Celebrating 30 Years of Service

Bonita K. Baker


Social Science Research Assistant

Over the past 30 years, Bonnie has supported much of the research within the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. Starting in the area of growth factor research, she has transitioned her research to the prevention of Type 1 diabetes and obesity. Always reliable and hardworking, Bonnie continues as a vital contributor to our division in so many ways. Congratulations on 30 years at Stanford University, a remarkable achievement.

Susan Marie Gokey Gonzalez  

Department: Orthopaedics

Administrative Associate

Sue began working at Stanford University Hospital in 1982, in Patient Accounting, followed by the Personnel Department and Risk Management. In 1991, she moved to the university as an Administrative Associate in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Since that time, she has served as assistant to the Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Service and the Vice Chairman of the department, as well as three additional faculty members. Her passion and drive have been invaluable in keeping the administrative functions of the Spine team running smoothly. She uses her large fund of knowledge and excellent organizational skills to manage such diverse tasks as coordinating the Spine Surgery Fellowship Program and the Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship and Sub-Internship Courses, overseeing the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery re-certification process for her faculty, maintaining the call schedules for the Spine Service and Spine Trauma call, and coordinating visiting faculty. In addition to her strong work ethic and the high quality of her output, Sue excels in her interactions with faculty, staff, patients, students, and all who she encounters in her work. She is a kind, discreet, helpful, and focused member of the Orthopaedic team, and has the respect and admiration of everyone in the department. All in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery want to thank her for her 30 years of outstanding service.

Tim D. Knaak

Department: CMGM Operations

Life Science Research Assistant

Tim started working at Stanford in 1973, operating the cell sorter in the laboratory of Dr. Len Herzenberg, before the first commercial FACS (Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorter) was produced from a licensed design from the lab.  After two years here, he left to pursue other interests in Washington, D.C.  But a graduate student from the Herzenberg laboratory called Tim from the now disbanded Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland.  Tim went to help set up the cell sorter there, and the six-month period for this was extended to 6 years, from 1977 to 1983.  After taking some time off then to travel in Asia, Tim returned to his family home in California, and Len Herzenberg was glad to welcome him back to Stanford to continue as the main operator in the Stanford Shared FACS Facility that had been instituted here.  

The 30-year recognition program applies to this second round at Stanford, from late 1983 to the present. The Facility has grown substantially since Tim returned, including many changes of instruments and more operators. Through all of this, Tim has been a mainstay, working with many users to insure the success of their projects. In addition to his continuing operator responsibilities (which include training researchers to operate the cell sorters on their own), Tim oversees the accounting for the Facility in order to get accurate billing for this bustling center that serves hundreds of labs at Stanford, as well as local and even non-local companies and institutes.

Eileen P. Maisen

Department: Pathology Operations Business Office Life

Science Research Assistant

Eileen Maisen has worked at the Stanford Department of Pathology for the past 30 years with enormous dedication and enthusiasm. In her function, she worked with a very large number of faculty, residents and staff. Without exception, all of these individuals have benefitted from this interaction, and many times her attention for detail and work ethic made a significant difference. What has always been impressive is the enormous enthusiasm that she brings to work each day and that continues to inspire those around her. Her dedication to patient service is outstanding, and with her in-depth knowledge of the workings of the department there have been many situations where her commitment was the deciding factor in a successful outcome. Our department has been very fortunate indeed to have such a wonderful colleague. Thanks very much, Eileen!

Angel Moises Mayorga

Department: Research Management Group

Computing Information Systems Analyst

Soon after Angel arrived at the University’s Sponsored Projects Office in February 1983 as an Administrative Assistant for the Patents group, his new manager asked him, “Do you know anything about databases?”  The Patents group had begun to gather data about the patents and licenses issuing from sponsored research, and they needed someone to maintain and enhance their system.  Having taken a few programming courses at university, Angel confidently took on the challenge, “Of course I do!” and his career at Stanford began.

In 1983, Angel encountered a computing environment which consisted of a hard-copy terminal connected to the University’s central mainframe, a few PCs running DOS with floppy drives, and dedicated word-processing machines.  The database he first encountered turned out to be SPIRES, the Stanford-developed database system which would eventually support the University’s main administrative systems in the 1980s & 1990s.

Eventually, the Sponsored Projects Office developed a SPIRES system named SPIDERS to track the submission of sponsored project proposals and receipt of awards.  Angel participated in its development, implementation and maintenance, which pre-occupied him for only the next 20 years.

