Celebrating 20 Years of Service
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Start date: 3/1/92
Julie began her professional career with the Stanford Health Improvement Program after coming to California from Springfield, Massachusetts. Twenty years ago, we were funded by two of the health plans that covered Stanford faculty and staff, in order to provide a health and fitness assessment with follow-up health education and re-screening of participants where appropriate. Julie was hired as one of the staff to fulfill this project. Since then she has conducted thousands of tests among faculty and staff. In addition, she has provided these assessments in a project with San Mateo County employees and with a local police department in Santa Clara County. Julie is perfect for this work because she not only is skilled in the testing and health education, she also relates comfortably with people from all backgrounds. She helped to make this kind of program a staple of employer-sponsored wellness programs in Silicon Valley, and the project demonstrated to the health plans that this kind of testing and education can make a difference in sustainable behavior change.
Julie also has had a leadership role in the Stanford Women's Health Conference held each of the past nineteen years at Sierra Camp. Julie organizes and manages the health and fitness testing for participants, and since many of the women who attend this program return year after year, they have a long history of screening results that show sustained improvement.
The Health Improvement Program also pioneered a fitness program for cancer survivors. This program was first begun 10 years ago at the Page Mill YMCA. It has seen significant growth within YMCAs throughout Silicon Valley and across the nation. Physicians recommend the program to cancer patients who generally are finished with their chemotherapy. The program has shown consistent improvement in fitness measures such as strength, cardio, and balance. The program also has shown significant improvements in vitality, stress, quality of sleep, and fatigue. While the program is not intended to be a support group, the personal interactions among participants is strong. Julie is the assistant director of the program. She helps train YMCA staff to serve as facilitators and leaders of this program.
Julie has earned an MPH from San Jose State University, and she serves as the Senior Manager of Health Education for HIP.
Wesley Alles & Joyce Hanna (Supervisors)
Start date: 7/6/92
Jonathan Burch started at Stanford Blood Center in the Mobile Driver section. He helped set up the collection area for mobiles--when the blood center travels to churches, businesses and schools to collect blood components from the nice people who are blood donors. After working in the mobile collection area for a few years, Jon applied for a transfer to the Components and Distribution department. After training in all sections of our lab, he settled in the Distribution department. This is the department that takes hospital orders, packages the blood products and sometimes delivers blood to hospitals that Stanford Blood Center services.
He is the voice that our hospital customers hear when they call for a specific product or blood order: “Stanford Blood Center! Jon speaking!” Our hospital customers are always complimenting us supervisors on Jon’s excellent customer service skills, his ability to anticipate our customer’s needs and his going the extra mile when necessary to fill a hospital customer order. They all say how happy they are to hear his voice over the phone because when they are stressed about obtaining extra blood products for complicated surgical cases, he confidently takes care of their inventory needs. He has an adept understanding of anticipating hospital needs and has his finger on the pulse of our hospital utilization. The position that Jon holds can be very stressful, with hospitals ordering blood products for emergency usage or for stock orders while taking care of telephone calls or helping people that are picking up orders at our Distribution window. He is often the last pair of eyes that sees blood products leave the building and he needs to make sure that the product conforms to the requirements of 3 different regulatory agencies.
Jon is rarely stressed, however. He almost always has a positive outlook and is always ready with a joke to put his coworkers in stitches. He enjoys teasing his coworkers and keeping them off kilter by saying the most silly and ridiculous sayings! Everyone that works with Jon for any length of time starts saying his saying along with him. "Teamwork equals dream work!", "Top Shelf!", and my personal favorite, "Can I ask you a personal question? Do you like WWF? (as in world wrestling federation)." An avid sailor, one year all of his coworkers pitched in and bought him a beautiful model sailboat. On the birthday card, people wrote all of their favorite sayings that Jon said over the years.
It was a surprise to us to realize that Jon has been at Stanford for 20 years! Working with Jon has been wonderfully pleasant and it has been an honor to recognize such a fantastic coworker.
Dianne Geary (Supervisor)
Start date: 5/18/92
The department of Pathology has been extremely fortunate to have Klara Fekete working and supporting our research mission for the last 20 years. She is always willing to learn new laboratory skills and techniques and has progressed from being a glassware washer to a fly food cook, and to someone who is able to breed and genotype transgenic mice by molecular biology methodology. She is extremely conscientious, and takes great pride in a job well done. She looks for opportunities to be helpful to lab members above and beyond her routine duties. She always gets along well with lab members and shows a genuine interest in everyone's welfare. Klara is well liked by all, and her 20 years of hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.
