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 April 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Angelli Carmona!

“Angelli Carmona is an Administrative Associate for the Department of Pediatrics within the Division of Gastroenterology – she has served in this role for almost four years.

Angelli was born in the Philippines, grew up in the Bay Area, and lived in San Diego for a short period of time. Angelli says she feels she “left my mind in San Diego, but my heart is in the Bay Area.”

When she is not working, Angelli enjoys being outdoors (“rain or shine!”). She enjoys cooking/baking, spending time with family (especially with her wife and dogs), as well as playing and watching basketball (“GO WARRIORS!”). What Angelli enjoys the most about her job is “that there’s always something new to learn.” She loves “working with a great team and engaging with others in different departments.”

Notable, runner-up nominees for April 2019: 

 Kim Son (Cardiology), Richard Ceballos (Adolescent Medicine), Zaida Esquivel (Neonatology) and Jennifer Tran (Finance)

Your March 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Toshumba (Tee) Barkus!

“Toshumba (Tee) Barkus is an Administrative Associate/Facilities Assistant for the Department of Pediatrics within Operations. He has worked for the University for 22 years and this past January marked 20 years with the Department of Pediatrics!

Tee was born at Stanford Hospital – he notes a fun fact, “The 3rd floor of Stanford’s main hospital was the labor & delivery unit before the Bing, and that is where I was born.” He has lived in East Palo Alto his entire life. Tee is the first and only member of his immediate family to graduate from High School and graduated from Computer Learning Centers. Proudly now, he is a homeowner for the past five years. He also states, “My real name means Great African King!”

When Tee isn’t working, he enjoys walking around the city singing different songs. He also has a passion for acting; he has been in 4 movies and is currently working on his 5th. What Tee enjoys the most about Stanford is the diversity; adding, “I’m a people person, so I love being around all types of people; I also love the outdoors. My role in Pediatrics gives me both of these aspects.” 

Notable, runner-up nominees for March 2019: 

 Joan Luthra (Genetics)

Your February 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Cecilia Fajardo!

“Cecilia Fajardo is a Research Finance Manager for the Department of Pediatrics within the Central Research Administration team, where she manages the research financial portfolios for faculty in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She has worked for the department for just over one year and has worked at Stanford for over 17 years, including with the Research Management Group and the Department of Chemistry. 

Cecilia was born in the Philippines and raised in the SF Bay Area. When she is not working, she enjoys baking, spending time with her family and golden doodle, “Dash”, as well as traveling. She especially enjoys running and has participated in four half-marathons to date!

Cecilia strongly values the ability to make a difference and enjoys being challenged and helping others. She loves her job because she can “do all of these things and with such a fun and supportive team.” She also feels privileged to be “supporting research projects that aim to positively impact and save the lives of children. A special thank you to my Pediatrics team, to the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and the whole Stanford family for this honorable recognition. I could not have done it without your support and collaboration.”

Notable, runner-up nominees for February 2019: 

Audrey Nguyen (General Pediatrics), Clarissa Lujano (Critical Care), Joan Luthra (Genetics), Navene Hanhan (Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine), Richard Ceballos (Adolescent Medicine) and Tee Barkus (Operations). 

Your January 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!

Congratulations, Sam Saunders!

“ Sam Saunders is an Administrative Associate in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He has worked for Stanford for nearly four years.

He was born in California and grew up in a British household – most of his family is from England, “so home was almost like another world.” He completed his Bachelor’s degree online with Capella University and he is now a graduate student at Palo Alto University pursing his M.A. in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is currently completing an internship with the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara. When he is not working, going to school or completing his internship, Sam enjoys going to San Francisco to see musicals as well as enjoying movie nights with friends. He also spends as much time as possible with his wonderful girlfriend, who is supporting him through this “crazy busy time,” doing fun activities and watching Marie Condo on Netflix. What Sam has enjoyed most about his job is “being introduced to a new application (Smartsheet) and learning new ways to utilize it for projects, or simply messing around with the intricate functions it possesses.”

