Celebrating Excellence: Recognizing Outstanding Employees at ISS

At ISS, we take pride in acknowledging and celebrating the exceptional contributions of our dedicated team members. Today, we shine a spotlight on individuals whose unwavering commitment, integrity, and reliability have set them apart as exemplary employees. Join us in applauding our Q3 Employees of the Quarter, Catherine Puma and Kasondra Rubalcava, and our 2023 Employees of the Year, David Bludis and Laura Gewain. Your hard work, passion, and commitment do not go unnoticed, and we are proud to have such exceptional individuals as part of our team.

Q3 Employees of the Quarter: Catherine Puma and Kasondra Rubalcava

Catherine Puma—Deputy Program Manager      

Kasondra Rubaclava—Program Support & Operations Specialist

Catherine Puma’s role as Deputy Program Manager on the NOPP contract has been marked by excellence and dedication. Alongside Kasondra Rubalcava—Program Support & Operations Specialist, Catherine played a pivotal role in the success of a recent Town Hall event, showcasing their meticulous planning and execution skills. Despite facing multiple year-end deadlines, Catherine’s and Kasondra’s commitment to the NOPP program was evident in their tireless orchestration of the exhibit hall logistics. Their can-do attitude and adherence to ISS’s values of integrity and reliability were truly commendable.

2023 Employees of the Year: David Bludis and Laura Gewain

Laura Gewain—Program Support & Operations Specialist

Laura Gewain’s outstanding support has been pivotal to the smooth operation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Office. Clients Carl Gouldman and Krisa Arzayus commend her for consistently bringing her best to the team, coupled with a positive attitude and expert analysis. Laura’s attention to detail and critical contributions make her an indispensable part of the team, advancing the mission with dedication and a smile.

David Bludis—Scientific Program Analyst in Client Operations

David Bludis, recognized as a true embodiment of ISS’s core values, stands out as a shining example of integrity, reliability, and commitment. Scott Smith, who has witnessed David’s professional growth over several years, commends him for his unwavering integrity, evident in every aspect of his work. Client Martin Yapur acknowledges David’s exceptional work ethic, ambition, and pursuit of excellence. David’s resilience, determination, and continuous self-improvement stand as a testament to his character. His pursuit of graduate programs while handling high-visibility projects showcases a tireless dedication to personal and professional growth.

Thanks for an Exceptional Year to the Whole Team at ISS

To everyone the whole company that passionately supported their customers and the company this year, thank you, and we look forward to another year of corporate and personal growth. We know that so many of our team have similar stories of excellence to those shared today and are excited to highlight more of them in the new year! As we move forward, let’s continue to inspire each other and reach new heights together. If you have a story of individual or team excellence we would love to hear from you! Email us at ashley.michulka@issmgmt.com or ryan.kerestesy@issmgmt.com

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