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Penny Lyons, DER,
Senior Manager Drug and Alcohol Testing Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)

Raised in Wyoming, Penny joined the Navy to see the world.  During her five years of service she enjoyed living in the Philippines, California, and New Jersey.  Additional cultural experience was possible in Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.  The Navy allowed her to experience drug testing from the donor’s point of view, multiple times.  Later while serving in the naval reserves, she managed the drug testing program for the local reserve center. 

When stationed in the Philippines at Cubi Point, Penny logged over one hundred hours each year as a volunteer counselor for the American Red Cross (ARC) and served on the Asian Division, ARC, Board of Directors.  Once her military obligation was fulfilled she enrolled in college full time while working part time assisting Veterans in job placement.

After college she worked as a Facilitator for the State of Iowa, teaching classes on self esteem building and how to obtain a job for welfare recipients (Job Club).    The “Job Club” participants had a 96% success rate at finding employment.

She began her career with Union Pacific in 1997 with the Crew Services Department.   She moved into the Safety Department, in 2002, as Manager of Remote Control Licensing and manager of Hours of Service.   After joining the Drug and Alcohol Testing team she was appointed Designated Employer Representative (DER ) for UPRR. 

Penny currently serves on two boards, National Safety Council (NSC) of Nebraska and the Substance Abuse Administration Association (SAPAA).

Penny is lucky to have a dedicated team in drug and alcohol testing; the team is dedicated to saving lives by promoting a drug and alcohol free railroad.  The Drug and Alcohol team believes all employees should be given the opportunity to work in a drug and alcohol free environment.  This includes providing education, supporting peer prevention programs, maintaining a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy that compliments Federal Regulations, and using drug and alcohol testing as a deterrent to abuse.   

Penny lives in Iowa with her 6 adopted children