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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Staff, Volunteers Honored for Achievement, Service

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 29, 2015 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums, recognized 40 employees for reaching service milestones and 135 individuals for commitment to the Foundation’s volunteer program at a June 11 event. The Foundation also presented merit awards to three employees for outstanding service in 2014.

Outreach Instructor Steven Prokopchak of Lanexa was honored as Gold Employee of the Year. Information Technology Manager Bill Turner of Williamsburg received the Customer Service Gold Award, and Visitor Services Manager Amy Detwiller of Toano received the Customer Service Silver Award.

Twenty-three full-time employees were recognized for achieving state service milestones during the past year. Staff Historian Nancy Egloff of Williamsburg and Retail Operations Product Manager Patricia Procopi of Hayes each were honored for 30 years of state service. Advertising and Marketing Operations Manager Cathy Rawlins of Williamsburg, and Accounting Technician Jane Kwiatkowski of Toano and Reservations Supervisor Bonnie Vosburg of Newport News, were recognized for 25 years of state service.

Fifteen-year service awards were presented to Outreach Instructor Dorothy Cassell, Media Relations Specialist Tracy Perkins, Senior Visitor Services Technician Rosemary Rankin, and Graphic Designer Holly Winslow, all of Williamsburg; Museum Historical Interpreter Elisa Provensen of Diggs; and Interpretive Services Assistant Manager Lara Templin of Charles City. Eight full-time employees were acknowledged for 10 years of state service, and four full-time employees received five-year service awards.

Three individuals received awards for 20 years of part-time service: Visitor Services Technician Helen Davis and Museum Program Assistant Nancy Kistler, both of Williamsburg, and Museum Program Assistant Ruth Smith of Gloucester.

Awards for 15 years of part-time service went to Museum Program Assistants Suzanne Dubois and Annabelle Socha, both of Williamsburg; Senior Gift Shop Clerk Joann Delorey of Newport News; and Gift Shop Clerk Yolanda Lee of Williamsburg. Six part-time employees received 10-year service awards, and five part-time employees received five-year service awards.

Eighty-three volunteers who contributed more than 100 hours of service in 2014 and 52 who reached cumulative service milestones were recognized, including Doug Lindeman of New Bern, N.C., for 9,500 hours; John Robinson of Hampton for 9,000 hours; James Magill Jr. of Williamsburg for 8,500 hours; Frank McGuirk of Williamsburg for 8,000 hours; Robert Nichols of Yorktown and Robert Kirchner of Williamsburg, both for 6,000 hours; and George Turner of Williamsburg for 5,500 hours.

Serving in all facets of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s operation, from greeting museum visitors to serving as crew on the Jamestown Settlement ships, a total of 1,100 volunteers provided 59,862 hours of service to all areas of the Foundation’s programs and activities in 2014. For more information about the volunteer program, call (757) 253-4034.