Robin Kovach and Sterling Spangler Receive Company Awards – Congratulations!


Robin Kovach has received the Leadership Award from her company, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI). According to SSAI “This award is intended to recognize and reward an employee who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and makes significant contributions to accomplishing SSAI objectives.”

Kovach receiving award

Robin’s award citation reads as: “Robin is a leader of the highest caliber, in both a formal capacity as the Task Lead for the Seasonal System Integration, Test, and Validation Task and Deputy Project Lead for theG MAO portion of the SAMDA contract; and informally, consistently demonstrating high standards of integrity and excellence for her peers. Robin leads by example, regularly contributing to publications and agency-wide initiatives. She strives to keep learning and growing in her field and pushes her team do the same. Under her leadership in 2017, Robin’s task team upgraded the GMAO’s seasonal forecast system, createda new suite of system monitoring websites, and launched new seasonal forecast products, which achieved agency-wide recognition and accolades. When problems arise, Robin offers solutions instead of complaints and seeks to be part of the way forward, as seen in her involvement in SSAI’s Strategic Initiative and New Employee Sponsorship Program. Robin is also an integral part of SSAI’s Wellness Committee, leading company-wide ‘Wellness Challenges’ and activities, and joined SSAI’s 40th Anniversary Planning Committee, volunteering her time and talents in support of SSAI’s year-long ‘40 Acts of Kindness’ initiative. A leader in every way, Robin is a model of SSAI’s core values of integrity, honesty, responsibility, fairness, and respect.”.

Spangler receiving award

Sterling Spangler has received the inaugural “Corporate Citizen Award” also from his company, SSAI. According to SSAI, “This award is intended to recognize employees that go above and beyond in their dedication to serving the community by demonstrating their commitment to community service, good citizenship, and civic engagement.”

Sterling’s award citation reads as: “For more than 16 years, Sterling has played a critical role in support of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Liaison Branch, serving as a Volunteer Service Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for under-served communities. Sterling has donated his considerable talents in public outreach to put together a comprehensive hate crimes awareness campaign, including a website, posters, advertisements, and marketing materials, creating a model program for other police departments to emulate. Sterling played a key role in helping the Metropolitan Police Department obtain a $100,000 &sdquo;Innovations in American Government’ grant from Harvard University and has been recognized as a lifetime Associate Member of the DC Lodge #1 of the Fraternal Order of Police for his extensive volunteer support of the department. In addition, Sterling has been active for many years in a local chapter of ‘Concerns of Police Survivors’ (COPS), which offers support programs and services for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Sterling has been instrumental in creating the ‘Invisible Survivors’ program, which provides a community of support for those who are not publically recognized as survivors of police officers killed in the line of duty. For all the ways that he is actively working to improve the policies and outreach efforts of our local police force, we are pleased to recognize Sterling with a 2017 Corporate Citizen Award.”

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