Karen Kunkel (Supervisor)
Stanford Cancer Institute
Start date: 11/2/92
Ann Hamon has been a School of Medicine employee since November 1992 when she was hired as an Office Assistant at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention. In November 2005, Ann accepted a position as an Administrative Associate at the Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO), where she still works today. Ann has been an essential member of the CCTO Administrative Staff. She has provided administrative support to our growing CCTO organization, and has helped numerous new hires in the CCTO get settled into their offices, schedule meetings, and arrange for monitor visits. She is recognized for her dedication, helpfulness, kindness, and attention to detail. She also loves cooking, and the entire team enjoys sampling her contributions to department potlucks and social events. The CCTO staff and leadership joins me in honoring Ann’s twenty years of contributions to the Stanford School of Medicine!
Monique Bertrand (Supervisor)
Mary Jo Jones
Start date: 2/24/92
Mary Jo, from the very start of her employment, has demonstrated a consistent excellent job. She has brought several years of experience when she came to Stanford Blood Center in 1990 from another blood center.
Mary Jo continues to be a great senior staff nurse, a very valued mentor, coach and trainer to the staff. She is a hard worker, always operates her blood drives efficiently and productively. Mary Jo is well liked by our Mobile Coordinators because of her mastery in managing blood drives.
Mary Jo is a great asset to Stanford Blood Center.
Rosalina Lopez-Tecson (Supervisor)
Start date: 6/01/92
Karin began her career with Stanford Blood Center in 1992 as an Apheresis Registrar. From the start, Karin’s focus was on our community blood donors. In 1995, Karin transitioned into Bone Marrow Recruitment, working closely with Hospital physicians and staff to ensure that patients requiring HLA platelets were made available. Karin’s contributions assisted greatly in what is now a robust, highly regarded HLA Platelet program in the blood banking community. During her time in this position, Karin began working with Dr. Ed Engleman to recruit donors for his research on dendritic cells. From there, Stanford Blood Center’s Research Department formed, with Karin developing and implementing recruitment strategies for a quickly growing new venture. Karin established strong partnerships with researchers with the School of Medicine, as well as the growing bio-tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Most recently, Karin followed the Research Department to the newly formed Department of Special Donations, where she re-connected with her roots of HLA Platelet recruitment. Karin has been involved in the early-on development of two very important areas of Stanford Blood Center. Her commitment to the blood Center’s mission is evident every day through the work she does.
The quality of her work is outstanding and her easy-going style is much appreciated. Karin is a wonderful person to work with, and we are grateful that she has dedicated the past twenty years of her career to Stanford.
Karen Hendryk (Supervisor)
Kyla K. Kent
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Start date: 6/16/92
Kyla Kent met former Stanford Professor Robert Marcus as a Stanford undergraduate (Human Biology, Class of 1988) and started as a research assistant in his MusculoSkeletal Research Laboratory (MSRL) at the Menlo Park VA in 1990, through PAIRE. Soon thereafter, she met Dr. Marcia Stefanick, while conducting Dual Emission X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) tests for participants in the Postmenopausal Estrogen-progestin Interventions (PEPI) trial, and Dr. Laura Bachrach, with whom she collaborated for 15 years, ultimately becoming part of the Pediatric Bone Health Consortium which published the first text to address issues of measuring bone mass in a growing skeleton, of which Ms. Kent co-authored two chapters.
In 1992, Ms. Kent transferred to Stanford (Division of Endocrinology) to become Coordinator for the Fracture Intervention Trial (FIT), for which she screened 2600 older women by DEXA within 18 months, thereby becoming an official “bone head” (osteoporosis researcher). By 1994, Kyla was the Quality Control consultant for Stanford's DEXA machines and by 1995 she was the MSRL Clinical Coordinator, managing up to 35 studies at one point, on 3 different DEXA machines with 4 technologists, including some of the most important osteoporosis studies ever conducted, e.g. FLEX, MORE, and CORE, and performing specialty bone density (endocrine) referrals for the V.A.H.C.S. (1996-2007) and teaching endocrine fellows. In 1999, she worked with Dr. Marcus on the proposal for the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) which Marcia Stefanick took over, upon his resignation from Stanford in 2000, during the recruitment of an eventual 1000 men aged 65 and over. Kyla has continued as the MrOS Clinic Coordinator over the ensuing 15 years, during which she moved to the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and during which she had to oversee two moves of the MrOS clinical research site (and DEXA machine), first to Hoover Pavilion and then to its current location at 1070 Arastradero.
