2020–21 Faculty and Staff Award Winners

Each year, we celebrate the exceptional and meaningful work of St. Kate’s faculty and staff with the Year-End Faculty and Staff awards. Although like last spring we are celebrating recipients virtually, please know we are deeply grateful to each and every one of our faculty and staff for their part in our University. Throughout this challenging year, their has remained exceptional, distinguished by adaptability, creativity, and grit. Please join us in recognizing our outstanding colleagues, friends, and teachers below.

Staff Excellence Awards

The Staff Excellence Awards honor staff members nominated by their colleagues for their exceptional work and outstanding contributions to the University. The winners are selected from a section of impressive staff who further St. Kate’s mission and values, demonstrate strong team collaboration, and show initiative and creativity in their role. The awards and recognition committee selected three awardees, who receive $1,000, and two honorees, who receive $125.




Stockroom Supervisor, Chemistry

Praise submitted in support for Sharon’s recognition by the community:

“For 15 years, Sharon’s commitment to the St. Kate’s mission has shone through her interactions with students, faculty, and student employees, demonstrating equal compassion and devotion to academic excellence. Her management of safety, supplies, and budget and coordination of course delivery during COVID are vital to our daily operation and long-term planning. Sharon's level-headedness, dedication, and thoughtfulness has helped guide our team through these challenging times.”

Kadey Seeger

Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood Center

Praise submitted in support for Kadey’s recognition by the community:

“As an assistant teacher, Kadey goes beyond following policy and procedure – she looks for and offers ideas and tools to guide program improvement, shows us new communication and outreach methods, and is passionate about her work. Kadey’s highly developed sense of community and commitment to caring for others without distinction in the spirit of the CSJs makes our families and children feel embraced and nurtured. She is an exceptional ECC team member and student.”

Amal Warsame

Assistant Director, Multicultural and International Programs and Services

Praise submitted in support for Amal’s recognition by the community:

“In only a couple years, Amal has built countless relationships with students, faculty, and staff. She is a living example of inclusive excellence, an outspoken advocate for students in MIPS and elsewhere, and a fearless proponent of dignity and respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds. In every endeavor Amal reaches across cultural, professional, and disciplinary divides to achieve common goals, centering the student experience with imagination and creativity.”




Project Custodian

Praise submitted in support for Gregg’s recognition by the community:

“Gregg goes the extra mile again and again to help create an environment that furthers the lives and work of everyone here. He was instrumental in our successful moving of the Minneapolis library to St. Paul, and his thoughtfulness and attentiveness was key to the transition staying organized. No matter how many heavy or messy tasks the library asks for them to help with, the dynamic duo of Gregg and Roy complete them ahead of schedule, and with attitudes and humor that never fail to lighten the mood. Gregg makes me grateful to work alongside incredible people at St. Kate's.”



Lead Custodian

Praise submitted in support for Roy’s recognition by the community:

“Roy’s ability to collaborate and communicate with facilities teammates and whomever he is helping exemplifies his care for all. He and Gregg have been indispensable around the Library and Archives, helping us weather many changes over the past couple of years so that we could continue serving our students. Roy regularly makes above-and-beyond contributions such as coming in on scheduled vacation days, and extra communication with faculty to make sure their classrooms are disinfected on fluctuating schedules. His incredible attention and commitment embody the St. Kate’s mission to care for all.”

  • Krista Anderson, Director, Simulation Lab
  • Kelly Barak, Compliance Supervisor, Clinical Education
  • Kristin Chalberg, Director of Admissions, College for Adults and Graduate College
  • Cindy Egeness, Registrar
  • Kelly Fox, Administrative Assistant, Social Work
  • Alyson Glass, Assistant Registrar
  • Mary Graf, Information Specialist, Career Development
  • Amy Kelly, Director, Health and Wellness Center
  • Carley Kokal, Facilities Coordinator
  • Joel Leake, Safety and Compliance Program Manager, Facilities
  • Molly Orth, Art Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Eric Rehnberg, Lead Engineer, Database Administration
  • Sharon Rolenc, Project and Programming Specialist, Special Programs
  • Eric Stacey, Director, Athletics
  • Emma Steincross, Access Consultant, Disability Resources
  • Cat Troche, Administrative Assistant, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Faculty Teaching and Advising Awards

The Faculty Teaching and Advising Award honors the highest quality of teaching, dedication to effective mentoring, and academic advising. The winners are selected from an impressive faculty that exemplifies the highest echelon of academic excellence and student focus. Each year, St. Kate’s community nominates faculty members for this award and celebrates colleagues who maintain high academic standards, go above and beyond in their teaching, and provide quality mentoring and advising.

Jeanne Bailey

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Jeanne Bailey, PhD, has taught MAOL courses in leadership and ethics at St. Kate’s since 2015. An authentic leader and active listener, Jeanne skillfully balances high standards for her students with the vital support they need to achieve that quality. She is beloved by her students for her passion for critical thinking and learning and her openness to ideas and conversations.

Sarah Park Dahlen

Associate Professor, Master of Library and Information Science

Sarah Park Dahlen, PhD, has taught in the MLIS program since 2009, specializing in children’s and young adult literature with a special research focus on diversity in these genres, for which she is known nationally. She is committed to ingraining anti-racist and social justice approaches in the library profession.

Bill McDonough

Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Program, Theology

Bill McDonough, PhD, has been teaching at St. Kate’s for 18 years. Bill’s teaching approach is student-centered, interdisciplinary, and collaborative, and he brings his dedication and perspective as an ethicist to all his work.

Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence

The Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence recognizes outstanding accomplishments in teaching and scholarship that bring external visibility to the University, both regionally and nationally. The Kelly Award winner receives a $10,000 prize.

Sarah Rand

Associate Professor, Business Administration

Sarah Rand, PhD, is an exceptional instructor who is committed to bringing forward women in leadership and the University’s role in preparing women leaders. She has played a key role in developing the Katie Leadership Impact program, which will, thanks to her work, have great impact on the School of Business’ ability to engage and develop students, faculty, staff, and corporate partners.


Patricia O’Connor Myser Award

The Patricia O’Connor Myser Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring honors St.Catherine University faculty members who are exceptional mentors to undergraduate students engaged in research and scholarly work. The winner receives a $5,000 award, plus $2,500 to invest in professional development.