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Volume XXVIII, Number 5786
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013

Parks Salutes Its Employees Of The Month (Part II)

Luis Lopez is an Operations Employee of the Month for December.

Luis started his career with Parks as a seasonal CSA at Arsenal West in January 1987. He is now a Park Supervisor Level 2, serving Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn’s District 15.

Luis is responsible for all staff, properties, facilities and supplies in this extremely busy area of Brooklyn. He manages the intake and training of seasonal supervisors and workers who support beach operations while balancing resources to take care of the rest of his district. As a team player, Luis is always willing to share his extensive knowledge with his colleagues. He makes the best use of all available resources and holds his staff to the same high standard to which he holds himself. Additionally, he keeps the lines of communication open with management, ensuring the timely dissemination of information.

Luis is always looking to improve operations. He finds creative solutions to difficult problems and has taken the initiative to identify and eliminate inefficiencies. Since the storm, Luis has been a bedrock of reliability in hard-hit areas of Brooklyn. He ensured that debris was cleared from the Manhattan Beach promenade and hazardous materials were removed throughout the district. He also worked with shops to make sure the Manhattan Beach facility was prepared to welcome and accommodate the Department-of-Labor-funded hires. With the help of these workers, Luis has paved the way down the “road to recovery.”

Luis sets the bar high for himself, which sets good example for his staff. Seasonal supervisors are fortunate to have Luis as a teacher, trainee, and coach who enhances their daily operations.

For his hard work and dedication, Luis was nominated by Jeffrey Sigadel, Deputy Chief of Operations for Brooklyn; Charlie Gili, Chief of Operations for Brooklyn; Kevin Jeffrey, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner; and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.

Kathleen McCarthy is an Operations Employee of the Month for December.

Kathleen is a Project Manager for Ecological Restoration in the Natural Resources Group and has been with Parks since June 2009.

In Kathleen’s position as a project manager for NRG, she boldly took on the interagency Soundview salt marsh restoration project. This project had a complex history and equally complex site conditions. Kathleen asked tough questions throughout the construction process and demanded high-quality work. In the end she steered the project to completion while working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kathleen applies her ecological expertise, tested patience, and attention to detail to all of her projects. She recently used these skills when working with the Capital Division to develop wetland restoration and stormwater treatment designs at Meadow Lake.

As an ecologist, Kathleen brings with her years of experience in the field. She has explored dozens of stormwater wetlands in New Jersey and miles of streams in the mid-Atlantic region in order to research the impacts of urbanization on amphibians.

Many Parkies have outside interests that are diverse and perhaps unexpected. Kathleen brings with her an entire past career as a successful sculptor. For those who ride the subways in Queens, her latest works can be seen on the J & Z subway lines at the 111th Street, 104th Street, Woodhaven Boulevard, 75th Street, and Cypress Hills stations. She continues to work collaboratively with artists and scientists on various projects. She is a true Renaissance woman.

For her leadership and commitment to Parks, Kathleen was nominated by Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands and Riparian Restoration; Bram Gunther, Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and NRG; and First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh.


“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”

Emily Dickinson
(1830 – 1886)
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