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Markway recognized as 2015 Fort Worth Regulator of the Year

By Khadija Patterson
Fort Worth District
Public Affairs Office

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District selected Heather Markway as the 2015 Regulator of the Year. Heather is a Compliance and Enforcement Regulatory Specialist that has been with the Fort Worth District for almost 8 years.

Markway has a very diverse educational background which led to her success in the Regulatory field. She attended high school at the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences, four hours from her hometown of Saddle, Arkansas. During high school, she spent a summer interning at Boeing in Huntington Beach, California through the NASA Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program. She attended college at the University of Arkansas. While attending college, she took the opportunity to study abroad at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“I encourage others to search out opportunities to expand your education, especially in out-of-the ordinary ways,” said Markway. “The opportunities that I’ve searched out have not only increased my knowledge base, but also provided me with a network of professionals and friends around the world.”

Between graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Soil and Water science and working at the Corps, Markway worked at New York & Co. and Starbucks as a barista.

While managing a full permitting workload, Heather has many key responsibilities such as representing for the Fort Worth District Regulatory Division on the national Operations and Maintenance Business Information Link Regulatory Module 2 database team, being a liaison for Office of Counsel for Regulatory related Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, representing Regulatory on the Flood Fight team and managing the Regulatory website.

Markway’s daily task include reviewing applications, permit modifications, after-the-fact permits, potential violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 permits.

Aside from work, she enjoys reading, swimming, taking her dog to the dog park and going to Texas Rangers’ games.

“Heather constantly searches for more efficient and effective ways to accomplish Regulatory goals. She is an extremely hard-working, organized individual who has consistently maintained a high level of performance and significantly contributes to the success of the Fort Worth District Regulatory team,” said David Madden, chief, Compliance and Enforcement Branch, Regulatory Division.

Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, Acting Commander for the Fort Worth District presents Heather Markway with the 2015 Regulator of the Year award.
Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, Acting Commander for the Fort Worth District presents Heather Markway with the 2015 Regulator of the Year award.

Baldi receives Fort Worth District Engineer of Year Award

By Shannon Hays
Fort Worth District
Public Affairs Office

Loree Baldi had no idea why her picture was being taken in preparation of the annual award ceremony. She did not learn that she was being given the Engineer of the Year award until she looked through the program as she found her seat for the ceremony. Luckily enough, Baldi’s mother was able to attend, since she has been working for the summer at the Corps.

Baldi has worked with the Corps since she graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. “Beginning with her job as a summer appointment technician, and now in her current position as Chief of the Dam and Levee Safety Section, Ms. Baldi continues to perform to the highest standards, and in doing so inspires her colleagues to do the same,” said supervisor, Mark Black. After 15 years of service, being awarded as the Engineer of the Year “is definitely one of my proudest moments,” she said, “which was a surprise to me and I feel honored.”

As the Chief of the Dam and Levee Safety Section, “my current role at the Fort Worth District entails assisting the Branch Chief in management of planning, scoping, development, and direction of the Branch’s current and out-year projects for military, civil works, dam safety, levee safety, and work for others,” Baldi said.

In addition to her role in dam and levee safety, she is also responsible for “supervision of assigned geotechnical engineering and geological phases of the District’s design program,” Baldi said. She previously was the Assistant Chief of the Geotechnical Branch shortly after it became a standalone branch and was then promoted to Acting Chief of Dam and Levee Safety Section the following year.

Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, Acting Commander for the Fort Worth District presents Loree Baldi with the Fort Worth District Engineer of the Year award.
Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, Acting Commander for the Fort Worth District presents Loree Baldi with the Fort Worth District Engineer of the Year award.

On a daily basis, Baldi is responsible for overseeing project planning, design, and execution, supervising studies, and “coordination and control over workload planning, the design program, and the Quality Management Program,” Baldi said. According to her supervisors, she has been a vital component in the success of the dam and levee safety programs.

Baldi has many mentors that are instrumental to her career, like “Jan Berry (Memphis District-retired), Mark Black (Fort Worth District), and Brian Kamisato (Southwestern Division and Fort Worth District),” Baldi said. With the help of these mentors, she was able to reach this achievement so early in her career. Baldi hopes to continue her career at the Corps until she retires while growing in management and facing new challenges.