Celebrating 20 Years of Service

John Allen

Department: Medicine/Oncology

Start date: 8/17/1989

John is a key to the success of our lymphoma program at Stanford. John has helped design and maintain our large database which tracks patients with lymphoma, their diagnoses, their therapies, their tumor samples and their clinical outcomes, going back 30 years. John is the go-to person to help clinical investigators with outcomes research using this database. He also designs other research databases that link to the larger lymphoma database to facilitate translational research. John’s efforts have led to hundreds of publications over the years. This has improved the outcomes for patients with lymphoma and their clinical care.

Ron Levy (supervisor)

Wesley Alles

Department: Medicine/Stanford Prevention Research Center

Start date: 9/18/1989

Wes Alles came to Stanford as the Director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) in September of 1989. Stanford's fledgling health promotion program for faculty, staff and retirees was one of the first such employer-sponsored programs in the country. Wes had been a tenured Associate Professor at Penn State University, responsible for graduate programs in community health and worksite-based health promotion. At the time of his arrival, most of the programs offered by HIP were physical activity classes and total enrollment ranged from 200 to 300 participants. Wes developed a comprehensive vision for HIP and worked closely with the University human resources leadership and the Provost’s office to incorporate this vision into the University’s plans for employee well-being. Today, HIP offers a wide variety of health and physical activity classes, wellness coaching, webinars, and wellness tools that were developed within HIP; more than 8,000 Stanford affiliates participated in HIP last year.

Under Wes’s leadership, the Health Improvement Program has also represented the Stanford Prevention Research Center and the Stanford University School of Medicine to organizations within the State, nationwide, and worldwide. HIP developed curricula and learning tools as the intellectual property of Stanford University, and these have been licensed in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Japan, China, and India. Staff members of HIP have provided consulting on health promotion to medical schools, hospitals, and public health departments from many countries. HIP has hosted four visiting professors that studied here while on sabbatical leave.

HIP is particularly proud of a number of unique accomplishments. This year will be the 13th annual "Women's Health Conference" at Stanford Sierra Camp. The "Living Strong: Living Well Cancer Survivor Fitness Program" is now available in YMCAs across the United States and the program has enrolled more than 1,000 participants in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Wes has served in a wide variety of leadership roles on significant projects sponsored by the YMCA of the USA, and HIP currently serves as the evaluation team for YUSA community-based fitness projects funded by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. HIP supports local efforts for community-based health promotion, including the Stanford Health Promotion Network that currently has 41 members from large Silicon Valley companies, hospitals and medical groups, public health departments, and non-profit organizations. The Health Improvement Program has contributed to many community-based translational research projects, innovative collaborative strategies, peer-reviewed journal articles and popular media forums, and as invited presenters at national and international conferences.

Stephen Fortmann (supervisor)

Maura Chatwell

Department: Psychiatry

Start date: 1/25/1989

Maura Chatwell spent 18 years at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as the Conference Center Manager and Tour Manager. She moved to Child Psychiatry in September 2008, where she works as the Administrator for the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital. Maura has been instrumental in helping the Autism Center get well underway with organizing parent education sessions, community events, symposiums, workshops, and community outreach. As Stanford Linear Accelerator Center’s (SLAC) Tour and Education Outreach Manager, Maura increased the tours to an average of 1,000 visitors per month, giving SLAC greater visibility in the community.

Carl Feinstein (supervisor)

Bonnie Chung

Department: Health Research & Policy

Start date: 11/13/1989

Computer Information Systems Analyst Bonnie Chung has been a major player in the Department of Health Research and Policy (HRP) for more than 20 years. During this time, her work has focused primarily on the Division of Biostatistics and, more recently, on its Data Coordinating Center (DCC). Ms. Chung’s versatility is remarkable. She is the HRP webmaster. She handles financial matters for the DCC. She is expert at TeX, LaTeX, and many other complex software programs. She has been prominent in arranging and running conferences for the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (SCCTER). That HRP has prospered owes very much to the many efforts of Bonnie Chung.