In 2004, Ms. Kent also became the Clinical Coordinator for the MrOS Sleep study, for which she has conducted and supervised nearly 1000 in-home polysomnography (PSG) studies and clinic visits for these older men, in addition to three sets of visits for the main MrOS study. In 2009, Ms. Kent joined the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, an organization determined to improve quality of DXA testing and patient care through education, certification advocacy and accreditation and became an ISCD board member and Chair of Membership and Marketing committees by 2011. In 2012, she also became Director of FORE, the California State limited license training program for bone density, for which she been a clinical instructor for several years. Kyla Kent will not only reach her 20 years of service as a Stanford employee this year, she will also be awarded the "ISCD Technologist of the Year" at its annual (2013) meeting in Tampa. In addition to giving talks on osteoporosis and fracture risk and DXA testing, Ms. Kent may be heard playing the upright bass, can be found indoor rock climbing, and continues as a ballroom and salsa dancing instructor and a delightful person to be with!
Dr. Marcia Stefanick (Supervisor)
Start date: 2/26/92
Keshni originally worked at Stanford Hospital as a Logic Technician and a Senior CT Technologist from 1992 to 2004, before joining the Department of Radiology on November 15, 2004. Keshni continues to be a great asset to the department. She demonstrates superb technical acumen, great initiative, is willing to learn, and her CT experience has been very valuable to the 3D Lab. She provides quality 3D images and quantitative data to our referring clinicians and radiologists and strives to find ways to help streamline protocols to provide faster service to our customers. She continues to be a top producer of 3D examinations, is dedicated to learning and teaching this exciting technology, and is willing to tackle challenging tasks to help grow her role as a 3D technologist. Keshni recently earned a degree in Business Management. Congratulations Keshni!
Sandy Napel (Supervisor)
Cheryl L. Langford
Start date: 11/09/92
As a data manager, Cheryl Langford knows numbers: 20 years. This long tenure at Stanford reflects an unwavering commitment to clinical research. As a data manager, Cheryl also has a keen sense of quality. Her approach to data management is like a contracted craftsman carving miniatures. She brings unrelenting attention to detail and reliability to her tasks, with the finished product always being polished and on time. Cheryl nurtured this work ethic when she worked with Dr. Mark Hlatky, Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), and subsequently brought her seasoned experience to our research group in the Division of Hematology. Although Cheryl's work life exists among the perpetual stresses of database locks, monitor visits, and audits, she is notorious for generating an ether of calm which pervades the workflow of our team.
Cheryl, on behalf of our research group, and the Division of Hematology, thank you for your exemplary years of service. Would you be willing to double-down for another 20?
Dr. Jason Gotli (Supervisor)
Margaret J. Lindberg
Start date: 9/11/92
Margaret is the Division Manager for General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. I have had the great pleasure of working with Margaret on two occasions, first in 2006-2007 and then again since 2011. In terms of dedication to her job, the loyalty of her administrative team and the relationship between Division Chief and Division Manager, Margaret is unmatched. Margaret is a business partner with Dr. Fernando Mendoza, the Division Chief of General Pediatrics, in the truest sense of the word. Margaret puts her heart and soul into the job and combines a strong work ethic, intelligence, and dedication, all the while maintaining perspective and a sense of humor.
Outside of work, Margaret and her husband give back to the community through their volunteer efforts. Margaret reads to disadvantaged youth, and her husband Doug volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. I am honored to be able to call Margaret both a colleague and a friend.
Brian Donnellan (Supervisor)
Nahid Dariush Madani
Start date: 8/24/92
Nahid began her post-doctoral career at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she worked with Rody Cox and David Chuang. Her work involved the molecular cloning, sequencing and characterization of the gene for the a-subunit of the decarboxylase component (E1) of the human branched-chain a-keto acid dehydrogenase. This enzyme is defective in Maple-Syrup Urine Disease. Her work led to a publication in FEBS Letters.
After one year of very productive work in Texas, she moved to Stanford University and joined the laboratory of David Feldman, MD, as a post-doctoral fellow. There she cloned and expressed the gene encoding an estrogen binding protein (EBP) in Candida albicans, the most common and most serious fungal pathogen of humans. The C. albicans project led to two publications in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).
