Today is February 23, 2018 -
Fifteen years ago, I was brought into Federation, as a local CPA, to help unravel an accounting situation. There had been some turnover in the department, and no one on staff understood the accounting system–except Stacey.
Stacey had been hired two years earlier as a temp-to-perm administrative assistant. With no formal background in bookkeeping, Stacey saw the organizational need and jumped in to help out. After seventeen years on the job, she has made her career out of helping out whenever and wherever needed.
She has supported the campaign team, the endowment department, the accounting department, community relations, Jewish education, young adult programming, and chaplaincy. She has been the liaison for information technology and building maintenance. She has been our database guru and troubleshooter. She has been the executive assistant and office manager. She has staffed board meetings, the allocations committee, and the human resource committee. She supported the search committee that chose me to be the CEO.
Stacey dabbles in web design and InDesign, QuickBooks, and Financial Edge. She has a flair for PowerPoint presentations and Constant Contact. She has helped train every new employee over the past decade. I think that she is the only one on staff who understands both the phone system and the copy machine. She tracks petty cash. The battery in my mouse just died. Does anyone else know where we keep the AAAs?
Earlier this week, Stacey let me know that she’s moving to the warmer climate by the end of the year. Everyone in management knows that there is no one on staff who is irreplaceable. I invite you to sit in my chair today and say that.
If you have the opportunity over the next couple of weeks to call Stacey and thank her, she’s at extension 225.