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2014 Class New Public Servant Initiative Program A component of the Employee Mobility Achievement Program (EMAP)

Equity and Workforce Development


quity and Workforce Development (EWD) is currently serving the 5th class of New Public Servant Initiative (NPSI) participants. NPSI is a key part of EMAP, the City’s succession planning effort. The purpose of this career planning program is to identify and retain our talented, new professionals while providing them with the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills. The nine-month program began in January and the participants’ activities include: training, department tours, a one-day conference with the City’s leadership team, public service events that add value to the community, and mentoring. EWD has enhanced this dynamic program and taken the 2014 rollout to another dimension in order to meet the participant needs and polish their skills. We introduce to you, the 2014 NPSI Class of shining stars!

Robert (Brad) Adams, Utility Location Technician II Brad is employed in Underground Utilities where his focus is damage prevention. He responds to locate dig and design requests and identify underground utilities using electronic equipment. Brad have been employed for approximately 17 months. He is a proud husband to his wife, Candis and three beautiful children— 17 year old daughter, Cassidy whose a student at Lincoln High School and two sons, Peyton, 21 and Colbey 19.

Svitlana Bartosz, Civil Engineer I Lana works in the Water Resources Engineering Division of the Underground Utilities Department. She has been with the City of Tallahassee since September 2004, initially as an Engineering Technician III , then progressing to a Civil Engineer I in May 2013. Her duties include design and contract management of engineering projects related to the City’s water, wastewater, and reuse water infrastructure. Lana holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sevastopol State Technical University of Ukraine and is certified as an Engineer Intern by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. She looks forward to developing both personally and professionally within the Underground Utilities for years to come. In her free time Lana enjoys working out, listening to music, reading and traveling.

Autumn Calder, Senior Planner II

Autumn is a Senior Planner at Blueprint 2000 who takes the lead on projects which involve multiple stakeholders and have big impacts. Autumn draws from her experience in real estate development, economic analysis and historic preservation to enhance our community in ways that cultivate hometown pride and make it stand out on a national level. Autumn loves working on a team, has a can-do attitude and believes that Tallahassee is getting better every day. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, is a wife, a mother of two boys and a native Tallahasseean.

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Adam Collins, Engineering Designer After spending five years in the private sector, Adam began his City career in the Public Works Engineering Department. Shortly after arriving, he acquired his professional engineering license. He assists in the development of infrastructure projects from concept to construction. The majority of his work centers on creating 3D models of roads and underground utilities in a dynamic environment to identify conflicts and incorporate design changes with minimal effort. This process reduces man hours and minimizes change orders. Adam also identifies and develops standardization procedures for his department that improves efficiency and enhance communication. His goal at the City is to exemplify its organizational values while becoming an effective leader in his current position and beyond. As Adam’s experience increases, he is willing to take on the challenges of the highest levels of leadership at the City. Adam stated, “I am very blessed to be a part of the City of Tallahassee.” Frank (Pat) Faircloth, Assistant Plant Manager Pat is the Assistant Plant Manager for the Hopkins Generating Station. He has responsibility for all plant maintenance activities. Pat is originally from North Carolina where his career in power generation started with Carolina Power & Light. His career has included conventional coal fired power generation, gas turbine simple cycle and combined cycle generation. He has worked with a publicly traded regulated utility, an Independent Power Producer (IPP), a privately owned utility, and now Public Power. He came to Tallahassee by way of Des Moines, Iowa where he spent seven years with MidAmerican Energy. Pat says that he welcomed the opportunity to return to the southeast to escape the bitter Iowa winters and to be closer to family, especially his three grandchildren. Pat and his wife Nancy are avid motorcyclists and both ride Harley Davidsons.

Gregory Gardner, Transit Services Supervisor Greg was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up in Tallahassee where he attended public school. After graduation from Amos P. Godby, he began a military career with the United States Army as a Sergeant. Upon leaving the Army, he continued his career and transitioned to law enforcement that span over 16 years. In 2009, he became employed with Star Metro as a Coach Operator. He served in several different areas before being promoted to Transit Operations Supervisor in December. As a supervisor, he performs duties such as dealing with the day to day operations, scheduling and assigning detours, charters, collegiate games, addressing customer concerns, and more. In his free time, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife, Cathy and daughter, ReJeana. One of his goals is to learn more about management and some day become more of an asset to the City of Tallahassee. Greg is also a huge Florida State football fan.

