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Employees of the Month

Top Employees of April 2024

Scott Lawrenson
Scott Lawrenson
Flames
Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine

Scott leads the Liberty Flames sports medicine area that provides elite care for our student-athletes. In addition to meeting the physical needs of our student-athletes, Scott's team provides spiritual support and encouragement to the student-athletes who are often going through a serious trial in the form of an injury. We are grateful for Scott's leadership of this important area.

Jacob Drane
Jacob Drane
Office of Security and Public Safety
Locksmith Technician

Jacob Drane is a husband and father. He has only been a Locksmith since 2023, but in his brief time here he has already made an impact. He is motivated, quick-learning, and serves with a humble heart as he conducts his daily tasks. When Jacob comes in every morning, he sets himself to the task of helping to make Liberty University a safer place. He has taken Access Control’s motto “We Can Be Better” to heart and constantly seeks to improve his skills and abilities for the betterment of the university. We are grateful to have him as part of our team!

Hank Yelton
Hank Yelton
Facilities Management
Grounds Tech

Hank has been with the Grounds Dept since August 2022. He fit right in immediately and has been doing a wonderful job. He works with any team member seamlessly and they all enjoy him being a part of the project. Hank has a quiet disposition but is naturally a leader. He is married to Amy, who is in her second year of Medical School. In his time off, Hank likes fishing, gardening, running, working out and Coaching Track and Field at Virginia Episcopal School. Originally from Morgantown, NC we are glad you made the move to Lynchburg. Liberty is proud to have you as part of our family. Congratulations Hank!

Patrick Kellett
Patrick Kellett
Facilities Management
Plumbing Supervisor

Patrick has been with Liberty in the plumbing department for 11 years and is the Supervisor. He is a great worker, who keeps his team focused and responsive to the needs of the students and staff. They handle many emergency calls all times of day and night, along with daily work orders. We are grateful for his hard work and dedication to the University. Patrick is married to Rebecca, his lovely bride of 19 years. They have a daughter, 2 granddaughters and a grandson on the way. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys taking short trips with Rebecca, as well as working on their home or in the yard. Thank you Patrick for all you do. Liberty is blessed to have you with us.

Judd Harris
Judd Harris
Spiritual Development
Special Projects Coordinator, Liberty Worship Collective

"Judd Harris has been a part of Liberty University since 2013 — first as a student and then as a staff member for the Liberty Worship Collective. During his time here, he has become one of the most consistent and recognized faces within the Liberty Worship Collective, both as a member on stage and as a staff member off it. It is hard to express the sheer gift that Judd is to Liberty. He is one of the most talented worship leaders not simply at Liberty but in the industry as a whole. Beyond music, he is quite the foodie, and is currently a reigning king of Lynchburg’s Yelp scene, a title given to the person who has the most reviews on Yelp in a given geographic area. If you’ve ever read a restaurant review for a restaurant in Lynchburg, it was probably Judd. He’s a servant like that. In all seriousness though, there is no better word to describe Judd than that. He’s a servant. He’s willing to be in front of a crowd with the lights on him, but he’s just as willing to be behind a stage, helping tear down gear or pack up a truck. It’s that kind of humility that he leads with in all areas, and it’s a true joy to have him on the OSD team." - Josh Rutledge, VP of OSD

April Long
April Long
LUO
Associate Director of LUOA Faculty

Since joining LUOA, April Long has assumed diverse roles within the school. Since 2013, she played a pivotal part as one of the curriculum developers and then transitioned to teaching. She has demonstrated great leadership qualities in her role as an educator. Moreover, she distinguished herself as an instructional mentor, committed to fostering the professional growth of her LUOA colleagues, with a vision to empower them to reach their fullest potential. Currently, April is the Associate Director of Faculty, overseeing instructional mentors and faculty members. She remains deeply passionate about cultivating a sense of community among teachers and ensuring each one feels valued and appreciated. We are very thankful for April!

