Staff Award Recipients

Every year, outstanding staff are recognized for their contributions to Case Western Reserve University with the President's Award for Distinguished Service and the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award. Click on the award below to see the list of honorees for each.

President's Award for Distinguished Service

The President’s Award for Distinguished Service was created in honor of Roseanne Shaerban, a University employee whose qualities and commitment set a standard for distinguished service. Her family, friends, and co-workers remember her for the care, concern, loyalty and support she demonstrated to the University community. Roseanne was feisty, creative, and exceptionally generous in her willingness to help others in need.

Robin Kramer Volunteer Award

Case Western Reserve University created the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award in honor of Robin Kramer, a University employee whose qualities and commitment to volunteerism set a standard for distinguished service. Robin Kramer was known for her passion for serving the University and its employees. Robin was a friendly and familiar face of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and loved to welcome new members at the SAC New Member Orientation. She also co-chaired the Elections and Staff Recognition Committees. Her family, friends, and co­‐workers remember her for her infectious smile, contagious laugh, concern, loyalty, and the support she demonstrated to the University community. Robin’s enthusiasm and energy were evident in everything she did.

Recipients of the President's Award for Distinguished Service

This award honors the late Rose Shaerban, "a University employee whose qualities and commitment have set a standard for staff excellence," the award plaque states. Shaerban was assistant editor of Campus News at the time of her death in 1989. 

  • 2021
    • Jason Bradshaw - Director of Design and Manufacturing at Sears think[box]
    • Maggie Kaminski - Administrative Director, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
    • Paul Owens - Police Lieutenant, Public Safety
  • 2020
    • Paul Harding - Department of Astronomy
    • Laura Huffman - Office for Interprofessional Education, Research and Collaborative Practice
    • Ina Martin - Materials for Opto/Electronics Research and Education (MORE) Center
    • Michael McCarthy - School of Law
  • 2019
    • Christopher Dolwick - Cleveland Health Sciences Library
    • David Peck - Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine
    • James Sill - Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2018
    • Erin Henninger - Interactive Commons
    • Cynthia “Cindy” Hill-Graham - School of Law, Dean's Office
    • Elisabeth “Liz” Roccoforte - LGBT Center
  • 2017
    • Kori Kosek - Department of Psychological Sciences
    • Elizabeth Woyczynski - Office of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies
    • Susette Ziats - Space Planning at the School of Medicine
  • 2016
    • Rachel Begley - Professional Development Center, School of Graduate Studies
    • Dwayne Bible - Information Technology Services
    • Diane Domanovics - Office of Research Administration
  • 2015
    • Christopher Bond - Farm Food Program
    • Shannon Swiatkowski - Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative
    • Tracy J. Wilson-Holden - Office of Research Administration
  • 2014
    • Kathryn Schultz - Medical Scientist Training Program
    • Henry Hill - University Movers
    • Theresa Wilson - MSASS Office of the Associate Dean 
  • 2013
    • Thomas (Tom) Bondra - Facilities Services
    • Mark Chavis - Plant Security
    • Gina Midlik - Director of Univeristy Libraries
  • 2012
    • Theresa Grigger - ITS Design
    • Amy Hammett - University Registrar
    • Gene Matthews - Facilities Services
  • 2011
    • Kathleen Dowdell - CAS Anthropology
    • Cheryl Lauderdale - Alumni Relations & Special Events
    • Merless Willis - Material Support
  • 2010
    • Jane Daroff - University Counseling Services
    • Carmelo (Tom) Franchina - MSASS Information Technology
    • Kathleen O'Linn - France Payne Bolton School of Nursing, General Operating
  • 2009
    • Janice Eatman-Williams - Student Affairs
    • Denise Douglas - Graduate Studies
    • Donald Chenelle - Financial Aid
  • 2008
    • Colleen Barker-Williamson - Thwing Center, Student Activities
    • Ramona David - TIIME Engineering
    • Michael Yeager - Library Systems & Technology
  • 2007
    • Lynmarie Hamel - Undergraduate Studies
    • Suzette Williamson - TIIME
    • Kathryn Howard - Medicine/Chemistry
  • 2006
    • Richard Baznik - Office of the President
    • Cathy Nichols - Materials Science and Engineering
    • Theresa Wilson - MSASS
  • 2005
    • Patsy Harris - Materials Science and Engineering
    • Robin G. Kramer - Controller's Office
    • Virginia Morrison - Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • 2004
    • Philip Moses - General Program/Support
    • Elizabethanne Fuller Murray - Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    • Lorraine Tobias-Watson - Human Resources
  • 2003
    • Madelyn Miller - Development Services
    • Dorothy Pijan - Thwing Center
    • John Tizzano - Plant Services
  • 2002
    • Daniel "Tex" Kelly - Printing Services
    • Gardner Dean Paterson, Jr - Student Services
    • Gail Palombia Shipley - Human Resources
  • 2001
    • Jean Gubbins - Public Affairs
    • Linda Hansen - Office of the Registrar
    • Carolyn Solis - Weatherhead Professional Degree Programs Administrative Office
  • 2000
    • Elizabeth (Betty) Cernohorsky - Weatherhead Professional Degree Programs Administrative Office
    • Sue Nickel-Schindewolf - Housing and Residence Life
    • Jes Sellers - University Counseling Service
  • 1999
    • Dewitt Aniton - Material Support
    • Pam Chamar - Weatherhead School of Management
    • Deborah Fatica - Career Planning and Placement
  • 1998
    • Marlene English - School of Medicine
    • Judith Olson-Fallon - Educational Support Services
  • 1997
    • Dave Conger - Mechanical Engineering
    • Charlotte Horton - Research Administration
    • Peggie Roberts - MSASS
  • 1996
    • George Cadwallader - Case School of Engineering Budget Office
    • Dorothy Caplin - School of Dentistry Dean's Office
    • Adria Sankovic - School of Law)
  • 1995
    • Bill Frank - School of Medicine
    • JoAnn Stiggers - Mechanical Engineering
    • Phyllis Richards - Development and Alumni Affairs
  • 1994
    • Louis Martino - Chemistry
    • Alex Schnittlinger - Macromolecular Science
    • Annie Spence - Custodial
  • 1993
    • Carol Fagalar - Human Resources
    • Steve Marine - Civil Engineering
    • Naomi Williams - School of Dentistry
  • 1992
    • Mary Lou Cantini - Dean's Office
    • Frances Cort - Weatherhead School of Management
    • Richard Howe - Materials Science and Engineering

Recipients of the Robin Kramer Volunteer Award

The Robin Kramer Volunteer Award was created in honor of Robin Kramer, a University employee whose qualities and commitment to volunteerism set a standard for distinguished service. Robin Kramer (August 5, 1955-November 1, 2013) was known for her passion for serving the University and its employees.

  • 2021
    • Elisabeth (Liz) Roccoforte - Director, LGBT Center
  • 2020
    • Kathy Miller - Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences
  • 2019
    • Elizabeth Banks - Center for Civic Engagement and Learning
  • 2017
    • Debra Bush - Office of Research and Technology Management
  • 2016
    • Jean Seneff - Office of the University Registrar
  • 2015
    • Kathleen Dowdell - College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • 2014
    • Theresa Grigger - ITS