Top Employees of June 2017

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Chelsea Bevins

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Art Gallery Assistant

In her position as Art Gallery assistant, Chelsea coordinates all elements of gallery exhibitions, including storage, moving, artist communication, installations, and removals. However, Chelsea daily goes above and beyond the duties her job requires. She also curates all social media output for the School of Visual & Performing Arts, uses her expertise to troubleshoot projects with students, and assists with every departmental public function, including CFAW, Friendly Fridays, and My Liberty Mondays. Chelsea is quick to fill any departmental or school need, and as the public face for the gallery, she is unfailingly positive and gracious to patrons and employees alike. Chelsea is a wonderful choice for employee of the month!

Jerry Childress

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Assistant to Sr. Vice President

Jerry has been with Liberty for over 12 years, coming to us from Abbott Laboratories in Altavista. He was an instrument electrician before moving to the maintenance planner position and those years prepared him well for the work he does for Facilities Management. Jerry is Senior VP Charles Spence' assistant, handling meetings with vendors, getting bids for large pieces of equipment, and overseeing HR processes, as well as budgets for departments under the FMD. Jerry has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 45 years. They have two daughters who attended LCA, and two grandchildren, one attending LCA and another who works at LU. Jerry likes vintage cars, and both he and Nancy love to travel. Thank you for all you do, Jerry!

Kelley Davis

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Plumber

Kelley has been with Liberty for over 18 years. He always goes the extra mile on his calls, making sure everything is as it should be before going to the next job, and works very hard for the students and faculty here at Liberty. Kelley has been married for 42 years, and he and his wife have one son and one granddaughter. He has an affinity for unusual items, including a bicycle chain from the 1700s that he uses to hold his watch. Kelley thanks the Lord for being so good to him and is a blessing to his department. Congratulations, Kelley, for a job well done!

Stacy Dawson

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Drafter/Designer

Stacy has been with the Liberty family for over 7 years. She started as a consultant and stayed in this position a year before working full time. She currently works in the Grounds dept. but her skills are sought after by many departments in the Maintenance/Planning Departments.Stacy's experience of 19 years working in engineering drafting,developing preliminary and construction documents for site layouts has been invaluable to Liberty.She has contributed greatly to the Liberty Campus Master plan. Stacy is married with 3 children, her oldest will be attending Liberty this fall.She teaches dance and loves working with her students to get them prepared for competitions and training them for a future in the arts. Congratulations Stacy!

Ellen Field

Dept: Student Financial Services
Title: Military Affairs Training Manager

Ellen has been a faithful member of the Military Affairs team since May 2012. She has served in a variety of roles, always taking on more responsibility to meet the needs of the team. Over the last two and a half years, she has served in the role of training manager and has skillfully equipped and prepared new Military Affairs staff members. Ellen is a tremendous asset to Liberty University and the Office of Military Affairs. She takes her job seriously and consistently goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our staff and students. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Ellen!

Ryan Helm

Dept: IT Services
Title: Media System Technician II

Whenever University Events has an issue, Ryan is always ready to help and regularly goes above and beyond to fix it. Not only does Ryan excel at troubleshooting, but he is also great at communicating what caused the issue and makes sure to follow up with us. He has saved our events many times and we can’t say enough good things about him. Congratulations, Ryan!

Lauren Janiec

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Administrative Assistant

Lauren Janiec serves as administrative assistant in the Department of Biology & Chemistry and is responsible for keeping everything running smoothly. With a large and complex department (35 full-time faculty and approximately 1,000 residential students), it is no small task to manage it effectively and with a smile. Lauren has worked to improve operations and efficiency with enthusiasm. She has a can-do attitude and does her work as unto the Lord. She helps the department chair and five program directors with administrative tasks, while selflessly striving to make the department the best it can be.

John “Hank” Jett

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Staff Accountant

Hank has been with the Accounting department since 2013. His areas of responsibility include the Blackboard accounts, Exchange account, Chargebacks, and Reclasses, as well as recording internal bank transfers. He also played a large role in the transition of Club accounts. Hank is the first to offer help, whether it’s carrying a heavy box or filling in for someone who is out. He is always cheerful and ready to learn something new. This past year he demonstrated this by taking on several account analyses for a co-worker who was out on extended leave. You have been a lifesaver, Hank! Thank you.

