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RISE: Recognizing Inspirational Superior Effort

The HWCOM Administrative and Staff Employee Recognition Program, R.I.S.E., has been designed to recognize, motivate, and reward the outstanding performance of full-time and part-time administrative and staff employees of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

The idea for R.I.S.E. was established by one of the initiatives of the HWCOM 2015-2020 Strategic Plan which sets forth Faculty and Staff Success as one of five key strategic goals that will impact the achievement of HWCOM’s vision.

Employees are recognized in three categories. Teamwork, Service Excellence, and Extra Mile. All HWCOM employees or students can submit nominations.

2020 R.I.S.E. Award Recipients

Seventy-Nine employees were nominated for the 2020 R.I.S.E. Awards and twenty-seven (27) rose to the occasion and were announced at the HWCOM Virtual Holiday Event. View photos of the 2020 R.I.S.E award recipients

Teamwork (2 teams)

This category was designed to recognize teams that build collaborative relationships across different departments; successfully complete impactful projects; and show respect for others. Each winner received a $150 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

Team 1

Humanities, Health and Society – Outreach Team

Daenne Dolce, Deidra Muirhead, Hansel Frias, Ingrid Moss, Jessica Rodriguez, Jimmy Pertil, Joshua Dorbu, Kayla Fisher, Kerland Jacques, Myrtha Cherenfant , Nancy Napolitano, Samuel Hyppolite, Sheyla Pierre, Sophia Lacroix and Talina Almonor.

Team 2

NeighborhoodHelp Police Officers

Aaron Mitchell, Erma Johnson and Lazaro Guzman

Service Excellence (6 employees)

This category was designed to recognize employees that provide excellent assistance; cultivate relationships that help address customer needs; and resolve concerns in a professional and effective manner. Each winner received a $300 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

Alialy Guillaume
Humanities, Health and Society

Anabel Lopez
Finance & Administration

Andrea Matamoros
Academic Affairs

Ileana Molina
Humanities, Health and Society  

Jimmy Pertil
Humanities, Health and Society

Leonardo Carbajo
Student Affairs

Extra Mile (3 employees)

This category was designed to recognize employees that perform above and beyond their regular responsibilities and make significant contributions that positively impact the HWCOM mission. Each winner received a $600 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt. 

Amarilys Fernandez
FIU Health

Lynnette Alonso-Capote
Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program

Sachay Liriano
Student Affairs

  • R.I.S.E 2019 Winners

    Sixty-One (61) employees were nominated for the 2019 R.I.S.E. Awards and twenty-six (26) rose to the occasion and were announced at the HWCOM holiday lunch.

    Below please find the list of the 2019 R.I.S.E. Award recipients: 

    Teamwork (2 teams)

    This category was designed to recognize teams that build collaborative relationships across different departments; successfully complete impactful projects; and show respect for others. Each winner received a $150 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Team 1

    Virama Oller, Joshua Dorbu, Sheyla Pierre, Nancy Napolitano, Ingrid Moss, Kerland Jacques, Samuel Hyppolite, Myrtha Cherenfant, Michele Lozano, Vanessa Rodriguez, Talina Almonor, Deidra Muirhead, Gabriel Rodriguez, Zipporah Hayes and Jimmy Pertil  

    Humanities, Health and Society – Outreach

    Team 2

    Mario Sosa and Jason Gonzalez-Martinez

    Academic Affairs

    Service Excellence (6 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that provide excellent assistance; cultivate relationships that help address customer needs; and resolve concerns in a professional and effective manner. Each winner received a $300 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Emily Gonzalez
    Academic Affairs

    Alberto Diaz Jr.
    Student Affairs

    Tatiana Felix
    Student Affairs 

    Vivian Wulff
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

    Carolina Pilla
    Clinical Affairs

    Charlene Shah Perez
    Finance & Administration

    Extra Mile (3 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that perform above and beyond their regular responsibilities and make significant contributions that positively impact the HWCOM mission. Each winner received a $600 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Jonathon Duncan
    Finance & Administration

    Gabriella Gonzalez
    Humanities, Health and Society

    Priscilla Chaves
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

  • R.I.S.E 2018 Winners

    Seventy-One employees were nominated for the 2018 R.I.S.E. Awards and eighteen rose to the occasion and were announced at the HWCOM holiday brunch.

