Business Manager in the Unorganized Territory , Rhonda Casey is being highlighted this week as the Maine DOE’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little more about Rhonda in this brief question and answer:
What are your roles with DOE?
I am the Business Manager in the Unorganized Territory. My role within the DOE is to support education services for all residents of the unorganized territory, its students, staff who are employed by the UT, the UT schools, monitoring education expenses, establishing sufficient a budget, reporting yearly education expenses to the Department of Audit for reimbursement, monitoring federal grants and expenses.
What do you like best about your job?
I like the variety of my position, the people I work for and with. In my position, there is always something new or different to challenge me. I began employment with the state 1988 as a Clerk Typist I working for the Controller’s Office part-time. A few short months later a full-time position was offered to me filing tax certificates – not something that I enjoyed, but a full-time job none the less. Then in April of that same year, I began employment with what was known as Management Information Systems(MIS) within the Department of Education. Today, MIS is School Finance and Operations. I quickly found that I enjoyed the fast pace work of this agency as well as the variety of the position.
How or why did you decide on this career?
In high school I took the business track career path and began working as a secretary when I was very young. My parents taught me to work hard, do my best, keep an open mind, and to continue to learn and grow. In state government advancement opportunities were available, I worked hard and took advantages of opportunities when these opportunities presented themselves. My state career path has taken me from full-time filing to traveling from Kittery to Presque Isle to Vinalhaven, working with special education students to CEO’s, as well as teachers and parents.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
This is an easy one! Outside of work I spend time with my husband of 27 years, our parents, two dogs, four children, their spouses, and five grandchildren. My husband and I like to disc golf, garden, go camping, fly fish, ice fish, ride our motorcycles, snowmobile, and snow shoe. I enjoy the four seasons Maine offers and we spend as much time outside as we can.