Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Sharon Clarke

Radiation Oncology/Radiation Biology

Start date: 4/13/87

It is difficult to fully express the gratitude we have for the incredible dedication and loyalty that Sharon has to the Department of Radiation Oncology and University at large, where she has served for the past 25 years. Sharon first came to the Stanford Medical Center and Clinics in 1968 from Berkeley’s Graduate School of Business where she served as the personal secretary to the Dean of the Graduate School at UC Berkeley.

While at the Medical Center, she worked with patients, faculty physicians and fellows for 3 years, and good fortune brought her to the Department of Radiation Oncology in 1987. Sharon’s flexibility and professional skills were put to the test as she continued to provide support to patients, faculty physicians and fellows, while adding interactions with laboratory personnel and other University officials as she began supporting human and animal subject protocols, grant proposals, manuscripts and managing the numerous tasks involved to support the University’s mission of teaching, learning and research.

The early to mid-nineties was an exciting time for personal computing, and Sharon aided in keeping the Department’s desktop publishing and presentation skills relevant. This was a time of constant and dramatic change; Sharon enjoyed the challenge of new technologies and worked to make it available to the Department through either the presentations and slides she would produce, or through instruction she would deliver to others in the department.

That passion for learning and supporting the University’s mission is as strong today as it was 25 years ago. In the last year, Sharon completed one of her more interesting and challenging contributions; coordinating and preparing the manuscript & illustrations for the publishing of Dr. Amato Giaccia’s medical textbook, Radiobiology for the Radiologist Seventh Edition (Hall; Giaccia 2011). The scope and scale of this project garnished Sharon the respect and accolades of those that worked with her on this project; her approach to the task and what she was able to accomplish solidified her reputation and stature with her co-workers.

Of Sharon’s 25 years with the School of Medicine, the most recent 16 were spent in the division of Radiation and Cancer Biology supporting Dr. Amato Giaccia. In that time, Sharon has worked with 2 Division Directors; Dr. J. Martin Brown, and Dr. Amato Giaccia as the current Division Director since 2004. She has also worked under 3 Departmental chairmen as well – Dr. Malcolm Bagshaw, Dr. Richard Hoppe and currently Dr. Quynh-Thu Le.

Dr. Amato Giaccia (Supervisor)

Marcos Figueroa

IRT/Lane Library

Start date: 9/1/87

Marcos Figueroa started working at Lane Medical Library in 1986 as a Shelver, shelving tens of thousands of journals and books. Over the years, Marcos has taken on many other responsibilities including: Evening Supervisor, Billing Manager, Remote Site Courier, and Customer Service Specialist. He has trained hundreds of students and worked graciously and effectively with thousands of patrons. He has made many contributions to Lane Library’s successes such as changing from a manual to an automated system for checking out books and journals. He consistently provides Lane users with excellent customer service, and Alumni and staff returning to campus are always delighted to see Marcos at the User Services Desk.

Sandra Brekke (Supervisor)

Dr. Gail Gong


Start date: 10/15/87

Dr. Gail Gong has provided 25 years of distinguished service to the University in the fields of cancer epidemiology and statistical genetics. She has contributed outstanding and impeccable work in several areas. These include developing and implementing new methods for analyzing epidemiologic data, designing and conducting complex computer simulations to evaluate the performance of the methods, applying them to large sets of epidemiological data, and designing freely available, user-friendly software so that others can implement the methods in their own work. The high quality of her work is evidenced in her many published papers in high-impact biostatistical, epidemiological and clinical journals. Thank you for all your contributions to Stanford.

Dr. Alice Whittemore (Supervisor)

Dawn E. Hyde


Start date: 12/9/87

Dawn has worked with faculty, staff and students in a variety of roles around campus in her 25 years at Stanford. In 1987, she joined the Center for the Study of Language and Information, moving to the Symbolic Systems Program and the Philosophy and Religious Studies Departments before spending nine years managing the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Departments of Economics and Physics. In 2000, she transitioned to the information technology area, becoming a Project Coordinator for the University’s ITSS and later a Contract Management Analyst for Administrative Systems, providing project, financial and contract management support for projects involving Stanford’s administrative computing systems. In 2007, Dawn joined the School of Medicine, providing administrative and financial support for the Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT).

