Visioneers Recognized at the FSE Continuous Improvement MeetingDecember 2013
Walt Dennis, USDA
Research Microbiologist at the USDA, Jan Narciso, Ph.D., says, "Just wanted to thank you and your crew for getting us set for our fogging experiment. It couldn't have happened without your help. It all went without a hitch and now we are just waiting to see if it worked... I know you will say that you were just doing your job, but you always go the extra mile and I wanted you to know it is much appreciated. Thanks again."
Kendrick Johnson, CDC
"As the Deputy Director for Facilities here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," says George K. Raymond, "I have had the pleasure of knowing Kendrick Johnson for the last 10 years. He has been employed here at CDC through Four Seasons Environmental. Kendrick has been a tremendous support and an asset to our mission here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and I find it an honor to work side by side with him."
Darren Dean, CDC Chamblee / IRS Atlanta
Richard Hart (COR, IRS Atlanta) says "I had to pile on Additional Services in support of our ongoing renovation projects and to correct failed control systems installed by GSA just a few years ago. I have to mention the daily difficulties trying to operate the failed systems...Darren personally fills in all the gaps in technical expertise - he knows quite a bit more about this place than I do. He certainly knows people, how to work with them and to influence them to work toward the common goal. He also manages to integrate all their useful qualities into a functioning unit despite dips and bumps along the way."
Beth Love, USDA Athens
"Beth has been instrumental in assisting the USDA...in finding ways to continue operations with diminished funding and personnel," says Lauren McMillan, P.E., Administrative Officer at the USDA. "She is always willing to assist, even when the duties are not necessarily hers...She has helped save the government money with her suggestions...she always has great suggestions and is willing to work through tough situations to find a resolution."
Ken Yockey, FSE Consulting Group
Ken visits Kenya regularly to gain a better understanding of how to help with the water problems. During this time he has become very close to the Maasai people. "I was adopted into the tribe, and later became a Maasai Elder and warrior." Ken's name became "Kenyockey" pronounced as one word.
Through Ken's help, three wells have been established in the local Maasai villages. One in Bissell Town has the power to produce water for more than 8,000 people. However, the wells are very difficult and expensive to install. Most are more than 600 feet deep. The wells have to go through a permit process from the government, which is very difficult.
New water has just been located in a remote Maasai area; the well will need to be more than 800 feet deep. Ken is actively working to help raise money to fund this project.
Additionally, Ken is also working on an Eco-Farm project, which will help teach the Maasai how to grow food using drip irrigation. Using new water resources, Ken is working on yet another project in which the Maasai make adobe blocks from earth. The process is very eco-friendly and saves the trees that, in the past, were cut down to fire the brick.
Kelsey Cassato, FSE Tampa Office
I have the opportunity to begin planning trips for The No More Foundation that exists to call the body of Christ, all churches and all denominations, into action against the social injustices in the world. In the fight against human trafficking, No More has been called to Thailand with Rescue1 to rescue children directly out of slavery...We will go to this area that is bordered by Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar with Vietnam and China just a few hours away. Buses full of women and children regularly drive through this funnel to Bangkok to be trafficked to the rest of Southeast Asia and the world. I will be facilitating and leading a team here in August to attempt to rescue children from brothels, to purchase children from families who are selling their youngest child to feed the rest of the family (a common Thai practice), and to create a documentary so the church of America can see the reality of slavery in the world. Once these children are purchased, they are placed in an orphanage where they go to school and live, but keep constant contact with their family.
Dan and Kathy Tarkington, FSE Owners
Founding the vision: In a nurturing corporate climate where families are valued and continuous improvement is a way of life, we will treat our customers and our fellow employees as we would wish to be treated so that we will continue to be our customers' contractor of choice.