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Hagerstown YMCA selects achievers

January 21, 2007

The following are the 2007 Hagerstown YMCA Adult Achievers:

Dawn Brooks

Dawn Brooks was born in Frederick, Md., and grew up in Boston. She earned her degree in psychology at Leslie University, where she also completed course work toward a master's degree in human services and mental health.

In 2003, she moved to Hagerstown, and in January 2004 joined First Data as a cross sales specialist.

After nearly two years of consistent top sales performance, she joined the Sales Central Department as a manager, and currently is transitioning to a new management position with the Merchant Activations Group.

Prior to joining First Data, Dawn was employed by the St. Mary's Women and Infants Center in Boston, where she managed aspects of the fundraising process including grant proposals, direct mail solicitations and agency tours. She also volunteered her time to facilitate seminars at St. Mary's, including programs for women transitioning from welfare to work.

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She also worked for the American Diabetes Association, working on educational and informational programs, training volunteers and soliciting donations through special events. She also acts as a mentor, work she began in 1999, mentoring a pregnant teenager who now is in her last year of nursing school.

She also is supportive of corporate community outreach, and as such took the lead to organize an adopt-a-family project benefiting a local family in December.

Dawn lives in Hagerstown with her husband, Wil. They have three children, Eric, Jauhara and Jaelyn.

Natalie Brown

Natalie Brown has been an employee of First Data for more than 16 years. As an operations manager for First Data, she has day-to-day management responsibility for six team managers and more than 100 Call Center agents in a 24/7 environment.

She is an active volunteer in the community, mentoring seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students as part of the Washington County Youth Program.

She also is active in her church.

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis has been employed with First Data for more than three years. He recently was promoted to a manager in the Hagerstown 24/7 Call Center. His responsibilities include making sure customers' needs are met and assisting employees with customer concerns.

Prior to his promotion, he was an inside sales partner, responsible for developing new techniques to shorten sales cycles and generating and maintaining revenue for First Data.

He provides mentoring and training to his employees, helping them in their pursuit to advance in their First Data careers.

Jerry is the youngest of 10 children, and a graduate of Middletown (Md.) High School. Jerry resides in Waynesboro, Pa., and is an active member of the Junior Youth Football Coaches Association.

Nancy Steel

Nancy Steel grew up in St. Louis, and moved to Hagerstown in February 1997 with her son. She joined First Data first as a temporary employee, then as a regular employee in August 1999.

At First Data, she is responsible for accurate validation of an incentive program designed to help First Data retain customers. There are about 2,000 eligible participants, and Steel is responsible for monitoring and tracking participation in the program as well as ensuring the accuracy of incentive payments.

The work she performs ensures appropriate tracking and reporting of incentive data, and motivates employees to reach merchant retention goals.

Through First Data, she has worked with Habitat for Humanity.

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