Juneau federal employees to be honored

Posted: Friday, March 01, 2002

Five Juneau Federal employees will be honored at the 29th annual Juneau Federal Employee of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, March 6 in the Treadwell Room at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Each year the Juneau Federal Executive Association sponsors a luncheon to honor the Juneau Federal Employee of the year. Employees are nominated by their supervisor which is then forwarded to a citizen selection committee.

This is an opportunity for each Federal Agency to publicly recognize deserving employees who are active contributors at work and in the community. Each of the five employees nominated for this year's federal employee of the year award should be congratulated. They have all worked hard to get where they are today.

Melanie Brown is a biologist currently employed with the Sustainable Fisheries Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Melanie's current responsibilities include the regulatory development of the controversial Steller sea lion protection measures for the groundfish fisheries off Alaska. She has over 14 years of federal experience, including positions with the U. S. Forest Service in Ohio and the U.S. EPA in Colorado. Melanie graduated summa cum laude from the Ohio State University with a BS in Natural Resources and has completed additional course work at the Colorado School of Mines in ecological engineering and at the University of Alaska Southeast in marine biology.

Brown was president of the Juneau Coop Preschool Board from 1998 to 2001. She has been a judge at the Capitol City Science Fair for several years and is currently active in local Girl Scouts.

Kevin Hadley is the Regional Computer Network Manager for the Alaska Region of the Forest Service. Hadley has 15 years of Federal service and is responsible for the Region-wide network infrastructure design, and coordinates the implementation of the new Forest Service Enterprise Systems Management and Tivoli software for the Region. In December 2001, Kevin received a Certificate of Merit award for his efforts as the Regional Tivoli manager. Hadley is currently enrolled as a graduate student in the University of Phoenix Masters of Business Administration, Technology Management program.

He has been a military reservist for 14 years, currently serving as a Marine Science Technician with the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office in Juneau. He volunteers with community programs sponsored by the Coast Guard, as well as the Meals on Wheels Program. Hadley is an active volunteer for school functions at Riverbend and Floyd Dryden. In 1999, he received an award for his work with "Parents and Students in Action" in Washington.

Robert Martin, Jr. is the Alaska Regional Road Engineer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He is the first Native American to hold this position. Since working with BIA, Robert has worked successfully to assemble a motivated staff. He has worked hard to increase funding levels of transportation facilities in rural Alaska. In 2001, he negotiated agreements with ADOT&PF valued at 4.6 million dollars. Martin has also created a system where limited BIA monies can be used as State matching funds thereby leveraging state dollars and raising the priority of specific transportation projects in rural Alaska. Robert has more than 8 years of Federal civilian service.

He is active in the Juneau community. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church. Martin is also a board member of the Southeast Alaska Boy Scout Council, the Juneau Native Corporation, the American Legion, and is active in several other community groups.

Kim Turley has worked as a Federal civilian civil engineer for 25 years. 10 years of his service has been in the Federal Highway Administration, 8 years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and 17 years in the Forest Service.

Turley is active in the Boy Scout program, serving as Scoutmaster for 9 years. He is a founder of the Juneau Alpine Club and assisted many people in finding greater enjoyment in the Alaskan outdoors. Kim has participated in several search and rescue missions in the Juneau area. A well-seasoned outdoors man, for 13 years he has regularly presented programs at the Glacier Visitor Center Firesides about his outdoor adventures.

Lori Weller is an active duty United States Coast Guard reservist who has been serving since 1981. She is currently working in the USCG District Seventeen Intelligence Branch. Weller is responsible for the research and production of time-sensitive maritime information in support of fisheries and law enforcement. She manages the Command Intelligence Officer (CIO) program and supervises the reporting of Alaska Coast Guard ships and shore offices.

For the past year Weller has directed the 17th Coast Guard District Color Guard, coordinating their participation in several highly visible service and community events including; the 4th of July Parade, the Memorial Day commemoration, and the National Day of Prayer. She is an active member of the Youth Juneau Soccer Club, and has participated in the Meals on Wheels program, the Coast Guard Chiefs Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner and the Wong-Tiner Dinner Fund-raiser.

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