Employee Spotlights

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About the Employee Spotlight

The Employee Spotlight is a feature of the Academic Health Center Resource Hub and published every Monday. This is driven by nominations from colleagues. By nominating a colleague, you are letting them know that their contribution to our community is valued. Getting to know more about one another is a great way to feel more connected!

Nominate an AHC colleague to be in the Spotlight

Kiara Ellis

Kiara is driven to connect diverse communities to cancer education resources.

Brian Lucas with his wife, Betsy and children, Molly and Julia

Brian believes that the AHC is a great place to work because he's surrounded by smart, creative, committed people who are also here for the right reasons.

In the late 1980’s, I had the privilege of serving as the chairperson of a small but mighty group of AHC staff who organized the first Turtle Derby. Modeled after a similar event held at Johns Hopkins, the inaugural AHC Turtle Derby, done “Minnesota-style,” was held in the summer of 1987. Turtle Derby exemplifies the magic that’s created when people come together with a unified purpose. Little could we have known that this fun-filled fundraiser would still be going strong 25 years later!

Kristy Frost-Griep

I get to work with so many wonderful people across the AHC, and particularly in the AHC Shared units where I do most of my work.  They are all dedicated professionals who care about what they do, and I really consider myself lucky to work with them. They are also, as individuals, just really great people who I enjoy. I think great people are naturally attracted to working at the U.

Lezlie Nordquist

Rob Super in Pediatrics has to be one of my all time favorite people to work with. I have been on a lot of committees with him and he is a great leader. He has vast knowledge of the University of Minnesota and understands how decisions affect employees. Not only is he really smart, but he is a kind and thoughtful person.