Gail Wartell of Portland is the recipient of the University of Southern Maine 2012 Distinguished Classified Staff Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement and service to the University by a member of the Classified Staff with five or more years of service to USM.
Wartell, an administrative assistant in USM’s Conferences Department, was recognized for her outstanding administrative skills, ability to adapt to changing environments and, as her colleague Esther Lee-Samia says, “being a real fireball for the University and Classified Staff.”
Wartell received her Certificate in Fine and Applied Art from Montserrat College of Visual Art in 1973. Since coming to USM in 2004, Wartell has enrolled in both American Sign Language and linguistics classes and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Holistic Healthcare from USM Professional and Continuing Education. She is very active in the USM and Southern Maine communities, from hosting her own program for USM’s community radio station, WMPG-FM, volunteering with EqualityMaine, Portland Buy Local and serving as chair of the USM Associated COLT Staff University of Maine.
Wartell is recognized as a dedicated, respected leader who always sees change as an opportunity to learn and grow. During her career at USM, she has demonstrated her excellent customer service skills and administrative achievement, taken on more responsibility within her union chapter and never ceased to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism.
Gail Wartell, USM’s 2012 Distinguished Classified Staff Award Winner