James Harden, Parks and Recreation Assistant Supervisor James works at Jack McLean Community Center as an Assistant Supervisor. He enjoys working in recreation and as a result takes great pride in the programs and events he coordinates for the community. Born in Nuremburg, Germany and primarily raised in Miami, he has strong emotional ties to the Tallahassee community because the city took him in as its own for close to eight years now. Equipped with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and Master of Science in Sport Management from Florida A&M University, James has spearheaded well received community events. These activities range from Black History month programs to action-packed basketball tournaments. The future is bright for James and he knows that the future of the kids he empowers is even brighter. It is not unusual to find James at one of the local parks on the weekends spending time with a young person who needs help. That help may be in the form of fixing their jump-shot , giving advice on how to pick a college or just lending an ear to someone who needs to vent. James is a big sports fan and is particularly fond of basketball. He is not related to James Harden of the NBA’s (National Basketball Association) Houston Rockets but, he likes to think he has just as much game!

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Erica Harrison, Administrative Aide Erica is a native Tallahassean who attended Rickards High School and Tallahassee Community College. She has been employed with the City for 12 years and currently works in the Public Works Administration Office. She takes pride in her job and everything that she does. Erica stated, “I know that my behavior at work and off is a reflection of the City of Tallahassee.” She prides herself on exemplifying the City’s organizational values, “Customer Service is Our Business.” Her dream is to create a non-profit organization with a focus on youth and to help the less fortunate. In her free time, she volunteers at her son’s school. Her aim is to retire with the City of Tallahassee and devote her off time to serving and community engagement. Erica aspires to leave a legacy as a caring and giving person who always gives her time with a smile.

Daniel Hill, Engineering Technician

Daniel Hill was born and raised in the Miami, Homestead area and has lived in Tallahassee for the past nine years. He began his love for and study of Architecture/Engineering and Graphic Arts at South Dade Senior High School and earned a degree in Education at Miami Dade College. Daniel has been using AutoCAD for over 25 years, earning a living with it for more than 20. He is well versed in project design and management. Major career points include: Drafting Manager/ Designer at Corzo Castella Carballo Thompson and Salman, Architects-Engineers-Planners (C3TS); Senior Technician / Inspector with Bliss and Nyitray Engineers (BNI); and Adjunct Professor of Drafting/Engineering and Graphic Studies at Tallassee Community College (TCC). Daniel is now serving as a Senior Technician at Water Resources Engineering in Underground Utilities and is currently using his knowledge to manage the renovation of the Water Quality Lab at our Wastewater Treatment plant.

Rocky Hudson, Electric Utility Engineer II Rocky is a Protective Relay Engineer in the Electric Utility where he works to ensure the reliability of the City’s power system. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors. Go Gators! After graduation from UF, he accepted a position with Savannah River Remediation, LLC, where he worked as a Plant Systems Engineer at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (nuclear waste treatment and disposition). In that role, he was responsible for the technical aspects of equipment maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and regulatory compliance of the facility’s backup power (generation) system. After deciding to start a family, he and his wife relocated to Tallahassee in order to be closer to family and life-long friends in the Northwest Florida region. In his current position, he is responsible for ensuring power system elements respond to faults and abnormal conditions as intended while maintaining service continuity to customers, i.e., keeping the lights on without damaging equipment. His personal interests include his wife, Rachel, and new son, Miles, world travel, and pretty much any activity that involves shorts, flip-flops and water. Rocky is excited to be a part of the City of Tallahassee team and looks forward to the many learning opportunities the City and the Protective Relaying field provide.

Tremaine Hughes, EWD Specialist Tremaine, an Equity Workforce Development Specialist, is the training coordinator for the City of Tallahassee, where he corresponds with designees, participants, instructors, and training site representatives to ensure that all training course are effective and efficiently completed. He also coordinates the Day of Dialogue and works with the Tallahassee Human Relations Council to ensure the community issues are addressed. Tremaine is a Tallahassee native who graduated from FAMU D.R.S. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University, where he played linebacker for the Fighting Pirates football team. Tremaine has a strong passion for inspiring and empowering the youth of Tallahassee to help them reach their full potential. He is a husband and father of three and spends his free time coaching, mentoring, and volunteering with the youth of Tallahassee.