Notable, runner-up nominees for January 2019: 

 Janet Stolowitz  (Genetics), Kasia Swietkowiak  (Genetics) Richard Daniel Ceballos (Adolescent Medicine), Nancy Greguras Wilkening (Infectious Dieases), Anne Castles (Neonatology), and Tara Smalley Thomas (Cardiology). 

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

Congratulations, Shumi Khan!

"Shumi Khan is an Academic Affairs Manager for the Department of Pediatrics, working on Faculty appointments, reappointments and promotions. She has worked for Stanford for 9 years and in the Department of Pediatrics for 6 years.

She was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in the SF Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences at UC Santa Cruz and her graduate studies in Public Administration at Golden Gate University. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling internationally with her husband and daughter. She has a 4-year old who keeps her very busy outside of work! What she loves about her job is “working with an amazing team, staff and Faculty in the Department. I love to read about all of the inspirational patient care, research and teaching that the kind Faculty do in Pediatrics and that I can help them with their academic reviews, as well as receive well-deserved promotions! It is truly incredible how the Faculty in Pediatrics positively impact the lives of patients, their families and trainees.”

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

Congratulations, Joe Noonan!

"Joe Noonan serves as the Human Resources Manager for the Department of Pediatrics – he has worked at Stanford in the Department of Pediatrics for about 3 years!

Joe is a native of the SF Bay Area and has lived her for his entire life! He completed his undergraduate school studies in Economics at Santa Clara University and his graduate school studies in Health Care Administration at California State University, East Bay! When he is not working, Joe enjoys spending time outdoors (hiking and swimming) as well as exercising at the gym. He also enjoys discovering new places to eat and traveling domestically/internationally whenever possible! Joe states, “I enjoy my job because it provides an abundance of opportunities to support the business needs and personal/professional growth of others!”



Notable, runner-up nominees for October 2018: 

Jessica Liu  (neonatology), Liana Hsu (Endocinology), Thu Quan (Genetics), Toshumba "Tee" Barkus (Operations/ Facilities) and Elizabeth Alarcon (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine) and Ginger Exley (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine). 

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

Congratulations, Sue Leamons!

Sue Leamons serves as the Coding Quality Manager for our Department of Pediatrics Physician Professional Services. In this role, Sue assists our Clinical Faculty with their Billing, Coding and Documentation of their patient care services. She also assists our Central Finance Team and Divisions with CPT productivity, WRVU analysis and other specialty projects.

Sue has worked at Stanford Medical Center for many moons!  Starting her career with Stanford Hospital in the Clinical Microbiology Lab first as a lab secretary/AA for many years where she logged in lab specimens, gave out lab results over the phone and on typed reports, ordered supplies, etc… After creating an inventory control system, Sue ended her lab career as Manager of Lab Procurement for the SHC Clinical Lab and Microbiology/Virology Labs. Sue’s next Stanford adventure had her jump from the Hospital to the SOM where she became the Manager of the Department of Pathology’s Consultation Service which included administrative, billing and transcription operations supporting outside pathology consultation services. It was there in Pathology were her love for medical billing and coding started!  Lastly, Sue joined the Department of Pediatrics in 2001 and helped to develop a Billing and Reimbursement Services Division within Pediatrics.  For the next 10 years, she directed the billing and reimbursement operations for our Department of Pediatrics Physician Professional Services until LPCH absorbed us into their hospital system in 2011. Sue remained with Pediatrics following the Billing/Reimbursement Division’s transition over to LPCH and continue to support our Faculty, Staff Physicians and Department Staff with billing, coding and documentation education for our physician services, CPT productivity and WRVU analysis, other financial analysis and special projects for our Central Finance Team, Specialty Divisions and Department as needed. She have been involved in many SHC/SCH Hospital and SOM changes over the years and she is very proud to be a part of the Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine and SHC/SCH Hospitals as all continue to strive for excellence in Administrative Operations, Education, Research and most importantly, Patient Care! 

