Facilities and Operations Compliance Recognizes Employees Who Go Above and Beyond for Safety

July 17, 2018

Columbia University Facilities and Operations Compliance held its first annual Safety Excellence Awards Ceremony at Altschul Auditorium on June 26, 2018 and at the Studebaker Building on June 27, 2018, honoring 22 Columbia University Facilities and Operations employees for exceptional safety performance.  Team members were nominated by a supervisor or a member of Facilities and Operations Compliance.  Honorees were recognized for achievement in categories of safe work, safety leadership, safety engagement, or proactive safety. 

“Columbia University Facilities and Operations continually strives to weave safety into the culture and fabric of our organization,” said Geraldine Tan, executive director of Compliance.  “The individuals recognized today exhibit leadership and a commitment to constant safety vigilance, fostering a safe environment for employees and the Columbia community.”

This year’s winners included:

Safe Work

Anthony Castro, Refrigeration Control Engineer

Jeremy Weisbrod, Plumber


Proactive Safety

Herman Bocanegra, Groundskeeper

Dwight James, Heavy Cleaner

Alejandro Lopez, Heavy Cleaner

Miguel Ramos, Assistant Mechanic

Richard Rodriguez, Heavy Cleaner


Safety Engagement

Patrick Burke, Specialty Mechanic

Gzim (Jimmy) Hodzic, Mechanic

Fabian Marshall, Welder

Bekim Meshaj, Mechanic-Electrician

Alex Molina, Estimator

Philip Mondello, Mechanic-Carpenter


Safety Leadership

Anthony Arnold, Assistant Manager

Gerarda Centeno, Facilities Planner/Coordinator

Henry Clemente, Heavy Cleaner

Nika Djuravcevic, Supervisor

Ricky Gonowrie, Supervisor

Guillermo Gonzalez, Truck Driver A

Joshua Morrison, Manager

Chris Prat, HVAC-Environmental Controls Tech

Wanda Roman, Supervisor