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2024 Outstanding Employee Nominees

The Outstanding Employee Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University in the Curtiss Alumni Lounge.

All local winners will receive lunch, acknowledgement, and a token of appreciation for their service.

One Outstanding Employee of the Year will be selected from the local winners and will receive an additional honor and gift.


  • Museum Tour (10 am)
  • Lunch (noon)
  • Awards Presentation (12:30 pm)


Michael Ray Williams, Sr.

Chandler Park Academy School District - District-Campus Safety Supervisor

Motto: “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” - Ray Leblond

Scott Pike

Landmark Academy - Campus Resource Officer

Quote: “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nette Wood

Waterford Montessori Academy - Custodian

Motto: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King

Susan Holston

Pontiac Academy for Excellence - School Bus Driver

Motto: “Spread positive energy cause the younger generation is the future.”

Kimberly Ann Griffin

Saginaw Preparatory Academy - Food Service Manager

Motto: “Treat people like you want to be treated.” - Addie Griffin (Mom)

Pamela Wilson

Chandler Park Academy Elementary - Campus Safety

Motto: “I walk in, I clock in, I get my eyes and ears on, and then I am all in to protect and serve.”

John M. Gonzales

Chatfield School – School Safety

Motto: “What I love to do is the opportunity to serve others.”

Melissa Porter

Faxon Academy - Attendance Liaison and Support Staff

Quote: “Life is a gift, and it offers us the opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” - Tony Robbins

Oleta Birkbeck

Flat River Academy - Food Service Director

Liliana Claudia Lupercio

Cesar Chavez Lower Elementary - Lunch Coordinator

Motto: “¡Sí se puede!” - Cesar Chavez

Christina Kuraib

Cesar Chavez Middle School Academy – Food Service Coordinator

Quote: “Don't Start Nothing, Won't be Nothing” - Men in Black

Kathleen Miller

Kingsbury Country Day School – Transportation Manager

Quote: “You can do anything you put your mind to.”Ben Franklin

Karen Kielbas

Landmark Academy - Transportation Coordinator

Quote: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Unknown

Michael Vazquez

Cesar Chavez High School - Security

Quote: “Never give up, don’t ever give up.” - Jim Valvano, Coach


School/University Partnership Office
Office Location: Gilbertson Hall
Phone: (989) 964-4623