Fort Washington, PA, February 09, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Eastern National (EN), a not-for-profit cooperating association with the National Park Service, is proud to announce the winners of its annual awards for 2012. The awards program was designed to acknowledge outstanding individual achievements and contributions that have had a positive impact on an EN operation or an individual park, thus furthering and promoting EN’s unique relationship with its partners. Nominees were submitted by EN managers in November 2012, and awards were presented at Hot Springs National Park on January 29, 2013.
The Charles S. Marshall Unit Award was presented to Hot Springs National Park, and $2,500 will be donated by EN to the park’s interpretive program. The Unit Award annually recognizes the most outstanding agency that has achieved noteworthy teamwork in promoting and aiding the historical, scientific, educational, interpretive and operational activities of EN partners through EN agency operation. Teamwork is evidenced through agency growth, visitor service, product development, partner relations and administration.
Superior Performance Awards were presented to Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall; Laura Cohen, Chief of Interpretation, Prince William Forest Park; Thomas Richter, Chief of Interpretation and Education, NPS Midwest Regional Office; and Randy Martin, Facility Manager, Shiloh National Military Park. Superior Performance Awards annually recognize outstanding partner management of an EN agency. They are awarded to the top four outstanding partner personnel, regardless of agency size.
The Herbert E. Kahler Award was presented to Bob Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall, and $2,500 will be donated by EN to the park’s interpretive program in Mr. Vogel’s name. The Kahler Award recognizes the EN partner judged to have cooperatively managed the most efficient and innovative agency. The winner was selected by the EN Board of Directors from the four Superior Performance Award winners.
Special Achievement Awards were presented to the following EN employees: Gwen Johnson, Jamestown Glasshouse; Janet Teffer, New England Regional Office; Serena Rothfus, Pea Ridge National Military Park; Ann Cummings, Acadia National Park; Joe Wooley, Lincoln Memorial; Mickey Goodson, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site; Amy Davis, Hot Springs National Park; and Rose Costa, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. Special Achievement Awards recognize exceptional performance in the area of store operations and partner relations.
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Betsie Lind, New England Region, for her significant service at a high level of excellence, resulting in substantial contributions to EN and its partners.
A Letter of Commendation was presented to Nalissa Allen, EN Coordinator at Hot Springs National Park. This award is issued to EN employees or partners who have provided exceptional service to the association during the year.
The Customer Service Award was presented to the Bodie Island Lighthouse store at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This award annually recognizes the EN store staff with the highest average score in EN’s secret shopper program. The program evaluates the overall store appearance, product presentation, and professionalism of staff.
In addition to the above mentioned awards, EN presents publications awards annually to recognize outstanding scholarly books or magazine articles which have contributed to the mission of its partners. Publications nominated for the following awards were assessed by a team of National Park Service personnel and the EN Board of Directors.
The Authors’ Award was presented to Jeffrey L. Patrick of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield for his publication, Campaign for Wilson’s Creek: The Fight for Missouri Begins. A $1,000 donation to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will be made by EN in Mr. Patrick’s name. The Authors’ Award recognizes an individual who wrote an outstanding monograph, documented with extensive footnotes, that exhibits original research, presents information of interpretive value, is a contribution to the field and reflects high quality of scholarship and readable prose in the field of natural science or history during the current fiscal year.
Eastern National is a 501(C)(3) not for profit association that promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trusts by providing quality experiences, educational products and services to the visitors of America’s national parks. For more information about Eastern National, its products or services, visit our website at www.EasternNational.org.