HR Awesomers are just that, really AWESOME! They consistently bring our DIRECCT values – Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork - to life. HR Awesomers are UM HR team members who inspire us by going above and beyond to make a difference at the University and for the faculty, staff, patients, students and their families lives.

HR Awesomers Internal Recognition Program
Recognize an HR Awesomer
DIRECCT Values
Meet Our HR Awesomers

HR Awesomers Internal Recognition Program
HR Awesomers is a way for our Human Resources team to reach out and recognize one of our own who has shown a DIRECCT value and has made a difference for someone else. HR Awesomers is a way to recognize behaviors that support the mission, goals, and DIRECCT values of the University.

Recognize an HR Awesomer
Do you know an HR Awesomer? Help us celebrate them and their DIRECCT impact! Your words of appreciation will be posted on this website for others to read, and all HR Awesomers will be recognized during the HR Team meetings. Please complete this form to show your HR Awesomer how fantastic they are!

DIRECCT Values
DIRECCT is the University’s enterprise-wide values and behaviors. Our common purpose at the U is to transform lives through teaching, research and service. To view the values in detail, click here.

  1. Diversity
  2. Integrity
  3. Responsibility
  4. Excellence
  5. Compassion
  6. Creativity
  7. Teamwork

Meet Our HR Awesomers
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Nominee: Been, Sean
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Bell, Rosa
Teamwork
I’m recognizing Paola Wright, Rosa Bell, and Errol Douglas as HR Awesomers for their amazing team work in completing the Joint Commission Survey at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital last month. As a result, no recommendations were needed for HR improvements. This survey is as critical as it gets for hospital accreditation!!! - Alex Jorgensen

Nominee: Buzzaco, Adam
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Capote, Jose
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Cohen, Jennifer
Excellence, Teamwork
Open Enrollment is a challenging time for HR, especially for the Benefits and HR Communications teams. Each year we have to develop three different open enrollment guides for our different audiences (faculty/staff, UMH, UMMG). Going through these guides to ensure they are accurate is a tedious exercise. The HR Comm team relies on Jen each year to look through all three guides and identify errors or areas where information can be made clearer. No matter how many times we make revisions and ask her to review them, Jen carefully goes through the guides one more time to ensure that the guides are as close to perfect as they can get for our faculty and staff. We couldn't get through open enrollment, and the several rounds of revisions, without her. Thanks Jen! You are awesome!!! - Melissa Cabezas

Nominee: Delgado, Liz
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Diez, Illene
Excellence, Creativity, Responsibility, Teamwork and Compassion
Excellence - Illene is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of Benefits and a quick problem solver to the UM community.Responsibility - She is dependable and trustworthy and follows up on pending issues. Creativity - She creates activities related to our core values for our meetings. Teamwork - She is supportive to her coworkers by providing information in different Benefits areas. Compassion - Always a caring human being assisting employees retiring, on Long Term Disability, and beneficiaries of deceased employees. - Maria Hines

Nominee: Douglas, Errol
Teamwork
I’m recognizing Paola Wright, Rosa Bell, and Errol Douglas as HR Awesomers for their amazing team work in completing the Joint Commission Survey at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital last month. As a result, no recommendations were needed for HR improvements. This survey is as critical as it gets for hospital accreditation!!! - Alex Jorgensen

Nominee: Douglas, Errol
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Fajardo, Isabella
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Felix, Maribel
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Garcia, Geisha
Excellence, Creativity, Teamwork
Geisha has tirelessly worked on the Open Enrollment materials ensuring that they're not only spot-on 110% accurate and reader-friendly, but also produced a work of art! Geisha is an #HRAWESOMER!! - Jennifer Cohen

Nominee: Ghezzi, Cristina
Teamwork
Cristina volunteered to support our HR efforts in staffing the event called, "Mini-FLOW (Florida License on Wheels)", held on 8/25-8/27/14. This event resulted in over 125 staff and students renewing/obtaining licenses on-site. Thank you, Cristina, for your willingness to help and for your teamwork! - Karen Stimmell

Nominee: Giha, Athina
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Glover, Jessica
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Godbolt, Quinsette
Responsibility
Quinsette is terrific at supporting others in the Payroll department by assisting with processing documents in a timely manner in order to reach deadlines successfully. Since Quinsette is the practitioner with the most experience in the office, her speed allows us to give her some additional tasks. With the recent ERP implementation, we rely on her to double check lists and files to match both the legacy and the Workday systems. As always, she takes responsibility for the challenge and completes the task very fast. Also, she is responsible for correcting errors and she holds herself accountable of any mistakes. I want to recognize her as an HR Awesomer. Quinsette: THANK YOU! - Gina Medina

Nominee: Godwin, Patti
Excellence, Responsibility
Patti demonstrates every quality in our DIRECCT values!!! She is one of our best team players! Daily, she strives for excellence in everything she does. She is always a team player, and will always take on more to help the team, even when there is so much on her plate. Patti always ensures the HR-Benefits wires are done on a timely basis and accurately calculated and completed. She always helps the team, no matter what. - Laurie Starling