She then continued her work at Stanford as a Research Associate in the laboratory of Edgar Engelmann, Professor of Pathology and director of Stanford University Blood Center. Her work involved the molecular cloning and characterization of the V7 gene, a leukocyte surface protein involved in T cell activation. She mapped the V7 gene to chromosome 1p13 and determined the intron-exon boundaries of the human gene. This work was published in The Journal of Immunology. Nahid had the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of the immune system from some of brightest immunologists at Stanford Blood Center. This knowledge has been essential a decade later in her current job (also at the Blood Center) involving bone marrow transplantation.
Highly trained in molecular biology and experienced in automated DNA sequencing, Nahid went on to set up a new DNA core facility for investigators at the Palo Alto VA and Stanford Digestive Disease Center. For nearly a decade she managed the automated DNA sequencing core facility and helped researchers find answers to their complex questions using sequence-based methods with supervision of Professors Bishr Omary, MD, PhD, and David Relman, MD. Five years ago Nahid returned “home” to the Stanford Blood Center, where she is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the Histocompatibility, and Immunogenetics, and Disease Profiling Laboratory led by Professors Dolly Tyan, PhD, and Marcelo Fernández-Viña, PhD. She recently earned certification as Certified Histocompatibility Specialist from the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and then licensure by the State of California as a Clinical Histocompatibility Scientist. In the HLA lab, Nahid is an invaluable member of the high-resolution HLA typing team, working out the complex puzzles to define HLA alleles for transplant patients and potential donors.
Debra Hiraki (Supervisor)
Vanita S. Natu
Stanford Functional Genomics Facility
Start date: 2/18/92
Vanita Natu received her M.S. degree in Biochemistry from Bombay University in 1983, where she studied the effects of estrogen and progesterone in rats. After receiving her degree, she worked at Hoechst Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai from 1983-1987. At Hoechst, Vanita was involved in acute and chronic testing of anti-inflammatory and anti-cardiovascular agents on different organs in various animal models.
In 1987, Vanita came to the United States to study biochemistry at San Jose State University and received her MS degree in 1991. At this time, she began her long and successful career at Stanford as a Life Science Research Assistant in Dr. Kramer’s lab in the Department of Endocrinology. In this lab, she worked on in-vitro over-expression of hormone sensitive lipase (HSL) in diabetic rats involving many different techniques such as Western Blot, Immunoprecipitation, Immunostaining, and ELISA, and established a stable cell line for in-vitro cell assays. She was also involved in the production and purification of GST and His-tagged HSL protein using the Baculovirus system. She was also involved in the immunization of rabbits for antibody production as well as the purification of antibodies.
Between 2004 and 2007, Vanita worked in Dr. Rando’s lab in the Department of Neurology as a Life Science Research Assistant/Lab Manager. Here, she was involved in a lot of different projects including the experimental design and analysis for the study of the role of delteX gene on muscle differentiation using molecular and cellular biology techniques like DNA and RNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, gene subcloning and site-directed mutagenesis. She was also involved with the production and purification of HA-tagged TAF250 protein using the Baculovirus over-expression system. Vanita also managed lab operations for equipment, supplies, and regulation compliance. From 2007 until 2010, Vanita worked in the Department of Neurosurgery under Dr. Skirboll. In Dr. Skirboll’s lab, she was tasked with identifying cancer stem cells markers in glioblastoma multiforme using a novel colony-forming antibody cell array.
Since 2010, I have had the pleasure of working with Vanita in the Stanford Functional Genomics Facility where she is responsible for numerous gene expression and genotyping projects. She is extremely diligent and always strives to do her very best on each project that she is involved. In addition, she is the cornerstone of all social activities in the lab and her joyful attitude helps elevate everyone that comes in contact with her.
John Coller (Supervisor)
Start date: 5/28/92
Rosie has been an irreplaceable member of Urology since she joined the department in 1992. She first worked with the Chair of Urology, Dr. Thomas Stamey, and his colleague, Dr. John McNeal, as they created an unparalleled resource of tissue and serum banks to study prostate cancer. At the side of Dr. McNeal, a renowned prostate pathologist, Rosie became extremely knowledgeable about the histopathology of the prostate. After joining my lab in 2001, her anatomical knowledge of the prostate has enabled her to obtain tissues from surgical specimens for our development of realistic and representative preclinical models of prostate cancer. Her skills as a tissue histologist are enormous. Furthermore, her knowledge of how things work in the department and university make her the “go-to” person for all of the research staff. Rosie’s devotion to her work never flags. She is a vibrant member of the lab who works well with everyone and adds to the esprit de corps of the research team.
