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Christiansen, Kelly, Netwig & Stoner Named Employees of the Year

Stephanie J. Fujii, Crystal Kelly, Lisa Christiansen, Barb Stoner, and Chancellor Joe Garcia

Lisa Christiansen, Crystal Kelly, Jaden Netwig and Barb Stoner were all honored as Arapahoe Community College’s (ACC) 2023-24 Employees of the Year during the annual Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Employee Excellence Awards luncheon and celebration on Tuesday, April 9.

Lisa Christiansen, ACC TRIO DirectorLisa is being honored as ACC’s Administrator of the Year for her compassion and dedication in pursuing positive outcomes for ACC students. Lisa, who currently serves as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services, began working at ACC in 2019 as the First Year Programs Manager. She is currently involved with the Inclusive Excellence Council, Student Success Committee, Retention Directors, and Strategic Enrollment Management. In 2023, Lisa garnered Outstanding Community College Educator recognition from CU. Prior to her arrival at ACC, she worked at the University of Florida and CU. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach and her graduate degree from Florida. She also completed a graduate certificate in supporting students with disabilities and veterans.

Crystal Kelly, ACC Career Services Administrative AssistantCrystal is being honored as ACC’s Classified Employee of the Year for her professional, welcoming and supportive approach in serving as an Administrative Assistant III in Career Services. She has worked at ACC for a total of nearly 4 years, including the past 22 months split between the Nursing Program and Career Services. She also worked in ACC Human Resources (Administrative Assistant II) from 2011-13. Crystal’s background in higher education includes prior experience with CCCS, Community College of Aurora, Community College of Denver, and MSU Denver. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (minor in Sociology) from MSU Denver. Crystal also completed an associate degree in Psychology and an ECT certificate at ACC in 2020.

Jaden Netwig, ACC Anthropology facultyJaden (Anthropology) has been selected as ACC’s Faculty of the Year for his rigorous teaching and efforts to organize discussion seminars on texts and films about decolonization, race and inclusion. He is a member of ACC’s Inclusive Excellence Council, the Northern Arapaho Business Council Committee and the Honors Program Committee. Even more, Jaden helped organize events and activities for Northern Arapaho Day at ACC in October. He has been teaching for 9 years, including 4 at ACC. Jaden’s additional teaching experience includes serving as a Lecturer (2013-14) and Teaching Fellow (2015-20) at UCLA. He earned his undergraduate (Philosophy), graduate (Anthropology) and doctoral (Anthropology) degrees at UCLA.

Barb Stoner, ACC Adjunct of the YearBarb has been selected as ACC’s All-College Instructor of the Year (Adjunct of the Year), as well as ACC’s Health and Public Services Instructor of the Year, for incorporating technology and innovative treatment modalities to optimize the effectiveness of course material. Barb, who has been teaching in the Nursing program at ACC for 23 years, retired as Professor Emeritus in 2021. She currently serves on the Nursing Evaluation Committee and has previously worked with the Faculty Senate Committee. Barb has contributed several chapters to the Maternal Newborn Nursing Care Plans test book and has presented at the National Nursing Educators Conference three times. She earned her BSN from CU and her master’s degree from UNC. Barb has also completed post-graduate work in Educational Psychology.