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2013 DGS Values Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 

The Calif. Department of General Services today announced the winners of the 2013 DGS Values Awards presented to a small group of employees who were nominated by their peers for demonstrating an especially strong commitment to the department's mission, vision, goals, and core values of Integrity, Accountability, Communication, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork.Watch DGS videos about all the winners

Winners included eight individuals and four teams:

  • Candace Melehani, Real Estate Services Division
  • Dan Levernier, Division of the State Architect
  • James Beesley, Real Estate Services Division
  • Maria Gassoumis, Real Estate Services Division
  • Mina Auerbach, Enterprise Technology Solutions
  • Paris Rivera, Office of State Publishing
  • Phyllis Powers, Procurement Division
  • Sylvia Calderon, Real Estate Services Division
  • Asbestos-Containing Materials Team, Real Estate Services Division (Robert Hays, Farin Henson, Henry Keesee, Craig Sheetz, Terry Smith, Ronnie Wood, and Gary Wright)


  • Certification Team, Division of the State Architect (Bob Chase, Will Herald, Ryan Huxley, Craig Rush, Chip Smith, Linda Van Dyke, and Puja Vats)


  • Pharmaceutical Acquisitions Section, Procurement Division (Kelli Berliner, Gregory Doe, Vimbai Kajese, Rhonda Kitchen, Mike Namba, Mary Anne Selvage, and Elizabeth Winward)


  • Purchasing Services Section, Office of Business and Acquisition Services (Tanya Aviles-Medeiros, Charis Bledsoe, Richard Brown, Bruce Catalano, Punita Chandra, Eileen Coggins, Cathy Duggan, Raymond Estey, Leticia Garcia, Grace Glover, Randy Graybill, DeDe Ireland, Kathy Kinman, Walter Lee, Jonee Oden, Dahya Patel, Erica Seghesio-Groves, Freddie Sells, Cathy Sharp, Laura Stumpf, Susan Taylor, Sonya Thomas, and  Barbara Verarde; Supervisors: Molly Lovett, Elizabeth Parker, and Rebecca Peters)




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The Office of Fleet and Asset Management oversees the state’s vehicle fleet, rental cars, parking facilities and surplus auctions.

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Procurement Division

The Procurement Division oversees policies and procedures used by all state agencies in their purchasing and contracting activities. It develops innovative procurement solutions including statewide contracts, purchasing portals, and end-user training enabling state agencies to acquire the goods and services needed to serve the people of California.

Real Estate Services Division

The Real Estate Services Division is a full-service real estate organization. Its highest priority is to provide the highest level of customer service in fulfilling state agencies’ facility and real property needs.

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