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Spark Awards

The Spark Award is presented in recognition of outstanding performance by an Igniter during the Ignite Campaign. Igniters bring the campaign directly interact with members of their units to answer questions and provide assistance to their colleagues, and in doing so, they bring meaning to the message and make participation in Ignite a simple thing to do.  This award recognizes the successful efforts of Igniters who have stepped up in service of the Ignite Campaign, FIU, and their units.

  • FY21 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Penny Butler – Schillinger, Division of IT BBC

    Julissa Castellanos, Regional and World Locations

    MMC:

    Martha Castiello, Division of IT MMC

    Henry Cheng, Enrollment Services

    Jaclyn Coello, FIU Online  Pending team confirmation

    Katharine A. Conrad, Enrollment Services

    Elianet Deville, Office of the General Counsel 

    Daniel Diaz External Relations, Strategic Communications and Marketing

    Grace Frawley, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

    Adriana Harris, Libraries 

    Ana Herrera, Office of  Governmental Relations

    Hamza Lazrak, Business and Finance

    Maria Lorenzo, Division of University Advancement

    Debra Manning, Enrollment Services

    Cynthia Minguez, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

    Alina Parbtani, Office of Community Engagement

    Ari Sernik, Honors College

    Nery Suarez, Health Care Network

    Damaris Valdes, Academic Program Partnership 

  • FY20 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Penny Butler, Division of Information Technology

    Julissa Castellanos, Regional Locations and Institutional Development

    Sanjay Dhawan, Chaplin school of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Steven James, Division of Student Affairs

    Isidro Ramirez, Panther Catering - Chartwells

    MMC:

    Savannah Brea, College of Business

    Jaclyn Coello, FIU Online

    Elianet Deville, Office of The General Counsel

    Daniel Diaz, External Relations, Strategic Communications and Marketing

    Jannel Garcia, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Claudia Gonzalez, Office of The President

    Martha G. Gonzalez, Facilities Management

    Adriana Harris, Library Operations

    Tory Heslop, Operations and Safety, FIU Police

    Paula Lopez, Athletics

    Maria Lorenzo, Division of University Advancement

    Anthony Rionda, Office of Governmental Affairs

    Nery Suarez, Health Care Network

    Damaris Valdes, Academic Program Partnerships

  • FY19 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Penny Butler, Division of Information Technology

    Christine Dome, Student Access and Success

    Donnie Hale Jr., Student Access and Success

    Steve Moll, Office of the Provost 

    Debra Manning, Enrollment Services

    Ian Rand, The Wolfsonian - FIU 

    MMC:

    Jessica Castro, Business and Finance

    Maria Claverie, College of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts

    Jaclyn Coello, FIU Online

    Elianet Deville, Office of the General Counsel

    Daniel Diaz, Division of External Relations

    Trudy Fernandez, Division of Human Resources

    Claudia Gonzalez, Office of the President

    Tory Heslop, University Police

    Rachel Jenkins, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Joe Lahoud, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Hamza Lazrak, Business and Finance

    George Marakas, College of Business

    Paola Moreno, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

    Betsy Perez, Office of Research and Economic Development

    Iliana Perez, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

    Mercedes Rodriguez, Office of Research and Economic Development

    Yanyn San Luis, College of Business

    Patricia Villasuso, Library Operations

     

  • FY18 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Julissa Castellanos, Office of the Vice Provost

    Mohammed Qureshi, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Penny Butler, Division of Information Technology

    Sanjay Dhawan, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    MMC:

    Ana Ortega, Division of External Relations

    Andrew Nelson, The Wolfsonian

    Angela Delgado, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Cristina Saez-Aguirre, Office of Research & Economic Development

    Henry K. Cheng, Enrollment Services

    Jaclyn Coello, FIU Online

    Jessica Castro, Business and Finance

    Martha Castiello, Division of Information Technology

    Martha G. Gonzalez, Facilities Management

    Mercedes Rodriguez, University Graduate School

    Tim D. Birrittella, College of Business

    Veronica Appleby, Office of the Controller

    William G. Hardin, College of Business

    Yanyn San Luis, College of Business

     

  • FY17 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Kristin Bird – College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

    Mohammad Qureshi – Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Penny F. Butler – Division of Information Technology

    Sanjay Dhawan – Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    MMC:

    Daniel Diaz – External Relations

    Joseph Riquelme – FIU Online

    Martha Castillo – Division of Information Technology

    Mercedes Rodrigues – Office of Research & Economic Development

    Tricia Galiano – Office of the Controller

    Trudy Fernandez – Human Resources

    Vanessa Vazquez – Student Affairs

  • FY16 Spark Award Winners

    BBC

    Kristin Bird - College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

    Penny Butler - Information Technology

    Sanjay Dhawan - School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    Mohammad Qureshi - School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

    MMC

    Martha G. Castiello - Information Technology

    Daniel Diaz - External Relations

    Trudy Fernandez - Human Resources

    Joseph Riquelme - FIU Online

    Mercedes Rodriquez - Office of Research & Economic Development

    Vanessa Vazquez - Graham Center

  • FY15 Spark Award Winners

    BBC:

    Penny Butler - Division of Information Technology

    Julissa Castellanos - Office of the Provost

    MMC:

    Matilde Gramling - Student Affairs

    Bobby Staub - Athletics