Harvard Heroes

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The Harvard Heroes Recognition Program celebrates the accomplishments of Harvard staff whose work supports the mission of Harvard at the highest levels of contribution, impact and excellence.

Please join us in congratulating our 2024 Harvard Heroes winners.  Please recognize their achievements along with the 2024 nominees from the Harvard Longwood Campus. We are extremely proud of our Harvard Heroes and thank them for modeling our values!  


Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Leanne “Jake” Jacobellis
Program Coordinator
Oral Health and Epidemiology


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Shaina Andelman
Director of Administration

Lilu Barbosa
Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Lisa Burke
Assistant Director
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sharelle Davis
Senior Operations and Talent Coordinator
Ariadne Labs


Harvard Medical School

Marie Bao
Executive Director of Administration
Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Derek Barton
Director of Finance and Administration
Systems Biology

Meghan Kerr
Longwood Medical Area Records Manager/Archivist
Countway Library

Csilla Kiss        
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Office of Student Affairs

Diana Longden
Administrative Coordinator
HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Matrida Neli
Senior COMS Coordinator
COMS Office of Biological Safety

Siu-Shan Wang
Senior Grants Manager



Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who is eligible to be considered for Harvard Heroes?
A: To be eligible to be nominated, staff must be administrative/professional, support or hourly employees with at least one year of “benefits-eligible” service. Please note that Harvard Heroes recognizes outstanding individuals, not teams. Heroes does not provide posthumous recognition.

Q: What process does the Harvard Heroes Selection Committee follow to select the HLC Honorees from the overall list of HLC Nominees?
A: The HLC Selection Committee adheres to specific guidelines.

Q: Can I find out who nominated me?
A: Send an email to Jennifer Weininger and we will check with your nominator whether it’s ok to share their name. Some nominators prefer to remain anonymous.

Q: How are the Harvard Heroes celebrated?
A: This year’s Harvard Heroes awards ceremony, hosted by Interim President Garber will be held Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Sanders Theatre; Reception to follow at Annenberg Hall (next to Sanders Theatre). All employees are invited and no tickets are needed.

Q: I have looked through the materials on this page and did not find an answer to my question. What do I do next?
A: Send an email to Jennifer Weininger