2012 Sammies Finalists – The State Department Nominees

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) pay tribute to America’s dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. According to the Partnership for Public Service, the honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation.

The 2012 finalists include three nominees from the State Department.

2012 Finalist—Call to Service Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service. This medal is accompanied by a $5,000 award.

Shane Morris
Position: Supervisor, Diplomatic Courier Service
Agency: Department of State
Location: Germany

Achievement: Overcame numerous obstacles during the Arab Spring uprisings to ensure that U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment.

2012 Finalists—National Security and International Affairs Medal
This award recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security and international affairs (including defense, military affairs, diplomacy, foreign assistance and trade). This medal is accompanied by a $3,000 monetary award.

Michelle Bernier-Toth
Position: Managing Director, Overseas Citizens Services
Agency: Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Leads the effort to prepare the staff at U.S. embassies and consulates to help protect and evacuate Americans caught up in uprisings, wars and natural disasters.

Richard Boly
Position: Director, Office of eDiplomacy
Agency: Department of State
Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created innovative social media and online platforms for State Department employees around the world to collaborate, share information and connect with important outside audiences.

The finalists are contenders for nine Service to America Medals, including Federal Employee of the Year. Medal recipients will be announced on September 13 at a Washington, D.C. black-tie gala.

Read more about the Sammies here.

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