Celebrating 30 Years of Service

Bethany Ball

Department: Pediatrics

Start date: 9/10/79

Ms. Bethany Ball has been the research coordinator for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network (NRN) for 19 years. This multicenter network performs clinical trials and observational studies in the intensive care nursery. The Stanford site, led by Dr. David Stevenson, successfully competed for this U10 grant in 1991, and Ms. Ball assumed the role as research coordinator at that time. The research completed by the NRN has included numerous landmark studies, including studies leading to the FDA approval of inhaled nitric oxide, and the first study to demonstrate the benefit of whole body cooling for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy of the newborn. The studies have been published in high-impact journals, and the research performed by the NRN is highly visible in the neonatology community.

Ms. Ball has shouldered the difficult work needed to perform high quality clinical research. Membership in the NRN is highly competitive, and requires re-competition every 5 years. The Stanford site has successfully re-competed and been continuously funded by the Neonatal Research Network since 1991, in no small part due to Ms. Ball’s outstanding work and diligence. The Stanford site has also had an exceptional track record in trial enrollment, proposing novel clinical trials, and ultimately publishing trial results. Ms. Ball’s dedication to all aspects of clinical research has been critical to our success. She has taken on additional, Network-wide responsibilities when studies and trials emanating from our site are launched by the NRN. She has also served as Neurodevelopmental Outcome Follow-up coordinator for the Stanford site of the NRN. Follow-up of our premature infants to early childhood is crucial to understanding the long-term effects of our therapies. Through Ms. Ball’s substantial efforts, which include close tracking, frequent phone contacts, and home visits if needed, the Stanford site has had one of the highest follow-up rates in the Network. In summary, Ms. Ball’s attention to performing high quality research is exemplary and we recognize her for her exceptional commitment to clinical research, which has changed the practice of neonatology and affects the lives of thousands of newborns each year.

Krisa Van Meurs (supervisor)

Catharine Booth

Department: Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Start date: 7/10/79

Cathy Booth came to Stanford in 1980 as a Research Assistant doing molecular biology in David Clayton’s lab. In 1985, she joined the Genetics Department as Lab Manager, and moved to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology as Lab Manager in 1993. Cathy has done an outstanding job facilitating the research activities of our department. She is the first person that faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows go to when problems arise with equipment, computers and facilities. She sees to it that laboratory health and safety standards are maintained, and makes sure that our labs are in compliance with the many agencies that regulate basic research. Cathy’s contributions to our Department and the University were formally recognized when she was chosen as one of the first two recipients of the Medical School's SPIRIT award (SPIRIT of Stanford: Service Orientation, Positive Attitude, Initiative, Resourcefulness/reliability, Innovation, and contributions as a Team Player) when it was created in 2001.

Brian Kobilka (supervisor)

Frederick Brickman

Department: Pediatrics

Start date: 10/1/79

Fred first came to Stanford as an undergraduate student, then went on to graduate school in the Department of Biology. He was first hired as a data aide in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology and also worked part time in Radiology. He has been a loyal and dedicated employee since he first came aboard. His remarkable ability to organize and keep systematic records has been utilized by the faculty for maintaining files and checking validity of data. He also assists with library work and proofreads reports while using his background in science and knowledge of medicine.

While he was a student, he served as a member on the Human Subjects Committee and later utilized his background for maintaining the IRB records for the division. Faculty and staff truly enjoy his dedication to doing an excellent job and value him for his loyalty.

Siv Modler (supervisor)

Katharine Dochez

Department: Office of Medical Development

Start date: 9/4/79

Kate Dochez has served the School of Medicine with devotion, skill, aplomb and great humor since 1979 and continues to do so to this day. She started her career in the medical school admissions office, working with a variety of areas including serving as the school’s application supervisor. There, she played a key role in computerizing the application process. She served in the Department of Radiology from 1986-1988, assisting the department’s research director in all manner of key tasks including grant preparation.

Kate joined the Office of Medical Development in May 1989 and has been an absolutely key member of the staff ever since. Within medical development, she has filled a variety of roles that have encompassed critical campaign, prospect, planning, financial, and administrative tasks. In 1995, she was a nominee for Stanford’s Amy J. Blue Award, a cross-campus award that honors staff dedication and excellence. In her most recent role as Director of Prospect Management and Tracking, she plays an essential day-to-day role in keeping the office’s senior leadership on top of its qualitative and financial progress. She continually proves to be up to any task or question thrown at her. Kate’s wonderful service, longevity, and irrepressible daily enthusiasm compose a wonderful example of the type of employee we in the School of Medicine all strive to be.

