Release Date: 02/07/2006

Recipients of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 2005 Employee Recognition Awards were honored at the Feb. 2 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Earlier this year, a committee reviewed and rated nominees in the categories of Customer Service, Employee of the Year and Special Achievement by a Team. The committee was comprised of winners from the previous year and appointees of their offices or divisions.

LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau also allowed the committee to select two choices to receive this year's Secretarys Award.  Biologist Program Manager Noel Kinler, New Iberia, from the Office of Wildlife and Biologist Manager Michael Wood, West Monroe, from the Office of Fisheries were this years winners.

In the Office of Management and Finance (OMF) Employee of the Year Awards went to I/T Tech Analyst Alvin Henry, Baton Rouge, and Administrative Coordinator Paul Downey also from Baton Rouge.

Office of the Secretary Customer Service Awards went to Administrative Coordinator Elaine Moore, Thibodaux, and Administrative Program Specialist Debby Gill of Baton Rouge.  Employee of the Year Awards for this office were given to Senior Agent Joe Dewil, Florien, and Administrative Program Specialist Janet Abbott of Watson.

For the Office of Wildlife, Administrative Coordinator Danielle Fontenot, Ville Platte, and Administrative Coordinator Vida Landry, Grand Chenier, were presented with Customer Service Awards and Biologist Daniel Baker, LaPlace, Administrative Coordinator Brandy Williams, Baton Rouge, and Technician Supervisor Mark Bible, Slidell, received Employee of the Year Awards.

Office of Fisheries Employee of the Year Awards went to Biologist Assistant Division Administrator Gary Tilyou, Denham Springs, Administrative Coordinator Jenny Voisin, Houma, and Engineering Technician Raymond Curtis of New Orleans.

Special Achievement by a Team Awards went to a computer team with OMF for their work on an Enforcement Database, a District A enforcement team with the Office of the Secretary and a woodduck banding team with the Office of Wildlife. 

The computer team consisted of I/T Director David Dousay, Geismar; and I/T Applications Program Analysts Elizabeth Fisher, Baton Rouge; Mel Fleniken, Baton Rouge; Herbert McKnight, Harvey; Lonnie Rafray, Baton Rouge; Bobbie Savant, Denham Springs; and I/T Applications Manager S.K. Mahajan of Baton Rouge. 

Making up the enforcement team were Sgt. Ronnie Engelhard, Jackson; Sgt. Paul Stuckey, Zachary; and Sr. Agents Todd Lewis, Gonzales; Chad Menzina, St. Francisville; Joseph Moreau, Ethel; and William Roberts of Slaughter. 

The woodduck banding team consisted of Technician Glen Allemond, Opelousas; Technician Supervisor Francis Bordelon, Moreauville; Biologist Johnathon Bordelon, Marksville; Technician Jeffrey Dupuy, Marksville; Biologist Supervisor Jimmy Ernst, Opelousas; Technician Scott Halphen, Krotz Springs; Technician Gregory Lachney, Marksville; Technician Ben Oubre, St. Martinsville; Technician Guy Patout, Loreauville; Technician Donald Phillips, Marksville; Biologist Supervisor Kerney Sonnier, DeRidder; Technician Supervisor Shanon Soileau, Church Point; Technician Errol Theriot, Breaux Bridge; Technician Chad White, Melville; Biologist Manager Tony Vidrine, Opelousas; and Technician Tom Woods of Lafayette.

A Multi-Divisional Special Achievement by a Team Award went to the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Team.  Those on the team included I/T Support Analyst Doug Albert, Biologist Program Manager Jimmy Anthony, Biologist Program Manager Harry Blanchet, Biologist Jeff Boundy, Public Information Director Marianne Burke, Biologist Steve Carpenedo, Biologist Patti Faulkner, Biologist Assistant Division Administrator Jim Hanifen, Biologist Manager Gary Lester, Biologist Program Manager Tim Morrision, Biologist Mike Olinde, Biologist Chris Reid, and Biologist Tim Ruth all from Baton Rouge; Biologist Program Manager Mike Carloss, Lafayette; Biologist Program Manager Kenny Ribbeck, Hammond; and Biologist Supervisor Ines Maxit of Starksville, Miss.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at 225-765-2496 or tgresham@wlf.louisiana.gov.