For Immediate Release - March 20, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK RECOGNIZES STATE EMPLOYEES FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE

BOSTON - Friday, March 20, 2009 - Today at the State House, Governor Deval Patrick recognized 13 state employee groups and individuals for their outstanding dedicated public service in 2008.

The awards given through the state's Performance Recognition Program include the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service, the Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Mentoring Award.

"I commend these individuals for their outstanding service and commitment to innovation," said Governor Patrick. "Their hard work allows us to provide the support and services our citizens and businesses rely on."

Additionally, 321 employees were recipients of the Citation for Outstanding Performance. Citation winners were recognized within their agencies statewide.

"These employees have gone far above and beyond the call of duty," said Secretary Kirwan, who also participated in the ceremony. "Their dedication and commitment helps us make state government responsive to the needs of the people we serve."

MANUEL CARBALLO GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE

The Manuel Carballo Governor's Award is given annually to ten employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. In 2008, they were:

  • Eric Friedman, Director of Leading by Example, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Eric Friedman oversees the state government-wide effort to make the Commonwealth's agencies "greener" by reducing their environmental impact, decreasing their reliance on fossil fuels and boosting government's use of renewable energy.

  • Vickie Green, Administrative Assistant, Department of Workforce Development

Vickie Green improved methods of recording staff leave time, creating an electronic record and training staff on how to use it. Her work resulted in a net annual savings of $11,023.

  • Pearline Hines, Environmental Health Educator, Department of Public Health

Pearline Hines has been an integral partner with the Roxbury Lupus Project. Ms. Hines has supported the project with outreach activities and by recruiting women from neighborhoods of interest to participate in focus groups about the disease.

  • Sandra Mayrand, Director of the Regional Science Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Sandra Mayrand is a pioneer in K-12 science education reform. Ms. Mayrand has recruited dozens of professional scientists to volunteer in schools, developed highly successful initiatives to engage minority students and continues to provide science teachers with extensive materials, information and, most important, morale.

  • Disaster Recovery Team, Office of the State Comptroller

The six-member Disaster Recovery Team developed and tested a system to allow the state's financial systems to continue to function during a crisis. In February when an important system ceased to function, the Team's system was activated and vendors and human service providers were able to be paid.

  • Streamlining Access to Child Care Team, Department of Early Education & Care and Department of Transitional Assistance

This interagency team of three spearheaded several initiatives to ensure access to child care for at-risk families. Thanks to this streamlining effort, access to child care for homeless families has more than doubled from 700 children in December 2007 to more than 1,700 children in May 2008.

  • Health Care Project Team, Department of Revenue

When Massachusetts enacted landmark health care reform legislation that aimed to provide access to health insurance for all uninsured Massachusetts residents, this 106 member team had to implement a new mandate from scratch. There was a 98.6% compliance rate in the first year; a tribute to the Team's ability to educate taxpayers about the new filing requirement.

  • Northeast Region Bedford Team, Department of Mental Retardation

After the closure of the Fernald Development Center, this 27-member team successfully transitioned eight individuals with mental retardation into a community-based setting. A large part of the success of the Team was the sensitivity, from managers to clinical and direct care staff, exemplified in the residents' accessibility to families, in the careful design of transition plans for residents and in their everyday interactions on behalf of this effort.

  • Park Passport & Box Construction Team, Department of Conservation and Recreation

Inspired by a visitor's "passport idea" to enhance parks education and attendance, six Park Rangers joined together to put this idea into action. The DCR Passport program helps to visually unify the Massachusetts park system with all 76 stamps showcasing the diversity of DCR's properties statewide.

  • Private Passenger Automobile Managed Competition Team, Division of Insurance

Following the decision to introduce gradual competition in the Massachusetts auto insurance market, a group of twelve DOI employees were brought together to bring the goals of managed competition to fruition. The team successfully designed and implemented a regulatory framework for managed competition that provides affordable premiums for good drivers, a competitive rating system and a business environment that attracts new insurers to the state.

EUGENE H. ROONEY, JR. PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

This award highlights human resource development as a planned, continuous effort to provide personal and professional growth opportunities that will enhance employee competency levels. The Rooney Award was given to:

  • Jeff McCue, Director of Human Resources, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

During his long career at Health and Human Services, Jeff McCue has had many accomplishments including: enhancing Human Resource services, improving transactional efficiencies (doing more with less), and providing strategic and innovative HR solutions at the HR Advisory Board.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS WORKFORCE MENTORING AWARD

Recipients of this award play a vital role in preparing the Commonwealth's workforce of tomorrow by serving as a teacher, role model and confidante to either a subordinate or peer in the workplace. Recipients of this award were:

  • Ellie Carey, Chapter 688 Transition Services Coordinator, Department of Mental Retardation

Ellie Carey mentors a young man who came to work in the DMR Field Operations Unit three years ago on a trial placement through the Best Buddies Jobs Program. With Ms. Carey's counsel and guidance this young man has realized his potential and has been able to stay on with the Department long term.

  • Marissa Cutts, Deputy Director of Reentry Services Division, Department of Correction

Marissa Cutts views every phone call, question or inquiry as a "learning opportunity" for herself and others. Ms. Cutts makes a point of setting time aside to share her experience and lead by example in order to help develop future correctional professionals.


###