Shannon Joyner, an administrative assistant in the NCDA&CS’ Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division, was recently named the January 2011 Employee of the Month. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recognized her for her contribution to the department during a ceremony in Raleigh Monday. Joyner has been with the department for nearly six years and is instrumental in preparing her division’s budget, developing fiscal reports and assisting with human resource management for the division’s employees. In her spare time, Joyner enjoys hiking and volunteers on behalf of animal welfare and animal rescue organizations.
The following is an excerpt from Joyner’s nomination letter:
Shannon Joyner continually demonstrates an outstanding and enthusiastic commitment to customer service—both internal and external to our programs; to accomplishment in terms of ensuring that our programs remain benchmarks nationwide; and to innovative and progressive program thinking, planning and management. Her skillful professionalism, knowledge and abilities in conducting each and every facet of her responsibilities in managing our Divisions fiscal and human resources management program elements, as well as in her oversight and management of our federal cooperative agreement and grant programs.
Her ability to learn and master the myriad of new accounting and personnel management systems being thrust upon State Government is truly amazing. Her diligence and study has ensured that our programs remain on point and within budget in every respect. Her advice on how to cover any shortfalls and maintain necessary operating funds is of tremendous benefit to the Director and the Deputies in enabling them to carry out their program management and planning responsibilities. Shannon is a visionary thinker with outstanding abilities to think strategically. The Director and the Deputies continue to acknowledge, value and rely upon Shannon’s keen insights, outstanding problem-solving abilities, as well as her outstanding capacity to routinely accomplish all work expectations independently and with none but the most minimal of direction.
Shannon’s outstanding accomplishments are recognized and commended by EPA Region IV program administrators during our program reviews, PRE-SFIREG Meetings, and in conference calls and all other venues in which we interact with EPA staff and other state government counterparts. Likewise, her outstanding skills, insight and expertise are recognized throughout our entire Department.