The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) recently recognized its top-performing employees for their contributions to conservation, mentoring, and teamwork during 2021.
Individual award winners were Bob Bell, Judith Black, Emily McCallen, and Andrew Reuter.
Bell, the northeast public lands supervisor, was awarded the Fish & Wildlife Mentor of the Year Award. He established strong relationships with his employees and promoted collaboration across teams, ensuring adequate staffing.
Black, the statewide hatchery secretary, earned the Conservation Cornerstone Award, given annually to one support staff member to recognize excellence advancing DFW’s programs. She kept paperwork and projects on task to ensure Indiana’s hatcheries could produce millions of fish last year.
McCallen, a biometrician, received the Fish & Wildlife Champion Award, given to one biologist or program manager to recognize their outstanding contributions to fish and wildlife conservation. She developed a model to monitor the status and trends of Indiana’s river otter populations, created tools to better report data from volunteer monitoring projects, and spearheaded efforts to conduct an economic analysis of the division.
Reuter, an ecologist for the Division of Nature Preserves (DNP), which is now administered by DFW, received the award for DNP employee of the year. Reuter served in a leading role for habitat improvements at Brown County State Park, provided expertise to internal and external partners at multiple properties, and helped develop bilingual signage at Fort Harrison State Park.
DFW also recognized employees for their years of service with the State of Indiana:
- 5 years: Joe Caudell, Kody Fox, Nick Haunert, Shannon Johnson, Eugene Kmetz, Kyle Robertson, Daniel Schmicker, Jason Adam Stamper, Bridget Stancombe, Austin Taylor
- 10 years: Thomas Bacula, Kristin Cotter, Tiffany Dunkel, Anna Smithey
- 15 years: Steve Donabauer, Eric Fischer, Bill Hardin, Mike Mycroft, Dennis Workman
- 20 years: Richard Hartzog II, Adam Norman
- 25 years: Shannon Winks
- 30 years: Carol Grostefon, Doug Nusbaum
- 35 years: Rich Dunbar, Scott Johnson