Creative 2010 Awards Recipients Announced
Project of the Year
The Ambassador’s Small Grants Program to Support Gender Equality in Afghanistan was named Project of the Year. Awarded to Creative in June of 2009, the $39 million program supports women-focused NGO’s throughout Afghanistan to provide much needed services to women and girls. According to USAID, ASGP is the Agency’s largest Gender Project. To date, ASGP has awarded 394 grants to women focused NGO’s totaling $6.4 million and benefiting 1.6 million women and girls throughout the country.
Senior Employee of the Year
Karen Tietjen, Technical Director in the Education, Mobilization and Communication program division, was named Senior Employee of the Year. Karen was praised for her “leadership during difficult transitional moments. She is rock solid: always helpful and positive. She has played an essential role in just about every winning bid in the division. Karen contributes at the highest levels of intellect. She has helped technically in just about every ongoing project in the divisional portfolio. She maintains a very busy travel schedule and, at headquarters, works into the night and on weekends. Karen led the complex and successful effort that secured the USAID multi-country School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program—which has the potential for being foundational and transformative for Creative.”
Employee of the Year
Carolyn E. Burnes, Contracts Administrator in the Office of Finance and Contracts, was named Employee of the Year. Carolyn was praised for her professionalism, integrity and invaluable assistance to projects: “Not only is she knowledgeable about USAID and Creative regulations, she explains them in a way that we can understand, and then she helps us apply them. At the same time, despite a “no- nonsense” business manner, she is patient and long suffering through seemingly endless contracting procedures.”