2014 Service to America Medal Finalists

2014 Service to America Medal Finalists

Marking the start of this year’s Public Service Recognition Week, the Partnership for Public Service honored the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal finalists—outstanding federal employees whose important, behind-the-scenes work is advancing the health, safety and well-being of Americans.

Call to Service Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service.

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker

Delta IV Launch Systems Deputy Chief Engineer
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Systems Directorate
El Segundo, California

Saved taxpayers more than $4 billion on the purchase of 40 new rockets and led the engineering team responsible for launching 13 Air Force satellites into orbit
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Anthony Cotton, Amanda Femal, Jason Fleming, John Gibbons and the Development Credit Authority Transaction Teams

Anthony Cotton, Amanda Femal, Jason Fleming, JP Gibbons and the Development Credit Authority Transaction Teams

Africa Team Leader (Cotton); Asia and Middle East Team Leader (Femal); Latin America/Caribbean and Europe and Eurasia Team Leader (Fleming); Strategic Transactions Group Team Leader (Gibbons)
U.S. Agency for International Development, Development Credit Authority
Washington, D.C.

Generated nearly $1 billion in aid for 60 projects in 42 developing countries during the past two years through an innovative, public–private loan guarantee program
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Sofia Hussain

Sofia Hussain

Senior Forensic Accountant, Division of Enforcement
Securities and Exchange Commission
Boston, Massachusetts

Helped federal investigators crack intricate securities fraud cases and return hundreds of millions of dollars to investors by introducing cutting-edge technology and data analysis
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Sara Meyers

Sara Meyers

Director, Sandy Program Management Office
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.

Created a sophisticated data analysis system to evaluate the performance of federal housing programs, and set up processes to track $13.6 billion in economic stimulus and $50 billion for Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery
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Miguel O. Román

Miguel O. Román

Research Physical Scientist, Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland

Provided timely and reliable information on wildfires, storm damage and global energy consumption to help scientists and policymakers better understand and respond to natural disasters and climate change
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Career Achievement Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service.

Scott Gerald Borg

Scott Gerald Borg

Head, Antarctic Sciences Section, Division of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia

Directed a world-class research program in Antarctica that led to important scientific discoveries about climate change, the origins of the universe, previously unknown sea life and two new dinosaur species
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Scott Gerald Borg

Thomas Browne

Deputy Director, Office of Anticrime Programs
Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Transformed drug prevention and addiction treatment programs in 70 countries around the world, providing special care and assistance to women and children
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Robert Canino

Robert Canino

Regional Attorney, Dallas District Office
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Dallas, Texas

Pioneered the use of civil rights laws to try human trafficking cases when criminal enforcement and labor laws proved ineffective in defending foreign-born and intellectually disabled workers who were abused and exploited
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Edwin Kneedler

Edwin Kneedler

Deputy Solicitor General
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Argued 125 cases and helped shape the government’s legal position on hundreds more before the Supreme Court, while setting a high standard for integrity and protecting the long-term interests of the United States
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E. Ramona Trovato

E. Ramona Trovato

Associate Assistant Administrator for Research and Development
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.

Helped transform national environmental health policy by focusing attention on the impact of pollutants on children, and by devising strategies to respond to biological, chemical and radiological contamination from a terrorist attack
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Citizen Services Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to citizen services (including economic development, education, health care, housing, labor and transportation).

Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Former Geographic Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C.

Put detailed data about our nationís broadband availability and communications systems in the hands of citizens and policymakers through the use of interactive online maps and other visualizations
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Marcia Crosse

Marcia Crosse

Director, Health Care
Government Accountability Office
Washington, D.C.

Directed congressional attention and prompted reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s global role in the regulation of drugs and medical devices to help the agency better protect public health
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James D. Green

James D. Green

Project Officer, Division of Safety Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Morgantown, West Virginia

Collaborated with the ambulance manufacturing industry and multiple federal agencies to create ambulance crash standards to help reduce injuries and fatalities among EMS workers and patients
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Douglas James Norton

Douglas James Norton

Senior Environmental Scientist, Watershed Branch
Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, D.C.

Engaged citizens, scientists and state agencies in protecting their local streams, lakes and rivers by providing access to water quality data and assessment tools via the web
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Günter Waibel, Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi

Günter Waibel, Adam Metallo and Vincent Rossi

Director, Digitization Program Office (Waibel) and 3D Program Officers (Metallo and Rossi)
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Made iconic treasures from the Smithsonian’s vast collection accessible to students, teachers, historians and curious visitors everywhere through the use of computerized 3-D imaging and printing technologies
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Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to homeland security and law enforcement (including border and transportation security, civil rights, counterterrorism, emergency response, fraud prevention and intelligence).

Omar Pérez Aybar and Reginald J. France

Omar Pérez Aybar, Reginald J. France and the Miami HEAT Teams

Assistant Special Agents in Charge, Miami Regional Office
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General
Miami Lakes, Florida

Led hundreds of Medicare fraud investigations that have resulted in more than 600 convictions in South Florida, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars and providing an investigative roadmap for other jurisdictions to follow
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Gilbert Bindewald, Alice Lippert and Patrick Willging

Gilbert Bindewald, Alice Lippert and Patrick Willging

Program Manager, Advanced Grid Modeling Research (Bindewald); Senior Technical Advisor, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis (Lippert); Senior Logistics Specialist (Willging)
Department of Energy, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (Bindewald and Lippert); Office of Petroleum Reserve (Willging)
Washington, D.C.

