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February 3, 2012

DNR honors employee of the year

Joy Sullivan, Flood Mitigation Program public information coordinator with the Land, Water & Conservation division, was awarded the title of statewide S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee of the year for 2010 during the Jan. 26, 2012 DNR Board meeting in Columbia.

Sullivan was selected as employee of the year from six DNR divisional winners out of the entire pool of DNR employees. The announcement was delayed until 2012 due to scheduling conflicts. The other divisional winners include: Nancy Hoover (OSS), Sandra Burton (Law Enforcement), Angie Williams (Executive), Betty Burn (Marine) and Daniel Rankin (WFWF).

Sullivan's many accomplishments over the last year include: Conservation Districts education and outreach in Newberry, Lexington, Richland and Kershaw counties providing educational instruction to K-12th grade students and adults on topics ranging from Backyard Habitat, Soils and Wise Water Use, and the coordination of the SC Envirothon Program (a high school environmental competition) from 2004-2011. The SC team came in 3rd overall in the North American competition in 2011 (including all Canadian territories and provinces and 45 states). She now coordinates public outreach efforts for the Flood Mitigation Program.

"Anyone bestowed with such a title is a product of DNR and a direct result of the people we’ve worked with, learned from, admired, appreciated and befriended," said Sullivan. "Thanks to all those for their combined and cooperative influences on me as an individual and as an employee. I am grateful and blessed to be a part of what DNR continues to achieve."

Sullivan is a 16 year employee with DNR. She is originally from East Chicago, Indiana, but spent her formative years with her missionary parents in Liberia and Tanzania. She graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies from Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and she also graduated an International Baccalaureate from the International School of Tanganyika, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She currently resides in West Columbia with her husband and two children.

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