Kathy “KJ” James, Administrative Support Specialist within the Division of Infectious Diseases, is the recipient of the UNC Employee Forum’s Peer Recognition Award. KJ won in the Call of Duty category, which honors UNC staff who go above and beyond their job description.
“KJ makes everyone else’s job easier and does so in a way that just makes you smile,” says David van Duin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine within the Division of Infectious Diseases.
Van Duin and Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH, Research Professor within the Division of Infectious Diseases and the U.S. Director of UNC Project-Malawi, nominated James for the award. In his nomination letter, Hoffman provided an example of how James took the initiative to ensure a visiting, international nurse, who missed the driver that was sent to meet her at the airport, made it to her accommodations safely.
“The nurse panicked and was in tears. The only number she could find on that Sunday night was Kathy’s,” Hoffman wrote. “And in a snowstorm late at night, Kathy drove nearly an hour one way from her rural home to pick up the nurse, console her and get her settled. That is Kathy James. She exemplifies what UNC is all about.”
James will be honored and receive a certificate during the Employee Forum’s Peer Recognition Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 8.