Passionate Professionalism

Department’s 2019 award recipients demonstrate leadership and strength

2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners Citations

Daniel C.W. Pearson

David E. Foy Memorial Award for Excellence in Facility Management
For outstanding leadership, management, and performance as a facility manager (FM) in Muscat, Oman. Pearson consistently worked and collaborated with other sections at post and showed dedication to the community by chairing the Green Team and participating in outreach activities that strengthened U.S.-Omani relations. Further, his support of the local FM staff through both mentoring and selective training opportunities brought new skill sets to his section and improved the delivery of facility services.

Tamara X. Qumsieh

Foreign Service National of the Year (NEA)
For outstanding work and dedication as the regional political advisor to the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) for Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Her efforts have been critical to furthering the USSC mission and Department of State mission priorities.

Wilna F. Ray

Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Distinction in Public Finance Domestic 
In recognition of significant contributions to the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs largest financial portfolio effectively managing $820 million annually in Iraq, dealing with two evacuations, promoting change in the Aviation Working Group, collaborating with the military on interagency agreements and life support services, and clearing unliquidated obligations.

Shaufa A. Saeed

Foreign Service National of the Year (SCA) 
For outstanding contributions to the U.S. government’s efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Maldives bilateral relationship.

Monica Sanchez

2019 Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) of the Year Award 
In recognition of her significant contributions in data tracking and analytics along with exemplary management of six multi-million dollar contracts, 500 contractors, and 70 government technical monitors, while serving as a contracting officer’s representative at the School of Language Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.

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