Professionals of the Month

Professionals of the Month

PROFessionals of the Month

The focus of the PROFessionals of the Month program is to recognize, on a monthly basis, exemplary Rowan employees as nominated by fellow members of the University community.

The program is for faculty, staff, or employee groups at any level across all University campuses. The monthly recipient(s), chosen by the Employee Recognition Committee, will receive a special visit by the committee’s Prof Patrol, a group of professionals dedicated to recognizing—and celebrating—outstanding work by Rowan employees.

Nominations can be submitted for individual employees, work groups or project teams. The ideal candidate will have played a major role in a recent, exceptional accomplishment, preferably in the month they have been nominated for (Examples: Completion of a high impact task or project, successful organization of an event, receipt of an award for an outstanding accomplishment, etc.).  

To nominate faculty, staff, or a team of professionals for the PROFessional(s) of the Month, send an email, in 200 words or less, explaining why your nominee(s) should be recognized to by the end of the month. Feel free to re-submit nominations that were previously submitted!

Which Rowan professional or team of professionals has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving the University community? Who in the past month exhibited terrific student engagement, customer service, and teamwork, exemplifying all that is terrific about Rowan professionals?  

In short, who should be Rowan’s PROFessional(s) of the Month?




March, 2020        

Matthew Vanek and Thomas Boyle, Environmental Health & Safety Dept.

Matthew Vanek:


  • Matt is always willing to chip in and makes himself available to get things done that are needed.  This was evidenced by all the hard work he completed in response to COVID-19 planning and concerns that were brought to the attention of the University and EHS.  Examples of some of things he has done and continues to do is:
    • Provided Respirator fit testing for over 40 EMS, and Wellness Center staff employees (P. Safety may need future testing); also coordinated documentation of needed medical evaluations through the wellness center
    • Conducted training for approx.. 100 Housekeeping personnel  (Facilities and Residence Life); covered COVID 19, provided answers to questions/concerns and went over proper disinfection procedures on campus
    • Conducted PEOSH or OSHA training for over 40 EMS, and Wellness Center staff employees
  • Although Matt has only been on the job for less than a year, due to his well versed EHS and emergency management experience, he was recommended by Brian Ewan, AVP to be considered as the Resource Annex manager for Facilities and EHS.
    • When Matt was asked if he would be interested in this he jumped at the opportunity to serve with our other emergency planners
    • He has a result of the COVID 19 is actively involved as needed with Rowan’s emergency team and calls with the county
  • After Matt was given the resource annex of the Rowan’s emergency plan, he immediately offered revisions and submitted them without delay.
  • Public Safety had Matt work with GCOEM, Who granted permissions to the state's E-Team tool to make resource request for Rowan University.  Before he ever had an opportunity to learn the system, Rowan was launched into the Covid-19 response.  Matt, without hesitation learned the system on his own.  
    • Matt has been keeping a daily activity logs in E-Team to ensure Rowan remains engaged with the State.
    • This will serve Rowan in the event that we need County or State resources, or help in any grant applications in the future.
  • He's been a valuable EHS and Emergency Response team member, who hit the group running, with little time or exposure to the internal workings of Rowan's emergency preparedness and has been an asset to our University and staff.


Thomas Boyle:  


