Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part I)
Jaquon Singleton is an Operations Employee of the Month for September.
In November of 2010, Jaquon began working with Parks as a MillionTreesNYC Training Program Participant. He graduated from the program in May 2011 and by September of that year became an official Natural Areas Volunteer Leader.
Jaquon’s current job responsibilities require him to work a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule, but he makes himself available every day of the week to accommodate priority projects. He works toward implementing ecological restoration and urban forestry projects within the five boroughs. To achieve this, he performs a variety of tasks including invasive plant removal, tool and vehicle maintenance, staff project coordination, and volunteer training and supervision. Jaquon is a dependable individual who is always willing to go the extra mile.
This admirable work ethic was exemplified this past August. While preparing for an upcoming volunteer project with NYU near Sperandeo Brothers Playground, Jaquon was answering questions for a curious member of the public. As the two were talking, Jaquon noticed her youngest child run into traffic on Atlantic Avenue. Jaquon immediately jumped into action. He ran after her and picked up the young child as well as her sibling who had followed her into the dangerous street. His quick, valiant action to protect the children is reflective of his selflessness and his commitment to the community.
Jaquon takes pride in his City and truly cares for NYC Parks. The young family very much appreciated his heroic action on that August day. The staff, volunteers, and community members who have the privilege of knowing him know that he is a true superhero every day.
For his excellent work and quick thinking, Jaquon was nominated by Director of Natural Areas Volunteers Brian Aucoin and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.
Judith Velosky is the Public Programs Employee of the Month for September.
Judith started her career at Parks in October of 2009. Her hard work earned her a promotion to seasonal Urban Park Ranger in April of 2012, and then to Queens Ranger Sergeant later that year. She has expanded her role by reaching out to improve our agency’s relationships with other organizations in NYC.
This summer, Judith contributed to the partnership between NYC Parks and the National Park Service by overseeing UPR staff and programming at Frank Charles Memorial Park, which is overseen by NPS. Judith designed and implemented outdoor recreation programs that connected community members with the natural world. Under her leadership, the Rangers implemented nearly 60 educational and recreational programs that served nearly 800 children and adults. Events included seining, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and crafts.
This past September, Judith was recruited to coordinate the special event called Jamaica Bay by Land, Sea, and Air: A Family Fun Day, which was also held in conjunction with NPS. Judith was instrumental to the success of the event. She assigned duties to citywide UPR staff and helped to create many of the educational tables and activities. Her stellar interpersonal skills helped to create an unforgettable experience for the hundreds of visitors who attended the event.
Judith is the mother of twins and enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid birder and loves to explore the great outdoors.
For her excellent work and commitment to our agency’s partnerships, Judith was nominated by Director Urban Park Rangers Sarah Aucoin and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.
Kylie Murphy is the Capital Employee of the Month for September.
Since joining Parks over a year ago, Kylie has diligently applied her talents to her position and has consistently contributed to advancing the work of the Capital Division. As Senior Project Manager of Management Services, Kylie assists on various procurement, budget, and accounts payable activities.
Kylie communicates with the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) on Automated Procurement Tracking matters and procurement turnaround documents. She also corresponds with the Comptroller’s Office on non-responsible appeals and with the Deputy Chief of Management Services on all audits. Over the past year, Kylie assisted our Agency Chief Contracting Officer with obtaining emergency procurements for Sandy work, and the subsequent registration of those contracts and change orders. Her coordination with cross-departmental and agency teams ensured that Parks’ objectives were achieved and timelines were met.
Since Super Storm Sandy, the demands on Capital and Parks staff have been expanded significantly. Kylie has done an excellent job tracking various Sandy contracts, even as a relative newcomer to the unit. Thanks to her comprehensive understanding of the contractual process, she has been able to successfully troubleshoot and resolve many problems that have arisen. Kylie is a conscientious and diligent individual who demonstrates excellent technical aptitude, has an affable demeanor, and works well within deadline constraints. She has become a highly valued member of Management Services at Capital.
Kylie lives with her husband and her adorable son, Hudson, who entertained the whole Capital division at this year’s Olmsted BBQ.
For her incredible reliability and meticulous attention to detail, Kylie was nominated by Capital’s Chief of Management Services Charlette Hamamgian and Deputy Commissioner Therese Braddick.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"A tough lesson in life that one has to learn is that not everybody wishes you well."
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