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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. Nominations are open year-round; nominees will be reviewed as candidates for the next upcoming review period.

First Nomination Period

  • Review Period: January 22, 2024 – January 26, 2024
  • Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by February 9, 2024

Second Nomination Period

  • Review Period: May 6, 2024 – May 10, 2024
  • Awardee/Honorable Mentions Announced: by May 24, 2024


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



The most recent Staff Spotlight award winners:

Lisa Tam

Lisa Tam

Lisa is a Grants Specialist II in the Office of Research Affairs.

She was nominated for exemplary work ethic and commitment to ICARE values. From her nomination:

“The quality of her work is impeccable, and she ceaselessly strives to serve both investigators and fellow administrators within her team and in other departments to the highest level. She often works long hours without issue and is very humble in terms of her contributions.”


Elena Delahera

Elena Delahera

Elena is a Program Coordinator for Health Systems Management.

Her performance and collaboration have been a wonderful example since joining the Health Systems Management Department in 2022:

“Elena has adeptly navigated the complexity of the RUSH bureaucracy throughout the campus with her friendly and outgoing personality. She goes well beyond her required duties to engage the HSM students, faculty, and CHS staff. Elena is positive in light of the many challenges we face.”