Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Rose Barone

Department: Information Resources & Technology

Start date: 7/30/84

Rose Barone has been with Stanford University since 1984, designing, building, and supporting the software applications that support the missions of the School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Rose was instrumental in the creation of the Healthier Living suite of applications that support the Stanford Self-Management Programs run by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. These online workshops teach patients around the world the skills needed in the day-to-day management of treatment and to maintain and/or increase life’s activities. Rose is currently a lead developer on a variety of online administrative applications for the School of Medicine including the Medical School Admissions Evaluation Interface (MeSA), the Faculty Appointment & Promotion Tracking System (FAST|FAC), and Faculty Billets. These applications help streamline business processes, improve visibility and access to important business data, and foster communication throughout the school. To be successful, all of these projects require strong technical abilities, a deep understanding of School of Medicine’s business processes, and great customer service. Rose brings those qualities to work every day.

Donald Mitchell (supervisor)

Frances Brumbaugh

Department: Medicine/Residency & Educational Program

Start date: 4/30/84

For the last 20 years, the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program has had the emblem and wonderful caring character of Fran Brumbaugh. From the moment that she welcomed the medical students for interviews, through the recruitment process, to the time the residents spend at Stanford, and finally well beyond the time that they leave the program, Fran became their confidant, their advisor, their listener, their guide to literature and life, their supporter…… in short, she became their friend in every sense of the word. She worried about them, supported them, cared for them and their lives - - yes, she has loved them. For those of us who worked with Fran in the office, we were consistently impressed with her dedication and commitment to the residents. Stanford has been fortunate to have this humanist as an administrator, as she has touched hundreds of our graduates who leave to care for others. 

Kelley Skeff (supervisor)

Colleen Chihak

Department: Educational Programs & Services

Start date: 9/2/84

Colleen Chihak began her pediatric nursing career at Stanford Hospital in 1984. She spent 7 years at the bedside in acute care and intensive care pediatrics. In 1991, she began working in the PACU at LPCH where she became Assistant Nurse Manager, working extensively with faculty surgeons and anesthesiologists. In 2003, she left clinical nursing and helped to develop, and then staff, the LPCH Inpatient Nurse Liaison service, which worked to help community physicians obtain clinical information and patient placement within LPCH. Colleen also visited community physicians to resolve issues and orient the offices to the MD Portal of clinical information concerning their patients.

The Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education at the School of Medicine was fortunate to recruit Colleen as the Accreditation and Compliance manager in 2008. In this role she has totally revamped the Regularly Scheduled Series program and played a significant role in helping Stanford CME regain accreditation. She continues to make certain all CME programs are compliant which is no easy task!!

In 2001, Colleen became involved with Operation Rainbow, a nonprofit organization that consists of volunteer medical teams dedicated to performing free orthopedic surgery for indigent children/young adults in developing countries without access to related medical procedures or equipment. She has volunteered her time and expertise on a mission to Peru and several missions to Nicaragua.

Julia Tussing (supervisor)

Jim Day

Department: Visual Art Services

Start date: 1/19/84

Jim Day, 2007 School of Medicine Dean’s Spirit Award recipient, is an invaluable resource for the Visual Art Services Department, and the faculty and staff that he interfaces with on a daily basis. For 25 years Mr. Day has been the “Go-To Guy” who can simply make things happen. Enabling others to do their jobs better, offering technical experience plus an understanding of academic and research priorities with a uniquely warm and welcoming manner, allows Jim to get to know the many clients and co-workers he interacts with on a daily basis at a level that very few other individuals can achieve.

Jim has a level of knowledge and practical experience as a BioMedical imaging specialist spanning from silver-halide processes to the latest silicon imaging technologies, along with his management, interpersonal skills and financial data expertise that can simply not be duplicated, and that truly makes a difference every day on both a personal and professional basis.

