Top Employees of November 2017

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Sheerah Allison

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: University Head Cashier

Sheerah has been a part of the Cashiering and Treasury Services team for two years. She is a wonderful co-worker and performs her duties with great accuracy and effort, always willing to go the extra mile. Sheerah recently took on the role of university head cashier. She is a quick and eager learner and an effective leader with a servant’s heart. Sheerah displays strong faith and a desire to glorify God at all times. Thank you, Sheerah, for your dedication. You are a blessing to the department and to Liberty University.

Debra Beale

Dept: School of Law
Title: Director of Externships

Debra Beale joined Liberty University in September of 2016 as the director of externships in the School of Law. Since that time, the law school career center has improved services significantly. In less than a year, Debra has more than doubled the number of law students participating in experiential learning opportunities around both the commonwealth and the country. As a member of the charter class of Liberty Law, she serves as inspiration to our current students, having enjoyed professional success as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Bedford County, a successful private practitioner, and now as an outstanding member of law school administration and adjunct faculty. Debra is making an impact at Liberty University.

Patrice Braxton

Dept: Registrar
Title: Transfer Evaluator

Patrice has been an incredible asset to the university since joining the Registrar’s Office in 2014. She currently serves in many capacities on the Graduate Transfer Evaluations team, including transcript evaluations, content competency evaluations for our MAT students, student appeals, and assisting students and staff. She has also played a key role in training new staff members. Patrice comes to work each day with cheerfulness, tenacity, and grace, and is always willing to learn new tasks and help wherever needed. Congratulations, Patrice! We are so thankful to have you as part of the Liberty family.

Josh Bryant

Dept: LU Police Department
Title: Security Services Officer

Josh Bryant serves in LUPD as a Security Services Officer. He has played a key role in the design and implementation of the LUPD dispatch dashboard, in addition to helping merge several key dispatch operations to the Records Management System (RMS). Josh also assists with classes and the operation of the Liberty University firing range. Josh’s experience and calm demeanor enables him to efficiently deal with stressful situations. Recently, he received a report of a stuck elevator in Commons I that was occupied by a juvenile who was in a state of panic. Josh helped calm the person and remained on the line until the person was freed from the elevator. He was professional and compassionate during this incident.

Scotty Curlee

Dept: School of Visual and Performing Arts
Title: Assistant Professor, Cinematic Arts

Scotty Curlee is a professor within the Cinematic Arts program. Along with his teaching duties, Scott has helped fund and produce four feature films that have provided cinema students real-world experience. His passion for helping the next generation of filmmakers is apparent and deeply rooted in his walk with Christ. The Cinema Department’s latest movie, “Extraordinary”, was written and directed by Curlee and was the first student-driven movie in cinema history to receive national theatrical release.

Tilly Evans

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: 2nd Shift Housekeeper

Though Tilly has only been with the custodial department for 10 months, she has shown herself to be extremely dependable and a superlative worker by consistently exceeding her job expectations. She has a phenomenal work ethic, bringing her small-town grace to even the most challenging tasks that the custodial department asks of her. Tilly is currently studying Special Education and Behavioral Sciences with the hopes of serving and mentoring adolescents and foster children. In her free time, Tilly enjoys being a patron of the cinematic arts, swimming, and spending quality time with her nieces. Thanks for all you do, Tilly!

Karen Guthrie

Dept: College of Arts and Sciences
Title: Secretary

As the math department secretary, Karen plays an essential role in providing support to 16 faculty members. She helps manage 20 student workers, including their time cards, hiring process, and all aspects of their work. Karen greets visitors with a warm smile and provides support for all department events. She consistently blesses others with her gift of hospitality, and we are very thankful for Karen’s three years of service to the department.

Kerry Hogan

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: Quality Control Specialist

Kerry joined the Quality Control team in August 2016 and has been a blessing since he arrived. His previous experience as a writing tutor has been invaluable, and his editing helps to bring out the best in our promotional writers. He is kind, thoughtful, fun to be with, and well-respected throughout the office. Kerry clearly loves the Lord and brings his convictions into everything he does. As the only male on a female team, he exercises much wisdom — and was just blessed with his first daughter. We are grateful for the many gifts he brings not only to the Quality Control team but also to the entire Marketing department. Congratulations, Kerry!

Anna Hutchinson

Dept: Liberty Flames
Title: Assistant AD Ticket Operations

Anna has been a member of the Liberty University Athletics Department since being named assistant athletics director for ticket operations in July 2007. Since taking over the Flames' ticketing operations, she has met the unprecedented demand for Liberty athletics tickets and has overseen ticket operations for multiple Big South Championship events and NCAA Tournament appearances by Liberty teams. In 2009, Anna planned and executed the creation of a centralized university ticket office that, in addition to athletics ticket sales, facilitates ticketing for all university events, including concerts, theatre performances, and club sporting events. Congratulations, Anna!