Grace Rosenbarker
Grace Rosenbarker
Student Financial Services
Technical Specialist for Student Financial Services

Grace Rosenbarker has been a great addition to the SFS Technical Team over the past year. Her enthusiastic and hospitable attitude is on full display every day. She has worked in Student Financial Services for over four years in various roles, including a Financial Aid Contact Center Agent and an Embedded Representative as part of the Student Service Team. Once joining the Tech Team, Grace was able to grasp her daily tasks quickly. Notably, she has updated training resources and developed new SOPs. Grace is working towards earning her MBA with an expected graduation date of Fall 2024. We are thankful to have Grace as part of the team!

Victoria Debard
Victoria Debard
Finance & Administration
University Cashier

Tori has been an integral part of our Cashiering and Treasury team for the past year and a half, consistently demonstrating unwavering dedication and invaluable expertise. Her diligence and experience are much appreciated by both customers and coworkers, but it is her friendly demeanor and infectious positivity that set her apart. We are immensely thankful to have Tori as a cornerstone of our team, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from her contributions in the days ahead!

Amanda Covington
Amanda Covington
Flames
Covington

Amanda serves as the athletics trainer for the ASUN champion women's swimming and diving program and supports the Liberty cheer program as well. She brings an incredible attitude to work every day and has a humble, servant leader approach to meeting the needs of her student-athletes. We are grateful for the incredible care she provides for her programs.

Brandon Lupo
Brandon Lupo
IT Development
Software Developer IV

Brandon Lupo has been an employee of Liberty University for 15 years and a Software Developer for nearly 10 years. Brandon has been an essential part of the CRM team and has been committed to solving problems quickly and efficiently throughout the years. He consistently goes above and beyond to establish the most efficient ways to build and customize CRM for each of our clients and does everything possible to ensure that the user experience is crafted for each department. He is always willing to do whatever is possible to ensure that each customer has what they need to perform their duties. Thank you, Brandon for all of your hard work. We are very grateful to have you on our team!

Chad Rowell
Chad Rowell
Marketing Department
HTML/Email Developer

Since joining Marketing a year and a half ago, Chad has grown in his role as an HTML/Email Developer. His strong attention to detail has ensured that projects he works on are executed flawlessly. He is meticulous in his coding and always willing to troubleshoot. He has brought new ideas to the table that have helped our HTML team grow. Beyond his professional capabilities, he is a man of integrity. Thank you, Chad, for making our team better and being an example to all of us!

Rachel Shallenberger
Rachel Shallenberger
Registrar
Academic Schedule Analyst II

Rachel has served in the Registrar’s Office for over 6 years. She has spent the last 2 years as an Academic Schedule Analyst. Rachel’s experience and attention to detail have made her an invaluable member of the Operations team. Rachel consistently follows through on her commitments and her dependability has garnered praise from multiple departments. We are thankful to have Rachel and all her knowledge on the team.

Jack DeLuca
Jack DeLuca
Development
Flames Club Associate

After 3 years as a parking attendant on game days for the Flames Club, Jack joined the team full-time in August of 2023. You can still find Jack out in the parking lots on game day setting up tents and managing parking attendants, which can be a challenging task depending on Lynchburg's weather for the day! Even so, Jack is reliable, hard-working, and eager to jump in at any time. Many of his responsibilities are behind the scenes, making game days impossible without him! Jack brings a positive attitude and big smile to everyone he interacts with, whether it be fans, Flames Club members, or his coworkers and game day workers. Thank you, Jack for all you do!

Lauren Gallagher
Lauren Gallagher
Information Services
Business Data Analyst IV

I wholeheartedly recommend Lauren for the Employee of the Month award. Since joining the University in 2015, she has consistently excelled in her diverse roles. Serving as the team lead for ADS Academics Development and the senior manager for ADS Academic Affairs, Lauren consistently delivers exceptional results on critical projects, including her team's pivotal support in areas such as COVID reporting, LU Housing, LU Send, Clery, LUOA, various academic business process automations and Strategic Planning support efforts. Her insights have been invaluable in guiding project directions and operational tasks. Lauren's expertise and unwavering attention to detail greatly contribute to our team's success.

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