Nominee: Godwin, Patti
Excellence, Teamwork
Patti on several occasions has been an Awesomer in my eyes. We have had a couple high priority very time sensitive items that I had asked of her to help with and she delivered! No follow up needed, no complaining (at least not to me!), and she just gets things done, quietly (sometimes not so quiet:), efficiently, and effectively. I have got to say Patti is my Awesomer today! - Greg Brenner

Nominee: Gonzalez, Donaldo
Teamwork
The Talent Acquistion team had to quickly put together a recruitment hiring event that required assistance from many areas. With the help of Liz Delgado, Jessica Glover, Errol Douglas, Maribel Felix, Donaldo Gonzalez, Isabella Fajardo, Athina Giha, we were able to coordinate event and identify 16 hires for UMHC and UMH. THANK YOU FOR GREAT TEAMWORK. You are Awesome!!! - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Gordon, Tamara
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Hall, Rose
Excellence, Teamwork
Rose worked with the CNOs and senior leadership to improve the pay for UM Nursing staff so that it is more competitive within the local market. She demonstrated excellence in the analysis and recommendations. She also worked closely with the Nursing recruiting staff and HR Managers to provide tools and communications to assist them in implementing the increases. Thank you Rose! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Henderson, Jackie
Teamwork
Jackie volunteered to support our HR efforts in staffing the event called, "Mini-FLOW (Florida License on Wheels)", held on 8/25-8/27/14. This event resulted in over 125 staff and students renewing/obtaining licenses on-site. Thank you, Jackie, for your willingness to help and for your teamwork! - Karen Stimmell

Nominee: Houston, Juliann
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Lopez, Alicia
Excellence, Teamwork
Alicia is dedicated to ensuring accuracy and service excellence with both the current and future Payroll systems and processes. She takes her responsiblities for the university payroll seriously and gracefully balances her role as the Director of Payroll with dedicating a significant amount of time to ensuring the success of the Workday Payroll effort. Alicia is a role model for the HR team! Thank you, Alicia! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Perez Vasallo, Hady
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Quiñones, Isaac
Responsibility, Teamwork
Isaac voluntarily took on the responsibility as the primary Compensation liaison with the Workday team. He has been diligent in working with the team to understand and provide guidance on the system set-up, configuration issues, and the project deliverables. He has also identified areas for improvement. Thank you Isaac!! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Rigby, Dina
Excellence, Creativity, Teamwork
Dina is always there to support the Payroll team by covering a high volume of calls and attending employees at the front desk. She is always available to help employees even if they are not part of her assigned roster. She always provide great customer service and goes the extra mile to help the team. Way to go Dina! - Gina Medina

Nominee: Seveiro, Maira
Excellence, Teamwork
Maira partnered with leadership at Medley and developed and implemented "Interview Days," a proactive approach for recruiting staff for the Medley Clinical Access group, a critical business operation for the Miller School of Medicine. - Lisi Carreno

Nominee: Starling, Laurie
Excellence, Teamwork
Laurie is leading the Benefits transition to Workday in addition to many of her regular duties. Laurie brings not only her extensive knowledge to the process, but her passion, enthusiasm and endless creativity to seemingly endless challenges. Laurie is truly an HRAwesomer!! - Jennifer Cohen

Nominee: Strickland, Samantha
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Torseillo, Shannon
Teamwork
Thank you for representing HR at the Benefits Fair and sharing information with employees about the Career Levels that will be introduced soon. Your professionalism and interest in making employees aware of the positive changes that UM is planning to make on their behalf is appreciated! - Violet Bloom

Nominee: Valentin, Keila
Responsibility, Teamwork
Keila volunteered and assumed responsibility for coordinating the event, Mini-FLOW (Florida License on Wheels), for students and staff, including coordination of all logistics and staffing. The event took place from 8/25-8/27/2014 and over 125 students and employees utilized this opportunity to obtain/renew licenses on-site. Thank you, Keila! - Karen Stimmell

Nominee: Valladares, Ana
Diversity, Compassion
The Payroll office is constantly required to clarify and to guide employees and student-employees about their pay information such as direct deposit, W-4 forms, foreign national forms, etc. They sometimes feel not-so-confident about their questions but Ana is always compassionate and takes the time and patience to guide and help them or she looks for the correct person to help them when it is out of her field.Ana is a great asset to Payroll because, regardless of how hectic this office can be, we can always count on her. - Gina Medina

Nominee: Wright, Paola
Teamwork
I’m recognizing Paola Wright, Rosa Bell, and Errol Douglas as HR Awesomers for their amazing team work in completing the Joint Commission Survey at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital last month. As a result, no recommendations were needed for HR improvements. This survey is as critical as it gets for hospital accreditation!!! - Alex Jorgensen

Nominee: Zanelli, Kathy
Responsibility, Creativity
Kathy was notified in September that there were going to be approximately 35 to 40 positions that needed to be filled by the end of October at Sylvester. Kathy took lead in partnering with our client and developing two recruitment events, screened candidates, scheduled interviews, and worked tirelessly to get candidates in front of our client that our true to our common purpose of transforming lives. As of today, her efforts have yielded 31 hires in a very short time period. GREAT JOB!!!! - Lisi Carreno