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Cheers for Peers

Kristin Myer

Nominated by: Ann Marie Walker

Kristin ALWAYS jumps on projects and is so thorough, but yet so fast to respond. I appreciate Kristin's dedication and her quality of work. She can always be counted on and it's so appreciated!


Erika Barney

Nominated by: Kristin Myer

Erika did a great job of planning and executing our first ever remote Ethics & Compliance week this year. She worked very hard to make sure all employees and all teams were able to participate and felt included. 


Sandy Misas and the Consumer Direct Team

Nominated by: Michelle Govan

Sandy and the Consumer Direct Team have been working diligently to align the 2020 end of year FFM data for TAIC. The EDI Support team thanks you so much for all of your hard work!


Diane Cerino and Cassandra Koopman

Nominated by: Terry Maddox

I appreciate the dedication and quick attention to over 1,800 claims that were adjusted at the special request of Delta Dental of Minnesota. This was in addition to an already growing backlog of claims work. Even with a late start, they crossed the finish line ahead of time. Thank you both!


Vanessa Wilczak

Nominated by Lora Vitek

Vanessa is an amazing collaborative team member. She consistently volunteers and participates in crossfunctional team efforts. She has great ideas, is an extraordinary team player, and exemplifies characteristics of a great leader. In addition, she does all these things with energy and enthusiasm. 


Barry Clarke

Nominated by: Allyson Simpson

Barry is the epitome of an extraordinary mentor. He provides guidance, motivation, and emotional support. Regardless of how busy Barry is he always takes time to teach me or assist me with difficult tasks. His words of encouragement and praise give me confidence in myself and in my abilities. 


Khristi Blocton

Nominated by: Cristina Renteria

Khristi is extremely helpful with Truassure, knowledgeable and approachable. She helps us often with questions and outlines excel sheets (for UAT testing) that are easy to follow. I miss seeing her around in the office but we still send little hellos to each other. 


Julie Johnson and PR/PS teams

Nominated by: Pam Woolsey

Every Morning Julie sends out, to the PR/PS teams, a Good Morning email. Everyone then responds back. If Julie is gone, someone else steps in and sends the Good Morning to everyone. It's a simple thing but it puts a smile on your face to see that every morning.


All non-ELT, Leadership, Directors, Managers and ITLs

Nominated by: Joanne Hoger

I'd like a shout-out to the "worker-bees" who never get the slightest bit of recognition because they don't have a voice, but work hard every day to make the company successful.


Amy Kindl

Nominated by: Kristin Myer

Amy did a great job this year leading the QHP filing process and making sure everything got completed on time.


GM Group Technician Team - Jennifer Winston, Nedra Draper, Anna Garcia

Nominated by: Cristina Renteria

A great group to work with. I'm fortunate to work with such hard working people, they are accountable and maintain professionalism. We see all Delta Dental of Illinois employees as our fellow team members and work together to help accomplish interdepartmental requests. You guys are my little work family and I want you to know I appreciate you all for your good work ethic, support and just being you.


Leslie Tyson

Nominated by: Kathy Nelson

I love having Leslie on my team! 4th quarter is always challenging and Leslie gets the job done and with a smile!! Thank you for all you do!


Vanessa Wilczak

Nominated by: Sara Scalise

Great job making Companywide Customer Service Week successful Vanessa! It's a challenge to find a gift that's new and unique and you did it! It's been great fun checking in with co-workers via Zoom and sharing bits of our lives and furry friends. A lot of time and creativity goes into making this happen. I appreciate you taking on the load this year!


Derek Matuszewski and Tim Schalk

Nominated by: Beth Tortorici

I appreciate Derek and Tim's patience, expertise and prompt resolution. They are always very responsive and helpful!


Nikki Gist

Nominated by: Natalie Burns

Nikki is always willing to assist and respond quickly when asking questions when needed. Thank You.


Sara Scalise

Nominated by: Natalie Burns

I was currently out of work for two weeks and the entire process of working with HR and working with DD as a whole was a great success. Sara is very easy to work with and is very in detail of what needs to be done. :)  Thank you Sara.


David Castillo

Nominated by: Natalie Burns

I wanted to nominate David with being a good support team. Since we have been working remote he has been available to answer any questions or if we need help he always got us the answers we needed. 


Cristina Renteria

Nominated by: Jennifer Winston

Cristina is always approachable and patient and willing to help. She goes the extra mile to help you learn something rather then just get you through it.


Pauline Smith

Nominated by: Pam Woolsey

We have started our Delta Dental of Illinois Directory Accuracy Project and Pauline has done a great job of giving everyone in PR and PS a detailed outline to follow. She has made the outline very thorough, so that we all know what our jobs are to complete this and the timeline we have to finish it.


