Employee Engagement and Recognition


Meet our Employee of the Month Winners!

Our winner and runner-up nominees for each month will be displayed right here!

Here you will have the opportunity to get to know more information about your dedicated colleagues in Pediatrics such as which division they work in, what their role is within their division, how long they've worked for the Department and University, where they are from, and how they like to spend their time outside of work.

You'll even get a chance to see who else in the Department of Pediatrics is making a notable, positive impact as runner-up nominees for each month!

Your January 2018 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Belinda Mah!

Belinda Mah serves as the Division Manager for the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She has worked at Stanford for 3 ½ years – 1 ½ years have been with the Department of Pediatrics!

Belinda is a native of Southern California and she moved to the Bay Area in 2006. She completed her undergraduate school studies in Human Anatomy at UCLA, and her graduate school studies in Business Administration at USC! When she is not working, Belinda enjoys spending time with her kids – her life revolves around them! She also enjoys watching “The Wonder List” on CNN. Belinda states that, “one of the great things I love about my job is being able to indirectly make a difference in a patient’s life! My work supports faculty which positively impacts patients.”


Notable, runner-up nominees for January 2018:

Megan Christofferson (Gastroenterology), Eunice Delumen (Department Chair’s Office), Elizabeth Alarcon (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Briana Mitchell (Neonatology), Liana Hsu (Endocrinology), Michelle Au (Neonatology) and Cameron McClure (Research Administration)

Your November 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Nam Ly-Sarmiento!

Nam Ly-Sarmiento serves as the Division Manager for the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. She has worked at Stanford for 2 ½ years – all of which have been with the Department of Pediatrics!

Nam is a native of the Washington D.C. area. She completed her undergraduate school studies in neuroscience at The College of William and Mary, and her graduate school studies in Health Administration at George Washington University! When she is not working, Nam enjoys cooking and traveling. Her favorite destination has been Tokyo, she is hoping to make a trip to Sweden, and her favorite dish to cook is phở. Nam states that, “one of the great things I love about my job is working in a collaborative team environment. She genuinely enjoys working with the faculty!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for November 2017:

Gopin Saini (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine) and Eunice Delumen (Department Chair’s Office)

Your October 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Rhonda Pisk!

Rhonda Pisk serves as the Clinical Trial Program Director for the Stem Cell Gene Therapy Clinical Trial Office in the Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine. She has worked at Stanford for 5 ½ years and three of those years have been with the Department of Pediatrics!

Rhonda is a native of Madera, California. She completed her undergraduate school studies in Molecular Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and her graduate school studies in Health Informatics at University of California, Davis! When she is not working, Rhonda enjoys traveling and taking photography – her favorite destination thus far has been Italy! Rhonda states that, “some of the great things I love about my job are the opportunities that we have to help the children coming to our institution, the dedicated and hardworking team that we have built to support our mission and the Stanford community in general!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for October 2017:

Jen Howard (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)

Your September 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Samantha (Sam) Mickens!

Sam Mickens serves as an Administrative Associate for the Division of Hospital Medicine. She has worked at Stanford in the Department of Pediatrics for just over 1 year!

Sam is a native of the SF Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate school studies in Political Science & History at the University of Arizona in Tucson! When she is not working, Sam enjoys creative thinking and writing – she loves Sci-Fi! She also enjoys listening to educational podcasts, reading fiction and watching a good movie. Sam states that, “some of the great things I love about my job are the everyday challenges of something new, our great team – they’re very supportive – and knowing that overall my work supports our physicians and the health of children. I love knowing that my work contributes to a greater good!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for September 2017:

Rhonda Pisk (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine), Jen Howard (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine), and Beruh Dejene (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)

Your August 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Meghan Stawitcke!

Meghan Stawitcke serves as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine), as well as for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics & Clinical Informatics. She has worked at Stanford for 5 years – all of which have been with the Division of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics!

Meghan is a native of the SF Bay Area and grew up in the South Bay. She completed her undergraduate school studies in American Literature & Culture at UCLA in Los Angeles – Go Bruins! When she is not working, Meghan enjoys spending time with her family, including her newborn nephew and 3 year old niece – they love playing imaginary games and watching “Moana!” She also enjoys riding bikes with her friends and hiking the Dish when the weather is nice. Meghan states that, “one of the great things I love about my job are the people. I love my Fellows and Co-Coordinators! I would not be able to do everything that I do without their support!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for August 2017:

Rhonda Pisk (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine), Jen Howard (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine), Marvin Sommer (Infectious Diseases), and Tara Thomas (Cardiology)

Your July 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Mingming Zhao!

Mingming Zhao serves as the Lab Manager and Small Animal Surgeon for the Bernstein Lab in the Division of Cardiology. She has worked at Stanford for 17 ½ years – all of which have been with the Department of Pediatrics!

Mingming is a native of China and she moved to the United States 25 years ago. California is the 5th state that she has lived in and it is her favorite state! She completed her medical school studies at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China – her hometown. When she is not working, Mingming enjoys spending time engaging in art activities including sculpting, drawing and painting– every year she participates in tabling her art work at the Stanford University Multicultural Festival! Mingming also enjoys travelling within California – her favorite destinations have included Big Sur, Yosemite and South Lake Tahoe. Mingming states that, “some of the great things I love about my job are working with my incredibly kind and smart lab members, as well as using my skills and expertise in small animal surgeries through collaborations with many other labs!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for July 2017:

Charlene Rotandi (Education) and Rhonda Pisk (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)

Your June 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Erika Gray!

Erika Gray serves as the Program Manager for the High Risk Infant Follow-up Quality of Care Initiative – this initiative is part of the CPQCC team within the Division of Neonatology. She has worked at Stanford for 15 years – including CV Medicine, Psychiatry and the Office of Academic Affairs. She has spent her past 11 years working with the Department of Pediatrics!

Erika is a native of Stanford and she was born at Stanford Hospital! She completed her undergraduate studies in Visual Communication at Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. When she is not working, Erika enjoys spending time with her family including her two young daughters – her eldest daughter is currently competing in the Junior Olympics for Track & Field. Erika also enjoys travelling, especially by cruise ships – her favorite destination has been Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Erika states that, “some of the great things I love about my job are my team, my clients and knowing that our work helps drive quality improvements to provide better care for high risk patients and their families!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for June 2017:

Jasmine Doiev (Endocrinology), Lupe Romero-Villanueva (Cardiology) and Rhonda Pisk (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)

Your May 2017 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Xiaoxia Yao!

Xiaoxia Yao serves as the Financial Analyst for the Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. She has worked at Stanford for nearly 2 years – all of which have been with the Department of Pediatrics! She previously worked for Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

Xiaoxia is a native of China and she moved to California 30 years ago. She completed her undergraduate studies in Film & Video Production at Columbia College in Chicago, IL. When she is not working, Xiaoxia enjoys photography and attending mission trips through her church – her mission trips have taken her to Ukraine, China and Burma. Xiaoxia also enjoys travelling for leisure – her favorite destination has been Japan. Xiaoxia states that, “one of the great things I love about my job is supporting the greater purpose of our division and faculty. Our faculty inspire me through their clinical practice and research – it is an honor to support them each day!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for May 2017:

Jasmine Doiev (Endocrinology), Ray Lockett (Facilities), Tara Smalley (Cardiology), Prianka Kumar (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine) and Rhonda Pisk (Stem Cell Transplantation & Regenerative Medicine)