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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2016

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

Lincoln – Four Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employees in Scottsbluff and Gering are being recognized as employees and supervisors of the year.
Vincent Moreno, a Developmental Disabilities Service Coordinator, Liz Warburton, a Social Services Worker, Shirley Barlow, the Western Nebraska Veterans’ Home (WNVH) Director of Nursing, and Kelly Case, a Social Services Supervisor were chosen as employees and 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. Vincent, Liz, Shirley, and Kelly exemplify the DHHS mission of helping people live better lives.”
Moreno’s coworkers call him “dependable, genuine, and dedicated to his work.” They say he helps others to “better understand how to look at things from an individual’s perspective.” They say Moreno wants DHHS to be looked at as a model of how to make lives better.
“Productive, accurate, and timely.” Those are just a few of the words used to describe Liz Warburton in her nomination letter. Her coworkers say she inspires those around her to be the best versions of themselves and exemplifies great leadership skills.
Shirley Barlow won supervisor of the year after her coworkers said that she “never loses sight that taking care of people is the main priority.” They say she has a “keen sense of leadership which contributes greatly to the success of the Western Nebraska Veterans’ Home.”
“Kelly (Case) goes above what is expected to help our clients as well as her employees.” Her coworkers say she “is a great manager and she is a great asset to the state of Nebraska.” They go on to say that her “great attitude helps her team accept change better when new procedures are presented to them.”
DHHS’ employees and supervisors of the year, including Hunt and Skidmore 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.