As the “hub” of IRT’s offices now at 3172 Porter Drive, Dawn is greatly valued for her enthusiastic support and willingness to go the extra mile, and then some. She tenaciously researches problems and pursues issues while ensuring the office runs smoothly for IRT’s 80+ staff at Porter Drive. Given her extensive breadth and depth of Stanford experience, she is a valuable resource on the University’s myriad systems and processes, navigating them with ease and knowing just who to contact to get things done. IRT is fortunate to have the benefit of Dawn’s vast knowledge and versatile skills as well as her clear commitment to getting things done, and done well!

Lora Pertle (Supervisor)

Michele F. King

Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection

Start date: 5/19/86

We honor and congratulate Michele King for celebrating her 25 years of service at Stanford. Michele immigrated from Switzerland in 1985, and began her career here in 1987 working in the French and Italian Department. In the Spring of 1990, our current Provost John Etchemendy, who was then Director of the Center for Study of Language and Information, hired Michele for the position of Program Manager. In this role, Michele coordinated the Center’s Industrial Affiliates Program. The Center was founded by Stanford University, SRI International, and (the former Xerox) PARC, and serves faculty and students researching computational, logical and stochastic modeling of cognitive function. Michele worked for the center until 2006, when she joined the newly created Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection (ITI) in the School of Medicine.

The Institute for ITI promotes educational and translational research opportunities in the areas of immunology, transplantation and infectious diseases. As the Program Manager for ITI, Michele works closely with the Director, Mark Davis, and has done everything from “soup to nuts.” In the early start-up days of the Institute, Michele did it all. She managed HR, coordinated all Executive committees and retreats, hired new staff, managed facilities, faculty affairs, ITI membership, and assisted with service center billing for the core Human Immune Monitoring Lab. And even mulled wine for the Holiday parties! As the Institute grew and we hired more operational staff, Michele has devoted her time to planning and organizing the different research symposia, faculty affairs, website design and liaisons with Development, Marketing, and Industry partners. Her background has provided her with key expertise in this unique environment.

Michele speaks her native French, and is fluent in German, which makes her a wonderful "ambassador" when we invite international faculty and guests. Her worldly charm is infectious, and she is gracious and kind with everyone she encounters. She is a great colleague and we can always depend on her. The Institute would not be the success it is today without her. We owe a lot to Michele for her tireless efforts and dedication.

We congratulate you, Michele, on your 25th anniversary, and thank you for all you do for the Institute!

Anne Gordon & Dr. Mark Davis (Supervisor)

Brenda Kusler

Stanford Cancer Institute

Start date: 3/25/87

During her 25 years here at Stanford, Brenda initially worked in immunology, studying autoimmunity and innate immune responses. She later shifted to Oncology to study aberrant nuclear proteins in neoplastic transformation. Brenda has enjoyed helping many a scientist and student fulfill their research, educational and publication goals. She has always been quick to lend a hand whenever asked. Her desire to always learn more, coupled with her outgoing personality has allowed her to forge collaborations between diverse laboratories around campus. Thank you, Brenda, for your invaluable contributions to Stanford!

Beverly Mitchell (Supervisor)

Lorie Langdon


Start date: 8/10/87

Lorie Langdon has been affiliated with Stanford University for 25 years, the last 7 of which have been as the coordinator for the Medical Scientist Training Program. Lorie is a tireless advocate for each of the 83-97 MSTP students per year who participate in the program. Our MSTP has the lowest attrition rate in the country for students obtaining both degrees – and our attrition rate under Lorie’s guidance is 0% for students obtaining at least 1 degree. Attention to each and every student assures that none slips through the cracks. Lorie drove the highly successful submission of our most recent NIH T32 grant, which was renewed for 5 years with a recommendation of the NIH Study Section to increase the number of training grant slots from 21 to 35. She mentors an assistant (Moira Louca), and effectively "manages" both new MSTP Faculty Program Directors (Drs. Kim and Utz) flawlessly.

