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Quarter 1 FY23


Dr. Deborah Wiles – Career Counseling Advisor IV

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Student-Centered

Dr. Wiles has demonstrated the student-centered behavior each day as she meets with our medical students. Her kindness, empathy and experience provide her with the tools to help our students move toward their career pathway in medicine. Career advisors meet with their students every semester, and she has demonstrated outstanding follow-through when students have questions and concerns.

Dr. Wiles is very student-centered. When students have concerns or questions, she quickly follows up to give answers to these questions in a very timely manner. She is clearly student-centered.

Students appreciate the thoroughness, caring and concern Dr. Wiles shows KPCOM students. Career advisors develop strong relationships with their students, and this helps them to move forward with their education.


Deepesh Khanna - Assistant Professor, Tampa Bay Campus

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Academic Excellence, Scholarship/Research

Over the last six to nine months, Dr. Khanna has been actively engaged in scholarly activities. He has been a very active member of the NSU Cureus deputy editor board, reviewing publications for Cureus. He has also served on the review board for other peer reviewed journals and has been consistently publishing through the Cureus platform and other journals. It is very impressive the amount and time he has been spending on scholarly activity. He has contributing to the scientific knowledge in the field.

NSU has a large focus on building research efforts and scholarly activities within the university. Dr. Khanna has made the time and effort to provide a large contribution to not just to serve in the capacity as an editor but also as a lead author on publications. His contributions to our editor board have been vast and his contribution to the fields of science and academia have been expansive. It has been impressive how much time and effort he has contributed to NSU and the field of academic excellence!

…and another nomination was received as well!

Dr. Khanna has volunteered on his own accord to mentor CHPP student graduates who will be matriculating into the DO program. This has him working with students over the summer, doing extra work, so that the students can have a head start with the work they need to do to be competitive for residency.

Despite the fact that these students have already graduates from one program, and have not yet matriculated into their next program, Dr. Khanna is not leaving them without faculty support and preparation over the summer. Instead he is doing a lot of extra work in order to ensure these students are successful moving forward.


Elizabeth Swann - Professor and Director of Interprofessional Integration

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Core Value: Innovation; Scholarship/Research; Diversity

Dr Elizabeth Swann is committed to promoting interprofessional collaboration and learning at Nova Southeastern University. In her role, she is diligent about creating opportunities for students and faculty from different professions across different campuses to learn and lead together. As a committed advocate for human trafficking prevention and education, she has educated students and faculty about how to recognize signs of human trafficking during IPE Day 2021. She has led her colleagues in research and publications on the results. As the chair of the faculty and staff development impact area on the Multicultural Affairs Committee, She hosts monthly diversity roundtable discussions that faculty and staff across the university attend.

Ioana Scripa - Assistant Professor, Director, B.S. in Human Nutrition Program

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Student Centered

I have seen Dr. Scripa in a number of interactions with her students. While working with her students, both in and out of the classroom, she has exhibited compassion and understanding of some complex student issues including students who had experienced hardships, especially during COVID. Some examples include a student who had lost several immediate family members to COVID, another student who has struggled with financial challenges but is determined to complete her B.S. degree, and a student who has had academic challenges but is striving to improve her knowledge and skill to be successful. Dr. Scripa has been a mentor and role model for these students. She is an excellent candidate for the Student-Centered Living Value recognition.

Dr. Scripa has provided support and mentoring to many students however one, in particular, stands out. A first-generation college student who was struggling academically and in her personal life was at risk for failure in several courses and possibly the nutrition program. Dr. Scripa has worked with her on many occasions to help provide resources, encouragement for this student in the last several years. Initially, her academic status was grim, however, now a senior and will graduate this year. This student has become a successful student and has learned to reach out for assistance when needed. I believe that the coaching, mentoring, and time that Dr. Scripa gave this student has contributed greatly to this student's success.

Dr. Scripa has exhibited a high level of commitment to her students and is a reflection of the core mission of the KPCOM and NSU. Working in tangent with other HPD programs, she values interprofessional efforts such as the IDEA project, co-instructing outreach courses for underserved communities and embraces opportunities to support diverse student bodies, including adviser for the undergraduate nutrition club. She is an asset to the university, the KPCOM, and most important of all her students.