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Shy Ingram, Administrative Specialist II Shy was born on a warm, sunny June 21 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She was an Army brat who moved quite a bit with her parents. Shy was blessed to live in many countries, including Germany, Tokyo, Italy, and many states within the U.S. She attended many schools during her childhood and graduated from high school in New Jersey, where she also attended Rutgers University. She then moved to Florida for better opportunities and completed her degree in Psychology at Florida State University. Go Noles! Shy worked for the State of Florida for over 12 years within various agencies. In 2005, she was hired by the City of Tallahassee in the Information Systems Services Department, where she worked until November 2013, when she was promoted to her current position in Public Works Administration. Shy is married to a wonderful husband and they have two beautiful daughters ages 8 and 21 years old, and a 17 month-old grandson. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling with friends and family. Shy is a competitive gun shooter and practices kick boxing to stay in shape. Her motto in life is, “Live Laugh and Love.”

Danyle Jackson, Wastewater Treatment Plant Trainee Danyle Jackson is an operator at the Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility. She studied chemistry at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she participated in research in an organic chemistry laboratory. She enjoys applying her educational skills and knowledge to her duties at TPS when it comes to properly handling reclaimed water and using environmentally friendly methods to treat wastewater, making it reusable again for irrigation purposes. Danyle loves being involved with her community, volunteering, and working to empower youth. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Danyle thoroughly enjoys learning about finance, training in mixed martial arts, traveling, accomplishing goals, and visiting various art exhibits. One of Danyle’s personal mottos is “Excellence is the goal. Everything else is a stepping stone to excellence.”

Adam Jacobs, Strategic Programs Evaluator Adam is a Strategic Programs Evaluator for the City of Tallahassee’s Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department. He has been with the City for over five years and is lead staff for the City’s five-year sustainability plan, the Tallahassee GreenPrint. Prior to working at the City, Adam taught environmental science and math for ten years in Jacksonville. Adam received his Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University, specializing in environmental planning and natural resource management. In his free time, Adam likes to spend his free time doing outdoor activities with his family, such as hiking, playing basketball, and working in the garden.

Erin Johnson, Airport Operations Agent Erin is an Airport Operations Agent with the Department of Aviation. Erin has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aviation Management and an Associate of Science degree in Flight Operations from Daniel Webster College. Prior to coming to Tallahassee, Erin worked in Airport Operations at the Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City, NJ and the Albany International Airport in Albany, NY. Erin has been a private pilot since 2000; she is very passionate about aviation and aspires to be an Airport Manager. She is also a personal trainer and can be found exercising and helping others attain their fitness goals when not at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