Sue is a native Californian born in Sacramento. Her family moved to the suburbs of Chicago, IL and then to Northern New Jersey for many years before moving back to Northern California. Sue attended Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV as a Biology major. She enjoy being with family and friends, hiking with her dogs and mostly any outdoor activities or adventures! Sue states, “I love what I do! Most important to me is the opportunity of working with and assisting anyone/everyone in the Department, SOM and SHC/SCH with anything/everything that is needed! I would like to give many thanks to everyone who voted for me as the Department of Pediatrics Employee of the Month for the month of September; it is an honor I share with all of you!”

Notable, runner-up nominees for September 2018: 

Jessica Liu (Neonatology), Joe Noonan (Operations), and Elizabeth Alarcon (Stem Cell Transplant) 

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

Congratulations, Ofelia Colin!

"Ofelia Colin serves as an Administrate Associate for the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes. She has worked in the Department of Pediatrics for 15 years and counting.

Ofelia is a SF Bay Area native – she was born right here at Stanford Hospital! When she is not working, Ofelia enjoys traveling, date night with her better half (when she is able to), family/friend gatherings and most importantly being a mom to her two children, Dalia and Colin. Ofelia states, “I love everything about my job! I work with the best division in Pediatrics. They are amazing, genuine and dedicated faculty, fellows and staff.”


Notable, runner-up nominees for August 2018: 

Kyle Kovtun (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Liana Hsu (Endocinology), Michelle Au (Neonatology), Sue Leamons (Operations/ Finance) and Toshumba "Tee" Barkus (Operations/ Facilities). 

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

Congratulations, Lana Tat!

“Lana Tat serves as a Financial Analyst within the Pediatrics Operations team supporting the Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine (SCTRM), the Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine (LCGM), and the Center for Curative and Definitive Medicine (CDCM). She has worked in the Department of Pediatrics for a little over 2 years and a total of 9.5 years with Stanford University.

Lana is a SF Bay Area native – she was born in San Francisco and grew up in San Jose. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Urban Education. When she is not working, Lana enjoys hanging out with family and friends, playing with her dog, gardening, cooking, hiking, watching movies, and relaxing on the beach. Lana states, “I love being part of a fun and supportive team. My role gives me the opportunity to interact with such a diverse group of individuals across the University and Hospitals. It’s very rewarding to manage complex accounts and to support research projects aimed at curing diseases and saving lives.”


Notable, runner-up nominees for July 2018: 

Michelle Au (Neonatology), Sam Saunders (Cardiology), Joan Luthra (Genetics) and Gopin Saini (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine)

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

Congratulations, Susan Freeman Ike!

" Susan Freeman Ike serves as a Senior Fellowship Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics, Education Administration team. She has worked with the Department of Pediatrics for a little over 4 years!

Susan is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate school studies in Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Alabama. When she is not working, Susan enjoys traveling and reading. Susan states that, "She loves her fellow program coordinators - they are amazing! She also enjoys tackling different challenges and coming up with unique solutions." 



Notable, runner-up nominees for June 2018: 

Lana Tat (Research Administration) and Sam Saunders (Cardiology) 

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

Congratulations, Caroline Ragadio!

Caroline Ragadio serves as an Administrative Associate for the Division of Neonatology. She has worked with Stanford Department of Pediatrics in the same team and position for nearly 4 years!

Caroline is a native of Delano in Southern California. She completed her undergraduate school studies in Health Administration at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA and University of Phoenix. When she is not working, Caroline enjoys traveling, being a foodie and making money lei’s for special occasions like graduations. Caroline states the best part of working at Stanford is that, “I love the people I work with!”


Notable, runner-up nominees for May 2018:

Lana Tat (Research Administration) and Alyssa Ray (Hematology/ Oncology)