SoMd Agriculture employees honored

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture today honored 63 employees for their years of dedicated service to the department and to the state. Of the 63 employees being honored – 15 have 30 or more years of service and six of those individuals have more than 40 years. All together, these 63 employees represent 1,175 years of public service and over 2.4 million hours worked and more than 30,000 paychecks.

“Our department and the agriculture community are fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable personnel working to strengthen the State of Maryland and this agency each and every day,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Our staff plays a major role in protecting consumers and the environment and ensuring fairness in the marketplace. It is a true testament to the value of our work that many of the employees honored this year have been with department since its earliest years.”

The following is a listing of department employees by their county of residence who were recognized with service awards.

Allegany

  • Charlotta Winebrenner, Forest Pest Management – Western Region, 30 years

Anne Arundel

  • Sandra Mills, State Chemist, 45 years
  • Sally Terry, Executive Direction, 45 years
  • Deanna Baldwin, Marketing, Animal Industries & Consumer Services, 40 years
  • Joseph Harrington, Administrative Services, 40 years
  • Shelley Hicks, Plant Protection and Weed Management, 35 years
  • Darlene Hallett, Plant Industries & Pest Management, 25 years
  • Patricia Ray, State Chemist Registration, 25 years
  • Bonita Brown, Fiscal Services Accounts, 20 years
  • Francisca DeCastro, Human Resources, 20 years
  • Misti Boggus, Mosquito Control Eastern Region – Salisbury, 5 years
  • Della Penn, Animal Health Admin Support, 5 years
  • Aaron Shurtleff, Plant Protection and Weed Management, 5 years
  • Marcia Solomon, Plant Protection and Weed Management, 5 years

Baltimore City

  • Thomas Fagan, Weights & Measures Headquarters 2, 35 years
  • Anthony Dewitt, Mosquito Control, 15 years

Baltimore County

  • Kenneth Ramsburg, Marketing, Animal Industries & Consumer Services, 35 years
  • Mark Powell, Marketing, Animal Industries & Consumer Services, 15 years

Calvert

  • Julie Oberg, Deputy Secretary, 15 years

Caroline

  • Dexter Crotts, Animal Health Salisbury Lab, 20 years
  • Deborah Freburger, Nutrient Management, 10 years
  • Kim Macfarland, Turf & Seed Regulatory and Operations, 10 years

Carroll

  • Melissa Edmonds, Carroll County Soil Conservation District, 20 years
  • Glenn Krout, Pesticide Regulation Inspection Team 2, 20 years
  • Marla Stevens, Animal Health Assistant Chief Field Services, 15 years
  • Michael Scheffel, District Operations, 10 years

Cecil

  • Norman Astle, Resource Conservation, 20 years
  • Anthony Calao, Weed Control, 20 years
  • Daniel Polite, District Operations Eastern Shore, 20 years

Dorchester

  • Charles Bradford, District Operations Eastern Shore, 5 years

Frederick

  • Mark Freese, District Operations Western and Central Maryland, 20 years
  • Roger Martin, Weights & Measures Headquarters 1, 10 years

Harford

  • Brian Galbreath, District Operations Western and Central Maryland, 20 years

Howard

  • Dale Morris, Plant Industries & Pest Management, 40 years
  • Yvonne Anderson, Central Services Office, 5 years
  • Kimberly Lambert, Animal Health Frederick Lab, 5 years
  • Ramesh Pokharel, PP Laboratory Services, 5 years

Montgomery

  • Kumara Kadawedduwa, Turf & Seed Regulatory and Operations, 10 years
  • Samarakoon Yapa, Pesticide Regulation Inspection Team 2, 10 years
  • Justin Hayes, Office of the Attorney General, 5 years
  • Tong Hsu, Weights & Measures Headquarters 2, 5 years

Prince George’s

  • Mallika Sharma, State Chemist Laboratory, 10 years
  • Susan Husk, State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, 5 years

Queen Anne’s

  • Matthew Yoash, Queen Anne’s County Soil Conservation District, 30 years
  • Anthony Riggi, District Operations Eastern Shore, 20 years

Somerset

  • Steven Dorsey, Nutrient Management Regulatory and Compliance, 10 years

St. Mary’s

  • George Beavan, District Operations Patuxent Region, 20 years
  • Thomas Koviak, District Operations Patuxent Region, 20 years
  • Sara Lewis, District Operations Patuxent Region, 10 years

Talbot

  • Shawn Smith, Talbot County Soil Conservation District, 10 years
  • Heather Harmon-Disque, Forest Pest Management, 5 years

Wicomico

  • Robert Robison II, Animal Health Salisbury Lab, 40 years
  • Thomas Filbert, Office of the Attorney General, 35 years
  • Arthur Meilhammer, Mosquito Control Eastern Region – Salisbury, 35 years
  • David Mister, District Operations, 30 years
  • Robin Culver, Conservation Grants Program Eastern Shore, 10 years

Worcester

  • Colin McAllister, District Operations Eastern Shore, 10 years

Other

  • Sarah Cannon, Forest Pest Management, 35 years, West Virginia
  • Matthew McMahon, Carroll County Soil Conservation District, 20 years, Pennsylvania
  • Keith Potter, Nutrient Management Regulatory and Compliance, 20 years, Pennsylvania
  • Richard Shepard, District Operations Eastern Shore, 20 years, Delaware
  • Christopher Burch, District Operations Western and Central Maryland, 10 years, Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Zastrow, Mosquito Control, 5 years, Washington D.C.

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