Yohn honored as Star of Excellence recipient

Lisa Yohn

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards recognized Lisa Yohn of Mifflintown, Juniata County, among 29 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

She was one of two employees from PennDOT District 8, which represents eight counties in south central Pennsylvania: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

“The Star of Excellence award recognizes PennDOT’s top performers, the very best of the more than 11,000 people who work long and hard day in and day out to improve their individual performance and address the many transportation challenges,” Richards said. “All of us take our responsibilities very seriously, and our award winners serve as outstanding role models.”

Lisa Yohn was honored at an awards luncheon at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg.

“We’re very fortunate to have dedicated and hardworking individuals like Lisa … working for us and for the welfare of our communities,” said Mike Keiser, the district executive for PennDOT Engineering District 8. “Our goal is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system, and they serve an important role in helping us achieve that goal.”

Yohn handles the recruitment and placement program for District 8, which underwent significant changes in 2017 with the introduction of a new system. Previously, the eight county maintenance offices of District 8 were tasked with handling their own activities related to filling vacant positions. Yohn is the only placement analyst in the district office and took on a workload that more than doubled. With an average of 50-60 vacancies at any given time, she made extraordinary efforts to fill vacancies as quickly as possible, all while keeping the county maintenance managers updated regarding the new process and any anticipated delays.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers, to traffic control specialists, communications staff and design and engineering specialists.