By Ms Rachel Newton (AMC)April 12, 2012
The Pine Bluff Arsenal's Federal Women's Program announced March 15, during the Women's History Month luncheon, that Debbie Paylor was named 2012 FWP Woman of the Year and Lt. Col. (Dr.) Diego Gonzalez was named 2012 FWP Supervisor of the Year.
"It was a pleasant surprise," said Paylor, reflecting on receiving the woman of the year award. "I knew I had been nominated but I wasn't sure I would get it."
Paylor, who has worked at Pine Bluff Arsenal for approximately 22 years -- all of them in the Directorate of Information Management, is a graduate of Dermot High School, where she was valedictorian in 1981. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas. Paylor began her information technology career with Systamatics, Inc., and obtained certification as an information systems manager in 2010.
"I feel honored to be nominated first of all," said Paylor. "Even though you can tell from the nomination forms and all the things that were written about me, I don't do the things I do to receive recognition. I do them because I enjoy doing them."
According to the nomination information, Paylor is very involved in her church with both youth and mission ministries -- Grace Temple Missionary Baptist Church. "As a friend, Paylor is one you can count on to be there when needed -- anytime and anyplace," read the information. "One of her mottos is 'treat others like you want to be treated'. Her keen sense of humor, jovial disposition and moral leadership exemplifies her divine guidance through the Holy Spirit, and the love of man in her heart."
Other activities Paylor is involved with include making regular visits to Davis Life Nursing Home, and Dianne's Adult Day Care facilities; serving as a member of the Ridgway Christian School Parents and Teachers organization; serving as chairperson for Ridgway Christian School home room events; and volunteering for various positions with the Pine Bluff Little League baseball, Upward Basketball and White Hall Soccer Associations.
Gonzalez, who has been at PBA for two and a half years, said he suspected he was nominated for the award. "I was encouraged to come to the luncheon, and cancel another educational event I had planned to attend," he said. "Kim West nominated me and she confessed the day before that she had put me in for the award -- and I had to be there."
The Arsenal's Federal Women's Program hasn't selected a military supervisor as their Supervisor of the Year since 1988.
"The colonel said during the ceremony, 'Where is Diego?' said Gonzalez. "I started looking around and I knew I had gotten it then. I really enjoyed the fact that I received the award, and it nice to be recognized. We try to do our best here, and our concern is taking care of our patients, and taking care of the issues these patients bring in -- and complying with all the rules and regulations."
According to the nomination information, Gonzalez supervises a staff that is primarily women. "He is always the first to encourage his employees to learn, further their education, and gain experience in the workplace with additional training," read the information. "He is one of the most caring, fair men I know, and often goes the extra miles when he sees an employee in need. And possibly more important than being fair, he is consistent in the treatment of his staff."
One of Gonzalez main training areas is pediatrics. "I really enjoy helping out with the Child, Youth and School Services Center," he said. "They call me when they have questions, and sometimes the parents even seek me out and ask me questions."
Gonzalez is also supportive and encourages his employees to participate in training and other activities sponsored by the Special Emphasis Programs. "He encourages the women to attend the monthly Federally Employed Women meetings and most of the time attends with them," read the nomination information. "You will find Dr. Gonzalez, his wife, Sandra, and his staff at every special program that is held at PBA to include FWP, Hispanic Heritage Month Program, Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon, and the FEW Passionately Pink luncheon."