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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2016

Melissa Lindell, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-4047,
Lincoln Employees Recognized as DHHS Employees and Supervisors of the Year
October is Nebraska State Employee Recognition Month

Lincoln – Eight Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employees in Lincoln are being recognized as employees and supervisors of the year.
Choo Ng, an IT Business Systems Analyst and Patrick Werner, a Fiscal Project Analyst were recognized as employees of the year. Kris Chiles, a Licensure Program Manager, Lacey Deterding, a Pharmacy Manager at the Lincoln Regional Center (LRC), Mikayla Johnson, a Behavioral Health Program Manager, Sheila Kadoi, an Administrator in Children and Family Services’ Policy section, Patty Runge, an HR Personnel Manager, and Renee Savidge, a Fiscal Program Manager in the State Unit on Aging in Medicaid and Long-Term Care were all recognized as supervisors 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. This group exemplifies the DHHS mission of helping people live better lives.”
Ng’s coworkers say he is a “huge part of the successful operation of the DHHS WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Program. Choo played a key role in the final implementation of the new WIC computer system.” They say he manages to keep his sense of humor no matter what project he’s working on.
“Patrick (Werner) has exemplified the DHHS Core Values and Competencies with his hard work, professionalism and positive attitude.” His coworkers say he has “single handedly developed processes to improve the Indirect Cost Rate Proposal calculation.”
Several supervisors from Lincoln officers were also recognized. Nomination forms for Kris Chiles said that she “goes above and beyond to create harmony among her team and takes the time to show care and concern.” They went on to say that she is “patient with customers and takes the time to answer their questions.”
Lacey Deterding is a Pharmacy Manager at the Lincoln Regional Center. Her coworkers said that she “has worked hard to make a difference not only in the pharmacy but with the working relationship with the nursing staff and the overall patient care.” They went on to say that she “makes it enjoyable to come to work each day.”
Nomination forms for Mikayla Johnson say she has “a positive attitude and her work ethic is outstanding.” Her coworkers also said “she provides positive outcomes for the people she serves in DHHS.”
“Sheila Kadoi has developed a small, inexperienced Children & Family Services Quality Assurance group into an innovative, results-driven 30-person team which has helped CFS reach milestones. She is a leader, innovator, teacher, and intrinsically motivated individual whose focus is on what she can do to help others.” Those are just some of the things that Kadoi’s coworkers said in her nomination forms for supervisor of the year.
Patty Runge’s coworkers say “she has provided insightful guidance and fresh ideas to both management and to those of us she supervises.” They spoke about her great communication skills and how her efforts have helped “enable the success seen in ACCESSNebraska in recent months.”
“Renee Savidge is a wonderful person to work with. She organized the financial management of the State Unit on Aging across the state.” Savidge’s coworkers also said her knowledge of the program “is a tremendous resource to the entire team.”
DHHS’ employees and supervisors of the year, including the above 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.