Administrative Officer 3
Design & Renovation - Bureau of Administrative Services
Raymond Roy was the contact point for requests for sanitizing in the L&I Building and other program areas for L&I throughout the state. Ray was responsible to coordinate with the vendors to ensure a "Safe" working environment for every employee to return to the building safely. Raymond would work many non-traditional hours to ensure proper safety was adhered to during sanitizing. This work was completed on weekends, holidays, and personal days were put on hold during the height of COVID. We all would like to say "Thank You Ray".
During the PHE, our Bureau simultaneously underwent a change in leadership while navigating the challenges of working from home. With this new leadership also came abrupt and significant changes to our project - MMIS 2020 - which is now renamed MMIS Modernization. Although the entire Bureau felt the effects of these changes, the Systems Oversight Section (lead by Dan Sorge), came under an immense amount of pressure - time sensitive pressure - due to the type of work we do (MMIS budget management, APD submissions, website management, MA Bulletin distribution, to name a few). Dan is a true leader and kept his entire team focused, on track, and showed us all what true teamwork really looks like. Dan is not afraid to get his hands dirty and help out with whatever needs to get done to "keep the ball moving," despite many last minute changes and, unfortunately, poor communication and lack of direction from upper management. It is not unusual for him to be responding to emails in the late hours of the evening as well as on weekends simply because he knows how some items truly can't wait until the next business day. When dealing with budget, contracts, etc. time is always of the essence. That is the case even in a normal season, and during the PHE this just grew ten-fold. For example, overseeing and assisting with drafting and submitting an APD to secure enhanced federal funding for the MMIS system changes needed to comply with the COVID-19 emergency. APDs normally take a MINIMUM of 5 months to complete; however, this APD went out within a month from the time the Governor's disaster declaration went into effect. Dan and his staff worked together and well past end of shift on many days to make this happen. This prompt action ensured money was on the table for the vendors to begin work as quickly as possible, and enabled us to pay the vendor in a timely matter. Dan also is a "think outside the box" type of person and when there is a problem, he will always find a way to solve it. During this past year, even with additional unexpected work related to either the PHE or the significant change in leadership, our section maintained the same momentum and dedication to our work. For example, the other APDs for our many MMIS related projects were submitted on time, the budgets were managed appropriately, the various DHS website pages were updated timely and accurately to keep the public as well as Medicaid providers informed of the changes. His staff went above and beyond (also working late on a number of occasions, traveling far to other locations just to get internet access) to succeed on a team level. Dan leads by example and because of that, his staff are some of the best state workers I've ever met and it is an honor to work for/with him.
Chief Procurement Officer
Janice worked all hours of the night, weekends, and holidays to source goods from overseas. And not for a short duration. This went on from March, 2020 until May, 2021. She routinely attended off hours calls and served as BOP liaison with PEMA and DOH on the weekends, in addition to sourcing duties. Generally speaking, she was on 24 hrs duty every other weekend.
Health Care Navigator
Casa San Jose
Claudia Sanchez is Casa San Jose's Health Care Navigator. She began her work at Casa during 2020 when the pandemic started. Her main duty is to get as many Latinos as possible vaccinated against COVID-19. Due to this responsibility, she has worked additional time to build in more than 10 partnerships with different organizations and hospitals, whose employees replied to her after 5 pm. She has also organized more than 30 COVID-19 bilingual clinics and worked after working hours so hundreds of Latinos who could not get a vaccine from 9 am to 5 pm can get one. She has made thousands of calls with clients to talk about the importance of getting a vaccine during the night as many of them cannot answer calls during the day or afternoon. Thanks to her efforts, over 3,000 individuals have been vaccinated so far.
Debbie Sampson (x4)
RN, BSN, Owner
Quality Patient Centered Services
As a business owner, Debbie jumped in feet first to provide staffing relief at SCI Phoenix, sometimes working 20 hour shifts, working 6-7 days/week while still running her business to provide additional staffing relief to other PA DOC facilities.
Roadway Programs Technician
Penndot Blair County 9-2
John always exceeds expectations and works additional hours without compensation to ensure his duties are done well and the deadlines are all met within the time allotted. He thrived during the pandemic by organizing and receiving supplies for the District Office ad well as the County. John even utilized his own vehicle and drove around on his own time to find PPE and other sanitation supplies that were otherwise unavailable during the pandemic. John continues to work extra hours and provide excellent service to the commonwealth in his capacity. He cares about his work and the people he serves and goes above and beyond in everything he does.