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Central College Recognizes Staff for Service

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May 16, 2024

Central College announced service award winners and recognized employees who reached a milestone anniversary during 2023 at the annual Staff Service Awards celebration.

“I am thankful for the dedication of our employees and their commitment to Central and our students,” says Mark Putnam, Central president. “I am honored to work with these talented and inspiring individuals every day. I say thank you for a job well done.”

50-plus years of service:

  • John Edwards, Class of 1972, 51 years, facilities management and athletics

40-plus years of service:

  • Larry Happel, Class of 1981, 44 years, athletics
  • Sue Van Vark, 44 years, library
  • Carol Van Weelden, Class of 1982, 41 years, information technology services

30-plus years of service:

  • Mona Roozeboom, Class of 1975, 39 years, athletics
  • George Wares, Class of 1976, 38 years, athletics and kinesiology
  • Gerald Pleima, 37 years, facilities management and conferences and events
  • Hang Lovan, 36 years, dining services
  • Tom DeYoung, Class of 1987, 36 years, facilities management
  • Deb Rooda, 35 years, information technology services
  • Matt Diehl, Class of 1987, 32 years, student support services and athletics

25 years of service:

  • Susan Canfield, conferences and events
  • Garry Laidlaw, athletics and kinesiology

20 years of service:

  • Cyndi Boertje, career development and civic engagement and athletics
  • David Booth, Class of 1980, facilities management
  • Chevy Freiburger, admission
  • Jeff McMartin, Class of 1990, athletics
  • Jeff Sanger, Class of 2001, controller
  • Olga Sautina, facilities management
  • Randy Shives, facilities management and athletics
  • Cindy Wilson, advancement

15 years of service:

  • Melissa Anderson, Class of 2004, pre-college programs
  • Susan Bailey, dining services
  • Joe Dunham, athletics
  • Kyle Johnson, Class of 2002, athletics
  • Mary Linde, registrar
  • Sarah Lunsford, residence life
  • Kyle Winward, library

10 years of service:

  • Lisa Dietch, human resources
  • Brenda Fuller, athletics
  • Brian Glick, information technology services
  • Susan Pagnac, academic affairs
  • Leann Powers, facilities management
  • Steve Read, information technology services
  • Jesse Roose, Class of 2014, information technology services

Five years of service:

  • Lucinda Blad, facilities management
  • Mel Blasi, athletics
  • Dylan De Boef, dining services
  • Glenn Hodgson, dining services
  • Wendy LaHue, dining services
  • Allyson Mann, Class of 2016, advancement
  • Anne McCullough Kelly, counseling
  • Robert Pettit, dining services
  • Steve Rankin, facilities management
  • Brandon Sturman, athletics
  • Melody VanderLeest, communications
  • Sean Wiseman, student development

The Central Staff Council announced Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg, head women’s triathlon coach and 2006 Central graduate, as The Sky’s Limit Award winner. This is given to a staff member who is committed to high-quality work and focused on exceeding the expectations of those that they serve. They should be someone who takes initiative and looks for ways to improve.

The council also awarded the Cooperative Spirit Award to an employee who makes a difference to the campus community through collaboration with others.  They recognize, encourage and utilize the knowledge and abilities of others to enable successful collaboration. The winner this year is Todd Hart, trades manager in facilities management.

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year college known for its academic rigor, engaged citizenship and character formation, experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), athletics and service. For more information about Central College, visit central.edu.

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Central College celebrated staff achievements and milestone anniversaries. Staff Council co-chair Allyson Mann ’16 presented the Sky’s the Limit award to Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg ’06, head coach women’s triathlon, (pictured above left) and the Cooperative Spirit to Todd Hart, trades manager in facilities management (pictured above right).