  • As a result of needed COVID-19 and EHS requests, Tom worked to help all of SOM or Rowan Medicine address health and safety issues and continues to work with personnel to ensure their health and safety is protected.  Evidence of some of his actions were:
    • Respirator testing and training provided as needed
    • Worked with SOM Management team to come up with an employee/staff health screening protocol which established marked six-foot intervals with lines employees needed to wait in
    • Worked with Research and Vivarium personnel to address health and Safety concerns and contingency plans to respond to COVID19
    • Acted as consult for EHS response and procedures with regard to lab spaces and personnel
    • Developed and EHS document or guide for working at home and ergonomics (in response to numerous employees working at home); his idea or initiative
  • He is readily available and responsive to the needs of the University community whenever asked. While this seems like a small task, see the below list of some of the main responsibilities Tom has:
    • Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for all 3 campuses
    • Biological Safety Officer for all campuses
    • Main EHS contact for SOM, CMSRU where he helps ensure compliance in labs. Research and Facilities areas
    • PI and Researcher Training or Retraining
    • IATA Trainer
    • Facilities EHS Training
    • CITI EHS Contact
    • EHS Risk Management main contact (accidents and incident follow up)
    • Glassboro lab and research EHS contact
    • EHS Vivarium contact
    • Glassboro X-Ray or related equipment inspection/regulatory contact
    • Rowan Medicine Satellite Location EHS contact
    • Manages all medical and hazardous waste at CMSRU and at SOM
  • He is extremely knowledgeable of all environmental health and medical school safety or EHS issues (some of his knowledge or areas are outlined above in the 2nd bullet)
  • He is readily available and responsive to the needs of the SOM community whenever asked 
  • He possesses a great degree of integrity and is a real asset to Rowan University


February, 2020        

Colette McLean, Wellness Ctr. 


This month I had the pleasure to sit on a search committee along with Collette. I hadn’t met her before that committee, and I’m glad I did. Collette consistently acted with integrity & decorum through the entire process. It’s clear Collette is a talented counselor, and additionally, a dedicated, hardworking, passionate member of the Rowan professional community. Collette took care to balance her own viewpoint with the viewpoint of the committee. Collette was fair & professional when it came to understanding the pressures & nuances of the counseling role at the university. What really struck me was Collette’s commitment to inclusion & making sure, in small ways, that the Rowan community holds to that value. While I haven’t had Collette as a counselor, I would imagine she’s extraordinarily effective at listening & truly hearing her clients. Collette deserves to be recognized as a PROFessional of the Month!

January, 2020        

Brittany Mitchell, RowanSOM – Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement  


Brittany Mitchell has been with the RowanSOM Office of Student Affairs and Alumni Engagement for just over one year.  She was hired to fill an open position to complete special projects and in particular, develop new student wellness programs. Brittany is incredibly hard working, organized and creative. She is extremely dedicated to our students and brings a positive attitude to our team on a daily basis. In the past year, our wellness offerings for students have doubled and Brittany was instrumental in driving that initiative. She also significantly expanded our wellness communications across our campus and through social media. She is an amazing employee who is most worthy of this recognition. Thank you for all of your efforts, Brittany and congratulations on being the January PROFessional of the Month!


December, 2019        

Dave Halloran, IRT

Dave Halloran has been invaluable to Human Resources, Payroll and the Provost office on various projects. Dave is more than willing to assist wherever he can. He listens to every issue that we need his expertise on with an open mind and consistently comes back with creative solutions. He has worked with Human Resources on the automation of several paper processes such as special assignment contracts, hourly employee contracts and graduate assistant contracts. He has and continues to assist with feed maintenance and adjustments from the PageUp system to Banner and identifies solutions to challenges that come up. He is currently working on automating the exit interview process and tuition scholarship application. He handles each project with expertise, patience, a sense of humor and a dedication to solve the issue at hand. He makes himself available whenever necessary and often makes suggestions on improvements that he identifies on his own. He is a pleasure to work with and an asset to the university. Thanks Dave for your commitment and dedication to Rowan and congratulations on being selected as the December PROFessional of the Month!


November, 2019        

Rowan Global Admissions Staff


The Rowan Global Admissions staff (recruiters, processors and customer service) has consistently provided excellent customer service to everyone they come into contact with. Over the last year, Rowan Global Admissions has gone through several internal changes. Throughout this transition, the team has continued to work very hard individually and as a team to provide top notch service even when certain questions/decisions were still pending. As the Director of the group, I am extremely proud of them. While I often tell them this, I would like to put the spotlight on their outstanding efforts by nominating the group for this award. Thank you for your ongoing exceptional efforts and your flexibility during times of change. Congratulations on being selected as the November PROFessionals of the Month!

