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Our Civil Service award winners Karie Reishus (Left) and Debra Peterson (Right). Photo by Alejandro Morales/USFWS.

Our Civil Service award winners Karie Reishus (left) and Debra Peterson (right). Photo by Alejandro Morales/USFWS.

Service Celebrates Civil Servants of the Year

Minnesota can produce amazing and breath taking scenes. What you probably didn't know is that Minnesota also produces and celebrates amazing federal employees! The Federal Executive Board celebrated the 38th annual Civil Servant of the Year award ceremony downtown St. Paul on May 8, 2015. Many different federal agencies celebrated and recognized their employees for their hard work, exceptional performance and dedication to serving the American people! Three Fish and Wildlife employees were recognized at the Civil Servant Award Ceremony.

Our first award recipient, Karie Reishus has worked with a Fortune 500 company and gained valuable financial analytical experience which now supports our External Affairs and Science Application programs. Karie’s knowledge of business and finance has made it possible for our communication specialists and leading scientists to do their jobs knowing that their budgets, costs and finances are in trusted hands; earning her a Civil Servant of the year award!

Debra Peterson is the second winner this year. Debra provides exceptional leadership for a suite of complex Ecological Service administrative challenges and processes. Debra has helped her program process tens of millions in grants and reimbursable agreements. If those numbers don’t sound impressive enough, Debra has also provided assistance with field office administrative tasks while remaining positive and helpful!

Our third recognized employee this year did not receive a Civil Servant award but was recognized as a successful participant of the Federal Outreach Leadership Development Program for 2014-15. Donna Zanger, was accepted into the leadership program for her ability to learn and adapt to new opportunities presented in her line of duty.

"The reason why I applied for this program is because I wanted to learn more about mentoring and coaching," says Donna Zanger. "I worked with a mentor and a coach to develop skills and techniques on how I can help others in my program, agency and my community." 

Donna works in the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and manages fiscal support and administration of grants. She works with grants provided for Minnesota and Missouri along with non-traditional grants such as Tribal Wildlife Grants, Landscape Conservation Cooperative Grants and Migratory Bird Grants. Donna is a part of a team of Fiscal Specialists that manage grants throughout the Midwest Region.

Congratulations to Karie, Debra and Donna. We are proud of you and your commitment to working for the American people.

By Alejandro Morales
Regional Office - External Affairs

Leadership and Outreach Graduate Donna Zanger. Photo by Alejandro Morales/USFWS.

Leadership and Outreach Graduate Donna Zanger. Photo by Alejandro Morales/USFWS.


 

Last updated: June 5, 2015