Each month, a member of the Facilities Department is selected as the Employee of the Month. All 12 monthly recipients are then considered for the Employee of the Year recognition. To nominate an employee for Employee of the Month, click here.

FY 2017-2018

June 2017 EOM
June 2017 Employee of the Month James Bock, a pesticide application technician, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name 

James Bock

Position

Pesticide Application Technician

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: "James goes above and beyond to make life easier for the mowing crew.  His efforts in pruning and tree maintenance go above the call of duty.  He constantly keeps lines of communication open with the mowing crews.  Always wants to know how he personally can help other crews."

June 2017 EOM
July 2017 Employee of the Month Trent Chinault, building trades supervisor, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Trent Chinault

Position

Building Trades Supervisor

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: "Trent was responsible for coordinating the bulk of Facilities support activities for the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 4/16/2007.  Trent has served in this capacity for the last several years but the events were bigger and played out over many more days this year than in the past.  Not only were the size of the events larger in scale and would be attended by many more returning families of the victims of the shooting, the main ceremonies were scheduled for Easter Sunday which created staffing issues for him to overcome.  Trent did an exceptional job of securing volunteers to work the weekend and scheduling their time to avoid over working anyone on a particular day.  His efforts lead to smooth transitions between events on the Drillfield that required different set ups for pedestrian control and seating arrangements throughout the weekend.  Trent’s efforts and attention to detail for this very important University event lead to a successful weekend of events during this trying time for the University community."

 

August 2017 EOM
August 2017 Employee of the Month Bruce Lytton, electro/mechanical manager, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Bruce Lytton

Position

Electro/Mechanical Manager

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: "Bruce is a tremendous asset not only to Facilities but to the university as a whole.  In the past several months, he has been instrumental in the restoration of power to Wallace Hall after the mechanical room that contained a 480V panel that supplied power to the majority of the building was flooded by a fire main break, and led efforts to restore heat to a building at PFR that had its service shut off by a vendor."

"Bruce continually looks for ways to improve service and exemplifies ‘Ut Prosim’ on a daily basis as he carries out his duties at the university.”

September 2017 EOM
September 2017 Employee of the Month Aaron Curfiss, a supervisory capital project manager, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Aaron Curfiss

Position

Supervisory Capital Project Manager

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: "Aaron has consistently gone above and beyond in the service he provides to the university, his department, and the customers he works with on a regular basis.  His level-headed approach and demeanor have helped him establish himself as a respected professional on campus.  This is evident in the fact that he has been specifically requested by departments to be their project manager for upcoming Capital Projects on campus.  Aaron has the unique ability to be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels of a project, even when the message he has to deliver may not be the best news.  This is a skill that few possess and is crucial in the work that he does.  Aaron has also quietly established himself as a leader within his unit.  In the absence of a Director for the department, Aaron has been tasked to be the ‘acting director’ when senior leadership was going to be out of the area for any extended amount of time.  This ‘acting director’ role speaks volumes in terms of the amount of confidence in his abilities and trust that can be placed on Aaron without hesitation."

October 2017 EOM
October 2017 Employee of the Month Alex Johnston, assistant plans library coordinator, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Alex Johnston

Position

Assistant Plans Library Coordinator

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: "Over the past several months, Alex Johnston has done an exceptional job supporting the Facilities Department through his role as the Assistant Plans Library Coordinator.  He has worked diligently to ensure that close-out documents associated with renovations and routine modification work orders are processed in a timely manner.  He also reviews all recently completed renovations turnover documents to determine whether space data in HokieServ needs to be updated.  Without being asked, Alex regularly looks for ways to assist his co-workers on the GIS-Space Data team through technical support of copiers, plotters, scanners, etc.; verifying GIS and space data through on-site visits; training new employees, etc.  Furthermore, he almost always makes sure no one in his office needs any additional assistance before he leaves at the end of the day.  Lastly, for three weeks in June Alex ran the Plans Library by himself while the Coordinator was overseas visiting with family.  Alex stayed on top of all incoming new account requests for Laserfiche; creating shortcuts for bid documents for new projects; and the archival of all incoming close-out documents related to renovation and routine modifications work orders.  During this period, he also helped train an emergency hire and provided assistance to the Space Data team by assisting in the measuring of room dimensions at the recently purchased 201 W. Roanoke St. building."

“In sum, Alex’s work ethic, easy going and positive attitude, and ‘team before self’ approach to his job make him a true asset to this organization.”

