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The Secretary’s Award for Innovation 2022

The Secretary’s Award for Innovation recognizes individuals or teams that employ a strategic and enterprise-wide approach to strengthening the DHS mission and its operations. The nominees should exhibit an ongoing record of high standards of achievement and innovation. The work of the nominee(s) may have resulted in superior performance and/or significant operational improvements in the manner in which capabilities are developed and deployed. The nominee’s achievement/contributions should include maximizing the effectiveness of people, processes, and technologies; providing wise stewardship of resources; and enhancing the capabilities of Component/DHS employees.

AART Implementation Team

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Washington, DC

Donald Anderson
Michael V. Bernacke
Trishia Bowman
Michael Dalton
Diana Ford
David King
Michael Prado
Michael P. Reid

Acquisition and Procurement Streamlining Integrated Product Team

Transportation Security Administration

Springfield, VA

Eric Backlin
Andrew Cordova
Charles Eppright
John Gatewood
Jonathan Glickhouse
Gary Gorrell
Marvin Grubbs
Joseph Illar
Dale Mason
Kevin Newton
Bret Nichols
Paul Novak
Amy Olsen
Erick Rekstad
Jerry Schmidt
Christopher Steele
Anthony Tsantrizos

Budget Team

Science and Technology Directorate

Washington, DC

Ronnyka V. Fitzpatrick
Patricia Joyce S. Jogie
Pierre A. Noizet
Luke D. Watko

Case Scanning Portal (CSP)/STACKS Enterprise Team

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Burlington, VT

Lynn Bourdreau

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Lynn Bourdreau | View Original


Alexandra Collins

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Alexandra Collins | View Original


Tiffanie Dukeshire

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Tiffanie Dukeshire | View Original


David Gilbert

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, David Gilbert | View Original


Becky Hightower

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Becky Hightower | View Original


Michelle Marble
Robert Perkins

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Robert Perkins | View Original


Timothy Smith

Camp Springs, MD

John Allen
Brian Broderick
Meredith Davis
Heather Hollic
Andrew Jensen
Robert Paulette

CISA Elections Rumor Control Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Arlington, VA

Brian Eschels
Amanda Glenn
Geoffrey Hale
David Kuennen
Scott McConnell
Seth McKinnis
Robert Mull, Jr.
Leah Schloss
Allison Snell
Candice Walker

CISA Vulnerability Disclosure Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Arlington, VA

Aaron Adams
Lindsey Cerkovnik
Iain Deason
Jay Gazlay
David Gloria
Martin Kihiko
Andrew Pasternak
Nancy Pomerleau
Matthew Slowik
Eric Snyderman
Patricia Soler
Alyssa Zeutzius

Crisis Intervention Team

U.S. Secret Service

Washington, DC

Zachary N. Ainsworth

Caption: Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Zachary N. Ainsworth, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas., D.C. (May 6, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony honoring U.S. Secret Service Agents in recognition of their hard work and dedication over the past year. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Zachary N. Ainsworth, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Richard J. Allwein

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Richard J. Allwein, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Richard J. Allwein, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Joanne P. Armstrong
Dr. Michelle M. Keeney

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Michelle M. Keeney, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Michelle M. Keeney, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS) Team

Management Directorate - Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer

Washington, DC

Joseph D. Bergman
Shadeah L. Capers
Carolyn Z. Chow
Jerri Damavandy
Lisa A. Dorr
Monica S. Doyle
Alicia C. Dozier
Candice B. Gray
Erin Hayes
Travis Hoadley
Byron M. Lee
Carolyn K. Mackerer
Alexis Mafnas
Rachel H. Makai
Shelley R. Mayo
Phillis Morgan
Joshua Musicante
Elizabeth D. Persell
Kalee E. Rinehart
Safura M. Saeed
Esa Sferra-Bonistalli
Linda L. Siu
Laura T. Spitnale
Brian H. Wedding
Christine A. Winchester

De-escalation Behaviors in Naturalistic Law Enforcement Settings Research Team

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Glynco, GA

John A. Palmer
Dr. Laura A. Zimmerman

Distributive Learning Section

U.S. Secret Service

Laurel, MD

Colin J. Blevins

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Colin J. Blevins, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Colin J. Blevins, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Laurie A. Fulk

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Laurie A. Fulk, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Laurie A. Fulk, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Connor R. Kretlow
Tiffany L. Lund
Zachary R. McCaleb
Tammy S. Means
Lauren M. Moe
Andrew C. Murphy

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Andrew C. Murphy, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Andrew C. Murphy, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

