Title: Recreation Programmer
Government: Florence, Ariz.
Bio: At fifteen years old, Feliz began her career in public service as a part-time Recreation Leader working at the After School Program for the Town of Florence Parks and Recreation Department. Over the years, Ali has had the opportunity to grow within the department, continuing to work numerous recreation programs and special events In 2009, at just 21 years old, Ali was hired full-time as a Recreation Programmer overseeing youth and teen programs. She continued in that capacity until 2014, when she began coordinating Special Events and Marketing. Ali has been able to breathe new life into existing events, such as the annual Christmas on Main event, and added new events such as Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park.
Title: Management Analyst
Government: Clark County, Nev.
Bio: Walpole recently took over the performance measurement function on behalf of the County Manager and the rest of the Clark County senior management team. In her role, Katie works with over 20 different County departments on a monthly basis to submit performance measure reports, revise the various measures, analyze trends and calculate projections, and release information to the public via the Clark County website in order to promote transparency. She recently assisted the Election Department in developing performance measures. Furthermore, she is currently working with the County Public Administrator, the head of Park Police, and the Chief of Code Enforcement to develop performance measures for those programmatic areas. Additionally, since joining the County, Katie has assisted in revising and implementing several new departmental processes.
Title: Sr. Buyer
Government: Orlando, Fla. Utilities Commission
Bio: Zulay is currently a Senior Buyer for the Orlando Utilities Commission, but she began her career with the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. For the past 15 years, her career focus has been in public procurement and process engineering/improvement. Zulay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an Executive Certificate in Public Procurement and holds the credentials Certified Public Procurement Official, Certified Professional Public Buyer. After a decade and a half of public service, Millan is a seasoned and qualified young professional actively committed to public service and mentoring others. She speaks everyone’s language and bonds teams. Through her leadership excitement for public service is expanding and interest in public procurement is steadily increasing. She is an outstanding public servant and she is certainly “Igniting the Flame” regionally in Florida and nationwide.
Title: Solid Waste Education and Marketing Coordinator
Government: St. Lucie County, Fla.
Bio: As the newly hired Education and Marketing Coordinator for St. Lucie County’s Solid Waste Department, McDonald immediately began an extensive education and marketing campaign for the newly implemented residential single-stream recycling program. The goal was to create a 30 percent increase in participation and volume. In just over a year, the program has achieved a 50 percent increase in recycled materials with only an 8 percent contamination rate. Since the program’s inception, 93 percent of the residents have participated at one time or another. As a result of Allison’s incredible successes, she was asked to present at the State Recycle Florida Today conference as well as the joint summit of the Recycle Florida Today/Swana conference.
Title: Downtown and Business Development Manager
Government: Suwanee, Ga.
Bio: Edge created the Suwanee Youth Leaders program, an eight-month leadership program for high school sophomores and juniors. Now in its third year, the program centers on civic involvement, leadership skills and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, Edge creatively engages citizens and businesses in envisioning the redevelopment of Suwanee's downtown area, including the historic Pierce's Corner building and a new downtown park.
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