On Thursday May 23rd, the Peak Team hosted the first ever Peak Academy Awards, an event meant to highlight and celebrate innovators from the City and County of Denver and other agencies that have worked with Peak in the past year.

Over 250 innovators joined us as we recognized nominees and winners for nine different categories of awards. The Peak Academy Awards is a shining example of how the strong the culture of innovation is in the City and County of Denver.

Award Nominees and Winners

(Winners in Bold)

Best 6-S

  • Office De-Clutter Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Snezhanna Singleton)
  • Elections Mail Room Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Heather Heyer)
  • DPR Natural Areas Graffiti Buckets Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Joe Fielding-Purdy; Supporting Innovators: Kallie Kessler and the East District Natural Areas Crew)

Best Standard Work

  • Food Borne Illness Communication Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Matt Morgrette; Supporting Innovators: Matt Wilmes, DDPHE Comm. Team, and TS Representatives)
  • Pcard Frequently Asked Questions – (Lead Innovator: 
    Amanda Feathers; Supporting Innovators: Jon Carmichael and Kristina Leahy)
  • Soil Reuse Guidance – (Lead Innovator: Diane DeLillio; Supporting Innovator: Zachery Clayton)
  • TS Project Management Office Spirit Guide – (Lead Innovator: Patrick Yeager)
  • GIS Software Install Issue Resolution – (Lead Innovator: Doug Genzer)
  • Plan Review Notice Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Rodger Young; Supporting Innovators: Kirk Gallaher and Kevin Lieu)

Best Individual Innovation

  • Building Inspection Procedure Handout – (Lead Innovator: Jeremy McKinnon)
  • Standard Chronology Template – (Lead Innovator: Angus Strayhorn)

Best External Innovation

  • Real-Time Post Partum Intervention – (Lead Innovator: Neil DeSouza)
  • San Francisco City Performance Team – (Lead Innovator: Ryan Hunter)
  • Lean Purple Belt Training – (Lead Innovators: Peter Gibbons and Sherry Bahnsen)

Best Green Belt Innovation

  • Safety Recruitment Standardization – (Lead Innovator: Courtney Hanchey)
  • Food Borne Illness Communication Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Matt Morgrette; Supporting Innovators: Matt Wilmes, DDPHE Comm. Team, and TS Representatives)
  • Lactation Rooms Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Lizbeth Schoon; Supporting Innovators: Heather Britton, Kasha Przywitowski, Kimberly Desmond, and Patrick Hendrix)
  • Pivot Table Data Comparison – (Lead Innovator: Jason Metzger)

Savings to the Customer Award

  • Pcard Frequently Asked Questions – (Lead Innovator: 
    Amanda Feathers; Supporting Innovators: Jon Carmichael and Kristina Leahy)
  • Mobile Plan Review Process – (Lead Innovator: Maggie Staab; Supporting Innovators: Audra Miller, Grace Nelson, Charles Vigil and Otho Burton)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance Job Resources – (Lead Innovator: Ola Kukoyi; Supporting Innovators: DEDO Workforce Team)
  • Civil Service Commission Testing Wait Time – (Lead Innovator: Abby Rainer)
  • Colorado Works Assessment Intake – (Lead Innovator: Jesica Antonucci)
  • Soil Reuse Guidance – (Lead Innovator: Diane DeLillio; Supporting Innovator: Zachery Clayton)

No Silos Award

  • General Services Communication – (Lead Innovator: Kami Butt)
  • Pcard Frequently Asked Questions – (Lead Innovator: 
    Amanda Feathers; Supporting Innovators: Jon Carmichael and Kristina Leahy)
  • Soil Reuse Guidance – (Lead Innovator: Diane DeLillio; Supporting Innovator: Zachery Clayton)
  • Lactation Rooms Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Lizbeth Schoon; Supporting Innovators: Heather Britton, Kasha Przywitowski, Kimberly Desmond, and Patrick Hendrix)
  • City Charter Change for Police Lateral Hire Pay – (Lead Innovator: Earl Peterson; Supporting Innovators: DPD, City Council, Police Protective Association, and the Mayor’s Office)

Most Supportive Leader

  • Bob McDonald
  • Nicol Hogg-Cornejo
  • Abby McNeal
  • Donald Mares
  • Andrea Albo

Best Team Innovation

  • Project Proposal Forms – (Lead Innovator: Imogene Manuelito; Supporting Innovators: Jazmin Harper, Cynthia Estes, Cindy Ackerman)
  • Library Supplemental Staffing – (Lead Innovator: Annie Kemmerling; Supporting Innovators: Jennifer Lay, Kit Cusker, Martha Garbison, Jennifer Hoffman, Gwyndolyn Davis, Rebecca Russell, Tanairi Lopez, Judith Heck, and Hien Nguyen)
  • Animal Protection New Employee Onboarding – (Lead Innovator: Erin Wyse; Supporting Innovators: Emily Caldwell, Erica Carder, Tracy Koss, Meghan Dillmore, Jessica Nett, Nachshon Zohari, Jay LaPointe)
  • Parks and Recreation Staffing Plan – (Lead Innovators: Tori Soler and Erica Frontz; Supporting Innovators: DPR Managers and Supervisors)
  • Pcard Frequently Asked Questions – (Lead Innovator: 
    Amanda Feathers; Supporting Innovators: Jon Carmichael and Kristina Leahy)
  • Skillsoft (CityU) Licensing Innovation – (Lead Innovator: Jay Rathbun; Supporting Innovators: Marla Trevor and Giovanni Thomas)
  • Small Business Certification – (Lead Innovator: Gay Chulajata; Supporting Innovators: Stephen Martinez, Jeanette Lopez-Clanton, Valorie Yarbrough, Areli Bonilla, and Tammy Trujillo)

Check out the #WeAreInnovators video featuring some of our award winners!


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