Jacqueline Hinckley - Director of Research for IDEA

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Core Value: Academic Excellence; Innovation; Opportunity; Scholarship/Research; Community

Jacqueline Hinckley has stepped up to be the new Director of research for the Interprofessional Diabetes Education and Awareness (IDEA) Initiative. She has been proactive in creating opportunities for research and scholarship for faculty and students to collaborate together. Some of the research will utilize action research to engage the community in an effort to better serve their needs. This will give both students and faculty an opportunity to develop and hone their research skills and experience. Dr Hinckley has excellent experience and skills in doing quality research. She is collaborative, positive, and proactive. Creating innovative ideas and pathways to promote academic excellence and collaborative research is clearly a strength.

Jaspreet Kaur - Academic Program Coordinator I

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Student Centered; Integrity; Community

Mrs. Jaspreet Kaur has gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all of our programmatic and operational needs are met. She serves as a high level administrative coordinator for our Department of Internal Medicine and works closely with me on several projects including our Excellence in Health Care and Medicine Clinical Symposium and our Internal Medicine Residency Advisory Committee (IMRAC).

Our IMRAC process requires close, effective communication with our students. Jaspreet exceeded my expectations in this area. She is also very responsible and has the highest level of integrity when working with me as we engage in communications with a variety of high level community stakeholders.

Mrs. Kaur is dedicated to the success of our programs and is always effective, reliable, responsible and ensures all of the goals of the programs she works with me on are met. This allows us to continue to build stellar academic, clinical and community initiatives.


Katie Gittleman - Director of STEM Initiatives and Outreach

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Core Value: Student Centered; Community

Over the past year, industries and academia have changed drastically, and finding innovative methods to provide students with paths to success both professionally and academically has become crucial.

Katie Gittleman has given students an edge by providing them with resources to succeed academically and professionally no matter their location. Through a series of curated virtual events, she has connected students with leaders in the community through virtual forums, educational seminars, panel discussions, and workshops.

Through her actions, Katie Gittleman has built NSU’s reputation as a university which gives students the edge to succeed and make impactful connections with leaders in their industry.


Dr. Pamela Moran-Walcutt – Assistant Dean/ Assistant Professor

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Student Centered

Dr. Walcutt is Asst. Prof and Asst. Dean of Preclinical Education and Block 5 leader, Course Director of both the Medical Spanish (a fully online course she created), Respiratory courses, lecturer, and facilitator in the Physical Diagnosis course (PDx), presenter in the Family Medicine Virtual Clerkship. She also served as Faculty Research Mentor for the M2 Research Practicum. According to her students she is an incredibly involved course director and goes above and beyond to make difficult subjects understandable. As an educator of medical students, she understands the pressure and potential stress the experience, and encourages her students to maintain the skills of attention to detail, time management, and self-reliance.

Dr. Walcutt created lecture recordings during times of social distancing and helped students on discussion boards. One student commented she was the most amazing course director. She answers questions in a timely manner even if the professor for that lecture did not; her courses are always extremely organized. Her dedication does not go unnoticed by students; she is always "present" during her courses. She served as a Research Mentor for the Research Practicum, guiding students to completing a scoping review which was presented at AACOM national conference, with students as first authors. This is the epitome of being student centered! She involved students in her grant research, mentoring them to be active participants in the project.

Dr. Walcutt's quality work as a course director, educator, and mentor and attention to detail, dependability, ‘can do’ attitude and ability to work well on a team that helped her advance to an administrative position in preclinical education. She transformed the use of Lecturio in all "systems" courses. This dedication to making the student experience at KPCOM exemplary is in Dr. Walcutt's blood. Students under her mentorship are involved in funded research and have presented at national conferences. The Preclinical team implemented other ideas for teaching during labs and for student reviews before the exams. She has worked diligently within the KPCOM team to create a quality education for KPCOM students!

3rd Quarter 2021


Christopher Joyce - Director Advancement Services & Operations

University Advancement 

Core Value: Innovation

As a leader, Chris is always looking to innovate the way Advancement Services handles day-to-day business. He found a different way to handle something and brought the whole team into the fold.

While presenting the idea which would involve major innovation on all of our parts Chris had his entire team go over what would work, what problems we might come across, and always kept an open mind.

Whether or not we implement this idea, knowing that Chris is looking for ways to improve our job function makes me happy to work for him.

