Marie Herman wins award for unsung heroes
Technical Division Head Giorgio Apollonari gives Marie Herman the Management Support Fellowship Award.
Technical Division's administrative assistant manager Marie Herman strives to be an ambassador for her profession. And her colleagues throughout the country think she's doing a good job.
In February, Herman won the Management Support Fellowship Award, created this year by DeskDemon to highlight the often unrecognized achievements of support professionals.
"They really are the backbone of most companies in the world," said Susan Silva, managing editor of DeskDemon, an online resource group for administrative assistants.
Candidates were nominated based on their organizational and computer skills, as well as their ability to train and mentor colleagues. Silva said Herman "hit them all."
"Marie is awesome," Silva said. "She has been very active in the community."
At Fermilab, Herman has been a valued member of the Technical Division since she started working there in November 2007. She is currently spearheading the group's transition to the Fermi Time and Labor reporting system from a paper-based system.
"Her computer skills are a good example of what every human being should know going into the 21st century," said Technical Division Head Giorgio Apollinari. "She brought that to the job from her first day."
Herman said she has kept up with the changing demands of her profession in a fast-paced world. "Now it's not mail or overnight delivery or fax," she said. "It's e-mail, Twitter and instant messaging in real time. There's far greater pressure to be up to speed on every new development immediately."
Herman hopes her award creates more visibility for administrative assistants throughout Fermilab and elsewhere.
"I think in a way it's too easy to take our work for granted," Herman said. "We're helping at least to free other people up for very important work."
-- Kristine Crane