Four School of Medicine Employees Receive Staff Awards

Four employees were honored with Staff Awards for 2023: Alberto Santana, Malana Bey, Jason Buitrago and Maria Rizk at the Staff Town Hall in November. These awards, the highest the school can award staff members, celebrate those who not only consistently contribute to the school in an outstanding manner but who show exemplary attitude and support for their colleagues. 

Alberto Santana headshot

Staff Star Award:

The award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates supportive team-oriented, authentic and respectful interactions with others. 

Alberto Santana, Analyst Programmer, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences 

Photo of Malana Bey

Staff Diversity Award:

The award recognizes a staff member who actively promotes diversity and inclusion within the University.

Malana Bey, Department Administrator, Graduate Education Office


Jason Buitrago headshot

Joan Harris Staff Recognition Award

The award recognizes not simply excellent job performance but seeks to call attention to those who go beyond the formal boundaries of the job to demonstrate leadership, humanistic work and/or commitment to service.

Jason Buitrago, Executive Director, Enrollment Management and Strategic Initiatives

Headshot of Maria Risk

Staff Mentor Award

The award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates outstanding mentorship qualities to other staff. 

Maria Rizk, Director of Administrative Operations, Department of Nutrition