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Courtney Jones, Administrative Specialist I Courtney is an Administrative Specialist I in the Underground Utilities Department. She began her career with the City in 2008 at the age of 17 as a Clerical Assistant I in the office of the General Manager, where she was later promoted to an Administrative Aide. In 2012, she was promoted to an Administrative Specialist in the Construction and Operations Division, and recently moved on to the Water Quality Division. Courtney earned her A.A degree from Tallahassee Community College in General Studies and is attending FSU, where she is pursuing a B.S. degree in English Education and B.A., in English Literature, with a concentration in Business. Courtney shared that she has thoroughly enjoyed each NPSI workshop and looks forward to completing this journey with new friends, a better network, and a new perspective on how to be the best leader she can be for the City of Tallahassee. Kelly Kindell, Accountant III Kelly is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who obtained an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University. During that time, he served as president of the Account Club. He also received a masters degree in business after completing graduate work at University of Phoenix. Kelly is currently working on a PhD. in business from the University of Phoenix and serves as an Accountant III for StarMetro. His professional experience boasts a variety of management positions including Controller for Paine College in Augusta, Georgia; Florida A&M University Assistant Director of Financial Aid; Coordinator of Budget of Title IV, Supervisor of Title IV, and Accountant of Auxiliary Service at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Accounts Payable Manager at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. In his current position, he is responsible for enhancing internal control procedures. He implemented a cross-training program for the financial staff; developed a procurement policy for the grant program, and received the Dispatcher Scheduler of the Year award for StarMetro. Linda Lane, House Manager Trainee Linda Lane, a native Floridian, is a Horticultural Technician for the City of Tallahassee, stationed at Dorothy B. Oven Park. Linda shares her horticulture knowledge as an ongoing volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, training other volunteers in the landscape installations for numerous residential projects each year. She holds a B.A. in Landscape Design and Management from Florida A&M University and is a certified Horticultural Professional with the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association. Linda’s passion for horticulture is preceded by a 15-year career in computer electronics, IT support, and network administration, having worked for Leon County School Board, the FSU Foundation, and the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. Linda’s personal interests include boating, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. She can be seen regularly around town as the bassist for the Thursday Night Music Club, a Tallahassee community jazz and blues band. Roderick Laurie, Parks and Recreation Assistant Supervisor With a passion to fulfill his personal branding statement, "service before self", and the ability to inspire and propel children and their families to productivity, Roderick Laurie is recognized Citywide and soon to be nationally as an emerging leader. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University where, he achieved his bachelor’s in Health Science. He also earned an MBA degree. Roderick has a passion for helping Tallahassee Youth to not accept the status quo. Laurie has worked with TPRD, Leon County Schools, has volunteered as a coach with the City and County, and serves as needed in his community. Roderick initiated the non-profit, Roderick Laurie Performance Center ( to bring college recruiters and Tallahassee student athletes together with the goal of achieving college scholarships. He is leading the initiative to boost academic performance by instituting the center and showing "We will work for you but you must want better for yourself.” When he graduated from Dothan High School, Roderick was recognized as a Young Man of Distinction. He was born in Dothan, Alabama to Ruby and Victor Laurie. He is the brother of Dr. Shaun Laurie, a local Tallahassee resident.

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Trina Mitchell, GIS Analyst

Trina Mitchell grew up in the Buffalo area, but has grown accustomed to the ecological diversity and friendliness of North Florida. Trina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature at the University of Rochester, with an early emphasis on physics and mathematics. She worked in various employment sectors until 1985, when she embarked on a technical editing and writing career with private consulting companies, Ecology and Environment, Inc., and LFR Levine Fricke. In 2001, Trina graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and began an adventurous and highly rewarding career as an ecologist and geographic information systems (GIS) analyst with Wilson Miller, Inc., now Stantec. Trina has grown professionally and personally while serving as GIS analyst with the City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities. She supports natural gas, potable water and wastewater treatment utility professionals – field crews, engineers, marketers, and management— with accurate, reliable data and individualized and focused data analyses in addition to other projects. She is especially grateful for the culture of teamwork and focus on excellence among coworkers, Underground Utilities, and the City.

Kendra A. Moore, Service Center Assistant Supervisor Kendra received both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree from Florida A & M University. She has over 10 years of experience in youth development with youth ages five to eighteen. Her professional experience includes working for the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and serving as Director of the Bellemeade Community Center for the City of Richmond, in Virginia. She is currently employed by the City of Tallahassee as the Assistant Supervisor for the Palmer Munroe Teen Center. Kendra is a proud and loyal member of both Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority and Divine Light No. 6 Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She has a passion for her community and the people who live here. Her lifelong dream is to be in a position to provide people with employment opportunities.

Clem Novenario, Business Systems Analyst Clem has been employed in Fleet Management since December of 2011. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems in the fall of 2000. Prior to working for the City, Clem worked 10 years for the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles as a Computer Programmer and Project Analyst. He spends some of his free time volunteering for various organizations, such as Leon County Schools and the Guardian Ad Litem program. He is excited about the growth opportunities with the City of Tallahassee.

Toya Owens, Human Resources Consultant Toya has been employed with the City of Tallahassee since May 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Florida A&M and master’s degree in Human Resources from the Devry Keller Graduate School of Management. Toya has seven years of professional experience in Human Resources. On a daily basis she provides consultative service and general technical assistance to managers, supervisors, HR contact staff, and employees in assigned departments on all human resource management matters, including classification and pay, recruitment, safety, employee benefits, and personnel policies and procedures. In addition to assisting internal customers, she also assists the public with questions that they might have about vacant positions within the City of Tallahassee. In her leisure she enjoys traveling with her husband and event planning.