Richard Olshen (supervisor)

Barbara Cobb

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 5/8/1989

Barbara Cobb has been an instrumental member of the Donor Services team at Stanford Blood Center. She has been with the blood center for 20 years, and has seen lots of technical and regulatory-based changes in the Collections area. She has been an integral part of implementing new initiatives and improving existing processes. Barbara’s vast knowledge, calm demeanor and constant willingness to help her colleagues and staff strive for their best will truly be missed as she will be retiring next month! Barbara’s contributions and successes at the blood center are extremely impressive; we’re all very happy to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from Barbara! We wish her the best of luck during retirement.

Harpreet Sandhu (supervisor)

Teresita Cui

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 4/24/1989

Terry Cui is the most excellent phlebotomist I have ever worked with. You wonder if she has x-ray vision. Many donors will call to find out when Terry is working so they will be sure to have her as their phlebotomist. She always makes donors feel special with her attention.

Barbara Cobb (supervisor)

Ellen DiNucci

Department: Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center

Start date: 4/21/1989

Ellen DiNucci, M.A., has worked at Stanford University for twenty years. Since 2006, Ellen has held the position of Clinical Trials Recruitment Specialist at the Stanford Cancer Center. In this role, Ellen provides information about clinical trials and related resources to patients and their family members, referring physicians, and community groups. She also develops and implements educational outreach strategies on clinical trials to both Stanford staff and to the community.

From 1996 to 2002, Ellen was a researcher and program manager at one of the first NIH-funded alternative medicine research programs at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Her involvement with other past research projects include serving as a research and recruitment coordinator from 2003 to 2005 with the Stanford A TO Z Weight Loss Study and as a healing touch practitioner from 2005 to 2006 with the Stanford Healing Partners Program.

In addition, Ellen served as a Health Coach in 2005 at the Stanford Women’s Healthy Weight Management Program, as a Group Facilitator from 2002 to 2005 at the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program, as an Instructor from 1992 to the present at the Stanford Health Improvement Program and from 1991 to 1996 at the Palo Alto Adult School, and as an educational consultant from 1997 to 2000 at the San Mateo County Employee Health and Fitness Program and during 1996 at the Psoriasis Research Institute.

Ellen holds an M.A. in Clinical Holistic Health Education and a B.A. in Communications.

Miriam Bischoff (supervisor)

Cynthia Evora

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 10/30/1989

As a Lead Recruiter at the Stanford Blood Center, Cynthia Evora is an integral part of our team in Center Recruitment. She is a patient, understanding and extremely knowledgeable team leader.

Her commitment to her work at Stanford Blood Center is evident in her daily work; she is a great listener, highly productive, consistently looking for ways to improve processes, and treats her colleagues with great respect and fairness. 

Karen Paganelli (supervisor)

Nicholas Gaich

Department: Research Management Group/SPECTRUM

Start date: 2/27/89

Nafisa Ghori

Department: Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Start date: 5/30/1989

Nafisa is a skilled electron microscopist who came to my lab in September 2008 after working brilliantly for Stanley Falkow in Medical Microbiology for many years. Nafisa’s technical abilities and terrific organizational skills have been a great asset to my lab. She is willing to take on any project; her great skill, her attention to detail and her strong work ethic have contributed greatly to the research in my lab. When she left for several weeks last fall to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, we really missed her and eagerly awaited her return. As well as being a dedicated employee, she is thoughtful, kind, and caring and is a real pleasure to work with. We are so lucky to have her as part of the Smith lab.

Steven Smith (supervisor)

Geneva (Neva) Hernandez

Department: Dean's Office

Start date: 1/23/1989

Neva began her career with Stanford working at Stanford Hospital in January 1989, where she worked in Hospital Administration and was responsible for various administrative duties. In October 2001, Neva moved to the School of Medicine where she continues to provide administrative support to the Senior Associate Deans for Clinical Affairs, both pediatric and adult. Initially she supported Dr. Peter Gregory. When he stepped down and handed the baton to me, Dr. Gregory said he mainly regretted losing Neva! Over the years I have learned the wisdom of that remark, the context of why he felt that way, and the just plain good luck I would enjoy by having her work with me.

Neva's duties require a broad range of knowledge not only of administrative functions, but also of the clinical programs within the School, in order to provide support and resources for Clinical Affairs. She routinely handles delicate, confidential matters and does so with superb judgment and discretion. Her sense of people and of the probity of processes has made her invaluable, at least partially because she has a remarkable sense of how to apportion time, develop initiatives, and engage people.

