Cumberland Gap National Historical park employee Jenny Beeler recently received a high award for her dedication to the National Park Service.
Beeler was given the 2015 Southeast Regional Park Employee of the Year award. The award was presented to her by Barclay Trimble, Deputy Regional Director of the Southeast Region during an all-employee meeting in earlier this month.
In a press release, NPS Regional Director Stan Austin wrote “(Beeler’s) ability to see all sides of an issue in a calm and empathetic way, provide praise and encouragement and, when necessary, constructive criticism has earned the deep respect of staff.”
Beeler works for CGNHP as a biologist and has also worked for many other national parks in the region such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where she concentrated her efforts on plant biology.
“While supervision and mentorship are a key component to strong leadership, (she) has also demonstrated exemplary communication skills and a knack for explaining complex resource information to any audience,” wrote Austin.
She has worked for NPS for more than 20 years, but has spent the last 13 years at CGNHP putting her efforts toward noteworthy events and projects such as Back the BEARS, Batty About Bats, a beaver management plan, historical resources and falcon monitoring — to name a few.
“I was nervous and surprised. I had no idea I was getting this award, but this is unbelievable because I’m so blessed to work here with lots of amazing people,” said Beeler.
Beeler was chosen out of the southeast region which spans from Kentucky to Florida and encompasses several national parks.
During the meeting, Superintendent’s Assistant Chris Phillips was also given the 2015 Safety Achievement Award by CGNHP Superintendent Sula Jacobs. Several CGNHP employees were also honored with Safety Achievement Awards including Jarrod Dotson, Larry Dotson, Shane Sturgill and Tat Webb.
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