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Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield Commends State Department Employees Shane Morris, Michelle Bernier-Toth, and Richard Boly as 2012 Service to America Medal Finalists

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 7, 2012


On May 7, Director General Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that three Department of State employees had been named as finalists to receive the 2012 Service to America Medal, a national awards program to honor the achievements of federal employees. Diplomatic Courier Shane Morris is one of the three national finalists for the Call to Service Medal. Ms. Morris overcame numerous obstacles during the Arab Spring uprisings to ensure that U.S. diplomats in the Middle East could securely dispatch and receive classified documents and equipment. Michelle Bernier-Toth, the Managing Director of Overseas Citizens Services, and Richard Boly, the Director of the Office of e-Diplomacy, are two of four finalists for the National Security and International Affairs Medals. Ms. Bernier-Toth leads the efforts to prepare the staff at U.S. Embassies and consulates to help protect and evacuate Americans caught up in uprisings, wars, and natural disasters. Mr. Boly created innovative social media and online platforms for State Department employees around the world to collaborate, share information, and connect with important outside audiences.

The Partnership for Public Service will name the nine recipients of 2012 Service to America Medals, including the Federal Employee of the Year, at a Washington, DC gala on September 13. Visit for more information.

The Service to America Medal award was created in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to recruiting and retaining excellence in the federal civil service.

PRN: 2012/723


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