Past Recipients

2018 Recipients

Genevieve Cottrell & Team

Genevieve Cottrell

Genevieve Cottrell is a Chemical Safety Officer in Environmental Health & Safety. In this capacity, she supervises five employees. The nomination packet evidenced the personal care and support Cottrell provides through her leadership. One letter of support stated, "She is observant, is aware of our strengths and weaknesses, which allow her to help us build our skill sets." Another letter referenced the pride she brings to her employees, which stated, "I often attend meetings with her and every time she speaks as my supervisor, she both impresses me and makes us proud to call her leader. With Gen at the helm, it is easy to stay the course." The nomination and letters of support made it clear that Cottrell honors the work-life fit of those she supervises. 


Nicholas Drew & Team

Nicholas Drew

Nicholas Drew is the Administrative Assistant III/S (Division Supervisor) in the College of Human Medicine, Flint. In this capacity, he supervises six employees. According to the testimonies expressed in the nomination packet, Drew builds a work environment of encouragement and growth. One letter stated, "Mr. Drew is dedicated to providing a collaborative, empowering work environment not only for his team, but for the Division as a whole." Nominators for Drew's award highlighted his "kind personality" and "generous spirit." One nominator summarized Drew's leadership style in this way: "Nick treats everyone with dignity and respects the need for work-life balance." 


Niesa Kettler & Team

Niesa Kettler 

Niesa Kettler is the Bacteriology/Mycology Laboratory Supervisor in the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory - Bacteriology. In this capacity, she supervises 10 employees. "[Niesa] is always welcoming, caring, accommodating, and she fully understands the needs of her employees, both on the job and outside of work," wrote a nominator. The environment that Kettler has created for her team is one based on trust and positive reinforcement. "Niesa encourages an atmosphere that allows for the flourishing of each of the technicians in the laboratory. This is accomplished through her careful balance between trusting her employees' competence and also being present or inserting herself kindly at all the appropriate times." 



Nicklas McLaren & Team

Nicklas McLaren

Nicklas McLaren is the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations within the office of the Associate Vice President for University Development. In this capacity, he supervises six employees. From the nomination letters, it was evident that McLaren creates a work environment based on growth, camaraderie and collaboration. One letter stated, "He allows flexible schedules and demonstrates respect and dignity to all of his employees. His leadership style is extremely positive and he continues to empower me in my role." Employees within his unit also recognize that this positive environment also contributes to their satisfaction at work and in their personal lives. "Nick has an outstanding work ethic, a collaborative nature, strategic mind, and most importantly, he has used all of these qualities to build a highly productive and loyal team at Michigan State University." 


Carol Parker & Team

Carol Parker

Dr. Carol Parker is the Executive Director in the Office of Academic Affairs, College of Medicine. In this capacity, she supervises 22 employees. According to the nomination packet, Parker serves as a role model and positive leader. One nominator wrote, "I cannot overstate how empathetic and compassionate Carol is. She has been so very understanding and accommodating to me (and to others in the group) when a rough patch in life comes along." Another letter stated, "Carol is sensitive to the full spectrum of her employees' needs, acknowledging the multiple roles we each navigate, whether we are dealing with elder, partner or childcare issues or pursuing our own work-life goals. She respects the differences between us, and expects us to do the same." 



2017 Recipients

Diane Cox, Manager of the Office of Sponsored Programs; Terry Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources; Kirk Domer, Associate Professor in Scene Design and is the Chairperson of the Department of Theatre; Richard Lenski, Hannah Distinguished Professor in Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences; Elizabeth Simmons, Dean of Lyman Briggs College and former Coordinator of the Academic Advancement Network; Andrew Widner, Assistant Director of Finance and Operations for the Kellogg Biological Station

2016 Recipients

Karen Crosby, College of Human Medicine Dean’s Office; Amy Driver, Department of Enterprise Information Stewardship; Sherman Garnett, James Madison College; Jessica Nakfour, MSU Extension Director’s Office; Jeremy Wilson, Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection & School of Criminal Justice

2015 Recipients

John Gerlach, Biomed Lab Diagnostics; Gladys Raymond, Sponsored Programs; Nancy Schmitt, Nursing

2014 Recipients

Michael Gardner, Culinary Services; Shawn Kelly, Infrastructure, Planning & Facilities; Judith McMillan, Regulatory Affairs; Gary Roloff, Fisheries & Wildlife; Holly Rosen, MSU Safe Place

2013 Recipients

Eunice Hoeve, Plant Research Lab; Dana Infante, Fisheries & Wildlife; Jason Vallance, IPF Commissioning Services; Pauline VanDyke, Electrical & Computer Engineering

2011 Recipients

Amy Blair, Libraries; Steve Bolin, Pathobiology; Kent Cassella, Communications; John L. Thelen, Controller

2010 Recipients

Burton Bargerstock, University Outreach and Engagement; David Gift, IT Services CIO; Dwight Handspike, Broad College of Business; Eileen Haraminac, Extension Health & Nutrition; Michael Hudson; Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities; Renee Rivard, Human Resources; Mary Thiel, Radiology

2009 Recipients

David B. Brower, Controller; Chris Hanna, Human Resources; Ann Hoffman, Communication Arts & Sciences; Dennis Martell, Student Health Center; Jane Randolph, Broad College of Business

2008 Recipients

Dan Bollman, IPF; Lynnette Forman, Police & Public Safety; Marie Monroe, College of Human Medicine; Jessica Moy, Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science

2007 Recipients

Chris JensonGeoff HumphreysKaren PlautJamie Sue Willard SmithPhyllis BukovcikKaren Pearl

2006 Recipients

Estelle McGroartySharon AndersonCurtis Olson

2005 Recipients

Mary Elaine WebsterPatricia LowrieKelley Bishop

2004 Recipients

Don DonagrandiCheryl SiskBrenda ParoliniMona EllardHelen DashneyDouglas Estry

2003 Recipients

Pam BellamyJoan PredkoTim ZekoMarti HeilCharles WebbJim Cotter

2002 Recipients

Ken CrowellKaren McKnight CaseyLarry HembroffMaynard Hogberg

2001 Recipients

John LewisLarry SierraLinda SighMark SimmonsCheryl WhitmanKeith WilliamsEileen Wilson

Note: titles and units listed are reflective of the time at which the supervisor received the award; this list is not updated to reflect up-to-date positions/units of these individuals.