November 2017 EOM
November 2017 Employee of the Month Tina Fleeman, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Tina Fleeman

Position

Housekeeper

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: "“Keeping everything tidy requires constant attention!  Tina gets it done and always with a smile and a kind word!  I often feel compelled to thank her for her service because I am aware how much she does for us.”

“Tina is fantastic.  Everyday when I come in, she is the friendliest person I see, and she’s already several hours into her day, since she comes in around 5 a.m.  She keeps this smile and her sweet personality constantly, all while asking how people are doing and checking in to see if they need anything.”

“I have been with Fralin Life Science Institute for over a decade and I am extremely impressed with Tina’s work ethic and friendliness.  She is one of the best housekeepers we have ever had at Fralin.”

“We consider Tina to be part of the Fralin team and appreciate her feedback on housekeeping issues that we would otherwise be unaware of.  She makes a fantastic effort on a daily basis to ensure that Fralin Hall is at its best.”

“Tina has a great attitude and is always checking to see whether there is anything that she can do to enhance Fralin’s appearance, and regularly checks in to see whether we are holding special events.  She will then look to see whether there is anything that can be done (usually over and above her job description), to contribute to our success.”

December 2017 EOM
December 2017 Employee of the Month Otey Hutton Jr., trades/utilities master mechanic, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Otey Hutton Jr.

Position

Trades/Utilities Master Mechanic

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: "Otey has always gone above and beyond to ensure the facility at Vet Med is operating smoothly.  He has gone out of his way to help by changing lights and adjusting office lighting per each occupant’s preference.  His customer service is impeccable and is deserving of this recognition.”

“Very helpful and reliable.”

“Very reliable, always a smile on his face.  When needed he gets the job done.”

“He contributes more than necessary and is always eager to do a good job.  Just a good coworker to have on your team.”

“Keeps everything going by himself.”

January 2018 EOM
January 2018 Employee of the Month Michael Carlson, a sign fabricator, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Michael Carlson

Position

Sign Fabricator

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: “Michael displays a very positive work ethic in not only attitude, but in multi-task production within his designated duties while assisting others around him.  On a daily basis he takes the opportunities to reach out and teach others some of the fundamentals of his position while also enhancing his knowledge of theirs. This truly makes Michael not only a diverse employee, but one whom constantly demonstrates a team player mindset and through these contributions, an asset to his department.”

February 2018 EOM
February 2018 Employee of the Month Ted Acord, manager of Power Plant Operations, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Ted Acord

Position

Manager of Power Plant Operations

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: “Ted consistently gives a fantastic presentation and tour for our new employees in Facilities Orientation.  Feedback from participants on his presentation is positive and I am always impressed with how he manages to bring a casual/funny spin to the rather technical and number-heavy information about the plant operations.  He also maintains impressive flexibility with our ever-changing schedule and we really appreciate that!  I believe he brings a unique combination of humor and knowledge to Facilities in general that may get overlooked.”

 

March 2018 EOM
March 2018 Employee of the Month Michelle Anderson, a fiscal technician, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Michelle Anderson

Position

Fiscal Technician

Reason for Nomination

According to coworker: “Michelle is an excellent employee, we are very fortunate to have her back at Virginia Tech.  She has quickly grasped the understanding of her job responsibilities.  She manages her time well and completes tasks with efficiency.  Michelle shows a desire for growth and is open to accepting new assignments.  Her willingness to perform any and all tasks within the Business Office makes her a valuable asset to Facilities.  Michelle is able to learn quickly and always has a positive attitude.  She has taken on several new duties over the past few months with no problems.  I am delighted to have Michelle as part of our Business Office and feel she should be recognized as an exceptional Facilities employee.”

 

April 2018 EOM
April 2018 Employee of the Month Greg Winters, occupational safety compliance officer, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Greg Winters

Position

Occupational Safety Compliance Officer

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: “Greg has continually provided excellent service to the facilities department.  Especially regarding asbestos inspection and monitoring of projects.  He was instrumental in writing of the asbestos and lead procedure and current revision.”

“Greg is a great asset to the facilities department.  He has a great work ethic, and goes above and beyond to assist with projects when needed.  Greg has consistently reduced project costs to the clients.”

May 2018 EOM
May 2018 Employee of the Month Susan Hypes, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Susan Hypes

Position

Housekeeper

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: “Susan is a great addition to the Cheatham Hall custodial staff.  She is always here in the building, does a great job, takes pride in doing her job well, is eager to help with additional requests and is always friendly to everyone in the building.  The first thing I normally see when entering the building each day is Susan working.  She always greets me with a warm hello and smile.”