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Andrew Platt, Civil Engineer III Andrew graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a degree in Civil Engineering from the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. After college, he was hired by a local consulting engineering firm where he worked on development projects designing water, wastewater and Stormwater infrastructure. In 2006, Andrew became a City of Tallahassee employee working in the Underground Utilities Department. For over eight years, he has worked on various utility projects including design, planning, construction supervision, and development review. He was recently promoted to Program Engineer in charge of the Utility Relocation Program for the Underground Utilities.

Carrie Poole, Public Information Specialist

Carrie moved to Tallahassee when she was nine years old, and it’s been her home ever since. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics but discovered her true passion and talent for Marketing and Communications after working at a Tallahassee-based advertising agency, where she had the pleasure of working on brands such as Club Med Resorts, Nature’s Own Bread, and Tropical Smoothie Café. After nearly six years, she joined the City of Tallahassee’s Communications Department in February 2013, with a goal to further broaden her Marketing and Communications experience, specifically in the Public Relations field. In addition to being a wife to her loving husband who was born and raised in Tallahassee, and a mother to two wonderful children, Della and Mason, she considers herself a true Tallahassean. Carrie says, “It’s a pleasure to work for the City that I cherish and love so much!”

Joshua Revell, Utility Service Worker

Chuvala Snell-Brown, Purchasing Agent/Contract Specialist Chuvala grew up traveling throughout the United States and abroad because her father was in the U.S. Army. Chuvala graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Government Contracts and Acquisition. She also obtained a master’s in Theology from Covenant Bible College and Seminary. Her undergraduate bachelor’s degree is in Business Management and Administration. She worked in the purchasing field for over 13 years with the State of Florida. Chuvala’s professional board and community affiliations include: International F & AM Masons Inc. & Order of the Eastern Star – Hadassah Chapter #458, United Tenants Association Inc. –President, Florida Association of Realtors, NAACP Branch 5138 and Girl Scouts of America Troop 751-754, Troop Leader. Chuvala is a proud mother of four children and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, volunteering, and traveling. Chuvala’s motto is, “Your Word, IS your Bond.”

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Stephanie Tate, Electric Utility Engineer II Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. She has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering design in the electric power industry. She is new to the City of Tallahassee Electric Utility as a Project Manager. Stephanie’s relocation to Tallahassee allows her to enjoy year-round outdoor activities with family and friends in Southwest Georgia, Tallahassee, Tampa, and Orlando. She has fully embraced her new journey with the City and what it means to be a public servant.

Hiram Tirado, Wastewater Plant Operator C Hiram is an advanced waste water technician at the newly upgraded Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility. As a plant technician, he controls the process that cleans and treats water in the disinfecting section of the plant. He is currently working on dual licensing certification in wastewater treatment and potable drinking water. Hiram has over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including public utilities. He most recently worked as a chemical operator for 10 years in the private sector, where his primary role was chemical blending to make sodium hypochlorite (bleach). His mission is to continuously seek ways to improve systems and processes. Hiram and his wife are from the Tampa Bay area and have four young adult sons. Hiram is active in the community and church. He and his wife enjoy outdoor activities and traveling in their free time.

Russell Wider, Environmental Engineer Russell Wider graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Currently, he is a registered Professional Engineer employed in the Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department as an Environmental Engineer. He primarily deals with the environmental regulatory compliance of all things air pollution related. Russell, who is in his sixth year with the City, previously worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where he was the Professional Engineer Administrator of the Title V Air Permitting Section. Russell is also a certified instructor in kenpo karate and enjoys photography, fishing, and reading.

Joel Wolfe, Meter Service Technician Joel Daniel Wolfe was born in Lorain Ohio. His father is Harley G Wolfe of the United States Navy and his mother is Shirley J Wolfe, who is a registered nurse practitioner. Joel is the youngest of seven children who spent many of his childhood years on the family farm in Pike County, Kentucky, where he learned how to farm, fish, and live off of the land. Joel’s education began at Elyria Naval Academy in Ohio, and he later graduated from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joel has been employed by Pinellas County Utilities, City of St. Petersburg Utilities, and currently the City of Tallahassee Underground Utilities Department as a Meter Service Technician. His duties include overseeing night operations for the gas department. In his free time, Joel enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.


NPSI class of 2014  

Equity and Workforce Development (EWD) is currently serving the 5th class of New Public Servant Initiative (NPSI) participants. NPSI is a ke...