Employee of the Month

To recognize current university employees who have served Kutztown University in an exceptional manner by exemplifying outstanding service through his or her work and exhibiting a positive and supportive attitude.

Nominations are collected from students, faculty and staff, and the Employee of the Month (EOM) is selected by the Human Resources Advisory Council. A winner will be selected each month and out of the 12 monthly winners one will be selected as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Month will receive a plaque, reserved parking and a $100 monetary gift sponsored by Dr. Hawkinson.

For more information on the award or to nominate someone, see the EOM nomination form.

Employee of the Month ★ Current Year

July 2021 - June 2022

July 2021 ★ Tamara Shirk

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Tamara Shirk for being named the July 2021 Employee of the Month.

August 2021 ★ Coming Soon

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating TBD for being named the August 2021 Employee of the Month.

September 2021 ★ Melinda Quiñones

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Melinda Quiñones for being named the September 2021 Employee of the Month.

Employee of the Month balloons
President Hawkinson presenting Tamara Shirk with her Employee of the Month award plaque and gifts
President Hawkinson presenting TBD with her Employee of the Month award plaque and gifts
President Hawkinson presenting Tamara Shirk with her Employee of the Month award plaque and gifts

Employee of the Month ★ July 2020 - June 2021

🏆 Louis Richuitti named EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR for 2021

July 2020 ★ Louis Richuitti

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Louis Richuitti for being named the July 2020 Employee of the Month.

August 2020 ★ Michael Demetor

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Michael Demetor for being named the August 2020 Employee of the Month.

September 2020 ★ Desiree Aston

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Desiree Aston for being named the September 2020 Employee of the Month.

October 2020 ★ Christina Ferris

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Christina Ferris for being named the October 2020 Employee of the Month.

November 2020 ★ Donna Younger

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Donna Younger for being named the November 2020 Employee of the Month.

December 2020 ★ Peter Isaacson

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Peter Isaacson for being named the December 2020 Employee of the Month.

January 2021 ★ Kate Peffley

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Kate Peffley for being named the January 2021 Employee of the Month.

February 2021 ★ Nancy Snyder

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Nancy Snyder for being named the February 2021 Employee of the Month.

March 2021 ★ Letitia Manwiller

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Letitia Manwiller for being named the March 2021 Employee of the Month.

April 2021 ★ Louis Rivera

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Louis Rivera for being named the April 2021 Employee of the Month.

May 2021 ★ Bryan Salvadore

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Bryan Salvadore for being named the May 2021 Employee of the Month.

June 2021 ★ James Brenneck

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating James Brenneck for being named the June 2021 Employee of the Month.

 Louis Richuitti being named Employee of the Month by president Hawkinson
 Louis Richuitti accepting his Employee of the Month placard and golden bear from Dr. Hawkinson in a KU storage facility
Michael Demetor holding celebratory balloons and a stuffed Avalanche bear in one hand, with one side of his Employee of the Month placard in the other; Dr. Hawkinson is holding the other side of the placard next to him
Desiree Aston holding her celebratory balloons and stuffed golden bear, while Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the Employee of the Month placard
Christina Ferris holding her celebratory balloons and stuffed golden bear, while Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the Employee of the Month placard
 Donna Younger holding her celebratory balloons and stuffed golden bear, while Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the Employee of the Month placard
 Peter Isaacson holding his celebratory balloons and stuffed golden bear, while Dr. Hawkinson presents him with the Employee of the Month placard
Kate Peffley smiling and holding her Employee of the Month placard, balloons, and stuffed golden bear next to President Hawkinson, who is smiling
Nancy Snyder and President Hawkinson holding the Employee of the Month placard between them, while Snyder holds balloons and a stuffed bear in her other hand
Letita Manwiller being presented with the Employee of the Month award and gifts by President Hawkinson
Louis Rivera holding celebratory balloons and a stuffed golden bear while President Hawkinson hands him the Employee of the Month award
Bryan Salvadore being presented with the Employee of the Month award by Dr. Hawkinson
James Brenneck and Dr. Hawkinson holding the Employee of the Month placard, balloons and stuffed golden bear

Employee of the Month ★ July 2019 - June 2020

🏆 William Lendzinski named EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR for 2020

July 2019 ★ Brenda Booz

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Brenda Booz for being named the July 2019 Employee of the Month. Brenda, Technology Support Specialist in Information Technology, has been with the university since April 2007. According to her nominator, Brenda, “Truly cares about resolving issues, helping people and shows a deep commitment and loyalty to Kutztown University.” Upon receiving her award, Brenda was all smiles, stating, “This is wonderful. Thank you so much!”

