FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2004

TWENTY-EIGHT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Washington, D.C. – At a luncheon with government leaders on Capitol Hill on June 16, 2004, 28 federal employees from across the country were honored as finalists for the 2004 Service to America Medals.
The finalists, selected from a pool of approximately 500 nominations, hail from 15 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — and the District of Columbia. In addition, three of the Service to America Medals finalists are currently on assignment in Afghanistan, Greece and Japan.

The Service to America Medals is a national awards program to honor the finest achievements of our federal employees. From the 28 finalists, eight Service to America Medals awardees will be chosen. The awardees will be announced on September 28th, 2004 at a black-tie ceremony in Washington, D.C. Each of the eight awardees will also receive a significant monetary award ($3,000 to $10,000).

The Service to America Medals selection committee includes U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD); U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS); The Honorable William Cohen, chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group; The Honorable Leon E. Panetta, director, Panetta Institute of Public Policy; The Honorable Kay Coles James, director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Alma Powell, co-chair, America's Promise – The Alliance for Youth; Carol Mendelsohn, executive producer of “CSI” on CBS; Albert Carnesale, chancellor, University of California - Los Angeles; John Sexton, president, New York University; Colleen M. Kelley, national president, National Treasury Employees Union; Jodie Allen, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report; Dr. Antonio Flores, president, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Roy Bostock, chairman, Partnership for a Drug-Free America; Tim Clark, editor and president, Government Executive; and Max Stier, president and CEO, Partnership for Public Service.

The Service to America Medals program was created in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to inspiring people to federal government service and improving government performance, and Atlantic Media Company, publisher of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal and Government Executive magazines.

2004 SERVICE TO AMERICA MEDALS FINALISTS

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service. This medal is accompanied by a $10,000 award.

Name: Ambassador Prudence Bushnell
Position: Dean, Leadership and Management School
Agency: Department of State, Foreign Service Institute
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Falls Church, VA
Achievement: Guided U.S. Embassy in Kenya through the 1998 bombing and was a leading voice in the U.S. government urging a response to the ethnic genocide in Rwanda.

Name: Marsha Henderson
Position: Director of Health Programs
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women's Health
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Washington, DC
Achievement: Educating millions of underserved women about how to detect and prevent life-threatening diseases.

Name: Dr. Han K. Kang
Position: Director, War Related Illness and Injury Studies Center
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Fredericksburg, VA
Achievement: Provided the scientific basis for national efforts to provide care and compensation for veterans afflicted by war-related illnesses.

Name: David A. King
Position: Director, Marshall Space Flight Center
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Location: Huntsville, AL
Residence: Madison, AL
Achievement: Planned and managed the search and recovery operations for the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, directs one of NASA's largest field centers and managed the Space Shuttle processing and launch operations at John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Name: Dr. Elizabeth Martin
Position: Senior Scientist and Director, Night Vision Program
Agency: U.S. Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory
Location: Mesa, AZ
Residence: Queen Creek, AZ
Achievement: Thirty-year career developing smarter and safer simulation-based combat training systems to save the lives of American pilots.

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.

Name: Dr. John Butler
Position: Research Chemist
Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Residence: Gaithersburg, MD
Achievement: Developed new techniques to improve DNA identification and crafted texts and established guidelines used internationally to ensure accurate DNA testing. Helped identify the remains of additional victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

Name: Leopoldo Miranda-Castro
Position: Biologist
Agency: Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location: Arlington, VA
Residence: Falls Church, VA
Achievement: Established the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Wildlife program in the Caribbean, which has helped to restore more than 2,000 acres of tropical habitat; also created the first “shade coffee” program in the U.S., which is expanding to Hawaii.

Name: Nicole Nelson-Jean
Position: Director
Agency: U.S. Department of Energy, Asia Office
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Achievement: Led U.S. delegation to the Arctic Circle for negotiations with Russian officials to better secure Russia's nuclear materials and weapons. This agreement led to the creation of a service and training center for nuclear material and weapons security in Murmansk, Russia.

Name: Ranjeet Singh
Position: Program Analyst
Agency: Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Residence: Washington, DC
Achievement: Developed expertise on Afghanistan's ethnic groups, geography and economy which has made her the State Department's leading expert in formulating U.S. policy to deal with opium poppy cultivation and narcotics trafficking in that country.

HOMELAND SECURITY MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to homeland security (including border and transportation security, emergency preparedness and response, intelligence and law enforcement). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Name: Brad Gair
Position: Federal Coordinating Officer
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Location: New York, NY
Residence: Brooklyn, NY
Achievement: Oversaw the federal government's recovery efforts in New York after 9/11 and supervised other FEMA rebuilding work in the wake of multiple natural disasters.

Name: Jose Melendez-Perez
Position: Customs and Border Protection Officer
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Location: Orlando, FL
Residence: Orlando, FL
Achievement: Drew upon his instincts and skillfully prevented the alleged “20th hijacker” from entering the United States before September 11, 2001.

