Employee Recognition - Staff Service Awards

Thank you for twenty-five years of service in 1999!

    Angeline Amato started at Case in the physics department on February 18, 1974. She was taking classes at Tri-C and needed a job for one year and never left. Her interaction with the staff, students and faculty has been the most rewarding experience of her 25 years here. She lived through the major renovation that took place over two years in the Rockefeller Building. Angie met her husband George Cadwallader (facilities director in the Case School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences) while working in the physics department. They've been married for 20 years and have a dog named "Duffy" who grew up here at Case. Angie says "working here is like the color of my hair, it's constantly growing and changing." Her dedication and years of service to the department have been deeply appreciated and this recognition is well deserved.


    Kathleen Blazar began her career at the Cleveland Health Sciences Library on July 2, 1973, and is, therefore, a "senior" 25-year awardee. She began as the audiovisuals librarian at the new facility, beginning with slides and simple audiotapes. Now in the computer-rich environment the library supports, she is applying her experience with visuals in the selection of interactive CD-ROMs and the manipulation of color images in electronic journals. The emphasis on visuals characterizes her away-from-the-desk activities, as well. Kathy is an avid photographer -- she is the designated picture-taker at all library events -- and has won awards for her work. Her collection of pictures of her Jack Russell terriers is delightful! In her position as the head of reference at the Health Center Library, Kathy has to keep up with the rapidly expanding array of electronic resources available to the library's users, and she has developed training courses to introduce students, faculty, and staff to these new offerings. In addition, she oversees the selection of books for the library and serves on a campus-wide Collection Development Committee coordinating efforts among the Case libraries. She has been active in the Staff Advisory Council, serving as vice-chair and chair in recent years. Her stated goals for the future are to retire early, or win the lottery -- whichever happens first!

    Edward Bruss received both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (majoring in fluid, thermal, and aerospace sciences) and a Master of Science degree in management from Case. He began his career at Case's School of Medicine in fall 1973 as a planning analyst in the School of Medicine's planning office. Spending most of his Case life n a planning role, Ed has developed a number of computer simulation models integrated computer databases and forecasting systems. For the past 10 years, Ed has been director of the School's Office of Finance and Planning, where he has oversight responsibility for the school's $200 million operating budget. He is now involved in virtually all facets of the school's operations. An avid downhill skier and golfer, Ed enjoys his leisure time with his wife Cheryl, and their sons Nathan and Andrew.

    Donald Chenelle received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from John Carroll University before taking a position there as manager of business affairs and director of financial aid. He joined the Case staff in 1973 as director of financial aid under the direction of Verne Michelson, who was then vice president for academic affairs. Since his arrival, he was a resident of Pardee Hall until his move to Yost Hall this spring. This move had been rumored for a long time. In fact, Don was informed by Frank Borchert in 1980 that Pardee would be coming down and everyone would have to move. When the "Big Quake" struck Cleveland in 1981, Don ran into the hall and muttered, "D___, Frank forgot to tell us." Don has spent much of his spare time in the last 15 years serving as freshman advisor for five to seven students a year until they declare their major. He has become a confidant and a friend to them and keeps in contact with many of them years after they have left the University. Since 1981, he has served as advisor to both Phi Delta Theta and Delta Upsilon. He says the reason he is at the University is that he truly enjoys the students. They are a treat to work with, bright, articulate, and fun. He takes them to many of the Cleveland sporting events, concerts, and the orchestra. This summer he will be attending nine weddings, and parties of three former students who will turn 30.

    Donna Hassik

    Robert Lee Johnson has been with the University since September 1973. He worked in the Health Science Complex for five years. Upon obtaining his State of Ohio Stationary Engineers License, he moved to campus maintenance, operating from the Bingham Power Plant. Over the years he has developed an encyclopedic knowledge of the campus buildings that serves him well in emergencies. Bob displays unshakable poise in handling every situation, from boiler explosions, frozen pipes, and fires to removing five live chickens deposited in a residence hall elevator. He is a loyal and dedicated employee, and a naturally warm and friendly person with an excellent sense of humor. Bob seems to know just about everyone on campus.


