State Employee Awards

2007 Awards

2007 Awards

Agency/Employee(s)

Awards and Honors

Department of Health
Bob Stahl
Stahl was honored by the South Dakota Health Care Association with the 2007 Legend Award. This award is a testament to the long term efforts of Stahl and his staff to work collaboratively with the industry in the pursuit of the highest quality of care for South Dakota's elderly and disabled residents.
Department of Health
Carrie Churchill
Churchill recently received a Wind Beneath Our Wings Outstanding Performance Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Health and Human Services Committee.
Bureau of Administration
Jeff Holden
Holden received a President's Award for outstanding service to the National Association of State Procurement Officials. The award is given for efforts in coordinating cooperative purchasing efforts among member states of NASPO during the past year.
Department of Corrections
Kristi Bunkers
Bunkers was named the Outstanding SDCA Member for 2007 by the South Dakota Corrections Association for her work in juvenile corrections.
Department of Corrections
Doug Weber
Weber received the Satnan-Canary Award from the South Dakota Corrections Association. The award is the most prestigious honor granted by the SDCA and is given to someone who has made a worthy contribution to the corrections field in South Dakota.
Department of Tourism and State Development
Office of Tourism
In partnership with National Geographic Traveler, the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) has selected 10 travel industry organizations, one in which is the South Dakota Office of Tourism, to receive a 2007 Odyssey Award. This award is a premier travel recognition program for the visitor industry.
Department of Health
Paula Gibson and Bernie Osberg
Both were presented with Outstanding Contribution Awards for making significant contributions to the Department of Health over the course of their careers.
Department of Public Safety
Jason Forrest
Forrest was selected by the South Dakota Emergency Management Association as their Member of the Year.
Department of Public Safety
Tina Titze
Titze, an emergency management employee,  was selected to represent South Dakota at the 2008 European Visitors Program (EUVP). The EUVP invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe and experience and understand their goals, policies, and citizens, as well as their non-EU counterparts. Only 170 people are selected in the world, in which only 20 are from the United States.
Department of Health
Bob Stahl
Stahl is the recipient of the 2007 Legend Award from the South Dakota Health Care Association. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the long term care industry and its work to care for South Dakota's elderly and disabled residents.
Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 114th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office received the Third Place National Guard Bureau Information Award for their publication "Thunderbumper" newsletter.
Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 1147th Fighter Wing received the AFA Outstanding Air National Guard Flying Unit Award.
Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 114th Fighter Wing received the National Guard Association United States (NGAUS) Winston P. Wilson Trophy.
Department of Corrections
STAR Academy, Youth Challenge Center Program
The Youth Challenge Center program at STAR Academy was awarded the inaugural Barbara Allen-Hagen Corrections Facility Award from the Performance based Standards (PbS) project. The award was given to STAR Academy based on its focus on safety issues and integration of PbS into daily management operations.
Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt received the 2007 G.J. VanHeuvelen Award from the South Dakota Public Health Association. The award is presented to recognize individuals who have provided dedicated service to South Dakota's public health over an extended period of time.
Department of Tourism and State Development
Nancy Tystad Koupal, State Historical Society
Koupal received the 2007 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from the International Wizard of Oz Club for outstanding contributions to scholarship on Baum and his works.
Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt received the 2007 G.J. VanHeuvelen Award from the South Dakota Public Health Association. The award is presented to recognize individuals who have provided dedicated service to South Dakota’s public health over an extended period of time. 
Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
Division of Parks and Recreation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected Game, Fish, and Parks Division of Parks and Recreation as the recipient of this years' Partner in Advancing Public Health Award in recognition of its long-standing partnership with our Healthy South Dakota initiative.
Department of Health
Vital Records Office
The Vital Records office received the Trailblazer Award from the National Center for Health Statistics for being one of the states that have implemented the new standard certificate birth, death, and fetal death records.
Department of Health
Kathi Mueller
Mueller received the Triumph Award from the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) in the "Mentor" category.
Governor's Office of Economic Development
L. Frank Baum and Carolyn Conahan
The Discontented Gopher by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Carolyn Conahan, is a finalist in the Children's Chapter Book Category of the Mom's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Just for Moms Foundation.
State of South Dakota State of South Dakota has been honored with the 2006 Best Plate Award from the Automobile License Plat Collectors Association (ALPCA).
Department of Heath
Kathi Mueller
Mueller recently received the Triumph Award from the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) in the “Mentor” category.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Fred Steece
Steece has been awarded the J.P. Gries Geologist of the Year Award from the South Dakota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
Department of Health
Board of Nursing
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has identified the South Dakota Board of Nursing as one of the top performing nursing boards in the country, based on a 2005 survey data.
Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story, illustrated by Donald F Montileaux and published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2006, has won a Spur Award for Western Storytelling from the Western Writers of America.
Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
SDPB Radio
SDPB Radio received five regional Edward R Morrow Awards, including one for Overal Excellence.
Department of Health
Pat Gross
Pat Gross has received the first Human Rights Award from the Madison Unit of Church Women United for her many efforts for the less fortunate in her area.
Department of Tourism and State Development
Jay D. Vogt
The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers has named Picturing the Past: South Dakota's Historic Places as the winner of an Education Project award as part of its 2007 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Department of Social Services
Patti Vandenburg
The Center for Disabilities has chosen Vandenburg as the 2007 Recipient for the Distinguished Services Award.
Department of Health
Bob Stahl
Stahl was honored by the South Dakota Health Care Association with the 2007 Legend Award. This award is a testament to the long term efforts of Stahl and his staff to work collaboratively with the industry in the pursuit of the highest quality of care for South Dakota's elderly and disabled residents.


