Top Employees of August 2016

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Ted Allen

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: News Office Staff Writer

Ted has the tremendous responsibility of reporting on Liberty’s thriving Club Sports program, keeping up with the action of 35 teams. He has covered Club Sports for more than three years, giving Flames fans timely game results and sharing the remarkable stories of Liberty’s student-athletes. He works many nights and weekends to cover sporting events, sometimes juggling more than one at a time. Ted himself is a true team player, assisting the News Office with writing news and events from other areas of the university. He is a friendly, helpful coworker who shines Christ’s light in the office and in the stands. We are proud to have him on OUR team! Thank you, Ted!

Brad Day

Dept: Information Technology
Title: HelpDesk Walk In Support Coordinator

Brad ensures that each IT HelpDesk customer feels that their computer requests, questions, or challenges are important. He takes pride in his job, provides quality customer service, and is a great role model to his team. We feel very blessed to have him as part of the IT Customer Support Department.

Jacob Falabella

Dept: Planning and Construction
Title: Auto Tech

Jacob has been with the Transportation Department for more than four years. He has a positive, can-do attitude and is always committed to improving his skills and knowledge as an automotive technician. He is dedicated and determined to do his best every day. Jacob is also a current student at Liberty. We are blessed to have him on our team. Congratulations, Jacob!

Lauren Gallagher

Dept: Information Technology
Title: Business Data Analyst I

Lauren was hired onto the ADS Student Life team last November as a business data analyst. She demonstrated an intuitive mind, a great work ethic, and a fantastic personality from the beginning. She thrives when taking on new challenges in uncharted waters and quickly learns technical skill sets with little prior experience. She has made a profound impact as a problem solver and team player for both our department and the customer groups we support. We’re all very grateful to have her as part of our team and enjoy working with her very much!

Jonathan Hightower

Dept: Planning and Construction
Title: Senior Custodial Supervisor

Jonathan has been part of the custodial team for 10 years. He oversees all the Athletics venues, and his team is always busy preparing for game days, camps, and other special events. Jonathan is known for going the extra mile, which sometimes includes coming in on weekends or staying after hours to assist with emergencies. He has a wonderful "let’s get it done" attitude that inspires others. We are very grateful for this hard-working man. Jonathan, you make a difference!

Ben Kalu

Dept: Academics
Title: Director, MS Biomedical Sciences Program and Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Kalu has served as Director of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program since January 2015. The program has grown from about 20 residential students to nearly 70, and under his leadership, the online version of the program was launched. Dr. Kalu is very passionate about helping students get into medical school or achieve other professional goals. He brings humility and professionalism to everything that he does. Recently, Dr. Kalu was named a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. This fellowship funded a research trip to his native country of Nigeria.

Stefani Keys

Dept: Development
Title: Development Call Center Agent

Stefani joined our office in the fall of 2014. She was born and raised in this area and is familiar with Liberty’s history. This background enables her to relate to our donors as well as our current students and alumni. Stefani has a servant’s heart and always finds ways to help anyone she knows in any way she can. She is a blessing not only to our office but to the Liberty community as a whole. We count it a privilege to have her in our department.

Alene Stallman

Dept: Academics
Title: Graduate Secretary and Budget Manager

Alene Stallman serves as the graduate secretary and budget manager for the sport management program in the School of Education. She gives personal attention to every project she oversees and is always willing to help no matter the project. Alene’s professional contributions to our department exemplify the mission statement of Liberty. We are so blessed to work with Alene. She is an asset to our department and to Liberty University.

Sarah Stearns

Dept: Registrar
Title: Assistant to the University Registrar

Sarah Stearns has served as the Assistant to the University Registrar since the fall of 2014 and is an integral part of our team. Sarah goes above and beyond to put in extra time and effort on special projects and is a true advocate for our students. She is an amazing multitasker and consistently fixes problems while maintaining a positive attitude. Her kind, generous spirit is noted by those within and outside the Registrar’s Office. We are very thankful for her and all that she does for our team.

Anna Strickland

Dept: Spiritual Development
Title: Director

Anna Strickland has served at Liberty for several years, most recently as the director of the newly-formed department, LU Send. Under her leadership, this department developed a more cohesive structure for student group travel, enhancing both the academic enrichment and cultural engagement arms of trips, while also improving risk management practices. Her servant-leadership, exceptional work ethic, and dedication to excellence are evident to all who have the privilege of working with her. This fall, she and her husband are entering into a new season of life — relocating overseas. Her leadership and wisdom will be missed, but the impact of her time at Liberty will not be forgotten. Thank you, Anna!

Benjamin Williamson

Dept: Enrollment Management
Title: Associate Director of Special Projects and Events

Ben began at Liberty University in July 2009 as an admissions specialist. In July 2012, he became the associate director of Special Projects and Events. Ben is a valuable asset to the Intensive team and creates stellar experiences for our students. He is a team player, hard worker, go getter and exceptional leader. Thank you for all you do, Ben!

James Wilson

Dept: Planning and Construction
Title: Appliance Tech

James has been with the Appliance Department since 2007. He is a dedicated employee who is committed to providing excellent service to the students and staff at Liberty. He always goes the extra mile with his work. James is married to an LU graduate, enjoys music, and has a recording studio in his home. We are certainly blessed to have James as part of our team. Congratulations, James!