Jeff Jay (supervisor)

Michelle Ferrari

Department: Urology

Start date: 10/15/79

Michelle Ferrari currently serves as a Research Nurse in the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center. Thirty years ago, Michelle began work at Stanford as a Staff Nurse on West 3B caring for Urology and ENT surgical patients. In 1984, she took the opportunity to work full time as a research nurse in charge of a study of a new therapy for bladder cancer. Soon she was responsible for several studies at Stanford and several other institutions for the Northern California Oncology Group. As research shifted in the Department of Urology, Michelle began work on several prostate cancer-focused projects. She went on to develop a detailed clinical database of patients treated surgically for localized prostate cancer that has been the source of many seminal publications in the field. She continues as manager of these large databases and has been primarily responsible for prospective trials in active surveillance for prostate cancer, chemotherapy for high-risk localized prostate cancer, and development of prognostic markers for prostate cancer.

Michelle’s interests and efforts have extended beyond oncology in the Department of Urology. She has become an expert in HIPAA rules and compliance and in clinical trial development and regulatory issues. She has been primarily responsible for numerous IRB submissions and maintenance of approvals. She is regarded as the departmental resource person for clinical trials and clinical database development. Michelle has also managed clinical trials in all of the major disciplines in urology including pediatric urology, incontinence and erectile dysfunction. She is an author of 17 scientific publications and contributed to innumerable other studies. She has also presented her work at national meetings and freely given her time to educate residents and staff. For her hard work and dedication, she was awarded the Stanford University School of Medicine Spirit Award, 2002.

Jim Brooks (supervisor)

Julian Hinojoza

Department: Pathology

Start date: 11/1/79

Julian Hinojoza has worked with me since 1993 as a laboratory research technician and is recognized for his 30 years of service to Stanford. He came to me highly recommended from his previous positions in the Departments of Pathology and Comparative Medicine. At the time that he applied to the position with me, his previous boss told me that I just needed to leave Julian in the lab and that he would work out whatever experimental details were necessary independently and ultimately produce excellent and sophisticated work. He has consistently done that over the years.

Certainly one of Julian’s major strengths is this ability, i.e. to tackle a problem and work at it quietly and efficiently until it gets done right. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to leave Julian to work on his own, to manage all of the details of the lab organization (including dealing with the various peculiarities of the VA system). Julian also has been extremely helpful to other technicians, students and post-docs who have been either in the lab or in the VA lab community. Whenever we get together for a lab social event, Julian always has interesting stories about his 3 now young adult sons and the family trips and activities. I’ve enjoyed working with Julian for these years and thank and congratulate him on his service and accomplishments at Stanford.

Raymond A. Sobel, MD (supervisor)

Gina Jager

Department: Microbiology & Immunology/Baxter Labs

Start date: 10/1/79

Gina Jager started at Stanford in 1979, and moved from the Herzenberg Laboratory to the Nolan Laboratory as a Life Science Research Associate in 2000. She has been with the Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology since its inception in 2002. She has a co-appointment at the Stanford Shared FACS facility, where she serves as a Scientific Training Instructor and where she developed the instructional program for training scientists to self-operate their flow-cytometers. Gina has been a mainstay of the Nolan laboratory and the larger Baxter Laboratory. She cheerfully and competently handles the laboratory purchases and the animal protocols for the Nolan lab; and is invaluable to the Baxter Laboratory as DPA/manager for the Equipment and Space Inventories, and Health and Safety. She serves on the Lab Emergency Response Committee and handles all capital equipment purchases, negotiates maintenance contracts, and is the acknowledged expert on the Nolan FacsCalibur, having trained the current trainer. She is looked to and relied upon as a fount of institutional wisdom and is the go-to person for many lab questions -- who to contact, how are things done at Stanford, where to go for help or information. Gina is a gem, and greatly prized by her colleagues in the Baxter Laboratory.

Garry Nolan (supervisor)

Jean Jang

Department: Pathology

Start date: 2/12/79

Susan Johnson

Department: Medicine/Nephrology

Start date: 6/1/79

Susan Johnson is the heart and soul of the Division of Nephrology.

According to Dr. Bryan Myers, Professor Emeritus and former Division Chief, "Susan Johnson is the best thing that has happened to our division during my long tenure (1976 through 2010). She is a magnificent administrator. She joined us during the period that I was division chief (1986-2004). All aspects of divisional activity have been enormously improved ever since. These include the organization of our 3 hospitals' clinical, teaching and training program. She was invaluable in the administration of our NIH training program, selecting and recruiting Nephrology fellows each year, hiring new faculty, and overall running of the division. She is giving of her time despite the small size of the administrative assistant staff that helps her; typically only 1 full time and 1 part time until her arrival. Her help and input in navigating the NIH grant application process has been unstinting and excellent throughout. I certainly could not have managed well without her. She is a wonderful human being and is beloved by myself and my whole lab team. She has made a huge contribution to the success and well-being of our division, and is richly deserving of our gratitude and the Dean's recognition."

