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Everyday Hero Ken Quintana

August 24, 2012

Ken Quintana
Emergency Management Coordinator
Environmental Health Services

Ken was nominated by Robyn Knappe, a student in the School of Social Work and a training manager for Colorado Office of Emergency Management, for an Everyday Hero Award.

Ken has been working in his present position for two years and has been at CSU for 20 years. Ken came to CSU on an athletic scholarship in track and field cross country. He earned his undergraduate degree at CSU, and has been here ever since.

Robyn nominated Ken for an Everyday Hero Award because he is, “a champion and a team player.” Ken got a call the Sunday after the High Park fire started from incident command asking for help. Robyn describes some of Ken’s involvement in these efforts, “With clear guidance, support and leadership from the college president, Tony Frank, Ken Quintana worked tirelessly to provide housing, meals and supplies to community members who needed help as a result of the High Park fire.” Ken worked 20 days straight and more than 211 hours the days following the fire. He found housing for firefighters and other personnel and has, “also been part of the disaster recovery center process,” Robyn states.

Ken is very involved at CSU as co-chair of the University Special Events Advisory Group, Housing Safety Core, Physical Safety Subcommittee and a member of the Public Safety Team.

Enjoys photography, university

When Ken is not working, he enjoys photography. He has taken pictures wildlife, landscape, for friends' weddings and recently took his son’s senior pictures. His oldest son will be graduating from high school this year, and Ken is helping him prepare for college. When asked what he wanted fellow employees to know about himself, Ken states “I really enjoy my job and the university.” When Ken was asked what he thought about being nominated for the Everyday Hero Award he said, “I am honored. I do what I do, because I enjoy my job.” Ken also said that his voice and face may be the one that everyone is hearing and seeing but there are 100 others that are also helping, and he wants them to be recognized also. Ken said he has collected the thank yous that he has received related to the High Park fire and will be sharing those with all the others that have been helping.

Want to recognize a colleague?

Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition, a co-worker who makes the workplace better or someone who just “made your day?”

Everyday Hero is a special recognition program sponsored by the Classified Personnel Council for recognizing outstanding employees within the CSU community.

All Colorado State University state classified staff, administrative professionals, and faculty members are eligible to receive the award.

Contact: Diane Hellbusch
Phone: (970) 980-6490