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May 6, 2013
Jeff Smith, Administrator, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (402) 595-2180 or
Audrey Hester, Administrative Assistant, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home, (402) 591-4954 or
Bill Wiley, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-6585 or
Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home Recognizes Outstanding Employees
Bellevue - The Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (ENVH) recently held its fifth annual Employee Recognition Celebration.  Receiving Employee of the Year award was Joni Kraemer, Infrastructure Support Technician, while Lisa Britt, RN, received Supervisor of the Year award.  The Safety Committee, consisting of Rudy Avila, Eva Bashus, Tom Blacketer, Cindy Book, Dawnette Bredberg, Lisa Britt, Vicki Fricke, Perry Kudlacek, Loretta McCrimon, Sean Patrick, Taryn Struthers, Paul Thober and Jeanie Winter, received Team of the Year award.
Staff recognized included Beth Huskey and Lillian Wesemann for 25 years service; Joni Kraemer for 15 years service and Kari Marr for 10 years service.  Employees recognized for five years service included Yinka Akeredolu, Kristie Correll, Dennis Fickel, Mila Frazier, Pam Hall, Audrey Hester, Nancy Meissner-Comstock, Jeanne Miller, Sean Patrick, Sarah Ryan, Sara Stalzer, Carolyn Stuczynski, Bonnie VanGrinsven and Gary White.  These service awards total 145 years of combined service to the State of Nebraska.
“ENVH is a great place thanks to the commitment and dedication of these staff who provide ‘Service with Excellence’ in so many ways,” said Jeff Smith, ENVH administrator.  “These outstanding individuals exemplify our mission of ‘Taking Care of America’s Heroes.’” 
Following the employee recognition ceremony refreshments were served to staff and members.
Located in Bellevue, the ENVH is one of four Veterans’ Homes administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Other Veterans’ Homes are located in Grand Island, Norfolk and Scottsbluff. For more information about the DHHS Division of Veterans’ Homes, go to


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Click thumbnail for high-resolution image.Joni Kraemer, Infrastructure Support Technician, ENVH Employee of the Year



Click thumbnail for high-resolution image.Lisa Britt, RN, ENVH Supervisor of the Year




Click thumbnail for high-resolution image.ENVH Team of the Year - Safety Team (L to R): Dawnette Bredberg, Tom Blacketer, Taryn Struthers, Sean Patrick, Lisa Britt, Rudy Avila, Loretta McCrimon, Vicki Fricke, Cindy Book, Jeanie Winter (not pictured Paul Thober, Eva Bashus)