Fremont Team Members Receive Excellence in Leadership Award

Fremont Team Members Receive Excellence in Leadership Award
Paige Lott, left Heather Stryker, right

Lincoln – Today, Governor Ricketts announced our Excellence in Leadership recognition award honorees for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

October is Nebraska State Teammate Recognition Month and state team members whose job performance exceeds the highest standards are recognized.

“Each and every day, members of #TeamDHHS work to provide exceptional service to Nebraskans,” said Courtney Phillips, DHHS CEO. “This award allows us to recognize and celebrate the professional achievements of our team members whose performance and customer service exceeds all expectations.”

Honorees are customer-focused team members who embody the mission, vision, and values of DHHS and the State of Nebraska. They demonstrate exemplary performance, go above and beyond the scope of assigned responsibilities, and set the example of knowledge, expertise, and dedication required of State employees.

Fremont honorees include:

Paige Lott
Social Services Worker, Children and Family Services

Paige is a productive and helpful member of her team. For two months in a row now, she has been the top processing Social Services Worker (SSW), processing over 200 cases. For March, Paige set a goal of processing 300 cases, which she was able to meet and far exceed by processing 394 cases. Paige does not sacrifice quality either in order to reach her goals. She continues to look for ways to increase her productivity even though she always meets expectations. For November 2016 – January 2017, her overall accuracy was 91%. Paige is always willing to share her tips for productivity with others to help them reach their goals as well. Paige has served as mentor to new co-workers. She is always willing to help out when asked, whether it is covering for an absent co-worker or helping with a special project. Paige is an asset to her team and the agency. Paige has a positive attitude and loves to challenge herself to continuously improve.

Heather Stryker
Resource Developer, Division of Children and Families

Heather has been a dedicated employee with DHHS for over ten years. She is currently a child care resource development supervisor. This was a newly created position and Heather’s ability to jump right in, self-teach, and supervise staff statewide has been beyond impressive. She provides supervision to over 20 workers who manage child care service contracts with providers who serve one of Nebraska’s most vulnerable populations. Her current role requires her to effectively communicate, both written and verbally, to her staff, child care providers, co-workers, and administration within DHHS. This position also requires Heather to multitask and prioritize, both of which she does well. She has demonstrated flexibility, creative thinking, ability to address and resolve conflict, and positive response to changes. She has been successful in creating and implementing streamlined processes and adding consistency to statewide work. She is an excellent supervisor and is a positive role model. Others can benefit from her experiences in leadership, policy, ethics, and much more.

DHHS’ team members receiving the Excellence in Leadership award will be honored along with all State teammates receiving this honor on Wednesday, November 1 with a ceremony with Gov. Pete Ricketts in the Capitol Rotunda and a reception at the Governor’s Residence.