Reaves, Associate Director of Operations, Office of Sponsored Programs
- Henry Showalter, Budget Tuition plan Supervisor, Bursars Office
- Valerie Vaught, Vet Med Supervisor, Radiology, Anesthesia, Medicine
Past Supervisor Spotlight Award Winners and Nominees
2015 Award Recipient
Professor Michael Weaver is being recognized for his commitment to work-life harmony.
According to his colleagues, Weaver, a professor in the Department of Entomology and the director of Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, recognizes the importance and unpredictability of family and the need for flexibility in the workplace.
“Dr. Weaver embodies an esprit de corps that motivates us all,” said Holly Gatton, project manager for the Department of Entomology.
Weaver is credited with mentoring employees as they pursue advanced degrees and supporting their work-life balance needs.
“I don’t think I do much more than anyone else to deserve recognition for my supervision. It is always a learning experience,” he said. “I just happen to be blessed with some super co-workers. They are supportive and quite easy to manage.
Matt Hulver, Professor and director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, HNFE. Matt recognizes life outside of work, he offers flexible work options during the summer. He allows alternate work schedules to help promote productivity. He provides the employees with the freedom to work with minimum supervision, personal recognition, and involvement in decision making. Matt takes the time to understand and deal with the individual traits of his staff. He wants all of his employees to succeed. He encourages professional development opportunities for everyone. Matt is a positive, appreciative leader. He always voices and demonstrates his gratitude for everyone’s contributions to the department.
Kay Hunnings, Associate Dean for Administration, Pamplin College of Business. Kay is a great listener and she has an open door policy for both staff and faculty. She is honest in her approach to make individuals feel that every task in the college is a vital part of our success and that our concerns and ideas are valuable, heard, and often times used to advance the college mission. She encourages individuals to make their personal health and wellbeing a top priority and provides opportunity to ensure that the organization and work load will allow for a balance between work and life. People feel that they can trust Kay with personal and professional obstacles and she will respectfully take the time to listen and actively work to help find a good solution.
- Suzanne Baker, Associate Director, Cranwell International Center
- Monika Lawless, Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
- Nancy McGehee, Department Head, Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Cathy Petry, Director, Human Resources Support Services, Human Resource
2014 Award Recipient
Holly Matusovich, Assistant Department Head for Graduate Programs in the Engineering Education Department, understands the importance of work/ life harmony and strives to provide it to her team on a regular basis. She promotes health and wellness by setting a standard for others in her department - she is an avid runner, dancer, and swims regularly. She also recognizes the importance of flexibility when it comes to maintaining work/life harmony- she is even open to alternate work locations if an employee really needs to concentrate on writing.
Colonel Dave Miller, USA (ret.), deputy commandant for Leader Development and director of the Rice Center for Leader Development promotes work/ life harmony by helping his employees meet goals both at work and in their personal lives. He allows his team to take advantage of flexible work options so they are able to pursue degrees in addition to their work. He supports all his employees and treats them with dignity and respect.
Gregorio Valdez, assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, College of Science, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine maintains a "work hard, play hard" philosophy that is uplifting for his employees. He even organizes inter-lab dodgeball and kickball challenges to relieve stress and promote healthy fun.
- Becky Saylors, Manager, Fixed Assets and Equipment Inventory Services
- Christie Thompson, Director of Finance and Operations at Hume Center
- Gabrielle Minnich, Electronic Communications Supervisor, University Relations
- Gary Kirk, Director, VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative
- Jim Foreman, Business Manager, OIRED
- Julia Beamish, Department Head, Apparel, Housing and Resource Management
- Kenneth Wong, Associate Dean, Graduate School and Director, Northern Virginia Center
- Laurie Fritsch, Assistant Director of Health Eduction
- Linda Bucy, Associate VP for Finance and Controls and COI Officer
- Lori Greiner, Communications Manager, Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Melissa Richards, Assistant Vice President for University Relations
- Michael J. Weaver, Professor and Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs
- Monika Lawless, Department Operations Manager, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
- Roger Avery, Senior Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
- Samantha Suroski, Patient Receiving/ Medical Records Supervisor, Veterinary Medicine
- Susan Sumner, Associate Dean and Director, CALS Academic Programs
- Tracie Smith, Post Award Grants Specialist, Veterinary Medicine/ Research and Graduate Studies
- Vicki Langford, Director, Outreach & Educational Services, College of Engineering, Academic Affairs
2013 Award Recipient
Monika Gibson, director of Student Services has developed a reputation for sincere empathy and understanding toward her employees' work-life balance. Gibson is credited with empowering her employees to take ownership of their careers and is considered to be a friend and confidant for the group. Whether it be alternate lunchtimes to attend fitness classes, listening to both work and life problems, or even simply treating everyone she meets with respect, Gibson certainly models the qualities of the 2013 Supervisor Spotlight Award.
David Hodgson, department head for Large Animal Clinical Sciences, encourages employees to take care of themselves both physically and emotionally. He is always interested in how someone's day is going, no matter their role at Virginia Tech.
Mildred Johnson, associate vice provost for Enrollment Management and director of Undergraduate Admissions, has a deep respect and passion for work-life balance. She allows alternate work schedules during their busiest seasons to help promote productivity and stress relief.
- Justin Camputaro, director for Student Centers and Activities
- Steve Clarke, director of Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center
- Dave Miller, deputy commandant for Leader Development
- Janice Austin, director of Graduate Admissions and Academic Progress
- Gloria Smith, supervisor for Human Resources Service Center
- Kevin Bishop, administrator for Computer Support Systems Administrative Services
- Kimberly Borkowski, manager for Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Administrative Services
- Anisa Zvonkovic, department head for Human Development
- Tom Kaloupek, director of Materials Management for Procurement
- Angela Simmons, director of Student Conduct
- Terri Bourdon, senior instructor for Mathematics
- Melissa Williams, business manager for Mechanical Engineering
- Peter Macedo, director of Access & Faculty Development for the Provost
2012 Award Recipient
Ellsworth “Skip” Fuhrman - department chair and graduate program director of the Department of Science and Technology in Society (STS), part of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences - is a great supporter work/life balance in his department. His employees and nominators talk quite enthusiastically about Fuhrman’s “family first” policies. Fuhrman’s eagerness to help his employees balance work and life goes far.
Dr. Roger Avery, senior associate dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine, accommodates his staff. He understands teamwork and is quick to find solutions that are sensitive to the needs of an individual without impacting the group. He trusts and respects his employees, and takes a personal interest in their individual well-being.
Kim Linkous, post award director for the Office of Sponsored Programs, is a champion for flexible work schedules in the office. She also makes an effort to get to know employees individually, encouraging employees to bring their children for holiday activities. She encourages physical activity among her employees, and organized a group of her staff to compete as a team in the Color Me Rad 5k in October 2012.
- Kay Hunnings; associative administrative dean for the Pamplin College of Business
- Mary Hunter; fiscal director of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Gail McMillan; director of the Digital Library and Archives at Newman Library
- Sharon Sarver; supervisor in University Relations Visitor Center
- Lois Stephens; manager, Continuing and Professional Education Marketing Services
- Sheila Carter-Tod; director of Composition in the English Department
- Melissa Williams; business manager of Mechanical Engineering
- Chris Wise; director of Recreational Sports