In day to day life, she has also distinguished herself by her habitual interest in others, including associate and assistant deans, executives from Stanford Hospital, students, residents and fellows. These routinely cite how welcomed they feel by her, how she understands their needs and advances their success and pleasure at being here at Stanford. For me she has also served as a counsel, advocate of what is just, measured and appropriate. She is so centered in her judgements, embodies so well the sense of what we should be doing with our time, that she has become my anchor in what is frequently a frenzied life. What could possibly be better for all of us than having her here as experienced guide, organizer, and, finally and most importantly, friend, for all of these 20 years. For my part, I feel blessed to have had eight short years with her at my side.

Norm Rizk (supervisor)

Kristina Kovacina

Department: Chemical and Systems Biology

Start date: 9/11/1989

Kristina Kovacina came to the Roth laboratory in 1987 as a visiting scholar for a one year visit. During this time she was responsible for the pioneering studies of the TGFbeta precursor which demonstrated that this molecule could bind to the insulin-like growth factor II/mannose 6-phosphate receptor via its mannose-6-phosphate residues. I was delighted that after a short period back in Yugoslavia, Kristina decided to return to Stanford as a research assistant in my laboratory in 1989. During the subsequent 21 years, Kristina was responsible for numerous ground breaking studies including demonstrating that insulin could activate the Raf-1 serine/threonine kinase by stimulating its phosphorylation, identifying SHC as a substrate of the insulin receptor tyrosine kinase, generation of monoclonal antibodies to the insulin-receptor related receptor and using these antibodies to demonstrate that this molecule was expressed in neuroblastomas and their expression levels correlated with the levels of differentiation of these tumors.

Most recently she has identified a novel substrate of the Akt serine/threonine kinase called proline-rich Akt substrate of 40 kDa and has been characterizing the role of this protein in vivo as well as in vitro. In addition to these studies, Kristina helped numerous postdocs and graduate students both in my laboratory as well as other laboratories, generously sharing with them her expertise, knowledge, and time. It is most appropriate that Stanford is honoring her at this time.

Richard Roth (supervisor)

Norma Leavitt

Department: Human Resources Group

Start date: 6/30/1989

Norma joined Stanford University in 1989, and throughout her 20-year career has worked in the School of Medicine’s Human Resource Group, progressing from Senior Employee Relations Administrator to Employee Relations Specialist to Associate Director for Employee Relations. Norma’s deep understanding of employee relations, university policy, and the union contract have made her the “go to guru” whenever sensitive issues arise requiring a command of those important human resources areas. She is fearless in confronting issues of first impression, yet always mindful of the need for empathy and consideration in approaching questions that involve our employees. Norma thinks carefully, looking beyond the narrow “textbook answer” to make sure that any solution presented is mindful of feelings of the staff members who are involved. She consistently seeks the best compassionate answer, and always strives to make sure the School lives up to the Respectful Workplace policy in doing the right thing.

In addition to Norma’s almost unparalleled devotion and commitment to employee relations, she and the employee relations staff have developed a variety of programs, presentations, and informal opportunities for the School’s HR community and supervisors and managers to keep abreast of the wide (sometimes it seems never-ending) variety of employee and labor relations topics. Norma took the lead in breathing life into the School’s extremely successful Supervisory Essentials curriculum – a learning experience of such renown that other parts of the University have adopted it whole cloth! As a result, the School has an excellent track record of recognizing and addressing most difficult issues at an early stage, before they have the opportunity to mushroom.

Norma’s interests outside of work are far-reaching – she enjoys watching sports (especially baseball), is an active supporter of the Special Olympics programs, enjoys theater and musical performances, likes to garden, and is accomplished in a range of crafts activities (for example, scrapbook making), but perhaps most of all enjoys being with her family.

Twenty years is an enormous achievement, Norma. We hope to be able to help you celebrate many decades more.

