NORFOLK, Va. – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic honored two of its outstanding employees April 11 for efforts supporting the command’s mission.
For their achievements and contributions to NAVFAC Atlantic during 2016, NAVFAC Atlantic Commander, Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, named Cynthia De Jong as Employee of the Year and Lisa Bernier, Supervisor of the Year.
Cynthia De Jong, NAVFAC Atlantic Employee of the Year
De Jong is a senior architect and the Design Program Manager for the command's Capital Improvement (CI) Engineering and Design division (CI4). In this position, she has been instrumental in developing a number of corporate process improvements. A valued integrator, De Jong is involved in all CI4 products and services to include project execution, community management, and criteria-related issues. Her proactive engagement in Quality Assurance/Quality Control has affected better contract documentation minimizing issues in the field.
She is involved during all phases of projects to ensure our buildings function as expected when delivered to the customer, and the improvement of service life-cycle through proper care and maintenance of facility assets. In addition to being a major contributor for CI's Project Management Manual, De Jong developed customized training for CI's Project Managers and Designers covering eProjects utilization and Design-in-Place, ensuring command engineers and architects appreciate and understand corporate impacts of executing workload and proper program/project tracking, which in turn translates to better resourcing. Because of her tireless efforts and friendly demeanor, she is a technical expert sought after by other business lines for her insight, knowledge and attitude.
Lisa Bernier, NAVFAC Atlantic Supervisor of the Year
Bernier, the command’s Public Works (PW) Transportation Product Line Manager Product Line Manager (PLM), was nominated for her work as role-model leader and champion of innovative improvements. Managing more than 35,000 pieces of Civil Engineering Support Equipment across six fleet engineering commands in the continental United States and throughout Europe and Southwest Asia, valued at $1.15B.
Directly supervising a staff of ten in Norfolk, Va., she has more than 30 years of experience in the federal fleet vehicle equipment management field. Bernier's most significant achievement in FY15-FY16 was the implementation of the Navy's first Vehicle Allocation Methodology (VAM), an electronic survey, positioning the Navy to establish and control the most effective fleet size and composition. Bernier led the development of the Department of Navy (DoN) policy for conducting and reporting the VAM, which is the recognized means of documenting and reporting Federal requirements. She also led the management of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) special interest electric vehicle implementation program in zero-emission states to include infrastructure planning as well as the purchase of electric vehicles for the fleet. This program will result in significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption in states in the SW, WASH, and MIDLANT regions.
Bernier exemplifies the service-oriented, team-player attitude as she consistently volunteers to take on added duties and responsibilities the larger Public Works department and NAVFAC Atlantic organization as a whole. These volunteer roles include serving as the Special Emphasis Program Team Chair for Women and as an advisory panel member for Government Fleet Magazine, a publication for public sector management of vehicles and equipment.
Bernier is a Tier III graduate of the prestigious NAVFAC Leadership Development program, a certified Cover Leadership facilitator, and a recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.