    Sharon Jordan has dedicated over half of her life to the University. She has worked in a variety of capacities at the University during her 25-year tenure. Sharon started out in the cashier's office in Adelbert Hall and now works as assistant director of annual giving for the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a walking encyclopedia of Case history. An alumna of Flora Stone Mather College encouraged her to earn her degree, which she did in 1997. She is working toward a master's in nonprofit organizations through the Mandel Center -- all while working full time and raising young children as a single mother. (Her husband, Sam, was also a long-time University employee before he passed away in fall 1997.) Sharon is a strong woman with great faith. She personifies all that is good in people. If you walk across campus with her, she greets everyone with a smile and a warm hello. Case has been a big part of Sharon's life. She has been a big part of the University's life as well. This milestone is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

    Cheryl Lange has been employed at Case's School of Engineering for 25 years. She started on February 25, 1974, as a personal secretary to Harry Mergler in the Department of Electrical Engineering. After his retirement in 1988, Cheryl was asked to stay with the department to work as secretary to several of the faculty and ultimately the department chairman, Sheldon Gruber, for five years. Cheryl has served as secretary to several department chairmen. With the merger of the systems engineering, computer engineering, and electrical engineering departments, Cheryl was appointed secretary to the electrical engineering program. Cheryl will bend over backwards to meet the demands of the department. When asked to do work, she willingly and positively contributes. Cheryl is the backbone of knowledge of campus operations and is consulted by many staff members throughout the department for answers. Students, faculty, and staff find her a pleasure to work with.

    Marilyn Lusk is a graduate of Solon High School and Western College for Women. She started her career as a Research Assistant at Case with Lawrence White in the Department of Medicine, investigating cholesterol metabolism, and then worked briefly in a private clinical practice. Preferring laboratory work ("You can wear jeans"), she returned to Case as a research assistant in the Department of Pediatrics with Douglas Kerr, where she has now been working for 25 years. Her research projects have included investigation of childhood hypoglycemia, normal and deficient epinephrine production, metabolic responses to fasting and birth, diabetes control and complications, and inborn errors of pyruvate metabolism. These projects have resulted in 30 some publications. Marilyn has been co-author of 12 of these, reflecting her major contributions. Over the past 10 years, she has had supervisory responsibility for the Center for Inherited Disorders of Metabolism laboratory at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. This laboratory receives samples from hospitals and clinics throughout the United States and foreign countries for diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of mitochondrial function, an emerging complex group of diseases. She has been a very effective as a contact person for referring health professionals and manager of this ever growing program. Marilyn has remarkable talents and has consistently performed outstandingly well. It is most fortunate that she has continued in this position at Case for such a long time. She finds respite in adventuresome travel and, when at home with her family, looking after her cats, natural garden, and century old house.

    Lenora Mitchell began her career at Case in the School of Dentistry as a cashier. Later, she transferred to the clinic director's office to work under the direction of William H. Adelberger. Among her duties in that capacity was serving as liaison for the Dental Insurance Company and operation supervisor. She also held other positions during her 14 years at the school. In the late 1980s the dental school was down-sized and a large number of employees, including Lenora, were laid off. She was then hired as secretary for the Department of Economics. She adapted to life on the Quad with the help of new friends, and continues to develop her skills, such as learning new software and network programs, as part of her work in the economics department. In her free time, Lenora enjoys a variety of sports with her very active family, including bowling, fishing, and attending high school basketball and football games. She has a daughter who is pursuing a career in sports medicine, and a son who built for her a pond complete with comet gold fish, koi, and rock bass jumping around. To relax, Lenora likes to kick back by her pond and write poetry, and in fact has had three poems published. She is till waiting to write that award-winning one for a first-place finish ... maybe next year!

    Virginia (Ginger) Saha began working at the Allen Medical Library in 1969 and earned her degree in medical librarianship from Case in 1971. After a few years working as a hospital librarian in Florida and as a legal secretary in Virginia, she returned to Case in 1974 and has been at the Cleveland Health Sciences Library (CHSL) ever since. Ginger considers herself fortunate to have been in the right department at the right time, allowing her to be involved in the introduction and development of computerized systems in interlibrary loan, acquisitions, and public access to electronic resources. She has chaired or served on numerous campus and regional committees involved with these developments. In addition to her responsibilities at CHSL, Ginger taught medical librarianship for 10 years as an adjunct professor at Case's School of Library and Information Science from 1975-85. Ginger was named director of CHSL earlier this year.

