Gorlok Greats Award Winners | Webster University

Gorlok Greats Award Winners

Fall 2018 Awardees

Maggie DankertMaggie Dankert
International Credential Specialist, Office of Admissions
St. Louis home campus

Nominated in recognition of positively influencing others in working towards departmental or organizational objectives.

While it's true that Maggie serves as the WSA President, there was no bias in the Gorlok Greats Committee's decision to honor her with this distinguished award this fall.

Her diligent admissions work, her service on abundant university committees, and her positive attitude toward Webster spotlight the reasons why Maggie was chosen as a Gorlok Great. Her nominator toted her availability and eagerness to assist fellow staff and students, stating, "She routinely goes above and beyond to connect people with resources and provide accurate and up to date information regarding Webster policies...She is a catalyst for positive change which influences others to work toward a common goal, successful students."



Ellie DespotakiEllie Despotaki
Director of Short Term and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs, Registrar, and Academic Advisor
Webster University Athens

Nominated in recognition of consistently providing high quality, reliable, and critical work that, if undone, would halt highly visible operations.

Ellie's nominator remarked, "She is a competent and innovative professional, with a constantly investigative mind who strives to find creative ways to achieve good results." Just reading Ellie's various position titles, you can tell that she is a valuable member of the Athens' team. Her nominator also shared, "Ellie is an intelligent, creative and dedicated person who shows her professionalism and intellectual leadership not only in multi-functional roles, but also in all her endeavors. Her ability to reflect critically, creatively and effectively on complex issues, together with her logical, educational curiosity and initiative are well developed."



Davina HarrisonDavina Harrison
Technical Servies Assistant and Computer Technician, Library
St. Louis home campus

Nominated in recognition of consistently providing high quality, reliable, and critical work that, if undone, would halt highly visible operations.

"Her resourcefulness and quick thinking has been the glue that has held us together when overcoming challenges," shared Davina's nominator when thinking about how her work has touched every part of the library. Davina has conquered position changes with grace and brings a big-picture focus to the library team. She is consistent in her drive for helping others. "She maintained her status as a 'go-to' person, a problem solver who could often offer solutions and perspective no matter the issue...Davina's optimism, enthusiasm, and dedication make those around her better individually and as a whole."




Keisha HenryKeisha Henry
Fort Gordon Campus

Nominated in recognition of valuable contributions to the university's mission, value, and goals.

Keisha's nominations were full of significant examples of how she has "left a positive and lasting impact on the university's reputation in the Fort Gordon/Augusta area." She has taken on addition responsibilities in the absence of a campus director and expertly coordinated a campus relocation. Her work was instrumental in ensuring "the Webster relocation would not cause students and professors to experience any negative impact." Her students appreciate her devotion to Webster. One student wrote, "Not only did Ms. Henry assist me with class registration, she ensured I remained dedicated by periodically calling and reminding me 'It can be done.' Ms. Henry's dedication to her students is unmatched, in my opinion, by no one I've every experienced in my academic pursuits."




Zach KlestinskeZach Klestinske
Enrollment Technology Coordinator, Enrollment Technology
St. Louis home campus

Nominated in recognition of achieving a desired outcome despite adversity.

Last spring, the University updated their CRM system (Recruiter) and Zach was one of two people charged with rolling out the changes. Zach's nominator stated, "For the year plus leading up to it, he put in countless hours testing both internal functionality and features as well as the impact it would have on prospective students trying to apply for admission. He worked with multiple users to figure out hundreds of our various admissions processes and procedures used throughout the global university and worked to figure out the best way to transition those processes to the upgraded CRM environment, while frequently streamlining and improving countless processes. Without his work, not only would the transition not have gone as smoothly as it did, it would not have happened at all. He was beyond paramount to the entire process."




Beatrice Von MachBeatrice Von Mach
Co-Director Career Services and Internship
Webster University Geneva

Nominated in recognition of consistently providing high quality, reliable, and critical work that, if undone, would halt highly visible operations.

In her time at Webster, Beatrice has helped implement multiple programs focused on enriching student lives and employability after graduation, including the creation of the Scholar's Program, the inclusion of a thesis component to coursework, the formation of a Career Planner used to engage students from freshman year. One nominator remarked, "She shows dedication, originality and high professionalism always with the best interest of students in mind." Another shared, "Beatrice is always looking for ways for Webster to innovate and create; contributing not just ideas but action to make it happen...I cannot count the number of times I have seen students and alumni give Beatrice a huge hug and tell her about the difference she has made in their lives with her guidance, caring and impactful help."



Previous Awardees

Spring 2018

  • Theresa Altmann, Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs, St. Louis home campus
  • Sheila Anglin Jordan, Coordinator, School of Education, St. Louis home campus
  • Ed Chisholm, General Maintenance Technician, Facilities Operations, St. Louis home campus
  • Holly HubenschmidtHead of Instruction & Liaison Services, Library; Co-Director, Global Leadership Academy, St. Louis home campus
  • Engy Kassem, Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations, Webster University Vienna
  • Shelley Krahl, Representative, Orlando Metropolitan Campus

Fall 2017

  • Elizabeth Fiock, Representative, Online Learning Center, St. Louis home campus
  • Cheryl Kennedy, Representative, Scott Air Force Base Campus
  • Maria Martin, Representative, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Campus
  • Sunantha "O" Namuangrak, Executive Assistant to the Rector, Webster University Cha-Am
  • Dan Perkins, Director of Enrollment Technology, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, St. Louis home campus
  • Cammie Willis, Business & Education Coordinator, Kansas City Metropolitan Campus

Spring 2017

  • Andrew Rogers, Information Technology, St. Louis home campus
  • Benjamin Fasching Gray, Librarian, Webster University Vienna
  • Amber Olawaiye, Representative, Little Rock Air Force Base Campus
  • Kathy Gaynor, Information Literacy Librarian and University Archivist, St. Louis home campus
  • Mollie Grossman, Clery Compliance Officer, Department of Public Safety, St. Louis home campus
  • Stacey Ballentine, Representative, Greenville Metropolitan Campus

Fall 2016

  • Gil Morales, Manager, Facilities Operations, St. Louis home campus
  • Steve Nshanian, Representative, Irvine Metropolitan Campus
  • Katelyn Knicl, Advancement Team Coordinator, Advancement, St. Louis home campus
  • Patricia Czech, Orlando Metropolitan Campus
  • Sandra Kunz, Regional Director, Southwest Region, Fort Sill Campus
  • Jesse Alexander, Student Affairs, Webster University Vienna

Spring 2016

  • Christopher Aguilar, Senior Marketing Officer, Webster University Vienna
  • Joe Edwards, Director, Memphis Naval Support Activity Campus
  • Joel Hornes, Director, St. Petersburg Metropolitan Campus
  • Subas Thapa, Admissions, Webster University Bangkok
  • Shirley Toretta, Accounts Payable, St. Louis home campus
  • Susan Wilcox, Information Technology, St. Louis home campus