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The Secretary’s Award for Team Excellence 2022

The Secretary’s Award for Team Excellence recognizes any unit within the Department (such as a Component, directorate, office, division, or section) with outstanding team achievements in operational areas such as law enforcement, aviation, cybersecurity, border patrol, hiring, acquisition, and information technology. The work will have resulted in measurable improvements in training and development and will have demonstrated an investment in the workforce to make it more capable. The work of the unit will include superior performance and significant operational improvements and/or notable innovation in support of DHS missions. The results will include an overall improvement in workforce morale.

CISA Solarwinds Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Arlington, VA

Branko Bokan
Mary Emanuel
Joshua Finney
Sheryl Ann Galchutt
Jay Gazlay
David Gloria
Jonathan Homer
Brian Peter
Jeri Rogish
Eric Rosner
Robert Shaw
Matthew Springer
Joshua Stankus
Ryan Taylor
Victoria Wallace

Cybersecurity Workforce Sprint Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Washington, DC

Megan Caposell
Hector Cruz
Jaurin Joseph
Amanda Martens
Daniel Stein

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dina Cookus
Laura Griffith

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Glynco, GA

Rebekah Tucker

Management Directorate - Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer

Washington, DC

Junish Arora
Angela Bailey
Kimberly Chapman
LaShawn K. Dobbins
Ann Dublin
Niavanni Harley
Keisha Monroe
Raj Singh
Sharon M. Wong

Management Directorate - Office of the Chief Information Officer

Victor Lopez, Jr.

Management Directorate - Office of the Chief Security Officer

Melanie A. Murguia

Office of Inspector General

William Baxter

Transportation Security Administration

Springfield, VA

Iram Shahzad

Washington, DC

Tiara Leonard
Rabiah S. Muhammad

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Dornita Brown-White
Charlene (Denise) D. Raye

U.S. Coast Guard

Baltimore, MD

Shelly M. Campbell

Washington, DC

Diane Beatrez
William Friday
Jason Gillis

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Jason R. Gillis | View Original

William Wheatley

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Sarah A. Lynch

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Irving, TX

Veronica Lile

Laguna Niguel, CA

Maria T. Lewis

U.S. Secret Service

Washington, DC

LaShawn Douglas-Green

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient LaShawn Douglas-Green, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient LaShawn Douglas-Green, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Mia Dozier
Tony Fant
Derek Lawhorn

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Derek Lawhorn, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Derek Lawhorn, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Joyce Rodriguez
Antoine Smith

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Antoine Smith, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Antoine Smith, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

DHS Office of the General Counsel Crisis Cell Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Washington, DC

Larry Curtis Burner III

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Sean O'Hara
Robert Parker

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

Artesia, NM

Joseph Haefner

Glynco, GA

Bradley Lawrence

Office of General Counsel

Washington, DC

Kristen Baker
Ian Brasure
Patrick Bruce
Amy Bunk
Cody Cheek
William Cooper
John Cox
Lane Cryar
John Gereski, Jr.
Desiree Hanssen
John Havranek
Hillary Hunnings
Randall Kaplan
Kent Keith
Brian Kelliher
Marc Koblentz
Nicole Marcson
Stephen McCleary
Kelly L. McDonald
Eugene Mok
Nicholis D. Mutton
Cathy Ng
Elizabeth Nguyen
Brendan J. Philbin
Brian Puchalsky
Michael Saltalamachea
Lauren Torbett
Andrew Williams
Alexander Wood
Jessica Yarnes

Transportation Security Administration

Springfield, VA

Michael D. Isacco, Jr.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Washington, DC

Anthony Gentry

U.S. Coast Guard

Jeffrey R. Bray

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Lucille Olsavsky

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Mark Menacker
Thai-Binh H. Tran
Katherine Zill

U.S. Secret Service

Daniel S. Dengler
Cherng-Tsong Mark Lee

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Cherng-Tsong Mark Lee, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Cherng-Tsong Mark Lee, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

eWellTrack Development Team

U.S. Secret Service

Washington, DC

Ali Nabil

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Ali Nabil, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Ali Nabil, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Majd Alkassem

