November 20, 2014

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New Customer Relations Director Announced
Fay Fleming
Newly appointed CR Director Fay Fleming will begin her new role December 1.
I’m excited to announce that we have hired a new Customer Relations Director. Fay Fleming will join the department as our CR Director on Dec. 1.

Fay is a results-driven executive who has more than 15 years of senior-level business experience in marketing, communications, strategic planning, research, training, writing, sales, and public speaking. She most recently was employed as the director of communications for the First Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, and as the director of the Business Performance company in Dallas, Texas, where she served as a consultant in the areas of marketing, organizational strategy, research and leadership development training.

Fay will transition into the job through the month of December as she makes the move from Texas to Missouri. Sally Oxenhandler will assist Fay through this transition period and then return to the Central District as the CR Manager there. Please join me in welcoming Fay to the department and thanking Sally for a great job as the interim CR Director.

Honoring Our Veterans
Last week MoDOT celebrated Veterans Day by honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving in our armed forces. Events were held throughout the districts to recognize coworkers that have served.

Rhonda Thompson
Senior Information Systems Technologist Rhonda Thompson shares her military experience with attendees.  Click above to watch a video of the event.
Central Office held its celebration with Central District on Nov. 12. The event started with a few words from Director Dave Nichols and Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey. Following the introductory remarks Senior GIS Specialist Thomas Wilkerson performed the National Anthem.

Two Central Office U.S. Air Force veterans, Audits and Investigations Director Bill Rogers and Senior Information Systems Technologists Rhonda Thompson, took a moment to speak to all those in attendance about their time in the service.

Following the Rogers’ and Thompson’s remarks each veteran who previously identified themselves to be recognized during the event were acknowledged by Senior Human Resources Specialist Elizabeth Reed and Senior Civil Rights Specialist Angela Sutton and were presented with a certificate and pin.

To view a video of the event - Video.  
To see photos - Photos.   
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
coventry newsletterIf you don't live with it yourself, then it's likely you have a family member or friend who does. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. And an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations.

Read this important information on understanding the different types of diabetes, how to prevent the disease and tools and resources – Coventry Newsletter.

Stay Safe at Home This Winter
As the weather changes and we move into the winter season, MoDOT takes every opportunity to check its equipment, train employees and refresh our winter operations skills. When it snows in Missouri, MoDOT is ready.

Staying safe during winter weather isn’t just about work though. Now is the time to go through your personal checklist to make sure you and your family are ready for winter. Whether you are a seasoned snow fighter or this is your first year at the department, review these tips and be safe at home and
on your way to work.

At home, take time to winterize your residence. (Check out this list from repair and renovation expert Bob Vila.) Keep some ice melt on hand and put the snow shovel and supplies where it’s easy to access them. Take plenty of breaks if you shovel the sidewalk or driveway. If you’re not used to strenuous work, shoveling snow puts a lot of stress on the body in a short period of time.

emergency kit
Having an emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle can be life saving in case of a roadside emergency.

Prepare your vehicle for winter. Check your battery, lights, antifreeze, wipers, belts, and hoses. Put the ice scraper and other winter supplies in the car now so you don’t have to dig for them when you really need them. Don’t forget your tires: the condition of the tread can make a big difference when you’re driving on slick roads.

It’s our job to report to work in inclement weather, so pack an emergency kit in your personal vehicle just in case. The basics include blankets, bottle water and nonperishable food, a cell phone, dry clothing, a shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight and batteries.

If your car is covered in snow or frost, take the time to clear all the windows so you have maximum visibility. Don’t forget to clear snow off the lights, hood, and other surfaces of your vehicle so you’re visible to other motorists.

We share this message with motorists every winter, but it bears repeating: Ice and snow, take it slow – and know before you go! Encourage your family and friends to download MoDOT’s Traveler Information App so they have up-to-date road conditions at their fingertips. The map is also available at

Central Office Happenings
MEE ZoneMeeZone Events
Delete Blood Cancer
by Midwest Donor Recruiter Joyce Jones
Nov. 25, 2 – 3 p.m.
CO Human Resources Training Room B
601 West Main, Jefferson City
or from anywhere via video conference

Did you know approximately every three minutes one person in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer? An estimated combined total of 156,420 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2014. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from a blood cancer. This statistic represents nearly 152 people each day or more than six people every hour.

Sign up through the LMS Student Center link for the Central Office class, or to attend via video conference contact Amanda Henley – 573-526-5617.

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