According to Dr. Timothy Meyer, Professor and also former Division Chief, "Ms. Johnson accomplished the difficult task of running a small division whose activities were divided among three institutions -- Stanford, the VA, and SCVMC. Each institution has had its own policies and personnel, and because the nephrology division was small, our senior administrator had to be familiar with them all. As the burden of administration increased, our administrative staff did not increase in proportion. The division was preserved instead by Ms. Johnson's ability and dedication. Overall, she is the sort of person upon whom the success of institutions like the modern university depends."

My own experience in the two years since I've joined the faculty has been similarly striking. Susan has the uncanny ability to recognize everyone's strengths and weaknesses, and to allow them to exercise what they do best, and to support them to improve in other areas. She has been an inspiration to the junior staff members whom she supervises. From my own perspective, I came to the position of Division Chief with good experience in developing clinical and research programs, but with virtually no training in cost accounting or other fiscal responsibilities. Susan has patiently guided me through these first couple of years, never (or rarely!) losing patience with me, despite my chaotic schedule and attempts to squeeze 36 hours in a 24-hour day. I consider Susan a true "partner" in the division leadership. She is my trusted colleague, a source of great wisdom, kindness, strength and inspiration.

I cannot imagine another member of the staff more deserving of the Dean's Recognition Program.

Glen Chertow (supervisor)

Phyllis Knudsen

Department: Neurobiology

Start date: 9/1/79

Research assistant and laboratory manager for 30 years, Phyllis F. Knudsen carried out behavioral and anatomical research on barn owls that has contributed importantly to our understanding of the influence of early experience on the development of behavior and on the learning capacity and architecture of the brain. She has co-authored 10 research papers and has directly enabled the research that appears in 127 other papers. The research has received international recognition and numerous awards.

Ms. Knudsen is also singularly responsible for maintaining the laboratory and for training its members over the past 30 years. She helped to build the original laboratory, including constructing equipment, animal cages and building an owl aviary on the roof of the Fairchild building to house experimental animals. She has taken care of the animal colony, supplying barn owls that she either raised herself or collected from the wild. Dozens of students and postdoctoral fellows have received instruction from her in experimental design, animal care and behavioral training and testing, surgery, microscopy, and graphic arts. She has managed every aspect of the laboratory, providing the resources for others to conduct their research, and has continuously enhanced lab morale by organizing countless wonderful parties and excursions.

Dorey Clayton (supervisor)

Nancy Koski

Department: Human Resources Group

Start date: 5/24/79

Nancy’s School of Medicine roots run deep. She first joined Stanford in 1976 as an office assistant in Medical Development. Over the next eight years she worked in various roles, sometimes as a regular employee and sometimes in a temporary assignment. In 1984 Nancy signed up once and for all, and over her subsequent continuous 25 year Stanford career she has served the University in the Office of Development, the Central HR Compensation group, and, for the past 15 years as a Senior Compensation Specialist as part of the School of Medicine’s Compensation team. Throughout her Stanford career, Nancy has been recognized as exceptional in every role she has undertaken – whether it be compensation, employment, HR generalist, office administrator or (at the very beginning of her SoM career) office assistant. Nancy’s Stanford career is testimony to the fact that Stanford is a career – a place where talented and dedicated people (like) Nancy can continue to develop and contribute their talents.

At the School of Medicine, Nancy’s work has supported a full range of School clients – indeed, over the past 15 years she has ably served almost every possible department and administrative area. It is deeply satisfying to Nancy to work at the School of Medicine – not only because Stanford provides a lush variety of physical spaces (gardens, sculpture) and cultural opportunities (music, art), and not only because of the vibrant rush of students flying by on their bicycles or on foot during class changes. Stanford is constantly interesting: the School of Medicine professor interviewed on the radio this morning may be someone Nancy helped to find the right administrative associate; the researcher whose job she helped classify may be one of the authors of a new important scientific publication. That work, in turn, may form the basis for a significant improvement in patient care. Every day Nancy finds something interesting and wonderful that rivets her to her job and to the School of Medicine.

Outside of Stanford, Nancy’s compass leads her to music – both as a choral performer and Celtic harpist and as an enthusiastic listener, travel, and, most importantly, her relatively recent but constantly engaging role as a grandmother.

CONGRATULATIONS, NANCY – we’re glad you came, and we’re very glad you’ve stayed!

