Gorlok Greats Award Winners | Webster University

Gorlok Greats Award Winners

Spring 2019 Awardees

Michele BoeschMichele Boesch
Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs
St. Louis home campus

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

Michele’s work with coordinating the Graduate Council and personally reviewing the majority of graduate petitions received by students at Webster are pivotal to graduate student operations. “Michele is a long-term employee who continues to be highly engaged in her work. She has two critical responsibilities, that without her attention, would bring our systems to a halt,” described one of Michele’s nominators. Another nominator commented, “She is my go to person when I have a question and I have nothing but extreme appreciation for all she does.”




Tyann CherryTyann Cherry
Manager, Operations and Faculty Support, Online Learning Center
St. Louis home campus

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

“I am consistently amazed and pleased with the cheerful assistance, information, and training that Tyann provides. She goes out of her way to do an excellent job, and does all of it with a great attitude. She makes a huge difference to all she comes in contact with and as a result, we perform better at our jobs here and that impacts not just employees, but spreads to all our students,” explained one of Tyann’s nominators. Another shared, “Tyann is simply phenomenal. She is an expert at her field, a Webster treasure, and a great example of a truly committed university citizens.”




Benjamin Fasching-GrayBenjamin Fasching-Gray
Webster University Vienna

Nominated in recognition of valuable contribution to the university’s mission, values, and goals.

There are multiple people who appreciate Benjamin's contributions to Webster. One nominator stated, "His research and problem-solving skills make Webster University Libraries run smoother." Another shared, "[he] keeps the library open and running, keeps on top of an ever-growing workload; answers colleagues' request and calls for help immediately and all the while never forgets about the library's main raison d'etre: providing for the information needs of our students and faculty."

An additional nominator remarked, "The time and energy he puts towards the common goal helps me accomplish my portion of the team work without the extra effort one might expect working with a library based so far away."




Bethany KellerBethany Keller
Assistant Director, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs
St. Louis home campus

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

Multiple nominators can tell you of Bethany's impact on Webster. One shared, "Her dedication to international students' success is remarkable and her leadership provided as adviser of an active International Student Organization in unparalleled... Students see her as reliable, helpful, and keenly attentive to their needs.

These are vital attributes for someone working with student far away from home in a possibly uncomfortable new environment. Few realize the impact on those students should those traits disappear." Another described, "I will call her Mum. She's made every international student I know feel at home."



Deborah StraubingerDeborah Straubinger
Community Relations Coordinator
Orlando Metropolitan

Nominated in recognition of valuable contribution to the university's mission, values, and goals

Deborah's nominator noted, "Her connections with the city have allowed us to...create meaningful partnerships with local organizations like SHRM, Central Florida Urban League and One Heart for Women & Children. She works with our local alumni to present workshops and share their Webster story to inspire and mentor our students as they start their careers... She is a champion for our students with a tireless commitment to our students' success. Through many changes in leadership, Deborah has made a difference at Webster, exemplified the mission of the university, and has positively impacted the faculty, staff and students."



Kristinn WiseKristinn Wise
Assistant Director
Joint Base Andrews Campus

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

"Kristinn routinely volunteers to take on any tasks to fulfill a need within our region or within the OLC/Military to better assist Webster overall. Her enthusiasm and can do attitude is contagious with others and they enjoy working on her team." Her nominator went on to share that Kristinn has taken on additional responsibilities over the last year, including: working with the MD state approval agency to ensure that Webster is following state guidelines, scheduling WebNet+ courses in the region, and training department associates who mirror her positivity for Webster.


Previous Awardees

Fall 2018

  • Maggie Dankert, International Credential Specialist, Office of Admissions, St. Louis home campus
  • Ellie Despotaki, Director of Short Term and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs, Registrar, and Academic Advisor, Webster University Athens
  • Davina Harrison, Technical Servies Assistant and Computer Technician, Library, St. Louis home campus
  • Keisha Henry, Representative, Fort Gordon Campus
  • Zach Klestinske, Enrollment Technology Coordinator, Enrollment Technology, St. Louis home campus
  • Beatrice Von Mach, Co-Director Career Services and Internship, Webster University Geneva

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