NASWA Recognizes Individuals for Contributions and Innovations in Workforce, Economic Development

Oct 18, 2017

For Immediate Release


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NASWA Recognizes Individuals for Contributions and Innovations in Workforce, Economic Development


WASHINGTON - Last week the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) recognized individuals from across the country who have provided vital workforce and economic development opportunities for their respective communities and states. These individuals were presented with awards signifying their achievement at NASWA’s 2017 Workforce Summit / 81st Annual Meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Award winners were nominated based on their excellence in spheres ranging from significant innovations in workforce service delivery to customer service going above and beyond the typical scope of duty.


Award winners in their specific category of recognition are as follows:


  • Terri Sloan, Director of Administrative services & State of Nebraska Equal Opportunity Officer with the State of Nebraska was presented with NASWA’s William J. Harris Award for her outstanding service in the field of Equal Opportunity.
  • Brett Richard, IT/IS Manager, Software Development with the Idaho Department of Labor was awarded NASWA’s Merrill Baumgardner Award for his innovative efforts with respect to workforce development information technology.
  • Robert Uhlenkott, Chief Research Officer and Labor Market Information Director with the Oregon Employment Department was presented with NASWA’s Vladimir Chavrid Award for his contributions in the field of Labor Market Information.
  • Employees of the Arapaho/Douglas Works! Workforce Center in Colorado were awarded NASWA’s Mark Sanders Award for their exceptional customer service efforts in assisting Veterans with significant barriers to gaining employment.
  • The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services Project Empowerment Team was presented NASWA’s James F. Walls Team Award for their significant contributions to workforce development efforts in their community.
  • Stacey Shegrud, Workforce Consultant with the Idaho Department of Labor was awarded NASWA’s James F. Walls Employee Award for her outstanding dedication to workforce development efforts in her community.
  • Celina Bussey, Cabinet Secretary with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions was presented with NASWA’s prestigious Eagle Award for her extraordinary efforts in serving employers and workers through New Mexico’s workforce and economic development systems.
  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services was awarded NASWA’s State Excellence Award for Leadership award for their innovative use of workforce development initiatives to overcome significant performance-related challenges.  


“These individuals and groups signify the absolute best of the best in workforce and economic development throughout the United States,” said Scott B. Sanders, Executive Director of NASWA. “The significance of their contributions and innovations cannot be overstated. The extraordinary men and women recognized this year are directly responsible for the remarkable recovery from The Great Recession underway in communities all across this great nation.”


More information about award recipients and categories can be found online at 2017 Salute to the Leadership Awards.




The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) represents the 50 state and three territory workforce agencies, which oversee the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs, employment services, unemployment insurance, employment statistics and labor market and workforce information programming. NASWA delivers policy expertise on these issues.