Susan Hoerger (supervisor)

Helen Luikart

Department: Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine

Start date: 6/12/1989

Helen Luikart, RN, MSN has worked at Stanford University for 20 years. She began as a clinical transplant coordinator for the Heart and Lung Transplant program in 1989. She was hired in as the junior coordinator at a time when the program was burgeoning and incorporated both pediatric and adult heart, heart-lung and single lung transplant patients. She had the honor of working on the team under Dr. Shumway who was Chairman of Cardiothoracic surgery, and then followed by Dr. Bruce Reitz, mentored by Joan Miller RN, and Pat Gamberg RN. The role was unique in that she had the opportunity to work with both children and adults, pulmonologists, cardiologists, pathologists and a multidisciplinary team of specialists taking care of a very grateful patient population. Indispensable training in the Neonatal ICU, CV ICU, and cardiac Cath lab, enabled her to take on a complex patient population and enjoy it. Ten years ago she transitioned to the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as the Clinical research coordinator for the heart transplant program, Directed by Dr. Sharon Hunt, and working alongside Dr. Hannah Valantine, a leader in heart transplantation research. Today she coordinates multiple clinical trials under multiple principal investigators in this very successful transplant program. Helen is a critical member of our Cardiovascular team, well-loved by everyone for her kindness and generosity of time and expertise. She is especially wonderful with the patients as well as the faculty and staff. We celebrate her 20 years at Stanford and hope for many more with all of us at Cardiovascular Medicine. Congratulations Helen!

Deo Madrid

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 4/10/1989

Deo Madrid is celebrating 20 years with Stanford University, all of which have been with the Stanford Blood Center. Deo started as one of our mobile drivers, worked in our Procurement Department and is now part of the Facilities Department. Deo is the go to person for every department within the Blood Center. When you need things moved, installed, fixed or anything that might come up---call on Deo. Deo has been a very dependable employee and always seems to be relaxed every day. Thank you, Deo, for your years of service and dedication to the Blood Center and our community blood donors.

Michelle Harmon (supervisor)

Nancy Magee

Department: Microbiology & Immunology

Start date: 3/16/1989

Nancy Magee is currently the Lab Manager for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She has been with the Department since October 2000, and before that she held different positions such as Administrative Associate and Accounting Assistant in the Department of Health Research and Policy.

To say that Nancy is our “Lab Manager” doesn’t come close to various “hats” she wears in our Department. Nancy fearlessly manages lab/office renovations, facilities operations and maintenance, all Health and Safety issues, Space Inventory, acts as Department Property Administrator and ensures all students, staff, post-docs and faculty keep current in their required training. She does all this with great enthusiasm and is always cheerful and willing to help in any situation. In addition, Nancy is the Department STAR, or our communications coordinator. She is indeed our “star”.

Anne Gordon (supervisor)

Maria Magpantay

Department: Pathology

Start date: 11/16/1989

Maria Magpantay, affectionately known as “Gloria’ or “Glor’, has been with the Department of Pathology for 20 years. During her early tenure, she successfully held a variety of roles, ultimately settling into her current assignment with the Dermatopathology service. In this position, she performs transcription of diagnostic reports, serves as coordinator for the fellowship process, provides personalized customer service, and adeptly handles those unique facets of the business that fall somewhere in between. Her unquestionable dedication to, loyalty toward, and longevity with the service have proven invaluable to its success, and her willingness to go "above & beyond" has benefitted many a colleague on innumerable occasions. In addition to her achievements on the job while raising a family, the worst kept "secret" in the department is that she is a fantastic cook . . . word spreads quickly throughout when she appears with one of her tantalizing treats or mouth watering main dishes!

Leigh Stacy (supervisor)

Elpidio Magpusao

Department: Comparative Medicine/Vet Service Center

Start date: 6/1/1989

Elpidio is a senior animal care assistant; he has been with the Department of Comparative Medicine for 20 long years of excellent service. His skills and technical know-how have been instrumental to the success of the department. He has been through three directorships and four supervisors. Elpidio takes all of this change in stride and has shown great adaptability and flexibility in dealing with these major changes. His solid work ethic and easy going attitude make him likeable by both his supervisors and his coworkers.

Elpidio is a family man who loves to travel but most of all loves to sing karaoke.

