By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Public Relations Specialist Charlene Engeron was selected as the Town of Apple Valley’s Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2019.
“Charlene takes tremendous pride in making sure the community knows about the services, events, and programs the Town provides,” said Mayor Larry Cusack. “She is a key ingredient of Apple Valley’s Better Way of Life.”
Charlene recently secured $64,000 in SAVE sponsorships, a 300 percent increase from the prior year. SAVE dollars fund special events like the Sunset Concerts and the Freedom Festival. Charlene’s success is attributed to the effective relationships she developed with sponsors in both communicating the value and benefits of the program and coordinating with her colleagues to ensure delivery of these benefits.
In addition, Charlene’s script-writing and event coordination led to a very successful 2019 State of the Town presentation just last month, where the Mayor and Town Council presented to the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce and the public a recap of the Town’s business activity during the 18-19 budget year.
“Charlene was selected for a variety of reasons, as she is an invaluable resource to the Town. But what I am most proud of are her efforts to highlight and recognize the work of everyone else around her in the media she produces, including the Our Town newsletter, press releases, social media and video,” said Orlando Acevedo, Director of Communications.
A resident of the High Desert for 26 years, Charlene has worked for the Town for more than 11 years. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Ernie, for nearly 26 years. Their daughter, Kayla, is a sophomore at Kansas State University and has volunteered more than 5,000 hours at the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. In addition to being an employee, wife and mom, she dedicates a significant portion of her off-time mentoring girls and young adults in the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council.
“I enjoy building other people up and applauding them for their accomplishments and hard work,” said Engeron. “So it is truly my pleasure to shed light on my co-workers so our community understands the work they do. It feels weird for the focus to be on me this time.”
Charlene was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter by the Town Council at their September 10th regular meeting.
Nominations for Employee of the Quarter are submitted by peers or management and honorees are selected by a committee.