UW staff make great things happen at the University of Washington—by supporting a commitment to excellence in educating tomorrow's leaders, making new discoveries, creating new technologies, and enriching lives through the arts and athletics.

Nominations are open October 1 - November 21, 2014.

View the 2015 Nominees

The Distinguished Staff Award honors staff members who bring excellence and innovation to their work every day. Last year's awardees included a team of research scientists inventing a revolutionary treatment for kidney stones, a meal host who captivates patients with his illustrations and drawings, an assistant director who tirelessly mentors undergraduates and other professionals, and other UW staff that make a difference every day. We honor and congratulate them!

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The Distinguished Staff Awards Timeline

  • October 1 - November 21

  • December

    Nominees reviewed for eligibility.

  • January

    Congratulatory letters are campus mailed to all nominees who have met the award criteria, along with an invitation to attend the Distinguished Staff Awards reception.

    Selection committee begins review of eligible nominees.

  • February

    Nominees are highlighted on the DSA website.

    Distinguished Staff Award Reception.

  • March

    Distinguished Staff awardees are notified by the Vice President of Human Resources and are invited to the University's Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony.

    Office of the President sends congratulatory letters to awardees.

  • April

    UW Today officially announces all awardees.

  • June

    Annual Awards of Excellence and reception for all awardees.

    Distinguished Staff awardees are highlighted on the DSA website.

The 2015 Selection Committee

Photograph of Teggy Maris

Teggy Maris, Interim Chair

Marketing Consultant
Human Resources Marketing, Communications, and Engagement
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Jennifer Adrien

Jennifer Adrien

Program Coordinator
Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility
Tacoma Campus

Photograph of Denise Barnes

Denise Barnes

Office of Research and Graduate Education
UW Medical Center

Photograph of Joan Bodey

Joan Bodey

Director of Finance
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Project Coordinator, Grounds Management
Facilities Maintenance and Construction, Facilities Services
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Megan Goodenkauf

Megan Goodenkauf

Fiscal Specialist 2
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Bridgette Kern

Bridgette Kern

Associate Director of Internal Communications
University Marketing and Communications
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Kass Klemz

Kass Klemz

Assistant to the Chairman
UW Medical Center

Photograph of Shawn Milligan

Shawn Milligan

Program Coordinator
Housing and Food Services
Seattle Campus

Photograph of Denise Rollin

Denise Rollin

Human Resources Director
Administration and Planning
Bothell Campus

Photograph of Christina VanMiddlesworth

Christina VanMiddlesworth

Office Support Supervisor
School of Social Work
Seattle Campus