Devra Cohen

Devra Cohen - Program Manager

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core Value: Scholarship/Research

Devra steps up instead of away during high-pressure times. The program manager for the CDC Long COVID study, COVID-UPP, she has worked efficiently and above and beyond to get this critical study off the ground. Despite changes in study leadership, unexpected requirements needing immediate responses with protocol revisions, and nearly impossible hurdles to master, Devra calmly and diligently organizes the team and gets the work done. When we submitted this protocol last summer, Devra and the writing team pulled this application together in less than 2 weeks, submitting an outstanding application that was rapidly funded. Twice since then, barriers that should have derailed the study have occurred, but Devra's problem-solving saved the day.

Research is all about precision, planning, logistics, implementation, and quality control. To take this large study through to a final data set needs a steady hand, team building, and an attitude of "can do" that serves to inspire the team. Devra is a "can do" person, with the ability to keep the many working parts of a project of this size working well.

Because of Devra's actions and leadership, NSU was awarded a 4.4 million dollar grant, the first federally funded study in the country to study the sequelae of acute COVID infection. This is a critically important study that has needed a tremendous about of attention to implement. Without Devra's professionalism, skillset and leadership this would not have happened. We are all grateful for the work ethic and dedication she has shown to see this project off the ground.

Toral Joshi Waghray - Library Assistant-Cataloging

Innovation and Information Technology

Core Value: Integrity

After the pandemic started, Technical Services and Collection Development department at the Alvin Sherman Library has experienced a challenge, a shortage of staff and student workers. During this difficult time, Toral made herself accountable, accepted any additional responsibilities, and diligently handled a heavy workload.

In addition to her expanded cataloging tasks, Toral stepped forward to help with the processing of library materials after student workers left due to the pandemic. She actively participated in various other projects which needed her help in the department. Toral also played an important role in training other staff to speed up the process of multiple projects. Toral always looks out for staff who need help and acts as a lifesaver.

Toral’s exceptionally cooperative efforts made every project shine, helped the team accomplish its goals successfully, and promoted effective teamwork of staff in the department. Toral’s excellent commitment demonstrated great support for NSU Core Values and further benefited the library, NSU, and community.


William Barrera, Maintenance Technician III

Facilities Management

Core Value: Innovation; Community

Our department had a big project of moving graduation composite frames. Will came promptly, suggested better ways to do the work, and find solutions to issues that appear when the work started. Also, during his work, he had an emergency situation with some plugs and he was able to fix it right away.

Will is committed to excellence which is demonstrated by the quality of his work. He is very detail-oriented and the repairs he has done in our College are quick and efficient. In this specific situation, William faced some challenges and quickly found solutions to ensure the frames were hung the best way. He is always happy, helpful, and makes sure that our needs are fulfilled. All with a smile on his face and treating everyone with respect.

William works to make sure his job is done with utmost efficiency. We trust his work and suggestions to improve our work environment. His innovative ideas to see different ways to do old things are proof he knows what he is doing. He not only considers how comfortable we will be, but offers ways to save costs.

2nd Quarter 2021


Lorraine Breffni, Director

Mailman Segal Center for Human Development

Core Values: Academic Excellence; Student Centered; Integrity

Last year, due to the pandemic, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development was folded into University School. This was a huge leadership challenge.

Dr. Breffni has led her team with excellence, professionalism, and integrity. Despite the loss of staff, and the many challenges her team has endured this year, she has inspired and guided them to continue to serve the families at the new University Preschool well in a student-centered way.

Families were very concerned about how the change would affect their students and employees were concerned about what their new role would look like. She has created an excellent environment for both stakeholders and smoothly transitioned her team and families into the new system. Additionally, she has maintained the great reputation she has built for NSU in the community.


Lorraine Shim, Director of Development

Advancement and Community Relations

Core Values: Opportunity; Diversity; Community

For the last few months, Lorraine has taken on the task of putting together and facilitating a Diversity and Inclusion committee within University Advancement. This committee has brought a wide variety of important topics to the forefront of our department including our hiring of employees, our board diversity, training, and how we better represent NSU in the community. She recently found a 7-week training certificate which about 10 employees are now in the middle of completing.

Lorraine continues to turn "big ideas" into reality and is constantly making NSU a better place to work. Lorraine is also very involved in the community and constantly keeps NSU at the forefront of her conversations with community leaders. Lorraine cares deeply for her colleagues and for her community and it shows, by bringing forth training, holding timely (but sometimes difficult) conversations, and promoting the growth of our department, she is always exhibiting the core values of NSU.


