2016 Vision & Values Awards

SOS Vision & Values Awards

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On Friday, August 12th, the entire SOS staff gathered at the Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa for an afternoon of fun at the third Vision & Values Awards luncheon. This event recognized the staff members that best represent the SOS Core Values of Dignity, Service, Excellence and Justice. There was also a Visionary Award honoree who best exemplifies our forward-thinking mission by taking risks, standing by their vision with confidence and passion, and being willing to experiment in order to allow for breakthroughs in creativity and discovery. This year SOS also introduced two new awards, the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Client/Volunteer Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award honoree was awarded to a staff member who best furthered the vision of SOS by providing a unique contribution during the past year. The Client/Volunteer Award was given to a recipient who was nominated by an SOS patient, client or volunteer.

The event started off with iced tea, lemonade, appetizers, and a chance for staff members to mingle. The program was then kicked off by HR Director, Kimm Sharp.

Next, the awards presentation began, with staff members who had nominated their coworkers taking the stage to announce the honorees. Each honoree received a trophy, had their name placed on a plaque showcased at SOS, and got two tickets to the 2016 Celebrity Chef Dinner that will take place on November 5.

This year’s winners were Laura De La Rosa, who won the Client/Volunteer Award; Maria Ines Mendez, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award; Rudy Ramos, winner of the Visionary Award; Michael McGlinn, honored as the Justice Award winner, Nicole Cabrera, who took home the Excellence Award, Israel Ortiz, who won the Service Award and Maria Anaya who walked away with the Dignity Award.

Karen McGlinn closed the awards with a touching thank you to the staff for all of the hard work they had put in over the past year. After the program, attendees were invited to enjoy an ice cream bar!

Dignity Nominees

  • Leticia Aguilar
  • Maria Anaya*
  • Ana Arroyo-Marroquin*
  • Nicole Cabrera
  • Yadira Gonzalez
  • Lidia Gutierrez
  • Gladys Gutierrez-Teske*
  • Ivette Ibarra
  • Xiomara Joslyn
  • Bianca Ortiz
  • Israel Ortiz
  • Guadalupe Rios
  • Leyda Rivera
  • Vanessa Rodriguez
  • Dr. Melissa Soo Hoo
  • Jeny Veneros*

Service Nominees

  • Maria Anaya
  • Rita Armendariz
  • Maria Ballesteros*
  • Sara Barragan
  • Nicole Cabrera
  • Laura Cendejas
  • Laura De La Rosa
  • Graciela Diaz
  • Teena Gibbs
  • Lidia Gutierrez
  • Dr. Teresa Hollander*
  • Xiomara Joslyn*
  • Luciano Leon*
  • Dr. Jila Nikkhah
  • Vanessa Ontiveros
  • Israel Ortiz
  • Blanca Perez
  • Zoila Perez
  • Marcela Rodriguez
  • Phillip Velasco
  • Jeny Veneros
  • Dr. Duc Vu*
  • Marisa Wayt

Excellence Nominees

  • Maria Anaya*
  • Ana Arroyo-Marroquin*
  • Sara Barragan
  • Dr. Diane Beyaoju*
  • Nicole Cabrera
  • Erika Contreras
  • Laura De La Rosa*
  • Dr. Teresa Hollander
  • Elizabeth Hopkins
  • Dr. Eric Huang
  • Xiomara Joslyn
  • Jeannette Lopez
  • Christina Nguyen
  • Dr. Jila Nikkhah
  • Bianca Ortiz
  • Zoila Perez*
  • Marcela Rodriguez l
  • Vanessa Rodriguez*
  • Hewitt Saldana
  • Jose Vizcarra
  • Marisa Wayt
  • Deirdre Wilson
  • Isaac Yoshinaga

Justice Nominees

  • Maria Anaya
  • Rita Armendariz
  • Sara Barragan
  • Gladys Gutierrez-Teske
  • Lidia Jauregui-Campos
  • Michael McGlinn*
  • Dr. Jila Nikkhah*
  • Nancy Pierre-Paul
  • Guadalupe Rios
  • Jasmine Vasquez

Visionary Nominees

  • Kathleen Bruski
  • Dr. Eric Huang*
  • Joana Mondragon
  • Dr. Jila Nikkhah*
  • Rudy Ramos*
  • Kimm Sharp
  • Jeny Veneros
  • Deirdre Wilson

Outstanding Achievement Nominees

  • Sara Barragan
  • Jay Donoghue
  • Kacy Gomez
  • Dr. Teresa Hollander
  • Dr. Eric Huang
  • Maria Ines Mendez*
  • Adilene Mendoza-Pelayo
  • Dr. Jila Nikkhah
  • Israel Ortiz
  • Zoila Perez
  • Rudy Ramos
  • Vanessa Rodriguez
  • Hewitt Saldana
  • Kimm Sharp*
  • Dr. Duc Vu

Client/Volunteer Nominees

  • Rita Armendariz*
  • Erika Contreras*
  • Dr. Riti Dayal
  • Laura De La Rosa*
  • Kacy Gomez*
  • Dr. Teresa Hollander*
  • Linda Martinez*
  • Alicia Segura