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2019 Dean's Staff Awards


The School of Medicine is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Dean’s Staff Awards, who were selected for their dedication to the school’s core values.

This year marked the program’s silver anniversary – and there just happened to be 25 outstanding individuals nominated for the Dean’s Staff Awards. The award committee looked for the following attributes in each nominee:

  • Excellence and accountability
  • Compassion
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism and ethical behavior
  • Social responsibility
  • Creativity and innovation


Ashley GilbertPediatrics
Azucena VillaEmergency Medicine
Bettie KaeheleFamily & Community Medicine
Carita CookPsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Cindy SalazarMolecular Genetics & Microbiology
Courtney PadillaOffice of Faculty Affairs and Career Development
Gail CaseOrthopedics
Gilbert CordovaPsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Kathy BreckenridgeOffice of Education - Office for Continuous Professional Learning
Kristine GonzalesPediatrics
Lalita Lopez de GaunttDermatology
Mari Sol De LeonSurgery
Mary BoehmPediatrics - Center for Development and Disability
Nancy RisenhooverPathology
Robyn VieraPediatrics, Prevention & Population Sciences
Rosalia DeLeonPathology
Sandra BaumanOffice of Education - Office for Continuous Professional Learning
Sarah T. MartinezObstetrics & Gynecology
Sharon PruittBiochemistry & Molecular Biology
Stephanie Cockrell

Family & Community Medicine

Award Recipients

  • Ashley Gilbert, Pediatrics
  • Bettie Kaehele, Family & Community Medicine
  • Courtney Padilla, Office of Faculty Affairs and Career Development
  • Gilbert Cordova, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Lalita Lopez de Gauntt, Dermatology
  • Mari Sol De Leon, Surgery
  • Mary Boehm, Pediatrics – Center for Development and Disability
  • Robyn Viera, Pediatrics, Prevention & Population Sciences
  • Sandra Bauman, Office of Education – Office for Continuous Professional Learning
  • Sarah T. Martinez, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Stephanie Cockrell, Family & Community Medicine

Drs. Paul Roth and Martha Cole McGrew hosted an awards luncheon and each honoree received a trophy and $1,000.

Dr. Roth created the awards program to highlight staffers’ outstanding work and contributions to the school.

The awards committee was comprised of seven staff members, including a recent award recipient and representatives from various School of Medicine departments. Nominees were graded by each committee member and ranked collectively by the committee to determine this year’s recipients.