James Taskett (supervisor)

Maria De Souza

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 6/11/84

Maria is the Life Science II Group Leader at the Stanford Medical School Blood Center. She serves in the capacity as the AM lead--the answer lady to the rest of us. When you need a question answered, when you need someone to investigate a problem, or when you need to have someone to argue with over the wording of a procedure, you ask Maria.

Maria grew up here at the Blood Center. She started out as a regular technician. She had aspirations to be a medical technologist but got caught up in working at the blood center. She uses her science background every day working at the blood center.

Maria became a lead in the late 1990’s and has been busy coaching staff on correct documentation, reviewing all of our FDA regulated documentation and finding all of the products that are momentarily missing. Not a day goes by when resourceful Maria finds a plasma product that is hiding in the freezer that no one else could locate. We are forever grateful for her talents!

Maria has many other outside interests. She is an avid bicyclist. She is a speed skater and likes to keep fit by running and hiking.

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

Diane Geary (supervisor)

Sharon Dickow

Department: Medicine/Immunology & Rheumatology

Start date: 10/8/84

Sharon Dickow, Administrative Associate, has been in the School of Medicine for 22 years. Sharon served as an Administrative Assistant for Ferid Murad, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998. She has served as a valuable member of the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine since 1991. During the last decade, she has worked closely with Dr. Jane Parnes and Dr. PJ Utz, and currently provides NIH grant support to many members of the Division. She has been actively involved with other Divisional projects, including the SIMR Summer Research Program (formerly CCIS Summer Program), and with the Rheumatic and Inflammatory Diseases Registry and Biospecimen Repository. Sharon and her husband Garry have 2 children, and are the proud grandparents of a new baby grandson.

Paul Utz (supervisor)

Kathryn Gillam

Department: Dean's Office

Start date: 10/1/84

Kathy began her career at Stanford in 1984 as a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Center for Research on Women. At that time, Kathy had various publications and presentations related to her Ph.D. in Biology, where her specialization was in genetics and evolutionary biology. Following her Visiting Scholar appointment, Kathy went on to become the Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Affairs, an Academic Affairs Officer, and then Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, all in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Kathy then used her wealth of knowledge in the Office of the Provost, where she began as Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, receiving several promotions and ending her time in the Provost’s Office as the Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Foundation Relations. In October 2002, we were very fortunate to have Kathy join the School of Medicine as the Senior Advisor to the Dean.

She has been a remarkable and wonderful member of the team, leading and shaping a large number of major initiatives and projects – always with care, attention to detail and a level of excellence that has the respect and admiration of leaders throughout the School of Medicine. In addition to Kathy’s many contributions to Stanford University, she has been involved in community service, including various positions with the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, including member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, and was the recipient of the Counselor to the President Award.

Dean Phillip Pizzo (supervisor)

Char Hamada

Department: Educational Programs & Services

Start date: 6/18/84

Char’s career as Registrar of the Stanford Law School and as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Medical School is a wonderful example of a client-centered approach to student services. She supports hard work, responsibility, creativity and diligence, and believes that the high expectations we have for our students require high levels of support. She never takes on work that she cannot do expertly and on time. Her projects start with a careful needs assessment, the problems identified are framed by all stakeholders, unexpected outcomes are anticipated and addressed, and solutions are developed in collaboration with those responsible with implementing them. She has been singularly responsible for a number of innovations in the office of admissions, most importantly the online application service developed as a joint project with IRT. Her colleagues comment that “Char has been unwavering in her belief that student services should actually provide the services that students need” and “I always admired from far or close her continuous strive to improve service, to make the office and working environment efficient and capable of meeting the need of students.” We are all delighted to celebrate her 25 years of service to Stanford.

