Las Vegas, NV June 13, 2022
Jana Morales, Safety
Specialist Consultant with the Division of Industrial Relations, Safety Consultation
and Training Section (SCATS) has been selected as the May 2022 Nevada Employee
Veteran of the Month for her outstanding contributions and service to the State
Veteran of the Month award initiative was launched in January 2021. Each month,
an employee veteran is honored by the Nevada Department of Administration Director
and the Administrator of the Division of Human Resource Management.
Jana has served in
the Nevada Air National Guard for the past 14 years. She currently holds the rank of Master
Sergeant as a C-130 Instructor Loadmaster and additional duty First Sergeant with
the 192nd Airlift Squadron, 142nd Operations Group, 152nd
Airlift Wing in Reno. She has deployed on active-duty contingency operations to
Afghanistan, Kuwait and Puerto Rico. Domestically, Jana has fought numerous
fires throughout the western United States as a Modular Airborne Firefighter.
She has been employed with the State of Nevada’s Division of Industrial Relations
for 10 years. As a safety specialist consultant, she works with employers in
Nevada to identify and mitigate existing and potential safety and health
hazards. She actively promotes the state’s
safety recognition programs, including the Voluntary Protection Program where she
exemplifies excellence as an audit team leader. Her strong professional ethic made
her the ideal candidate to represent SCATS at the Associated General
Contractors of America’s Woman in Construction Week.
Jana is in constant pursuit of enhancing her professional qualifications
and performance through ongoing career development opportunities in both her military
career and state service. She has acquired her Associate Safety Professional
(ASP) designation through the American Society of Safety Professionals and is
currently working toward obtaining the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification.
Most notably, she recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety
and Health from Columbia Southern University.
According to her supervisors, Jana is a true team player, dedicated to
finding ways to enhance workplace morale, motivation and wellbeing within the
Reno SCATS office. During the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic, she
found innovative ways for the office to keep in contact with each other while
abiding by the agency’s mandated health and safety measures. Her positive perspective,
pursuit of excellence and willingness to serve her colleagues at SCATS as well
as her continued loyalty and dedicated service with the Nevada Air National
Guard makes her highly qualified to receive this honor.