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2021 Recipients

1st Quarter


Pamela Horvath CARE Award 2021 Q1

Pamela Horvath, Curriculum Coordinator 

Cleveland, Academic Affairs 

"Pam has such a wealth of knowledge about everything curriculum! She always knows either the answer to all my questions or knows who can answer them for me. When I had difficulty finding something in eMedley, Pam knew right away how to find the information and walked me through step-by-step. She knows all the many pieces of the TCC curriculum and is my go-to person for everything TCC. Pam is the behind-the-scenes person who makes everything happen, and people often don't realize all that she does. She cares so much that students have everything they need to advance through medical school."

"Pam is one of the warmest and most helpful people on campus. Answering every question I had on arrival to the Cleveland campus, she remains both an excellent colleague and friend. She is ever helpful to the faculty who teach and grapple with remote technologies, as well as students guiding them through their HCOM life. A superb candidate for the CARE award."

"Pam has worked tirelessly to ensure that the curriculum be delivered accurately and smoothly on our campus. She comes in early and leaves late and does whatever it takes to provide our students with the best possible experience. She is a true educator who loves her profession!"   


Bridget Fenjac CARE Award 2021 Q1

Bridget Fenjac, Records Management Specialist 

Cleveland, Clinical Education 

"Bridget is a team player and always willing to jump in and cover for any member of the records management team when needed. Bridget is very detail orientated and meticulous when it comes to her job responsibilities. Bridget works tirelessly to respond to all student and staff questions. I am glad that over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know Bridget as our working relationship changed with the formation of the records management team. Bridget is a valuable member of the records management team and OU-HCOM and very deserving of the CARE award."

"During the trying and busy times over the past year, Bridget has excelled in taking on additional tasks in addition to her normal records management responsibilities. There have been many challenges, changes and new tasks as we implement the new LMS, eMedley. Bridget has taken the challenges and changes in stride and has created numerous instruction documents for staff and assisted with staff training as we all learn eMedley. She is always willing to assist and cover for her RMT coworkers when they are away from work. Recently she has worked with many different colleagues across the college to ensure that the TCC students meet all of their requirements as they prepare for graduation and to help streamline things for future TCC students. Bridget is a great asset to the records management team and should be recognized for her many contributions not only to RMT, but all of clinical education."



Jodie Foster CARE Award 2021 Q1

Jodie Foster, DPT, Associate Professor of Instruction, Medical Anatomy 

Dublin, Biomedical Sciences 

"The 20-21 academic year brought many unique challenges to the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. There have been several times when a faculty member, often with short notice, has had step away for a short time due to family emergencies, illness, you name it. Despite her full teaching and service schedule, Jodie Foster is often the first one to step up and offer to help -- the definition of going above and beyond. Jodie has taken on last minute teaching activities and committee work. Not only does Jodie volunteer to step in, but she consistently completes the assumed task to the highest standards of success. We are lucky to have Jodie are part of our HCOM faculty team."

2nd Quarter 


Holly Jacobs CARE Award 2021 Q2

Holly Jacobs, Director, Clinical Education 

Clinical Education 

"Holly is such a kind and caring person. She is organized and passionate about what she does. She takes time to listen and understand what is going on and invests many (MANY) hours to make sure all is running smoothly. Her dedication to OUHCOM, staff, employees and the medical students is excellent. We are very blessed to have Holly Jacobs"

"During the stressful, ever-changing times of clinical education, Holly always leads with a smile and pushes all of her staff toward teamwork and achievements. As the director of clinical education, she has many responsibilities but always makes sure decisions and processes have the best interest of students and staff to make HCOM a success. Holly is constantly thinking ahead of how upcoming changes will impact and change clinical education and how they can benefit staff and students. For example, with the implementation of the new LMS, eMedley, or HCOM restructuring, she is working us toward a successful future." 

"No matter what is on the table, Holly always puts students first when making decisions! When it comes to care for her staff, she readily advocates for needed resources and especially technology that streamlines processes. No problem is too big or small to bring to her attention. And she will not relent until there's a satisfactory solution. She has always put in long hours, but during the COVID-19 crisis, she has really shown her heart and drive to keep students on rotations and staff knowing they are appreciated."



Clarissa Brown CARE Award 2021 Q2

Clarissa Brown, Records Management Specialist 

Clinical Education 

"Clarissa is a great asset to the clinical education team. She always answers emails quickly, and she never tires of explaining a process, even when she may have just explained it five minutes earlier. She has handled a difficult transition with a new LMS beautifully and is always willing to help others navigate the system. I trust her to keep me on track with all of my student records tracking too! I am glad she is on my team!"

"Clarissa is a quiet, unspoken hero of clinical education for the Heritage College. She is efficient and kind and never seems to tire or lose patience in the face of endless questions and constant changes"