Health department selects employees of the year

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Volusia CHD
Volusia County Health Department director Patricia Boswell, second from left, congratulates the agency’s employees of the year. They are, from left: Adalgisa Adjodha, Sarika Gajera and Diane Byerly. The trio were nominated and selected by their peers.

Adalgisa Adjodha, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been named Employee of the Year by Volusia County Health Department (Volusia CHD) employees.

Employees also have selected Sarika Gajera as Non-Career Service Employee of the Year and Diane Byerly as Supervisor of the Year.

“Through this annual process, our employees recognize staff members who go above and beyond in their duties,” said Patricia Boswell, Volusia CHD administrator. “It’s a great honor for someone to be nominated by their peers because they understand the demands of the job better than anyone within the agency.”

Customer service expert

A health support specialist in the Women, Infants and Children’s program, Adjodha joined the agency in January 2013. In her nomination, her co-workers cited Adjodha’s consistent initiative to ensure clients receive good customer service.

She has requested additional training, assumed additional duties and found solutions to meet the needs of her clients, including providing information on services available from other agencies, as needed.

Team player

Gajera, an information technology systems project analyst, always portrays a positive attitude and is a team player, according to her nomination.

As part of her duties, she handles SharePoint sites for four county health departments. From the city of Amreli in the state of Gujarat, India, Gajera moved to the United States in 2011. She joined the Volusia CHD in June 2016.

Top supervisor

Information technology/data center director Diane Byerly was nominated as the supervisor of the year by her employees.

Byerly’s staff expressed appreciation for her willingness to allow them to use their collective and creative talents to find solutions, according to the nomination.

She encourages thinking out of the box, sharing her enthusiasm for her work, and not giving in to defeat. Byerly has worked for the agency for more than 19 years and supervises 23 team members.

All Volusia CDH staff members may be involved in the nomination of their peers.

An employee committee reviews and then ranks the formal nominations based on how well they demonstrate the agency’s values: Innovation, collaboration, accountability, responsiveness and excellence.

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