Personnel Specialist Felicia Ramirez receives the HR Excellence Award.

Personnel Specialist Felicia Ramirez receives the HR Excellence Award from Lisa Lassetter, CDCR’s Human Resources Deputy Director.

Felicia Ramirez has been recognized for her hard work with the HR Excellence Award.

The Personnel Specialist works at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt.

Lisa Lassetter, Deputy Director of Human Resources with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, presented her the award during the facility’s all-staff meeting on Nov. 5.

The HR Excellence Award is given to a staff member nominated by their peers and selected by executive management for working above and beyond what may be expected of them. This particular employee was nominated for her dedication and hard work during the office merger of Office of Peace Officer Selection and Office of Training and Professional Development.

She provides excellent customer service which is pleasant, thorough and timely, according to those who bestowed the award.

HR also acknowledged the other employees who were nominated this quarter.

“Your excellence does not go unnoticed. Thank you for your hard work,” the presentation stated.

Other nominees included:

  • Daniel Ruth, SSA, Office of Personnel Services
  • Karen Penman, APA, Office of Personnel Services
  • Lt. Todd Stoltenberg, Office of Training and Professional Development
  • Rosemary J Chavez, PS, Office of Personnel Services
  • Agatha Hernandez-Beall, APA, Office of Personnel Services
  • Brent Kurosawa, AGPA, Office of Workforce Planning
  • Elizabeth Parkman, APA, Office of Personnel Services
  • Jennifer Beardsley, APA, Office of Personnel Services

What is the award?

Recognizes staff for their superior accomplishments in HR. All HR staff members are eligible to receive the award. Nominations come from peers or employees outside of HR. The HR executive team reviews the nominations and makes the final decision which is presented during the quarterly HR All Staff Meeting. There have been three awards so far.

What are the criteria to be nominated?

  • Excellent customer service.
  • A special project or event.
  • Resolving a difficult operational problem.
  • Responding to an emergency situation.
  • Producing exceptional quantity or quality of work.
  • Suggesting a procedure or idea that improves operations.
  • Going above and beyond normal work duties.


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