Model employee. Self motivated. Trusted. Meticulous, organized and thorough. These are the words colleagues use to describe Linda Theus-Lee, MS, program assistant in the Business School Dean’s Office. (Photo: Theus-Lee, left, with Deborah Makray)
Nominations submitted on behalf of Theus-Lee resulted in her being named Employee of the Month by the University of Colorado Denver Staff Council. She received congratulations, a small monetary award and an award plaque earlier this month from CU Denver Staff Council Chair Deborah Makray who also wrote a nomination.
“If there is something that she doesn't know, she will ask questions rather that overlook it or leave it undone.” Makray went on to list more than half-a-dozen community organizations Theus-Lee supports through volunteering.
Supervisor Malena Brohm wrote, “Linda strives to do 150% and always willingly helps with a smile. Linda works diligently on special events, including organizing and executing the CITI Student Panel event. Linda organized the entire event with little supervision, and it was one of the most successful panel events the program had seen. When Linda is given an assignment, she will dedicate herself to make sure it is completed. She is a great team member.“
Business School Associate Dean Jean-Claude Bosch’s nomination of Theus-Lee also noted her community efforts, team approach and observed, “She can always be trusted to find the best way to complete a project.”
Resa Cooper-Morning, College of Liberal Arts and Science - Ethnic Studies, described Linda as “a self-motivated and dedicated-leader for CU Denver and the Denver community.” Noting that she constantly shows a positive attitude as well as the ability to multi-task Her outstanding and natural people skills allow her to effectively communicate with students as well as with professionals and all who she comes in contact with."
Theus-Lee's passion is working with and mentoring youth. "I am part of the Junior Achievment Mentoring Program in which we go to high schools and talk to youth about the importance of education," she explains. "For me, mentoring is a very powerful and personal way to enhance the lives of all types of youth."
While the “Employee of the Month” award is available monthly, it is not just handed out every month. The list of ‘past honorees’ actually is fairly short. One reason is because honorees must be nominated by co-workers, supervisors and others. The nomination guidelines provide attributes to be considered when preparing a nomination.
All CU Denver employees are encouraged to think about nominating colleagues who exhibit exemplary qualities.