Amanda Meola, Kinderline Lake, Nura Ashour, Karen Green and Esmeralda Sifuentes

Nominated by: Dawn Ritter

A big shout out to this group of CER's that have taken on the task of Virtual Peer Mentors. Without them our new CER's would not gain the confidence needed to assist our members and providers. Thank you!


Andrew Caniglia

Nominated by: Jeanie McLaughlin

Thank you for always being willing to lend a hand. No one ever has to think twice about asking for your assistance because it's known you will do a good job with whatever comes your way.


Tracy Enders, Nura Ashour, Virginia Olson, Kathy Horan, Ebonee Frazier and Andrea Holmes

Nominated by: Nikki Gist

A big "Thank you" to these ladies for being great peers when it comes to helping others throughout the day! 


Jess Vavra

Nominated by: Lyndsay Bradshaw

I want to give a shout out to Jess. She always steps up and does what is needed to complete projects and get the information I need to promote our various Foundation programs. She is a pleasure to work with and exemplifies collaboration, respect and integrity. Thank you, Jess, for everything you do and for making my job easier! :)


Cristina Renteria

Nominated by: Nedra Draper

Crissy is the definition a team player. She is always willing to help even when her own workload is heavy. What's more, she does it with a smile. I couldn't ask for a better coworker.


Ann Marie Walker

Nominated by: Lora Vitek

AMW is a great colleague and demonstrates her commitment to the Enterprise daily! Frankly, I do not know how she does it. She does her job (above and beyond her job) and is always there to support others – both professionally and personally. She does not work hard for recognition or accolades – she does it because the has a phenomenal work ethic, it self-directed and motivated. She takes the time to call other team members to check on them. She always participates and does it with intent and thought. AMW is a strong female – she is a great leader and great example to all employees in then Enterprise. Cheers to you Ann Marie for the difference you make to the Enterprise!!


Kevin Stolz

Nominated by: Andrew Caniglia

I've learned a lot from Kevin, his experience in customer service has been a great asset in servicing our small group clients.


John DeCristofaro

Nominated by: Kristin Myer

John completed his audit requests for the DDPA audit as soon as I sent them out. He was the first done and completed them over a month before they were due. Getting them in early really helps when there are dozens of audit requests that need to be coordinated! Thanks John


Lyndsay Bradshaw

Nominated by: Joanne Hoger

Lyndsay did an amazing, outstanding job coordinating the Zoom meeting. She stayed cool and calm juggling multiple balls in the air. Not an easy job with 192 participants on the call.


Lyndsay Bradshaw

Nominated by: Michelle Govan

Lyndsay did an amazing job making sure the virtual TownHall Zoom was successful. Great work Lyndsay!


Jessica Patterson

Nominated by: Paula Given

She is always willing to help with us "Technically Challenged" Teammates and is always willing to help out whenever she can.


Lyndsay Bradshaw

Nominated by: Rebecca Beardsley

Big cheer to Lyndsay in easily (as seen from our side!) running the Town Hall meeting! I'm also grateful I get to work with her on a daily basis. She maintains a calm demeanor regardless of some of the stressful things that come our way. She is encouraging and places others first. Thank you so much, Lyndsay, for all that you do!


Lyndsay Bradshaw

Nominated by: Ann Marie Walker

I am so lucky to work with Lyndsay! She ALWAYS does whatever it takes to get the job done (and does it with a smile). She makes my job easier every day - there's not enough space to list all the reasons why. She's a rock star! Cheers to you, Lyndsay!


Voice of the Customer Team (Michelle Govan, Cristina Renteria, Chris Moulton, Amy Kindl, Bob Maxwell, Beth Tortorici)

Nominated by: Ann Marie Walker

This team has done a tremendous amount of work. They presented to the Leadership Team today and they all shined! These cross functional teams are so beneficial (shout out to the Product Innovation Team too, which is equally amazing) and I've so enjoyed working with these talented individuals and getting to know all of them better!


Tiffany Campbell

Nominated by: Sara Scalise

I wanted to commend Tiffany for her recent contributions to the Culture and Engagement Team. She was tasked with writing a brief summary of a new program we were launching. She took on the challenge, moved out of her comfort zone and did a great job. Keep stretching yourself Tiffany!


Lisa Dean

Nominated by: Dan Battista

Lisa is an excellent partner. Lisa is hard working, intelligent, and positive. I really enjoy working with Lisa and grateful for her contributions to our organization! Thank you for all that you do!


Monica Wernio

Nominated by: Kathy Nelson

Monica never fails to provide our internal and client requests on a timely, accurate and professional manner. There are times I ask for a contract and certificate and receive from Monica within 5 minutes. Service like that makes us look like rock stars to our clients. Thank you for being awesome Monica!


Ann Marie Walker

Nominated by: Lyndsay Bradshaw

Ann Marie is a great team player and always goes above and beyond in every project she works on! Thank you for all you do!