Julia Tussing (supervisor)


Katherine Ishizuka

Department: Stem Cell Biology Regenerative Medicine Institute

Start date: 9/10/84

Kathi Ishizuka began working as a Research Assistant in 1985 after a productive time working with Colin Pittendrigh, then head of Hopkins Marine Station. Although her job title and duties are listed as largely technical, in fact she is a knowledgeable, wise, savvy, and productive marine biologist. Our organism is an animal that is the link between invertebrates and vertebrates. Botryllus schlosseri has an incipient backbone and animal structures such as a tail, segmented muscles, and a head, but when it swims away from the mother colony it lands on a subtidal surface and by metamorphosis loses the chordate characteristics of notochord, neural tube, tail and segmented muscles, and becomes an invertebrate looking, as Steinbeck said, something as simple as a sponge or flowered creature.

But as Kathi and a succession of postdoctoral fellows have shown over the past decades it is a complex animal that by budding stem cells out of its body wall invents a second plan of development. Kathi began our long collaboration with Dr. Buki Rinkevich, now a professor at the marine station in Haifa, Israel. Kathi’s astute observations led her to discover a heritable trait of simultaneous aging amongst separated “identical” siblings. This was a major discovery

Along the way she worked out a mariculture system that today marks nearly 20 years of partial inbreeding. The cast of postdoctoral and graduate characters she has shepherded through learning about our animal has resulted in the seeding of protochordate labs in several countries. She and her fellow lab associate, Karla Palmeri, are the institutional memory of the several genetic, immunological, aging, and stem cell discoveries of this lab and the botryllus colonies that live in the lab and the Monterey coastal surround. She is the exemplar of a lab manager and marine scientist and, when needed, psychologist and mother/sister to a succession of trainees, and richly deserves the Dean’s Recognition.

Irving Weissman (supervisor)

Vivian Jones

Department: Facilities Planning and Management

Start date: 2/27/84

Vivian started at Stanford in February 1984 in the Department of Instructional Resources Information System (IRIS), which, in 1991, merged with the Stanford University Libraries to become University Libraries & Information Resources. Barbara Crawford and Anna Eredia hired Vivian at IRIS and she remained with University Libraries for 9 years. She still gets together with a number of co-workers every few months for lunch, networking and catching up.

In 1993 Vivian joined Government Cost & Rate Studies, which is now Cost and Management Analysis (CMA). She was quite popular in this group, and during her tenure there, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University in 1995. Her connections at CMA are still strong and she has assisted the Property Inventory group with finding their way around the SoM Campus for every Biennial Asset Inventory.

In June 1999, Vivian joined the School of Medicine as a Facilities Engineer/Coordinator in the Office of Planning Services, now called the Office of Facilities Planning & Management. Vivian has been an integral part of some major SoM facilities initiatives including:

  • moving all paper floor plans for more than 50 SoM buildings into floor plans available on the web as pdf files
  • migrating all SoM room data (>8,000 rooms) from MedSUFED to iSpace
  • delivering annual Space Certification training to all SoM DFAs and Space Coordinators
  • managing room numbering schemas for LKSC and Lokey Stem Cell

Along with all of, this Vivian received her Master's of Business Administration from Holy Names University (Oakland) in May 2004, provides the best customer service to her colleagues, can't walk anywhere on campus without people greeting her with a smile and a hug, and is an extremely successful and proud parent. We hope Vivian will spend another 25 years here at Stanford!

Tim Gadus (supervisor)

Sharie Kumaishi

Department: Information Resources & Technology

Start date: 8/21/84

Sharie Kumaishi has been working in IRT (and its predecessors) since she was hired away from what was then Medical Microbiology in about 1988. She initially worked with departments to clarify their computing needs, but fairly quickly moved into management, and ultimately became responsible for the School of Medicine’s communications network. She has been a thoughtful and supportive friend and mentor to the Stanford undergrads she has hired from many different classes, some still work at Stanford today.

Sharie is legendary in IRT for organizing staff parties. One year she had a Cantor Museum Treasure Hunt in which she picked out twenty objets d'art in the museum then composed a short riddle for each of them. The party participants had to find all of the objects to win a prize. It was a fabulous event, great fun and emblematic of her quick wit and intelligence.

