Cheryl Williams Levey

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Cheryl Williams Levey

Cheryl Williams Levey

January 2003

To whom it may concern:

I write this letter in reference to Cheryl Williams Levey who is well known to me. Ms. Levey first began working with me in the mid-1980s at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD. Since then she has worked directly and indirectly for me, as well as becoming a colleague. She is an outstanding person, a superb worker, a wonderful employee and a high achiever. Let me briefly describe each quality.

An outstanding person: When I first met Ms. Levey, she was a high school student with limited skills and no particular direction. With limited support, she has achieved a college education with very high skill levels in many areas: communication, information technology, and scientific data handling. Why mention this under "personal traits" rather than employee? Because it is unusual for a person to accomplish this expertise and maintain a successful family, her personal integrity, and outside interests as Cheryl has.

A superb worker: About five years ago, I asked Cheryl to become my chief staff person during my presidency of the international scientific union CODATA. This position required her to do a lot of writing, work with international senior scientists, organize meetings throughout the world and handle a wide variety of problems from many resources. It would be disingenuous of me to say that she came with these skills. Indeed she did not. However she learned them and once exposed to how things should be done, she required virtually no supervision or monitoring. Among her achievements were to organize a first-ever workshop in Senegal, staff a major international conference that was flooded out of its original location on the first day, and develop web sites and other marketing publications. In the course of a short period of time, she became someone who could size up a situation and take care of things before I knew an issue existed.

A wonderful employee: Most of the CODATA work was done in addition to Cheryl's main work at NIST which involved disseminating world-class databases of critically evaluated scientific data. The two traits I want to mention here are her willingness and ability to learn new things quickly and accurately and her ability to get things done in spite of problems. During my tenure as Chief of the NIST Standard Reference Data Program, we faced two information revolutions on top of one another: MS Windows and the Internet. We had to transform over 70 products from DOS-based databases to new products in both environments. You had to learn fast and get things done, or you fell by the wayside. Cheryl learned fast and became a leader - someone to whom you could give a challenging assignment and know it would get done.

A high achiever: Functioning in competitive fields such as scientific informatics and the information revolution require a resolve and focus to succeed. Cheryl has this. She has positioned herself to move to a much higher level of responsibility and achievement. Those that work hard get to work hard. Those that meet challenges get the new challenges. This describes Cheryl's achievements to date and reflects an attitude that she brings to everything she does.

Of course I will be glad to provide more detail on any of the above if the reader so wants. Let me reiterate now, however, my strong recommendation of Cheryl Williams Levey as a coming leader and producer in taking advantage of the information revolution.

John Rumble, Jr.
Chief, NIST Measurement Services Division
Past President, CODATA

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