In my time at CDFA, and in the years before that when I worked cooperatively with the agency as a member of the agricultural industry, I’ve come across many accomplished, truly outstanding public servants. So many people quietly dedicate their careers to serving California’s farmers, ranchers and consumers. That’s why, whenever I see an opportunity to celebrate and recognize our employees’ achievements, I welcome the chance.
CDFA’s Tina Galindo is an “Agricultural Program Supervisor IV,” which means she’s in charge of making sure a lot of people, equipment, supplies and effort come together in just the right order at just the right time so that our crews can find and respond to pest infestations in urban areas, mostly in Southern California. It’s hard work, it’s demanding, and Tina gets it done. Lately, much of her workload has been in response to the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) infestations in our urban communities (more on the ACP effort: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/acp/). Her efforts have not gone unnoticed by the farmers whose fields she is protecting.
Citrus Research Board (CRB) President Ted Batkin recently invited Tina and her family to an event for the presentation of the CRB’s President’s Award, which honors people outside the research community who have contributed significantly to the CRB and the citrus industry. Ted credits Tina with “going well beyond the scope of her job responsibilities” and being “dedicated to personal and professional excellence.” Her staff and supervisors here at CDFA couldn’t agree more.
Tina, thank you for all you do – and congratulations to you and your crew for earning this honor.