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.

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.”