More than 1,200 employees to be honored with annual service awards

honor seal STREAMS. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Executive Doctor of Science in Healthcare Leadership Program in the School of Health Professions, is being honored for 50 years of service to UAB.

Two others — Stephen Barnes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Suzanne Oparil, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease, will be honored for 45 years of service.

Those with 40 years of service include William J. Britt, M.D., professor and Charles A. Alford Endowed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Deborah Square Gray, operator in the UAB Call Center; Landis B. Manderson II, senior technology architect in User Services and Identity Management; Audrey E. Minter, messenger in the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics; Cynthia Owsley,  Ph.D., Nathan E. Miles Chair of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Cathy D. Shelton-Kimbrel, now-retired program manager in Enrollment Operations; and Michael E. Sloane, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

In addition, 308 employees with more than 20 years of service will be honored by the university during a reception 2 p.m. March 21 in the Hill Student Center.

Employees with five, 10 and 15 years of service total 949.

Honored 35-year recipients

Vera A. Bittner, M.D. (Cardiovascular Disease); Darryl G. Brown (Office of the Executive Director of Procurement); Charles O. Elson III, M.D. (Gastroenterology); Kathleen Neary Fix, M.D. (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care); Michael W. Gibson (Post Office); Yolanda E. Hartman (Otolaryngology); Patricia H. Hicks (Radiation Oncology); Carl A. Houck, M.D. (Psychiatry); Eddie Luster (UAB Libraries); Sadis Matalon, Ph.D. (Anesthesiology); James B. McClintock, Ph.D. (Biology); Douglas McLean (Network Services); John D. Mountz, M.D., Ph.D. (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology); Henry Panion III, Ph.D. (Music); Mary F. Phillips (Accounts Payable); Norman Richardson (Roofing); Martha P. Veazey (Cardiovascular Disease); Frederic H. Wagner (Infectious Diseases); Stephen A. Watts, Ph.D. (Biology); Debora Ann Welch (UAB Libraries); Robin R. Willingham (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery)

Honored 30-year recipients

Alesia Adams (Employee Assistance and Counseling Center); Thomas P. Atkinson, M.D. (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology); Katharine Baier (Computer Science); Alexander Blokh, Ph.D. (Mathematics); Teresa Y. Brown (Cardiovascular Disease); Vickie D. Brown (Post Office); Jacqueline D. Causey (Preventive Medicine); Timothy H. Crutchfield (Animal Resources); Errica Y. Evans (UAB Libraries); Karen B. Fowler, DrPH (Pediatric Infectious Diseases); Janice H. Hartsell (Huntsville Clinic – Pediatrics); Susan Hughes Heath (Infectious Diseases); Yolanda Horton (School of Health Professions); Andrew D. Kennedy (Emergency Medicine); Peter H. King, M.D. (Neurology); Ran Li, M.D. (Hematology and Oncology); Yao Li (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Perng-Ru Liu, D.M.D., DDS (Prosthodontics); Daniel H. Long (School of Engineering); Marcy L. Ludorf (Student Affairs); Carolyn L. Maddox (Minority Enhancement); John F. Moore (Clinical Genetics); Annia Johnson O'Neal (Family and Community Medicine); Walter Jerry Oakes, M.D. (Pediatric Neurosurgery); Ilona E. Overman (Huntsville Medicine – Pediatrics Program); Ada Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, M.D. (Neonatology); Jane Black Lane Percy (Pediatric Neurology); Vicky L. Poss (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology); Baleed VishnuVardhan Reddy, M.D. (Laboratory Medicine); LaShan Y. Robinson (FA-Operations Center); Tanji P. Stephens (Neurology); Li Ping Tang (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Michele Thornton (Alys Stephens Center); Yogesh K. Vohra, Ph.D. (Physics); Casey T. Weaver, M.D. (Anatomic Pathology); Jennifer B. Wilson (Department of Medicine); John Robert Winters, D.M.D. (General Dentistry); Mary Ellen Zvanut, Ph.D. (Physics)

