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NNSA Defense Programs Announces Quarterly Awards
Apr 27, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Programs today announced the recipients of the Defense Programs’ Employee of the Quarter Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty in supporting the mission of NNSA’s Defense Programs.

“The men and women throughout NNSA do outstanding work in implementing President Obama’s nuclear security agenda each and every day,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “The recipients of the Defense Program Employee of the Quarter Awards represent the commitment to service and dedication to improving the way we do business that exists across our enterprise. I thank them for their outstanding work.”

The selection of the recipients is determined at each site following its own specific criteria. The recipients of NNSA Defense Programs’ Employee of the Quarter Awards are as follows:

Daniel Krueger, Kansas City Plant, is recognized for leading a team to resolve several significant issues that has positioned Low-Temperature Cofired Ceramic (LTCC) for use on the B61 LEP radar and future radar applications.

J. Andrew (Andy) Gibler, Kansas City Site Office, is recognized for bringing vested parties together to drive down the cost of NNSA’s Tenant Improvements (TI). He has taken the 30 percent TI estimates and gone through them and identified a number of value engineering solutions to significantly reduce (more than $8 million) TI costs.

Sonja Spears, Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), is recognized for her success with Wellness Program at the NNSS. Spears has taken the program from pamphlets and blood pressure checks to one focusing on the overall health of the employee.

Lisa Mueller, Nevada Site Office, is recognized for her outstanding oversight and dedicated participation in the team effort to achieve the Barolo Subcritical Experiment Series Level 2 milestone. The project involved detailed nuclear facility readiness efforts at the Nevada National Security Site U1a Complex and the Device Assembly Facility.

Mark Sundie, Y-12 Site Office, is recognized for his instrumental work in the reaccreditation of YSO’s Technical Qualification Program (TQP). YSO is the first site office to go through a reaccreditation review, and one of the few DOE site offices to have an accredited program. The TQP addresses the recruitment, deployment, development and retention of federal personnel with the necessary technical capabilities to safely accomplish NNSA’s mission.

Katherine Jane Martin, Y-12 National Security Complex, is recognized for successfully leading a team that has significantly contributed to the continued success of NNSA’s Defense Programs requirements for enriched uranium plus the needs of uranium disposition, Naval Reactors, and reactor supply programs, meeting all customer deliverables for the past five years.

Robert Keel, Savannah River Site, is recognized for doing an outstanding job coordinating and resolving safety/maintenance issues in the Tritium Area. He is also recognized for coordinating and conducting movement of personnel, coordinating telecommunications activities, and ensuring the office infrastructure is maintained.

Sandra (Sandee) Greene, Savannah River Site Office, is recognized for her self-initiated comprehensive workforce analysis. Because of Greene, SRSO now has a detailed understanding of the Site Office’s human resource needs in order to support its growing and evolving One NNSA mission.

Richard E. Heintzleman, Sandia National Laboratories, is recognized for providing outstanding technical support to both Sandia weapon systems and Air Force customers.

John Salmonson, Sandia Site Office, is recognized for being instrumental in streamlining the Interagency Work process at SNL and being actively engaged in applying the governance model and Contractor Assurance System to improve Interagency Work processes and oversight.

Kirk Keilholtz, Livermore Site Office, is recognized for being instrumental in the identification, reporting, negotiation, correcting, and follow-up on legacy Beryllium issues at LLNL.

Warren Hsing, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, is recognized for the successful execution of a series of National Ignition Facility experiments.

Anita Leivo, Los Alamos Site Office, is recognized for her support of the weapons program and other production missions of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She works to continually improve the processes at LANL and within NNSA often serving as a role model to others.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Paisner, Los Alamos National Laboratory, is recognized for his leadership in the completion of the FY 2011 Barolo Milestones. This accomplishment is critical to the Los Alamos National Laboratory mission.

Jeff Tedrow, Pantex Site Office, is recognized for his leadership of the Pantex Site Office Safety System Oversight (SSO) Team. Recently, he led a team to prepare for the Chief of Defense Nuclear Safety (CDNS) review of the Pantex Site Office areas of conduct of engineering, criticality safety, fire protection, and safety basis to include the master authorization agreements.

Angela Nguyen, B&W Pantex, is recognized for doing an outstanding job serving as the Explosive Technology Division representative to the ESMS core team in conjunction with her duties as a scientist in the 35-Account Laboratory.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.