Maine DOE team member Dede Gilbert is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign. Learn a little more about Dede in the brief question and answer below.
What are your roles with DOE?
I am responsible for many things at the Department including coordinating constituent correspondence, cell and desk phones, travel, building maintenance, access badges, photocopiers, ordering supplies, procurement cards, and providing HR assistance.
What do you like best about your job?
The best thing about my job is that I get to interact with all of the employees of the Department on a pretty regular basis. I enjoy helping them problem solve issues and providing guidance on policy and procedures. My days are never the same and I appreciate that.
How or why did you decide on this career?
I took business courses in school and a friend (way back in the day) encouraged me to apply to work for the state in a clerical role. Thirty plus years later I’m still doing the same type of work but at a level with a lot more responsibility and diversity.
What do you like to do outside of work for fun?
Anyone who knows even the slightest bit about me knows I am a crazy cat lady (we currently have 2 kitties at home, Willie and Izzy). I can be found most days in the breakroom reading a book during lunch and I love to bake. I recently started crocheting again and just finished a sweater for my cat. Family Sundays are usually spent sharing meals or taking a drive north – (I’d love to retire in Greenville!!)