2017 Spring Recipients

Governor Haslam created the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards in 2016 to recognize outstanding state employees who are at the forefront of improving the way Tennessee State Government delivers services. The employees selected by their departments’ leaders are helping provide Tennessee taxpayers with the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost. Click below to learn more about each recipient.


  • Naomi Kelly
    MicrobiologistAgriculture

  • Kellee Smith
    Family Services Worker Children’s Services

  • Maliaka Bass
    Deputy General CounselCommerce and Insurance

  • Brittany Hageseth
    Probation and Parole Officer Correction

  • Sally Avery
    Director, Center for Economic Research Economic & Community Development

  • Linda Stachera
    System Administrator Education

  • Paula Middlebrooks
    Grants & Community Engagement Program ManagerEnvironment & Conservation

  • April Mayambu
    Executive Administrative Assistant Finance & Administration

  • Wade McCullough
    Program Administrator Financial Institutions

  • David Keith
    Fleet Supervisor 2General Services

  • Rhonda Edens
    Vitals Records Clerk Health

  • Thomas Wood
    Training CoordinatorHealth Care Finance & Administration

  • Sharon Moidja
    Director of Human Resources Service CenterHuman Resources

  • Linda Baharloo
    Supervisor, TRC Vocational Training ProgramHuman Services

  • Margi Story
    Director of East Tennessee HomesIntellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Charlotte Ely
    Regional DirectorLabor and Workforce Development

  • Tijuana Williams
    Lead Psychiatric TechnicianMental Health & Substance Abuse Services

  • HeeChong Yu
    GIS Analyst Military

  • Justin Rodgers
    Taxpayer Services RepresentativeRevenue

  • Christopher Osbourn
    TITAN Program DirectorSafety & Homeland Security

  • Sherry Hutchison
    Welcome Center ManagerTourist Development

  • Emerson Boguskie
    Highway Response Supervisor Transportation

  • Robert Million
    Cemetery ForemanVeterans Services