Edward Florendo (supervisor)

Roberta Moorhead

Department: Comparative Medicine/Vet Service Center

Start date: 6/1/1989

Many thanks to Roberta Moorhead for 20 years of tireless service. When it comes to the diagnostic lab in the Veterinary Service Center, no species is too unusual, no request too “out there”… Roberta goes the extra mile to find the right reference, the right technique, and to get the work done, even though the day is late and the samples never stop coming. She is experienced and soooo capable, and contributes a wealth of knowledge with her unflagging service. Thank you, Roberta, for 20 years and counting!

Felicia Gentile (supervisor)

Evelyn Olmstead-Ray

Department: Neurology

Start date: 8/17/1989

In 2003, Evelyn Ray joined the Stanford Stroke Center as Administrative Associate. Since she started, she has done an outstanding job in this constantly changing and growing program. She played a key role in assisting the Stroke Center achieve its original accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the Vascular Neurology Residency in 2003. With her continued efforts as Vascular Neurology Residency Coordinator, the Stroke Center has received re-certification two times since 2003. Evelyn supports 3 faculty, and manages multiple administrative tasks within the stroke program, including organizing large meetings and community education events. She is an integral part of the Stroke Center as a whole, and is greatly admired and respected by her co-workers and our patients.

Greg Albers & Stephanie Kemp (supervisor)

Maureen Panganiban

Department: Educational Programs & Services

Start date: 11/6/1989

Ms. Maureen Panganiban has been the stellar and invaluable Administrator for the Interdepartmental Program in Immunology program. Her support of the Immunology program over the past decade has been outstanding. Maureen is energetic, outgoing, and unfailingly friendly and helpful in every respect. She has been a major advocate for students, and an invaluable back stop for the faculty as well. She runs the Immunology Seminar Program, which hosts seminars in immunology from all over the U.S., Europe and Japan. She organizes the immunology retreat every fall, with 150-200 scientists in attendance. She maintains impeccable records for the Immunology Ph.D. program coordinating the records of committee meetings. She provides administrative support functions for fifty graduate students in the Immunology Program.

Maureen also takes major responsibility for preparation and submission of the training grant, a multimillion dollar foundation of our support from NIH. She administers the postdoctoral fellowship program, which awards support for postdoctoral fellows in the program. She oversees several other committees related to the Immunology program, including the Admissions Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Curriculum Committee.

Stanford’s Immunology Program is deeply grateful for her performance and for her unwavering dedication. Maureen carries out these duties with unfailing cheerfulness. She responds promptly to requests for support or help. She is a major source of emotional as well as academic support for the graduate students in our program. She is beyond doubt a tremendously devoted and superb administrator for the Interdepartmental Program at Stanford, and a great treasure for all of us who work, study and teach here at Stanford.

Lawrence Steinman (supervisor)

Barbara Pedrick

Department: Neurosurgery

Start date: 2/21/1989

Barbara Pedrick grew up in the German Wine Country in the small village of Landau before moving to the U.S. in 1983. She has been employed at Stanford within the Department of Neurosurgery for the past 20 years, initially hired as a Medical Service Assistant and, starting in June 1996, my Administrative Associate. Barbara simply is a gem and the “gold standard” against which all administrative staff are measured. Barbara is a ferocious patient advocate and routinely goes beyond the call of duty to help patients and their families navigate the Stanford system. She works to ensure that patient calls are returned promptly, that long distance travel and scheduling arrangements have been worked out, and that any other patient concerns are addressed in a timely manner. Numerous grateful patients have sent cards and letters to express their appreciation for her kindness and compassion, some who have stayed in contact with her for years. Barbara is highly respected by all of the faculty in the department for her work ethic, knowledge, resourcefulness and willingness to go the extra mile and she is the one person who new faculty and staff quickly learn to become friends with. Whether you are a custodian or departmental chairman, Barbara is brutally honest and never fails to tell it like it is. I am fortunate to have had Barbara as a colleague for 20 years as well as a loyal friend.

Steven Chang (supervisor)

Maria Pereyra

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 3/6/1989

Irene came to the Stanford Medical School Blood Center with prior experience at Peninsula Blood Center. Irene has worked most of her time in the Distribution department where she fills hospital orders and research orders, and does well under stressful situations.

