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Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces achievement awards to DNR staff 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
December 28, 2010

Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces achievement awards to DNR staff
Staff efforts for Puget Sound recovery, public service, innovation and other initiatives honored

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the names of several employees recently honored for their outstanding efforts to foster the recovery of Puget Sound, promote innovation in the management of public resources, and other key initiatives of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The employee recognition awards program was created this year by Goldmark, who is top administrator of DNR. Goldmark selected the honorees from several dozen nominations made by the agency’s employees and presented certificates of appreciation to them.

“People are the most important resources we have at DNR,” Goldmark said. “I hope these annual awards will give broader recognition to the DNR employees’ making outstanding contributions to protecting public resources, lands and clean water.”

The awards recognize significant efforts in support of DNR’s Strategic Plan 2010-2014.

2010 Commissioner’s Award Winners
The awards announced by Goldmark went to individuals and teams for outstanding contributions in the following areas:

Puget Sound Recovery Award (for exemplary commitment to the restoration of Puget Sound):

  • Recipients: The DNR Aquatic Reserve Planning Unit: Betty Bookheim, Environment Specialist; Michael Grilliot, Hershman Marine Policy Fellow; and Kyle Murphy, Aquatic Reserves Program Manager (Aquatic Resources Division, Olympia).

Safety Award (for dedicated and conscientious commitment to safety that makes an impact on others, including recognizing and resolving unsafe practices and risks):

  • Recipient: Rick Palmer, Natural Resources Specialist I (DNR Pacific Cascade Region, Castle Rock).

Public Service Award (for exceptional dedication and endurance to serving the public with integrity, consistent communication and follow-through to help others):

  • Recipient: Luis Prado, Graphic Designer (DNR Communications & Outreach Group, Olympia).

Innovation Award (for appropriate use of technology, taking pragmatic risks and exhibiting a can-do attitude to address an obstacle and create efficiency, cost savings, and/or reform):

  • Recipients: The Information Technology Infrastructure Team (various locations and divisions):
    Shelley Abbott
    Rodney Andreas
    Ben Brunner
    John Daane
    Anton Damm
    Donna Dheming
    Aaron Doering
    John Green
    Charles Griffin
    Thomas Hoffman
    Happy Jenkins
    Victor Karpovich
    Michael Kell
    Laurie McGinley
    Kristi Seay
    Sherry Sheets
    Vonieta Woodard

Leadership Award (for inspiring others to work together; listening and acting decisively while fostering a positive work environment; showing compassion; and getting things done)

  • Recipients: The Fleet Vision Committee and Support Team (various locations and divisions):
    Randy Acker
    Pam Adams
    Laurie Bergvall
    Deb Chamberlin
    Ray Cheng
    Kay Foldvik
    William Frare
    Mark Fullerton
    Sheri Godat
    Rex Hapala
    Roy Hasuko
    Roy Henderson
    George Jenkins
    Albert Kassel
    Brad Littlefield
    Alex Nagygyor
    Dan Reichel
    Brian Richardson
    Jane Seymore
    Todd Welker
    Jim Morgan
    Dave Wischer

About DNR
DNR manages about 3 million acres of state-owned trust lands for revenue to trust beneficiaries including public schools, universities and public services in several counties. The agency also manages about 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, including the bedlands under Puget Sound. Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.

The direct link to Strategic Plan 2010-2014: The Goldmark Agenda is http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_strategic_plan_2010_goldmark_agenda.pdf

Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, Bob.Redling@dnr.wa.gov


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