Staff Council

Award History


Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Member of the Year Award


This award recognizes the non-exempt staff person who best personifies Seattle Pacific University. It is given on the basis of a person’s leadership abilities, spiritual commitment; relational skills with co-workers and students; initiative; and overall work quality. The recipient receives a $1,000 check for his or her dedicated work and accomplishments. Nominations are submitted by SPU faculty and staff to the Staff Council for review and final selection.

Oral V. Hemry served faithfully as an employee of Seattle Pacific College for 19 years (1956–75) in many different positions, including business office manager, controller, and director of personnel. On May 25, 1982, the President’s Cabinet established the “Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Person of the Year Award” to posthumously honor him. His widow, Helma, through her generous gift to Seattle Pacific, helped to recognize Oral Hemry’s support and involvement with the non-exempt staff.

Exempt Staff Member of the Year Award


The Exempt Staff Member of the Year award been given to a deserving exempt staff person for more than 30 years. It is granted on the basis of a person’s sincere commitment to Jesus Christ; competence and expertise in his/her job; support of and loyalty to SPU and its values; demonstrated concern for students and/or peers; leadership at SPU and in the broader church, civic, and/or professional communities; and stewardship of time, talents and resources. This award recipient receives a $1,000 check for his or her dedicated work and accomplishments.

Staff Council seeks your help in identifying individuals deserving of these awards. Nominate a staff member for one of the Staff of the Year Awards.


2016 Staff Members of the Year


Shawnda Antonucci

Ineliz Soto-Fuller, director of Undergraduate Admissions, was recognized as Exempt Staff Member of the Year. Said one nomination: “She is a collaborative colleague and phenomenal supervisor, deeply respected by those who report to her.”

Curt Jacobson, service desk manager in the Office of Facility and Project Management, was recognized as the Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Member of the Year. Said one nomination: “Curt always goes above and beyond ... doing so with a humble heart.”

Staff of the Year Archive


Year Non-Exempt Exempt
2016 Curt Jacobson Ineliz Soto-Fuller
2015 Lindy Pearson Niki Amarantides
2014 Mia Hays Marci Walden
2013 Mike Cawlfield Mike Potratz
2012 Julie Harrington Jason Stoops
2011 Carol Clement Leigh Hopkins
2010 Robin Maass Kathy Henning
2009 Tiffany Shelton John Mansfield
2008 Caenisha Warren Karen Jacobson
2007 Kathy Hefner Tami Anderson-Englehorn
2006 Laurie Mendes Frank Kinard
2005 Agnes Baah Sue Perrin
2004 Shelley Westerman Brad Gjerding
2003 Lindsey Peterson Jean Brown
2002 Erika Mariani Randall Hashimoto
2001 Nancy Rock Mary Jane Allen
2000 Pam Regnerus Sharon Fernandez
1999 Nonie Ferris Clint Kelly
1998 Peggy Swanstrom Dee Tindall
1997 Charlene Herman Jennifer Gilnett
1996 Jeff Daley Kathleen Abbott
1995 Cora Campbell Mary LaTourelle
1994 Jackie Nolte Kim Gilnett
1993 Carla Bradley John Glancy
1992 Jackie Hancock Steve Hul