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Story - SECVA Honor Award for I CARE Presented to NCA HR Staff

Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Presents SECVA Honor Award for I CARE to NCA Human Resources Staff

Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Presents SECVA Honor Award for I CARE to NCA Human Resources Staff


The Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs (IUSMA) Ronald E. Walters presented the Secretary’s Honor Award for ICARE to its Human Resources Center (HRC) at the Annual National Cemetery Administration (NCA) Training Conference held in Leesburg, Virginia March 3-4.

“Since its inception in 2006, the NCA HR Center has transformed HR service delivery within NCA and has been at the forefront of providing the best customer service to employees, managers, and the general public. The HRC exemplifies ICARE values and as a result is nominated for the Secretary’s Honor Award for ICARE,” said IUSMA Walters. “This award is new to VA but carries great significance in our transformation to a customer focused organization,” he said.

HRC Director Kevin Kelley accepted a trophy and ICARE certificate to display in the HRC office. Framed certificates and a medal will be presented to each of the 25 HRC employees. The Secretary’s Honor Award for I CARE Certificate reads:

In recognition of your dedication to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Core Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence (I CARE). Your determination will pave a legacy of better support for our Nation’s Veterans and make VA a place where people want to serve.

The individuals on the HRC team are:

Kevin Kelley, Director
Lorinda Peters, Chief of Operations
Brenda Jaynes, Chief, Employee/Labor Relations Division
Harold Williams, Lead Human Resources Specialist
Constance Aiken, Human Resources Specialist
Alicia Almodovar, Human Resources Specialist
Timothy Beck, Human Resources Specialist
Julie Clark, Human Resources Assistant
Molly Delaney, Human Resources Assistant
Vincent Delaney, Human Resources Specialist
Marsha Dickson, Human Resources Specialist
Beth Dumblis, Human Resources Specialist
Earnestine Fulton, Human Resources Assistant
NaTosha Grey, Human Resources Specialist
Lucinda Hamilton, Human Resources Assistant
William Hamilton, Human Resources Assistant
Chad Helton, Personnel Security Specialist
Jacquelyn Hicks, Human Resources Specialist
Russell Kesel, Program Support Assistant
Andrew Leveque, Human Resources Assistant
Eugenia Marable, Human Resources Assistant
Kathleen Monday, Human Resources Specialist
Eileen Smith, Human Resources Specialist
Jennifer Zaren-Smith, Human Resources Specialist
Lynn White, Human Resources Specialist

In FY 2015, the HRC made 91% of job offers within a 60-day period. The team is the first to receive the SECVA’s Honor ICARE Award in all of NCA.

The IUSMA also presented an ICARE Certificate of Commitment and a IUSMA coin to Eric Powell for his commitment to serving as the Acting Director for Memorial Programs Service. Powell joined NCA in November 2014 as Deputy Director of Memorial Programs Service.

Other certificates were presented to several cemeteries of NCA in recognition of outstanding support to the Cemetery Caretaker Apprenticeship Program and to cemetery directors who attended the Secretary’s Leaders Developing Leaders (LDL) training for initiating projects and ideas of improvements and changes to the agency.

These leaders are cemetery directors John Knapp, Juan Nieves, Jasper Edwards, Roderick Thomas, Gene Linxwiler, Craig LaChance, Rudy Arnold, and North Atlantic District Executive Director Josh de Leon.

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