“There are several things that make Susan special.  First, she is always willing to go above and beyond her normal duties to ensure that our building is immaculate.  By this, I don’t mean the normal duties of simply emptying trash, but on any given day, you may see Susan cleaning the windows to the front door, sweeping the steps, vacuuming the rugs at the entry door, or cleaning a mess left behind in a water fountain.  Susan considers the condition of our building a reflection of her work, and the faculty, staff, and students who work in Cheatham Hall have grown accustomed to Susan’s conscientious and high standards.  In addition to her hard work, Susan is pleasant, personable, and has a positive attitude.”

June 2018
June 2018 Employee of the Month Scott Taylor, trades/utilities master mechanic, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Scott Taylor

Position

Trades/Utilities Master Mechanic

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: 

“The University has a ‘one of a kind’ employee that is truly extraordinary – that’s Scott Taylor.  It matters not the job, Scott will show up and get it done right the first time.  From hanging bulletin boards to plumbing repairs (and literally everything in between), Scott can do it and does it with a smile.  We couldn’t imagine anyone else coming to our rescue other than Scott.  He is very much appreciated.”

“Scott Taylor takes care of repair related issues in our building, Architecture Annex.  He is such an awesome guy – extremely reliable, thorough, friendly, and knowledgeable about all things we need in the building.  Above all those traits, he always completes repairs and goes well beyond what most people would do.”

July 2018 EOM
July 2018 Employee of the Month Cheri Fleeman, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name

Cheri Fleeman

Position

Housekeeper

Reason for Nomination

According to coworkers: “I have had the pleasure of working with Cheri from my very first day of work at Virginia Tech.  She is always pleasant and upbeat and takes the time to know people’s needs in terms of her work.  She is customer service oriented and always works hard to get all tasks accomplished even when she has to work alone.  She is an asset to the building.”

“Cheri is thoughtful, considerate and accommodating of the needs of students, staff, and faculty using the spaces under her charge.  She always seeks to understand the functions and needs of a space to provide a meaningful and clean working environment for all.  Not only does she perform her work with pride, she does it cheerfully and with a very positive attitude.  These values are reflected in the quality of her work and the clean lab and office spaces we enjoy.”

FY 2016-2017

May 2017 Employee of the Month Angel Lafon, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.
May 2017 Employee of the Month Angel Lafon, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Angel Lafon

Position
Housekeeper

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Angel Lafon has been a custodian in the Food Science & Technology Department since May 2015. During her tenure, I have noticed significant improvements in the overall cleanliness and order of the building. Angel cleans doors, windows, shelving, and other areas outside of her ‘required’ duties in order to make the department appear well-kept. In addition to a superb work ethic, Angel brings a positive attitude with her to work each day. She treats all with kindness, respect, and greets everyone with a smile. This despite the fact that she meets the demands of two buildings each morning.”

Don Roschelli accepting his Employee of the Month award from Chris Kiwus
April 2017 Employee of the Month Don Roschelli, commissioning agent in Facilities Operations, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Don Roschelli

Position
Commissioning Agent

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Recently in a project review meeting with the client, design team, and contractor, Don’s detailed review of a capital project revealed many issues with the proposed control system, humidification system, and cooling systems. Had these issues not been identified, there would have been operational issues and change orders after project completion. After the meeting, the client for this project expressed his gratitude.”

Billy Eason accepting his employee of the month award from Chris Kiwus.
March 2017 Employee of the Month Billy Eason, trash/recycling lead in Facilities Operations, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Billy Eason

Position
Trash/Recycling Lead

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Billy is dedicated to his job, has a positive attitude, and is a noteworthy role mode. This is clearly seen when you interact with him whether it is regarding recycling pick up, snow removal, or even watching/guarding a parking lot during football season. He pays attention to the university’s overall goal of well-being and maintenance. He is definitely an ‘Employee of the Month/Year’.”

“When a customer calls with an issue, I always know Billy will make sure the issue is taken care of in a timely manner and with great customer service. Billy is a hardworking and diligent employee.”

February 2017 Employee of the Month: Mike Parrish receiving a plaque from Chris Kiwus
February 2017 Employee of the Month Mike Parrish, a senior accountant in Facilities Finance, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Mike Parrish

Position
Senior Accountant

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Mike always looks for ways to improve the business processes in the Finance Group. The process of calculating and posting fees to individual work orders, review of the fees, and the approval process normally takes about six hours per month. He saw an opportunity to automate the fee calculation process and he implemented it several months ago. That saved two hours of time for one of the Business Office employees. Upon further review, Mike saw another opportunity to save additional time for the Business Office. He developed a program that posts the project management fees to the proper work order at the correct rate and also enabled the employee to import the documentation necessary to support each charge. This saved an additional four hours of work monthly for a Business Office employee and manager.”