Sharie has provided oversight, design and standardization for the data communications capabilities built into the School of Medicine buildings since the Psychiatry building. Sharie has set the standard by which networks should be built and as a result the School of Medicine has a network that is very reliable, well-documented, supportable and downright beautiful. She has put in place a highly scalable model, which has enabled the network to grow and mature. There are now over 40,000 active network jacks in the School.

Bob Burkhardt (supervisor)

Christelle Lukrich

Department: Human Resources Group

Start date: 5/10/84

It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to recognize and honor Christelle for her 25 years of outstanding service to Stanford. It was a very happy day for the School of Medicine on February 2nd, 1998, when Christelle was recruited away from Stanford Hospital and Clinics to serve as HR Administrator for the School of Medicine’s Human Resource Group (HRG). At that time, Christelle had been serving as the Assistant to the Director of Personnel at what was then called UCSF Stanford Health Care. In her 14 years at SHC, Christelle had been consistently promoted, as her managers recognized her ability to take on and successfully manage a variety of department and Hospital projects.

After coming to HRG, Christelle continued to assume and effectively handle greater responsibilities for HRG and was promoted in 2007, to the Associate Director of Finance, Facilities and Administration for HRG. In this role, Christelle coordinates a myriad of complex and detailed administrative and management responsibilities with grace and competence. She is not only the manager of HRG’s budget--carefully reviewing financial reports and planning strategies for meeting the needs of the department while simultaneously keeping the department’s budgets within a positive variance--she is responsible for the coordination and organizational planning for the recruitment of executive search candidates for SoM key leadership positions, management of HRG contracts, the DFA performance evaluation process, the new Chair/DFA orientation process, oversight of the Finance and Administration Managers’ annual retreat. Also, Christelle manages the nomination process for key University and SoM awards, the “pleasure of the president” and staff emeritus appointment processes, and coordination for the SoM of the AAMC New Managers training process.

In addition, as the office manager for HRG, Christelle ensures overall environmental and operational success for a staff of 20 – she oversees all department facilities, equipment and infrastructure issues, IT communication and logistics, serves as the department’s Emergency Preparedness planner while providing management and analytical support to the Executive Director of HRG and supervising the HR Administrative Associate. In fact, if anything needs research, follow up, or if someone is needed to get things done ---we look to Christelle. She has superb follow through and is the “superglue” that holds the department together.

Christelle is amazing. Twice nominated for the School’s Spirit Award, she is the embodiment of a professional -- great work ethic, intelligence, positive attitude, enthusiasm, initiative and outstanding organizational skills. If there is water, Christelle walks on it. Further, always eager to learn, Christelle is often the first adapter to new systems and practices (including use of hyperion for budget planning). Regardless of which role she serves, Christelle always makes excellent independent judgments and decisions with great discretion -- handling a variety of complex and confidential issues in a timely and discriminating manner. She is very polished and the consummate professional, keeping her eye on the big picture while ensuring all the tactical details are met to ensure success. Her responsiveness and tone make people feel important and taken care of – no matter how big or small their request.

Outside of work, Christelle has many interests – she is a professional horsewoman, gardener, voracious reader, an athlete (daily yoga and power-walking), a baker (those ginger snaps are out of this world), has an active social network and keeps close relationships with her brother and sister along with several nieces and nephews – upon whom she dotes. It is our good fortune to be part of Christelle’s extended family. We love and greatly appreciate you, Christelle!

Cori Bossenberry (supervisor)

Sally Mackey

Department: Pediatrics

Start date: 6/25/84

It is with the greatest pleasure that I share with you something about the person who, from her first year with us, has become the backbone of the Stanford-LPCH Vaccine Program. Sally Mackey joined our group in the summer of 2005 having spent 20 years at Stanford as a clinical research professional working as Coordinator of Dietary Intervention for the Stanford Coronary Risk Intervention Project (1984-1991), as Director of Nutrition Intervention for the Diet and Exercise for Elevated Risk Project (1991-1994) and finally as Project Director of the Dietary Modification Clinical Trial of the Women's Health Initiative at Stanford (1994-2005).