Lorie is arguably the single, most important person in the MSTP, which has been one of the best in the nation for over 44 years. It is important to note that she also administers the Masters of Medicine Program, adding not just to her workload but to her importance to the School of Medicine. Lorie has been critical to the success of the MOM Program, which involves complex integration of a heavy MOM course load with all of the requirements of PhD students in the many different PhD programs across campus. Lorie has managed to work with students from all these different departments to somehow make it all work. MOM has nearly 40 students total in any given year, and Lorie has been fantastic about helping all of these students with all of the various dimensions, whether it is course requirements, financial considerations, or other administrative aspects. She has managed to overcome every obstacle, and she always does it with poise and grace. She is simply amazing! Her “spirit” is reflective of what makes Stanford School of Medicine so great.

Dr. P.J. Utz and Dr. Ben Barres (Supervisor)

Lilibeth Lorenzo-Fernando

Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 11/30/87

Lilibeth (known to her co-workers as Beth) moved to the Bay Area from Manila, Philippines, after finishing her B.S. in Medical Technology in 1985. She worked in a financial institution for two years before coming to Stanford University and Medical School in 1987. Her first job as a Life Science Technician was in Department of Radiology under the principal investigator Dr. Kendric Smith, performing bacterial genetic experiments to locate genes used for conjugation and bacteriophage transduction technique, and conducted radiation survival experiments on E. coli. She recorded, calculated and plotted all data produced from survival and mutagenesis experiment. She also made simple and complex reagents, growth media and plates for bacterial experiments.

In 1988 Beth started working in Dr. Steven Foung’s laboratory in the Department of Pathology’s Viral Immunology laboratory as Lab. Asst. II, and was promoted to Research Assistant I in 2003. Beth performed cell cloning and maintenance of hybridoma cell lines; scaled up antibody production cell lines; purified antibodies and performed assays for antibody quantification; and made small and large scale preparations of plasmid DNA from cultured E. coli. She also performed functional assays for HCV structural protein expression using immunofluorescence, flow-cytometry and western blot analysis.

In 2005, Beth returned to her clinical roots by joining the Histocompatibility Laboratory at the Stanford Blood Center, with a focus on histocompatibility and transplantation. As a Life Science Tech III, Beth performs DNA extractions, cell isolations, cell freezing and serum aliquoting on all types of clinical samples – the lab processes some 15,000 samples per year. Beth is involved in training new laboratory personnel, including Stanford Residents and fellows who attend a two-week training rotation in the HLA lab. She is a lead person for all the staff at HLA laboratory because of her broad experience, her exemplary work ethic, and her willingness to help whenever she is needed. She is always open to learning new technologies and automated processes. She is a valued team member of the Histocompatibility, Immunogenetics and Disease Profiling laboratory at the Stanford Blood Center.

Rajesh Shah (Supervisor)

Virginia Mahasin

Pathology/Blood Center

Start date: 9/1/87

Ginny started with Stanford as a Department of Psychiatry research assistant in 1987, shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley. She worked in the lab for 18 years before moving over to the Stanford Blood Center in the telerecruitment department. Though I have only worked with Ginny for a couple of years, she has proven to be the model of a Stanford Employee. She is dedicated to the mission of the blood center and her commitment is clearly demonstrated in her work. Her passion for connecting blood donors to the patients we serve is unparalleled. Over the last seven years with the blood center, Ginny has grown to be one of the best telerecruiters in the department. She has become personally connected with our donors and her friendly open nature puts the donors at ease every day. She is very successful as a telerecruiter and even more so as a resource for her colleagues. During Ginny’s time at the Blood Center, she has been a leader for the department. She has taken on the role of training new employees and also initiating improvements. I am extremely thankful to have Ginny on my team. Thank you, Ginny, for your 25 years at Stanford!

Renee Gipson (Supervisor)

Gladys Morales

Research Management Group

Start date: 1/7/87

Gladys began her 25-year Stanford career in Earth Sciences before moving to Civil Engineering, and then finally to the School of Medicine’s Research Management Group (RMG) in 1997. She remains a very valuable part of our group today. During those 25 years, research administration at Stanford has gone through enormous changes and growth. Gladys works tirelessly to provide excellent service to her customers and, because of her many years of experience, is an important resource for all of us. She is dedicated and meticulous in the face of increasingly complex and constantly changing research administration regulations. Outside of work, Gladys enjoys opera and jazz concerts, traveling, and spending time with her family; especially her nephews. We are grateful for Gladys’ contribution to the School of Medicine and are delighted to celebrate her 25 years of service.

