NASDA-NASS Announce 2017 Enumerators and Supervisors of the Year

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Twelve NASDA enumerators and supervisors were honored during the annual NASS Awards for Excellence Program held on December 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes enumerators and supervisors for outstanding efforts which resulted in Agency-wide impact in any of the areas of survey quality, response rates, efficiency, enumerator training and development, enhancing respondent relations, and forging relationships within the agricultural community.

Each NASDA award recipient is recognized at the agency’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, receives an awards plaque, and receives a monetary award for their outstanding efforts. The NASDA Enumerator of the Year Award recognizes work and accomplishments performed during the period of July 1-June 30 of the current year.

Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.

The awards program has become an important part of the NASS-NASDA partnership. The grassroots data collection and public relations work performed by NASDA enumerators is key to NASS’s ability to perform its mission of serving the Nation’s agriculture community. NASS and NASDA congratulate all of the 2017 honorees!

Field Enumerator Awards

Gilman Beck, North Dakota. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and North Dakota Field Office in teamwork, data collection and strengthening respondent relations.

Bambi Burns, Arkansas. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Delta Regional Office in teamwork, data collection and strengthening respondent relations.

Elaine Doucet, Louisiana. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Louisiana Field Office for more than 25 years and taking on large assignments  while staying under budget and maintaining a response rate over 90%.

Judy Fulkerson, Washington. For exemplary dedication to the NASS/NASDA mission and conscientious, professional service to the agricultural businesses and producers of Washington state.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Michael Strain presented the 2017 Enumerator of the Year award to honoree Elaine Doucet for her outstanding agricultural data collection work on behalf of NASS and NASDA in Louisiana. (L-r) Commissioner Mike Strain, NASDA Enumerator Elaine Doucet, NASS Louisiana State Statistician Kathy Broussard, and NASDA Supervisor Jan Bergeron.

Field Supervisory Enumerator Awards

Diane McPhee, Michigan. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Michigan Field Office in teamwork, data collection and strengthening respondent relations. 

Jerry Nakagaki, California. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and California Field Office and for mentoring, motivating, encouraging his team and for taking on a challenging assignment during the ACES project.

Office Enumerator Awards

Nancy Davenport, Oklahoma Data Collection Center. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Oklahoma Data Collection Center and providing mentoring and coaching to new enumerators and for always taking on new challenges.

Ellen Garcia, Wyoming Data Collection Center.  For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Wyoming Data Collection Center and providing mentoring and coaching to new enumerators. Ellen is a member of the DCC Research team and is known as the detective for closing the loop on difficult records to locate.

Tracy Morgan, Oklahoma Data Collection Center. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Oklahoma Data Collection Center and providing mentoring and coaching to new enumerators and for building trust and cooperation with respondents by confidence and “can do” attitude. Bill Perry, National Operations Division Data Collection Center. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and NOD Data Collection Center and being the “go-to person” for testing survey instruments prior to the start of a new survey.

Office Supervisory Enumerator Awards

Andrea Knoles, Montana  Data Collection Center. For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Montana Data Collection Center and decreasing cost per survey and increasing percent completes by using her expertise in scheduling and managing staff effectively.

Marcella Simmons, Wyoming Data Collection Center.  For outstanding dedication and service to NASDA and Wyoming Data Collection Center and for leadership and positive impact on the NASDA team. 

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