Angel’s career has involved the support of several systems, including the Lab Animal Protocols System, the Departmental Expenditure Management System (DEMS), the original University Data Warehouse repository, but has recently found his way back to the School of Medicine’s Research Management Group to support reporting from SeRA, the system which recently replaced SPIDERS.

Angel’s knowledge and expertise in SQL coding and research administration has been invaluable in the creation of sponsored research reporting from the University’s SeRA system. His technical ability has allowed the School of Medicine to continue to develop and improve metrics used by both academic departments and the Dean’s office.

Angel observes:  "It’s been wonderful having the opportunity to support the University’s research mission while witnessing the amazing changes which computing technology have brought.  And also the University’s growth:  the small patents group which originally hired me grew into the Office of Technology Licensing."

The Research Management Group is very fortunate to have Angel, both for his knowledge and his passion in developing quality work. Thank you for all of your contributions!

Dick R. Miller

Department: Lane Library

Director for Resource Management

During his 30-year career at Stanford University, Dick Miller has earned a national and international reputation for his work and expertise in library systems and metadata. As Director for Resource Management, his work at Lane Medical Library focuses on the importance of identities and relationships. As Lane more recently has transformed itself into a digital library of knowledge, Dick has made numerous contributions in order to ensure that researchers, students, and clinicians can readily locate and access the resources they need, when and where they need them.

Dick’s career-long leadership and dedication to innovate and rapidly implement the latest technologies have made it possible for Lane Medical Library to be recognized around the globe as a library to watch and learn from. Dick was one of the early adopters of XML-based library applications. Together with a group of colleagues, including Kevin Clarke, their work resulted in an invitation from Library Journal to write “XML: libraries’ strategic opportunity” in 2000, which was later translated into Korean and Chinese, and a speech at the American Library Association, “XML and MARC: a choice or replacement?” They then produced XOBIS (the XML Organic Bibliographic Information Schema) for restructuring bibliographic data. This work resulted in an invited presentation at the International Federation of Library Associations meeting in Berlin (2003) and the American Library Association’s invitation to publish their book, Putting XML to Work in the Library (2004).

Dick’s work has made it possible to optimize the search on Lane’s busiest digital library branch—the Lane website. All of this is to say that today, when we search for a resource on the Lane Library website, we find it readily because of the metadata linked to the hundreds of thousands of records managed by Dick Miller and the Resource Management team.

As a colleague, we so appreciate Dick’s tenacity and patience. He has demonstrated repeatedly that big problems can be tackled in little increments to produce great change over a longer period of time. When he’s not pondering the latest technical innovation or programming challenge, you may spot Dick at any one of the many Stanford Lively Arts events on campus, especially if it’s being held at the Bing Concert Hall.

Robert Ralph Schneeveis

Department: Neurobiology

Science & Engineering Associate

Technically, Bob is a Science and Engineering Associate. In practice, however, he is a device fabrication Magician. For the last 30 years, we have depended on Bob to work his miracles in transforming our experimental ideas and dreams into reality. He combines boundless imagination with broad experience in materials, sophisticated fabrication techniques, and expert machining skills. What makes Bob truly special, however, is his ability to understand the intended goals of scientists, despite our fuzzy verbal descriptions, and to know better than us the device that we need.  The equipment he builds is almost always superior to what we had originally imagined.  Moreover, his exceptionally creative mind makes thinking with him about solutions a stimulating, wonderful adventure. Countless lines of research and major scientific discoveries have been enabled by the equipment that Bob has made. Over the years, we have learned that it is best to just tell Bob what we hope to accomplish, and let him do the rest.  In recognition of his many vital contributions to our research effort, Bob was awarded the 1996 Marshall O’Neill Award from the School of Medicine.

Cariel Taylor-Edwards

Department: Medicine/Immunology & Rheumatology

Life Science Research Assistant

Cariel has been a lab manager of the Fathman lab of cellular and molecular immunology for almost 30 years. She joined the lab in 1986 and is a master of animal husbandry (she started the first colony of NOD mice at Stanford), histopathology, sterile techniques in tissue culture, and isolation as well as transplantation of islets of Langerhans from the pancreas of mice. She has been a co-author on 12 manuscripts published during her time in the lab. She is a wealth of information for many members of the medical school community, not only in the Fathman lab, but across the breadth of medical school. Not only has Cariel mentored trainees while they worked in the lab, she has continued a life-long friendship with many of the lab members and serves as surrogate great aunt to many children born to ex-lab members. It has been a privilege to have Cariel manage my lab for the past three decades, and I treasure our continued friendship and her stewardship of the lab.