LSPA Awards

3/31/2020

2020 Call For Nominations

Nominations Are Now Closed for the 2020 LSPA Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

The NCSL Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSPA) invites your nominations for the 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Award. Up to two legislative staff members are recognized each year for the important contributions they make to the legislative institution and process. Nominations can be made by state legislators or other legislative staff. Winners will be honored at the NCSL Legislative Summit in Indianapolis, Ind. and awards will be presented at Staff Hub ATL 2020 professional development seminar in Atlanta, Oct. 7-9, 2020.

Nominations for the 2020 Leadership Staff Association Achievement Awards are closed. Check back in Spring 2021 for next years nominations.  Please send any questions to Megan McClure, NCSL Liaison to LSPA:

Megan McClure
LSPA Liaison
7700 East First Place
Denver, CO 8230
303-856-1355
megan.mcclure@ncsl.org

More information about the NCSL Leadership Staff Professional Association can be found on its website.

The Leadership Staff Professional Association recognizes up to two legislative staff members for their contributions to their legislatures, LSPA and NCSL.

Legislative Staff Achievement Award Criteria

A Legislative Staff Achievement Award nominee may be an individual, office, group or team whose contributions benefit the roles of leadership, personal and caucus, and should meet a significant number of the following criteria. At least one of the awards is presented to an individual who has been an active participant in Leadership Staff Professional Association activities, as evidenced by attendance at the Association's annual training seminars, and by other significant involvement with the Association. Other examples include:

  1. Identified differences and used them positively to benefit our organization, and ultimately our roles in individual states.

  2. Identified significant areas within which we can learn from one another.

  3. Outstanding credibility and genuine interest in networking ideas.

  4. Common understanding necessary for inclusive contributions and acceptance of Leadership Staff Section participants.

  5. Effectiveness in giving...self, time, resources, etc...to benefit our Section.

  6. Insights that can be developed through teamwork (ability to objectively process knowledge/patterns for contriving options for avoidance of common obstacles).

  7. Determined toward efficiency and betterment of professional selves or members; shares "best game" strategies.

  8. Promotes benefits gained from Leadership Staff Section.

  9. Develops solution(s) for various subterfuges; emanating realistic expectations versus frustrations - for example, "New Dimensions for Change" ideas.

  10. Improved communication and/or participation in Leadership Staff Section.

The recipients of the awards are announced during the NCSL Legislative Summit. The awards presentation occurs during the Leadership Staff Section Fall Professional Development Seminar.

LSPA Legislative Staff Achievement Award Winners

Year

Recipients

2020

Mechelle Evans, Louisiana House

Branden Pursinger, Oregon Senate

2019

Christie Getto Young, Massachusetts Senate

Aurora Hauke, Alaska House

2018 Sheron Violini, California Senate
2017 Tom Krause, Georgia Senate
2016 Charity Stowe, Indiana House
2015

Naomi Miller, Texas House

Jen Jankowski, Utah House

2014

Sallie Bolton, Kentucky House

Tom Wright, Alaska House

2013

Janeen Halverson, Utah Senate

Aurora Hauke, Alaska House

2012

Terri Franks-Smith, Idaho House
Arnold Sowell, California Assembly

2011

Mechelle Miller, Louisiana House

2010

Mary Sue Jones, Idaho Senate

2009

Erlinda Campbell, New Mexico Senate
Barbara Oakes, Maryland House

2008

Nancy Butcher, West Virginia House

2007

Rosina Boyd, New Mexico House
Kurt Deweese, Illinois House

2006

James Lovette, Pennsylvania House
Dawn Reese, Pennsylvania House

2005

Laura Bauman, Indiana Senate
Erin Russell, Nevada Assembly

2004

Diane Steward, Maine Senate

2003

Joyce Johnson, Tennessee Senate
John Mullins, West Virginia House

2002

Lori Rigby, Delaware House
Meredith Norris, North Carolina House

2001

Mechelle Miller, Louisiana House
Charlotte Ellis Land, Kentucky House

2000

Marsha Wise, Pennsylvania House
Kathy Holcomb, Michigan House

1999

C. Louise Krautheim, Pennsylvania House
Jenifer Noland, Kentucky House

1998

David W. Wilkins, Delaware Senate
Jan Shirrell, Indiana Senate

1997

Thomas R. Tedcastle, Florida House
Toni Christman, Pennsylvania House

More Information

If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, please call the LSS chair or any member of the LSS Awards Committee or contact Megan McClure, the NCSL liaison for LSS, at 303-364-7700.