Outstanding staff receive Linda Lorimer Awards for Distinguished Service

On Nov. 14, President Salovey and Linda K. Lorimer presented 31 Yale staff members representing eight key initiatives with the Linda Lorimer Award for staff excellence and distinguished service to the university.

Innovation, leadership, teamwork, commitment, and exemplary service are the hallmarks of the honorees’ contributions exemplifying their commitment to excellence.

A list of the award winners and their citations follow:


At the School of Management: Humberto Espinal

Representing Yale in the National Association of College and University Food Services Culinary Challenge, Espinal won the top prize. But he didn’t stop there: with dedication to his craft, he brought back his experiences teaching and inspiring others in the School of Management kitchen.

At the Rose Center: Marnie Robbins-Hoffman

Developing programs and training that incorporate best practices in addressing sensitive crimes, Robbins-Hoffman’s efforts have increased awareness, promoted transparency, and helped victims.


At the Center for Teaching & Learning: Pilar Abuin, Timberley Barber-Marini, Christine Costantino, David Hirsch, Jenn Lawlor, Michelle Morgan, Kristi Sanchez-Dini

With outstanding collaboration, technical ability, and customer service, this team of seven transitioned thousands of faculty members and courses from an antiquated learning management system to a more sophisticated platform, Canvas.

At the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Art Gallery, ITS, Campus Community Technologies, Digital Preservation, University Library: Michael Appleby, Jeff Campbell, Euan Cochrane, Lawrence Gall, Xinjian Guo, Youjun Guo, Tim Speevack

Representing Yale’s museums, libraries, and Information Technology Services, this team of seven worked collaboratively to migrate 1.1 million digital assets to a modern, comprehensive platform with global access to showcase Yale’s vast collections in a single online venue.

At the Office of Development, Human Resources, and Center for Teaching and Learning: Marinda Monfilston, Alina Nevins, Patrick O’Brien, Celestina Perone, Katie Rowe

Seeking to advance diversity and inclusion at Yale, this team of five developed and championed innovative networking, professional development, mentorship, and career advancement opportunities for the university’s 2,800 young professionals.

At the Office of New Haven & State Affairs: Claudia Merson, Maria Parente

Merson and Parente partnered to develop and coordinate the Yale Pathways to Science program, increasing participation, promoting data-driven decision-making, and supporting local school districts.

At the Office of Clinical Affairs, Yale Medicine Administration: Karina Julius, Margaret Reilly, Yon Sugiharto, James Vincent

In response to Workplace Survey feedback, your group offered the Core Curriculum to 685 managers and staff to enhance leadership and professional competencies at the School of Medicine.

At Yale College’s Office of Career Strategy: Robyn Acampora, Stephanie Glover, Stephanie Waite, Derek Webster

In record time, this team of four created the infrastructure, marketing materials, and a streamlined application process for the Domestic Summer Award in its inaugural year.

Visit the President’s website to learn about award eligibility, the nomination process, criteria, and past winners.

Visit the Linda K. Lorimer Award - Slideshow 2018
LKL Slideshow 2018