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Newsroom Hiawatha DCF Worker Named Agency’s Employee of the Year

TOPEKA – Allison Melster, a Human Services Specialist at the Hiawatha office of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), was honored Feb. 12 at a reception at the Capitol Building in Topeka for having been named the agency’s Employee of the Year for the state.

Melster was in Topeka with four other DCF employees to be honored by Governor Sam Brownback as the agency’s Employees of the Fourth Quarter for 2014. While there, she was informed at a surprise party that she had also been chosen the agency’s Employee of the Year.
“We’re very happy to honor Allison for her fantastic work, which has spanned more than 30 years with our agency,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said.
As a case manager at the Hiawatha service center, Melster’s duties include determining applicants’ eligibility for cash, food, child care and medical assistance. She is responsible for processing applications and reviews to ensure accurate financial accountability.
“Allison provides exceptional customer service to the most needy of Kansans, helping many families get back on their feet and obtain self-sufficiency,” Gilmore said.  “She is instrumental in making the entire Hiawatha DCF staff work as a well-coordinated team.”
 Phyllis Gilmore, DCF Secretary, Melster, and Robert Estell, East Region Director
(left to right: Phyllis Gilmore, DCF Secretary, Melster, and Robert Estell, East Region Director)