Previous Employees of the Quarter
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Employees of the Quarter are nominated by their TSLAC colleagues and are selected by the TSLAC Employee Recognition Committee. Employees of the Quarter are presented with a Certificate of Merit and eight hours administrative leave at the TSLAC Quarterly Awards Ceremony.
Dina Abramson and Chris Burton
Our Employees of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016
Dina Abramson, Disability Information and Referral Coordinator, TBP
Since 1999, Dina Abramson has been the Disability Information and Referral Coordinator in the Talking Book Program and as such has made a positive impact on multitudes of Texans in providing information and resources to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and for their teachers, family members, and caregivers. One day she may be connecting an individual who is experiencing the anxiety that accompanies new vision loss with resources he wouldn’t have known to ask for. Another day, she may be locating resources for someone with dementia, diabetes, or quadriplegia, or providing a colleague with information on adaptive technology. The folks Dina assists are often facing traumatic and uncertain circumstances and her compassion, respect, and reassuring presence, helps guide them to a more hopeful place.
In addition to her regular duties, in the last quarter, Dina has taken on duties that would have been the vacant Public Awareness Coordinator’s responsibility. Dinah has represented TBP at outreach events, kept promotional and informational materials stocked, and worked to insure that TBP’s commitments to conferences and other public appearances are honored. She has done this all without neglecting her duties and while working part time!
Dina was named an Employee of the Quarter in 2002 and in the 14 years since has continued her dedication and dependability to her important work and always with consistent good cheer.
Chris Burton, Records Center Specialist, SLRM
Chris Burton is a Records Center Specialist at the State Records Center on Shoal Creek Boulevard. He has worked for the agency since 2003, all that time at the Records Center, and since day one has been a valuable asset to its operations. Michael Shea, the SRC manager, calls him a “consistent overachiever” who provides topnotch customer service to the Center’s external customers – mostly state agencies. Chris regularly points out issues that delay his deliveries, communicating them to management in an effort to improve delivery and pick up times.
Nicknamed “Eagle Eye” for his ability to spot potential trouble such as a leak from a condenser or misplaced boxes, Chris is also dependable – he is the trusted person who shoulders the responsibility of closing and securing the Center every day. Chris has been indispensable helping SRC staff in other areas as well. When the division acquired a new automation system, Chris quickly learned and adapted to it and became adept at providing assistance to other staff in understanding the system. And whether it is a request to assist with destruction or to help put up boxes, Chris never says “no” as that word doesn’t seem to exist in his vocabulary. This positive, helpful attitude as well as the Chris Burton world famous infectious smile improves the environment at the State Records Center.