In joining our group, she quickly mastered the technicalities of our quite different field of vaccine clinical research studies with their intensive monitoring. She quickly was promoted to be Project Leader for our NIH flu vaccine trials and the NIH Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit studies as well as serving as Regulatory and Data Manager for our group. Sally is a joy to work with and completely devoted to her work. Her ability to problem-solve on the fly, her tact and understanding of the big picture helped us through our first FDA audit and numerous site monitoring visits, earning rave reviews from auditors and monitors alike.

She has been so successful in her regulatory work that when I nominated her to be an IRB reviewer, she was pulled onto not just one but two panels because of her knowledge, collegiality and experience. She likes a challenge and as punishment, we have on a few occasions more than provided her with those (most recently, the huge task of setting up a large 126-person study of H1N1 vaccine with only a 3-week lead time and 6-week screening and enrollment phase). Colleagues within Stanford and our collaborators at other vaccine sites most often answer the question "What do we do now?" with "Let's ask Sally". It has been an honor and privilege to have her working in our group for the past 5 years. 

Corry Dekker (supervisor)

Elizabeth "Velessa" Peairs

Department: Educational Programs & Services

Start date: 4/16/84

Velessa has worked at the university for more than 25 years and is currently the Biosciences Admissions Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Education. Because of her work experiences within this area, Velessa is considered the “go-to” person for many questions pertaining to the Graduate Admissions process. In addition to her positive outlook and pleasant disposition, Velessa possesses exceptional administrative and customer service skills, and always follows-up with an individual if she is unable to resolve a question/issue. Velessa also sets a great example for her colleagues by displaying a positive attitude and encouraging others.

Her diligence and efficiency keeps the Office of Graduate Education/Biosciences Admissions running smoothly and helps to maintain it as a pleasant place to work. We all appreciate that during the busy times, she is ready to assist when new projects come up with her “can-do” attitude. She also maintains good relationships with staff and the graduate student population, while continuing to build on her reputation of dependability, cooperativeness, and resourcefulness. We all believe that she is truly an asset and a consistent contributor to improve the Office of Graduate Education/Biosciences Admissions. In her spare time, Velessa enjoys being active in her church, reading, and spending time with her family.

John Bray (supervisor)

Jacqueline Signor

Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Start date: 7/10/84

Jackie Signor is celebrating 25 years of service. In that time she began her career in FPP Billing, moving from there to Plastic Surgery and OR Scheduling before joining the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as the Residency Program Coordinator in 2001. Jackie performs her role with skill and enthusiasm, investing in the success of each of the residents that passes though the OB Gyn Program. She is a great support to Dr. Maurice Druzin as the Program Director and together they assure this important and successful program. In her off time, she is an avid volleyball player and enjoys her life in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Sheila Dolezal (supervisor)

Susan Singh

Department: Radiology

Start date: 6/25/84

Susan Singh, administrative associate, first came to Stanford in 1984 and began working in the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine as an administrative assistant. Her initial duties included preparing manuscripts and grants; ordering lab supplies; and performing miscellaneous office duties, such as typing manuscripts from the faculty members' handwritten scripts.

Up to 2004, Ms. Singh continued to work in the Department of Medicine, moving to different Divisions and acquiring new skills. From 1989 to 1990, she joined the Division of Microbiology/Immunology and was promoted to administrative associate, where she helped with faculty affairs by coordinating hiring, faculty appointments, and assisting the chair. Next, she moved to the Division of Infectious Diseases, preparing manuscripts, assisting in grant preparation, and other general administrative duties from 1990 to 1995. The last two Divisions in the Department of Medicine in which she worked were Hematology (1995-1997) and Nephrology (1997-1999), where her duties included transcription, transcribing, and patient billing and scheduling. From 1999 to 2004, she went back to the Division of Microbiology/Immunology after being promoted.

