EVMS honored a record 23 individuals with President’s Faculty, Staff and Diversity and Inclusion Awards at the 2019 EVMS Service & Recognition Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.

More than 300 were on hand to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues and family members.

This year’s recipients were:

Diversity and Inclusion Champions

Paul Aravich, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Anatomy

Tanya Kearney, PhD, Director of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center

Staff Awards for Rising Stars

Lanore Geter, Curriculum Coordinator for Medical Education

Missy Kohn, Administrative Assistant for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Staff Philanthropy Champion Award

Drucie Papafil, Director of Continuing Medical Education

Staff Award for Community Service

Joshua Edwards, Manager for HADSI Research and Community Outreach

Staff Award for Mentoring

Stephanie Davis, Office Manager for Endocrinology and Metabolic Disorders and for Sleep Medicine

Staff Awards for Excellence

Nancy Lewis, Manager of Sponsored Programs

Jennifer Pierre, Office Manager for Surgery

Taylor Poston, Operations Manager for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Laura Stone, Coordinator of Clinical Research in Otolaryngology

Staff Award for Outstanding Achievement

Mark Babashanian, Vice President of Administration and Finance

Faculty Awards for Rising Stars

Brooke Hooper, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Education

Julia Sharp, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

Faculty Philanthropy Champion Award

Don Robison, PhD, Director for Community-Engaged Learning

Faculty Award for Community Service

Eric Feliberti, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery

Faculty Award for Mentoring

Deborah Damon, PhD, Professor of Physiological Sciences

Faculty Awards for Excellence:

Donald Byars II, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

Neel Krishna, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

David Taylor-Fishwick, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

Laurie Wellman, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Anatomy

Faculty Awards for Outstanding Achievement

Ronald Flenner, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and the James E. Etheridge, Jr. Distinguished Professor

John Semmes, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology, Associate Dean for Translational Research and Anthem Distinguished Professor for Cancer Research


The event also celebrated faculty and staff who have achieved a service milestone in 2019, including two staff who marked 40 years of service in 2019. Ersell Carrow, Director of Information Technology for the EVMS Medical Group; and Tommie Old, Supervisor of the Multidisciplinary Lab; are the latest to mark this milestone career achievement.

Check out more photos from the event.