Honored 25-year recipients

Terrance Aydt (Campus Maintenance); Richard W. Bennett (Public Health Student and Academic Affairs); Maria N. Bird (School of Dentistry); Phillip Bivens (Student Affairs); Angelia R. Bowdre (Hematology and Oncology); Kirsten N. Burdick (Office of the President); Brenda B. Campbell (Health Policy and Organization); Melissa Foley Chimento (Institutional Cores); Stephen C. Collum (Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes); Daniel S. Connor (Engineering and Innovative Technology Development); Felicia R. Cooper (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Phillip Eugene Cotton (Collat School of Business); Darryl B. Crider (Facilities); Monica L. Culpepper-Stuart (Women's Reproductive Healthcare); Yolanda D. Davis (Building Services); Donna L. Dixon (Neurosurgery Clinical Research); Bernice Dunklin (Nursing Research and Scholarship); Jonathan R. Edge (UAB Libraries); Craig A. Elmets, M.D. (Dermatology); Vladimir G. Fast, Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering); Paula H. Garman (Health Policy and Organization); Alice R. Goepfert, M.D. (Maternal-Fetal Medicine); Paul A. Goepfert, M.D. (Infectious Diseases); Barbara Gower, Ph.D. (Nutrition Sciences); John H. Grant III, M.D. (Plastic Surgery); Keith Y. Hayden (Animal Resources); Timothy Higgins (Post Office); David R. Ingram (Pediatrics); Jeff S. James (Family and Community Medicine); Kelvin James (Planning, Design and Construction); Orlando F. Johnson (Hospital Maintenance); Jeffrey C. Jordan (Enterprise Applications); Denise G. Joseph (World Languages and Literatures); Cheryl L. June (Anatomic Pathology); Clifton E. Kew II, M.D. (Nephrology); Richard L. Kirkman (Urology); Christopher A. Klug, Ph.D. (Microbiology); Cynthia D. Lewis (Optometry Clinical Services); Jennifer M. Long (UAB Libraries); Robin J. Lucas (Office of the Chief Financial Officer); Thomas P. Lynch (Anesthesiology); Shelia H. Martin (Maternal-Fetal Medicine); Mischell S. Massey (Preventive Medicine); F. Stanford Massie Jr., M.D. (General Internal Medicine); Casondra L. Matthews (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Raquel B. Mazer-Gurmendi, D.M.D. (Behavioral and Population Sciences); Janice McClinton (Facilities); Theresa Marie Miranda (General Surgery Vascular Section); Emily Ann Mixon (Pediatric Infectious Disease); Suzanne P. Muir (Psychiatry); Kara G. Newton (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Fernando Ovalle, M.D. (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism); Ning Peng, M.D. (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Larisa Pereboeva, Ph.D. (Immunology and Rheumatology); Robert M. Petri (Nutrition Sciences Research); Elvis L. Pettway (Hospital Maintenance); Dana L. Pharo (ASC Production); Tina N. Phillips (School of Education); Chandrika J. Piyathilake, Ph.D. (Nutrition Sciences); David S. Rayborn (Physical Security); Amanda R. Riccio (Energy Management); Marti Rice, Ph.D. (Nursing Family, Community and Health Systems); Richard Scott Rosenthal, M.D. (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism); Kelly L. Ross-Davis (Infectious Diseases); Thomas M. Ryan, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics); Lisa M. Schwiebert, Ph.D. (Graduate School); Jessica Smith (Accounting and Finance); Joy A. Smith (Transportation Services); David Stalnaker (Elevator Maintenance); Michelle L. Stephens (Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis); Rhonda Stevens (University Registrar); Binli Tao (Nephrology); Janet L. Tatum (Computer Science); Richard A. Taylor, Ph.D., DNP (Nursing Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care); Twanda M. Walker (Clinical and Community Sciences); Zheng Wang, M.C. (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Zandral N. Washington (University Police); Lance D. Weise (Engineering and Innovative Technology Development); Zhiping Weng (Dermatology); Judy E. White (Comprehensive Cancer Center); Terry C. Willcutt (Grounds); Shawn R. Williams (Institutional Cores); Daniel E. Willson (Desktop Support Services); Bradley K. Yoder, Ph.D. (Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology); Carlton J. Young, M.D. (Surgery – Transplantation); Yanni Zeng, Ph.D. (Mathematics)

Employees with more than 20 years of service will be honored by the university during a reception 2 p.m. March 21 in the Hill Student Center. 

