News: Gonzalez named Nashville District Employee of the Month for August 2013
Story by Mark Rankin
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Maritere Gonzalez, an administrative assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s deputy for Programs and Project Management, is the district employee of the month for August 2013.
Lt. Col. John Hudson, Nashville District commander, praised Gonzalez for her selfless service, positive attitude and dedication.
Gonzalez has been with the Corps since June 2009 and says planning skills and management is the key to balancing multiple tasks.
“I enjoy working for the Corps, my job and the people that work with me,” said Gonzalez.
In January 2013, Gonzalez assumed additional duties of an administrative assistant for the Planning Branch. In taking on these additional duties, Gonzalez more than doubled the staff she assists and tasking she regularly serves. She credits managing her fast-paced task by planning and paying extra attention to her calendar.
“It gets very busy around here, but my goal is to always do well, and always keep a smile,” said Gonzalez.
“During the last nine months, Maritere provided a level of service and care to the entire staff that has been nothing less than exceptional,” said Hudson. “Her managers are constantly hearing praise for how she selflessly seeks to ensure the staff administrative needs are met.”
Gonzalez effectively performs her normal duties, such as overseeing the administrative duties of the district project review board and assisting the front office as needed.
“Maritere is good at what she does and we appreciate her,” said David Hendrix, Program Management Section acting chief. “She always meets the requirements for time input and travel, even though both of these requirements have doubled in size. Furthermore, while performing these duties in an exceptional manner, she never complains about the extra workload and continues to be the very pleasant, welcoming person we have known for years."
Gonzalez enjoys volunteering at high school football games and shopping. She has an 18-year-old son.
“It is her selfless service, positive attitude, and dedication to the team that exemplifies the professionalism and initiative found in the Nashville District,” said Hudson.