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For Immediate Release
October 27, 2014

Contact Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313,

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Omaha Employees Recognized as
DHHS Employees and Supervisors of the Year;
October is Nebraska State Employee Recognition Month

Lincoln – Three Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employees from Omaha were recently recognized as employees and supervisors of the year.
Kathleen Jankowski, a child and family services specialist, and Angela Weis, a staff and partnership development systems consultant, were recognized as employees of the year.
Deborah Kosmicki, a service coordination supervisor with DHHS’ Division of Developmental Disabilities, was recognized as a supervisor of the year.
October is Nebraska State Employee Recognition Month. State agencies are allowed to select one employee and one supervisor of the year for every 500 people employed by the agency.
The employees will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 28, with a reception at the Capitol Rotunda, a reception at the Governor’s Residence and a DHHS recognition at the Embassy Suites.
“It is a true honor when someone is nominated by their peers for this recognition,” said Kerry Winterer, DHHS CEO. “These employees and supervisors are clearly an inspiration to the people they work with and the people they serve. They are role models for all of us.”
Jankowski works with DHHS’ Children and Family Services Eastern Service Area. She was nominated by her coworkers because she responds to safety situations “with professionalism and grace.” They said her willingness to volunteer to mentor new employees and be part of workgroups makes her “invaluable to her team.”
Weis works with DHHS’ Human Resources and Development. She was nominated by coworkers who said, “regardless of the situation, she conveys a respectful, positive demeanor and optimistic attitude that inspires others.” They also nominated Weis because of her accountability and leadership skills which “enrich the work environment and bring out the best in others.”
Kosmicki’s coworkers nominated her because she “demonstrates the mission and values of the department.” They said, she “genuinely values her team and takes time to get to know them and share in their joys, sorrows, and daily challenges.” 
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