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Delta College Celebrates 59th Annual Employee Awards

April 10, 2024

2024 Bergstein Award recipients Denise Hill and Lisa Wall

2024 Bergstein Award recipients: Denise Hill (left) and Lisa Wall

Delta College is celebrating the invaluable work of its faculty and staff for the 59th Annual Employee Awards held Wednesday, April 17 at 1pm in Pioneer Gym on the main campus.

This year’s honorees include two faculty members who will receive the prestigious Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence. This award the highest honor a faculty can receive and recognizes their commitment to teaching excellence. Denise Hill, professor of English and Lisa Wall, associate professor of radiology, were chosen for the award by a vote from students and faculty.

Hill earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and her master’s degree from Michigan State University. She has been with Delta for 19 years.

Wall earned her associate’s degree from Washtenaw Community College, her bachelor’s degree from Cleary University and her master’s from Ferris State University. She has been with Delta for eight years and has gotten her entire family involved. Each of her three children have earned or are currently working toward associate’s degrees from Delta in various disciplines and her husband, a welding instructor for Midland Public Schools, encourages students to consider Delta College.

“My family is eternally grateful to Delta College and everything they have done for them over the years. We all praise and highly recommend Delta College to our friends and family!”

Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence

Denise Hill (Bay City), Professor of English; 
Lisa Wall (Sanford), Associate Professor of Radiography

Ormond E. Barstow and Ludo K. Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement

David Baskind (Saginaw), Professor of Psychology

Rollin M. Gerstacker Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching 

Timothy McGuire (Breckenridge), Instructor of Biology

Eric “Q” Beckman Adjunct Faculty Award for Exceptional Service

Dawn Perez (Saginaw), Adjunct Faculty of Business & Technology

Lynn Heatley Award for Distinguished Service by an Adjunct Faculty Member

Jason Szilagyi (Saginaw), Adjunct Faculty of History

Executive Committee for Administrative and Professional Staff (ECAPS) Team Excellence Award 

Marketing and Public Information
Matthew Brown (Essexville), Multimedia Content Coordinator; Luke Goodrow (Saginaw) Graphic Designer; Leanne Govitz (Beaverton) Director of Marketing and Media; Amanda Hammond (Freeland) Web Content Marketing Coordinator; Suzanne Paris (Freeland) Communications Specialist

ECAPS Willie E. Thompson Outstanding A/P Service Award

Julie Dorcey (Saginaw), Foundation Manager

Support Staff Excellence Award 

Jill Delaney (Bay City), Administrative Office Professional

Congratulations to the following employees for their years of service
40 Years

Becky Barber (Midland), Special Event & Donation Coordinator

35 Years

Michael Garlick (Saginaw), Laboratory Coordinator
Gregory Luczak (Bay City), Assistant Director of Business Services
Michelle White (Freeland), Team Lead, Health & Wellness Advising

30 Years

Randal Crawford (Midland), Professor of Art
Michael Finelli (Fenton), Associate Professor of Residential Construction)
James Ham (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
Timothy Klingler (Midland), Professor of Mathematics
David Redman (Ypsilanti), Professor of Mathematics
Elvina Sika (Saginaw), Assistant Director of Financial Aid

25 Years

Eva Ayala (Linwood), Employment Services Advisor, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Angela Cramer (Munger), Controller
Michelle Cuvelier (Midland), Trade Adjustment Assistance Coordinator, Great Lakes Bay MI Works! 
Brad DeRoche (Mt. Pleasant), Professor of Music
Cynthia Drouse (Bay City), Professor of Computer Science & Information Technology
Kyle Jones (Midland), Grounds Supervisor
Trisha O’Connor (Saginaw), Professor of English
Michele Whitaker (Cedarville), Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

20 Years

Janet Alexander (Freeland), Professor of English
Talisa Brown (Auburn), Administrative Services Coordinator & Institutional Research Survey Specialist
Cynthia Drake (Midland), Professor of Biology
Anne Elias (Saginaw), Librarian – Government Documents & Reference
Heidi Helgren (Freeland), Professor of Management 
Robert Przybylski (Bay City), Producer/Director
Audra Swarthout (Kawkawlin), Associate Professor of Biology