August 2019 ★ Michael Egan

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Michael Egan for being named the August 2019 Employee of the Month. Michael, Custodial Supervisor in Facilities, has been with the university since April 2008. According to his nominator, Michael, “Treats his employees with such respect because he knows that an optimistic attitude is contagious, and he hopes to spread that positivity around the entire campus.” Upon receiving his award, Michael was overcome with emotion, thanking his whole crew for their tremendous work efforts.

September 2019 ★ Nicole Johnson

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Nicole Johnson for being named the September 2019 Employee of the Month.

October 2019 ★ Faye Arndt

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Faye Arndt for being named the October 2019 Employee of the Month.

November 2019 ★ Christine Price

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Christine Price for being named the November 2019 Employee of the Month.

December 2019 ★ Joe Mumbauer

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Joe Mumbauer for being named the December 2019 Employee of the Month.

January 2020 ★ Laura Jones

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Laura Jones for being named the January 2020 Employee of the Month.

February 2020 ★ Lynn Hilbert

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Lynn Hilbert for being named the February 2020 Employee of the Month.

March 2020 ★ Lisa Grabowski

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Lisa Grabowski for being named the March 2020 Employee of the Month.

April 2020 ★ Cheryl Faust

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Cheryl Faust for being named the April 2020 Employee of the Month.

May 2020 ★ William Lendzinski

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating William Lendzinskii for being named the May 2020 Employee of the Month.

June 2020 ★ Jennifer Weidman

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Jennifer Weidman for being named the June 2020 Employee of the Month.

President Hawkinson presenting Lenazinski with the Employee of the Month award
Brenda Booz and President Hawkinson holding the employee of the month award placard and gifts
Michael Egan receiving Employee of the Month award from Dr. Hawkinson
Nicole Johnson receiving Employee of the Month award from Dr. Hawkinson
Faye Arndt receiving the Employee of the Month placard, balloons, and stuffed bear from President Hawkinson
Christing Price holding her Employee of the Month placard, balloons, and stuffed bear next to members of the HR council
Joe Mumbauer holding his stuffed golden bear gift while President Hawkinson holds up the Employee of the Month placard
Laura Jones holding her Employee of the Month placard, balloons, and stuffed golden bear next to Dr. Hawkinson
Lynn Hilbert holding her Employee of the Month placard, stuffed bear and balloons next to Dr. Hawkinson
Lisa Grabowski and Dr. Hawkinson holding the Employee of the Month award placard, balloons, and stuffed golden bear between them
Cheryl Faust and Dr. Hawkinson holding Employee of the Month placard between them, with Faust holding her balloons and stuffed golden bear
Dr. Hawkinson presenting William Lendzinski with the Employee of the Month award
Jennifer Weidman holding her balloons and stuffed bear while President Hawkinson presents her with the Employee of the Month placard

Employee of the Month ★ July 2018 - June 2019

🏆 Marsha Cressman named EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR for 2019

July 2018 ★ Kelly Hish

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Kelly Hish for being named the July 2018 Employee of the Month. Kelly, Clerk Typist 2 in Graduate Admissions, has been with the university since October 2012. According to her nominators, “Kelly knows it’s #GoodToBeGolden, and is overflowing with KU pride.” Upon receiving her award, Kelly was fighting back tears as she thanked her nominators for such a “lovely” nomination.

August 2018 ★ Thomas Robinson

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Thomas Robinson for being named the August 2018 Employee of the Month. Thomas, Assistant Professor in Psychology, has been with the university since August 2001. According to his nominator, “Dr. Robinson deserves to be recognized for his compassion as a teacher, the impact he has on students, and being an excellent role model.” Upon receiving his award, Dr. Robinson was all smiles and jokes, as he stated that this award, “is such an honor.”

September 2018 ★ Anne Manmiller

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Anne Manmiller for being named the September 2018 Employee of the Month. Anne, Academic Department Secretary in the History department, has been with the university since January 2005. According to her nominator, “Anne’s mastery of KU’s administrative systems and people lets her nudge us towards new ways to serve our students.” Upon receiving her award, Anne was at a loss for words, simply stating, “I’m just trying to get over the shock.”

October 2018 ★ Tammy Starner Wert

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Tammy Starner Wert for being named the October 2018 Employee of the Month. Tammy, Executive Assistant in University Relations & Athletics, has been with the university since December 2007. According to her nominator, “Tammy epitomizes the university’s goal of promoting a caring campus community.” Upon receiving her award, Tammy expressed her surprise at receiving the award, and gratitude for the program itself.

November 2018 ★ Kim Kilgus

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Kim Kilgus for being named the November 2018 Employee of the Month. Kim, Academic Department Secretary in Business Administration, has been with the university since November 2012. According to her nominator, “Kim is one of the most intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated people I have ever had the pleasure of working with.” Upon receiving her award, Kim was all smiles as she stated, “I work with a wonderful group of faculty. They always make me feel appreciated.

