New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2008
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Carolyn E. Zerkle

Carolyn has excelled in her professional career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in a number of different positions focused on improving processes and working various institutional projects and programs.

Carolyn’s contributions to the Laboratory are significant in quantity and quality. Most recently her efforts as project leader were instrumental in addressing corrective actions required to bring LANL’s cyber security program into compliance with current federal requirements. And she is spearheading efforts to garner American Recovery Act funding for the Laboratory and the State of New Mexico that is compatible with the missions of the Laboratory.

Carolyn has volunteered in several areas that support community wellness, education and scholarship programs, and children’s welfare. She is the codirector of the annual Tour de Los Alamos bicycle race which promotes Los Alamos as a tourist destination. She organizes all aspects of the race, with a focus on safety for participants and spectators.

She is a board member of the Los Alamos Foundation, Employee Scholarship committee which distributes approximately $300,000 in college scholarships to Northern New Mexico residents annually. The goal is to focus efforts on both merit and financial need. She is the co-coordinator of the Outreach Committee where she organizes the visits to over 30 Northern New Mexico private and public high schools to talk about scholarship opportunities in communities and cities including Penasco, Cuba, Questa, Las Vegas and Española. She is also on the board of the Los Alamos Family YMCA. She has participated in fund raising efforts and was part of the decision making team to implement the YMCA sponsored Espanola Teen Center.