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Majd Alkassem, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Majd Alkassem, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Barry Brasseaux
Jessica Casey

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

Anna Czech

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Anna Czech, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Anna Czech, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Roland deDios

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Roland deDios, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Roland deDios, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Matthew DeMasters

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Matthew DeMasters, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Matthew DeMasters, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Kyle Hatcher

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Kyle Hatcher, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Kyle Hatcher, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

William Koerber
Lingping Kong

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Lingping Kong, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient LaShawn Douglas-Green, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Lingping Kong, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Meera Kumar

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Meera Kumar, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Meera Kumar, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Kenneth Lee

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Kenneth Lee, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Kenneth Lee, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Emily Patten

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Emily Patten, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Emily Patten, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Jessy Payen

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Jessy Payen, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Jessy Payen, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Keith Polhamus
Richard Sabo
Andrew Tran

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

Christina Trinh

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Christina Trinh, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient Christina Trinh, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Deja K. Walker
William B. Willson

Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient William B. Willson, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Left to right: U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray, Team Excellence Award recipient William B. Willson, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. | View Original

Fast Response Cutter Acquisition Warranty Team

U.S. Coast Guard

Lockport, LA

Scott F. DeJoseph
Allen K. Harker
James E. Sanford
Tyrome O. Tillett
John C. Williams

DHS HQ FOIA Team

Privacy Office

Washington, DC

Lynn Dupree
Cristina Abello
Anita Anderson
Elizabeth Banson
Allexis Baylor
Amy Bennett
William Bice
Rose Bird
Maura Busch
Claudia Cisneros
Sandra Debnam
Sharon Deshield
JoVaun Holmes
James Holzer
Roman Jankowski
Farhat Karim
Latasha Kennedy
Ria King
Sadiqa Martin
Aeron Miller
Eric Neuschaefer
Jonathan Padgett
Adam Passaro
Catrina Pavlik-Keenan
Henry Rand
Lashawn Schmidt
Sandra Taylor
Fabio Vanegas
Jennifer Vigil Torres
Zuleitza Villafuerte
Angela Washington
Bradley White
Jimmy Wolfrey

HSI Haiti Response Team

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Chicago, IL

Jean Valentin

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Jean Valentin | View Original

Dominican Republic

Yesenia Rosario

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Yesenia Rosario | View Original

Miami, FL

Christopher Chancy
Alexandra de Armas

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Alexandra de Armas | View Original

Jeffrey Grimming
Harrison Lopes
Richard Maniara

New York, NY

Ilya Faynshteyn
Arlene Witiw

Nogales

Rafael Silva

Phoenix, AZ

Nathan Foster

Santo Domingo

William Hunter
Gilberto Quintana

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Blue Indigo Task Force

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Laredo, TX

Ronnie C. Barnes
Melissa Y. Bozoki
Rafael B. Garza
Jose J. Gomez
Jose G. Gonzalez
Ramiro Hernandez
Frank Izaguirre
Albert Ruiz
Francisco J. Villa, Jr.
Francis Wheeler

Operation Artemis Task Force

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Washington, DC

Tiffany C. Amini
Dennis M. Arinello
Joe T. Burchette
Christopher S. Calloway
Jacqueline E. Cardoza
Dennis C. Clements
Jarrett Creasy
Carolyn M. Didden
John P. Dooley
Jeffrey Dorko
Timothy Flanagan
Ricky R. Galan
Muriel A. Glover
Lourdes Y. Gutierrez
William J. Hamrick
Christopher H. Harich
Clarke D. Henderson
Chara A. Hutchinson
Keith E. Jones
Caitlin F. Justesen
John D. Kincer
Elizabeth Koren
Yuxiu Li
Christopher M. Lieberman
Erin K. Lynch
Michael Manchester
Christine L. McClenning
Christopher M. McGough
Kenneth S. McNeil
Nicole E. Nation
Jordan A. Nelms
Laura Nubel
Elijah D. Packley
Joan K. Rave
Timothy P. Robinson
Philip Shaw III
MaryAnn E. Tierney
Ryan Truocchio
Felicia G. Watkins
Joshua J. Wert
John L. Willis

