Top Employees of August 2017

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Kristie Beitz

Dept: Liberty Flames
Title: Senior Associate Athletics Director - Academic Affairs

Kristie provides outstanding leadership in the Academic Affairs for Athletics area. Her team provides academic support, tutoring, life skills, community service, and career services programming for Liberty student-athletes. Congratulations, Kristie!

Alexandra Burnette

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: Administrative Assistant

Alex is our administrative assistant, and she is a terrific help to our entire group. She has been with Broadcast Communications for just over a year, but in that time she has been a key player in transitioning through multiple changes. Alex has been given high marks from everyone in Procurement and Budgeting for her quick learning curve and great attitude. She gets each job done with excellence and ahead of schedule. Alex is a great member of our team and an encouragement to her co-workers.

Ryan Cardinale

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Director of Student Support

As the director of student support, Ryan has been an undeniable asset to the School of Education. His dedication to School of Education students is evident in the care and attention he consistently offers. Ryan’s keen discernment and meticulous research skills are often used as he collaborates with faculty about how to best provide student support. He uses his administrative gifts, talents, and broad knowledge of Liberty University in providing support to faculty and administration in producing reports, analysis, and research projects. Ryan’s positive attitude and willing spirit makes him a joy to have as a team member and an important element in the School of Education’s success. Great job!

Shannon Carroll

Dept: School of Nursing
Title: Administrative Assistant

If you visit the School of Nursing, Shannon is the first face you will see. Always cheerful and ready to assist, she is an excellent listener who truly cares about what people have to say and genuinely desires to speak wisdom and comfort. Her skill in creating a beautiful and worshipful environment is appreciated both around the department and on team outings. Shannon never forgets a birthday or special occasion and celebrates them all with grace and elegance. We are blessed to have Shannon as part of our team!

Katrina Chase

Dept: Auxiliary Services
Title: Admin Assistant University Events Office

Kat is the lifeline of the University Events Office. She is the glue that holds our office together and keeps us going. Every day, Kat comes to work cheerful and ready to get the job done. She makes sure we all stay on task and informed, while managing both her own workload and our team of student workers. The University Events Office would not be what it is today without Kat’s support and dedication. Congratulations, Kat!

Ben Cruz

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Painter Technician

Ben has been with Liberty for over 10 years. Anyone who knows him will tell you that he loves to work, and he has a great sense of humor. Ben is a responsible employee with an amazing work ethic and an infectious, cheerful spirit. Ben has three children and three grandchildren whom he adores. We are blessed to have this wonderful man on our team. Congratulations, Ben!

Rebecca de Rosset

Dept: Spiritual Development
Title: Senior Administratiive Assistant

Rebecca is a tremendous asset to the Office of Spiritual Development. She is extremely proficient, dependable, and always willing to assist when needed. In addition to her current role, she has recently taken the lead on a large new project. Rebecca’s humility and willingness to go above and beyond are much appreciated. We are incredibly thankful to have her on our team!

Sheldon Farrington

Dept: Student Affairs
Title: Resident Director

After serving as a resident assistant, Sheldon was hired as a resident director in 2016 and is a valuable member of the Office of Residence Life. He possesses a servant's heart and a welcoming demeanor that makes everyone feel at home. Sheldon consistently leads by example in both his spiritual and professional life. His commitment to completing every task on time, with care and excellence, is outmatched only by his commitment to love God in everything he does. Sheldon is the embodiment of Liberty's mission to Train Champions for Christ!

Justin Gaver

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Accounts Payable Analyst

Justin is a highly valued team player in the Accounts Payable Office and was recently promoted to the accounts payable analyst position. He is always positive and cooperative in all aspects of his work and demonstrates excellent judgment and analytical skills. Justin has excellent customer service skills and is a joy to work with. He is always willing to assist co-workers and pray with them at any time. We appreciate you Justin — congratulations!

Josh Gerstner

Dept: Information Technology
Title: Business Data Analyst II

Josh has eagerly taken on several new tasks over the past year, specifically related to development in our IT Service Management system. He frequently takes ownership of resolving incidents on behalf of the team. Josh has helped improve the efficiency of our office by getting rid of old services and recommending new ones. Most of all, Josh responds with a sense of urgency, focus, and a strong sense of character that is admired by his team members. It is a blessing to have Josh on our team.

Kristen Hark

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Chair, Strategic and Personal Communication

Dr. Hark is the definition of someone who gives 110 percent every day. She comes ready with ideas, always willing to help, no matter how many tasks she has on her plate. One of Dr. Hark’s best traits is her positive spirit and can-do attitude. It is infectious and makes working with her a true blessing for everyone fortunate enough to share time and space with her. Best of all, Dr. Hark represents everything we want a professor and advisor in our academic world to demonstrate. She truly cares for growth and well-being of her students and advisees. Thank you, Dr. Hark!

Daniel Hotelling

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Construction & Renovation Professional

Dan is the complete professional. He is a fastidious worker who makes sure everything he works on is as perfect as he can get it — that is why he is one of our best employees! He has been with Liberty for over 11 years. Dan has been married for 24 years and has three children. He loves working with wood and doing side jobs for people. We are grateful to have him on our team. Congratulations, Dan!

