The UCSF HR Employee Recognition Program Selection Committee is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the UCSF HR SPOT Award: Hazel Atangan, Shannon Trinh, Jennifer Cho, and Candy Lam! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the UCSF HR organization!


Team Spot Award:  Hazel Atangan and Shannon Trinh, HR Generalists with Staff Shared Services:  The first two Spot Awards are a team recognition for Hazel Atangan and Shannon Trinh for their co-planning, management, and successful execution of the most recent staff renewals process. The renewals process starts in early March and ends in mid-June, and includes several rounds of data analysis that are reviewed by both HR Staff Shared Services and campus departments. If an employee’s appointment is not renewed, there is the possibility of the employee not being paid on time, losing access to systems, and for non-represented employees, the risk of not being included in the annual Merit and Focal Point Equity Program. Hazel and Shannon worked on very short timelines with exemplary accuracy and completed these extra assignments above and beyond their day-to-day duties in Human Resources. Read further to learn more about Hazel’s and Shannon’s contributions.

  • Hazel’s previous experience working in the Transactional Services Unit meant that she was able to provide valuable feedback on the extensive data management required during the renewals process.
  • Shannon contributed her Excel expertise to the staff renewals process. Shannon reviewed all of the data, deleted duplicates of names and appointments, and created a format that was easier to view, including consolidating two separate spreadsheets into one.

A little about Hazel:

What are you passionate about? I’m always passionate about living life to the FULLEST and never settling for less than what life I am capable of living. Being true to myself and making a positive difference in someone else’s life. “Pay it forward.”

What is one important skill that each person should have? I believe each person should always work on good communication.  I think it’s the key to success in life, work, or anything that one does. Communication is how we convey our thoughts, intentions, and objectives.  If we are mindful of what is said, our intent, the tone, and always open to common ground, much can be accomplished.


A little about Shannon:

What is one word you would use to describe your team? Awesome!!!

What are you passionate about? My greatest passion outside of work is travel and food.  I enjoy travelling because I get to experience things and places that are unknown or different to my everyday life and travelling without experiencing the local food is just not complete.  Therefore, whenever I plan a trip, I always plan my itinerary around where the food is.  


Jennifer Cho, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Reason: Jenny was nominated for demonstrating the PRIDE Values of excellent service, integrity, and professionalism. Her nominator shared these comments:  “Jenny has been my talent acquisition specialist for going on three years now, and in all that time she's never made a mistake, has never been anything other than perfectly professional with an inspiringly positive attitude, and has been a complete joy to work with. I don't think I could have done my job without her help. She's been instrumental in getting the new personnel positions posted that my ORU has needed as we've expanded by nearly 20% in the last three years. Without people of Jenny's caliber supporting the doctors and scientists here at UCSF we would not be able to accomplish the University's mission of education, research, and patient care.”  Additionally, Jenny consistently held the highest requisition load of 100 or more openings at a time.  Per Lean Human Capital industry data, a typical recruiter who provides this level of service carries 30 job openings. Jenny also serves as the Work Bench Administrator for our applicant tracking system to solve technical errors and program updates. This role is typically held by someone in the HRIS team.

A little about Jennifer:

What great piece of advice do you like to share with others?  “One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow

What is one important skill that each person should have? It’s important to have grit, a passion & perseverance for long term goals. Grit is a growth mindset where individuals see their failures & challenges as an opportunity for growth and has the ability to bounce back from adversity.


Candy Lam, Senior Compensation Analyst


Candy was nominated for her integral contributions leading up to the April 2019 Job Builder pilot launch. Her nominators note that Candy stepped up to the challenge by documenting the Compensation Team’s current processes for recruitment, reclassification, and exceptional equity, recommending the proposed future state, and documenting all changes that impacted the team. In addition, Candy helped create a new classification consult process using General Inquiry. During this project, which was above and beyond her daily responsibilities, Candy applied her wealth of knowledge gained in previous UCSF roles to ensure that the processes she recommended did not have a negative impact on HR clients or other HR teams.

A little about Candy:

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?  I started doing muay thai a month ago and it’s pretty awesome. 

What are you passionate about? Food and travel.