21 January 2022
CSL's Executive Administrative Assistant Ronda Knott receives a NOAA Silver Sherman Award. This award was initiated during Dr. Kathy Sullivan's tenure as NOAA Administrator, to recognize individuals who excel in their work, achieve a milestone that contributes significantly or critically towards a particular program's goal, or demonstrate leadership toward process improvement of a significant magnitude. Dr. Sullivan was particularly invested in reaching down into the organization to recognize those who made extraordinary efforts to keep the mission moving forward.
Ronda is recognized "for outstanding performance as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Director of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her above and beyond support derives from a deep commitment to the CSL mission, an excellent work ethic, superb organizational skills, enthusiasm in meeting our challenges and a welcoming and outgoing personality. We are extremely fortunate to have her as a member of CSL."
Ronda was recognized by CSL Director David Fahey, and virtually receives his NOAA Silver Sherman award certificate at the lab gathering via Google Meet on 21 January 2022. The pin that accompanies this award "... is dubbed the 'Silver Sherman' because it features Sherman the Shark from Jim Toomey's popular daily comic Sherman's Lagoon. Artist and conservationist Jim Toomey has long been a friend of NOAA. Besides sharing the exploits of the comic strip's namesake shark and his underwater friends, Mr. Toomey uses the cartoon to educate his readers about the environment."