Rebecca Hansen named Employee of the Month

hansen1899Rebecca Hansen, Coordinator of the College Program, Autism Training Center, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for September, according to Michelle Brown Douglas, chair of the Employee of the Month Committee.

Employed for more than 10 years, she was nominated by Hillary Brown, Adam Fry, Kerrie Harris, Bianca Hynes and Eszter Kiss.

In her nomination Brown wrote, “Rebecca Hansen never wants to be referred to as ‘the boss.’  She’s a part of a team, a team she has helped build from the ground up.  Her passion for her job is indescribable and she motivates our team daily to make our work environment one of the most nurturing and collaborative to be a part of.  Rebecca works one-on-one with students, staff and graduate assistants on a daily basis and helps everyone feels as though we are a part of something grand.”

Fry noted, “Becca has impeccable management and organization skills.  The success of the College Program here at Marshall can be attributed to her genuine passion in the field and her ability to collectively lead by creating a work environment in which employees want to perform at the highest levels.”

Harris said, “Rebecca is extremely dedicated to the College Program and works each day to further its success and improve the support it offers.  Her position is not just a job, but a way of life and she is very passionate about it.  She has a strong work ethic and isn’t afraid to take on new challenges/adventures.”

Hynes wrote, “Rebecca Hansen is the backbone of the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She is a phenomenal leader who fights for what is right, not only with our students but for all students on Marshall’s campus. She has inspired me and many other young women to pursue our goals and make our dreams realities.  She is not just the coordinator of a nationally known program in the field of autism, she is also a full-time wife, mother, daughter, sister, mentor and friend to many.  She gives 150 percent to all she does, which explains how the College Program has grown substantially in size and is now a national model…she is the definition of what every Marshall employee should strive to be.”

Kiss added, “Miss Hansen is the most amazing, dedicated leader and woman that I have ever met!  Her priority is always the family of employees and students that she works with.  She is a pioneer in the field of autism!”

Hansen was presented with a plaque and a check for $100 by President Stephen J. Kopp.


Photo: Rebecca Hansen, right, receives her Employee of the Month award from President Kopp.