Employee Service Awards November 23, 2010
Board of County Commissioners Employee Service Awards • Today’s honorees are recognized for outstanding service and dedication
David R. Linck 30 Years • David was born at the Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. • His family moved to Central Florida when he was 6 months old. • David graduated from Winter Park High School. • He came to work for Orange County in 1980 at Kelly Park. • He has worked at Moss, Downey and Warren parks. He’s currently assigned to the Tibet Butler Preserve.
Dave Linck - 30 Years • David has won the WOW Award and was selected Employee of the Month. • He has participated in the year-long Audubon Eagle Employee of the Quarter Watch Program at Tibet Butler. • David has two children: David III and Richard. • He claims to be the Colonial Lanes Bowling Champ. He enjoys drag racing at Speed World and he’s an avid sport fisherman and bird watcher and a member of Wings Over Florida. • He enjoys going to the beach, visiting Florida landmarks, car shows, watching NFL and college football and he never misses a Magic game. *
Norman Spiwak 20 Years • Norm was born in Baltimore and moved to Central Florida in 1990. • He graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Juris Doctor Degree. • He is also a certified Code Enforcement Professional with the Florida Association of Code Enforcement. • Norm was hired as a Code Enforcement Officer in 1990 at Housing and Community Development. He moved to Zoning when it became a division in 1999.
Norman Spiwak - 20 Years • Norm has assisted with numerous projects including the Central Florida Classic, community clean-ups and the statewide Sign Sweeps Program. • He has been married to Susan for 34 years and they have two children: Erin and Jill. • In his spare time, Norman enjoys reading. *
Pedro N. Vazquez 30 Years • Pedro was born and raised in Ponce, PR and graduated from Ponce High School. • He was certified as a Motor Vehicle Inspector in 1971 and has intensive training in hydraulic and diesel equipment. • Pedro has earned many certifications: Vac-Con Combination Sewer Cleaning, PM Maintenance & Basic Electrical on transmissions, Engine Performance, Brakes, Diagnostics, Fuel Injection, and Hydraulics.
Pedro Vazquez - 30 Years • Pedro came to Orange County in 1980 to work as a mechanic with heavy equipment. • He was promoted to Equipment Mechanic II in 1990 and EM III in 2002. • Pedro received special recognition for his work during the 2004 hurricanes. • He’s been married to Luz for 42 years and they have two children: Pedro, 40 and Wallys, 36. • In his spare time, Pedro collects antiques, enjoys fishing and serves as a minister for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. • He also helped Miami citizens during Hurricane Andrew recovery efforts. *
Rickey Lee Dumas - 25 Years • Rickey was born and raised in Orange County. • He served three years in the Army, graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a state certified Jail Inspector. • Rickey was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 as a Correctional Officer. He’s been promoted several times and is currently an Acting Major.
Rickey Dumas - 25 Years • Rickey was instrumental in the opening of the Juvenile Assessment Center and the new Booking and Release Center. • He has been married to Darlene for 28 years and they have two daughters. • Rickey enjoys sports during his free time. • He also serves a Youth Sunday School Teacher and Deacon with his church. *
Shanqueta Yvette Ashley 20 Years • Shanqueta was born and raised in Orlando, graduated from Oak Ridge High School and obtained a Criminal Justice degree from Valencia Community College. • She came to work for Orange County in 1990 as a Control Desk Monitor. • She was promoted to Youth Care Officer in 1997, and Correctional Officer in 2001. She is currently a Community Corrections Officer for Pretrial Diversion.
Shanqueta Ashley- 20 Years • Shanqueta received the STAR Award for the development of the first Control Desk Monitor Training Manual. • She attended the Corrections Academy in 1997. • She has one son: Darrion, 14. • Shanqueta is a leader with the Children’s Church Ministry Program and a member of the Youth Counsel. • She enjoys cooking, is interested in Genealogy, and spends much of her free time with her son. *
Michael John Benzer 25 Years • Mike was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Florida in 1962. • He graduated from Edgewater High School and Seminole Community College. • Mike was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 1985 to work with at Corrections. • In 1989, he was promoted to Senior Community Corrections Officer and in 2004, to Unit Supervisor.
Mike Benzer - 25 Years • Mike has been married to Gay for 26 years, and they have one son: Michael II, who graduated from USF in 2009. • In his spare time, Mike enjoys working in the yard, all types of sporting events, bowling and spending as much time with his wife and son as possible. *
Jimmy Echols Jr. 30 Years • Jimmy was born in Oglethorpe, GA and moved to Orlando. He’s a graduate of Jones High School. • Jimmy served three years in the Army, with a tour in Germany. • He was hired by Orange County Corrections in 1980 to work at Central Booking and the Annex, where he worked for 12 years.
