The Extraordinary Employee program was created to spotlight Virginia Tech employees who are doing great work on the job and in their communities. Many of Virginia Tech's employees are deeply involved in non-profits and philanthropic activities, giving back in countless ways. Their efforts bring Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), to life beyond campus boundaries. Nominate an employee.
Tim Sheppard is a self-proclaimed ordinary guy. But the story others tell is something different. He’s extraordinarily well loved by his friends and colleagues, as well as the dozens of community members he impacts each year.
During her time at Virginia Tech, Lylah Shelor has remained a steady fixture in the Department of Information Technology. During those same 30 years, she’s traveled the country, visiting more than 43 states and improved the lives of hundreds of people she’s never met through her year-round community service initiatives.
Margie E. Lawrence is the kind of person movies are made of. She’s kind, compassionate, caring, hardworking, and successful. She’s proud to be an American and loves sports. She’s turned a job into a successful career, married the love of her life, and raised three boys.
Angela Hayes, who works as the chief of staff for Vice President of Development and University Relations Elizabeth Flanagan, works largely behind the scenes for the university and volunteers her time at football games. Outside work, she mentors young girls and uses her expertise to help the elderly.
Laura Tollin was born deaf and, at 15-years-old, diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease that will leave her paralyzed. The Virginia Tech graduate, who works at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, spends her free-time swimming and enjoys working out, but in recent years, scuba diving has become her passion. Learn more about just how extraordinary Tollin is in the fifth installment of the Extraordinary Employee series.
Assistant Director of Procurement Greg Pratt spends his days buying the goods and services that make it possible for Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff to live, learn, and work in some of the nation’s most well-recognized buildings. He spends his free time running a 300-acre farm in Smyth County where he and his family are active in their church, agricultural, and school communities. Learn more about just how extraordinary Pratt is in the fourth installment of the Extraordinary Employee series.
For nearly a dozen years, Leisa Osborne has helped hundreds of undergraduate students navigate the undergraduate course requirements in the Philosophy department. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of others isn’t something she leaves behind when she leaves campus either. She spends her free time volunteering with the New River Valley Literacy Volunteers.
Helen B. Williams has dedicated her life to serving the community in Amherst County, Va., and in the process, she’s earned the distinction of being the longest serving employee at Virginia Tech, an institution with more than 7,000 employees across the country.
A self-described small-town girl, Lynn Brammer makes a big difference in the lives of everyone she meets. Her mission in life, she says, is to help make her community a better place for people and animals.
During the workday, Brammer works as a small animal medicine technician at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s (VMRCVM) Small Animal Hospital.
Chances are, if you’ve ever attended an event on campus – Anthony S. Watson had something to do with it. Watson, Virginia Tech’s associate director of facilities operations, building trades and grounds, is involved in just about everything that happens on campus.
For more information about the Extraordinary Employee series, contact Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson at 540-231-7643.