Jason Lewis

Dept: Enrollment Management
Title: National Recruiter: Tour Specialist

In the history of Liberty recruitment, only one man has ever opened for Lecrae, B.O.B., Building 429, and Kirk Franklin: that man is Jason “Humble Tip” Lewis. Jason is a very energetic ambassador for Liberty University. The Department of Recruitment is blessed with countless stories of high school students who met Humble Tip and went on to enroll at Liberty University. Jason uses hip-hop to engage with young Christians all over the country.

Randy Long

Dept: LU Police Department
Title: Sergeant

Sgt. Randy Long earned this recognition for his outstanding efforts in the planning, logistics, and execution of the Liberty’s 44th Commencement Ceremony University on May 13, 2017. Hosting President Donald J. Trump required an unconscionable level of effort and dedicated resources, and Sgt. Long handled this responsibility with professionalism and was an integral part of the event’s success. Sgt. Long's outstanding performance, exceptional diligence, and loyal devotion to duty reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest standards of Liberty University.

Richard Martin

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Vice President of Research & Financial Analysis

Richard has been a part of the Liberty family for the past fourteen years. His dedication, expertise, knowledge, and ability to perform his job effectively on a daily basis and assist other departments within the university never goes unrecognized. Thank you, Richard, for your unwavering commitment to Liberty University.

Jim Peper

Dept: LUO
Title: Assistant Director of Admissions Verification

Jim has been serving as an assistant director in Admissions Verification for the past two years. He is passionate about people and is very intentional about building professional relationships with the members of our team. His love for people is outweighed only by his love for the Lord and for his family. Jim is dedicated to the success of Liberty University and motivates others toward its mission. His positive attitude and caring spirit, coupled with his incredible work ethic, are greatly appreciated by all who know him. Congratulations, Jim!

Shiree Thompson

Dept: Office of the Provost
Title: Faculty Support Coordinator

Shiree Thompson is an invaluable team member of the School of Education. As a faculty support coordinator, she assists hundreds of professors and collaborates to create new systems that are used throughout the School of Education. Her acute attention to detail, dedicated work ethic, and exceptional writing skills have been proven in her outstanding work. Her pleasant demeanor and professionalism create a working environment that is both encouraging and inspiring. Thank you, Shiree!

David Thornton

Dept: Registrar
Title: Operations Specialist

David Thornton has served as an operations specialist in the Registrar’s Office for two years and a data entry specialist prior to that. In his role, he helps troubleshoot student issues, assists various teams during peak periods, and plays a key role in Commencement each year. David goes above and beyond to ensure that tasks are done in a timely and accurate manner. His energetic and easygoing disposition is contagious in the office, and he helps the team move successfully through stressful periods. David’s willingness to help in any way possible has been most evident in his contribution to making Commencement each year. We are very thankful to have him as a part of our team.

Brant Tolsma

Dept: Liberty Flames
Title: Head Track and Field Coach

Brant Tolsma swept the Big South Men's and Women's Coach of the Year awards, making him a 67-time Big South Coach of the Year. He has now led Liberty’s track & field and cross country teams to 94 Big South team championships in his 31 years with the Flames.

Emily Watkins

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: Director of Marketing

Emily Watkins serves as a director in the Marketing Department, where she oversees the Residential Enrollment & Admissions team, the video and photography teams, the yearbook, and the Athletics team. Recently, Emily’s leadership and flexibility were on display at Commencement 2017, where she played a considerable role in managing details of the event while still maintaining the day-to-day operations of her team. Her positive attitude and willingness to accept additional responsibility make her an asset to the department and a pleasure to work with. We are grateful for Emily and count it a blessing to have her as a part of the team.

Todd Williams

Dept: LU Police Department
Title: Security Services Officer

Security Services Officer Todd Williams has been employed at the Liberty University Police Department since Sept. 2015. He is a diligent and respectful employee who exemplifies the highest caliber of work ethic and capability. Todd also serves in the United States Navy Reserves and has been recognized on several occasions for his outstanding performance. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and is unmatched in logistical ability. It is our pleasure and honor to recognize Todd Williams as LUPD’s employee of the month.

Robbie Young

Dept: Auxiliary Services
Title: Bindery Technician

Robbie Young has been with Liberty University Print Shop since its inception two and a half years ago. Robbie is a big part of the team and one reason why the department produces such high quality work, especially when they have tight deadlines during peak event periods. With his 15-plus years of experience, Robbie excels in his role as a bindery technician, assuring that customers receive a professional experience from the Liberty Print Shop. When Robbie is not at work, you can find him at the softball field watching his daughter play or by the water fishing. He also loves going to Liberty softball games with his wife and daughter. Robbie, we are truly thankful for all you do for the Print Shop and the university as a whole.