Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Staff Advisory Council Award recipients! Each year, the Staff Advisory Council recognizes staff in the College who exemplify excellence and dedication to their job. We were thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments at the 2022 Awards and State of the College event on March 24, 2022. Staff Advisory Council president Emily Wickham was on hand with Dean Cathann Kress to present the awards.
The Shirley Brooks-Jones Citizenship Award
Kimberly Nolletti - Grants and Contracts Specialist in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Kimberly Nolletti is the Grants and Contracts Specialist in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science on the CFAES Wooster Campus. She specializes in post-award grant administration for research faculty in her department. Kimberly recalls her first days as a newcomer to The Ohio State University almost 15 years ago. Her first position as an Office Associate included many HR duties. She quickly identified her key strength as the “face” of HCS, greeting everyone with a pleasant and helpful attitude. She adheres to the mantra “If I don’t know, I’ll find out” which has helped create a great rapport with faculty, staff, students, and other campus personnel. She truly enjoys seeing the passion that drives the faculty’s research, the staff’s loyal support, the students’ enthusiasm, and the international visitors’ global perspective. Kimberly was the 2018 recipient of the OARDC Outstanding Staff award and a past Chair of the Wooster Staff Council. Recently, she served as a CFAES Change Ambassador leading up to the Workday conversion. She is truly honored to have been selected for the prestigious Shirley Brooks-Jones award and humbled to join a group of other staff who have been recognized for their outstanding citizenship activities within CFAES. Kimberly and her husband reside in Wooster where they raised three children, and now enjoy grandparenting their 18-month-old granddaughter. She enjoys reading, adventuring, camping, and motorcycling.
Key Values Award
Molly Davis - Technical Editor in the Department Food Science and Technology
Molly Davis is a scientific editor in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Molly uses her technical editing skills to contribute to many parts of the Food Science and Technology department. She works with faculty on manuscripts, assists in assembling award nominations, and facilitates the submission of grants, among other responsibilities. Beyond her work as an editor, Molly is a member of FST’s IDEA committee, whose mission is to create and sustain a culture of inclusion and affirmation that supports the success of a diverse food science department. Outside of the office, Molly enjoy spending time camping with her family and cooking for friends.
Jeni Filbrun - Program Coordinator and Bug Zoo Curator in the Department of Entomology
Early in her career at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Insectarium, Jeni Filbrun developed an extensive knowledge of over 100 different animal/insect species. This hands-on experience built the foundation for rearing and maintaining insect cultures for display to thousands of visitors each year. Further work experience in the retail and wholesale field of horticulture, provided hours of experience in design as well as the culture and production of plant material required for browse material which feeds the wide diversity of insects. The opening of the United Titanium Bug Zoo has enabled Jeni to put these skills to the test as she designed new glass enclosures and incorporated suitable habitats into each display. Her goal has been and continues to be to sharing of her love of insects to a new generation of youth.
Nuris Acosta - Research Assistant in the Department of Entomology
Nuris Acosta is a Research Assistant 2 and has worked at the department of Entomology at The Ohio State University since 2004. She works evaluating the efficacy of new chemical molecules for control of insects impacting specialty crops grown in controlled environments and in the field. She also works developing projects evaluating the use of natural enemies as a tool to control insects, identifying insects, and guiding students with their research projects. Her passion for research and bugs started way back in college where she did an insect collection of natural enemies, the good bugs! She is excited to work with an extraordinary group of scientists doing top notch research, makes her feel part of an amazing journey. She is excited to go to work every day, to learn and to pass forward that knowledge.