The TOPS (Truly Outstanding Performance and Service) Award was developed by the Davis Islands Advisory Council as a means of recognizing employees who demonstrate and provide on-going exemplary service to others. Any HCC employee who meets this criteria is eligible for this award and selections are made from nominations submitted to the Advisory Council.
TOPS Award recipients:
Tia Vickers December 2008
Josette Bulnes July 2009
Catherine Bilka August 2009
Zach Dawson December 2009
| Antony Thundyil March 2013
||Helen Dobbins July 2013
Few comments on the nomination forms:
"When you think of payroll Helen always comes to mind. She is always
friendly and helps all who call her. If she doesn’t know the answer she goes
out of her way to find it and calls back. Her knowledge of payroll laws and
web time entry is amazing and she shares it with all who ask. She
treats everyone the same from administrators to part time student workers.
A lot of payrolls are difficult to process but no one knows because Helen
never complains or grumbles"
"Helen is one of the most customer service people I know. She will
always help you with any situation. Her sense of humor is the best and
she brings this to her work every day. No matter how hard she is working
she always has time to help and laugh with you. She is
accurate and efficient and is counted on to do miracles weekly.
I call on her frequently for assistance and she has been there for me."
"Dru is one of those people who tries to make your day better. You can
count on her to provide information that is needed in a quick and timely
fashion. She teaches staff how to use the system and is always anxious
to help others be able to do for themselves to raise their self esteem. She
has been at HCC since she was a student and truly believes in HCC and
the community collegemission. She has great work ethic. She also loves
to laugh and have a good time. She has given a great deal of herself in
the 30+ years she has been at HCC."
"Donna Johnson is diplomatic, forward thinking, an excellent problem
solver, and enhances themission and purpose of our department. She
enables the facilitation of many projects we complete and also interfaces
with different people and departments at a professional level.
Donna goes beyond her stated job duties--she enhances our departmental
goals. It is a pleasureto have her as a contributing member of our team!"
"Lorinda is one of the most knowledgeable, resourceful and
helpful employees at HCC.She is such an inspiration to many,
including myself. The way she takes on challenges as
a positive learning experience is a characteristic that we all
would benefit from. When a complex problem arises, she has
a rare and enviable ability to find a simple solution. It is
delightful to see how her eyes light up when working on new
projects and ideas. Her enthusiasm and teamwork makes my
job a lot more enjoyable."
"In Brenda's brief time with the college as the Foundation's Annual
Fund Manager, she has organized many fundraising events (fishing
tournament, golf tournament, President's Showcase, Foundation
Scholarship Breakfast), one right after the other, raising many
valuable dollars for student scholarships. She works tirelessly,
without complaint and is a joy to have as a colleague. Not only does
Brenda give her best to HCC, she is very involved in other community
service organizations such as Zonta and the Unsinkable Krewe of
Molly Brown, making connections and raising educational funds for
the Tampa Bay community."
"Helen excels at what she does and is an excellent example to others.
Her knowledge basecoupled with her cheerfulness and patience create
an inviting and informative atmosphere for all who inquire. She has been
my "go to" person for questions since joining the Payroll department
in Nov. 2011. Helen is dependable, reliable and gives 110% to HCC.
Helen played a key role in the implementation of Web Time Entry and is
always looking for ways to improve payroll processes."
"Through hard-work and dedication Jacentha Buggs successfully met the
college mission by responding to a "specialized" talent Shortage at several
local hospitals. Simply put, Jacentha and her team, in a short time-frame,
designed and developed a collaborative program that placed and
trained HCC’s Nursing graduates to fill "specialized" positions w/i local
hospitals. Her commitment to HCC students and the community serves as
a model for others. HCC/ICCE takes great pride in her contributions."
"I would like to nominate Kathy Stokes for the TOPS award because she
certainly goes over and above to accommodate our printing needs at the
District Office. Whenever I have asked Kathy to print something for me and
I need it ASAP she never hesitates to complete my request and
always with a smile. Kathy’s attitude is outstanding and she always has a
positive outlook on not only her job but life as well. I think Kathy is long overdue
for the TOPS award and I know many others feel the same way."
"Ms. Williams devoted several months diligently working to make
the smoking cessation and weight loss programs a success. Two
components in the struggle to keep our health coverage cost
contained, she has ensured the success of both plans. Due to her
hours poured into initiating and sustaining both programs,
employees that have wanted to discontinue smoking or lose weight
have had an oppommity to do so with professional guidance. We
have had hundreds of dollars being saved already this year by one
former smoker and numerous pounds having been shed by some of
the employees participating in Weight Watchers."
"displays a great deal of cooperation and enthusiasm to
provide support to HCC community. Steve goes above and
beyond in his efforts and is well deserving of this award.
A few of the activities he supports are:
Webinar creation and support to Finance and other
staff. Video production and setup for HCC’s All College Day.
Creation and design of Student Services video."
"Sheree Shay is the Business Assistant for the Facilities Planning ¯
and Construction Department here at HCC. She is the glue that
holds this department together. Her job requires her to wear and
master many hats. This includes assisting in managing and
checking GL accounts and ledgers, budgets, purchase orders,
contracts, construction projects, scheduling and coordinating
meeting after meeting and much more. She does all of this while
fielding phoned in questions and requests from our construction
managers in the field, contractors and design teams. Mrs. Shay
does all these things professionally and always pleasantly. She
is a valuable asset to HCC."