Name: Dr. Michael Washington
Position: Industrial Engineer/Health Scientist
Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program
Location: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Riverdale, GA
Achievement: Developed the software being used by public health officials to prepare for a bio-terrorist attack and conducted cutting edge research in the field of immunizations.

JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to justice and law enforcement (including civil rights, criminal justice, counterterrorism, and fraud detection and prevention). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Name: Michele L. Culp
Position: U.S. Postal Inspector / Program Manager
Agency: U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Silver Spring, MD
Achievement: Developed and implemented a national multi-media fraud prevention campaign to educate senior citizens about telemarketing and mail fraud schemes.

Name: Peter A. Darling / ICE Enforcement Team
Position: Senior Special Agent
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Location: Boston, MA
Residence: Newbury, MA
Achievement: Shut down a massive conspiracy in which rented babies and women couriers were used to smuggle cocaine in baby formula cans.

Name: Samuel Holland
Position: Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Crofton, MD
Achievement: Pioneered efforts to hold financial industry executives accountable and deter fraudulent activity.

Name: Anna Moretto and Team
Position: Supervisory Attorney
Agency: Department of Education, New York Office for Civil Rights
Location: New York, NY
Residence: Flushing, NY
Achievement: Developed a training program to identify and reduce the number of minority students mistakenly classified as special education students, giving them a second chance at academic achievement and success in life.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security and international affairs (including defense, diplomacy, intelligence and trade). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Name: George W. Aldaya
Position: Director, Kansas City Commodity Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
Location: Kansas City, MO
Residence: Lee's Summit, MO
Achievement: Worked to develop the agriculture infrastructure of Iraq and help transfer more than $90 million in funding to the Regional Government and Ministries of Agriculture.

Name: Keith Brown
Position: Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa
Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Falls Church, VA
Achievement: Helped to establish a transitional government in Liberia and secure $520 million in international aid and $200 million in U.S. aid. Helped deliver more than $500 million of food aid to Ethiopia.

Name: Stephen E. Browning
Position: Director, Regional Programs
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Pacific Division
Location: San Francisco, CA
Residence: Sausalito, CA
Achievement: Led U.S. efforts to help Iraqis rebuild their electrical infrastructure and acted as the Administrative head of multiple Iraqi ministries; also led Army Corps of Engineers' recovery efforts at Ground Zero.

Name: Robert F. Clifford
Position: Supervisory Special Agent / Legal Attache
Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Location: Athens, Greece
Residence: Charlotte, NC
Achievement: Led investigation that resulted in the conviction of more than a dozen leaders of the “November 17” Group – Europe's most notorious and elusive terrorist group.

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to science and environment (including biomedicine, economics, energy, information technology, meteorology, resource conservation and space). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Name: Dr. Amy Alving
Position: Director, Special Projects Office
Agency: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Arlington, VA
Residence: Washington, DC
Achievement: Developed techniques to reduce the nation's vulnerability to chemical or biological attack, specifically by means of ventilation and airflow inside of buildings and devised a plan to safeguard the Pentagon from chemical or biological attack.

Name: Dr. Diane Drigot
Position: Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist
Agency: U.S. Marine Corps
Location: Kaneohe Bay, HI
Residence: Kailua, HI
Achievement: Developed national award-winning natural resource conservation program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii that integrates military training, environmental protection, public involvement and sustained community support.

Name: William H. Gerstenmaier
Position: Program Manager, International Space Station
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center
Location: Houston, TX
Residence: Houston, TX
Achievement: Led the efforts to continue the safe operation of the International Space Station in the absence of the Space Shuttle, allowing continued research and preservation of its unique capabilities for the future.

Name: Dr. Deborah Jin
Position: Physicist
Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Location: Boulder, CO
Residence: Boulder, CO
Achievement: Created a new form of matter which could potentially unlock the key to superconductivity, a phenomenon with the potential to improve energy efficiency dramatically across a broad range of applications.

SOCIAL SERVICES MEDAL
This award will recognize a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to social services (including economic development and assistance, education, health care, housing, labor and transportation). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Name: Dr. Thomas Cacciarelli
Position: Chief of Transplant Surgery
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Achievement: Gave up a successful job at one of the most prestigious liver transplant hospitals in the world to ensure that veterans in need of organ donors would receive swift and affordable care.

Name: Joseph A. Foster
Position: Senior Attorney
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Branch
Location: Atlanta, GA
Residence: Decatur, GA
Achievement: Coordinated the federal legal response to contain outbreak of monkeypox, and also helped manage the federal legal response to SARS and West Nile Virus occurrences.

Name: Eileen Harrington and FTC Do Not Call Team
Position: Associate Director for Marketing Practices
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Kensington, MD (Harrington)
Achievement: Developed and implemented the federal Do Not Call Registry, which has reduced the number of telemarketing calls for more than 60 million Americans.

Name: Dr. Margaret J. Washnitzer
Position: Director of State Assistance
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services
Location: Washington, DC
Residence: Washington, DC
Achievement: Pioneered new performance-focused management principles that have revolutionized the way that we deliver aid to social service providers and low-income families.

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