NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2016) – Lori Neubert, commander's secretary in the Executive Office, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee of the Month for October 2016.
Neubert is being recognized for her work and leadership transformation to implement the Army's Global Electronic Approval Routing System, a web based digital staffing system that uses a SharePoint platform to route, track documents for review and approval.
Lt. Col. Stephen Murphy, Nashville District commander, said the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division directed that all districts be 100 percent trained and operational on GEARS by Nov. 1, 2016. The new system allows review and approval processes at military and civilian commands to retrieve required signatures, sign-offs, requests and informative submissions for projects and administrative actions.
With an already hectic work schedule, Neubert took on the task as the voluntary GEARS champion and action officer and established an aggressive training schedule for the entire district. She coordinated classes, taught and facilitated 30 live training sessions, totaling five daily classes within a two-week period.
“This was an incredible feat, but more importantly, her belief infused a confidence in the benefits of this new system,” said Murphy. “When implementing any change in a large organization, it is never easy, but Lori never shrinks from a challenge and her hard work and passion made the difference that will see the entire district benefit from this new system.”
Her efforts directly resulted in 80 percent of required personnel were trained in the required time.
Neubert said she was surprised by the employee of the month announcement and is grateful. She added that she truly believes GEARS is a wonderful asset and thinks it will no doubt improve the district’s staffing processes.
“This was a tough and tedious training project but it was worth it to help others see GEARS used as a tool to closely track, move documents around the district in a timely and very efficient manner,” said Neubert.
She also pointed out that one of the most important aspects of GEARS is security and automatic encryption.
“She is most deserving (for this recognition) because of the extra effort he puts forth in her job, in all cases exceeding the requirements of her position,” said Joanne Mann, Nashville District’s executive officer.
Mann said Neubert truly cares about people and continuously demonstrates selfless service by taking initiative, going above and beyond what is necessary to see that others have the required knowledge for processing documents through GEARS.
“Lori is a role model employee, whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate and she is a huge asset to the Nashville District team,” said Mann.
Mann added that Neubert's strengths are her unique ability to work with people at all levels, from fellow administrative personnel to senior leaders, her desire to serve others, and her love and commitment to the Corps mission.
Neubert said that one of the keys to his success was being able to readily adapt to changes in new systems, being patient and staying consistent.
“I am humbled by this recognition and really do enjoy my job,” said Neubert. “I hope everyone gains a better overview of what we do and why we make changes that improve our processes,” said Neubert.
Neubert and husband Bill have been married for 12 years and have four children of the legged variety. Two dogs, Renegade and Ruby. They also have a cat, Thunder.
She is a native of Tacoma, Wash., but grew up as an Army brat in western Pennsylvania. She earned an Associates in Business Administration from Butler County Community College in Butler, Pa.
Her hobbies include camping, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, watching Pittsburgh Steelers football, and she enjoys spending time in her sewing room.
Murphy said Neubert’s professionalism, dedication to mission execution, and superior performance is a credit to the Nashville District, the region, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“The GEARS implementation is a big win for the district and her outstanding performance and work ethic along with her ‘team player’ outlook significantly contributes to the success and ultimately the mission of the district,” Murphy said.
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