Harvard Heroes Program

Harvard Heroes

Harvard Heroes 2019

Congratulations to the 61 outstanding Harvard staff members from across the University who were recognized as the 2019 Harvard Heroes. They were celebrated for their extraordinary "above and beyond" contributions at an awards ceremony hosted by President Lawrence S. Bacow on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Sander Theatre. The Ceremony was attended by a standing room crowd of family, friends and colleagues (read more in the Harvard Gazette).

You can view photos from the dayfun photos from the Harvard Heroes photo booth, as well as the inspiring videos from the Ceremony, featuring the 2019 Harvard Heroes:

2019 Harvard Heroes

Central Administration

Shanton Anderson
Principal BI Architect
Data Management Services
Harvard University Information Technology

Thomas Becker
Assistant Controller
Finance & Administration
Campus Services

Virginia Brooks
Senior Regional Director
FAS Capital Giving
Alumni Affairs and Development

Paul Dzus
Technology Operations Manager
Technology & Support Services
Alumni Affairs and Development

Diane Janelle Holland
Health Assistant
Internal Medicine
Harvard University Health Services

Alisa Jahns
Senior Product Manager 
Administrative Technology Services
Harvard University Information Technology

David King
Lead Financial Analyst 
Financial Services Budget & Analysis
Harvard Library

Selina Lee
Senior HRMS Data and Reporting Analyst
Analytics and Reporting
Harvard Human Resources

Carie McGinnis
Preservation Librarian
Preservation Services
Harvard Library

Stephanie Mitchell
Assistant Director of Photography
Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

Erin Northington
Assistant Director of Student Programs and Campus Initiatives
Division of Academic and Public Programs
Harvard Art Museums

Paula O'Callahan
Catering Sales Associate
Crimson Catering
Campus Services

Albert Pacheco
Senior Cloud Solutions Architect
Architecture and Engineering
Harvard University Information Technology

Nick Park
Security and Telecommunications Specialist
Harvard University Police Department

Aline de Araujo Santos
Operations and Systems Coordinator

Ana Soares
Crew Chief
Custodial Services
Campus Services

Jeanine Toler
Account Analyst
Student Financial Services
Financial Administration

Peter Underhill
Fire Safety Supervisor
FMO Fire Safety Services
Campus Services

Mark Verkennis
Senior Campus Planner
Harvard Planning Office

George Yeomelakis
Associate Director of Parking Facilities
Transportation Services
Campus Services

Helen Zdybowicz
Senior Sourcing Consultant 
Strategic Procurement
Financial Administration

Harvard Business School

Ricardo Aviles
Staff Assistant
Operational Support Services

Jill H. Fadule
Director of Joint Degree Programs
MBA Student and Academic Services

Steve O'Donnell
Director of Business Operations
Division of Research and Faculty Development

Harvard Divinity School

Daniel Hawkins
Chief Information Officer
IT and Media Services

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Odette Binder
Events Coordinator
Department of Sociology

Gary Cormier
Senior Director of HR Consulting
Human Resources

Sarah Elwell
Director of Research Operations for Science and Engineering 
Division of Science

Alex Ferguson
Equipment Operations Manager
Department of Athletics

A. Maryorie Grande
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Nancy Hegarty
Assistant Director for Sponsored Research
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Peggy Herlihy
Department Administrator
Department of Astronomy

Garth McCavana
Dean for Student Affairs
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Erika McDonald
Associate Registrar of Academic Planning
Registrar's Office

Michael Paterno
Senior Facilities Manager
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Hector Ruben Paz Nadal
Executive Chef Manager
Dumbarton Oaks

Rosaline Rabi Salifu
Program Manager
Center for African Studies

Clayton Scoble
Multimedia Specialist 
Harvard College Library

Amy Thompson
Director of Media and Technology Services
Media & Technology Services

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Afshaan Alter Burtram
Program Coordinator
Department of Architecture

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Santoshi Basnet
Accounting Assistant

Tracie Jones
Associate Director of Student Affairs & DEI
Office of Student Affairs

Rebecca Martin
Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Gutman Library

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Brandon M. Tilghman
Academic Appointments Manager
Office for Faculty Affairs

Harvard Kennedy School

Ian Dalley
HR Coordinator
Human Resources

Myrish Cadapan Antonio
Director of Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs
Center for Public Leadership

Harvard Law School

Melissa Bergsten
Admissions and Financial Aid Administrator
Graduate Program

Sheryl Dickey
Attorney Advisor for LL.M. Pro Bono Program
Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Program

Harvard Medical School

Mirta D. Guerrero Tejeda
Custodial Services

Margaret Ivins
Manager of Academic Affairs
Wyss Institute

Laurie O'Connor
Administrative Manager
Office for Faculty Affairs

Evan Sanders
Associate Director of Curriculum Services
Office of Curriculum Services in the Program in Medical Education

Deborah Corwin Scott
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology

Rainelle Walker White
Assistant Director
The Family Van

Mary Walsh
Chief Scientific Investigator
Academic and Research Integrity

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Mary E. Anderson
Senior Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Emily Coles
Takemi Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Global Health and Population

Hilary Farmer
Assistant Coordinator to the Chair
Department of Nutrition

Jennifer Ford
Clinical Research Nurse Manager
Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology Program

Brian Frederick
Senior Research and Operations Manager
Genetics and Complex Diseases

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Amy Benson
Librarian/ Archivist for Digital Projects
Schlesinger Library

What is Harvard Heroes?

Harvard staff members contribute vitally to Harvard’s excellence. Staff contributions include building and maintaining a vast infrastructure (technical, financial, physical and human) upon which the academic enterprise relies.

Harvard Heroes is an annual program held each spring to celebrate high-performing staff from across every School and the Central Administration with both local and University-wide recognition. These staff members are nominated and/or selected by their peers and departments. Being named a Harvard Hero is an honor of great distinction – only about 60 Heroes, or ½ of 1% of eligible staff, will be named, with selection based on 11 important criteria. For more information, see the Fact Sheet.

2018 Harvard Heroes

Congratulations to the 61 exceptional employees who were recognized as the 2018 Harvard Heroes. They were celebrated at an awards ceremony on June 14, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. You can view the photos from the ceremony and reception, the fun photos from the Harvard Heroes photo booth, and the inspiring videos from the Ceremony, featuring the 2018 Harvard Heroes: What Makes a Hero and Harvard Heroes: A Day in the Life.