    Michael Sands: As diverse as special events have been at Case, they all have one element in common over the last 25 years, which was that Mike Sands was there to photograph them. Mike and his cameras have witnessed more University events than anyone during this time span. Whether it's a department party or the dedication of a building, Mike has been there to record these special times for generations to come. Mike's work has been published in periodicals both on and off campus. His dedication to his department as well as to Case goes unsurpassed. Many of his assignments are after normal business hours, which involves an enormous amount of personal sacrifice by Mike. His photographic talents stretch into the darkroom as well as the studio. Along with being a professional photographer, Mike is an accomplished pianist and a member of a local Blues band. He and his band perform in and around the Cleveland area.

    Barbara Sciulli spent half her career in the controller's office. She started on January 2, 1974, with the accounts payable department. In 1977, she was promoted into the endowment accounting department. In April 1979 she became the supervisor in the student loan accounting office and in November of that year she was promoted to manager of the student accounts receivable department. In 1985 she transferred to the School of Dentistry with the dual responsibilities of registrar and financial aid advisor. Barbara developed the position over the years with an emphasis on the student services aspect of the position. She truly enjoys dealing with the dental students. Barbara served as a staff representative of the Staff Advisory council from 1995-19. She also served as SAC secretary from 1996-98. Barbara is completing her undergraduate degree in communications. When not at work or in classes, she can be found outside hiking, camping or bird watching.

    Lawrence Squires came to Case after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era, and graduating from the West Side Institute of Technology. He started his career here on July 11, 1973, as a mechanic in Plant Services. He was promoted to the supervisor of the air conditioning shop in 1979, where he served the campus for 17 years. Feeling he was losing touch with his trade, and a strong desire to become more involved, Larry decided to strap the tool pouch back on and became the air conditioning mechanic in Zone 2, where he has worked since. During his tenure here, Larry has brought a strong work ethic and dedication to getting the job done while working on every piece of HVAC equipment on campus. Larry is admired by his peers and colleagues and is often called upon to share his knowledge learned in the 25 years he's been here. During his time away from work, Larry has worked with Case's Habitat for Humanity chapter. Larry is an avid model-train enthusiast, and enjoys fishing in Canada and taking ocean cruises with his wife Judy. Larry is proud to say he works at Case, and Plant Services is proud to consider Larry as one of our finest employees.

    JoAnn Stiggers joined the Department of Fluid, Thermal, and Aerospace Sciences (which became the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1976) at Case Institute of Technology (now the Case School of Engineering) in November of 1973 as a technical secretary. During the past 25 years she has worked for five department chairs, being promoted to Department Assistant II in November 1979, Administrative Assistant II in September 1980 (later renamed Department Administrator II), and Department Business Manager in September 1998. Jo Ann has served on the Staff Advisory Council from 1990-94 and received the highest honor possible for a University employee, the President's Award for Distinguished Service, in June 1995. Throughout her distinguished career in the department, Jo Ann has mentored students, staff and faculty. She is the heart, the head, and the glue that holds the department together. Jo Ann is loved and admired by alumni, students, staff and faculty.

    Deborah Tenenbaum has been working at Case since November 1973. After growing up in University Heights, she attended Kent State University from 1969-72. Her first position at the University (1973-88) was as secretary and department assistant in the School of Dentistry. In May 1988, Debby transferred to the Department of Art History and Art, where she has served as Department Assistant ever since. She capably manages the clerical and business aspects of the department (related to budgetary matters, financial aid, travel, admissions, routine correspondence, syllabi, and other curricular matters) for the chair and five additional, very busy and productive faculty. Debby has also been the lifeline for hundreds of prospective and enrolled undergraduate majors and graduate students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. level. She has patiently answered the same questions year in and year out, and worked to find solutions to lots of new ones as the department has grown and changed during the past decade. Simultaneously, she also handles business and other arrangements for the Putnam Fund, which supports the wonderful contemporary sculptures scattered across campus for all to enjoy. In addition, Deborah has recently joined the Staff Advisory Council. All in the Department of Art History and Art -- faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students alike -- join in congratulating Debby on her 25th anniversary.