Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence

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Congratulations to the 2021 recipients and finalists!

Since it has been an extraordinary two years, this year the award was planned to honor TWO extraordinary staff members. However, due to the remarkable number of stellar submissions, the committee is pleased to announce THREE winners.

Recipients of the 2021 Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence

  • Angela Haley
  • Cathy Seay-Ostrowski
  • Carissa Van Heest

Award Finalists

  • Kenneth Ester, Jr.
  • Dyan Jenkins-Ali
  • Tamara Kutter
  • Debra Mexicotte
  • Meegan A. Novara
  • Tammy Sindlinger
  • Julia Weinert

More information regarding the presentation of the awards will be provided in the University Record in mid March. 

About the Award

The Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence recognizes University of Michigan staff members whose commitment to excellence, teamwork, and a supportive environment make the university a great place to work.

Candy Johnson, a long-time staff member in the Office of the Provost, was dedicated to U-M and the people who support and further its mission. Candy strove for excellence and inspired others to do the same. She recognized the gifts and talents of her office colleagues and was unfailingly supportive of them. When Candy passed away in 2003, the provost’s office chose to honor her contributions to U-M by establishing this award in her memory. A $500 cash award and a certificate is presented annually by the Office of the Provost. Gifts from Candy’s friends and colleagues support the award.

The Candace J. Johnson Staff Award for Excellence recognizes staff members who, like Candy, are a positive influence in the workplace. We invite nominations of people who truly make a difference in their office. All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus and at Michigan Medicine are eligible and may be nominated by colleagues or supervisors or a combination of the two.