2016 Fall Recipients

Governor Haslam created the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards to recognize outstanding state employees who are at the forefront of improving the way Tennessee State Government delivers services. Employees selected by their department’s leadership to receive the award are helping provide Tennessee taxpayers with the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost.


  • Art Colebank
    Digital Marketing SpecialistAgriculture

  • Ashton Bode
    Human Resource AnalystCommerce and Insurance

  • Christy Espey
    Team CoordinatorChildren's Services

  • Linda Green
    Internal Service Fund SpecialistGeneral Services

  • Patricia Hymer
    Director of Child Support Customer Service
    and AdministrationHuman Services

  • Bruce Davis
    Director of Behavior and Psychological ServicesIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Randy Roberts
    Human Resources Program SpecialistHuman Resources

  • Paul Vander Meer
    Senior Advisor, Fiscal PolicyEconomic & Community Development

  • Rick Zadd
    Operations Manager, CoreEducation

  • Jennifer Brinkman
    Assistant Director, Office of Criminal Justrice ProgramsFinance and Administration

  • Suzanne Grader
    Response Unit SpecialistHealth Care Finance and Administration

  • Helen Allen
    Public Health Office SupervisorHealth

  • Melinda Boner
    Senior IT ManagerLabor and Workforce Development

  • Liz Ledbetter
    Recovery Court AdministratorMental Health and Substance Abuse Services

  • Michael Helms
    Smyrna Volunteer Training Site SupervisorMilitary

  • Michelle Hudson
    Vehicle Services Assistant DirectorRevenue

  • Lisa Knight
    Safety Handgun DirectorSafety and Homeland Security

  • Randy Hedgepath
    State NaturalistEnvironment and Conservation

  • Christy Adams
    Administrative Services ManagerFinancial Institutions

  • Landon Kenderdine
    Judicial Cost AccountantCorrection

  • Sharon Reed
    Director of Human ResourcesTourist Development

  • Alan Durham
    Transportation ManagerTransportation

  • William (Bill) Pichette
    Administrative AssistantVeterans Services