In Good Company
Christie Mongeau, unit secretary for Kindred Hospital, was voted by her peers as employee of the year for 2012.
Dmitri Sobolev, an assistant professor of biology in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Arts & Sciences, was appointed to the Board of Associate Editors of the Geomicrobiology Journal. Sobolev will review six to eight submitted papers a year about microbiology of iron and nitrogen cycles and the role of archaea in element cycling. Sobolev was granted a five-year appointment to the board.
Les Garcia has joined the University of Houston-Victoria staff as the supervisor of shuttle services. He oversees shuttle transportation to and from the campus and residence halls for university students, faculty and staff and arranges transportation for student extracurricular activities. Garcia formerly was operation manager for Victoria Transit. He graduated in 2005 from UHV with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Joann Olson was hired as an assistant professor in the University of Houston-Victoria School of Education and Human Development. Olson teaches and advises students pursuing a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education. Her primary research focuses on first-generation college students and their transition to the workforce after graduation. Olson previously managed the adjunct faculty at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minn.