December 2018 ★ Edwin Landrock

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Edwin Landrock for being named the December 2018 Employee of the Month. Ed, Digital Technology Specialist from Information Technology, has been with the university since May 2008. According to his nominator, “The world needs more people who are as knowledgeable, kind and dedicated as Ed Landrock.” Upon receiving his award, Ed was completely shocked, saying, “Wow, talk about a surprise! This really cheered me up, today.”

January 2019 ★ Marsha Cressman

🏆 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 🏆 Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Marsha Cressman for being named the January 2019 Employee of the Month. Marsha, Custodial Worker 1 in Facilities, has been with the university since March 2006. On January 24, 2019, Marsha administered the Heimlich maneuver to a choking student. According to her nominator, “Her quick action and ability to remain calm in such a critical moment likely saved this young man’s life.” Upon receiving her award, Marsha was completely surprised. When asked about her heroic efforts, she simply stated, “I just did what I had to do.”

February 2019 ★ David Boyer

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating David Boyer for being named the February 2019 Employee of the Month. David, Macintosh Systems Administrator in Information Technology, has been with the university since January 2005. According to his nominator, “Dave has been instrumental in designing the new on-campus public relations agency space for KU’s new Public Relations major.” Upon receiving his award, David was very pleasantly surprised, showing great enthusiasm over the reserved parking!

March 2019 ★ Jared Green

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Jared Green for being named the March 2019 Employee of the Month. Jared, Instructional Technologist in Distance Education, has been with the university since July 2014. According to his nominator, “Jared exemplifies what it means when we say, ‘It’s Good to be Golden’.” Upon receiving his award, Jared was all smiles. He wanted to thank Doug Scott for being, “such a great mentor and someone to learn from.”

April 2019 ★ Linda Lantaff

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Linda Lantaff for being named the April 2019 Employee of the Month. Linda, Director of the Disability Services office, has been with the university since September 2002. According to her nominator, “Even prior to enrollment at Kutztown University, Ms. Lantaff took the time to meet with not only my daughter, but myself as well, and insured us that the Disability Services Office would be her best direction.” Upon receiving her award, Linda was in complete shock, stating that the KU parent who nominated her was incredibly nice for doing so.

May 2019 ★ Erica Stratton

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Erica Stratton for being named the May 2019 Employee of the Month. Erica, Clerk Typist 2 in the Dean of Students Office, has been with the university since November 2017. According to her nominator, “She comes to work every day- early- setting up our office to welcome guests and students and making sure no calls go unanswered, and tries to find answers to every single question that comes her way.” Upon receiving her award, Erica was all smiles, stating that this award is such a happy surprise.

June 2019 ★ Joshua Leiboff

Please join President Hawkinson and the HR Advisory Council in congratulating Joshua Leiboff for being named the June 2019 Employee of the Month. Josh, Director of Web, Digital and Social Media, has been with the university since July 1998. According to his nominator, “Josh literally embodies goals 3 and 4 of the KU strategic plan: Caring Campus Community and Stewardship of the University’s Infrastructure.” Upon receiving his award, Josh was extremely humbled, stating, “I really don’t believe this. I was just trying to do my job and be helpful.”

Marsha Cressman being presented with the Employee of the Month award by the HR council
Kelly Hish holding her stuffed golden bear as Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the employee of the month award
Thomas Robinson holding his employee of the month award, surrounded by members of the HR council, with Dr. Hawkinson holding the celebratory balloons and stuffed bear
Anne Manmiller holding celebratory balloons as Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the employee of the month award
Tammy Starner Wert accepting her employee of the month award, stuffed bear, and balloons from Dr. Hawkinson
Kim Kilgus holding her stuffed bear and balloons as Dr. Hawkinson presents her with the employee of the month placard
Edwin Landrock being presented the employee of the month placard by Dr. Hawkinson
Marsha Cressman accepting her employee of the month award, stuffed bear and balloons from the HR council
David Boyer holding his employee of the month placard, stuffed Avalanche bear, and balloons next to Dr. Hawkinson
Jared Green holding his employee of the month placard, stuffed golden bear, and celebratory balloons, with members of the HR council standing on either side of him
Linda Lantaff accepting her employee of the month award from Dr. Hawkinson, as well as ceremonial balloons and a stuffed Avalanche
Erica Stratton holding her Employee of the Month award placard, surrounded by members of the HR Council
Dr. Hawkinson presenting Joshua Leiboff with the employee of the month placard; each man is holding one side of the award, and Leiboff also holds a stuffed golden bear and celebratory balloons