2013 Midwest Regional Director’s Employee Excellence Awards
By Joanna Gilkeson
On April 25, the Midwest Regional Director’s Employee Excellence Awards honored eight individuals or teams who have shown exemplary dedication to the Midwest Region’s commitment to conservation.
An employee’s commitment to conservation can be shown in many ways including, communication and outreach, customer service, teamwork, or science excellence. More than 100 were nominated for excellence awards this year, including several from outside the Midwest Region and the Service.
As the ceremony came to a conclusion, Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius reiterated the key role our employees play in making the Service’s mission of conservation a success, “The reality is that we and our partners in conservation face a number of daunting challenges, that’s why we are celebrating the theme ‘One Service: Our Commitment to Conservation Excellence’.”
He added, “We have every confidence that our region’s exceptional workforce will continue to be equal to the challenges we face.”
Regional Director Melius and Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley hosted the ceremony. Click below to view the program.
Winners from the 2013 Midwest Regional Director’s
Employee Excellence Awards pictured here:
Tiffany Breske, Regional Office Contracting, is the winner of the Internal Customer Service Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Lori Nordstrom, Regional Office Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, is the winner of the Fostering Partnerships Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Dave Wedan, La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, accepted the Safety Improvement Award on behalf of the Motorboat Operator and Certification Course Team. Team members include: Bridget Olson, James Criger, Lori Criger, Chris Gagnon, Nikolas Rewald, Deborah Winkler, Duane King, Robert Clevenstine, Gary Lindsay, Randal Lilla, Wendy Woyczik, Philip Colsch, Clyde Male, Dave Wedan, Scott Koproski, Adam Kowalski, Philip “Brad” Rogers, Jeff Stewart, Jeff Finley, Daniel Kumlin, Daniel Shamhart, Kevin Butterfield, Gary Haiss, Dave Keffer, Jason Krebill, Nick Stavroplus, Brian Pember, and Rebecca Neeley.(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Josh Eash, Regional Office Refuges, accepted the Teamwork Award on behalf of the Missouri River Hydrogeomorphic Team. Team members included: Josh Eash, Wayne Nelson-Stastny, Ashley Spratt, Tom Bell, Tom Cox, Mike Olson, Rick Nelson, Glen Salmon, and Gwen White. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Mat Weber, Regional Office Information Resources Technology Management, received the Workplace Improvement Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
The Summer of Paddling 2012 team from the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was honored with the Outreach Excellence Award. Kevin Foerster, Cindy Samples and Cortney Solum represented the 10-state, multi-agency effort. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Dan Wood, Muscatatuck NWR, was recognized as Refuge Biologist of the Year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Suzanne Trapp, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, was honored with the Midwest Region Sense of Wonder Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Becky Lasee, La Crosse Fish Health Center, is the winner of the Science Excellence Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Rod Hansen, Desoto NWR, was recognized as Refuge Law Enforcement Officer of the year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Lisa Meicher, Wisconsin Private Lands Office, was recognized as Refuge Administrative Officer of the Year. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Michael Fodale, Marquette Biological Station, is the winner of the External Customer Service Award. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)