In 2004, Ms. Singh came to the Department of Radiology, where her title has remained the same, but her responsibilities have grown. Susan is an expert and the “go-to” person for processing postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholar appointments, and visa processing for Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS); she helps coordinate MIPS seminars and supports two laboratories.

After 25 years of experience, Ms. Singh has refined her customer service skills as well as her ability to be a valuable member of a team. She used her skills as a member of the winning team at the 2007 Radiology Staff Retreat in which staff teams had to work together to solve fairly complex puzzles to win. Ms. Singh characterized her Stanford experience as follows: "I have been very fortunate that I have met the best people and enjoyed working with them. My bosses and supervisors are the best. The other great thing about working at Stanford is that we are constantly learning new things." In addition to enjoying her work, Ms. Singh likes music (she's trying to improve her singing), dancing, traveling, and spending time with her grandbaby.

Maurice Tan

Department: Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 10/15/84

Maurice also grew up at Stanford Medical School Blood Center. In fact, he was hired 4 months after Maria De Sousa, another long service employee.

Maurice went to medical technology school in the Philippines, and has made many contributions to the Blood Center. Maurice met his wife Debbie and settled down. He is the proud father of five children--three boys, one girl, and a step son. As you can imagine, Maurice is a pretty patient person!

He started out as a regular technician, and because he had been working here for so long and knew so much, he became an unofficial trainer. In 2003, he moved from the Components side to the Distribution side and was the morning voice to all of the hospitals we service.

When the department trainer moved on in 2007, Maurice applied for the Department trainer position. His knowledge and ability to explain scientific concepts simply made him an excellent choice. After accepting the position, he immediately was put to work with training three new hires at the same time. Keeping track of three students, at different levels of ability, and having to learn his new job at the same time was a challenge. Did I mention that Maurice is a patient person? The new hires came out of the three-month training process ready to work in the lab, and Maurice came out of the training program and revamped the current training program to make it easier for new staff.

Maurice loves to travel and when he travels, he likes to be a tour guide for tour groups. He has conducted tours of the Philippines and shows visitors new islands and experiences that they wouldn’t have on the beaten path. By the time the recognition presentation occurs, Maurice will have come back from a family reunion in Australia. He also keeps in contact with his high school friends from the Philippines and they get together regularly to share a dinner together.

Maurice is a great person and a wonderful trainer. We are all grateful that Mo works with us and has contributed so much to the Stanford Medical School Blood Center.

Diane Geary (supervisor)

Martha Trujillo

Department: Educational Programs & Services

State date: 6/19/84

Marti Trujillo has served the medical school community at Stanford since 1984 in a number of positions ranging from her early days at the Faculty Practice Program to her current job as Director of Financial Aid. You might say a commitment to service is in her genes--she and her family were the recipients of the 1995 Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley "La Familia Award" in recognition of their exemplary volunteer efforts and community service.

As Manager of Student Affairs, she developed "a love affair" of working with students. This "love affair" culminated in her becoming Director of Financial Aid in 1998. As Director, she has played a key role in helping medical students secure the financial resources they need to complete their medical education.

Being Director of Financial Aid has meant more than working with numbers in her office. A few years ago, she had finally been able to put together an emergency aid packet for a student who was undergoing severe personal and financial hardships. All that remained was for the student to sign the documents. As she waited, with time running out, she received a phone call from the student--in the midst of a massive storm, her car had broken down on 280. Marti could have called it a day, but she got in her car, drove along the freeway until she found the student and secured her signature. Then, with little time remaining, she scooped up the student and made a dash for the University Bursar's office. They made it with seconds to spare! Talk about a "love affair"!

Congratulations Marty on your years with the School of Medicine!

Charlene Hamada (supervisor)

Mo-Oi Yee

Department: General Clinical Research Center

Start date: 11/1/84