William F. Nicholson, Jr.
Thomas D. Novak

Caption: Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Thomas D. Novak, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Thomas D. Novak, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Leonardo Torres-Almodovar
Michelle P. Trahan

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Michelle P. Trahan, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Michelle P. Trahan, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Shirley K. Vaias

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Shirley K. Vaias, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Shirley K. Vaias, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Washington, DC

Kathleen Balet
Denise Beasley
Kelly Faro
Rebekah Kennedy
Michael Lee
Eric Littlepage
Nica Mathes
Eden Miller
Edward Nwaba
Christopher A. Rizzuto
Victoria Roth
Geralyn Ryan
Jessie Samuels
Deborah Scott
Thomas Sexton
Christopher B. Smith
Erika Steele
Stacey Street
Robert Tate
Jennifer Voorhies
Matthew Weibel
Thomas Wilson
Troy R. Windham
Jennifer Wohltman

Eric Garton

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Philadelphia, PA

Flood Response Capability Team

U.S. Coast Guard

Homestead, FL

Bradford E. Clark

Caption: Miami, FL (April 13, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in Miami, FL, honoring DHS employees from the area. This ceremony is one part of a series of award ceremonies honoring employees across the country. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Bradford E. Clark | View Original

St. Augustine, FL

Scott A. Wildrick

Staten Island, NY

Michael A. Keane

Burlington, VT (April 8, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony  in Burlington, VT, honoring DHS employees from the area who have demonstrated a commitment to the DHS mission and exemplify the values of duty, honor, and excellence. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Michael A. Keane | View Original

Washington, DC

Carlos M. Crespo
Willard A. Holbrook IV
Daniel J. Murray
Eduardo J. Oropeza
Thomas K. Owens
David M. Shepard
Scott C. Slingland
Daniel H. Stoner
Jeffrey L. Wheeler

Homeland Enterprise Intelligence Support Team

Intelligence and Analysis

Washington, DC

Cameron Brigham
Scott Clifford
Brian Dutze
Jimmy Gause
Nicole Leigh
Grace Lutfy
Nick Messina
David Parkin
Paige Schilling
Matthew Tyson
Kyle Van Hecke
Kyle Weber

Identity Management Team

Transportation Security Administration

Springfield, VA

Kelli Biegger
Jay Blanco
Daniel Boyd
Chang Ellison
Jason Lim

Joint Online Filing for Temporary Protected Status and Employment Authorization

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Camp Springs, MD

Jocelene M. Aquino
Erika R. Botts
Irene M. Chen
Aparna Dache
Wendy S. DeLapp
Scott A. Massey
Kathleen N. McGuire
Erika P. Mendoza
Guillermo Roman-Riefkohl
Durrell A. Scott
JeNeil C. Teel

National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)

U.S. Secret Service

Chicago, IL

Katie Lord

Dallas, TX

Lisa Domier

Los Angeles, CA

Arlene Macias

Caption: San Diego, CA (April 29, 2022) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien participates in a 2022 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in San Diego, California. Prior to the ceremony, Deputy Secretary Tien received an operational tour of the area by the Coast Guard. (Photo by USCG Petty Officer Alex Gray)
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Innovation Award recipient, Arlene Macias | View Original

Philadelphia, PA

Michael Kapuscinski

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Michael Kapuscinski, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Michael Kapuscinski, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Washington, DC

Dr. Lina Alathari

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Lina Alathari and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Lina Alathari and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Ashley Blair

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Ashley Blair and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Ashley Blair and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Dr. Arna Carlock
Dr. Aaron Cotkin

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Aaron Cotkin, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Dr. Aaron Cotkin, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Steven Driscoll

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Steven Driscoll, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Steven Driscoll, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Diana Drysdale

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Diana Drysdale, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Diana Drysdale, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Christina Foley

Innovation Award recipient, Christina Foley, with DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien.
Innovation Award recipient, Christina Foley, with DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien. | View Original

Brianna Johnston
David Mauldin
Jeffrey McGarry

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Jeffrey McGarry, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Jeffrey McGarry, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Jessica Nemet

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Jessica Nemet, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Innovation Award recipient Jessica Nemet, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Natalie Vineyard

Operation Cyber Centurion

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Fairfax, VA

Mohamed I. Bah
Elijah I. Brigham
Samuel Padilla
Matthew J. Senson
Cory J. Smith
Patrick G. F. Wilhelm

San Diego, CA

Stirling A. Campbell

Caption: San Diego, CA (April 29, 2022) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien participates in a 2022 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in San Diego, California. Prior to the ceremony, Deputy Secretary Tien received an operational tour of the area by the Coast Guard. (Photo by USCG Petty Officer Alex Gray)
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Innovation Award recipient, Stirling A. Campbell | View Original

