05.12.2023  |  Awards, News

Announcing This Year’s President’s Awards Winners


Across six categories, exemplary KJers were recognized for their efforts over the last year.

Each year, KJ recognizes outstanding contributions from its staff members through its President’s Awards program. The awards recognize staff who lead by example, with nominations spanning the country. This year, we received 59 nominations for the President’s Awards, with six winners rising to the top. Each one of the entries demonstrated a shared commitment to excellence.


Congratulations to:


Katie McCoy Headshot

Health and Safety Award Winner

Katie McCoy


Katie McCoy has been a critical part of KJ’s Health and Safety (H&S) Program since 1997, promoting the safety and well-being of all KJ employees. Whether she is supporting development of Health and Safety Plans (HASPs), or important safety training, McCoy takes great pride and care that individuals and teams adhere to H&S measures. She has improved KJ’s H&S program with her wide-ranging institutional knowledge, experience, and wisdom.

Brandon Hale Headshot

Client Care Champion Award Winner

Brandon Hale


Brandon Hale is sought after by clients and colleagues alike, known for providing an extremely high level of care, consistency, and quality to the projects he manages. Serving as both a trusted advisor and technical resource, Hale embodies the KJ value of service.

Hailey Pritchett Headshot

Above & Beyond Award Winner

Hailey Pritchett


Whether serving on the front lines of a company-wide event, or deploying critical software and new technology within KJ, Hailey Pritchett goes above and beyond as KJ’s Graphics Manager. Pritchett is known for taking on challenging tasks to help advance KJ systems, processes, and communications across multiple departments, proving time and time again she is committed to the pursuit of excellence.

Paul Chau Headshot

Accelerator Award

Paul Chau


Recognized for his exemplary technical leadership, Paul Chau is accelerating KJ’s capabilities in groundwater injection, extraction, aquifer storage, recovery, and banking. In recent years, Chau has also contributed to KJ’s modeling, master planning, and groundwater sustainability management implementation. He exemplifies KJ’s vision of technical leadership by widely sharing his knowledge and experience internally and externally.

Christy Suttich Headshot

Impact Award

Christy Suttich


Since she joined KJ five years ago, Christy Suttich has moved the company’s civil design standards forward, developing more comprehensive guidance documents and developing a dedicated Civil team under KJ’s Technical Services operation. Suttich is committed to quality control and risk mitigation, serving as a subject matter expert for clients and colleagues alike. Beyond her technical contributions to KJ’s Civil Group, Suttich is active in Women@KJ, an employee resource group that she helped relaunch with an updated mission: Advocate, Elevate and Advance Women.

Julie Lund Headshot

Cornerstone (Community Service) Award

Julia Lund


In 2022, Julia Lund volunteered over 200 hours for various organizations in her hometown community of Davis, California including participating on the Board of Directors for Redbud Montessori Preschool and volunteering as a D1 Water Operator for a small Non-Transient, Non-Community well water system. Lund’s favorite volunteer role is serving as head coach for the Davis Youth Softball Association for her daughter’s spring and fall 8U softball teams and volunteering as an art docent in both of her kids’ classrooms. KJ’s Cornerstone Program encourages active community participation through various programs, matching approximately $60,000 in 2022.



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