Defense Commissary Agency announces the appointment of Kevin Hennelly as director of the equal employment opportunity office

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-8-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kevin Hennelly has been selected as director of the equal employment opportunity office, Defense Commissary Agency officials announced. That announcement came today from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. Hennelly had served as acting director of EEO from May to July.

“As an agency, we must always ensure our workforce is treated with fairness, objectivity and equality,” Jeu said. “Kevin’s experiences and accomplishments in EEO give me utmost confidence in his ability to serve DeCA well as our EEO director.”

“As director of EEO, Hennelly is the agency’s equal employment opportunity advisor on everything from policies and programs to writing final EEO decisions for the agency director. His office is responsible for handling alternative dispute resolution actions and DeCA’s diversity program. Hennelly’s staff also manages all discrimination complaints, develops and assesses affirmative employment programs, conducts EEO training, and surveys workplace climates at commissaries.

“I am pleased to pick up where [previous director] Marcus Lashley left off and will continue the EEO office’s tradition of helping DeCA leverage the strength of its diverse workforce,” Hennelly said. “As we strive to meet the challenges of delivering a 21st century benefit, I look forward to working with agency leadership to ensure fair and equal treatment for all of our employees.”

Hennelly joined DeCA in 1991 as a staffing and employee development specialist, where he led the development of the DeCA Commissary Career Program. From 1995 to 1999, he served as a personnel management specialist responsible for position classification, employee relations and Senior Executive Service program areas.

From 1999 to 2002, Hennelly was assigned as a program analyst to public affairs, later reconfigured as corporate communications, where he developed and marketed strategic communication programs. While in this position, he led a team that developed DeCA’s Telly Award-winning outreach video “Serving Up Savings.”

He moved to EEO in 2002 and for the next 11 years served as an EEO program manager. He worked with the Department of Defense “New Beginnings” group that designed human resources programs after the end of the National Security Personnel System.

Hennelly has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va., (1979); and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in personnel and labor relations from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. (1990). He also completed the EEO Director’s Course in 2002, the Defense Leadership and Management Program in 2005, the Civil Treatment Instructor Certification Program in 2009 and the Army Management Staff College in 2011.

You’ll find his complete biography here.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

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Kevin L. Robinson
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