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Nevada County’s top employees honored

Shyloh Stearns has been named Nevada County Employee of the Year.

The Child Protective Services employee was brought to tears when recognized by her peers, who gave out a loud whoop when she was announced the winner Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Board Chairman Nate Beason called Stearns “an overall excellent employee” whose was willing to go the extra mile.



The Creative Employee of the Year was a tie, with Autumn Belon of the Sheriff’s Office and Peter Cheney of Human Resources sharing the honors. Belon was honored for improving booking sheets and Cheney for cost-effective ideas.

The Dedicated Employee of the Year was Alan Archer of the Madelyn Helling Library for searching and obtaining grants to keep the literacy program alive.




The Enthusiastic Employee of the Year was Terry McFeely of the Assessor’s Office, who was feted for her teaching and leadership.

The Safety Champion was Pat Schoellerman of Information and General Services, who was honored for making safety reminders fun.

The Supervisor of the Year was Margaret Duffy of Child Protective Services, who was lauded for mentoring with positive guidance.

The Team of the Year was the large amount of county employees who worked on the swine flu H1N1 team. Team leader Patty Carter smacked high-fives with many of those responsible.

Other employees nominated for the various categories are as follows:

Employees of the year

Jennifer Burns, Child Support Services; Hope Claar, Juvenile Hall; Angela Costa, Public Works Department; Rod Kahele, Juvenile Hall; Abby Kelly, Elections/Recorders; Suzanne McMaster, Child Protective Services and Tracy Morgan, Assessor’s Office.

Creative employee of the year

Marilyn Gale, Child Protective Services and Chris Ratzlaff, Information and General Services.

Dedicated employees of the year

Kim Allen, Child Protective Services; Landon Beard, Information and General Services; Sherri Cude, Child Protective Services; Sheree Goldstein, Assessor’s Office; Kim Honeywell, Public Health Department; Abby Kelly, Elections/Recorders Office; Charity Martinez, Child Protective Services; Mike McConahy, Juvenile Hall; Elizabeth Nielsen, Department of Social Services; Debbie Parman, Department of Social Services; Pat Schoellerman, IS Administration; Ray Schoenwant, Probation Department; Vickie Victor, Department of Social Services and Holly Whittaker, Public Health Department.

Enthusiastic employees of the year

Jennifer Ballinger, Department of Social Services; Bobbie George, Community Development Agency; Dan Hanna, Information and General Services; Liz Hawkins, IGS-Facilities Management; Tracey Lilyquist, Grass Valley Library; Pat Schoellerman, Information and General Services and Shyloh Stearns, Child Protective Services.

Safety Champion

Rod Kahele, Juvenile Hall.

Supervisors of the year

Jennifer Ballinger, Child Protective Services; Nicole Ebrahimi-Nuyken, Behavioral Health Department; Bob Elder, Sanitation Department; Susan Kadera, Human Resources; Darryl Quinn, Behavioral Health; Sharon Wagner, Assessor’s Office and Darlene Woo, Probation Department.

Teams of the year

Behavioral Health, New Directions Team; Child Support Services, Team D; Social Services, Cal Works Team; Social Services, Child Protective Services Emergency Response Team; Information Systems Core Infrastructure Refresh Team; Juvenile Hall Peer Court Presentation Team; Planning Department Code Compliance Division Team; Public Works Road Maintenance and Fleet Services Divisions Team and Sanitation District No. 1 Collections/Electrical Mechanical Team.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.


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