Department of Health
Carrie Churchill
Churchill recently received a Wind Beneath Our Wings Outstanding Performance Award from the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Health and Human Services Committee.


Bureau of Administration
Jeff Holden
Holden received a President's Award for outstanding service to the National Association of State Procurement Officials. The award is given for efforts in coordinating cooperative purchasing efforts among member states of NASPO during the past year.


Department of Corrections
Kristi Bunkers
Bunkers was named the Outstanding SDCA Member for 2007 by the South Dakota Corrections Association for her work in juvenile corrections.


Department of Corrections
Doug Weber
Weber received the Satnan-Canary Award from the South Dakota Corrections Association. The award is the most prestigious honor granted by the SDCA and is given to someone who has made a worthy contribution to the corrections field in South Dakota.


Department of Tourism and State Development
Office of Tourism
In partnership with National Geographic Traveler, the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) has selected 10 travel industry organizations, one in which is the South Dakota Office of Tourism, to receive a 2007 Odyssey Award. This award is a premier travel recognition program for the visitor industry.


Department of Health
Paula Gibson and Bernie Osberg
Both were presented with Outstanding Contribution Awards for making significant contributions to the Department of Health over the course of their careers.


Department of Public Safety
Jason Forrest
Forrest was selected by the South Dakota Emergency Management Association as their Member of the Year.


Department of Public Safety
Tina Titze
Titze, an emergency management employee,  was selected to represent South Dakota at the 2008 European Visitors Program (EUVP). The EUVP invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe and experience and understand their goals, policies, and citizens, as well as their non-EU counterparts. Only 170 people are selected in the world, in which only 20 are from the United States.


Department of Health
Bob Stahl
Stahl is the recipient of the 2007 Legend Award from the South Dakota Health Care Association. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the long term care industry and its work to care for South Dakota's elderly and disabled residents.


Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 114th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office received the Third Place National Guard Bureau Information Award for their publication "Thunderbumper" newsletter.


Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 1147th Fighter Wing received the AFA Outstanding Air National Guard Flying Unit Award.


Department of Military and Veteran Affairs The 114th Fighter Wing received the National Guard Association United States (NGAUS) Winston P. Wilson Trophy.


Department of Corrections
STAR Academy, Youth Challenge Center Program
The Youth Challenge Center program at STAR Academy was awarded the inaugural Barbara Allen-Hagen Corrections Facility Award from the Performance based Standards (PbS) project. The award was given to STAR Academy based on its focus on safety issues and integration of PbS into daily management operations.


Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt received the 2007 G.J. VanHeuvelen Award from the South Dakota Public Health Association. The award is presented to recognize individuals who have provided dedicated service to South Dakota's public health over an extended period of time.


Department of Tourism and State Development
Nancy Tystad Koupal, State Historical Society
Koupal received the 2007 L. Frank Baum Memorial Award from the International Wizard of Oz Club for outstanding contributions to scholarship on Baum and his works.


Department of Health
Norma Schmidt
Schmidt received the 2007 G.J. VanHeuvelen Award from the South Dakota Public Health Association. The award is presented to recognize individuals who have provided dedicated service to South Dakota’s public health over an extended period of time. 


Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
Division of Parks and Recreation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected Game, Fish, and Parks Division of Parks and Recreation as the recipient of this years' Partner in Advancing Public Health Award in recognition of its long-standing partnership with our Healthy South Dakota initiative.


Department of Health
Vital Records Office
The Vital Records office received the Trailblazer Award from the National Center for Health Statistics for being one of the states that have implemented the new standard certificate birth, death, and fetal death records.


Department of Health
Kathi Mueller
Mueller received the Triumph Award from the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) in the "Mentor" category.


Governor's Office of Economic Development
L. Frank Baum and Carolyn Conahan
The Discontented Gopher by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by Carolyn Conahan, is a finalist in the Children's Chapter Book Category of the Mom's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Just for Moms Foundation.


State of South Dakota State of South Dakota has been honored with the 2006 Best Plate Award from the Automobile License Plat Collectors Association (ALPCA).


Department of Heath
Kathi Mueller
Mueller recently received the Triumph Award from the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) in the “Mentor” category.


Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Fred Steece
Steece has been awarded the J.P. Gries Geologist of the Year Award from the South Dakota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.


Department of Health
Board of Nursing
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has identified the South Dakota Board of Nursing as one of the top performing nursing boards in the country, based on a 2005 survey data.


Department of Tourism and State Development
South Dakota Historical Society
Tatanka and the Lakota People: A Creation Story, illustrated by Donald F Montileaux and published by the South Dakota Historical Society Press in 2006, has won a Spur Award for Western Storytelling from the Western Writers of America.


Bureau of Information and Telecommunications
SDPB Radio
SDPB Radio received five regional Edward R Morrow Awards, including one for Overal Excellence.


Department of Health
Pat Gross
Pat Gross has received the first Human Rights Award from the Madison Unit of Church Women United for her many efforts for the less fortunate in her area.


Department of Tourism and State Development
Jay D. Vogt
The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers has named Picturing the Past: South Dakota's Historic Places as the winner of an Education Project award as part of its 2007 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.


Department of Social Services
Patti Vandenburg
The Center for Disabilities has chosen Vandenburg as the 2007 Recipient for the Distinguished Services Award.