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November 2, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


Department of Health and Human Services Chooses Employees and Supervisors/Managers of the Year

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Lincoln – Governor Dave Heineman honored 2009 employees and supervisors/managers of the year for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other state agencies in Lincoln in October.

“These outstanding individuals come to work every day ready to make a difference to the people they serve,” said Kerry Winterer, chief executive officer of DHHS. “They exemplify our mission of helping people live better lives.”

The individuals honored, their job title, and the city where they work are listed below:

Employees of the year for the Department of Health and Human Services

Beatrice: Nancy Mayfield, Social Worker, Beatrice State Developmental Center

Bellevue: Diane Blacketer, Accounting Clerk, Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home

Geneva: Betty Reinsch, Youth Security Specialist, Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center

Grand Island: Roxy Shuman, Unit Clerk, Grand Island Veterans' Home

Hastings: Cheri DeLay, Administrative Secretary, Hastings Regional Center

Scott Collier, Security Specialist III, Lincoln Regional Center
Harriet DeLay, Social Service Worker, Children and Family Services
Ruth Grosse, Information Technology Business Systems Analyst, Children and Family Services
Dennis Leschinsky, Health Surveillance Specialist, Public Health
Margaret Van Dyke, Medicaid Nurse Consultant, Medicaid and Long-term Care

Norfolk: Denise Uhing, Human Resources Assistant, Operations

Sonia Diaz, Case Aide, Eastern Service Area
Linda Dorrell, Service Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities

Scottsbluff: LeAnn Laurent, Resource Developer, Western Service Area

Supervisors of the Year

Beatrice: Dr. Dennis Pestal, Dentist, Beatrice State Developmental Center

Hastings: Jim Schuyler, Facility Maintenance Supervisor, Hastings Regional Center

Pam Cade, Office Manager, Medicaid and Long-term Care
Michael Grutsch, Health Facilities Program Manager, Public Health
Don Severance, Disability Services Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities
Linsey Yokley, Administrative Assistant, Operations

Kristi McDowell, Staff Assistant, Central Service Area
Kenneth Robinson, Youth Security Specialist, Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center

Deb Becker, Activity Supervisor, Norfolk Veterans' Home
Elaine Hafferty, Certified Master Social Worker Supervisor, Norfolk Regional Center

North Platte:
Mary K. Becker, Child Support Supervisor, Children and Family Services

Omaha: Diane Martig, Children and Family Services Supervisor, Eastern Service Area

O’Neill: Melodee Drenkow, Social Service Supervisor, Northern Service Area

Scottsbluff: Norberta Murillo, Food Service Supervisor, Western Nebraska Veterans' Home