Employee of the Year 2021 Winners

FEDERAL EXECUTIVE BOARD AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Chicago Federal Executive Board Announces 2021 Award Winners
Contact: 312-353-6790 / ChicagoFEB@gsa.gov

CHICAGO – Monday, May 3, 2021

The Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB) is pleased to announce the winners of the 64th Annual Federal Employee of the Year Awards.  Our annual awards program pulls from over 170 federal offices and agencies and nearly 50,000 federal employees.

The FEB awards represent the broad spectrum of roles and highlight the diversity of public service in our region. This year the FEB honors the innovation of those implementing green energy technologies and telework practices, the dedication of immigration personnel, the heart of health care professionals and the overall ingenuity of our workforce in response to a global pandemic,  

Winners were selected by a panel of judges composed of local agency directors who did not have nominees in the category they reviewed. The judges identified employees and teams who stood out for their extraordinary service to the public. In total, the FEB will celebrate over 300 nominees in 5 categories who had the greatest impact in the region.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and to all the nominees.

2021 EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

Career Achievement
Larry G. Smith, Director of the Center for Materiel Resources, the Social Security Administration

Citizens Services Employee / Team
Midwest Interagency Economic Mobility Workgroup, from the Administration for Children and Families and Health and Human Services 

Team Members:
Angela Green, Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services
Erica Fleischer, Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services
Rose Zibert, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Lori Harris, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Ray Prendergast, Food and Nutrition Services, Department of of Agriculture
Vista Fletcher, Food and Nutrition Services, Department of of Agriculture
Melissa Cundari, Food and Nutrition Services, Department of of Agriculture
Gena Miller, Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services
Karen Beckerman, Administration for Children and Families, Health and Human Services
Erica Kain, Food and Nutrition Services, Department of of Agriculture

Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Team
Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customer Service Unit

John F. Kennedy Leadership
Lynette J. Taylor, RN, Veterans Health Administration 

Management Excellence
Julio Lara, Director of the Division of Reactor Projects from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Recognizing:
Champions of COVID-19 Response (non-competitive)
Joseph Brice, District Manager, Social Security Administration
Robert Calloway, CSR Team Lead, Social Security Administration
Kim Donham, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Science, Department of Energy
Lori Harmon, District Manager, Social Security Administration
Jill Lindquist, Client Delivery Team Manager, General Services Administration
Anna McBarron, Assistant Director, Chicago Regional Benefits Office, Department of Veterans Affairs
Kimberly Nuet, District Manager, Social Security Administration
Adam Peeples, Special Agent, US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security
Rosalyn Roman, Sector Advisor, US Military Entrance Processing Command
Zachary P. Schwartz, Operations Research Analyst, US Military Entrance Processing Command
Brad Short, Industrial Hygienist, General Services Administration
Bill Weissinger, District Director, Office of Human and Animal Foods, Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services

Area 7 Automation COVID Response Team, Social Security Administration
Center for Human Resources (CHR) Operations (Staffing) Team, Social Security Administration
Chicago North Area Office, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Department of Labor
Chicago Regional Census Center Team, United States Census Bureau
Chicago Quarantine Station Team, Centers for Disease Control, Health and Human Services
Cooperative State Programs (CSP) Unit, Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Department of Labor
DPB Section Chiefs, Social Security Administration
FEMA Region V REPP Team, Department of Homeland Security
FEMA Integration Teams (FIT), Region 5, Department of Homeland Security
Gary Indiana District Office Employees, Social Security Administration
HRSA Region V Team, Health Resources and Services Administration, Health and Human Services
Payroll and Benefits Staff, Social Security Administration
PSC OD4 Mailroom Team, Social Security Administration
Region 5 Champion of COVID19 Team, Environmental Protection Agency
Special Enrollment Team, Social Security Administration
Virtual Training Transformation Team, Social Security Administration

Click here for a full list of this years’ finalists

Click here for a full list of this years’ nominees

BACKGROUND:

Federal Executive Boards coordinate programs between federal agencies outside the beltway. Through the combined efforts of our regional senior federal leadership, we:

Provide communication during emergencies,
Foster collaboration among Federal agencies, state, and local governments
Connect to our community through outreach projects
Develop local training and workplace solutions for our workforce, including mediation
Facilitate large interagency projects

 

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