The UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program Selection Committee is pleased to announce the Employee of the Month Award recipients for January 2017, Carmen Gala and Joy Lecue! Congratulations to them both! In addition to recognition, they will each receive a certificate and $50 Visa gift card.

Name: Carmen Gala
Job Title: Academic HR Generalist
HR Team/Work Unit: Academic Shared Services

Why Nominated:

  • “Carmen has been a UC employee for 20+ years, and I have interacted with her in [the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology] over 8 years and now in the specialist range. She is always effective, fast turn around and responsive. She is a great team player, dedicated, and always there for the employee. She is very effective and a great team player...pulls all the pieces together.”
  • “She always finds alternates or the best way to accomplish the goal for each individual. When it [comes] to my HR needs with advancement or payroll she always has the answer or finds out the proper way to approach the situation.”

What does Carmen enjoy doing outside of work?
“I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren every weekend and also enjoy going out to eat with my husband and taste the different cuisines that are available to us here in the Bay Area.”


Name: Joy Lecue
Job Title: HR Transaction Services Analyst
HR Team/Work Unit: Transaction Services Unit

Why Nominated:

  • “Josephine Lecue has provided service of exceptional quality over the years that she has been in service to our department. . . . Josephine has shown that there is no task too big or too small for her careful attention. When facing deadlines, Josephine reacts coolly under pressure to assess the action indicated for resolution. She is one of the reasons that the OB/GYN staff payroll functions so smoothly.”
  • “Joy has been an amazing team player and helped us avoid additional work.  She is always quick, accurate and provides amazing customer service. She is aptly named as she is a joy to work with. I am glad you have created this program because I have often wanted to recognize her work as she deserves to be selected as employee of the month.”
  • “Joy has always gone above and beyond to get our funding changes done correctly and in a timely manner. She has consistently demonstrated dedication to the task and responds quickly to any questions. She has been a go-to person if I've ever needed something checked or fixed and it's been a pleasure to work with her all these years. I feel she deserves this nomination for her hard and accurate work for YEARS and YEARS. Thank you, Joy!!”

What does Joy enjoy doing outside of work?
“I’m a HUGE Golden State Warriors fan and I enjoy watching the games with my hubby. I also enjoy creating handmade greeting cards, going fishing, and, every chance I get, working on remodeling my house. So many years raising three children, every day is a blessing and I do all I can to enjoy each day given to me.”


About the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program
The Employee of the Month Award (MyAccess login required), created to recognize excellence and effort among UCSF HR employees, is a peer-nominated award and presented to two UCSF HR employees per month. Learn more about the UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program here (MyAccess login required).

For questions, please contact the Selection Committee Co-Chairs Maryam Farshad or Norma Fong.