“There’s something civil servants have that the private sector
doesn’t and that is the duty of loyalty to the greater good –
the duty of loyalty to the collective best interest of all rather
than the interest of a few.”
– David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General
High Quality H2O
Who: Steve Sulprizio
What: Environmental Analyst
Where: Department of Conservation & Recreation
MOSES: Member since 2009.
As an analyst with DCR's Division of Water Supply Protection, Steve Sulprizio conducts water quality sampling of all the tributaries that feed the Wachusett Reservoir. The Wachusett, along with the Quabbin Reservoir, supplies 2.5 million people in and around Boston with drinking water. Steve also tracks stream discharge and snow melt to determine the amount of water that flows into the Wachusett Reservoir on a daily basis.
Who: Vito Cicerone
What: Engineering Aide
Where: Department of Fish & Game
MOSES: Member since 2007.
From boat ramps and fishing piers to canoe access and special event permitting, it is the Office of Fishing & Boating Access that designs, builds and maintains the Commonwealth's more than 275 locations along our coasts, ponds and rivers.
Who: Laura Conlee
What: Black Bear Project Leader
Where: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
MOSES: Member since 2008.
Bear is just one of the 14 furbearer species Laura Conlee monitors for the Commonwealth. On any given day she can be found tracking through the woods, educating a group of school children or helping a town understand why coyotes are in their backyard.
The 30th annual Performance Recognition Program (PRP) awards ceremony was held at the State House this past July. The PRP program honors outstanding performance of Executive Branch and Higher Education employees in building a better Commonwealth.
"I am proud to honor this year's Performance Recognition Program winners and to thank them for their excellence in public service," said Governor Patrick. "As members of the state workforce these individuals make a difference every day to help build a better Commonwealth."
Over 350 state employees representing agencies across the Commonwealth were recognized at the event for excellence in public service. Awardees were chosen based on their demonstration of exceptional accomplishments in areas that include: leadership, innovation, meaningful contributions and commitment to government operations.
Joe Dorant, president of MOSES, shares, "Once again, MOSES members figure prominently in the list of recipients. Excellence in public service is certainly worthy of recognition, but quite frankly, I think every MOSES member qualifies for this accolade."
In addition to the highlights noted below, additional MOSES awardees include DPH's Johanna Vostok for her work as an epidemiologist with the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Hillary Johnson, a member of the Immunization Program MIIS/Vaccine Unit.
Turner Earns Carballo Award
MOSES member Richard "Dick" Turner has been a fixture in environmental circles in Massachusetts for decades. After 65 years of service, he formally retired in late June from his position with MassWildlife. However, he is still frequently found at his former office in the woods of Buzzards' Bay covering the Southeast District, allegedly to clean it out for its next occupant, but in actuality because he still cares about wildlife and yearns to continue contributing to its preservation.
Turner's dedication to the environment and to the species that populate it has earned him numerous awards in his lifetime, including perhaps the most significant one just a few weeks ago. He was one of five individual recipients of this year's Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service from Governor Deval Patrick.
Dick (right) is pictured above with Gov. Patrick at the State House ceremony.
MOSES Members Cash in at MassDEP Awards
MassDEP Commissioner David Cash (fourth from left) handed out a total of 18 Performance Excellence awards to MOSES members. Pictured at right (from left to right) John Fischer, James McQuade, Paul Dwiggins, Commissioner Cash, Michelle Delemarre, Joe Dorant, president of MOSES and a MassDEP scientist, Duanne LeVangie and Greg Root. James, Paul, Michelle and Greg were all part of the Commonwealth vs. Anza Team responsible for bringing Northboro resident Santo Anza to justice for multiple environmental charges relating to illegal dumping.
MassDEP received 27 nominations, seven of which went to MOSES members both individually and to those on a team. MOSES individual recipients in addition to John and Duane noted above also included William Lamkin and Victoria Phillips (a Carballo nominee). MOSES members on the Spill Team (not pictured) include Andrew Clark, John Fitzgerald, Paul Giddings, Lawrence Immerman, Steve Johnson, Dave LaPusata, Kingsley Ndi and Steve Ross. Massachusetts Contingency Plan Team members (also, not pictured) honored for their development of chemical-specific cleanup standards were Elizabeth Callahan and Paul Locke.
With Military Honors
MOSES member Robert Blair (right) is congratulated by President Joe Dorant at July 18's Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program. Blair accepted the award on behalf of the 102nd Civil Engineer Squadron. Additional MOSES members named include Otis Hathon, Paul Helmuth and Michael Netto, also a MOSES Steward.
This dedicated and versatile team has consistently and superbly executed its assigned mission, as well as performed above and beyond the call to duty, saving the state and the federal government millions of dollars. In addition to operating and maintaining the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Otis Air Base, the team also provides 24/7 utility infrastructure support for the Joint Base Cape Cod electrical grid, telephone communications, water distribution and wastewater treatment to 20 tenant units and 3,000 customers across the Air National Guard's largest geographical base. Their unrivaled work ethic, ingenuity and "can do" attitude enables them to accomplish projects that most would consider impossible. As a support organization, their contributions improve the lives of all members in the base community.
Attention MOSES members, now accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarships. Please click here to download the form.
Deadline for submission: 2:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, September 8, 2014.
One $1,000 scholarship in the name of our former President, Charles P. Wilson will be awarded. In addition, twenty $500 scholarships in memory of late members of the MOSES Board of Directors will be awarded.
Eligibility Requirements: Scholarships are limited to MOSES members (including Active Retirees), their spouses or children, as well as the spouses and dependent children of late MOSES members under the following condition: That the member or immediate family member plans to attend and has been accepted at an accredited higher education facility for the fall 2014 semester.
Restrictions: In the event that a winner’s educational expenses are less than the award, and/or the winner has received reimbursement from another source, the scholarship will be decreased to the amount appropriate. Awards are not transferable.
The MOSES Goodwill Committee, Chairman, John Bardzik, administers the scholarship program and will conduct the drawing at the September 9, 2014 Membership meeting.
MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.
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