Harvard Heroes Program

Harvard Heroes

2018 Harvard Heroes

Congratulations to the 61 exceptional staff members from across the University who were recognized as the 2018 Harvard Heroes. They were celebrated for the extraordinary “above and beyond” contributions at an awards ceremony hosted by President Drew Faust on June 14, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. The Ceremony was attended by a standing room crowd of family, friends and colleagues. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

You’re invited to 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:

2018 Harvard Heroes

Harvard Heros for 2018 are:

Central Administration

Elizabeth Ancarana
Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity
Office of the President and Provost - Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

James Barbas
Property Operations Assistant
Campus Services - Harvard Real Estate

M. Trearty Bartley
Director, Educational Programs
Alumni Affairs and Development

Sharon Bayer
Manager of Systems Deployment and Integration
Harvard University Information Technology - Library Technology Services

Matthew Boudreau
Managing Auditor, Data Analytics
Financial Administration - Risk Management & Audit Services

Elizabeth Capuano
Advisor to International Students and Scholars
Campus Services - Harvard International Office

Amy Deschenes
Senior User Experience Consultant 
Harvard Library - Digital Strategies and Innovations

Denis Downing
Harvard University Police Department

Luis Duarte
Senior Software Engineer
Office of the President and Provost - HarvardX

Paige Duncan
Manager of Client Relations and Product Management
Harvard University Information Technology - Administrative Technology Services

Drew G. Faust
President of Harvard University, Lincoln Professor of History

Jim Gotimer
Contact Center Supervisor
Harvard Human Resources - Benefits

Deirdre Keady
Staff Assistant 
Campus Services - Harvard Capital Projects

Barbara Meloni
Public Services Archivist
Harvard Library - University Archives

Caroline Miller
Coordinator, Events
Alumni Affairs and Development

Amanda Montoya
Campus Services - Harvard FMO Custodial Services

Ventz Petkov
Information Security Architect
Harvard University Information Technology - IT Security

Patricia Prentice
Parking Services Monitor
Campus Services - Harvard Transportation Services

Jesus Romo Llamas
Events Coordinator
Office of the President and Provost - Memorial Church

Andrea Sexton
Director of Financial Policy and Compliance
Financial Administration - Office of the Controller

Angela Sigal-Poock
Registered Nurse
Harvard University Health Services - Internal Medicine

Maile Takahashi
Director of Community Programming 
Harvard Public Affairs & Communications

Harvard Business School

Kerry Herman
Associate Director
Case Research & Writing Group, Division of Research & Faculty Development

Kurt Piemonte
Director, Corporate Relations
Career & Professional Development, MBA Program

Ramone Sharpe
OSS Coordinator

Harvard Divinity School

Beth Flaherty
Director of Financial Aid
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Tiffany Blackman
Senior Director of Pre-Award Services
Research Administration Services

Sally Donahue
Director of Financial Aid
Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Christian Franco
Live Online Teaching and Learning Technology Solutions Lead
Division of Continuing Education

Renate Hellmiss
Director of Scientific Graphics
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Charles Hickey
Superintendent of Facilities
Harvard College Observatory

Krista Lester
Administrative Manager
Social Sciences Administrative Support Group

Jessica Matteson
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Sociology

Jack Megan
Office for the Arts at Harvard

Emily J. Miller
Title IX Coordinator
Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Education

Michelle Monestime
Department Administrator
Research Administration Services

Stephanie Nasson
Administrative Operations, Administration and Finance

Sarah Razor
Mahindra Humanities Center

Gregg Tucci
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Anu Vedantham
Director of Learning and Teaching Services
Widener Library, Harvard College Library

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Pilar Raynor Jordan
Financial Associate
Academic Programs Business Office

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Shavonne Noble
Office Assistant
Programs in Professional Education

Sarah Timmins
Senior Scheduling & Events Coordinator

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Susan Forrest

Harvard Kennedy School

Michael Maguire
Director Business Systems
Executive Education

Rashida Nisbett
Payroll Manager
Office of Financial Services

Harvard Law School

Lakshmi Clark
Director of Student Affairs
Dean of Students Office

Russell Keyes
Building Services Coordinator

Harvard Medical School

Mark Cicchetti
Managing Director
Anatomical Gift Programe

Emily Corcoran
Program Manager
Health Care Policy

Laura DeCoste
Executive Director of Development Communications & Donor Engagement
Alumni Affairs and Development

Don Gillis
Energy Manager
Campus Planning & Facilities

Megan Halligan
Strategic Projects Manager
Executive Administration

Donardo Marcellus
Network Engineer

Megan Peavey
Animal Technician

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Molly Deschenes
Senior DMD Curriculum Coordinator
Office of Dental Education

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Leslie Howes
Managing Director
Office of Human Research Administration

Armand Inezian
Research Administration Projects Manager Team Lead
Sponsored Programs Administration

Alison McQuown
Executive Assistant
Dean’s Office Administration

John Yong
Assistant Director
Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Ruth Hill
Oral History Coordinator
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 every spring that recognizes and celebrates high-performing staff from across every School and the Central Administration. These staff members have been nominated and/or selected by their peers and departments for their leadership, teamwork, adaptability, innovation and exceptional contributions. (For more information about Harvard Heroes, see the Fact Sheet.)

Being named a Harvard Hero is an honor of high distinction – only about 60 Heroes, or ½ of 1% of eligible staff – will be named, with selection based on 11 important criteria.

2017 Harvard Heroes

Congratulations to the 60 outstanding Harvard staff members who were selected as Harvard Heroes for 2017. The Harvard Heroes were celebrated at an award ceremony hosted by President Drew Faust on June 5, 2017, attended by a full house of family, friends and colleagues. You can view photos of the 2017 ceremony and read about their inspiring contributions.