NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April. 20, 2017) – Karen Halter, accountant at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Resource Management Division, is the District Employee of the Month for February 2018.
Halter is recognized for her history of going above the call of duty to provide exemplary time and attendance and Corps of Engineers Financial Management System related guidance to the Nashville District team and other agencies.
“I really enjoy my job and I get gratification in empowering others,” said Halter.
Halter is responsible for providing responsive, professional operational finance and accounting day-to-day support for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees. She also performs research, analysis and development, and installation and systems maintenance for the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System, commonly referred to as “CEFMS.”
“Karen is an excellent role model and representative in providing continuous support, feedback and knowledge to the employees of the Nashville District and USACE,” said Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, Nashville District commander.
Jones said Halter recently assisted two out-of-district Corps employees on temporary duty in support of the Mosul Dam program in Iraq and resolved several key CEFMS related travel voucher issues. Also, she took the time to reach back to the Transatlantic Division’s Administrative Personnel Processing Office to ensure resolution.
“I enjoy helping people and seeing the gratification on their faces when the job is complete,” said Halter. “It is a personal goal of mine to do the best job I can and being consistent.”
Halter began working for the Corps of Engineers in January 2008 as an administrative assistant and when the opportunity presented itself, she accepted a job in the Resource Management Division.
Melissa Sager, Nashville District Finance and Accounting officer, said Halter’s skill sets are a valuable asset to the Resource Management team and the Nashville District.
Because of her CEFMS experience, she is often called upon to review and help employees with problems. She is also often commended as a team member for her willingness to help others in the office and for sharing her knowledge.
“Karen is a role model employee whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate and is a valuable asset to our office,” said Sager. “She likes taking on the tough challenges, tasks and high level projects. We are very fortunate to have her.”
Sager added that Halter is valuable to the organization because she truly cares about people and continuously demonstrates selfless service by taking initiative, going above and beyond what is necessary.
In serving others, Sager said other employees were so impressed with Halter’s enthusiasm and CEFMS knowledge, each submitted a personal note of thanks for her exceptional support.
“This is just one of many known examples of Karen's professionalism,” said Sager.
Halter said she is shocked by her selection for employee of the month, but is grateful for the recognition and credits much of her success to the great people she works with in the Resource Management team for helping her achieve her goals.
“I enjoy working with this group of people because we work well together, communicate and everyone seems eager to learn and help others advance,” Halter said.
Halter grew up in South Florida and has a degree in Finance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.
In her off-time, Halters said she likes to kayak and admits she’s a foodie, likes to drive fast cars, enjoys foreign travel and her hidden talent is quilting. She has two dogs, Buddy and Ripley.
“Karen's commitment to helping her fellow USACE teammates and her steadfast dedication to the district proves she is worthy of this recognition,” said Jones. “Her selfless service and commitment identifies her as an extraordinary role model for the Nashville team.”
Jones said Halter’s professionalism, dedication to mission execution and superior performance is a credit to the Nashville District, the region and the Corps of Engineers.
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