Two outstanding OPEA members were selected as recipients of this year’s Pat Hall Volunteer of the Year award. Selected were Jann Ensz and Courtney Fox.
Jann, who is retired from the Department of Human Services, has been extremely active in OPEA for many years. During the past year, she served as scribe for the revision of the OPEA Policies and Procedures Manual working from the OPEA office and at her home. The task of rewriting all of the policies and procedures for the association is an ongoing process and Jann has willingly stepped forward to continue working on this ongoing project.
She also served as chair of the 2016 platform committee and again worked at the office and from home, using her own computer, to assemble the platform planks that you will discuss and vote on during this convention.
Pat Hall, Courtney Fox, Jann Ensz, Jess Callahan
During the past year, she scheduled meeting rooms for both legislative events and retiree meetings in her region. Even though she is technically a “retiree member”, she works closely with both active and retiree members in her region in her region.
Jann works hard for OPEA and has been a consistent resource for OPEA members and staff. She is dependable and has always stepped forward when asked to take on any project or assist the association.
Also selected was Courtney Fox, an Adult Protective Services Specialist at DHS in Pittsburg County. She joined OPEA 2 days after becoming a state employee in June of 2015 and hit the ground running.
Courtney has been a very active member of OPEA, specifically in Region 11 where she has, probably without realizing it, taken on some of the responsibilities of a board member. She has attended regional meetings, recruitment events, convention and legislative forums. She has been a big voice for state employees in her part of the state.
Courtney is extremely active on social media making sure other state employees are informed about issues that will affect them. She keeps OPEA staff informed about issues and rumors within her agency and makes sure other state employees, outside of her agency, are aware of OPEA and the services we provide.
Courtney is a big advocate for state employees and a fresh face at OPEA. Courtney is the face of the future state employee and leaders of OPEA.
The award is named for OPEA’s first executive director Pat Hall who presented the awards at this year’s annual convention in August.