Lois Benzel (supervisor)

Linda Lew

Department: Pediatrics

Start date: 8/13/79

Linda Lew is being honored for her outstanding commitment to research in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division. Through the years, Linda has contributed to numerous projects, working with many faculty members, fellows, and graduate, medical and undergraduate students. Her mentorship in the laboratory has been pivotal in launching many careers. Linda is an impeccable researcher who has distinguished herself by the quality of her work. She sets extremely high standards of herself and those whom she teaches and the resulting work shows this level of excellence.

Linda has been given accolades from all who work with her, especially those who have chosen to come and train with her. She is a wonderful teacher, who promotes independence in a very supportive environment. Linda has the breadth of knowledge that makes her the point person for researchers in other laboratories who seek her advice for their research dilemmas. Given her level of expertise, Linda is invaluable to establishing new protocols in order to promote cutting edge research techniques. As an employee, there is no better, we have been extremely fortunate to have Linda working on our research projects.

Hayley Gans (supervisor)

Jeannie Luka

Department: Structural Biology

Start date: 2/6/79

Jeannie Lukas has been an Administrative Associate in the Department of Structural Biology for thirty years, and since the founding of the department in the 1970’s. In fact, when she started working at Stanford the Department was known as Cell Biology. The discipline changed and the name changed. Faculty came and went. Students graduated and Post Docs started their careers as faculty at other institutions.

Jeannie has served under four Chairs, and has provided crucial support for six professions and their research groups. She has helped to recruit most of the current faculty in the Department but she hasn't changed. She is the core of the Department. Her happy and smiling personality are always with her. She is kind and thoughtful and willing to assist. Her professional skill is matchless. Her wisdom, kindness, and unfailing good humor have buoyed the spirits of countless graduate students and postdocs. She keeps a container of sweets on her desk and especially enjoys it when faculty stop and say, "I shouldn't..." and help themselves to candy or a cookie. She feeds students with apples from her fruit trees, bringing in their bounty as they mature every season. All have come to depend on her -- indeed life in the department would be hard to imagine without her. We salute her service with great appreciation and affection. Jeannie truly cares for the Department and we would like her to know that the Department cares for her. 

Michael Levitt (supervisor)


Carmencita Nicolas

Department: Pathology

Start date: 3/27/79

Cita joined the Stanford community as an employee 30 years ago, and was initially employed in Radiobiology Research working as a Lab Assistant and later in the HRP Department as a Life Science Technician. Cita transferred to the Department of Pathology in 1989 and made history as the initial full-time employee of our newly formed Molecular Diagnosis Lab, the first of its kind to be established. In this capacity, Cita quickly developed into a “Southern Blot Maven”, performing this specialized and technically demanding procedure literally hundreds of times to assist in the diagnosis of patients with blood cell disorders.

Due in large part to Cita’s efforts, the laboratory developed into a full-fledged clinical service and was subsequently relocated into the hospital’s clinical laboratories in 1996. Wishing to maintain a link with the experimental side of the department, Cita transferred to the Cleary Lab as a research assistant. Throughout the ensuing years, Cita has ably functioned as the lab manager responsible for maintaining the everyday operations of the research laboratory. In addition to performing her own experiments, Cita has introduced each new lab member and trainee to the laboratory’s routines and protocols. She has been a rock of stability maintaining order and consistency in the group, and compliance with the ever-increasing regulatory requirements. Despite the diversity of backgrounds and personalities of the frequently changing personnel, Cita has quietly fostered a friendly, interactive and collaborative work environment, including remembrance and celebration of each member’s birthday, the occasional birth or marriage, and all holidays. Her personal touch has defined the spirit of the Cleary Lab and played a major role in its scientific success. 

Michael Cleary (supervisor)


Sharon Seliga Reinbott

Department: Information Resources & Technology

Start date: 8/1/79

Sharon Seliga Reinbott started developing software for Stanford's IT organization, then known as SCIP, when it was located in the modulars now outside the Jordan Quad. At that time, the modulars were on the ground of the existing Ford Center; the rain poured in through the roof and the wild cats lived underneath. Many organizational and office changes later, she developed programs in the old accounting system and later joined the SUFIN team to develop Stanford's first online financial reporting.

Anyone remembering "f5-OK" might be interested to know it was Sharon's software that produced the resulting financial report returned on the screen. She also led the team that developed the first PCard system, implemented the original infrastructure charge, and developed the original financial authority system that controlled access to online forms and reporting. After a brief appearance on the Oracle Core Financials and Delphi projects, she joined the Medical School's IRT group where she has been part of the teams that designed and developed MeSA (M.D. Admissions) and FAST|FAC (Faculty Actions). She now looks forward to working on a Business Intelligence solution for the School. 

Pat Deasy (supervisor)