LUMBERTON — Wanda Green and Shirley Townsend, employees of Southeastern Regional Local Management Entity, were both awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the company’s staff recognition and retirement reception in Lumberton.
James Prevatte, chairman of the Southeastern Regional Local Management Entity area board of directors, presented the award, which is the state’s highest civilian award issued by Gov. Bev Perdue for a demonstrated record of service to the state.
Green, a resident of Lake Waccamaw, served North Carolina for nearly 34 years as an employee of Southeastern Regional Local Management Entity. Green began her career with the agency at its Columbus County Mental Health Clinic in Whiteville. She has served the agency in various roles through the years, with her final position being that of Internet technology manager.
“It was a surprise,” Green said. “I was very excited. I had worked for almost 34 years there and I thought it was good recognition of my work.”
Green retired from Southeastern Regional Local Management Entity on June 30.
“I’m just enjoying retirement and keeping up with the news regarding mental health and just enjoying life,” she said.
Townsend, a resident of Lumberton, served North Carolina for 38 years as an employee of Southeastern Regional Local Management Entity.
“I very much enjoyed my work,” Townsend said. “It was fulfilling and rewarding. I grew up there.”
Until she retired on June 30, Townsend held the position of director of Quality Management. She is the longest serving employee in the 48-year history of the agency.
“Since I’ve retired, I’ve started volunteering at the hospital,” Townsend said. “I feel like the community has given me so much, and I want to help.”