PennDOT Honors Three District 1 Employees With Star of Excellence Award

| June 4, 2019

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards on Monday recognized three District 1 employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

PennDOT’s District 1 represents Crawford, Forest, Erie, Mercer, Venango, and Warren Counties.

“Every day, I am reminded of our employees’ dedication, their excellent customer service, and in many cases, their sacrifices,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

“The accomplishments of our Stars of Excellence exemplify PennDOT’s mission to provide the very best transportation services to Pennsylvanians every day.”

Thirty PennDOT employees across the state were honored on Monday afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

Local winners Dave Demyanovich, Jill Harry, and Jennifer Nulph were recognized for their efforts and leadership during the event.

“We are proud of the three honorees from District 1,” said Jim Foringer, P.E., District Executive for the northwest region. “Their efforts and leadership are a strong demonstration of the Department’s focus on continuous improvement, teamwork, and providing a high-level of public service.”

Dave Demyanovich, a Transportation Equipment Operator Specialist, has worked at the Erie County maintenance facility for more than 17 years.

In 2017, his expertise on pugmills was an instrumental part of setting up the statewide RoadMaP initiative, and the costing saving Recycled Asphalt Program. The following year, Demyanovich traveled across the state to set up the new pugmills and train operators.

He assisted in writing training manuals and increased the overall efficiency of the program by serving as the designated troubleshooter.

Jill Harry is the Press Officer for the northwest region based in Oil City, Venango County. She previously served as the Acting Press Officer and Safety Press Officer.

Her accomplishments included leading an effort to streamline the statewide “Paint the Plow” program, drawing attention to bike safety by distributing kits, and educating the public on PennDOT procedures through the creation of the “Doing Business with PennDOT” publication.

Harry also handled the coordination of external communication for several high-profile regional projects in 2018.

Jennifer Nulph has been the Construction Finals Unit Supervisor at the District 1 office in Oil City for eight years.

She led an effort to increase the District’s project closeout percentage to 96.61 percent for the 2017 fiscal year. This not only exceeded the District’s goal, but also the statewide average. Improvements to the closeout process made unused funds available sooner for use on future projects that will benefit motorists and residents through the region.

Nulph volunteers to help the District is other ways, including talking at Disadvantage Business Enterprise events.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance, and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers to traffic control specialists, communications staff and design and engineering specialists.

For more information, visit

Copyright © 2019 EYT Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of the contents of this service without the express written consent of EYT Media Group, Inc. is expressly prohibited.

Category: Local News, News, Regional News