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Individual Awards

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Jennifer McCoy, Watershed Stewardship’s Environmental Programs Coordinator, was presented the 2017 Hugh A. Wycoff Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) for demonstrating outstanding service through one or more of the various activities of the Association.

Dusty L. Jordan, System Maintenance Division, received a "Life-Saving Award" from the Cobb County Fire & Emergency Service Department. On September 22, 2014, a Cobb County Water Department employee was working on a water pipe when a citizen asked if he could hear someone yelling for help. Dusty turned off his equipment and quickly ran into the backyard of the victim where he found an elderly woman completely submerged near the bank of a small lake, clinging to a small branch with only her face breaking the surface of the water. Dusty jumped in the water, freed her from a thicket of bushes and pulled her to safety. Fast recognition and decisive actions saved a life that day.

Amy Warnock, Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award 2015 - Amy Warnock, Water Efficiency Programs Specialist, Water Conservation Program, was awarded the Emerging Leader Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). This award was presented in recognition of a person who has been a member for five years or less for outstanding service to the GAWP.

Jesse Leboeuf, was recognized and inducted into the Golden Manhole Society of the Georgia Water Environment Federation and Georgia Association of Water Professional. This induction is considered a high honor for individual who have made significant contribution to the art and science of collection system operation through operation, maintenance, design, construction, management, planning, education, training, or the certification of collection systems, as well as through service to GWEF and GAWP.

Mike Kahle, was recognized as the New Trainer of the Year 2014 - Mike Kahle, Cobb's environmental programs specialist, was recognized as the New Trainer of the Year by the Georgia EPD. He has conducted 55 workshops, certifying 471 volunteers and was praised for going above and beyond to educate and motivate volunteers.

Stephen D. McCullers, Recipient of the Silver Eagle Award - Stephen D. McCullers, Cobb County Water System Director, won the County's management team award Silver Eagle for his leadership among his peers.

Stephen D. McCullers, Recipient of the Golden Goose Leadership Award - Steve D. McCullers, Cobb County Water System Director, was the recipient of the Golden Goose Leadership Award presented by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.

Kathy Nguyen, Recipient of the William J. Greene Award 2013 - Kathy Nguyen, Sr. Project Manager, Water Efficiency Program was the recipient of the 2013 William J. Greene Award presented by Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP.

This award was presented in recognition of her dedication and service, skills, professionalism, and outstanding leadership in support of the GAWP.

Ernest Earn, Recipient of the Alva T. Storey Award 2011 - Ernest Earn, Sr. Contract Project Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was the recipient of the 2011 Alva T. Storey Award presented by Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP. This award was presented in recognition of outstanding service related to activities in support of the Association. This award may be conferred annually upon a member of
the Association who has demonstrated voluntary service in the form of Association Leadership and Administration, Membership Recruitment, Technical Contributions, Training, Encouragement and/or Support; a level of service above and beyond the call of duty which exemplifies the essence of GAWP success.

Alicia Giddens, WEF Laboratory Analyst of the Year 2010 - Alicia Giddens, Superintendent, Water Quality Laboratory, was honored with the Laboratory Analyst of the Year by the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Judy Jones, GAWP's New Vice-President 2010 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, has been selected to serve as Vice-President for the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). Judy has been a member of the GAWP since 1995. She served on the Board of Directors and the GWEF Executive Committee from 2000 to 2007 and chaired the membership and building committees for the GAWP. Judy is also a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) and is actively involved with the WEF's, Long Range Planning, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and Student, Young Professional, and Membership Committees.

Kathy Nguyen, Hugh A. Wychkoff Award 2010 - Kathy Nguyen, Sr. Projects Manager, Water Conservation Program, was awarded the 2010 Hugh A. Wyckoff Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) for demonstrating outstanding service through one or more of the various activities of the Association.

Judy Jones, President's Award 2010 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was awarded the 2010 President's Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) for demonstrating outstanding leadership to build the Association into the organization it is today.

Jennifer McCoy, Georgia Project WET Facilitator of the Year 2010 - Watershed-Stewardship Program Coordinator, Environmental Compliance, Water Protection Division, was awarded 2010 Georgia Project WET Facilitator of the Year Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) for environmental leadership in promoting water education throughout Georgia.

Judie Mazih, winner of the Martha Logue "Excellence in Leadership Award" 2010 - Judie Mazih, Administration, Business Services, was a winner of the Martha Logue "Excellence in Leadership Award". This Award is presented annually to an EXCEL graduate who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, innovation, management ability, and dedication to Cobb County.

Judy Jones, Charlie Jones Award 2009 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was honored with the 2009 Charlie Jones Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP. This award was presented in recognition of an individual's extraordinary service and contributions to the Water Environment Federation and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Kathy Nguyen, Communicator of the Year Award 2009 - Kathy Nguyen, Sr. Projects Manager, Water Conservation Program, was awarded with the 2009 Communicator of the Year Award by the Georgia Green Industry Association, GGIA. This award was presented in recognition of distinguished and unselfish service to the horticulture industry in Georgia.

Mike Waldon, Golden Wrench Award 2009 - Mike Waldon, Utility Mechanic I, Water Protection Division, was awarded with the 2009 Golden Wrench Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. He was recognized as the "Top Tech Maintenance Technologist" in the state. This award is presented annually to a person who exemplifies maintenance professionalism in the water and wastewater industry.

