Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month
Charlie Gili is the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month for April.
Charlie is currently the Brooklyn Chief of Operations and has been with Parks since May 17, 1982 when he started as an Urban Park Ranger.
Charlie dedicates an enormous amount of time to supporting and aiding the families of fallen soldiers. In 2007, he started a family-run charity to raise funds for Gold Star Families who have lost military service members killed in action. Every Memorial Day, Charlie organizes the “Field of Flags” event which honors US Military Service Members from New York State who died in military service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
In his 30 years at Parks Charlie has continuously gone above and beyond. For his excellent service and longstanding dedication, Charlie was nominated by Borough Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh, and Commissioner Benepe.
Lisa McBayne is an Operations Employee of the Month for April.
Lisa is a Parks Supervisor in Brooklyn and has served with Parks for almost 24 years since November, 1988 when she started as a City Seasonal Aide in Staten Island. In 2007, she was assigned to her current location where she oversees Coney Island Beach Operations and Brooklyn’s District 13 Maintenance & Operations.
Lisa is a positive thinker and a highly motivated individual who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. She can often be found assisting her staff in cleaning the Stillwell Avenue comfort station or cleaning debris from the boardwalk well past the end of her shift.
Lisa has become the go-to person for the plethora of issues that arise in Coney Island. For her extraordinary work, Lisa was nominated by PRM Michael Super, Borough Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.
Damien Ramseur is the Capital Projects Employee of the Month for April.
Damien is a City Planning Technician in the Systems and Analysis (S&A) unit and has been with Parks since March, 2006. Damien started with the Manhattan Borough team as a Clerical Associate and worked on voluntary S&A tasks.
He maintains the Commitment Tracking Report for Capital’s Project Tracking program (Q&A) and represents the Systems unit at Commitment Tracking meetings. He also extracts, verifies, and reports the preliminary and final MMR totals for the Capital Division. Damien goes beyond his tasks and standards by providing technical support for specialty graphics software used by Capital designers, architects, and administrative staff.
Damien is an invaluable member of the Capital team and for his efforts was nominated by Director of Systems & Analysis Steven Ko and Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.
Sarah Frazier, who could not attend last month’s ceremony, is the Management Employee of the Month for March.
Sarah is currently a Marketing Associate and has been with Parks since July, 2007. Last February, Sarah took on the enormous responsibility of managing the roll out of the Agency’s new graphic identity for promotional materials, managing over 330 individual design projects across 14 divisions and the five boroughs.
Sarah has been integral in implementing high-profile citywide marketing campaigns for Mayoral initiatives and Parks-produced events.
To celebrate the launch of the enhanced BeFitNYC.org website last spring, Sarah not only coordinated the entire marketing campaign, but also spearheaded the production of a 5,000-person fitness event in Washington Square Park.
For her efforts, Sarah was nominated by Director of Marketing Christine Thelmo-Dabrow, Assistant Commissioner for Revenue and Marketing Betsy Smith, and Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget Robert Garafola.
Danielle Goldfarb-Bedrick is the Management Employee of the Month for April. Danielle is currently a Computer Resource Center Coordinator and has been with Parks since May, 1999.
Danielle teaches technology classes at Sorrentino Recreation Center in addition to developing the CRC course schedule, and collaborating with CRC Coordinators citywide on programming. Danielle has been instrumental in the pilot of Global Partners Jr., an afterschool technology education program at Sorrentino in partnership with a school from Madrid, Spain. Danielle also piloted the National Urban Technology Leagues Youth Leadership Academy in CRCs, a component of the Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. Her reliability, dedication, concern for her students and positivity distinguish her as an exemplary employee. For her dedication, Danielle was nominated by CRC Director Ana-Maria Campos, Deputy Chief Fiscal Officer Ed Feldman and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.
Brigitte Lozada is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for April.
Brigitte is a Recreation Specialist and has been with Parks since October, 2005 when she joined Parks as an educational consultant.
Brigitte, who is known to her co workers as “Little Lady,” has been instrumental in developing a variety of programs for children and families at Owen Dolen.
Her excellent customer service skills have launched collaborations with several partners including the Bronx Council for the Arts, the Westchester Square Business Alliance, and the Harvest Field Community Church to bring exciting activities to the community. Most recently, after recreational activities at Owen Dolen were suspended due to an on-going construction project, Brigitte helped to develop a directory of viable alternatives for parents with children in the Afterschool Program. For her efforts, she was nominated by Chief of Bronx Recreation Robert Wright, Assistant Commissioner’s for Public Programs Annika Holder, Assistant Commissioner for Recreation and Programming Nancy Barthold.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”