Jess Willford selected as UW Employee of the Year | News

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April 18, 2022

Jess Willford

Jess Willford, manager of the LeaRN program at the University of Wyoming, a unit of the Office of Academic Affairs, is UW Employee of the Year.

The announcement was made during the annual Staff Appreciation Day celebration this morning (Monday) at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

The annual event honors hardworking UW staff. It provides an opportunity to show all staff members how much they are appreciated for all they do to keep the UW – on main campus and across the state – running and providing an educational experience of first order to thousands of students.

Willford was named first-quarter UW staff employee last spring. She has held various positions in the program, where she has worked since 2005. Previously, she was a student in the Department of Anthropology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2004 and her master’s degree in higher education administration in 2019, both from UW.

In her current position, she manages the STEP Tutor Center and academic support programs.

Other staff honored for their contributions to the UW are:

Jodi K. Humphrey Inspirational Staff Award: Susan Stoddard, Senior Coordinator of the Student Educational Opportunity Project.

EG Meyer Family Award: Karen Drew, Student Welfare Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students; and Trish Schumacher, senior associate in the music department.

All-Star Team Staff Awards: Dannelle Fifield, Assistant Janitorial Supervisor; Nicole Fifield, Concierge Manager; Jeff Hill, assistant custodial supervisor; Cassandra Jenkins, on-call supervisor; and Britney Linde, assistant maintenance supervisor, all food services.

Custodian of the Year Award: Ed Moeller, Custodian of the Washakie Restoration Center.

Skilled Trades Award: Simon Lieske, Controls Shop Controls Specialist.

Off-Campus Award: Amber Taylor, Student Educational Opportunity Project Coordinator at Rock Springs.

Supervisor of the Year Award: Jill Aldridge, Residential Living and Dining Services Contract Manager.

Unsung Hero Award: Ronda Jackson, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Financial Aid Counselor; Sara Robinson, Deputy Director of Education Abroad, Office of Global Engagement; Kirk Scheffler, Geographic Information System Specialist, Utilities Management; and Frankie Vogt, Commercial Director of the Office of Global Engagement.

True Grit Award: Dora Montez, Senior Associate in the Department of Psychology; and Maria Bennett, Director of Academic Counseling for the School of Pharmacy.

Pete Simpson Golden Gloves Award: Shelby Kennedy, Senior Service, Leadership and Community Engagement Project Coordinator.

For more information, call the Senate Personnel office at (307) 766-5300.

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