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For immediate release: Jan. 30, 2008

Atlanta Fed Recognizes Four Employees With President's Award

ATLANTA – The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta awarded its annual President's Award for Excellence to four staff members—Emma Buckles, Michael Chriszt, Karen Dawkins and Lisa Lee-Fogarty. The awards were presented by Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Fed, in a recent ceremony. The President's Award recognizes Sixth Federal Reserve District employees who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding performance.

Emma Buckles has worked in the Bank's payment services area throughout her 36-year career at the Jacksonville Branch. During her tenure, she has been involved in many of payment services' transition teams, communicating new ideas and identifying operational solutions. Following Hurricane Katrina, Buckles traveled to Atlanta to support the Bank's payments operations, which included check processing from the Gulf Coast zone.

Michael Chriszt, a senior economist in the research department, has served in a number of roles during his 18-year career at the Bank, where he began as a newsletter editor in the public affairs department. He is one of the Bank's experts on the economic effects of hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, having written extensively on the topic and given many internal and external presentations on the subject. Chriszt is also an innovator—he was an integral figure in both the establishment of the Bank's Americas Center and a new information network comprised of economic development experts from regional universities.

Karen Dawkins is an organization development and training performance consultant in human resources. During her 16 years of service, Dawkins has focused on her constituents' needs and is committed to a successful result. She has worked on an array of projects, serving as District diversity coordinator, providing support in the Bank's efforts to establish a diversity initiative and leading the rollout of a human resources application for the Bank.

Lisa Lee-Fogarty, who serves as community relations director in the Atlanta office, has been with the Atlanta Fed for eight years. During her tenure, Lee-Fogarty has focused on building a volunteer program for the Bank. Through her efforts and those of her colleagues, the Bank in 2007 received the Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council's prestigious IMPACT Award, given annually to organizations that make the most significant impact in the community through volunteerism.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.