Awards ceremony sponsored by SECU Foundation honors State Government Employees

RALEIGH, NC (October 25, 2018) — Twenty individuals were recently honored with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence at a ceremony hosted by the Office of State Human Resources and sponsored by the member-funded SECU Foundation.  The event was held in conjunction with Excellence in State Government Week, which recognizes staff members for their extraordinary accomplishments or meritorious service to the State and citizens of North Carolina.  Honorees were nominated by their peers for the special award – the highest privilege a state employee may receive.  SECU Foundation Board Chair Cynthia Jolly welcomed guests to the ceremony held at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, with officials from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and the Foundation also in attendance.

Ms. Jolly remarked, “There is no doubt that North Carolina’s state employees are invaluable in their roles as public servants.  Their passion and outstanding commitment to others are an inspiration to their colleagues, fellow citizens, and communities throughout the state.  On behalf of all Credit Union members, SECU Foundation is proud to sponsor the awards ceremony and convey our genuine support and appreciation for the contributions made by these distinguished individuals.”

“These state employees demonstrate compassion for their fellow North Carolinians and an unselfish devotion to serving our state,” Governor Roy Cooper said.  “They put others first, and make life in North Carolina better as a result.  Today’s honorees have gone the extra mile to make a positive and lasting difference.”

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence were presented in the following categories – Customer Service, Efficiency and Innovation, Human Relations, Outstanding State Government Service, Public Service, and Safety and Heroism.  Recipients include:

Customer Service – Michael Last (University of North Carolina at Wilmington); Efficiency and Innovation – Brian Maney (University of North Carolina, System Office); Team of Robert Leon, Tony Danks, Tracey L. Goodwin, Tass W. Jansen, Sharon Jones, Jamie Lamar Murphy, and William G. Robbins, II (Department of Public Safety/Correction Enterprises); Dane Johnston (North Carolina State University); David Josephus (North Carolina State University); Human Relations – Tanya J. Dearmon (Department of Revenue); Outstanding State Government Service – Roy Jackson Marshall, III (Department of Natural and Cultural Resources); Public Service – A. Michelle Bryant (Department of Public Safety); Paula C. Gillikin (Department of Environmental Quality); Safety and Heroism – Dwight L. Braswell (Department of Public Safety), Rick Dickerson (Department of Health and Human Services), Megan Kathleen Hess (Department of Public Safety), Cory M. Hinkle (Department of Public Safety, National Guard), David Setser (North Carolina State University).

Roy Cooper

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 85 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States with $53 billion in assets and serves over 2.6 million members through 273 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone, and a Mobile App. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare, and human services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of over $235 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide. World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 86,451 credit unions in 118 countries serve 375 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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