bnv.fnr.photogalleries/galleries;galleries=stories;tile=1;pos=top;sz=728x90;ord=

Meet the 2013 Service to America Medal Finalists

Each year, the Partnership for Public Service recognizes the outstanding achievements of dedicated federal workers with the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals.

AUTOPLAY 

The Partnership for Public Service named the winners of its annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies Awards) at an Oct. 3 gala. Click here to read about the nine federal employees and their teams who received 2013 Sammies Awards.

The awards recognize federal employees who went above and beyond in 2012 to help advance "the health, safety and well-being of Americans." This year, 31 feds (including 11 teams) were named finalists in eight categories.

Over the past several months, Federal News Radio spoke with each finalist about their work. In addition, we asked them to answer five questions about themselves.

As you scroll through this photo gallery, click on the names of each finalist to learn more about their accomplishments.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
David Vollman
Call to Service Medal Finalist

Staff Ophthalmologist
Veterans Health Administration
St. Louis, Mo.

Gathered, organized and analyzed data on cataract surgery results to improve medical practices and outcomes for patients.

Listen to our interview with Vollman and read his Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Kenneth Linthicum
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

Director
Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology
Agricultural Research Service
Gainesville, Fla.

Linthicum developed techniques to predict outbreaks of insect-borne illnesses and protect livestock and humans, including military personnel, from debilitating and life-threatening disease.

Listen to our interview with Linthicum and read his Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Dave Broomell
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

Project Manager
Social Security Administration, Chicago Region
Stillwater, Minn.

Broomell developed a number of technology innovations that have improved Social Security's customer service and employee efficiency.

Listen to our interview with Broomell and read his Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Kevin Geiss
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy
Department of the Air Force
Washington, D.C.

Geiss championed the safe use of alternative fuels to ensure energy independence for combat and support missions around the globe and reduced U.S. Air Force fuel and energy consumption, saving more than $1 billion in 2012 alone.

Listen to our interview with Geiss and read his Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Orice Williams Brown
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

Managing Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment
Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C.

Provided Congress with impartial analysis and oversight regarding the nation's financial regulatory system, issuing warnings about potential risks and making recommendations to improve the implementation of new laws and economic recovery programs.

Listen to an interview and read a Q&A with Brown here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Manan Vyas
Call to Service Medal Finalist

Research Engineer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Cleveland, Ohio

Advanced the national goal of developing hypersonic aircraft engines, the last frontier of aeronautics, through innovative testing and scientific analysis.

Listen to an interview and read a Q&A with Vyas here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Mark DeMaria
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

Supervisory Meteorologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Center for Satellite Applications and Research
Fort Collins, Colo.

Pioneered models to better forecast the path and intensity of hurricanes during the past three decades to help communities and first responders prepare for the severe storms, saving countless lives, homes and businesses.

Listen to an interview and read a Q&A with Demaria here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Martha Dorris
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services
General Services Administration
Washington, D.C.

Dorris delivered timely information on federal programs and services and engaged citizens with our government through the use of Web portals, social media, crowdsourcing tools and a powerful search engine.

Listen to our interview and read a Q&A with Dorris here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Daniel Madrzykowski
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

Fire Protection Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Md.

Madrzykowski dramatically improved firefighting practices by conducting and sharing sophisticated research that has saved firefighters' lives and protected property across the nation.

Listen to an interview with and read a Q&A by Madrzykowski here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
William Borucki
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

Space Scientist
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, Calif.

Led the design and operation of NASA's Kepler space mission which discovered Earth-like planets as far as 1200 light years away, adding an impressive capstone on a 50-year career that began with the Apollo program.

Listen to an interview with Borucki and read a Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
David Lavery and the Mars Exploration Team
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

Program Executive for Solar System Exploration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, D.C.

Lavery led the Curiosity rover mission to Mars that is exploring the Red Planet's geology and climate, and assessing whether conditions are favorable for microbial life and future human exploration.

Listen to an interview with Lavery here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Josh Silverman
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

Director
Office of Sustainability Support
Department of Energy
Washington, D.C.

Silverman discovered and led efforts to halt the release of more than one-million tons of the world's most potent greenhouse gas from Energy Department facilities, the equivalent of taking over 200,000 cars off the nation's roads every year.

Silverman recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to our interview and read a Q&A with Silverman here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
J. Todd Weber and the CDC Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis and Other Infections Response Team
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

Chief, Prevention and Response Branch
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Weber and his team quickly identified contaminated medicine as the cause of a major meningitis outbreak in 2012, and led the national public health response, alerting 14,000 potentially exposed patients and providing treatment information to the medical community.

Weber recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to our interview and read a Q&A with Weber here.

In photo, from left, are J. Todd Weber and Michael Craig.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Michelle Colby and the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Vaccine Development Team
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

Branch Chief of Agricultural Defense
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.

Following the loss of millions of farm animals throughout England in 2001, Colby and her team developed a new, safer vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease to protect America's livestock industry and prevent harm to our national economy.

Colby recently appeared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to our interview and read a Q&A with Colby here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Michael Gottesman
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

Deputy Director for Intramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Throughout a four-decade career, Gottesman led seminal studies in the treatment of drug-resistant cancer cells and played an instrumental role in improving the rigor of medical research.

Gottesman recently appeared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to our interview and read a Q&A with Gottesman here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Paul Jablonski
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

Metallurgist
Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
Albany, Ore.

