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Staff Stories

Meet some of the extraordinary people who work at Cornell.

Like our students, Cornell's staff and faculty come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, bringing skills and experience that make our workplace truly remarkable. Check out the articles below, or listen to Cornell's own Inclusive Excellence Podcast for lively and insightful conversations with employees across the university.


Mikaela Frost posing in hallway

Mikaela Frost 

Meet Mikaela Frost, licensed vet tech at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and learn about her work to help create an innovative internship program for LVTs.

Meet Mikaela

Maggie Jones smiling, Cornell dairy facility interior background

Maggie Jones '19

Maggie worked in Cornell Dining as a student; now she's returned to the university as an administrative coordinator, working to create a positive environment where students and staff know they belong.  

Meet Maggie

Cheyenne Scholl posing in Schurman Hall interior

Cheyanne Scholl

A tragic loss led to a life-changing commitment. Meet the founder of Cornell's "Out of the Darkness Walk."

Meet Cheyanne

Emily Jensen smiling, ILR interior red wall

Emily Jensen

As a person with disabilities, Emily was met with many "nos" and "you'll nevers" as she pursued a career. That changed when she came to work at Cornell.

Meet Emily

Devan Carrington at an indoor Cornell sports event

Devan Carrington

Having mentors as a first-generation college student helped Devan to pursue his dreams despite challenges, and find purpose in a career where he enriches the experiences of student-athletes.

Meet Devan

The three Cornell ombuds posed in front of old building

Meet the Ombuds

Learn about this free, confidential resource that provides a safe space to address conflicts or other issues affecting work, life, or study at Cornell.

Meet the Ombuds
Andrea Haenlin-Mott

Andrea Haenlin-Mott

ADA Coordinator for Facilities and Campus Services at Cornell, Andrea shares her perspective on creating a disability-inclusive workplace.

Meet Andrea

Jada Hamilton on stairwell

Jada Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton's experience as a Navy veteran informs her work caring for student wellbeing at Cornell Health.

Meet Jada
Carlos Ribellia seated in front of computer screens in office

Carlos Ribellia

Meet a Navy veteran who keeps Cornell's facilities equipment running smoothly, and how he's building his passion for helping people into a career in HR.

Meet Carlos
Helen Lee in mountains of Tajikistan

Helen Lee

Read about her journey from the corporate world back to Cornell where she works to make a difference for wildlife and conservation.

Meet Helen

Mack & Bran Alves-Morgan

A tumultuous search for a sense of belonging leads a couple to Cornell.

Meet Mack & Bran
Suzanne & Woodg Horning posing outdoors at pumpkin farm

Suzanne & Woodg Horning

How one Cornell staff couple enhances their wellbeing with a hobby they discovered together: birding.

Meet Suzanne & Woodg
cooper sirwatka

Cooper Sirwatka

Long distances, rough terrain and unpredictable environments are elements that Sirwatka thrives in best—whether on race day or in the workplace.

Meet Cooper
Nathan Bandler speaking with woman outside

Nathan Bandler

Despite uncertainty during the pandemic, Bandler was met by a feeling he had hardly experienced from any other employer – security.

Meet Nathan