Winthrop Recognizes Retirees and Award Winners at Annual CeremonyPage Title

April 23, 2019


  • During the April 23 Faculty/Staff/Retirees Ceremony, 19 retirees and 46 service award recipients were recognized.
  • Three annual faculty awards were presented and three staff members received prestigious awards.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – During Winthrop University’s April 23 Faculty, Staff, Retirees Awards Ceremony, the university honored retirees and those with milestone years of service and for outstanding service.

The retirees are:

Allen Blackmon, university communications and marketing
Pat Blankenship, human resources, employee diversity and wellness
Janice Bradner, music
G. David Brown, design
Evelyn Cameron, health services
Jordan Cao, computer science and quantitative methods
Laura Dufresne, fine arts
Tammy Gillett, records and registration
Tom Injaychock, career and civic engagement
Kathy Lyon, psychology
Cynthia Macri, English
Charlie McDonald, facilities management
Marilyn Montgomery, English
Maria Clara Paulino, fine arts
Spiro Shetuni, Dacus Library
Susan Sistar, counseling services
Mary Pat Sjostrom, mathematics
Will Thacker, computer science and quantitative methods
Joan Weir, student life

Winthrop officials also recognized employees who reached their 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-year state service milestones. Those employees are:

10 Years
Kevin Amaro, facilities management
Sadie Banks, facilities management
Scott Blackmon, facilities management
Zinorl Bronola, theatre and dance
Debbie Brown, facilities management
Kaitlin Burdette, Dacus Library
Melissa Carsten, management and marketing
Rebecca Crowley, mathematics
Karen Derksen, fine arts
Thomas Garner, design
Brian Good, facilities management
Amanda Hackney, finance and budget
Candace Jones, access and enrollment management
Miranda Knight, student affairs
Ramona Kundl, theatre and dance
Sal Lumetta, facilities management
Daniel Lundy, athletics
Marvin McAllister, theatre and dance
Wanda McCullough, facilities management
Kelly McGinnis, athletics
Kavin Ming, curriculum and pedagogy
Joseph Mirch, facilities management
Jennie Rakestraw, Richard W. Riley College of Education
Meg Schriffen, theatre and dance
Michele Smith, grants and sponsored research development
Sangwon Sohn, design
Jason Tselentis, design
Kristen Wonderlich, music
Charles Yearta, campus police
Rosie Young, facilities management

20 Years
Shirley Brice, facilities management
Suzanne Carter, facilities management
Edie Dille, computer science and quantitative methods
Cheryl Fortner-Wood, psychology
Janet Gray, theatre and dance
Randy Groves, facilities management
Shelley Hamill, physical education, sport and human performance
Terri Haynes, human resources, employee diversity and wellness
Rosie Hopkins-Campbell, health services
Zan Jones, human resources, employee diversity and wellness
Frank Pullano, mathematics
Julie Schrader, residence life
David Vawter, education core

30 Years
Charlene Boggs, finance and budget
Donald Friedman, world languages and cultures
Robin White, facilities management

Cara Peters, professor of marketing, was honored as the Distinguished Professor, Winthrop’s highest award for faculty members.

Stephanie Lawson, an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, is the Outstanding Junior Professor recipient.

Laura Gardner, a professor of fine arts, is the Jane LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award recipient.

Zan Jones, associate vice president and chief diversity officer, was the recipient of the Mary Spann Richardson Award which was created by siblings Rowland P. Alston Jr., William E. Lenoir, Jr. and Victoria Lenoir Saunders ’79 in memory of their mother. The award honors a faculty or staff member for exceptional service, professional excellence and the ability to provide Winthrop with positive visibility throughout the region.

Sherell Fuller, director of the Teaching Fellows program and an assistant professor in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, received the Faculty Student Affairs Award for her broad and deep interactions with student life efforts, and for her contributions to various initiatives that have had a positive impact on students' lives.

Staff Member of the Year was awarded to Craig Sauvigne, system administrator. Nominees came out of the pool of employees who won Staff Member of the Month awarded by Staff Assembly. The award recognizes an employee who exemplifies Winthrop’s core values, goes above and beyond to do great work, and sets an example for other staff members to follow.

President Dan Mahony also honored Kamal Shah, senior projects analyst, with the Winthrop Award of Excellence, which is a prestigious honor created to recognize individuals who have excelled in implementing the Winthrop Plan, the university’s strategic plan. Award selection is based on the individual nominee’s noteworthy contributions to the realization of one or more of the major goals of the Winthrop Plan.

For more information, contact Monica Bennett, director of communications, at 803/323-2236 or

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