Jamison Jones

Dept: Student Affairs
Title: Assistant Director: Facilities

Jamison Jones works in the Office of Residence Life as the assistant director of facilities, and has been with us for two years. He assists in managing the expectations of our housing population in regards to custodial and maintenance requests, as well as any other needs that may arise within student housing. Jamison's dedication to selflessly serving both students and staff is unparalleled, making him a valuable asset to both the Office of Residence Life and Liberty!

Ashley Lison

Dept: Spiritual Development
Title: Executive Director of LU Stages

Ashley Lison serves faithfully and passionately as the executive director of LU Stages. The hard work of Ashley and the team she leads is fundamental to the success of Convocation, Campus Community, and many other Office of Spiritual Development events. Ashley exemplifies OSD values such as hustle and hospitality in her work, and she proves to be capable to manage any task that comes her way. We are blessed to have Ashley in leadership with OSD and Liberty University!

Jodi Mayo

Dept: LUO
Title: Director of Admissions

Jodi Mayo is more than just your average director. She has a special skill for resourcefulness, finding solutions to problems even after everyone else has hit a roadblock. More importantly, she is a motivator, empowering her teams to achieve excellence every day. Jodi is steadfast in her support and dedication to those around her, helping them learn what it means to be a true leader. She is the first to take the blame and the last to take the praise, displaying a heart of pure selflessness with every action. Jodi has been simply amazing in every aspect of who she is, what she does and how she inspires. Congratulations, Jodi!

Jamie Owen

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Landscape Technician

Jamie has been serving as a landscape technician in the horticulture department since June 2017. Jamie graduated from Brookville High School in 2009 and attended Word of Life Bible Institute for two years. Jamie has three years of experience in landscaping and is a Certified Horticulturist through the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (VNLA). Although he has only been employed a short time with the university, Jamie has made a huge impact. His energy, pride, and passion really show in his work. Jamie has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for three and a half years, and they both enjoy spending time with their Weimaraner puppy, Lincoln. Thank you for your hard work, Jamie!

Andrew Rose

Dept: Resident Graduate Admissions
Title: Coordinator of Resident Graduate Recruitment

Andrew leads the ongoing efforts to grow awareness of the Resident Graduate Office through digital marketing, on- and off-campus events, and social media. Recently, he went above and beyond his responsibilities by introducing a new initiative with the office’s Facebook page that will provide prospective students more options for connecting with our office. Andrew is dedicated to the mission of Training Champions for Christ for the Resident Graduate School. Thank you, Andrew!

Jessica Schneider

Dept: School of Behavioral Sciences
Title: Field Support Coordinator

Jessica is famous for her creative problem solving and successful implementation of innovative initiatives. She is constantly improving the processes for field experience to enhance the quality of education for students. When there is a need present in the department, Jessica starts problem solving before the issue is noticed. She serves the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jessica is an example of service, integrity, and competence for our students and her colleagues. It is an honor to work with Jessica, and she is an asset to the social work team.

Wayne Shupe

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Plumber

Wayne joined the Liberty family four years ago. He works in the plumbing department and enjoys working with his colleagues, and is always willing to do whatever is asked. Wayne received a full scholarship to Lynchburg College in academics. He loves spending time with his wife and their baby boy, Wayne Shupe III. In his free time Wayne, likes shooting guns, watching TV, and enjoying great food. He is the proud owner of a house that he built. We appreciate you, Wayne — congratulations on a job well done!

Bret Unbehagen

Dept: IT Services
Title: DBA

Bret Unbehagen recently joined the Data Infrastructure team in IT Operations where he has been given room to spread his wings with Oracle Database, a key component of Liberty University database infrastructure. He is to be commended for his expertise, dedication, and perseverance in doing his part to help us all Train Champions for Christ. Bret demonstrates eagerness to learn, initiative in engaging work, and technical leadership with regard to “doing things right”. Congratulations, Bret!

Grace Whitcomb

Dept: Student Financial Services
Title: Financial Aid Advisor II

Grace Whitcomb is a financial aid advisor who demonstrates a thirst for knowledge and exceptional customer service. She is self-motivated and can always be counted on to provide exceptional support to Financial Aid’s frontline staff. Grace consistently goes above and beyond for Liberty University’s students and works hard to ensure that her teammates understand the complex interworking of the Financial Aid Office. She assists a very busy office by contributing to the team atmosphere, helping supervisors, and always being available to train new agents. She is an encouraging example of an employee who contributes to the betterment of the department. Thank you for all that you do, Grace!

Ronnie Young

Dept: Auxiliary Services
Title: Print Shop Manager

Ronnie was a part of the original team that started the Print Shop. He came in with great experience from the outside print world and has made many improvements to Liberty’s printing operations. In the past two and a half years, his knowledge and leadership have made a huge impact and are a big factor of the department’s success. We can always count on Ronnie to push his team and operations towards excellence while providing fantastic customer service. Thank you for all you do, Ronnie. We’re glad you’re here at Liberty!