Jablonski revolutionized coronary stent technology by developing a new platinum-chromium alloy that makes the device thinner, more flexible and visible by x-ray.

Jablonski recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to that interview here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Margaret Focarino and Team
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

Commissioner for Patents
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Alexandria, Va.

Focarino led bold reforms that dramatically improved the speed and quality of patent examinations and approvals, helping incentivize new technologies and spur economic growth.

Focarino recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to our interview with her here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Julie Segre, Tara Palmore and Team
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

Senior Investigator (Segre)
and Deputy Hospital Epidemiologist (Palmore)

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Segre, Palmore and team stopped the spread of a deadly hospital-acquired infection through the first-ever use of genome sequencing to identify the source and trace the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, creating a groundbreaking model for the health care industry.

Segre was recently interviewed on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview and read questions she answered about her career in federal service here.

Palmore was recently interviewed on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview here.

In photo, from left, are Julie Segre, David Henderson, Tara Palmore and Kevin Snitkin.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Seamus McElearney and the C-38 Team
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
New York, N.Y.

Seamus McElearney led lengthy undercover investigations that have severely disrupted two of New York's notorious and violent organized crime families.

Listen to our interview with McElearney and read his Q&A here.

In photo, from left, are Seamus McElearney and Russell Castrogiovanni.



(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Charles Addington
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

Associate Director of Field Operations
Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Addington developed and implemented an innovative law enforcement program that reduced the high violent crime rate on four Indian reservations by 35 percent, providing a model for other Native American communities.

Addington recently appeared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Philip Rosenfelt
Career Achievement Medal Finalist

Acting General Counsel
Department of Education
Washington, D.C.

As a federal legal adviser and litigator for more than four decades, Rosenfelt improved education and helped ensure equal access for all students.

Listen to our interview with Linthicum and read his Q&A here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Terence Milholland
Citizen Services Medal Finalist

Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Internal Revenue Service
Washington, D.C.

Milholland overhauled IRS' information technology and tax processing systems, leading to quicker refunds and notices to taxpayers, reduced fraud and better internal management.

Milholland recently appeared on In Depth with Francis Rose. Listen to the interview here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Andrew Rabens
Call to Service Medal Finalist

Special Advisor for Youth Engagement
Bureau of Near East Affairs
Department of State
Washington, D.C.

Led an initiative to engage young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to share ideas and learn about American democracy.

Rabens recently appeared on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview and read a Q&A with Rabens here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Nora Volkow
Science and Environment Medal Finalist

Director
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

Volkow demonstrated that drug addiction is a disease that changes brain function and created new strategies for treating patients with substance abuse issues.

Listen to an interview with Volkow here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
John MacKinnon and the Operation Holitna Team
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

Group Supervisor
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations
Boston, Mass.

MacKinnon and his team rescued more than 160 victims of child pornography and developed new forensic investigatory techniques to track down the predators that abuse them, resulting in over 50 arrests since 2010.

MacKinnon was interviewed recently on Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Listen to the interview here.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Steve Richardson
Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalist

Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mobile, Ala.

Richardson led a team of FBI agents and Alabama police that saved the life of a 5-year-old boy who was kidnapped and held hostage by an armed killer for six terrifying days in an underground bunker.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Harry Haskins and Team
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

Deputy Associate Administrator for Investment
Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.

Haskins revitalized a faltering small business investment program, putting billions of dollars in the hands of entrepreneurs who have created thousands of jobs since 2009.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Claire Votaw
Management Excellence Medal Finalist

Director
Project Services Office
Department of State
Arlington, Va.

Votaw developed a shared IT network for American embassies and federal agencies operating overseas, saving money and reducing duplication.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Cara Christie and the USAID Horn Drought Humanitarian Response Team
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

Disaster Operations Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C.

Christie and her team identified a looming humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa and coordinated a complex U.S. relief effort to help millions of people who faced starvation and death due to the worst drought in six decades.

In photo, from left, are Kasey Channell, Sureka Khandagle, Anne Shaw and Cara Christie.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Hamid Jafari
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

Medical Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Jafari directed the global initiative that eradicated polio in India and is leading the effort to eliminate this crippling and potentially fatal disease in the final three countries where it persists.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
Erica Keen Thomas and the U.S. Mission to China Air Monitoring Team
National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalist

Environment, Science, Technology and Health Counselor
Department of State
Beijing, China

Thomas and her team collected and publicly shared data that revealed dangerous air pollution levels in Chinese cities, increasing public awareness of the health risks and causing the Chinese government to confront the issue.

(Photo by Sam Kittner/Kittner.com)
After $15M in repairs, Washington Monument Reopens

After $15M in repairs, Washington Monument Reopens

National Park Service reopens iconic monument nearly three years after August...
TSA Hiring Efforts Hit Pizza Boxes, Gas Pumps

TSA Hiring Efforts Hit Pizza Boxes, Gas Pumps

Hungry...and in need of a job? You're in luck if you live in D.C. The Transportation...
American Presidents: Through the Years

American Presidents: Through the Years

Federal News Radio celebrates Presidents Day with a look back at America's 44...
Army budget, tech, workforce issues take center stage

Army budget, tech, workforce issues take center stage

Federal News Radio Defense Reporter Jared Serbu was on-site at the 2013 AUSA...
Click on the image above to see it at its original size.

44 / 35

< >