Tracy Reynolds (Supervisor)

Bita Nouriani


Start date: 11/23/87

Bita joined Stanford in 1987 as an Administrative Assistant working with PIs and their budgets, but she soon became involved in hands on research. Between 1988 and 1991 she worked at the Stanford Sleep Center as a Research Assistant. From 1991 Bita joined the Center for Stress and Health, helping to launch new studies involving women with metastatic breast cancer. She assisted in the preparation of research protocols, recruited subjects, trained and supervised Research Assistants and worked with the breast cancer patients engaged in psychosocial support groups. In 2000, Bita became Research Manager for the Cancer Supportive Care Program developing protocols to assess the effects on the quality of life of the program participants and analyzing data. Her experience and dedication led her to become Project Director for NIH-funded studies on Circadian, Hormonal Dysregulation and Breast Cancer Survival, Stress, Diurnal Cortisol and Breast Cancer Survival and Sleep, and a program project on Stress, the HPA, and Health in Aging. She managed complex studies involving stays at the Clinical Translational Research Unit, and was the master organizer of the research protocols and managed relationships with our study subjects and research staff. Alongside the development of her skills in research, Bita has helped with Support Groups leading her to complete her training as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Bita is the heart and soul of the Center on Stress and Health. She is meticulous about every research detail, yet warm and astute in dealing with complex clinical problems facing our research subjects. She builds wonderful relationships with people whose lives are full of concerns before they engage with a research project. She makes them feel cared about, whatever the rigors of the study. She has also built strong and respectful relationships with staff, who know they will always get a helpful and constructive response to every question. Bita makes it possible for us to complete complex and demanding clinical research protocols because of her compassionate and rigorous approach to everything she does.

Dr. David Spiegel (Supervisor)

Karla J. Palmeri

Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Start date: 2/2/87

Karla Palmeri has been a research associate in the Marine Biology lab of Irv Weissman at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. She has been the soul of the lab, guiding students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and even extended scientists and junior faculty for years.

Her expertise in marine protochordates has allowed even molecular biology nerds to begin to understand the marvelous life histories of these links between invertebrates and vertebrates. When the field matured, mainly by the work of Karla and Kathy Nishizuka, and it was possible to bring molecular biological approaches to understand the genetics of histocompatibility, or the genetic determination of stem cells, etc., Karla reinvented herself and became proficient in these fields as well. She is a most valued long term employee whose high standards, technological excellence, and collegial empathy and mentoring has led and sustained this distant branch of the Weissman lab in Pacific Grove for years. Sometimes one can only begin to understand the importance of individuals by imagining how the enterprise would function without them. I have thought about this with Karla, and I can say with full honesty that it would not exist at all, much less at its currently highly productive level.

Dr. Irv Weissman (Supervisor)

Vida Shokoohi

Stanford Functional Genomics Facility

Start date: 9/1/86

Vida Shokoohi moved to the United States from Iran in 1979 to attend Utah State University, majoring in Medical Technology with a minor in Chemistry. Upon graduating with honors in 1983, she moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. Here she began work on her Master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and worked on her Master's thesis entitled "Identification and characterization of Gonococci type 5: One step forward in understanding the attachment of Gonococci to mucosal cells."

In May of 1987, after receiving her Master's Degree and moving to California, Vida began working at Stanford University in the lab of Dr. William Ruehl in Pathology. In Dr. Ruehl’s lab, she worked on the development of an ELISA assay using a synthetic peptide for myoglobin detection. In 1990, Vida moved to the lab of Dr. David Stevenson to work on hepatic heme oxygenase in neonatal rats during the early postnatal period. Here she also investigated the role of heme oxygenase as a free radical. In 1997, Vida began working on the Human Genome Project at the Stanford Human Genome Center under Dr. Rick Myers. In this lab, she also worked on the discovery of genes responsible for Major Depression & Bio-polar diseases using real-time PCR.