15 Years

Aurelian Balan (Midland), Professor of Physics
Sandra Gallaher (Linwood), Business Services Team Executive Assistant, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Michael Glowacki (Grand Rapids), Professor of Art
Alex Goudas (Midland), Associate Professor of English
Anthony Khalil (Midland), Planning & Construction Manager
Stephanie Kontranowski (Bay City), Human Resources Generalist
Terry Morse (Sanford), Associate Professor of Computer Numerical Control
Brian Rivard (Bay City), Business Services Runner
Wendy Szafranski (Linwood), Associate Professor of Nursing

10 Years

Denise Beasecker (Frankenmuth), Associate Professor of Nursing
Jennifer Carroll (Auburn), Director of Workforce Strategies
Reva Curry (Midland), Vice President of Instruction & Learning Services
Melissa Dingman (Midland), Scheduling Processor & Veteran’s Certifying Official
Luke Goodrow (Saginaw), Graphic Designer
Samuel Hutchison (Saginaw), Second Shift General Laborer
Lori Kloc (Freeland), Healthcare Simulation Educator
Donna Militello (Midland), Associate Professor
Kristy Nelson (St. Louis), Director of Downtown Centers
Robert Neymeiyer (Auburn), Associate Professor of Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Michele Pratt (Bentley), Manager of Library Program & Services 
Daniel Symons (Bay City), Employment Services Advisor, Great Lakes Bay MI Works!
Anthony Willard (Pinconning), Academic Systems & ISS Coordinator

5 Years

Ae Alexander (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Daniel Allen (Saginaw), Associate Dean of Social Sciences
Connor Anderson (Bay City), Student Billing Specialist & Assistant Technologist
Nola Barres (Bay City), Health Lab Attendant
Meredith Bishop (Bay City), Reference Librarian
Terrence Blackmer (Mayville), Fire Science Technology Coordinator
Cynthia Blahnik (Midland), Student Success Advisor
Vanessa Chingman (Saginaw), Third Shift Custodian
Stephanie Dinsmoore (Fairgrove), Scholarship & Data Coordinator
Amy Esparza (Saginaw), General Maintenance
Jonathan Foco (Pinconning), Director of Business Services
Pete Fox (Grand Blanc), Associate Dean of Health & Wellness
JD Garn (Midland), Associate Dean of Arts & Letters
Christina Glazier (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Steven Gormley (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Computer Aided Design
Barbara Gosson (Midland), Administrative Office Professional
Genevieve Greenhoe (Midland), Third Shift Custodian
Steven Gregory (Bay City), Director of Facilities Management
Toivo Hendrickson (Essexville), General Maintenance
Jonathan Hoerauf (Bay City), Associate Director of Career Advising
Earl Johnson (Saginaw), Third Shift Custodian
Sherry Lefevre (Bay City), Office Professional
Dawn Little (Bay City), Workforce Experience Manager
Paige McMillen (Midland), Administrative Office Professional
Eric Merkle (Auburn), Financial Aid Advisor
Joni Mitrzyk (Standish), Health Lab Attendant
Andrew Neumann (Essexville), Assistant Professor of Residential Construction
Kristine Neveau (Bay City), Student Success Advisor
Kayla Rahn (Freeland), Dual/Early Middle College Advisor
Robby Rase (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Randall Rogner (Bay City), Third Shift Custodian
Christopher Rupp (Bay City), Public Safety Officer
Aimee Sandell-Green (Midland), Bookstore Specialist - Merchandise
Stacey Shinkel (Linwood), Facilities Administration Manager
Justin Sinicki (Bay City), Student Development Specialist
Molly Stapish (Bay City), Assistant Professor of Nursing
Claire Vantil (Midland), WRIT Center Coordinator
Earnestine Wilburn (Saginaw), Administrative Office Professional