Helped government authorities and power companies deliver emergency services and restore electricity following widespread natural disasters by creating critical information-sharing and assessment tools
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Susan M. Hanson

Susan M. Hanson

Senior Resident Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dothan, Alabama

Brought to justice four prison guards who brutally beat and murdered an inmate, and exposed a culture of abuse in Alabama prisons
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Anthony Regalbuto

Anthony Regalbuto

Chief, Office of International and Domestic Port Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Washington, D.C.

Assessed the vulnerabilities of hundreds of marine facilities and created comprehensive security plans for domestic and international shipping ports to guard against terrorist attacks
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Management Excellence Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for demonstrating superior leadership and management excellence through a significant contribution to the nation that exemplifies efficient, effective and results-oriented government.

Sonny Hashmi

Sonny Hashmi

Chief Information Officer
General Services Administration
Washington, D.C.

Led the General Service Administration’s “Cloud Initiative,” improving employee effectiveness, reducing agency costs and creating a model for other federal agencies to follow
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Alan J. Lindenmoyer

Alan J. Lindenmoyer

Program Manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas

Transformed NASA’s space travel programs, helping the U.S. continue important space research while reducing taxpayer costs and stimulating the commercial space industry
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Marion Mollegen McFadden and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Marion Mollegen McFadden and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Senior Attorney for Disaster Recovery
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, D.C.

In the months following Hurricane Sandy, coordinated efforts of numerous federal agencies to help rebuild stronger and safer communities
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Ronald E. Walters

Ronald E. Walters

Acting Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C.

Honored our country’s veterans by delivering the pinnacle of care and service at their final resting place, while increasing availability and access to burial sites throughout the country
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National Security and International Affairs Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security and international affairs (including defense, military affairs, diplomacy, foreign assistance and trade).

Jill Boezwinkle

Jill Boezwinkle

Senior Program Manager, Development Innovation Ventures
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C.

Guided a U.S. initiative to provide safe drinking water to 5 million people in Kenya and Uganda, saving lives and preventing illnesses for thousands of individuals
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R. Patrick DeGroodt

R. Patrick DeGroodt

Deputy Product Manager
Department of the Army
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Helped America’s warfighters achieve mission success and stay out of harm’s way by developing and deploying a new mobile communications network that gives Army units continuous connectivity on the battlefields
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Jonathan Gandomi

Jonathan Gandomi

Former Field Representative for the Counter-Lord’s Resistance Army Mission
Department of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
Washington, D.C.

Coordinated U.S. efforts to end the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of Africa’s oldest and most brutal extremist groups, and help victims overcome decades of violence
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Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team

Dr. Rana A. Hajjeh and the Hib Initiative Team

Director, Division of Bacterial Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Led a global campaign to convince some of the world’s poorest countries to use a vaccine to fight bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, an initiative that is estimated to save the lives of 7 million children by 2020
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Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran

Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran

Electronics Engineers
Air Force Research Laboratory
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Saved U.S. soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan by creating and deploying a new aerial sensor system to help Army and Special Forces units detect and destroy deadly improvised explosive devices
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Science and Environment Medal Finalists

This medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to science and environment (including biomedicine, economics, energy, information technology, meteorology, resource conservation and space).

William A. Bauman, M.D.

William A. Bauman, M.D., and Ann M. Spungen, Ph.D.

Director (Bauman) and Associate Director (Spungen), National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury
Department of Veterans Affairs, James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Bronx, New York

Greatly improved the health care and the quality of life of paralyzed veterans by developing new ways to treat long-overlooked medical problems
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William Charmley

William Charmley and James Tamm

Director, Assessment and Standards Division (Charmley) and Chief, Fuel Economy Division (Tamm)
Environmental Protection Agency (Charmley); National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Tamm)
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Charmley) and Washington, D.C. (Tamm)

Led an interagency team that developed standards for cars and light trucks that will double fuel economy by 2025 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6 billion metric tons
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John Cymbalsky

John Cymbalsky

Program Manager, Appliance and Equipment Standards
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Washington, D.C.

Brought together industry and environmental groups to adopt new efficiency standards for appliances and commercial equipment that will save consumers money and reduce energy consumption and air pollution
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Richard Rast

Richard Rast

Senior Engineer
Air Force Research Laboratory
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Developed a new, low-cost method of locating and tracking space debris that could severely damage or destroy spacecraft vital communications, navigation and weather satellites
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Jeffrey Rogers

Jeffrey Rogers

Program Manager (Ret.)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Arlington, Virginia

Created a wearable sensor that provides real-time information on the risk of traumatic brain injuries to soldiers exposed to bomb blasts, resulting in quicker medical treatment and uncovering previously undiagnosed injuries
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The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.

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