Every month throughout the academic year the Staff Council randomly selects a staff member to celebrate in our Spotlight on Staff.  Here are some of our recipients:

  • Michael McAlpin

    For Michael it's hard to believe that more than five years have gone by...

  • Lyone Conner

    Lyone Conner is a true Gael...

  • Erice Warren

    Who makes sure that all our USPS, UPS, and FedEx packages get delivered, received, and shipped out in a timely manner? This guy...

  • Erik Coloma

    Not even our winning Forensics Team could debate that Erik Coloma loves Saint Mary’s College...

  • Sharon Sobotta

    Sharon started her job at SMC on September 10, 2002. She was originally hired as the coordinator for sexual assault awareness. She then went on to take an interim role as director of the WRC and later became the director...

  • Sue Peters

    Sue began her college health nursing career in 1977 at the University of Michigan Health Center where she worked in the gynecology clinic. In 1984, she and her husband and two sons moved to Moraga. She began working at Saint Mary’s College in 1989 and has watched college health services grow over her years at SMC...

  • Sue Norton Costa

    Sue has worked at Saint Mary's for 23 years in both the School of Extended Education and the B.A. Program in Leadership and Organizational Studies. She finds it very gratifying to witness the changes in students as they find their voice, realize their talents and often come to see the world in a new way as a result of their Saint Mary’s College experience...

  • Gail Garrett

    Gail's work as a computer operator in IT Services is not very visible because she starts her shift at 3 p.m., but her role is critical nonetheless. Starting as a keypunch operator and keeping up with changing technology, Gail has provided IT service to departments across campus for 30 years...

  • Margaret Brown-Salazar

    Margaret’s office is in St. Albert Library, where you’ll occasionally see her taking her turn at the reference desk. In the classroom as an “embedded librarian” and in support of the faculty, Margaret helps students with their literature reviews and research in two library modules of each student’s academic program...

  • Sister Jodi Min

    Sr. Jodi can be found in the Mission and Ministry office where she works with students doing social justice programming, education, and other service activities. Anybody who drops in on Mission and Ministry will notice the students hanging out in the lounge. This is an office where students feel comfortable and welcomed and Sr. Jodi contributes to this wonderful atmosphere of acceptance...

  • Tracey Donaldson

    Tracey grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and is the proud mother of a high school junior who goes to Saint Mary’s High School. She has worked at various colleges in the bay area such as Cal State University East Bay and the University of California, Berkeley. April 1st marks her 5th year anniversary here at Saint Mary’s College...

  • Julie Centurioni

    In her five years at Saint Mary’s, Julie has become an integral part of the Financial Aid team, working closely with students and their families to help make an education at Saint Mary’s more affordable. Serving students of all means, especially those who need assistance, is a key element of our Lasallian tradition and Julie’s positive attitude helps raise the bar...

  • Jim Whiteaker

    I went to visit Jim at the Museum where he was in the midst of mounting upcoming exhibits: Carnaval! a traveling exhibit including works of Carnaval celebrations from around the world; In Search of the Source of the Nile and Beyond with paintings by Lockwood deForest painted during his travels on the Nile river in 1875-76; Ryan Reynalds: Landscape Assembled featuring contemporary landscape paintings by the California Artist; and a new exhibit of William Keith paintings entitled The California Alps: Paintings from the 1870's, 80's, and 90's...

  • Ryan Lamberton

    Born in Woodland and raised in Sonora in the Sierra Foothills, Ryan came to Saint Mary’s as a freshman and majored in English Literature. During his years as an undergraduate, Ryan enjoyed taking a course in Irish Lit with Brother Ronald, traveled to Washington, D.C. for a Christian Service Internship with Brother Michael Avila, and was one of our student Bonner Leaders, who serve with community partner organizations throughout the Bay Area...

  • More Past Recipients

    There have been many other past recipients. We began archiving their stories shortly after launching Spotlight. Some stories were lost, but not names. Read them here.

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