2018 Honored Retirees

Retirees Honored at the 2018 Staff Awards Luncheon

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Alicia Sandoval

15 Years

Alicia Sandoval started in April 2002, she worked in the MH (Marriot Health) building for most of her career. She not only serviced the Deans area but made quick friends of everyone she came in contact with.

She paid special attention to every detail in her Custodial duties, it showed by the inviting environment to work and the relationships she developed with her customers. She was such an asset to WSU and we were all sad to see her go.

Now in retirement she gets to spend time with her kids and amazing grandkids whom which she loves more than anything.

Allen Ferrin

30 Years

Allen served as a custodial for WSU from 1987 to 2017 – 30 years! He was very pleasant and worked many years in the College of Education and Wattis buildings. Allen’s performance was often outstanding and he is remembered as a very dedicated and dependable employee --- one willing to do whatever is asked of him.

Betty Simons

20 Years

Betty was employed part-time in the Multicultural Center in 1997 and was hired as a full-time Career Counselor in 1998 upon completion of her Master's degree. Betty was assigned to work with diverse students in the Career Services Center and later worked with the College of Arts & Humanities. She and her husband are parents to six children and grandparents to 13 grandchildren. Betty enjoys doing community and volunteer work, plus on-going church service.

Brenda Stockberger

17 Years

Brenda Stockberger worked for WSU for 17 years first in the Social Work and Gerontology Department and then moving to an Admin Associate for the Faculty Senate. She was the glue that held the WSU Faculty Senate together keeping the faculty’s governance committees running smoothly. Anyone who served with her, including innumerable faculty across campus, recognized her outstanding performance of duties. Brenda was one of the key people in implementing the new online curriculum submission system and spent many hours debugging, training users, and shepherding faculty and administrators through the process.

Diane Jones

13 Years

Before Diane Jones came to work at WSU, she was heavily involved in the community as a cub/girl scout leader, volunteer for the Davis Arts and Humanities Council and PTA secretary, president and regional secretary. Diane worked over a dozen years for WSU in University Development and Communications. She had various positions including Development Admin, Event Specialist and Admin Associate for VP Brad Mortenson.

Chad Davisson

14 Years

Chad came to Weber State in 2003 as a journeyman electrician with eleven years of experience in the electrical construction field in commercial, industrial and residential site work. In 2011, he was promoted to Electrical and Electronic Superintendent of Facilities Management. Chad was noted for his quality work, “can do” attitude and willingness to go the extra mile to accomplish what was asked of him. He retired in 2017.

Cherri Hill

30 Years

Cherri Hill worked at the university for over 30 years as a cashiering specialist in the Parking Services department. Although she did a great job handling and calming irate patrons, she is very much enjoying not having to listen to complaints about tickets and not enough parking on campus. Since retiring in August, Cherri moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is enjoying seeing new places and meeting many new friends. One of the best things about being retired is being able to do whatever she feels like doing whenever she feels like doing it.

Christie Parker

40 Years

Christi began her full time career at Weber in April 1977 with the Cashier Office. She received her bachelor degree in Accounting from Weber in June 1977 and a few years later moved to the Accounting Services, where she held several different positions until retiring in July 2017. After retiring, Christi spent much of the balance of the summer and most of the fall at Panguitch Lake, working with her husband and family on an addition to an extended family cabin. She is also spending a lot more time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Coleen Sheehan

15 Years

Coleen Sheehan began working in November of 2002 at the Center for Multicultural Excellence where she contributed to the center's expansion of programming and services.

Coleen was thorough in all that she worked on, very well-organized, and helpful in the CME having successful premier university events like Multicultural Youth Conference, (2002-2008), WSU PowWow 2012, and Ceremony of Excellence. In retirement, Coleen enjoys traveling with her husband and adores her pets.

Dan Walker

31 Years

After 33 years of coaching, Weber State Director of Track and Field Dan Walker has announced his retirement. After many years as an assistant coach, Walker has been the head coach of the Wildcat men's track and field programs for the last 10 years and has been the Director of Track and Field for the last three seasons. 

In his 33 years at Weber State, Walker has been a part of 41 Big Sky Championships in men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field. He has coached hundreds of athletes, and has been the event coach for 15 All-Americans and three NCAA champions. 

"It's been such an honor for me to coach at Weber State for more than half of my life," Walker said."

Jan Winniford

11 Years

Vice President of Student Affairs Janet Winniford had one key objective while at Weber State University: to help students. Her last day as the Vice President of Student Affairs was August 31, 2017. She will retire as a Wildcat of 11 and a half years.

Jan has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration and Counseling Psychology from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas. She has served for over 26 years in a professional position directed toward helping students succeed.

That sole motivator, to help students, allowed her to rack up her accomplishments, including the creation of the Access and Diversity Program.

