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Employee of the Month

Top Employees of December 2019

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Rylie Culkin

Dept: Recreation Centers
Title: Associate Director

Rylie Culkin has been a phenomenal asset to Campus Recreation over the past four years. As the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, she oversees all of the scheduling, marketing, and communications pertaining to five recreational facilities. Her talents for organizing information and streamlining processes have been essential as the department has changed and grown. Rylie was instrumental in the implementation of consistent scheduling processes, and her team facilitates over 3,000 requests in recreational spaces each year. She has also taken the lead in several student employee development initiatives, leading to improvements in student onboarding across the department. Thank you for all you do, Rylie!

Taylor Curtis

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: Project Coordinator

As a project coordinator in the Marketing Department, Taylor Curtis has served on both the Liberty University Online Programs and Special Projects teams. Her drive for excellence has seen her through many difficult projects, and she strives to maintain positive interactions with her clients at all times, ensuring that their expectations are exceeded and a strong relationship with them is in place. She’s quick to help when asked, and she works hard to see her team succeed. Congratulations, Taylor! We appreciate you tremendously!

Abigail Hald

Dept: LUO
Title: Assistant Director of New Enrollment

Abigail Hald has been working for Liberty University Online Programs since October 2016. Abigail started in academic advising, moved to the chat/email team, and now works for the New Enrollment Specialist department as an assistant director. She has recently stepped up and helped the department in various ways beyond her normal responsibilities. Abigail is always willing to give a helping hand no matter the situation. She attended Liberty for her undergraduate degree and is now pursuing her Master of Education in School Counseling online. Abigail is newly married to her husband, Jonathan, and they enjoy spending time in nature, taking trips, and long drives. Congratulations, Abigail!

Robert John

Dept: LU Police Department
Title: Security Services Officer

Security Services Officer (SSO) Robert John exemplifies the highest degree of professionalism while executing his duties. While working at Scaremare in October, SSO John recognized a person who was restricted from university property. He reported this information to the event officer in charge. SSO John’s diligence in educating himself through intel bulletins and maintaining a keen awareness while on duty resulted in the person being located and arrested for the trespass violation. We appreciate his hard work and dedication.

Joshua Kim

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Bus Operator

Joshua Kim has been with Liberty University for the past year. He started as a part-time driver and is now full time. Joshua is dedicated in what he does for Liberty. When called upon to help, he always makes himself available. He drives the 72 bus route and helps with Liberty’s on-demand ride service, intensives, and shuttles. Joshua has been married for 30 years to Chi, and they have three children. Keep up the good work, Joshua!

Heather LaFon

Dept: Flames
Title: Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance

Heather LaFon stepped into her current role as Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance in March 2018. LaFon serves as the primary compliance contact for men's basketball, field hockey, men's soccer, women's tennis, lacrosse, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's track and field. LaFon previously served for 10 years in the compliance office at Virginia Tech, specializing in eligibility and financial aid. She also received two degrees from Virginia Tech, earning her bachelor's degree in marketing management from the university in 2002 before obtaining her master's degree in education in 2008. We are thankful for all she does for the university.

Emily Mance

Dept: Registrar
Title: Academic Progress Analyst

Emily Mance has been in the Registrar’s Office for a little over a year. During her time on the academic support team, she has quickly become an integral part of daily operations. Her kind and courteous personality has allowed her to quickly develop great relationships with co-workers, students, faculty, and staff. Emily is always willing to take on extra work in order to help the team and develop a greater understanding of how the Registrar’s Office as a whole operates. Her attitude remains positive, even in stressful situations, which serves as a challenge to everyone around her to do the same. We greatly appreciate Emily and all that she does for the university. Congratulations, Emily!

Ethan Neff

Dept: Analytics & Decision Support
Title: Business Data Analyst II

For almost two years, Ethan Neff has been a key contributor for the ADS Enrollment team, supporting customers throughout Liberty Online and Residential Admissions, Liberty Online Academy, and LUCOM. Whether handling large quantities of work, learning new skills and content sets, or assisting fellow members in ADS, Ethan has consistently demonstrated an exemplary work ethic and commitment to excellence. He is a trusted and respected support person for his customers, and his positive attitude and enthusiasm are a great example to his co-workers. Congratulations, Ethan, and thank you for all that you do for ADS and Liberty!

Scott Thompson

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Kitchen Tech

Scott Thompson has been with Liberty for the past 2 ½ years, and he also worked with the university for a time in the 1990s. He is a dedicated employee who takes ownership of all that is assigned to him. We are blessed to have him in our department. Scott has been married to Jennifer for 32 years, and they have two children, Steven and Ashley. In his free time, Scott enjoys hiking, walking, and kayaking. Congratulations on a job well done, Scott!

Nichole Wharton

Dept: Facilities Management
Title: Custodial Tech

Nichole Wharton has been with the custodial department since September 2015. She does a great job keeping her assigned areas clean. She takes pride in her work, and it shows. Nichole is a kind and sincere person who loves her family and genuinely cares about those around her. She goes out of her way to help those around her and treats everyone kindly. If you spend time with Nichole, you will generally hear something about one of her kids or her dad. She has four children, one daughter and three sons. Although there isn’t much free time in her life, Nichole will always choose to spend it with her children. Congratulations, Nichole! You are appreciated for all you do. Great job!

Emily Wright

Dept: Cashiering & Treasury Services
Title: Document Processor I

Emily Wright has been a part of the Document Management team under Cashiering and Treasury Services for six months. She is a hard worker who is always willing to learn new tasks to support the team. She has excelled in her primary role as a document processor and as a backup for our cashiers. Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and positive attitude have made her a wonderful asset to our department. We are very thankful to have her on our team. Congratulations, Emily!

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