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Employee Spotlight - Josephine Coquia

Josephine Coquia
Josephine Coquia

Congratulations to our first recipient of the Staff Recognition Award - Josephine Coquia!

The award winner is an employee who goes above and beyond in displaying exceptional customer service, team work, performance and innovation.

Josephine Coquia was selected from an outstanding group of nominated staff within the department based on her exceptional contributions to her team and the department.

Josephine is a team member in the Microbiology Division at UCI Health. She has gone above and beyond her normal duties by consistently finishing her bench duties and providing assistance for her team members who need help. But her efforts don't stop there, she not only monitors for help in Bacteriology, but also in Serology and CPA. She is able to anticipate where she is needed before being asked. She is always cheerful and willing to pitch in wherever she is needed. Her sunny demeanor encourages a positive atmosphere in the laboratory and a productive, supportive environment for her fellow team members.

To get to know Josephine, we asked her a few questions.

Q. What is your job title and how long have you worked here at the Department of Pathology?
I was a student here for the CLS Training Program back in 2009-2010. After I graduated the program, I was offered my first position here as a CLS in Microbiology. Nine years and counting!

Q. What is a trait/skill/talent that you like most about yourself?
One trait that I like most about myself is having a positive outlook on life. I like being an optimist! It never hurts your eyes to look on the bright side :-)

Josie and Tara Josie and Neil

Q. If you could pick a new skill in an instant, what would it be?
I would love to learn a new language. I would really like to learn how to speak Tagalog, which is my parents' native language, or French.

Q. What's your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory was growing up in Japan. I was a "Navy Brat" and I enjoyed moving all over the world.

Q. What do you enjoy doing most when you have free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Q. Who had the most influence on you growing up?
My older sister

Q. What are two things on your bucket list?
1) Make a trip to every continent (so far I only have two left!) and 2) Retire young

Q. What was the most incredible exotic place you've ever traveled to?

Q. What's your favorite sports team?
LA Chargers

Q. Have you ever met anybody famous?
The Pope

We want to wish Josephine a hearty congratulation on receiving the staff recognition award. She truly deserves the award because of her cheerful and positive attitude that she brings to the lab every day.


Josie and the Lab


To nominate a co-worker for the next quarter's lottery, download the nomination form and check back in July for the next submission deadline date.

Any staff member who has been employed at least 90 days and has not been selected in the previous quarter.

What QUALITIES should the employee show?
An employee who goes above and beyond in displaying the following values and actions: customer service, team work, performance, and innovation.

Any staff member can self-nominate and/or nominate another employee by filling out the form.

How will the employee be RECOGNIZED?
A $75 gift card to the successful nominee and a feature in the Employee Spotlight on the Dept. of Pathology website.

Who will make the DECISION?
A committee team of employees (Staff Ambassadors) and Carol Eade-Viele will select the best examples of our values, put the names into a lottery, and one name will be picked randomly.