Ashley Condell, office assistant in the department of environmental and global health, was named the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ 2014 Employee of the Year. She was recognized at the college’s annual faculty and staff appreciation dinner Dec. 2.
Condell, who joined the department as a fiscal assistant in 2012, took on new duties last summer when the department experienced personnel transitions and was short-staffed for several months.
“During this time Ashley rose to the occasion,” a nominator wrote. “She took on new responsibilities, going above and beyond what many others would do, and worked extra hours to keep the department running smoothly. She stepped up to the plate with integrity, showing her dedication to the department and college and always doing so with a tremendous positive attitude.”
Co-workers say Condell is knowledgeable, patient, diligent and always smiling. Now the department’s office assistant, she continues to accept new tasks and is eager to assume more responsibilities.
“As a new and rapidly growing department, Ashley’s role is multifaceted and involves coordination with many different units on campus,” a colleague said. “In working with Ashley, I have found no task that she cannot master.”
Co-workers said Condell quickly grasps new concepts and adapts to changing priorities. She regularly volunteers to assist new students, many of whom are re-locating to the U.S. from other countries, and she steps in to provide support for faculty and student events. She is considered an irreplaceable member of the EGH and PHHP family.
“Ashley is the perfect mix of kindness and professionalism,” said a doctoral student in the department. “She is the type of person who makes the rest of our jobs easier without ever making mention of her behind-the-scenes efforts. That type of attitude is something we can all learn from.”