Jean Harding

14 Years

After working in many different capacities and for many different organizations, Jean Harding came to WSU to work in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center in 2003. Five years later, in 2009, she was honored with the Presidential Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff Award. This highly competitive award recognized her excellence in the areas of productivity, work quality, dependability and reliability, creativity and innovation, and relationship skills. Jean retired in 2017 and will be sorely missed by the Center.

Jennfier Grandi

29 Years

Jennifer Grandi started working at Weber State in 1988 and was close to her 30-year mark when she retired early. During her time at WSU, she worked in Students Services in many different positions, i.e., Counselor, Veterans Upward Bound; Coordinator, Student Support Services, Davis Center; Coordinator of Services & Programs for Non-traditional Students; Assistant Dean of Students.

Jennifer was involved in establishing the First Year Experience Program at WSU and has certainly made an impact on Student Services.

She retired in Yucca Valley, California, close to her roots.

Jolene Frazier

25 Years

Jolene started at Weber State College in 1986. She worked for Housing in Promontory Towers. Jolene left in 1988 to moved to California but returned to Utah and Weber State University in 1992.

Working in the Shepherd Union Building Business Office and then moved the Payroll Office in 1996 where she worked until November 30, 2017. Grateful for the friendship[s made over the years, Weber State will always remain near and dear.

In Retirement Jolene plans on spending most of her time spoiling her wonderful grandchildren.

Leslie Trottier

21 Years

After working many years for the Weber County Library, Leslie Trottier came to work in 1996 for WSU as an Employer Specialist in the Care for Childcare Program. Several year later, she was named the Program Coordinator. Leslie was always “dressed to the nines” and anxious to learn new things. She will be remembered as a great instructor of “Fish – Having fun at Work.” Leslie retired in 2017.

Lorinda DeBoer

16 Years

Lorinda DeBoer began working as a Payroll Assistant on 3/26/2001. Lorinda was promoted several times and became the Salaried Payroll Team Leader on 7/16/2011. For 16 years, Lorinda dedicated herself to serving salaried employees. She always made herself available to any employee who had questions about their paycheck, or to any employee who wanted to change a deduction. She was committed to the payroll process until the day she retired.

Luis Ceron

19 Years

Luis Ceron was hired as a Full time Custodian in October of 1998. During his time here at WSU he was in charge of cleaning all of the annexes on Ogden campus. Luis was a dedicated and dependable employee who was always pleasant to everyone he came in contact with. Luis worked two full-time jobs most of his life, so when he retired in August of 2017 he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Lynn Thompson

16 Years

In 2003, after gaining 20 years of carpentry experience in a variety of industries, Lynn came to work for the WSU Carpentry Shop. His gratitude and pride in the WSU campus dates back to when he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, with a minor in Business Management. In 2008 Lynn received a Division Outstanding Performance Award and was later (in 2011), promoted to Lead Carpenter. In 2017, Lynn elected to take early retirement.

Nancy Loewen

21 Years

Nancy Loewen began working as a Payroll Clerk on 11/11/1996. She was promoted to a Senior Payroll Technician on 1/3/2006, and later a Payroll Technician II. She retired on 6/30/2017. For 21 years Nancy was the "face of Payroll." She was often the first person a newly hired employee would meet and she always made a great first impression. She was warm and welcoming to anyone who entered the Payroll Office.

Pat Wheeler

37 Years

From 1981 to 2003, Pat Wheeler was the Manager of Corporate Recruiting for SU’s Career Services Center. She built the Center’s corporate recruiting program from 50 employers to more than 5,000 national employers seeking Weber State interns and graduates from all 7 colleges. In 2003, Pat joined the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics as the Coordinator of Recruiting & Career Advisement.

In 1985, Pat was asked by the Dean of Student Affairs to bring back sororities to Weber State. After revitalizing three of the former local sororities, Pat served as Advisor to the Otyokwa Sorority for 15 years, being named “Advisor of the Year” 5 times by the Greeks on campus.

Pat is a two-time recipient of Weber State’s Crystal Crest “Friend of Student” Award. She retired in 2017.

Ronnie Villarruel

13 Years

When Questar boiler operations officially stopped in the summer of 2004, Ronnie Villarruel went to work again as a boiler operator for Weber State University. He worked there from 2004 to 2017 and for the last four to five years, he was the Heat Plant Lead. After working at Weber State two different times, Ronnie retired with a total of 13 years of service.

After he retires, Ronnie wants to read more books, travel to Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Canada, and the east coast of the United States and make his home more functional and aesthetically pleasing (more maintenance!).

Thomas Shurtliff

25 Years

Tom Shurtliff got his start at Weber State in 1967 when he volunteered to help his father-in-law and former equipment manager, Rob Flygare. Little did he know that this decision would evolve into a 25-year career of serving the Weber State Athletics department. In this key role, he has traveled to nearly all 50 states, fixed broken helmets, busted shoulder pads, jerseys and everything in between. Through this journey, he made a special impact on the student-athletes and attributes the job to keeping him young. Tom now finds himself with more time to fish, camp, ride his motorcycle and spoil his wife and grandchildren.