    Below please find the list of the 2018 R.I.S.E. Award recipients:

    Teamwork (2 teams)

    This category was designed to recognize teams that build collaborative relationships across different departments; successfully complete impactful projects; and show respect for others. Each winner received a $150 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Team 1

    Aniuska Luna, Lisa Lee, Natasha Lopez, Priscilla Chaves, Vivian Wulff

    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

    Team 2

    Samantha Syms, Gregory Castaneda, Rabeia Zubair, Emiri Uchiyama

    Clinical Skills and Simulation Team, Academic Affairs

    Service Excellence (6 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that provide excellent assistance; cultivate relationships that help address customer needs; and resolve concerns in a professional and effective manner. Each winner received a $300 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Andrea Matamoros
    Academic Affairs

    Angela Delgado-Balbin
    Finance & Administration (IT)

    Marquita Samuels
    Humanities, Health and Society

    Lisa Lee
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

    Kirstie Downs
    Academic Affairs

    Janelle Fernandez
    Academic Affairs

    Extra Mile (3 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that perform above and beyond their regular responsibilities and make significant contributions that positively impact the HWCOM mission. Each winner received a $600 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Mario Sosa
    Academic Affairs

    Esther Lopez
    Academic Affairs

    Vanessa Rodriguez
    Humanities, Health and Society

  • R.I.S.E 2017 Winners

    Ninety-Eight employees were nominated for the awards, fourteen rose to the occasion and were announced as the R.I.S.E. winners during the HWCOM 2017 holiday brunch.

    Here is the list of winners:

    Teamwork (2 teams)

    This category was designed to recognize teams that build collaborative relationships across different departments; successfully complete impactful projects; and show respect for others. Each winner received a $150 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Team 1

    Carlos Correa Algarin, Fernando Martinez and Patricia Gunn
    Healthcare Network

    Team 2

    Alejandro Amaya, Brittany Cooke and Jaclyn Enriquez
    Office of Student Affairs

    Service Excellence (6 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that provide excellent assistance; cultivate relationships that help address customer needs; and resolve concerns in a professional and effective manner. Each winner received a $300 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Maria Santacruz
    Academic Affairs

    Chantal Clement
    Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program

    Jessica Vallejo
    Humanities, Health and Society

    Emily Gonzalez
    Academic Affairs

    Amin Carbonell
    Finance & Administration (IT)

    Yuriy Maltsev
    Humanities, Health and Society

    Extra Mile (3 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that perform above and beyond their regular responsibilities and make significant contributions that positively impact the HWCOM mission. Each winner received a $600 Recognition Award, R.I.S.E. merchandise and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Sheyla Pierre
    Humanities, Health and Society

    Brittany Cooke
    Office of Student Affairs

    Maryam Shakir
    Academic Affairs

  • R.I.S.E 2016 Winners

    Thirty-three employees were nominated for the inaugural awards, twelve rose to the occasion and were announced as the winners! Below please find the list of winners, please help us in congratulating them for their achievements!

    Team 1-Winners (Nominated by Dr. Eneida Roldan)

    This category was designed to recognize teams that build collaborative relationships across different departments; successfully complete impactful projects; and show respect for others. Each winner received a $150 Publix Gift Card and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Ferinelys Cabrera, Dr. Roldan, Mariel Gutierrez, Julia Perez.

    Team 2-Winners (Nominated by: Fadoua Belmekki)

    Viviana Jacobs, Abigail Dominguez, Beatrice Ortiz

    Service Excellence (3 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that provide excellent assistance; cultivate relationships that help address customer needs; and resolve concerns in a professional and effective manner. Each winner received a $150 Publix Gift Card, a $150 Target Gift Card, and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Maria Martinez

    Valeria Raventos

    Lisa Riolo (nominated by Dr. Gagani Athauda) 

    Extra Mile (3 employees)

    This category was designed to recognize employees that perform above and beyond their regular responsibilities and make significant contributions that positively impact the HWCOM mission. Each winner received a $300 Publix Gift Card, a $300 Target Gift Card, and an HWCOM embroidered shirt.

    Jonathan Gutierrez

    Natasha Lopez

    Winner Juan Oves Jr. (nominated by Bailey Roberts)