Honored 20-year recipients

Kristal J. Aaron, DrPH (Infectious Diseases); Charles Dellace Allcorn (Enterprise Applications); James Millard Alston III (Pediatrics); Stephen Scott Austin (Heersink School of Medicine); Latarsha L. Bailey (Psychiatry – Substance Abuse); Amy Bain (Physics); Cynthia Ann Ballinger (Graduate School); Scott W. Ballinger, Ph.D. (Molecular and Cellular Pathology); Elizabeth A. Barstow, Ph.D. (Occupational Therapy); Constance Joyce Blakney (Physical Therapy); William Alexander Boles II (Heersink School of Medicine); Marc Booker (Student Services); Pamela G. Bowen, Ph.D. (Nursing Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care); Rosa L. Braxton (Optometry Clinical Services); Carolyn Bray (Clinical Genetics); Karen Brooks (Pediatrics); David Bryan (Nutrition Obesity Research Center); Cassandra Cheryl Burnes (Center for Clinical and Translational Science); Dorothy Butler (Comprehensive Cancer Center); Charita H. Cadenhead (Physics); Michelle Moses Chambers (Infectious Diseases); Jerry Chamblish (Family and Community Medicine); Jianguo Chen, Ph.D. (Cystic Fibrosis Research Center); Igor Chesnokov, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics); Felice Y. Cook (DOM Research Unit); Tracey J. Cotton-Bickham (Radiation Oncology); Jessica K. Dallow, Ph.D. (Art and Art History); Janet R. Dancer (Pediatric Surgery); Tanya Joanna Davis (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Maria Deluca, Ph.D. (Nutrition Sciences); Cary R. DeWitte (Anesthesiology); Qiang Ding, Ph.D. (Anesthesiology); Kathleen Diveley (Clinical Affairs); Amy E. Dobelstein (Preventive Medicine); Leigh-Anne R. Doss (Preventive Medicine); Elizabeth M. Dowdy (Pediatric Neurosurgery); Ming Du, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics); Matthew Jay Duncan (Pediatrics); Melvin Eatmon (Collat School of Business); James L. Erwin (Office of Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration); Rachel E. Fargason, M.D. (Psychiatry – Adult); Meredith B. Fitz-Gerald (Center for Clinical and Translational Science); Thomas P. Foley (School of Engineering); Denise Anne Gainey, Ph.D. (Music); Laura T. Gallitz (Comprehensive Cancer Center); William Michael Geisler, M.D. (Infectious Diseases); Sharon George (Office of the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Administration and Environmental Health and Safety); Talisha C. Glenn (Center for Community Outreach Development); David E. Glover (Campus Maintenance); Kathy D. Goodwin (Accounts Payable); Dana R. Green (Center for Clinical and Translational Science); Cathy Clements Gunn (Cardiovascular Disease); Stacy Leigh Smith Hadley (General Surgery – Breast and Endocrine); Rachelle D. Hall (Heersink School of Medicine); Tammy Hamilton (Comprehensive Cancer Center); Sara H. Hannum (Preventive Medicine); Sonya L. Hardy (Financial Accounting); Leslie Harris Jr., M.D. (Montgomery Internal Medicine); Debra Hooper (Building Services); Warner K. Huh, M.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Kevin L. Jerrolds (Nursing Student Success); Jeffrey A. Jessee (Systems and Server Support); Maria S Johnson, Ph.D. (Nutrition Sciences); Sharon E. Johnson (Campus Services); Sha'Niethia T. Johnson Wright (Education Student Services); Daniel W. Jones (Enterprise Applications); Harold J. Jones Jr. (School of Optometry); Linda W. Jones (Preventive Medicine); Yakov Kasman, Ph.D. (Music); Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D. (Nursing Family, Community and Health Systems); Stefan G. Kertesz, M.D. (Preventive Medicine); Aman Khera (Enterprise Applications); Hyung-Gyoon Kim, Ph.D. (Anatomic Pathology); Maria G. Kimbrough (Huntsville Clinic – Family Medicine); Barbara J. Klocke (Molecular and Cellular Pathology); Roy P. Koomullil, Ph.D. (Mechanical