Dr. Donna Peehl (Supervisor)
Bernadette, better known as Bernie, has been with Stanford for 20 years. She is a professional biller currently responsible for ensuring the entering of charges for NeuroSciences providers. She previously worked with Anesthesia and Orthopedic Surgery in the same capacity, and after 18 years with the University, she transferred to the hospital side of Stanford. She is now a biller with the Professional Revenue Cycle.
On a personal side, she is a soft-spoken juggernaut who always gets her point across. She is always sharply dressed, and ready to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. She adds a smile to keep herself and the rest of her team in a positive mood. She is a good person to work with at Stanford.
Jennifer Petteway (Supervisor)
Start date: 10/26/92
Borka has only been with the Division of Oncology for the past four years of her 20-year tenure at Stanford, but she had an immediate and positive impact on our very big and busy division. Not only is Borka an excellent financial manager and advisor, she is also a wonderful mentor. Borka's path to Oncology was unusual, and we are extremely fortunate that circumstances led her to us. There is not enough I can write about her to express my admiration of her strength, courage and positive outlook on life.
Phyllis Bussey (Supervisor)
Start date: 10/1/92
Ranjani has been a research associate for twenty years. During that entire time, her work has been outstanding, characterized by enthusiasm and dedication above and beyond all expectations. She has a wide range of skills and the ability to learn and to develop new techniques and approaches. For instance, she has generated new tumor cell lines using recombinant retroviruses, studied the role of cell surface receptors in immune responses, viral infection and tumor metastases. She is an expert in animal breeding and genetic experiments.
Over these years, she has contributed greatly to the maintenance of expertise of the laboratory and to the training of large numbers post-doctoral fellows and students. In addition, she has raised and nurtured her family of three very impressive daughters who are following in her footsteps by becoming physicians and scientists, themselves.
Dr. Ronald Levy (Supervisor)
Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Start date: 7/27/92
Rosalind Ravasio has brought her high-level administrative skills from other efforts to lead the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine from its inception as a small laboratory off Arastradero Road to a 200,000 sq. ft. Lokey Stem Cell building with over 25 permanent and ~10 'hotel' faculty through the financial and administrative maze that is Stanford. Largely through her skills, the Institute is in the financial black, is still expanding its faculty, and has established research programs, PhD graduate programs, and collaborative 'hotel' bench programs at the highest level.
She has done so without the standard teaching TECUs, research overhead returns, and other privileges that are the currency of University Departments, at least until this year. She works well with 2 lines of reporting, one to Irving Weissman as Director of the Institute, and the other to Marcia Cohen as Director of Finance in the Medical School Dean's Office. She must be one of the most accomplished DFAs at Stanford University, and we salute her for her superb service to us.
Dr. Irv Weissman (Supervisor)
Start date: 11/23/92
Frank Reisinger has been an integral part of the Blood Center for over 17 years, and on-board with the University for even longer. Frank transferred to the Blood Center in 1995 from the old Central Procurement with much valuable experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the University. Once at the Blood Center, he jumped right into assisting our Procurement Department through record growth, facility moves, and major changes to our systems – including embracing the principles of Lean Manufacturing. Frank moved up in the department – now supervising a staff of three.
Over the years, Frank has worked with staff and vendors to save us thousands of dollars and to ensure that the Blood Center always has the materials and supplies necessary to fulfill our critical mission to patients. He is a knowledgeable and valued member of our team. Thank you, Frank!
Sharon Branaman (Supervisor)
Helen Johnson Reisenger
Start date: 4/20/92
Helen began her career with Stanford in 1992 -- starting with the department of Neurology, then working with the departments of Medicine and Genetics and finally returning to Neurology where she has been in her current position for over 12 years. During her tenure, she has developed and nurtured strong working relationships with the faculty, administrative staff and finance team. Neurology has grown significantly over the past few years, and Helen has graciously taken on an increasing amount of responsibilities and duties. She is very responsive when approached with questions and does her best to manage the many requests that come her way. She is also a team player who is always willing to assist faculty and coworkers in any way she can.