"Mr. Mike Ermeling, is very a very hard worker, smart and
very fair to all of us."
"Lorinda is very dedicated and takes the initiative to learn as
much as she can about her department and the needs of
"customers" of the department. Anyone who recognizes Lorinda’s
car realizes that it is one of the first in the parking lot in the
morning and one of the last still in the lot at the end of the day.
Having worked with Lorinda in the past, I know that she takes great
care to do quality work and to find ways to improve effectiveness
and efficiencies. She also is a willing "teacher", gladly sharing the
knowledge she has with others.
Lorinda is also just a wonderful person, personally!"
"Shonda is a fine employee, she treats everyone with respect and
kindness. She comes to work and tries to do a great job in every
task she works on. She even goes above and beyond what is called
for in her Job description. HCC employees don’t get any better than
"Internal to the College-Bonnie helps to develop and mentor her current
employees, previous employees and other members of the College
community. Why? She takes pdde in their development and success.
Bonnie is truly making a difference in the lives of people she comes in
contact with at HCC. Ultimately, this reflects on the College. Externally-She
is Vice Chair of the Plant City Planning Board and a Board Member of the
Plant City Boys and Gids Club. She has put together a great team in the
Finance area and utilizes her knowledge and experience to provide direction
and guidance to her peers and others with the best interests of the individual
and the College foremost. Laslly, she is genuinely interested in helping others
to be the best they can be and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Because of her efforts, Bonnie Carr deserves the TOP award."
"Lekiva is a quiet gem. For those of us who have had the opportunity to see
how she interacts with our retirees and those who are preparing for this next
journey in there lives, is truly amazing. She provides quality knowledge of the process,
but that is just a minor part of how she delivers this to employees. Her patience,
guidance and overall attention to their needs and the thoroughness she provides
makes her a great "TOPS" candidate."
"Tracey handles all the college contracts which involves a large number of agreements
that have to be developed and processed through the college departments. This requires
that she work with just about every department in the college daily. She is always friendly
and helpful to others even when they get frustrated. She always makes time to help others
learn the process or get something moving if a contract or payment gets held up in another
area, even when busy. Her patience and calm demeanor are a great asset."
"Donna has proved herself invaluable to our mixed department. The IT side has different
needs than the FPD side for example. Donna Johnson handles all her activities with diplomacy
and tact and professionalism. She is discreet, a wonderful listener, supportive, and offers
pertinent advice when needed. More importantly, she is willing to learn and navigate the
assorted software, programs, and technology we feature. Quite simply, she blends in well
with our assorted personalities and demands, but in a supportive, professional way that
enhances our mission and goals. I appreciate her dedication to details, ability to listen,
then’ anticipate, and professionalism when communicating."
"Over the past year, Dana has taken on the "Faculty Refresh" duties. This is a project in
which one has to coordinate the ordering, purchasing, delivery(from the warehouse, as
well as, to the campuses), configuration and setup of over 800 computers college-wide.
This duty was previously handled by a handful of employees, and yet she has been doing it
almost single-handedly, Along with this, she juggles her regular job duties, and yet always
seems to be the "go to" person when her co-workers have questions. She is a great asset
to our office."
"Mary Beth reviews all transactions in the College’s bank accounts on a daily basis to
ensure they are proper and works endlessly to research all deposits so each one can
be posted to the proper department’s account, Mary Beth has received personal thank
you’s from Dr. Sylvia Carley for ensuing the payments for Black Brown and College
Bound are properly handled. She also works with any department Wishing to send a wire
for payment. This can be somewhat challenging when it is an international wire, but Mary
Beth does it all with a smile. She is always ready with an answer to anyone’s questions
concerning banking activities and can always go through her many logs to find the exact
piece of information anyone wants. Mary Beth is Truly an Outstanding Performed"
"Antony provides personalized, detailed, and accurate service to his colleagues,
subordinates, and campus’s, despite his current situation. He takes his responsibilities
seriously and is articulate in his work. When asked to take additional responsibility, work
longer hours, or to contact individuals who are not happy with the evaluation office, he
does it with vigor. I nominate Antony because he looks at improving every day, loves
HCC with a passion, and wears the smile and attitude that makes us all better for working
with him; He is respected and admired by all of his colleagues because Antony chooses
to take the higher road when things get difficult."
"I believe that Donna Miller deserves this reward for her outstanding work in Human
Resources as the Intedm Director of Hum~?n Resources and for all the extra she
has given dudng the time that the HR Director was on medical leave before she was
the Interim Director. Donna never failed to give that extra that .was needed to keep
everything going -- and with aplomb. Donna put in many many extra hours doing her
job and the other work that had to be done. In spite of the extras that Donna was
doing (and doing well), she still found time to bring in a homemade dessert for a
co-worker to honor them. I believe that Donna is one of HCC’s "unsung heroes" for
the many many contributions that she has given to the college and to HR. She has
never failed to recognize others for their accomplishments and to praise them for
their works, and I believe that she needs to be recognized for all that she has
contributed to the college and to HR. When something is needed, Donna !s always
there and it is done and done well. She shows excellent judgment and uses a big
dose of "common sense" along with it, all the while juggling multiple tasks and
accomplishing them all. In short, I feel that Donna is and always has been, an
unsung HCC treasure and she greatly deserves this award."
Congratulations to the other nominees for the fiscal year 2012-2013:
Mary Beth Comas