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About Each Award

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 her or his 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 her or his dedicated work and accomplishments.

2019 STAFF OF THE YEAR

Donna McLynne, Exempt Staff Member of the Year

Katie Bennett, Oral V. Hemry Non-Exempt Staff Member of the Year

Read more about these outstanding staff members.

Past Winners

YearNon-ExemptExempt
2018Kate BarkerJosh Meier
2017Jenn WilsonJohn Glancy
2016Curt JacobsonIneliz Soto-Fuller
2015Lindy PearsonNiki Amarantides
2014Mia HaysMarci Walden
2013Mike CawlfieldMike Potratz
2012Julie HarringtonJason Stoops
2011Carol ClementLeigh Hopkins
2010Robin MaassKathy Henning
2009Tiffany SheltonJohn Mansfield
2008Caenisha WarrenKaren Jacobson
2007Kathy HefnerTami Anderson-Englehorn
2006Laurie MendesFrank Kinard
2005Agnes BaahSue Perrin
2004Shelley WestermanBrad Gjerding
2003Lindsey PetersonJean Brown
2002Erika MarianiRandall Hashimoto
2001Nancy RockMary Jane Allen
2000Pam RegnerusSharon Fernandez
1999Nonie FerrisClint Kelly
1998Peggy SwanstromDee Tindall
1997Charlene HermanJennifer Gilnett
1996Jeff DaleyKathleen Abbott
1995Cora CampbellMary LaTourelle
1994Jackie NolteKim Gilnett
1993Carla BradleyJohn Glancy
1992Jackie HancockSteve Hul
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