After 10 years at the Genome Center, Vida put her license as a clinical laboratory scientist to use and worked for a short time performing low resolution HLA typing for transplant patients in the Stanford Histocompatibility lab before joining the Stanford Functional Genomics Facility (SFGF) in 2008. At SFGF, she is responsible for conducting numerous molecular biology experiments with an emphasis on the gene expressions studies. She also single-handedly manages the lab and all of the people in it. Vida’s quick wit and no-nonsense attitude is cherished by everyone that interacts with her on a daily basis. She has an exceptional work attitude and is able to deliver the best of herself under the most stressful and trying conditions.

John Coller (Supervisor)

Nengchee (June) Teo

Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine

Start date: 6/22/87

Nengchee (June) Teo is celebrating 25 years of loyal service to Stanford. As her supervisor, I have had the unparalleled privilege of working closely with her for more than 20 of those 25 years. June is acknowledged by all to be one of the most dedicated and faithful employees of this institution. No matter what the task, she embraces it with enthusiasm and the undiluted desire to render service. Her skills are far-ranging, and her intimate knowledge of the school and the medical center help her to find the solution to any problem. June comes to work with a smile and puts a smile on the faces of those around her. We are privileged to have her in our Stanford family.

Dr. Stanley Rockson (Supervisor)

Jane L. Volk-Brew

Academic Affairs

Start date: 12/7/87

Jane began her Stanford career in 1987 as a Legal Assistant in the Office of the General Counsel. In 1994, she joined the Provost’s Office, rising from Staff Associate, to Assistant Provost, to Associate Provost in the Faculty Affairs Group. Through her tenure in these roles, she gained an extremely wide and deep knowledge of the intricate policies that govern actions occurring throughout a faculty member’s professional career, beginning with appointment, ending with retirement, and encompassing everything in between. Jane also gained an encyclopedic knowledge of the actual processes that underlie each of these policies. Complementing this background was a wealth of experience in data collection, maintenance and reporting. During these years, Jane developed strong working relationships with a wide variety of people across Stanford; many professional colleagues turned into personal friends, and these friendships have remained strong over the years.

In 2006, the Office of Academic Affairs successfully recruited Jane to join its team where her considerable talent and expertise, both in policy promulgation and systems development, have been extraordinary assets to the School. Under her leadership, the on-line, web-based FAST/FAC system has transformed the way in which faculty appointments and promotions are done in the School of Medicine. A multitude of other contributions, ranging from management of the Clinician Educator Line to participation in University-wide systems projects, have likewise been exemplary. Jane is admired and valued for her strong work ethic, well-honed analytical skills, understanding of nuanced issues, discretion and trustworthiness, collaborative spirit, and for being an effective and creative problem solver who is open to alternative approaches and solutions. Jane is also a fount of information on cooking, traveling, gardening, all things NPR and NYT, and Donna Leon crime novels.

For these and so many other reasons, we send heartiest congratulations to Jane on achieving this 25-year milestone at Stanford. And on behalf of everyone who has benefited from her stellar work, kind assistance or wise counsel over the years, thank you, Jane!

Judith Cain (Supervisor)

Cheryl Yemoto

Health & Safety

Start date: 8/10/87

Cheryl Yemoto began her service to the Stanford community in 1976 when she joined the Clinical Microbiology Department of the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. After taking a break between 1984 and 1987 to complete, in her words, "my mommy-track," she returned to Stanford University when she was recruited to serve in the Urology Department’s Bacteriology Lab, being promoted to Technical Supervisor for the PSA and Prostate Cancer Research laboratories under the tutelage of the eminent physician/researcher, Dr. Thomas Stamey.

Restless for more challenges, Cheryl decided to join the School of Medicine's Health and Safety Programs Office (HSPO) in 2000. There, she would integrate her clinical and research background in the service of all basic and clinical research in the School. She quickly became the go-to person for all inspection-driven programs, and ran interference between thousands of researchers and the regulatory authorities in such a way that would make David Shaw proud.

David Silberman (Supervisor)