She has excellent customer service skills and works the phones like an experienced fund raiser. Her phone skills of talking to different people on three different phones are so legendary that we reenacted it in an information video about our blood center department. If you called the Distribution Department and heard her voice: “Stanford Blood Center. Distribution. Irene Speaking”, you would feel calm, secure and know that your hospital or research order would be taken care of. Many hospital charge techs and researchers ask for her by name. 

Irene also has a great understanding of the ebb and flow of inventory. It’s like she has a crystal ball and knows when we should focus on increasing the inventory and when we should decrease the inventory. This is a feat that few staff can understand. Anticipating hospital customer needs is what makes Stanford Medical School Blood Center a great organization.

Irene has many extracurricular activities. She has a beautiful voice and is a member of three or four choirs in the Bay Area. One of the choirs that she has traveled to Europe and sang for the Pope. On that trip, her seatmate was the now Archbishop of San Francisco. So Irene has friends in high places!

She is also a frugal shopper, so if you want to go shopping and get great deals, tag along with Irene. But make sure you schedule for an entire day and make sure you have your running shoes on because Irene makes shopping an Olympic sport.

We are very grateful for all that Irene does for us at the Blood Center, and congratulate her on her 20 years with Stanford Medical School Blood Center.

Diane Geary (supervisor)


Sally Shroeder

Department: Pediatrics

Start date: 9/5/89

Sally rose through the ranks of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (now the Clayman Institute) from Administrative Assistant to Associate Director. Her titles, however, do little to describe her contributions to the growth and success of the Institute. With a half-time, rotating Director (including myself from 1990-1997), Sally represented the continuity, face and the backbone of the center for more than 12 years.

In 2002, she became the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program, as well as the new Physician Faculty Scholars Program through a grant to Stanford. Again, the Director (myself) was part-time and Sally bore the responsibility for all aspects of administration of these Programs. Not only did she manage day-to-day operations, human resources issues, budget, call for applications, scholar selection process and organization and running the Annual Research Meeting with a small staff, but she did so with equanimity, good humor and keen concern for the personal and professional well-being of all the Scholars and applicants.

A few examples include:

  • When new programs commence at the Foundation, Sally is almost always singled out as the role model for their leadership.
  • It is she who has personally chosen to support Program applicants experiencing the tension of waiting for a competitive interview earning their enduring appreciation.
  • Sally Schroeder deserves thanks and recognition for her tireless dedication to Stanford for more than 20 years.
  • Iris Litt (supervisor)

Peter Silva

Department: Psychiatry

Start date: 10/2/1989

Pete Silva has been with the Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine since February 2000. In his ten years with the Center, he has grown his skill set from a general data aide to being the organizer behind all grant production for the Center using the new grants.gov. This new platform for NIH grant application and post award reporting is Pete's cup of tea, allowing him to use his tremendous skills in computer technology.

Prior to joining us Pete was with the Controller's office for 10 years.

Pam Hyde (supervisor)

Evangelina Sosa

Department: Neurobiology

Start date: 11/1/89

I am writing this letter to express our appreciation and gratitude for the hard work and effort that Evangelina Sosa has provided this laboratory for the past 20 years. She is an extremely hard worker; she helps keep the lab in shape which streamlines everyone else’s work. She is a big part of our family in the lab and without her we wouldn’t be as productive as we are. We would all like to thank her for the hard work and effort that she has provided us and look forward to moving ahead with her in the future.

Maria Fabian (supervisor)

Jennifer Stringer

Department: Information Resources & Technology

Start date: 2/6/89

Deborah Tatum

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 1/23/1989

Deborah Tatum is celebrating 20 years of employment at the Stanford Medical School with the same enthusiasm she exhibits in her daily routine in her present position. After working in food Service at the Hospital for five years, Deborah was hired into the procurement department at The Stanford Blood Center as a Storekeeper. She is now a lead to the Storekeepers in the Materials Management department. A familiar face to many of the staff, Deborah is known for her friendly demeanor and attention to detail. Over the years her experience and commitment to the mission of the organization has been an integral asset to the goal of saving lives.