and Materials Engineering); Yelena V. Kravchuk, Ph.D. (Mathematics); Linda L. Kuhne (Huntsville Clinic – Family Medicine); Catherine W. Lawley (Energy Management); Christina Elizabeth Lawrence (Department of Medicine); Loretta Taylor Lee, Ph.D. (Nursing Family, Community and Health Systems); Kevin Jay Leon, M.D. (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Harrison Lewis (Animal Resources); Hui Anna Li (Biomedical Engineering); Grant Martin (School of Engineering); Tracey L. McAnnally (Pediatrics); Melissa O. McBrayer (Pediatrics); Eleanor S. McFall (Psychology); Lashunda S. McGee (MIST); Olga D. Mirov (User Services and Identity Management); Amanda C. Mitchell-Griffin (Anatomic Pathology); Gregory C. Myers (Electrical and Computer Engineering); Sarah D. Nafziger, M.D. (Emergency Medicine); Robert H. Nichols, Ph.D. (Mechanical and Materials Engineering); Carolyn R. Nunalee (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care); Christina Ochsenbauer, Ph.D. (Hematology and Oncology); David A. Orr (AskIT Help Desk); Bunyamin Ozaydin, Ph.D. (Health Services Administration); Renee J. Page-Nash (Music); Elizabeth E. Portis (Security Police Services); Jeevan Prasain, Ph.D. (Pharmacology and Toxicology); Mark Pugh (Planning, Design and Construction); Jonathan A. Ray (Engineering and Innovative Technology Development); Dirk Rehder, M.D. (Radiology); Terri McBride Roberson (Psychology); John-Paul Robinson (Research Computing); Kimberly M. Robinson (Clinical Trials Office); Katherine G. Romp, M.D. (General Internal Medicine); Robb Logan Romp, M.D. (Pediatric Cardiology); Isabel C. Scarinci-Searles, Ph.D. (Obstetrics and Gynecology); Angela L. Schmeckebier (School of Engineering); Bisakha Sen, Ph.D. (Health Policy and Organization); Rosa A. Serra, Ph.D. (Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology); Dan Shan (Ophthalmology); Qiao Shang (Microbiology); Ronald Shin, Ph.D. (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility); Daniel J. Siegel, Ph.D. (English); Herrick J. Siegel, M.D. (Orthopaedic Surgery); Virginia P. Sisiopiku, Ph.D. (Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering); Perry W. Smith, M.D. (Anesthesiology); Allison B. Solomon (Disability Support Services); Marcella H. Spearman (Maternal-Fetal Medicine); Susan K. Spezzini, Ph.D. (Curriculum Instruction); Tonesa Spivey (Infectious Diseases); Irina N. Stanishevskaya (UAB Libraries); Andrei Stanishevsky, Ph.D. (Physics); Phyllis Stanley (University Purchasing); Kelly R. Stinson (Student, Alumni and External Affairs); Chiao-Wang Sun, Ph.D. (Comprehensive Flow Cytometry and Single Cell Core); Judy Lee Test (School of Health Professions); Barry L. Thomas (Hospital Maintenance); LaTonya B. Thomas (Psychology); Nancy M. Thomas (Political Science and Public Administration); Eric Mcshawn Thompson (Information Technology); Geneva R. Thompson (HRM Records Administration); Hemant Tiwari, Ph.D. (Biostatistics); Rodney O. Tucker, M.D. (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care); Savannah Tucker (Facilities Dispatch); Michael S. Vaphiades, D.O. (Ophthalmology); Hong Wang, M.D., Ph.D. (Pediatric Allergy and Immunology); Yang Wang (School of Health Professions); Yu-Mei Wang, Ph.D. (Curriculum Instruction); Sharon L. White, Ph.D. (Radiology); Nora Whitten (Theatre); Furman Williams (University Purchasing); Scott M. Wilson, Ph.D. (Neurobiology); Debrie A. Woods (Undergraduate Admissions); Bing Xue, M.D. (Comprehensive Genomics); Zhengrong Yang, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics); Karen Ginter Yearout (Radiology); Nengjun Yi, Ph.D. (Biostatistics); Ping Zhang, DDS, Ph.D. (Pediatric Dentistry); Juling Zhou (Nephrology); Yong Zhou, Ph.D. (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)