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15 State Employees To Receive The 'Governor's Awards For Excellence'

Press Release:

Award is the Highest Honor for State Employees

 Raleigh, N.C.     Fifteen state employees will be presented with the prestigious 'Governor's Awards for Excellence' on Tuesday. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive for dedicated service to the State and the citizens of North Carolina.

"These state employees represent the best of North Carolina," said Governor McCrory. "They serve as role models for their colleagues and an inspiration to their communities. They've demonstrated through their actions that when it comes to providing great service, nothing compares to their dedication and passion."

"Out of more than 80 nominations, an Awards Selection Committee chose 15 recipients in six categories," said Neal Alexander, Director of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR). "Their accomplishments must go beyond the scope of their normal duties to be selected. Among the awardees are innovators, heroes, caretakers and folks who helped transform their communities. I am proud to call them my colleagues in state government."

 The honorees attended a luncheon today at the Executive Mansion (see image below). They'll attend a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 2 p.m. — 3 p.m. at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.

 The 2015 Governor's Awards for Excellence honorees are:


  • Cheryl Annette Straub — University of North Carolina at Pembroke


  • Kenneth Ashe — Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Lawrence V. Kershaw — Fayetteville State University
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Maillard — Health and Human Services
  • Paula Woodhouse — State Human Resources


  • Jeff Gordon — Public Safety
  • Chris Niver — Transportation
  • Thomas Slusser — Environmental Quality


  • Christopher J. Matos — Public Safety
  • Angelia Stone Smith — Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • Talaya D. Vaughn — Transportation


  • Justine R. Hollingshead — North Carolina State University


  • Tarsha K. Crisp — Commerce — Division of Employment Security
  • Angela McCoy — Health and Human Services
  • Fessor McCoy — Health and Human Services

 Photographs of all of the honorees, along with a description of their awards, are available on OSHR's website at:

 The ceremony is hosted by OSHR with the support from the North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union Foundation.

  • North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
  • 116 West Jones St.
  • 1331 Mail Service Center
  • Raleigh, NC 27699-1331

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