Announcements & News

July 2014

Heather Harrah-Lea named Employee of the Month

Heather Harrah and President Kopp

Heather Harrah-Lea, DNA Research Analyst, Forensic Science, has been named the Marshall University Employee of the Month for April, according to the Employee of the Month Committee.

Employed since 2005, she was nominated by Judy Fry.

In her nomination Fry said Harrah-Lea began working in the Forensic Center after receiving a B.A. degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a concentration in Biotechnology and Forensics from Marshall, and continued her education, completing a M.S. degree in Physical Science from Marshall as well. “Heather didn’t take the easy route in graduate school but took as many classes as possible which would enable her to be a forensic analyst. During this time she was working full time as a lab tech.”

And, Fry says, “In my opinion she is a top-notch, stellar employee. At the present Heather… Is working on a backlog of sexual assault cases received from various states. Another part of her job is working with our Forensic Science graduate students, training them to work in labs when they graduate. She is teaching an evening class in Forensic Science on the main campus this semester.”

In addition, “Heather is an exceptional employee; she juggles her life around her husband and …toddler twin boys. Her personal life never interferes with her professional career in a negative way. She always has a possible and a can-do attitude. We never hear ‘I can’t do that’ but ‘how can we get it done.’ When it comes to her fellow teammates, she always says positive and never negative comments.”

Harrah-Lea was presented with a certificate and a check for $100 by President Stephen J. Kopp.