Helen is a dedicated employee and valuable member of the finance team. We truly appreciate all the contributions she has made to the department and are proud that she is being recognized for her 20 years of service to Stanford University.
SunHi Pak (Supervisor)
Reneé D. Rittler
Clinical and Translational Research Unit
Start date: 3/1/92
Reneé is the Administrative Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU). The CTRU is funded by the NIH-supported Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (Spectrum), and located at the Friendenrich Center for Translational Center (FCTR) at 800 Welch Road. The FCTR is the home for clinical and translational research at Stanford. Renee's CTRU responsibilities include fiscal management, strategic planning, research administration, human resources, and facilities planning and management. Her previous positions at Stanford included Grant Finance Manager of the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory, where she administered and managed a large NASA grant and several other sponsored grants, contracts and sub-contracts with several external organizations. Before working for Hansen, she was the Administrative Manager of the Center On Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA), where she managed a large NSF grant between Stanford University, IBM and UC Davis and produced annual progress reports and proposals for funding of this NSF grant.
Dr. Branimir Sikic (Supervisor)
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Start date: 10/26/92
Jane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who was first employed as a nutrition educator on a research project within the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She came to HIP when the project was completed. At the time, HIP was just beginning its behavioral science focus on healthy lifestyles. Jane's knowledge of motivational interviewing and effective "helping communication" techniques was extremely valuable to our program's success and growth. In addition to coaching people who were having difficulties with making a healthy lifestyle change, Jane also was a popular health educator, teaching nutrition and stress management classes. Jane kept her counseling skills sharp by maintaining a small psychotherapy practice in the community.
Jane has a very strong interest in the environment. She has developed and taught many classes over the years that relate to the built environment, to carbon emissions, to bicycle and hiking trails, to the use of mass transit, and to the linkage of physical activity and healthy eating with environmental initiatives. Jane has been a long-time partner with Stanford's Parking and Transportation initiatives. In one program that she developed for HIP, Jane provides information about the benefits of mass transit, she distributes maps and time schedules, and she walks with participants to the train station in Palo Alto to show them how to purchase tickets. Jane has led Stanford faculty and staff on walks throughout the campus providing interesting facts about Stanford along the way. At one point, she co-chaired the campus environmental health initiatives with a faculty member to draw attention to the importance of Stanford's evolving leadership role in the development of a local culture of environmental health.
Jane serves as a guide and tutor to HIP staff who want to develop skills in behavior change. As we develop new programs directed toward healthy lifestyle, Jane's professional experience in social work and counseling is invaluable. She is a true asset to the organization, to the University, and to the community. Jane serves as the Coordinator of Environmental Behavior Change.
Wesley Alles & Joyce Hanna (Supervisors)
Start date: 12/2/92
Diven has been with the Department of Genetics since 2005. Prior to joining Genetics, Diven worked in the Stanford Office of Sponsored Research, the Department of Neurology, and the Controller’s office…experiences which clearly prepared him for his current position in Genetics.
Diven has a "can do" attitude, and has successfully adapted to departmental changes driven by a new DFA, a new Chair, and many new faculty over the past few years. Diven does a great job of managing conflicting deadlines, while still getting the most important things done. Throughout it all, Diven maintains his sense of humor and a smile!
Diven received his accounting degree from the University of Phoenix, and is a father of two. We appreciate Diven’s ongoing contributions to the department and the school, and congratulate him for his 20 years of service with Stanford!
Randy Soares (Supervisor)
Joan L. Whitesel
Start date: 6/1/92
Joan Whitesel has been the "Face" of the Department of Surgery for over 20 years. Joan began her tenure in the department in May of 1992 as an Administrative Assistant supporting the Chair, Dr. John Niederhuber. After a brief time in the Transplant Division, she returned to the Chair’s office and has been providing high level administrative support for Dr. Thomas Krummel and the department ever since.
Administrative support is the cornerstone to any well-run department, and Joan Whitesel is one of the reasons Surgery has been so successful. Attend a Departmental Grand Rounds, a lecture, or other department event and you will surely see Joan’s touch. She has an attention to detail that is clearly evident no matter what the project. The department’s Holiday Party is always thought of as "Joan's Party", and that same stamp of professionalism and ownership made Joan integral to the department’s move to their new space. Offering his words on Joan’s years of service, Dr. Krummel said, "Joan has been a 'steady hand' and a Rock of Gibraltar for the department and me for more than a decade, we are so lucky to have her as an integral part of the organization."
