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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2016

Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-4047,
Grand Island Veterans’ Home Employee and Central Service Area Employee Recognized as DHHS Employees of the Year
October is Nebraska State Employee Recognition Month

Lincoln – Grand Island Veterans’ Home (GIVH) employee, Katie Boston and Central Service Area employee, Joy Walkowiak are being recognized as two of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) employees of the year.
October is Nebraska State Employee Recognition Month and state employees whose job performance exceeds the highest standards are recognized.
“These employees and supervisors are an inspiration to all of us and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication,” said Courtney Phillips, DHHS CEO. “It is a true honor for them to be nominated by their peers for this recognition. Katie and Joy exemplify the DHHS mission of helping people live better lives.”
Boston, a social worker at GIVH, was nominated by her coworkers who said that she is committed to meeting the needs and concerns of the members and families at GIVH. They also noted that she “is a very positive person and believes in the GIVH core values and strives every day to follow those values.”
Walkowiak’s coworkers said, “She lives up to her name. She is upbeat and goes about her work of licensing foster homes and conducting home studies with that same joy.” They went on to say that she is always willing to listen, and gives 100% every day.
Boston and Walkowiak will be honored along with all employees and supervisors of the year on Wednesday, November 2 with a ceremony with Gov. Pete Ricketts in the Capitol Rotunda and a reception at the Governor’s Residence.
GIVH is part of DHHS’ Division of Veterans’ Homes which also oversees veterans’ homes in Scottsbluff, Norfolk and Bellevue.