Staff Spotlight

The Staff Spotlight recognizes and celebrates achievements and contributions made by staff to the successful operation of the University. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and exemplary performance of individuals and teams that deserve special recognition. Anyone employed, both full-time and part-time, by Rush University is eligible to be recognized in the Staff Spotlight; it is also possible to nominate a whole team rather than an individual.


There are two award periods each year, one in December and the other in May. Nominations are open year-round; nominees will be reviewed as candidates for the next upcoming review period.


December Nomination Period

Review Period: December 12th, 2022 - December 19th, 2022
Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by January 6th, 2023


May Nomination Period

Review Period: May 8th, 2023 - May 15th, 2023
Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by May 26th, 2023


The most recent Staff Spotlight award winners:


Wendy Kreider

Wendy KreiderWendy is a Clinical Research Nurse 3 within the Office of Research Affairs. 

Wendy’s supervisor hailed her willingness to constantly go above and beyond her typical duties, always being willing to take on more responsibilities and help wherever needed. 

The following comes from a study participant who spent time with Wendy: “In the short time I have had Wendy as my research nurse, she has been the most responsive and easiest to reach—even on Memorial Day! Her quick responsiveness and demonstration of knowledge in the context of my trial has helped to keep me at ease with the process. She has been very helpful with getting answers regarding everything from billing to side effects, to safe drug interactions. I feel that Wendy is an excellent research nurse, and look forward to continuing work with her.”



Dina Batlivala Tresselt

Dina Batlivala Tresselt

Dina is Director of Marketing & Admissions within the College of Health Sciences.

Colleagues have spoken of Dina’s endless effort and dedication to her role, with one member of her team stating: “What stands out most about Dina is she is the true essence of a servant leader. She serves and does not seek to be served. As a team leader, she frequently enquires about the needs of the team and sincerely cares about creating opportunities for professional growth and development and personal satisfaction. Additionally, Dina continuously expresses gratitude for the contribution of her team members.”







To nominate a staff member, review the guidelines and instructions and submit a nomination form.

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