2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2009 Finalists—Call to Service Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. This medal is accompanied by a $5,000 award.

Cara Peck

Position: Life Scientist

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Location: San Francisco, California

Residence: San Francisco, California

Achievement: Helped urban areas improve the way they process food waste, promoting new efficiencies and ways to use refuse as a source of renewable energy.

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Clare Rowley

Position: Economic Analyst

Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Helped thousands stay in their homes by working to implement IndyMac’s mortgage modification program after the bank failed, and advised the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce foreclosures.

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Ian B. Spielman

Position: Physicist

Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Residence: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Achievement: Pioneered a new area of research that is helping scientists understand crucial, but currently intractable, mysteries of physics like the explanation of high-temperature superconductivity.

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Jared Summers

Position: Sustainment Implementation Lead for F-35 Support Systems

Agency: Department of the Air Force

Location: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Residence: Miamisburg, Ohio

Achievement: Reduced costs for our government by $200 million through his successful leadership of the disposition of the retired F-117 fleet.

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Kristen Taddonio

Position: Director of Climate Choice

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency

Location: Washington, D.C.

Residence: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created a unique industry-government alliance that is accelerating adoption of greener technologies.

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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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