Employee Engagement and Recognition
Meet our Employee of the Month Winners!
Our winner and runner-up nominees for each month will be displayed right here!
Here you will have the opportunity to get to know more information about your dedicated colleagues in Pediatrics such as which division they work in, what their role is within their division, how long they've worked for the Department and University, where they are from, and how they like to spend their time outside of work.
You'll even get a chance to see who else in the Department of Pediatrics is making a notable, positive impact as runner-up nominees for each month!
Your November 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Irene Aranya!
Irene Aranya is a Team Manager of Research Administration in the Central Operations team. She has been with Stanford University for a total of 9.5 years, including 2.5 years with the Department of Pediatrics.
Irene grew up in Antioch, CA, and she graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Journalism. She loves traveling and experiencing different cultures. On weekdays, she loves to cook dinner and try different recipes.
Irene states, “I love the people I work with! The people in Pediatrics are amazing! I am constantly learning and inspired by them to be better both on a professional and personal level.“
Notable, runner-up nominees for November 2019:
Alyssa Ray (Hematology/ Oncology), Ingrid Garnica (Education), Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Jacqueline Sunderland (Endocrinology) and Jacquelyn Horgan (Rheumatology).
Your October 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Christina Hoang!
Christina Hoang works as an Administrative Associate within the Pediatrics Operations team. She has been a part of the Operations team, supporting the Pediatrics Chair’s office, for the past 1.5 years.
Christina is a San Francisco Bay Area native. She attended San Jose State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, with a concentration in Health Services Administration. When Christina isn’t working, she enjoys spending quality time with her fiancé and their 9-year-old “puppy”; traveling, most likely to a place that is warm and tropical; and trying different foods. During the summer, you’ll most likely find her at your local art and wine festival or a county fair. Christina states, “There are many reasons that I love my job. The top two are because of the wonderfully talented and kind people that I work with, and the many opportunities for both professional and personal development. Stanford has been a truly great place for my wellness and growth.”
Notable, runner-up nominees for October 2019:
Ingrid Garnica (Education), Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Jacqueline Sunderland (Endocrinology), Kim Son (Cardiology), Lupe Romero-Villanueva (Cardiology), Sarina Tom (Education) and Shauna Hauf (Hematology/Oncology)
Your September 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Leland Lei!
Leland Lei is a Financial Analyst within the Pediatrics Operations Team. Leland has been part of the central finance team for 2.5 years.
Leland was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He attended UC Riverside graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. When Leland isn’t working, he enjoys traveling, volunteering at church, rock climbing and following European Soccer. “Come on you Spurs!” Leland States, “I love the family environment and genuine relationships I have here. I feel comfortable to be myself and it allows me to focus on working hard!”
Notable, runner-up nominees for September 2019:
Ingrid Garnica (Education), Caroline Ragadio (Neonatology), Chelsi Romero (Gastroenterology), Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Grace Duenas (Neonatology), Maisi Mayo (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Megan Christofferson (Gastroenterology) Nichole Wang (Neonatology) and Robbin Brown (HR)
Your August 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Mary Le Rivera!
Mary Le Rivera is an Academic Affairs Specialist within the Pediatrics Operations team. Mary is approaching two years with her current team. Prior to joining the Pediatrics team, she worked at Stanford Healthcare for seven years and with Stanford University for almost four years.
Mary was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She attended San Jose State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. When Mary isn’t working, she’s busy keeping up with her very active one-year-old son, her dog Ozzy, as well as her friends and family. She states, “We all love to get together for dinners and BBQs.” Mary states, “There so many things that I love about my job, but if I had to pick a few things, one would be the people I work with. It’s wonderful working with a group of people that have a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals to carry out the Department’s mission and values. Another thing I love about my job is that I feel like my team cares about me as a person and my professional growth.”
Notable, runner-up nominees for August 2019:
Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Ingrid Garnica (Education), Juana Fulks (HR) and Lisa Higdon (Critical Care)
Your July 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Jennifer Tran!
Jennifer Tran is a Senior Financial Analyst with the Pediatrics Central Finance team. Jennifer is approaching three years with the Finance team this coming September, and she will have been at Stanford as a whole for six years next January.
Jen was born in Da Nang, Vietnam, and grew up in San Jose, CA. She attended Palo Alto University for her Bachelor’s in Psychology and San Jose State University for Master’s in Business Administration. When Jen isn’t working, she loves traveling, hiking, and hanging out with her dogs. Jen states, “I love being able to work with a large amount of data, which can be pretty meaningless when it’s raw, and transforming it into something that tells a story.” Jen also states, “the people I work with are incredibly smart and talented, and I can always learn from each of them.”
Notable, runner-up nominees for July 2019:
Anne Castles (Neonatology), Jessica Liu (Neonatology), Lisa Higdon (Critical Care), Michelle Au (Neonatology) and Monica Lanning (Endocrinology)
Your June 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Meg Venables !
Meg Venables is the Division Manager for General Pediatrics and Interim Division Manager for Gastroenterology. She began working at Stanford as a Program Coordinator with Spectrum Child Health (now MCHRI) in 2010. She became a Division Manager in 2016.
Meg is from Southern California. She came north to attend UC Santa Cruz where she studied Anthropology and planned to become a lawyer. When Meg isn’t working, she loves to travel, cook, run, and spend time with her silly dog – a 13-year old black pug named “Matsu.” Meg states, “I love the people I work with and also love the variety of work.”
Notable, runner-up nominees for June 2019:
Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine), Jennifer Tran (Finance) and Juana Fulks (HR)
Your May 2019 winner and runner-up nominees are in!
Congratulations, Jennifer Kang!
"Jennifer Kang is a Global Child Health Program Manager within the Division of Infectious Diseases. She began working with her division in 2011 with the intent of helping to implement a research project in Zimbabwe, and she has been “lucky to continue working with the same group as it's grown into the current GCH program.”
Jennifer was born in Korea and grew up in suburban Washington state “with one foot in the US and the other in Korea.” Jennifer states, “I am proud to have been part of the first generation of my family to go to college, studying History at Dartmouth. I switched career paths after college due to an internship, which thought was going to be for 3-months, turned into several gap years of exploring children’s health in Asia. I went on to get my Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington, focusing on global health and development.”
When Jennifer isn’t working, and before having kids, Jennifer and her husband loved road trips, cooking, spontaneous adventures, and any chance to fly to a new place. Now that Jennifer has three active kids (4, 7 and 10 years old), she has a newfound appreciation for staycations and meals other people cook. She is thankful to her kids for letting her see the world again through their eyes and with their curiosity.
Jennifer states, “I love the camaraderie of the fabulous, generous global child health family, which includes folks from across the SOM and the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity with whom we share our office space. I love exploring new ideas and connecting students and trainees to the global health community here and abroad. Anytime we get to bridge a gap, fill a need, help chip away at inequity, through a research project or a new class at Stanford, that’s a beautiful thing.”
Notable, runner-up nominees for May 2019:
Divya Chauhan (Stem Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine)