Two members of US-based air ambulance company REVA’s management team have been honoured by the Department of Defense with its Patriot Award, which is given to individual supervisors in recognition for their support of employees who are serving in the National Guard or military reserves. Shannon Schell, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Kendal Stoltz, Director of Human Resources, received the award from Department of Defense representatives after being nominated by employees. Schell was nominated by flight nurse Stephen Hallenbeck, an Air National Guard captain. Stoltz was nominated by REVA flight captain Alan Greene, whom she assisted in his growth from fixed-wing medevac pilot to Air Force pilot flying F-15s.
The award reflects support for military personnel through a wide range of efforts, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence.
In nominating Schell, Hallenbeck wrote that the executive had been ‘very supportive in my active role in the military and the fight against terror that I have dedicated my career to’. Hallenbeck added: “Shannon and REVA have remained supportive, engaged and responsive to any deployment, training or duty I have had to perform, if needed.”
Schell was surprised when two representatives of the Department of Defense arrived at REVA’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, in January, to make the presentation. “I didn’t know it was coming,” he said. “They arrived unannounced. I was on a conference call, and my assistant told me the Department of Defense was here. I thought I’d better step away and see why they’re here.”