Pipeline Security Directive Team

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Springfield, VA

Mark Bristow
Brian Dewyngaert

Transportation Security Administration

Washington, DC

Nina Case
Gary Click
David Cooper
Paul Evenson
Kevin Gaddis
Scott C. Gorton
Nikki Harding
Tri Hoang
Michael Isper
David Kasminoff
Hans Kessler
Tracy Klemm
Ashlee Marks
Robert McGuire
Megan McKinney
Jacob Mehl
Charles Phillips
Susan Prosnitz
Raymond Reese
David Ross
Faridha Salama
Jay Shah
Jim Taylor

Sector North Bend Rescue Team

U.S. Coast Guard

Sector North Bend

Roderick M. Ansley
Michael W. Baird
Christopher J. Belisle

DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien and Team Excellence Award recipient, Christopher J. Belisle
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Team Excellence Award recipient, Christopher J. Belisle | View Original

Marguerite G. Champlin

DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien and Team Excellence Award recipient, Marguerite G. Champlin
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Team Excellence Award recipient, Marguerite G. Champlin | View Original

Nathaniel E. Champlin
Christopher M. Cordobes

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien and Team Excellence Award recipient, Christopher M. Cordobes
DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien with Team Excellence Award recipient, Christopher M. Cordobes | View Original

Zachary W. McCune
Trevor J. Salt

Test and Evaluation Team

Science and Technology Directorate

Washington, DC

Wayne A. Dumais
Charles R. Gillum
Louis P. Goler
John C. Kisko
Terry A. Murphy
Ramsey S. Razick
Glenn D. Russell
Richard J. Tierney II
Thomas A. Tomaiko

U.S. Coast Guard

James R. Miller

The El Paso CAS Initiative Team

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

El Paso, TX

Juan L. Acosta
Alex Bastidas
Marcelo Cisneros
Jeffrey J. Dinise
William Fidler
Vincent J. Nemeth

Washington, DC

Dustin R. Bell
Trishia M. Bowman
Steven T. Chen
Kamillah Connolly
Bobby Jerath
Joseph Villafane
Kevin M. Wetzel
Jeffrey A. Wilson

The Mobile Detection Deployment Program

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Washington, DC

Brian Kuleski
Edward McGuire
Christopher Rauh
John Watkins

The Visa Waiver Program

Intelligence and Analysis

Washington, DC

Benjamin Small

Office of General Counsel

Sarah Mazzochi
Andrew Williams

Office of Legislative Affairs

Emily Hymowitz

Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans

Katherine Andrews
Doreen El-Roeiy
Caitlin Finn
Scott E. Jones
Diana Knott
Tamara Molina
Miranda Morton
Catherine Schaper
Todd Woodard

Transportation Security Administration

Springfield, VA

Ian Flippo

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Sterling, VA

Anthony Baccari
Amanda Rasinski

Washington, DC

Macharia Davis
Sikina Hasham
Eric R. Peters

U.S. Department of State

Diana Rowen

U Bona Fide Determination (U BFD) Project Team

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Camp Springs, MD

Benish (Bebe) Anver
Deborah L. Benedict
Linda M. Dougherty
Celia F. Hicks
Karine A. Noncent
Andria J. Strano
Heba K. Tellawi
Scott P. Whelan
Colleen Zengotitabengoa

Essex Junction, VT

Thomas (Tom) E. Dezotelle
Brendan J. Hanehan

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Brendan J. Hanehan | View Original


Michaelyn H. Potter

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 Team Excellence Award recipient, Michaelyn H. Potter | View Original


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Lincoln, NE

Gareth R. Canaan
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Last Updated: 05/13/2022
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