Award of Distinction Honorees

Emory University Human Resources is pleased to announce the 2023 honorees for the annual Award of Distinction. The Award of Distinction is the highest award for university staff which annually recognizes approximately 10-15 university employees who have made outstanding contributions to the Emory community. This year's recipients represent a variety of roles and backgrounds across the university.

2023 Honorees:

  • Chris J. Alexander, Enterprise Messaging System Engineer, Office of Information Technology
  • Willie Brokenburr, Crew Leader, Roads & Grounds, Campus Services
  • Mark Burell, Manager, Carlos Museum Bookshop, Provost’s Office
  • Zachary Cole, ​​Chief of Staff, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, President’s Office
  • Susan D. Cook, BA, Sr. Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Physics, Emory College
  • Priya E. D’Souza, MPH, Lead Public Health Specialist, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Rachel E. Fest, Director, Business Services, EVP Business & Administration
  • Dawn Francis-Chewning, Educational Analyst III, Student Digital Life, Emory University Libraries
  • Hannah Joy Gebresilassie, BSBA, MSJ, Program Coordinator, Emory Votes Initiative, Center for Civic and Community Engagement, Campus Life
  • Carol Kelly, MA, RDN, CSSD, CHES, Associate Director, Nutrition Services, Campus Life
  • Thomas Manns, Captain, Emory Police Department, EVP Business & Administration
  • Emily Staub, Associate Director, Communications, The Carter Center
  • Elaine Turner, Sr. Director, Housing Operations, Campus Life
  • Channelva Young, RVT, RLATg, Veterinary Technician Supervisor, School of Medicine

The 2023 honorees will be officially recognized at a special dinner hosted by Provost Ravi Bellamkonda on Thursday, April 13, 2023, held at the Rollins School of Public Health.

Following the awards dinner, more information about each honoree will be publicized in the Emory Report.

For information about the Award of Distinction, please contact Melissa Morgan, Sr. Recognition and Engagement Manager, at