Jimmy Echols - 30 Years • Jimmy transferred to the Genesis Facility for 5 years, and he’s currently assigned to the laundry. • He has been married to Linda for 28 years and they have two sons: Christopher, 23 and Jonathan, 24. • Jimmy enjoys fishing, sightseeing on his motorcycle, cooking and baking. • He has decided to retire on December 5th. *
Isidro J. Iglesias 25 Years • Isidro was born in Bronx, NY and moved to Central Florida in 1979. • He graduated from Oak Ridge High School. • Isidro was hired by Orange County in 1985. • He has worked in the Main Facility, Horizons and Genesis. He has had the following job assignments: Medical Officer, Medical Transportation Officer, Juvenile Detention, Perimeter Security, Laundry, Recreation, Recruiting, and the Office of Professional Standards.
Isidro Iglesias - 25 Years • Isidro received an Award of Excellence for his work with new hire recruiting and numerous Teamwork Awards. • He has been a certified Master Corrections Officer for 4 years. • Isidro is married to Jennifer and he has four children: Jon, Janelle, Adam and Ashley. • In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, racquetball, softball and traveling. *
Douglas O. Thomas 25 Years • Doug was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from Boone High School. He attended Valencia Community and Daytona State Colleges. • He was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 as a Corrections Officer. • Doug has served in many areas of Corrections including: “Old Courthouse”, Central Booking, Main Facility, Prelude in Lake County, Road Crew, Perimeter Security and is currently assigned to the downtown Courthouse.
Douglas Thomas - 25 Years • Doug has received two Meritorious Service Awards for the recapture of escaped inmates. • He has been married to Laura for 25 years and they have two children: Michael, 16, and Lea, 13. • In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, Geocaching (a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS) and camping. • He cherishes his time with his family and volunteers on a monthly basis at his church. He is very involved with his children and their activities. *
Kenneth V. Adkins 25 Years • Vic was born in Logan, WV and moved to Orlando in 1972. • He graduated from Colonial High School and is currently enrolled in Ashworth University. • He was hired by Corrections in 1985 as a Correctional Officer to work at the Main Facility. • Vic has been promoted to Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and was recently appointed Major of the Security Operations Division.
Ken “Vic” Adkins - 25 Years • Vic’s father is retired from Corrections, his brother Jeff is a Sergeant and his brother, Dustin is a Deputy with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. • Vic’s been married to Lisa for 24 years and they have two children: Lianne, 23, and Brian, 19, a pitcher with the UCF baseball team. • Vic’s hobbies include: Running, swimming, spending time with his family, and cheering for the UCF “Knights” during sporting events. *
Donna M. Dellarocco 20 Years • Donna was born in Ware, MA, and moved to Florida in 1984. • She graduated from Ware High School and Westfield State College with a degree in Education and a teaching certificate. • Donna was hired by Orange County in 1990 as a Lead Teacher with Head Start.
Donna Dellarocco – 20 Years • Donna was promoted to a Center Supervisor, but preferred working in the classroom with the children, where she could make a difference. • She is presently with the VPK program at the Hal Marston Center. • Donna has been married to Lee for 25 years, and they have one son: Michael, 24. • In her spare time, Donna enjoys needlework, traveling and reading. • But, what she enjoys the most, is spending quality time with her family. *
Michelle Terese Sever - 20 Years • Michelle was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Orlando in 1990. • She graduated from Winter Haven High School, Polk Community College, Florida State University and Capella University • Michelle is a Certified Human Resources Professional. • She started her Orange County career with Corrections in 1990 as a Correctional Officer. • She worked as an Orientation Officer, Training Officer and Corrections Academy Coordinator.
Michelle Sever – 20 Years • In 2002, Michelle was promoted to the Human Resources Recruitment and Employee Relations Division as an Human Resources Analyst. • In 2006, she was promoted to Senior HR Analyst to assist the HR Director. In 2008, she became HR Administrator at Corrections; and in 2009, Michelle assumed her current durties as HR Administrator with Family Services. • She has been recognized for outstanding service several times and has received many awards. • Michelle has been married for 16 years and has two children. • She is involved with many of her children’s after school activities. *
Richard D. Proctor 25 Years • Richard was born at Ft. Devens, MA, son of an Army Officer. • He graduated from Winter Park High School and also served in the Army. • Richard attended the Orange County Fire Academy and worked 2 years in South Florida before moving up to Orange County in 1985. • He has received the Meritorious Service Award and was honored as Firefighter of the Year for assisting three children.
