Release Date: 01/09/2008

Recipients of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 2007 Employee Recognition Awards were honored at the Jan. 9 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Earlier this year, a committee of LDWF staff members 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.

"The vital natural resource conservation efforts of our staff in the field, and the administrative support staff that works behind the scenes, deserve to be recognized for all that they do," said LDWF Secretary Bryant Hammett. "These awards highlight the agency's top performers, commended by their peers."

Patrick Banks, from the Marine Fisheries Division, and Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze, from the Enforcement Division, were this year's winners of the Secretary's Award, which is the departments highest recognition. 

In the Office of Management and Finance (OMF), Employee of the Year Awards went to Alvin Henry and Lynn Meekins.

Office of the Secretary Employee of the Year awards went to Douglas Anderson and Janet Abbott. 

For the Office of Wildlife, Selena Gardner and Connie Dunn earned Customer Service Awards.  John Leslie, Susan Falcon and Leisa Nunez received Employee of the Year Awards.

Office of Fisheries' Employee of the Year Awards went to Holly LeBlanc and James Delaney.  Raymond Impastato received the Customer Service Award for the Office of Fisheries.

Special Achievement by a Team Award for the Enforcement Division went to  Region 3 consisting of: Cpt. Peter Oliver, Christy Ellington, Lt. Eric Stokes, Lt. Bill Tyree, Sgt. Travis Burnett, Sgt. David McAlpin, Sgt. Marcus Constance, Sgt. Curtis Belton, Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Sgt. Joe Dewil, Sgt. Rusty Perry, Senior Agent Ronnie Robertson, Senior Agent Kevin Hill, Senior Agent Maury Leone, Senior Agent Spencer Cole, Senior Agent Eric Droddy, Senior Agent Jay Callegari, Senior Agent Russell Brack, Senior Agent Douglas Anderson Jr., Senior Agent Scott Delaney, Agent Adam O'Neal, Senior Agent Carla Rachal, Agent Byron Cammack, Senior Agent Billy Shoemaker and Agent Jared Adams

The Wildlife Division's Special Achievement by a Team Award went to the group of employees that helped with the building of wheelchair accessible duck blinds and deer stands.  The team included: Johnathan Bordelon, Jimmy Ernst, Jason Olszak, Errol Theriot, Jim Bondy, Kenneth Moreau, Francis Bordelon, Gregory Lachney, Jeffrey Dupuy, Paul Lemoine, Tom Woods, Guy Patout and Tony Vidrine.

The Special Achievement by a Team Award for the Office of Fisheries went to Oyster Program employees that helped with the Public Oyster Lease Rehabilitation Program and included: Christy Lavergne, Vince Cefalu and Ty Lindsey.

Sec. Bryant Hammett presenting one of two Secretary's Awards to Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze of the Enf. Division.

Sec. Bryant Hammett presenting one of two Secretary's Awards to Patrick Banks of the Marine Fisheries Division.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.