Daniel Machado, ISA Recognition 2009 - Daniel Machado, Process Control Analyst I, Technology Support Group, Water Protection Division, was recognized by the International Society of Automation, ISA. ISA is a global, nonprofit organization that develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education/training, and publishes books/technical articles for automation professionals.

Marvin Richards, Dick Clary Award 2008 - Marvin Richards, Backflow Prevention Supervisor, Environmental Compliance, Water Protection Division, was honored with the 2008 Dick Clary Award by The Georgia Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association. This is one of the top awards presented by the GABPA and is bestowed upon an individual for recognition of exceptional achievements in the conduct of GABPA activities and a significant contribution to backflow prevention in Georgia. The recipient is an individual of outstanding character who strives to promote Backflow Prevention in order to protect one of our most precious natural resources ...WATER!

Kathy Nguyen, Alva T. Storey Award 2008 - Kathy Nguyen, Sr. Projects Manager, Water Conservation Program, was awarded with the 2008 Alva T. Storey Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. This award was presented in recognition of outstanding service related to activities in support of the Association. This award may be conferred annually upon a member of the Association who has demonstrated voluntary service in the form of Association Leadership and Administration, Membership Recruitment, Technical Contributions, Training, Encouragement and/or Support; a level of service above and beyond the call of duty which exemplifies the essence of GAWP success.

Robert Brice, William J. Greene Award 2007 - Robert Brice, (Retired) Director of the Cobb County Water System, was the recipient of the 2007 William J. Greene Award presented by the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association. This award recognizes a person for outstanding service to AWWA as demonstrated by support of the Georgia Section. Mr. Brice was recognized for his service to GAWWA and his leadership in the water profession throughout his tenure as Director of the Water System.

Jennifer McCoy, Georgia Conservancy Teaching Conservation Facilitator of the Year 2007 - Jennifer McCoy, Watershed-Stewardship Program Coordinator, Environmental Compliance, Water Protection Division, was awarded the Teaching Conservation Facilitator of the Year 2007 by the Georgia Conservancy. This award presented in recognition of Jennifer's commitment to helping others develop awareness and skills that have resulted in informed decisions and responsible behavior in protecting Georgia's environment.

Kathy Nguyen, Emerging Leader Award 2007 - Kathy Nguyen, Sr. Project Manager, Water Conservation Program, was awarded the Emerging Leader Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). This award was presented in recognition of a person who has been a member for five years or less for outstanding service to the GAWP. Kathy has been a very active member of the Georgia Water Wise Council, which is a section of GAWP and has been serving as vice-chair of this Section.

Judy Jones, Arthur Sidney Bedell Award 2007 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was awarded the 2007 Arthur Sidney Bedell Award by the Georgia Water Environment Federation, GWEF. This award is presented annually to a GWEF member to acknowledge extraordinary personal service to GWEF and GAWP. Judy served on the GWEF Executive Committee and chaired the GWEF Section in 2004. She currently serves on the GWEF Board of Trustees.

Alicia Giddens, Ira C. Kelley Award 2006 - Alicia Giddens, Biologist, Water Quality Laboratory, was awarded the 2006 Ira C. Kelley Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. The purpose of this award is to encourage and promote advancements and achievements in the environmental laboratory field. This award is presented to a person who demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in operating an environmental laboratory facility; performed outstanding service in instruction and training other laboratory analysts; contributed to the advancement of the laboratory field; and/or developed analytical techniques, procedures or instrumentation.

Roy Tillman, Customer Service Award 2006 - Roy Tillman, Meter Repair Technician II, Meter Maintenance Department, was awarded the 2006 Customer Service Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP. Roy was selected and recognized for his extraordinary customer service. Nominations for this Award were received from water and sewer utilities throughout the state of Georgia.

Judy Jones, President's Award 2005 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was awarded the 2005 President's Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP.

This award was presented to Ms. Jones in recognition of her dedication and service, skills, professionalism, and outstanding leadership in support of the GAWP.

Judy Jones, Alva T. Storey Award 2003 - Judy Jones, Engineering & Records Division Manager, Engineering & Records Division, received the 2003 Alva T. Storey Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals. This award was presented in recognition of outstanding service related to activities in support of the Association. This award may be conferred annually upon a member of the Association who has demonstrated voluntary service in the form of Association Leadership and Administration, Membership Recruitment, Technical Contributions, Training, Encouragement and/or Support; a level of service above and beyond the call of duty which exemplifies the essence of GAWP success.

Eddie Chastain, William D. Hartfield Award 2003 - Eddie Chastain, (Retired) Water Protection Division Manager, Water Protection Division, received the 2003 William D. Hartfield Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, GAWP. This award was presented annually to a member of the Georgia WEF Section for outstanding performance and professionalism in the operation of wastewater treatment plants.

Judy Bowers Jones, Emerging Leader Award 2000 - Judy Bowers Jones, Engineering & Records Manager, Engineering & Records Division, was awarded the 2000 Emerging Leader Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).

This award was presented in recognition of a person who has been a member for five years or less for outstanding service related to activities in support of the GAWP Association.