When asked what has kept her in one place for so long, Joan quickly replied, "It's a privilege to work with so many wonderful people…Wow!"
Dr. Thomas Krummel (Supervisor)
Robert C. Zeien
IRT IT Services
Start date: 8/1/92
Robert Zeien has been working in IRT (and its predecessors) since he was a student here at Stanford. He started by installing early networks, transitioned to UNIX administration, and ultimately to Information Security. He was involved in creating solutions to reduce the amount of hacking and virus issues that plagued the School of Medicine, and for a time it was a struggle to just keep up. He was involved in implementing the School’s first firewall and other border controls that have generally eliminated these types of issues. Robert has been instrumental in creating a safe and secure environment for our sensitive information. He has provided oversight, design and standardization for the information security capabilities now in place for the School of Medicine.
When not at work, he has coached youth baseball and basketball. He plays and sings in a bluegrass band (and is quite good!). His other favorite activities include hiking, kayaking and spending time with his family.
Bob Burkhardt (Supervisor)
Start date: 4/1/92
Leigh joined the Arvin laboratory as a research assistant in 1992 and has had a remarkable career over the twenty years since then. Our laboratory studies varicella zoster virus (VZV), which is the human herpes virus that causes chicken pox and herpes zoster (shingles). Leigh has been a dedicated and creative contributor to research on how VZV causes human disease and how the host immune system controls the virus. Her first publications were investigations of the immune response induced by the varicella-zoster virus vaccine, which is now licensed for the prevention of chickenpox and zoster. Subsequently, she focused on the molecular mechanisms by which VZV genes allow the virus to replicate in human cells over the course of the disease. She developed a highly innovative SCID mouse model for studying how VZV infects and persists in human neurons. Most recently, she has been first author of two publications describing work in this model in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, in addition to numerous papers in the Journal of Virology and other prominent virology journals. Her work is widely recognized as having had a significant impact on scientific knowledge about VZV interactions with differentiated human cells in vivo and the pathogenesis of this medically important virus.
Dr. Ann Arvin (Supervisor)
Start date: 8/3/92
Danyang Zhang began working at Lane Medical Library over 20 years ago in the technical services department assisting with special projects, Serials, and Acquisitions. Her expertise in troubleshooting systems-related issues was recognized in these early years and in 1997, she joined the newly created Computer Networking and Systems group in Lane Library. In her roles as Network and Workstation Support Specialist and Systems Analyst, Danyang has managed and orchestrated countless hardware and software upgrades to ensure that all Lane staff and public computers have seamless access to the programs and networks they need to work, study, and conduct research. Congratulations, Danyang and thank you for your positive contributions to Lane Library and the University.
Heidi Heilemann (Supervisor)
Start date: 6/1/92
Elizabeth Zuo joined the Protein and Nucleic Acid (PAN) facility at the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, in March 1992 after completing her Masters in Chemistry at Georgia State University, Atlanta. Initially her responsibilities included DNA Sequencing and Oligonucleotide Synthesis, both genomics technologies that at the time fundamentally changed the way discovery research was performed. Since then Elizabeth’s responsibilities have increased significantly, and she demonstrated her leadership abilities when she served as interim Director of the PAN facility in 2004. During this time, she ensured that there was no interruption in the services being provided to the Stanford research community.
Elizabeth exhibits a high level of dedication to her work. She correctly diagnoses problems and is able to handle them both creatively and appropriately. She is highly motivated and shows great enthusiasm for everything she does. This is exemplified by how she has played a major role in successfully implementing several different gene expression profiling and genotyping technologies and used them to complete projects for different investigators as part of the Full Service Affymetrix Gene Expression Profiling Service within the PAN Facility. There is considerable skill and adherence to detail required to successfully completing gene expression profiling projects. The consistent, high quality data that she has generated has transformed the microarray section and is contributing significantly to the PAN facility’s operation, including advancing the research of Stanford's basic science investigators. From the client feedback that has been received, it is clear that she consistently produces work of the highest quality and has contributed to several publications in various peer reviewed professional and technical journals.
Elizabeth is an experienced scientist and a team player. She often steps up to help her co-workers in areas outside of her regular responsibilities.
Beyond Stanford, Elizabeth’s interests include being the mother of a daughter who is currently working on Wall Street and enjoying painting.
I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with her.
We congratulate Elizabeth on her 20 years of service!
Michael Eckart (Supervisor)