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Human Resources celebrates recent graduates of leadership development programs

Human Resources recently graduated cohort members from two premier leadership development programs.

The Executive Leadership Program graduation occurred Friday, Dec. 3. This program, designed for experienced, senior leaders, includes a combination of in-person and virtual programs led by a variety of subject matter experts who are committed to helping leaders at Augusta University build and foster a committed, compassionate and innovative workforce culture.

Members of this cohort included:

  • Christa Butler, Director, PCS Clinical Resource Management, Nursing Administration
  • Morgan Chavous, Director, HR Service Center, Human Resources
  • Jim Cooley, AVP, Ambulatory Business Operations, AUMA Administration
  • John Crossgrove, Director, Radiology
  • Quentin Davis, Director, Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship/Director, Quality Enhancement Plan, Certificate of Leadership Program
  • Megan Furno, Manager, Operational Excellence
  • Justin Hensley, Director, Accounts Payable, Financial Operations
  • Karyn Nixon, Director, Military Initiatives, Partnership and Economic Development
  • Rick Plummer, AVP, AU Health Marketing and Branding
  • Lara Stepleman, Associate Dean, Faculty Success and Inclusive Excellence; Professor, MCG-Psychiatry and Health Behavior
  • Sheree Wright, Interim Senior Director, Pre-Award Services, Sponsored Program Administration

The Professionals Program graduation occurred Thursday, Dec. 9. This pilot program, designed for aspiring leaders at Augusta University and AU Health, offers an environment for engaging and informative opportunities for learning.

Members of this cohort included:

  • Khadejah Bates, Office Specialist, CAHSS-Pamplin College
  • Jason Baareman, Senior Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine Rehab
  • Linda Butler, Business Services Coordinator, IT Business Office
  • Claire Clark, Financial Data Analyst, Operations
  • Charity Curry, IT Business Services Coordinator, Information Technology
  • Chris Curry, Communications and Marketing Manager, Georgia Cancer Center
  • Contonia Hopgood, Quality Control and Training Specialist, Environmental Services
  • Angela Jenkins, Support Analyst, IT Service Desk, Information Technology
  • Melissa Knapp, Coordinator, Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarships
  • Katie Lawhead, Lead PFCC Coordinator, Center for Patients and Families
  • Wyatt Mobley, Nurse Educator, Nursing Education
  • Lacey Oellerich, Analyst, Communications and Marketing
  • Jenni Pine, Senior Clinical Lab Specialist, Pathology
  • Darby Reeder, Sign Shop Specialist III, Facilities Operations
  • Raysean Ricks, Digital Communications Strategist, Communications and Marketing
  • Yolanda Robinson, Business Operations Specialist, Office of the Vice President, Enrollment and Student Affairs
  • LeeAnn Walker, Advisor 3, Undergraduate Academic Advising
  • Bettie Williams, Project Manager, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Sara Wood, Charge Nurse, Operating Room

“We are so proud of all our graduates and wish them much success on their leadership journeys. We appreciate their commitment and participation in our programs,” said Carolyn Burns, interim vice president of Human Resources.

“We also want to thank all our AU faculty and leaders who presented during both programs’ sessions, and the University System of Georgia for their support and participation — without them, our programs would not have been successful.”

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