Jeffrey Jurkas, Director

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Core Values: Student Centered

As we prepare to bring new students to campus in the midst of a pandemic, Jeff has been diligent about creating opportunities for students to learn about NSU systems, meet other students, get their questions answered and learn about financial aid requirements and options. He is committed to making sure that their transition is easy and seamless.

Jeff has offered multiple pre-orientation sessions for students walking them through the processes and providing answers to their questions. I expect his student-centeredness and commitment has promoted retention and is helping students feel that the university cares about them. I'm grateful for his dedication and, according to the student evaluations, the students are, as well.


Tobin Silver, Professor

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences

Core Values: Academic Excellence; Innovation


Dr. Silver presented a "best practices in online instruction" lecture to our entire EXSC faculty. This included best practices, engagement, tools and tricks, polls, breakout rooms, organization, and many additional tools/tips to better help the faculty instruct via Canvas.

Dr. Silver was demonstrative of both innovative techniques and academic excellence in both his instruction to his students and presented to his peers.

This behavior will impact all faculty members by raising the bar for academic excellence and innovation of instruction within the classroom. This will directly impact the quality of lectures for the learner.

1st Quarter 2021

Nils Lau

Nils Lau, Network Engineer, Innovation and Information Technology 

Core Value: Innovation

Dr. Nils, Has put in tedious hours sacrificing his time and efforts in order to Architect a new Wireless infrastructure that will support our entire NSU environment inclusive of all our remote campuses as well as our main campus here in Fort Lauderdale. The new wireless core infrastructure in which he both designed, and deployed sets a new standard of excellence that surpasses our current infrastructure's serviceability, and prepares our user community well into the future as technology requirements continue to evolve.

Dr. Nils' commitment to what many would consider an overwhelming task put his heart and soul into this project sacrificing time and spending countless hours to ensure our University would be ready to take on the future of technology today. Well done Sir!


Marcia Young-Tippenhauer, Administrative Support Lead III, HR Employee Relations

Core Value: Integrity; Community

Throughout the entire Conflict of Interest update process, Marcia has been a tremendous support, diligently following up with individuals and helping see the project to completion. Her dedication and relentless patience while providing excellent service to the member of the NSU community is admirable.


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Pradeep Vanguri, PhD, LAT, ATC, Associate Professor/Athletic Training Program Director, Department of Health and Human Performance

Core Value: Academic Excellence; Opportunity; Community 

Dr. Vanguri has demonstrated leadership and reinvestment in the NSU Community through supporting the Emerging Leadership Development program, serving as an alumni mentor to current program participants. His contributions and additions to the program are an excellent example of applying the leadership concepts taught in the program itself.

Thanks to Dr. Vanguri's contribution and participation as a cofacilitator of the program, future Emerging Leaders will be encouraged to participate in a similar fashion, helping to create a virtuous cycle of internal leadership development.


Beth Welmaker, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Facilities Management

Core Value: Student Centered; Integrity; Academic Excellence; Scholarship/Research; Community 

Throughout the pandemic, all of NSU has been so fortunate to have Beth Welmaker dedicate her time to ensure our safety against COVID-19.

Beth holds weekly meetings to help educate and provide updates to all of the COVID coordinators. Beth communicates with the NSU community and makes sure that all of our employee's and student's questions are addressed. Beth has spent countless hours making sure our campus is safe and worked really hard on getting the vaccination site up and running for our staff and students.

Beth really helped to ensure that all the COVID Coordinators were kept up to date on the latest information on COVID-19, which made our jobs so much easier since we had the knowledge on how to help our employees. Because of her leadership, NSU followed the CDC guidelines and we could all rest assured that we were doing everything we could possibly do to ensure the safety and well-being of our faculty, students, and staff.

Naziba Nuha, Content Tutor, Farquhar Honors College

Core Value: Student Centered

Naziba is a fellow honors advocate and is always heavily involved during our meetings. She acts in a very professional way, presenting academic excellence and integrity.

She is a heavily involved student in the honors college as well as outside of it. The specific instance where she presented these core values is with her involvement with the undergraduate student symposium as well as an honors advocate.

As a freshman Honors Advocate at NSU, it is inspiring to see an older student like Naziba working so hard. She has unknowingly helped me feel motivated to work hard through her actions. She has also helped me find out about many opportunities that I would like to get involved in. Overall, she is a very hard working individual that acts as an inspiration to those around her.

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