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2018 Staff Excellence Award - Outstanding Customer Service and Job Performance - Leann Nascimento

As management services officer and grant manager for UC Merced’s Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI), Nascimento oversees 33 grant awards and operational funds for the Blum Center, medical education and HSRI gift funds. Although her workload has increased in the past four years, she’s managed keep up with no increase in staffing support.

Faculty members in HSRI describe Nascimento’s performance as uniformly and unanimously positive, and they’ve expressed confidence in her abilities as a problem solver. She manages their grants, hires personnel and finds creative solutions to challenges with ease. To help others on campus who manage grants or serve as a management services officer, Nascimento shares information and best practices. This year’s she’s a mentor in the CAMP program.

“Leann has created a working situation that is professional and effective,” her nominator wrote. She is respectful and honest with the staff she supervises and supports staff by allowing them the freedom to innovate and perform their jobs while effectively monitoring their performance and ensuring they are meeting their obligations.”

Original article- Staff Excellence Award Winners Honored for Exceptional Service