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Employees Recognized for Service

By Eddy Ball
September 2009

As she did with Alyce Bradbury, left, Birnbaum presented an award to each winner as Kleeberger, on stage, prepared to call the next name.
As she did with Alyce Bradbury, left, Birnbaum presented an award to each winner as Kleeberger, on stage, prepared to call the next name. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Ten-year veterans posed for a group photo. Shown, left to right, in the front are Edith Lee, Kim McAlister, Alyce Bradbury, Tanya Shields, Mitzie Walker and Andrea Moon. In the back row, left to right, are Lutz Birnbaumer, Aaron Nicholas, Erin Dooley, Kim Gray, Heather Jensen, Craig Wladyka, Paula Juras and Greg Scott. Not shown: Dorcus Joya, Gloria Nicholson, Kimberly Jones, Patrick Barbour, Tanya Tillett.
Ten-year veterans posed for a group photo. Shown, left to right, in the front are Edith Lee, Kim McAlister, Alyce Bradbury, Tanya Shields, Mitzie Walker and Andrea Moon. In the back row, left to right, are Lutz Birnbaumer, Aaron Nicholas, Erin Dooley, Kim Gray, Heather Jensen, Craig Wladyka, Paula Juras and Greg Scott. Not shown: Dorcus Joya, Gloria Nicholson, Kimberly Jones, Patrick Barbour, Tanya Tillett.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Holding up their awards for 20 years of service in the front row are, left to right, Wendy Jefferson, Freya Kamel, Melissa Gentry, Rhonda Carroll, Kim Peterson and Katarzyna Bebenek. In the back row, left to right, are Veronica Godfrey, Michelle Owens, Kathy Crabtree, Mitsue Parrish and Stephen Cannon. Not shown: Michael Loewe, Norris Flagler, Sam Wilson, Donna Roach and James Bryant.
Holding up their awards for 20 years of service in the front row are, left to right, Wendy Jefferson, Freya Kamel, Melissa Gentry, Rhonda Carroll, Kim Peterson and Katarzyna Bebenek. In the back row, left to right, are Veronica Godfrey, Michelle Owens, Kathy Crabtree, Mitsue Parrish and Stephen Cannon. Not shown: Michael Loewe, Norris Flagler, Sam Wilson, Donna Roach and James Bryant.
(Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Thirty-year employees posed with their well deserved plaques. In the front row, left to right, are J. Michael Sanders, Vicki Grigston, Clyde Hasty, Bob Langenbach, Nancy Mitchell and Susan Sherron. Shown in the back row, left to right, are Clifton Baldwin, Anton Jetten, Chris Portier, Vondia Malone and Lisa Rogers. Not shown: Allen Wilcox, Jimmy Washington, Mary Gant, Masahiko Negishi, Nell Boyd.
Thirty-year employees posed with their well deserved plaques. In the front row, left to right, are J. Michael Sanders, Vicki Grigston, Clyde Hasty, Bob Langenbach, Nancy Mitchell and Susan Sherron. Shown in the back row, left to right, are Clifton Baldwin, Anton Jetten, Chris Portier, Vondia Malone and Lisa Rogers. Not shown: Allen Wilcox, Jimmy Washington, Mary Gant, Masahiko Negishi, Nell Boyd. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

In another first for NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program, Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., honored employees for their decades of service with their own dedicated ceremony and reception in Rodbell Auditorium August 7. In past years, employees honored for years of service were recognized at the end of the annual Director's Awards ceremony each December.

In lighthearted opening remarks, Birnbaum praised the employees for their "achievement as survivors" and added on a more serious note that in another month she'll qualify herself for a 30-year service award. "Hopefully, by this time next year," she continued," I'll be receiving my own service award."

"I'm going to make this an annual event," she explained. "Years of service is certainly an important achievement, and it should be singled out for recognition." Birnbaum also said that retirees will be recognized at the Director's Awards ceremony.

Ably assisted by Acting Deputy Director Steve Kleeberger, Ph.D., Birnbaum handed a special service plaque to each awardee and posed for individual photos. Afterwards, the groups of awardees, recognized for 10, 20 or 30 years of service, posed with their similarly honored colleagues for group pictures.

Following the ceremony awardees and co-workers enjoyed cake, ice cream and fellowship in the lobby where they talked and mingled.

Sherry Coulter, left, and 30-year veteran Clyde Hasty enjoyed conversation and refreshments after the ceremony.
Sherry Coulter, left, and 30-year veteran Clyde Hasty enjoyed conversation and refreshments after the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Friends and colleagues joined the award recipients
Friends and colleagues joined the award recipients - both to celebrate their accomplishment and indulge in the refreshments. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)



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