“Mike is a great help to the Business Office. He has figured out short-cuts and efficiencies to reports and functions that have saved a lot of time. Mike is an asset to Finance as well as all of Facilities.”

“Mike is a great asset to Finance and other departments in Facilities. His exceptional computer skills have improved efficiency and accuracy in accounting and the finance area. He has a winning personality and is well liked. He is always happy to help his coworkers.”

January 2017 Employee of the Month: Chris Davis
January 2017 Employee of the Month Chris Davis, facilities warehouse manager, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Chris Davis

Position
Facilities Warehouse Manager

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “I can think of a dozen reasons to nominate Chris, but the largest reason is he goes above and beyond and always with the best attitude and customer service. No matter the task or how many obstacles are in the way, he comes through. I know the value of employees like Chris and want to nominate him so that others can thank him for his service. He is always going above the motto ‘That I May Serve’. His seems to be ‘That I May Serve’…and ‘Strive To Be The Best’.”

“Even prior to his appointment as warehouse supervisor, Chris has consistently demonstrated a high level of initiative and helpfulness to our shop personnel. I quite frequently receive compliments regarding his customer service. When he doesn’t immediately know the answer to a question, he is anxious to accept the challenge of finding one. He is pleasant to work with and we appreciate his willingness to explore procurement/surplus processes in order to expedite daily processes.”

Regina Sparks recieving her award from Chris Kiwus
December 2016 Employee of the Month Regina Sparks, a housekeeper, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Regina Sparks

Position
Housekeeper

Reason for Nomination
According to customers: “Regina is an exceptional employee. She cares about how our hospital looks by always going the extra mile to keep the floors, furniture, and bathrooms clean. Since this is an animal hospital, there is a lot of hair, urine, and feces that are routinely in need of clean up. Although our students are responsible for cleaning up after their patients, it is not always done properly. Regina makes sure that all is cleaned up and in order. I have seen her outside in the winter shoveling snow and putting down ice melt. She just about always has a smile on her face when she greets you. She is a great asset to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). She works so hard with no complaints. She deserves recognition as one who goes above and beyond every single day.”

Dwight Carroll receiving his Employee of the Month award from Chris Kiwus
November 2016 Employee of the Month Dwight Carroll, a preventive maintenance employee, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Dwight Carroll

Position
Preventive Maintenance

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “We just wanted to thank Dwight for working with us at Patton Hall. His help was very much appreciated.”

“Dwight is dedicated to his area and takes pride in having his buildings be in good repair. That can be a tough job sometimes, given the age of some of the buildings he takes care of.”

“Dwight’s personality is to lay low, but his customers know where to find him and that they can count on his assistance.”

October 2016 Employee of the Month David Claytor, a trades mechanic, with Heidi McCoy, deputy chief facilities officer.
October 2016 Employee of the Month David Claytor, a trades mechanic, with Heidi McCoy, deputy chief facilities officer.

Name
David Claytor

Position
Trades Mechanic

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Role model employees are hard to come by these days. David has proven himself time and time again to place his name under this title. His attitude toward his co-workers and his willingness to help out is greatly appreciated. I am proud, and so thankful that David is a member of our Building Services team. He is very skillful and talented.”

“David is a great employee and works hard to get his work completed. He always goes the extra mile to help his co-workers and anyone else that needs help. He recently helped a student get his car that was not running out of the road. He always comes into work early if he is asked and stays late if needed along with working weekends on overtime to complete work if asked. He also works well with others. Thanks David for doing a great job.”

September 2016 Employee of the Month Brenda Williams, an administrative coordinator with the Office of Real Estate Management, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.
September 2016 Employee of the Month Brenda Williams, an administrative coordinator with the Office of Real Estate Management, with Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Name
Brenda Williams

Position
Administrative Coordinator

Reason for Nomination
According to coworkers: “Brenda goes above and beyond her job title every single day. She embodies the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). The qualities that she possesses are exactly what is needed for her position in Real Estate Management. She has an excellent attitude and sweet spirit that allows her to provide the best possible customer service to a diverse group of people. Whether it is a landlord, tenant, the electric company, or a department within Virginia Tech, she always handles the task at hand with grace and patience. Brenda goes quietly about her day working nonstop from the time her feet step through Sterrett’s doors until she leaves in the evening. Often, she will carry work home, physically and/or mentally, to make sure she hasn’t missed any detail, no matter how small, during the bustle of the day. Brenda is pleasant, detail-oriented, and willing to ‘jump in with both feet’ to get a task accomplished.”