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Chancellor’s Award for Staff Winners Named

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In honor of their exemplary contributions to and representation of the Pitt community, nine staff members have been named recipients of the 2021 Chancellor’s Award for Staff, the University’s highest staff honor.

The award is open to all full-time and part-time, classified and union-eligible staff members in recognition of outstanding contributions at the University or within the community-at-large. It also includes a $2,500 prize and, as a more permanent tribute, a plaque with the recipient’s name will be added to the Chancellor’s Award for Staff display in the William Pitt Union.

This year’s awards and recipients are:


Innovation in Advancing Administrative and Operational Efficiency

Rochelle Woods
Senior Assistant Dean of Administration, Operations and Academic Programs
School of Education 


Exceptional Early Career Achievement

Laura Winters
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Provost


Student Impact

Tiwanda Taylor
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid


University Engagement

Andy Stephany
President Emeritus, Staff Council
Associate and Division Administrator
Department of Medicine
HVI – Cardiology/Vascular Medicine Institute


Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Yetunde Olaore
Program Coordinator
Swanson School of Engineering


Excellent Mentor

Justin Meyer
Associate Director of Clinical Development
Division of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement 


Community Engagement

Medina Jackson
Director of Engagement
The P.R.I.D.E. Program
Office of Child Development


Research Support

Sara Izzo
Peer Counselor and Research Associate
Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 


Career Achievement

Janet Delany
Data Engineer
Pitt IT