Patti Reis: 2008 PMF
While working in the Seattle Regional Public Affairs
Office, I was a member of the four-person team coordinating the
February 2010 events marking the opening of Alaska's first
disability hearings office. In addition to SSA Commissioner Michael
Astrue and other SSA officials, the opening ceremony featured
remarks by Alaska Senator Mark Begich. Additional events requiring
planning for Commissioner Astrue included a visit to the Seattle
Regional Office, media interviews in Alaska, and demonstrations of
new video technology used by SSA offices.
During the planning stages, my responsibilities
included anything from ceremony programs to confirming attendance
by Alaska's senators, representative, and lieutenant governor. Once
the events were underway, I served as the point of contact in
Seattle for any issues encountered by Commissioner Astrue, regional
SSA officials, or invited guests.
For my work on this project, I was awarded an SSA Office
of Communications Deputy Commissioner's Citation in August 2010 and
an Exemplary Contribution/Service Award in May 2010.