James R. Grundy
Allen W. Latimer
Benjamin J. Lockyer

Caption: San Diego, CA (April 29, 2022) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien participates in a 2022 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in San Diego, California. Prior to the ceremony, Deputy Secretary Tien received an operational tour of the area by the Coast Guard. (Photo by USCG Petty Officer Alex Gray)
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Innovation Award recipient, Benjamin J. Lockyer | View Original

Brent H. Moores

Caption: San Diego, CA (April 29, 2022) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien participates in a 2022 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in San Diego, California. Prior to the ceremony, Deputy Secretary Tien received an operational tour of the area by the Coast Guard. (Photo by USCG Petty Officer Alex Gray)
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Innovation Award recipient, Brent H. Moores | View Original

Kenneth K. Padilla

Caption: San Diego, CA (April 29, 2022) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien participates in a 2022 Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in San Diego, California. Prior to the ceremony, Deputy Secretary Tien received an operational tour of the area by the Coast Guard. (Photo by USCG Petty Officer Alex Gray)
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Innovation Award recipient, Kenneth K. Padilla | View Original

Radiation Portal Monitor Replacement Program System Performance Evaluation Team

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Washington, DC

Alex B. Abetria
John M. Blackadar, Jr.
John C. Heavener
Luc Y. Murphy
Shaunna A. Riddick
Nicholas G. F. Schan

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Kathleen McCormick

Robotics Process Automation (Bot Team)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Washington, DC

Bartek M. Chwalek
Joseph P. Millard
Ronie Brian M. Namata
Christopher J. Nigh
Camilla J. Schmidt

Robotics Process Automation Tuna Bot Modernization

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ashburn, VA

Gregory J. Beam Jr.
Malynda Crea
Joseph L. Kane
Manisha Miglani
Ajay Phogat

Miami, FL

Israel Adame

Washington, DC

Douglas P. Beebe
Lea-Ann B. Bigelow
Sabrina M. Crisp
Pelbea Griffin-Jones
Acenitha K. Andrade
Adam L. Malinowski
Julia D. Peterson
John O. Raymer Jr.
Andrew T. Vielhaber

Scott A Judy

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Brunswick, GA

Scott A. Judy

Team SoSOA

Office of Operations Coordination

Washington, DC

Timothy A. Phillips

Intelligence and Analysis

David M. Mannix
Darryl Wilkerson

Science and Technology Directorate

Lorraine C. Castillo
Levent K. Ozdemir

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Martina Melliand

USCG COVID-19 Vaccine Common Operating Picture (COP) Team

U.S. Coast Guard

Houston, TX

Kristin M. Gray

Miami, FL

Gregory A. McLamb

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Innovation Award awardee, Gregory A. McLamb
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Gregory A. McLamb | View Original

Josiah A. Toepfer

Milwaukee, WI

Gregory Loreck

Norfolk, VA

Terry L. Hasenauer

Washington, DC

Edward S. Aponte
Christopher D. Capule
Kathleen L. Claffie
Benito Gonzalez
Joseph W. Kidwell
Paul T. Michaud
Joseph C. Ross-Corbett
Sharon E. Russell

Caption: Miami, FL (April 13, 2022) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in a Secretary’s Awards Ceremony in Miami, FL, honoring DHS employees from the area. This ceremony is one part of a series of award ceremonies honoring employees across the country. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with Innovation Award recipient, Sharon E. Russell | View Original

Swati Singh
Evan J. Twarog

USCIS-CIS Ombudsman Customer Service Working Group

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman

Camp Springs, MD

Alex Baden
Bryan P. Christian
Vashon M. Citizen
Eric L. Cohen
Gracie Contreras
Albert G. Eskalis
Janna Evans
Bianca A. Fitzpatrick
Andrew Geary
Bret S. Gregg
Mary K. Herrmann
Miriam E. Hillmann
Sheena G. Holman
Jessica Membreno
Terrance Oey
Opeyemi Oshinnaiye
Prabha Rajendran
Jim A. Scallan
Samford Scharpf
Leah Stewart
Daniel Tepper
Ricky West

St. Albans, VT

Shawn Benjamin

Washington, DC

Bertha I. Anderson
Phyllis A. Coven
Rachelle Ellis
Rafael Galvez
Elissa McGovern
Edgar Munoz
Michael J. Onka
Ciro Parascandola
Stacy Shore
Nathaniel I. Stiefel
Veronica Vaughan

Last Updated: 05/18/2022
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