Dr. Karen Beck-2018 NCDA&CS Employee of the Year

By on January 29, 2019

Dr. Karen Beck and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
Dr. Karen Beck and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

Dr. Karen Beck of Raleigh, an employee in the Emergency Programs Division, was recently selected as the NCDA&CS Employee of the Year for her exceptional performance and dedication to her work as a surveillance veterinarian. Karen was chosen from the 12 Employee of the Month selections from 2018.

As surveillance veterinarian for the Emergency Programs
Division, Karen identifies, evaluates and prevents threats to the people,
animals and agriculture of North Carolina. She also serves as a key decision
maker on interagency response to zoonotic diseases and oversees the statewide
permitting and inspection process for animal contact exhibits at sanctioned
agricultural fairs.

“Her commitment and dedication to protecting the agriculture
community is evident from her willingness to consistently go above and beyond
what is required in her normal duties,” said John Howard, director of the
Emergency Programs Division.

In addition to her extraordinary efforts, Karen also serves
as a liaison to the State Emergency Response Team during activations of the
State Emergency Operations Center and analyzes reports to identify hazards or
impacts; makes decisions, as needed on appropriate course of action; and
coordinates with appropriate divisions within our department and other state
agencies for emergency response to animal and agricultural issues in the state.

During Hurricane Florence, Dr. Beck exceeded her
responsibilities and made a statewide impact during the storm as a liaison to
N.C. Emergency Management.  Immediately
following the storm, Karen further distinguished herself by providing excellent
leadership and protecting public health at the N.C. State Fair.

Karen began her state career with NCDA&CS in 2007.

2018 NCDA&CS Employees of the Month

  • January: Maegan Trimnal, Soil and Water
    Conservation Division
  • February: Randy Renfrow, Standards Division
  • March: James “Jimmy” Meadows, N.C. Forest
  • April: Hannah Welch Thompson & Jeremy
    Callicutt, N.C. Forest Service
  • May: Tien Cheng, Legal Affairs Division
  • June: Jaime Frye, Structural Pest Control and
    Pesticides Division
  • July: Terry Bell, Human Resources Division
  • August: Walter Beal, Food Distribution Division
  • September: Jonathan Young, N.C. Forest Service
  • October: Jane Martin, N.C. Forest Service
  • November: Dr. Karen Beck, Emergency Programs
  • December: Laura Brookshire, Farmland
    Preservation Division
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