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Distinguished Staff Award: 2018

Kimberly Brandimore

Kimberly Brandimore

Outreach Coordinator, Great Lakes Bay Region, Statewide and Online, Extended and International Operations

Kimberly Brandimore has been with Ferris State University since January 2013 and is known in her office as a one-woman team who “does it all with a smile.” She walks students through every step, making sure all of their questions are answered, and always goes above and beyond her responsibilities. Kim is upbeat and represents Ferris well, planning events such as tailgating at Ferris football games for Great Lakes Bay Region students, which she planned to help off-campus students feel more connected to their college experience. She enjoys helping students get the most out of their educations, supporting them to reach their goals so that they are better equipped to help themselves. Kim is part of multiple local volunteer organizations, representing Ferris and serving the community well. She is a Bulldog, through and through.

Donna Eaton

Donna Eaton

Secretary, Extended and International Operations

Donna Eaton has been employed at Ferris State University for a total of 21 years. She is often the first point of contact students have with Ferris, and she is very enthusiastic and proactive in getting them through the processes of admission and registration. Donna cares about students, works hard to make sure Ferris is always shown in a positive light and is an excellent advocate for the university. Students refer to her as the “go-to” person at Ferris, and she even received a Pat-on-the-Back Award after being nominated by a student for whom she had gone above and beyond. Donna is involved in fundraisers for United Way and volunteers for the Manna Pantry of Big Rapids.

Aleane Taylor

Aleane Taylor

Secretary, Ferris Flint, Ferris Statewide and Online, Extended and International Operations

Aleane Taylor has worked for over 12 years in the Flint location of Ferris State University and does the utmost to represent the university well and serve as a resource to its students, from their first points of inquiry through graduation. She is active as a community volunteer and in church organizations in Flint, and is currently working with her daughter to develop a non-profit organization, "The CHANCE Foundation," which stands for “Change Happens Amazing New Chapters Evolve.” She considers it a true blessing to be a part of the university and especially the Ferris-Flint family. Her favorite part of her work at Ferris is her sense of connection to the Ferris “family” and how everyone in it helps each other. Aleane is the heart and soul of the Ferris-Flint Operation.

Emily Zoet

Emily Zoet

Disbursements Manager, Administration, Finance and Human Resources

Emily Zoet has been employed at Ferris since January 2015 and is part of many committees and campus groups that enhance the university for students and employees. She encourages staff to develop professionally, fosters collaboration between coworkers and creates an uplifting work environment. Emily is a dedicated and hardworking employee whose work for the university demonstrates its core values at every level. Emily looks for the positive in any situation and will always help someone who is having a rough day. Emily loves being part of the Ferris family, and her dedication to the university shines through her work.