DHS News

Public Service Recognition Week

DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht​
 
May 6, 2020

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Our workforce is 9,300-people strong and dedicated to helping Oregonians achieve safety, health and independence. 

Our team is in every community, connecting with Oregonians across the lifespan. 
  • We keep children and adults safe from abuse or neglect; 
  • We fight hunger by making sure people have nutritious food to eat; 
  • We guide people to self-reliance through employment, 
  • And we provide supports to help older Oregonians and people with disabilities live as independently as possible. 

We’re there when people need help the most, and that’s more important now than ever before. Today is State Employee Recognition Day, a time to honor the dedicated and tireless staff that work quietly to keep our state going in good times and bad. State Employee Recognition Day is the highlight of Public Service Recognition Week for our Department. This is the 36th year the first full week of May has been designated to honor the people who serve America through government at every level. 

Usually the Governor and the Oregon Department of Administrative Services host a statewide employee recognition program with several in-person special events. The events have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, today we are announcing and honoring the staff who were nominated by their peers and selected by an internal committee to represent our Department in the statewide recognition program. 

Ambassador of Public Service Awards

This award is given to those who exemplify the best ideals of our agency, someone who exhibits exemplary communications with their peers, customers and partners; is a change champion and leans into new opportunities, ideas and possibilities and brings others along with motivation and positivity. 

  • Angie Albiar, Organization Development Advisor, Organization and Employee Development Unit, Office of Organizational Development 
  • Rosa Coppola, Human Service Specialist 3/Bilingual Eligibility Worker, Self-Sufficiency Programs, Newport branch
  • Melyssa Lloyd, Branch Operations Manager, Oregon Health Plan 5503 Processing Center
  • Nadia Yakovich, Manager, Self-Sufficiency Programs, Gold Beach 
  • Kathie Young, District Manager, Jackson and Josephine Counties, Aging and People with Disabilities 

Commitment to State Service, one to two years of service

This award is given to someone with one to two years of state service who is committed to state service and to DHS values and ideals; is a change champion and someone who leans into new opportunities, ideas and possibilities, and brings others along with motivation and positivity. 

  • Jamie Frost, Social Safety Specialist, Child Welfare, District 14 (Grant, Harney, Malheur Counties)

Commitment to State Service, 30 or more years of service

This award is given to someone with 30 or more years of state service who is committed to state service and to DHS values and ideals; is a change champion and someone who leans into new opportunities, ideas and possibilities, and brings others along with motivation and positivity. 

  • Nancy Allen, Treatment Services Placement Manager, Child Well Being Residential Unit, Child Welfare program

You can learn more about the honorees here.

Although we can’t celebrate together, I hope you will join me in sending notes of congratulations to these team members who will represent our work well in the state recognition program. 

Our Department is doing its part to make sure Oregon emerges from this pandemic a stronger, more unified community. Our team – and everyone in public service – have my deepest gratitude for being there for our families, friends and neighbors, especially during this difficult time. 

Thank you and be well. 

Join the celebration


  • Join the #ORservice social media campaign by filling out an “I’m proud to serve because...”  social media card and posting it to your Twitter account with an @ORHumanServices​ mention.

  • Find resources and recognition ideas for your own celebration here 

  • Watch a video ​from leaders across Oregon state government ​
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