Lynn Kuhns

Dept: LUO
Title: Assistant Director of Academic Advising

Lynn has served Liberty University’s Online Programs Academic Advising department for almost six years. She is dedicated to serving our students and the team of academic advisors that she leads. Lynn has diligently served our department by effectively working with the School of Behavioral Sciences, School of Education, and our chat services during her years of service. Lynn demonstrates her character in her willingness to faithfully serve those around her. She can be described as intelligent, hardworking, loyal, and positive. Her optimistic attitude is infectious, and she leads her team with compassionate effectiveness. She is a valued leader and whose work helps makes Liberty a great place. Congratulations, Lynn!

Sarah Marinkovich-Durfee

Dept: University Offices
Title: Contract Administrator I

Sarah became a member of the Procurement Team in 2015, serving as an administrative assistant. Her talent and skill was quickly recognized, and she was promoted to an assistant sourcing analyst in 2016. In that role, Sarah assisted department leaders in obtaining and evaluating bids for products and services on behalf of the university. Always ready to develop her skills to support the department, Sarah was promoted to a contract administrator position earlier this year. Since then, in addition to her regular duties facilitating contract reviews, she has supported the implementation of new modules within buyLU. Congratulations, Sarah!

Joshua Marshall

Dept: Student Financial Services
Title: Technical Specialist

Josh has been an exceptional member of the Student Financial Services team for several years. He has shown flexibility in his ability to be a dependable employee in multiple areas within the department. He is currently serving as a technical specialist, responsible for handling hardware and software issues for over 400 SFS employees. Joshua also acts as a liaison between management and other departments. His consistently positive and professional demeanor has an impact on all our employees. Josh’s willingness to serve and assist in any way possible has helped shaped the SFS Technical Team. We appreciate the effort and energy Josh brings to work every day. Thank you for all you do, Josh.

Preston May

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Administrative Assistant for Transportation Dept.

Preston has been with Liberty University for a little over a year and has demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication, innovation and loyalty in that time. He conducts himself in a polite and professional manner while bearing many responsibilities that hold the department together. Preston’s efforts directly enabled the department to increase efficiency in customer satisfaction, repair times and cost. Preston is currently pursuing a degree in music and worship at Liberty. Preston maintains a high level of productivity while being a full-time employee, student, family man, and a member of the TRBC worship ministry. His level of integrity, honesty, and levelheadedness has had a direct effect on all the employees in our department. Thank you, Preston!

Brien Sabella

Dept: LU Police Department
Title: Police Officer

Brien Sabella has served the Liberty University community since August 2014 and currently serves as a Police Officer. Officer Sabella is a dedicated, passionate, and enthusiastic law enforcement officer. Officer Sabella spearheaded an effort to organize and employ Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) for the entire department. He selected specific items that in the event of a gunshot wound would significantly aid in lifesaving efforts. He made medical cards for each officer and vacuum sealed each IFAK so it could easily be carried by the officer. Officer Sabella worked tirelessly to assemble and employ first aid kits for each department patrol vehicle that contain basic first aid items and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Caleb Spriggs

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Senior Administrative Assistant

Caleb serves as a senior administrative assistant for the Psychology and Social Work Departments. Caleb has been an excellent addition to the team, as he successfully navigates the day-to-day operations of the departments and provides exceptional support to faculty. He oversees office personnel, manages budgets and planning, and provides additional support for the departments’ special projects related to curriculum legislation and accreditation. Caleb is always willing to help, and he always has a smile on his face. His positive attitude as well as his effective skills in communication, problem solving, and organization have made him an irreplaceable colleague. Congratulations, Caleb!

Kaycee Tripp

Dept: Auxiliary Services
Title: Assistant Director

Kaycee has been an instrumental part of the Club Sports department success since first joining our team as a graduate assistant in 2012. After graduating with her M.S. in Sport Management: Business Administration in 2015, she was brought on full time as the assistant director of recruitment and special events. In her five years working within the Club Sports department, Kaycee has excelled in every assigned task and event she has coordinated. Her organizational and public relations skills make her a huge asset to Club Sports. Her professional attitude and friendly disposition make every interaction with her a pleasure. Kaycee is the definition of a hard worker.

Ana Vangarde

Dept: University Offices
Title: International Student Advisor

Ana has worked in the International Office for over seven years. Ana started as an international admissions counselor before transitioning to a trainer/coordinator. She recently moved to an international student advisor at the C. Daniel Kim International Student Center. Ana has an extensive knowledge of her job and loves working with international students. Ana is a great team player and encouraging to everyone around her.

John Webb

Dept: IT Services
Title: Network Engineer V

John Webb has been at Liberty University since December 1997. He has seen many changes on Liberty’s campus. He started as a print tech then shortly after he became the systems administrator, managing all major systems at Liberty. In 2005, he became the network architect. Since then, John has been involved in many new projects allowing data center upgrades and designs, backbone upgrades and designs, new wireless distribution designs, and the installation of new multi-context firewalls and designs. John is always available for last minute meetings in his office. He is passionate about Liberty University and his belief in Training champions for Christ is reflected in the quality of his work. Thank you, John!

Frances Wright

Dept: Registrar
Title: Student Service Center Counselor

Franny has been a steadfast member of the Student Service Center and Registrar’s Office for over three years. She is a phenomenal member of our phones team, consistently providing the best quality service, and this outstanding level of dedication has carried over into her new role as email and training specialist. Her caring attitude and heart has made her a vital part of our team. We appreciate all her hard work for the Registrar’s Office. Congratulations!