All of the Federal Employee of the Year Award nominees help make our Federal Family proud. The following winners represent a high caliber of top performers that are committed to public service.
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CAT 1: Outstanding Law Enforcement Team
Moreno-Medrano Investigative Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Moreno-Medrano team led by Special Agent Brian Etchell worked over three years and employed advance investigative techniques to collect evidence that resulted in indictment and conviction of eight individuals on numerous counts of wire fraud, extortion and bribery. The case required travel out-of state, the monitoring of multiple phone lines for 16 hours a day (including weekends and holidays), the transcription or summarization of over 4,000 recordings, and numerous other arduous tasks.
CAT 2: Outstanding Public Service Team
O’Hare Airport Expansion Team, Federal Aviation Administration
The team lead for the O’Hare Expansion Team is Christina Drouet and includes staff from most of the technical and operating disciplines within the FAA, plus many support organizations. It is deserving of recognition because it has set the standard within government for interdisciplinary teamwork. The team and its accomplishments are the benchmark within the Agency as to how to work together to perform and execute a large and complex project.
CAT 3: Outstanding Safety Team
Safety and Office of Information Technology Team, Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center
Safety and the Office of Information Technology (OI&T) Team led by Chris Beattie developed the Workplace Accident Prevention Report (WAPR) as a web-based platform to expedite “Near Miss Reporting” in real time. The team used creativity and innovation to improve work processes by leveraging web-based platforms to increase and improve communication, accountability, as well the accuracy of data reported by the hospital customers directly. This effort aimed to reduce Lost Time Workman Compensation Claims by reducing unsafe conditions prior to someone being injured.
CAT 4: Outstanding Administrative/Clerical Support Employee
Sondra Moore, U.S. Postal Service
Sondra has been dedicated to the Postal Service for over 51 years. Serving as a Mail Classification Clerk in the Business Mail Entry Unit, Sondra helps and supports our business customers of approximately 470 million dollars in postal revenue. Sondra balances perfect attendance at work and completing her education at Roosevelt University
CAT 5: Outstanding Community Service Employee
Ruthie Maldonado-Delwiche, Railroad Retirement Board
Ruthie has been instrumental in volunteering her time to support such organizations as Junior Achievement where she has served as a consultant for over 20 years. She also volunteers with The WE CARE Role Model program, Humboldt Park Community Services, The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Chicago Federal Executive Board Community Service Committee. In addition, Ruthie actively participates, inspires, educates and assists fellow employees and members of the community through Railroad Retirement Board Limited English Proficiency and the Workplace Diversity Committees.
CAT 6: Outstanding Professional Employee
Geoffrey Malia, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest
Geoff is a Registered Architect (RA) in the state of Illinois, maintains a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in Building Design & Construction. Geoff serves as both community planner in current and long range installation planning issues, and programmer/planner where he develops large scale programs such as the demolition program which extends several years, to individual Military Construction Program projects that range from current program year to five to ten years out.
CAT 7: Outstanding Program Specialist Employee
Magdelena Dodevska, Social Security Administration
Magdalena is originally from Macedonia and has served with the Social Security administration for 5 years. She was promoted to Claims Representative after 2 years from being hired a testament to her potential and leadership abilities. Magdalena has provided essential input in the document translation processes within her organization and reduced review times from 3 months to 2 days.
CAT 8: Outstanding Public Contact Employee
Gregory Beach, Social Security Administration
Gregory is a Post-Entitlement Technical Expert with the Social Security Administration. He is a team builder that effectively draws strength from all team members, managers, peers and technicians. His dedication to providing top-notch training to his team has increase benefit authorization accuracy from 83% to over 90%.
CAT 9: Outstanding Supervisory Employee
Les Theilbar, Naval Station Great Lakes
Les directly supervises 21 personnel across four different work centers. He embodies the Navy Core Values of honor, courage, and commitment. Les is the Great Lakes administrative subject matter expert and provides informed and well thought-out guidance for all Naval Station Great Lakes decision making processes. His drive for excellence and infectious enthusiasm had a significant, positive impact on his staff, as well as the 75 military and 600 civilian personnel at Naval Station Great Lakes.
CAT 10: Outstanding Technical/Program Support Employee
Theodore Somers, Social Security Administration
Ted serves as the Social Security Administration, Office of Quality Review, Chicago Field Site Director’s advisor in all matters related to quality review of payments to the American Public. He is the National Coordinator for software that is used to derive accurate task times for all Quality Review field sites and is the leader of a national workgroup created to refine task times and validate workloads. Ted is a valuable member of the Social Security Administration and focused on ensuring the agency meets its mission.
CAT 11: Outstanding Trades and Crafts Employee
Melvin McLaurin, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Melvin is the Chicago District’s only fully qualified and licensed crane operator. As key member of the Chicago District Operations crew (person in charge of the Calumet Stone Dock stone loading operation) operated the Manitowoc 3900W Series 2 crane supporting the Detroit District Crane Barge Manitowoc in successfully completing the in-house repair of the mile long Calumet Harbor detached breakwater – a 9-year, $15M effort. Melvin McLaurin is an extremely dedicated worker and a key member of the Chicago District.
CAT 12: JFK Leadership Excellence Award
Dr. Bruce Roberts, Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center
In 2004, Doctor Bruce Roberts accepted the position as Chief of Hines Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), the position had been vacant for a year. Through Dr. Roberts’ leadership, the Service Line has become a premier system of Mental Health care delivery that has received several accomplishments including leading all VA Medical Centers in use of tele-health visits for Veteran’s not living in close proximity to the care facility. Dr. Roberts’ leadership has had a profound, positive, and sustained impact on the Veterans we serve, the community, and his co-workers. An ethos of “what is best for the Veteran” infuses everything he does.
CAT 13: Agency of the Year
Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center
HCHV staff members are committed to the Veterans they serve and often go above and beyond for their clients. The accomplishments and ongoing efforts of Hines HCHV program significantly benefit the American public. For example the Hines Health Care for Homeless Veterans staff responded to 598 National Homeless Hotline calls in FY13. HCHV has been issued 375 HUD-VASH housing vouchers, 325 of which are currently in use by housed Veterans.