Frank Reisinger (supervisor)

Jerrie Thurman

Department: Medicine/Stanford Prevention Research Center

Start date: 9/5/1989

Jerrie Thurman has been instrumental in the Health Improvement Program achieving national acclaim as an employee-based worksite health promotion. She is a skilled manager of HIP’s Group Fitness Classes. Jerrie is also very knowledgeable in web-based technology and is the Webmaster for HIP, the Stanford Health Promotion Network, and HIP’s Health Promotion Research Center.

Her work at Stanford first began in September 1989 as Coordinator of the Student Aerobics Program at Cowell Student Health Center. Jerrie trained a team of approximately 15 Undergraduate and Graduate student volunteers who instructed Aerobics classes to their peers. In 1992, the program moved from under Cowell’s umbrella, and students formed the ASSU organization now known as Stanford Aerobics and Yoga (SAY). It is at this time that Jerrie was hired to work with Health Improvement Program (HIP) as the Group Exercise Program Coordinator. When she arrived, 200 to 300 participants were enrolled in classes. In the last year, under Jerrie’s direction, more than 1,000 Stanford affiliates participated in HIP’s fitness classes. She has expanded the variety of class being offered every quarter, and the number of class choices now exceeds 100 per week. She also manages multiple administration tasks in delivering web-based training and educational programs to the Stanford community. While overseeing HIP’s programs, Jerrie is known for her sensitive, warm support and mentoring of instructors, as well as her skill in communicating with a wide variety of people on and off campus. 

Joyce Hanna (supervisor)


Dora Urena

Department: Comparative Medicine/Vet Service Center

Start date: 2/6/1989


Cherri Wong

Department: Pathology

Start date: 12/2/1989

Cherri Wong has been a mainstay of the Stanford Blood Center since joining the components lab 20 years ago, while she was still a student at San Francisco State University. Cherri has also worked in the processing lab and, for the past nine years, in the HLA lab. Cherri is involved in setting up chimerism assays that are used to monitor people who have received a bone marrow transplant. Cherri is originally from Burma, and came to the United States when she was about 13 years old. The HLA lab counts on her for all her great work as well as her cheerful disposition and great smile! 

Marcelo Pando (supervisor)

Toni Wroten

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Start date: 9/5/1989

Toni Wroten is celebrating 20 years of service to Stanford University. In those years she has worked in several departments at the University and the School of Medicine, including Developmental Biology, Housing Assignment Services, and Electrical Engineering. In 2003 she joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Since joining Orthopaedic Surgery, she has been a valuable member of the department, excelling in her work. She supports several busy faculty members, who all agree that her strong work ethic and superb judgment are essential to them. Her years of experience make her a considerable resource to others in the department, and she never hesitates to reach out and help a co-worker in need. She continually strives to improve and learn, often taking classes that will help grow her fund of knowledge. She is an important member of the team.

Toni was honored with the Graduate Student Service Award by Stanford University in May of 2000. She has a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Ortho Surgery (supervisor)

Shu-Fang Yang

Department: Medicine/Infectious Diseases

Start date: 12/11/1989

Shufang has led the technical staff in the Parsonnet lab for 20 years. She developed many of the assays that the lab uses, specifically the methods for diagnosis of H. pylori and its various genetic types from around the world. She has provided critical support for virtually every research project the lab has conducted, from studies in Chiapas, Mexico, to the Gambia to those in recent U.S. immigrants. Shufang has also provided outstanding mentorship for many students, post-docs and visiting scholars. Their experiences with Shufang are among the most formative parts of their experiences, since she makes lab work seem both easy and fun. She is extraordinarily gracious in her work at all times. There are not many people who can conduct assays on thousands and thousands of stool samples and still have a smile.

Shufang is a gem. May she have 20 more years at Stanford!

Julie Parsonnet (supervisor)

Estrelita Zambrano

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 9/18/1989

Estrelita (Ester) Zambrano is short in stature but overflows with energy and enthusiasm. She started out as a donor room assistant and is now a medical assistant in Apheresis. Her smile is always present and she assists her co-workers without being asked for help. Ester pitches in and gets the job done quickly and efficiently. Ester suffered the loss of her husband suddenly last year and misses him greatly. She is bringing up 2 children without a father. Ester always has a kind word for others and the donors love when she fusses over them. Her contribution to Apheresis is priceless and as her supervisor I love to see her smiling face and generous spirit.

JoAnn Wilson (supervisor)