October, 2019        

Gina DiBartolo, College of Communication and Creative Arts

Gina DiBartolo has worked for the College of Communication and Creative Arts for 3 years and handles communication, publicity, event coordination and much, much more and does so with professionalism and collegiality. Gina consistently works hard to plan and organize all of CCCA’s events and has certainly been an asset to the college. This past month she was tasked with planning a very large event in only 11 days – An Evening with Charles Barkley, renowned Hall of Fame athlete and award-winning broadcaster. The event sold out Pfleeger Hall, which seats 800, in two hours. Prior to Charles’ talk, there was also a luncheon with 12 Sports CAM students and a reception for VIP’s immediately following. Gina's attention to detail ensured that Mr. Barkley, the Sports CAM students, VIP guests, and Rowan community enjoyed a seamless event. For that--and all she does—Gina is the October PROFessional of the Month – Congratulations!

September, 2019        

Jim Greenwell, College of Communication and Creative Arts

Jim Greenwell is the superglue that holds Westby Hall together. He is an amazing creative technician, artist, mentor, and dedicated employee. Jim’s role is considerably more encompassing than his title “Studio Technician” would suggest. Yes, Jim can and does fix everything, but he has also maintained our facilities in art, assisted the department, and mentored students throughout his many years of serving the university. This summer in particular has been challenging. Jim works tirelessly without air-conditioning in a physically demanding job, but this is normal for most summers. However, this summer Westby Hall flooded significantly twice. One flood was so widespread it flooded his office. He triggered an alert and managed the flood until Facilities could get there to help vacuum the flooded hallway, classrooms, and his office. The force of the water was so great that he covered the floor drain caps with trash cans as they were acting like geysers. He managed to lift our sensitive electrical equipment off the floor for safety and the longevity of the equipment. I know without his quick thinking and dedication we would have had considerably more damage to our building and classrooms. Thank you for all you do for our department and Rowan University, Jim. Congratulations on being selected as the September PROFessional of the Month!

August, 2019        

Susan Liu, Office of Diversity and Community Affairs, CMSRU

Susan (Sue) Liu, Assistant Director of Community Affairs in The Office of Diversity and Community Affairs (ODCA) at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) has been selected as the August Professional of the Month! 

Service learning is an integral aspect of medical education at CMSRU. Ms. Liu helps to oversee the community projects of all our medical students. These projects include an array of services, including: tutoring/mentoring, health/social outreach, community engagement and youth activity/fitness. She has done an amazing job helping our students develop the leadership skills necessary to sustain their programs – budgeting, management and acquisition of necessary resources. With her help, the homeless outreach team and the veteran’s outreach team secured funding through Rowan Profunder. She is constantly looking for meaningful ways to enhance our programs and our many community relationships. She is well respected by the students, faculty and staff. 

This month our school was awarded the Spencer Forman Community Engagement Award, a national award given to the medical school who best demonstrates commitment to community partnership and the positive outcomes that result from this effort. Ms. Liu helped get us prepared for our site visit last week from the American Association of Medical College and much credit should be given to Sue for the national recognition this award will bring to CMSRU and Rowan in general. Our team will attend the AAMC conference in November where will be presented with the award.

Great job, Sue – your hard work is highly valued and appreciated. Congratulations on your selection as PROFessional of the Month for August!

July, 2019        

Jen Azevedo, Residential Learning


Jenn Azevedo is someone who cares in exemplary ways for her team, her coworkers, and her students, willing to go to a number of lengths to support them. Jenn has been working diligently to plan a spectacular training for graduate and undergraduate students joining us over the next few weeks. Her commitment to excellence through customer service, but also through challenging students, is just one way that she enables students to thrive in the Rowan community. In addition, she has been diligent to build strong friendships and working relationships with members of her team and department, as well as strong collaborations with those in other departments. Anyone that has interacted with Jenn for two minutes, or maybe even less, know her passion and drive for her role and for our students. There is no one more worthy of PROFessional of the Month than this amazing woman and staff member here at Rowan. Congratulations Jenn – you are the July PROFessional of the Month!