Richard D. Proctor – 25 Years • Richard has also received numerous Unit Citations. • He was instrumental in the recovery efforts in Osceola County after the 1998 tornadoes. • He is married to Debora and they have three children: Leah, 26, Cory, 19, and Andrea, 18. • In his spare time, Richard enjoys landscaping and reading, averaging 2 or 3 books a week. • Richard loves people and gives his all for others. He believes the world is not a bad place to be. *
Charles W. Argabright 25 Years • Augie was born in Bridgeport, CT and moved to Central Florida in 1967. He’s a graduate of Mid-Florida Tech. • He joined Orange County in 1985 . • Augie received special recognition for 1998 wildfires, two hurricanes deployments and Tropical Storm David. • He was promoted to Engineer in 2004.
Charles Argabright – 25 Years • Augie occasionally rides up as Lieutenant and he’s currently assigned to OPS13/MCU2 driving the 18 wheeler/tractor trailer. • He has been married to Katherine for 21 years and they have two children: Kaylan, 17 and Kyle, 15. • Augie and Katherine have been foster parents for 2 years and they’ve fostered over 40 children. • He and his wife now enjoy traveling. *
Jon S. Perkins 30 Years • Jon was born in Birmingham, AL and moved to Central Florida in 1966. • He graduated from Boone High School. • He started with Orange County in 1980 in the Stormwater Management Division (now Roads and Drainage). • Jon was hired as an Equipment Operator I and has been promoted several times up to Foreman.
Jon Perkins – 30 Years • Jon currently works as an Equipment Operator IV on the dragline and mobile crane unit. • He has completed the Rollins College Supervisory Training Program. • Jon has one daughter: Kathryn. • In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, traveling and repairing boats. *
Andre L. Price 20 Years • Andy was born in Montgomery, AL and graduated from Plant City High School. • He served in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. • Andy joined Orange County in 1990 in the Water Department as an Equipment Operator I with the ground maintenance crew. • He was promoted in 1992 to Equipment Operator II and crew leader.
Andre Price – 20 Years • Andy graduated from the Rollins College Supervisor Training Program. • In 1992, he was promoted to Equipment Operator III in the Heavy Equipment Section and in 1996 to EO IV as a Jetter Operator. • Andy got his dream job in 1999 running the Menzi muck that cleans out the drainage ditches. • He has been married to Charlene for 20 years and they have one son: Scott. • Andy plans to work for Orange County for another 15 years. • His hobbies include: Hunting, fishing, camping, cooking and motorcycle riding. *
Earline T. Carwise 30 Years • Earline was born and raised in Oviedo. • She graduated from Oviedo High School and Jones College as a Registered Nurse. • Earline was hired in 1980 to work in the Sewer and Water Division as an Engineering Technician I. • She has been promoted to Engineering Technician II, III, CADD Technician, and is currently a GIS Technician.
Erline Carwise – 30 Years • Earline has been involved in many water and wastewater projects, including: Inventory of assets, manual board drafting, migration drafting board data to computer aided drafting, legal descriptions and GIS research. • She has assisted with the Junior Achievement Program, and Job Shadow Day. • Earline has been awarded the Star of the Week,Division Employee of the Month, Division Director’s Award and Employee of the Quarter. • She is an active member of the United Way Team and the Utilities Focus Group. • Earline has two children: Donnie and Reggie. • She enjoys reading, going to museums, listening to music, watching plays and fishing. *
Carmen V. Ross 25 Years • Carmen was born and raised in Orlando. • She graduated from Evans High School and attended Valencia Community College. • Carmen was hired by Orange County in 1985 to work in the County Law Library. • She has been promoted to Clerk II, Cashier, Customer Service Representative and is currently the Lead Cashier with Orange County Utilities.
Carmen Ross – 25 Years • Carmen has received many awards including: Star Performer, Distinguished Service and Twinkling Star Performer. • She completed the Supervisory Development Program in 2005. • She was recognized by the Office of Emergency Management for her assistance in 2005. • Carmen has been married to William for 11 years. • She has two children: Liquenda and Natrelle. • Her hobbies include: Shopping, singing and gardening. • Carmen enjoys family gatherings and she volunteers at True Deliverance Center Church. *