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

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., June 17, 2014 – The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums, recently recognized 60 employees for reaching service milestones and 128 individuals for commitment to the Foundation’s volunteer program. The Foundation also presented merit awards to three employees at a June 4 event.

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center museum logosDirector of Finance Jean Puckett of Williamsburg was named Gold Employee of the Year, and Associate Director of Development Christina Dominguez of Poquoson was named Silver Employee of the Year. Outreach Education Supervisor Susan Horne of Williamsburg received the Gold Customer Service Award. The awards were presented by Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman H. Benson Dendy III and Executive Director Philip G. Emerson.

Thirty-five full-time employees were recognized for state service milestones. The Foundation honored Assistant Curator Daniel Hawks of Williamsburg for 45 years of service and Historical Interpreter Frederik Scholpp of Norge for 30 years of service. Five staff members were recognized for 25-year milestones: Carpenter Michael Hogge of Gloucester; HVAC Technician Dean Tillage of Gloucester Point; and Historian Edward Ayres, Historical Interpreter Terry Bond and On-Site Education Manager Anne Price-Hardister, all of Williamsburg.

Twenty-year service awards were presented to Fiscal Technician Kathryn Bridewell of Toano, Exhibits Fabricator Assistant Paul Everett of Newport News, and Interpretive Site Supervisor Frank Hardister and Senior Exhibit Services Assistant Manager Mary Pugh, both of Williamsburg.

Fifteen-year service awards were presented to 11 full-time employees: Director of Finance Jean Puckett, Graphic Designer Ruby Gardner, Assistant Interpretive Site Manager Cynthia Daniel, Customer Research Manager Dale Hall, Electronic Exhibits Technician Todd Johnson, Historical Interpreter Lynn Powell, and Exhibit & Design Manager Rhonda Tyson, all of Williamsburg, as well as Administrative Assistant Linda Orgeron of Yorktown, Historical Interpreter Don Hulick of Claremont, Administrative Assistant Connie Powell of Urbanna, and Historical Interpreter Gregory Schneck of Yorktown. Sixteen employees also received ten- and five-year service awards.

A total of 25 part-time employees reached state service milestones. Two part-time staff members, Gift Shop Assistant Supervisor Celesta Arrington of Newport News and Visitor Services Museum Program Assistant Joan Conner of Williamsburg, were recognized for 20 years of service at the Foundation. Seven part-time staff members received 15-year awards: Visitor Services Technician Fernus Ferede of Williamsburg; On-Site Education Museum Program Assistant Patricia Perry of Yorktown; On-Site Education Museum Program Assistant Patricia Smith of Charles City; and On-Site Education Museum Program Assistant William Bryant, Development Assistant Charlotte Gerhardt, Interpretation Museum Program Assistant Christine LeMaire, and On-Site Education Museum Program Assistant Dennis McSweeney, all of Williamsburg. Sixteen part-time employees received ten- and five-year service awards.

A total of 128 volunteers who contributed more than 100 hours in 2013, including 55 who reached cumulative service milestones, were recognized. Among them were Doug Lindeman of New Bern, N.C., for attaining 9,000 hours of cumulative service; John Robinson of Hampton for 8,500 hours; Jim Magill of Williamsburg for 8,000 hours; Frank McGuirk of Williamsburg for 7,500 hours; and Jake Kirchner of Williamsburg and Bob Nichols of Yorktown for 5,500 hours.

Awards for more than 3,500 to 4,500 cumulative hours of service were presented to Dick Turner, Steve Link, Karen Peifer, Rich Watkins, and Pat Morton, all of Williamsburg, and Dennis Dicus of Yorktown. Serving in all facets of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s operation, from greeting museum visitors to providing technical support, nearly 950 volunteers provided more than 61,066 service hours in 2013. For more information about the volunteer program, call (757) 253-4034.