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Larch Superintendent Receives Award for Supporting Needs of Employees in Military

July 31, 2017

By Heather Williams and Rachel Friederich

Department of Corrections

Larch Superintendent posing for  group photo with other department staff

Left to Right: Daniel Scheetz, Monica Ocampo, Uzoma Izunagbara, Lisa Oliver-Estes, Arthur McCallum, Jim Waletich, and Mike Agloro (Photo courtesy of Heather Williams, DOC Communications)

YACOLT – A Larch Corrections Center senior manager has been recognized for her work in supporting the needs of employees who have served in the military. Superintendent Lisa Oliver-Estes received a Patriot Award from the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on July 27 after being nominated by Joseph Agloro, corrections specialist 3 and serving member of the National Guard.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to help resolve conflicts with an employee’s military commitment.

The Patriot Award is given to supervisors who have made an extraordinary effort to support employees who have served in the military. Examples of employer support include flexible work schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed.

“The men and women of the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) who serve our military forces now and in the past have made a commitment to our freedom that should never be taken lightly by others,” Oliver-Estes said. “By supporting our Reserve and National Guard employees as they are away for work training or deployment, we are hopefully showing them the appreciation they so richly deserve.”

Larch Corrections Center currently has six staff who are currently serving in the military, and several more employees are veterans, according to Heather Williams, the facility’s public information officer.

Oliver-Estes has worked for the DOC for over 25 years. She began as a mental health counselor at the Washington State Penitentiary and has held positions of unit manager, captain, and correctional program manager throughout her career. She has been a superintendent since September of 2015.

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