Featured Colleague — Janet McKee


By Laura Knight

Janet McKee, coordinator of benefits in Human Resources, is extra busy right now. It’s the first few days of the two-week open enrollment period for 2014 benefits for full-time employees, and her office is buzzing with calls and visitors. It’s a challenge that this Air Force veteran is apt to take on, and the human resources (HR) leadership team places their confidence in her abilities to ensure that the enrollment period will go smoothly.

“Janet’s management and administrative skills are flawless. Her commitment to excellence and dedication are above reproach. She is a proven leader capable of inspiring and motivating those around her. She thinks clearly and logically, is able to accommodate and correlate a large number of details and aggressively pursues each new challenge accepting nothing less than outstanding results. Her meticulous attention to detail and strict demand for quality make her an invaluable member of our human resources team,” notes Joe Livingston, assistant vice president of Human Resources.

As coordinator of benefits, Janet is primarily responsible for advising employees about their benefit options, processing those benefits choices and assisting management in the HR department.

Last month, Janet was highlighted in the September issue of the “Supervisor Segment” (a monthly email newsletter that is distributed to Valencia’s supervisors) as one of the exemplary employees who upholds the Valencia Value of People by taking care of benefits matters so that employees can focus on what Janet describes as “the business of student learning.”

Janet not only upholds the Valencia Value of People through service, but also through learning.

“What I like best about working at Valencia are the people. I have met and worked with some awesome people. The level of dedication the employees have for their jobs is amazing. Also, I have learned a lot from my supervisor, Laurie Youngman. Her depth of knowledge and compassion toward our employees has taught me some valuable lessons in providing the best service possible.”

Before joining Valencia in 2012, Janet had the opportunity to work in various industries after 24 years in the Air Force – nine years as an active duty officer and 15 years as a reservist – that included positions as an administrative professional for the Seminole County government and office manager for Fugro Earth Data and Wildlife Solutions, a company that assists with humane animal control for residential and commercial customers.

Janet shares that Valencia’s leadership is an inspiration to her as an employee and as a parent. Her son is currently attending Valencia as a business administration major and she says he is “blessed” to have Liz Jusino, career program advising coordinator at East Campus, as his advisor.

“I am not only an employee – I am a parent of a Valencia student. I love that my son has great teachers and receives excellent career advice from his advisor. It gives me a wonderful perspective on how I contribute to the mission by helping the people who have the greatest impact on the students.”

Besides the practical and necessary programmatic operations (like benefits coordination) that happen each day at the College, Janet also applauds Valencia’s appreciation for the arts. She recently attended a performance of “Chicago,” at the East Campus Performing Arts Center that was directed by John DiDonna, professor of theater.

“I think of Valencia as a huge asset to the community. Not only do we provide an education tailored to the needs of our community, we also enrich the community through the arts. I truly enjoyed the production and the talent,” she shares.

So what’s next for Janet?

“Right now we are in open enrollment, so for the next two weeks I look forward to helping employees navigate the benefit selection process,” she says steadfastly.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, currently known as Virginia Tech.

Know of someone doing great work at the college? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu so he or she can be one of our featured colleagues!


  • Aleshia said:

    Hi Janet, thank you for being an amazing team player. It's an awesome wonder having you on our team. It's always a pleasure serving with you – especially when things are at it's peak such as now – open enrollment. 🙂

    Take care and enjoy. Aleshia

    AMWed, 23 Oct 2013 08:11:58 +0000Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:11:58 +0000am13,8:11 am

  • Deborah Xavier said:



    Deborah X

    PMTue, 08 Jul 2014 14:13:25 +0000Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:13:25 +0000pm14,2:13 pm

  • Joy Ford said:

    Hello, are the flu shots free for adjunct professors? Individual insurance is so expensive now that I don't have any. I contribute to a Christian Sharing organization, who will help with catastrophic needs; but for something like flu shots or office visits or mammograms, everything is my cash.

    AMWed, 16 Sep 2015 09:41:12 +0000Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:41:12 +0000am15,9:41 am

    • Laurie Youngman said:

      Yes, the college will pay the cost for full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty to get the flu shot onsite through the mini-fairs we will hold September 24-October 1, 2015. No appointment is necessary.

      AMThu, 17 Sep 2015 07:43:56 +0000Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:43:56 +0000am15,7:43 am

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