Two longtime UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry staff members – Yan Ying Yao and Ramona Futrell – have been named the 2010 Denise Hancock Memorial Award recipients.
The Department of Orthodontics established this award two years ago to honor the memory of Denise Hancock, a school employee for almost three decades, who served within the department as a dental assistant and then as a patient relations representative. She passed away in 2007.
The award recognizes the dental assistant or former dental assistant still employed within the School of Dentistry who best exemplifies the values Hancock represented: hard work, a sense of fun and loyalty. The award carries a cash prize.
Yao, who works within Clinical Affairs, was recognized for her consistent willingness to help, her calm manner and dedication.
Futrell, who works within the Department of Prosthodontics, was recognized for her concern for patients and loyalty to her department.
The awards were presented April 27.