NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2014) – Amanda Keisling, office assistant at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Dale Hollow Power Plant in Celina, Tenn., is the Employee of the Month for May 2014.
Keisling is being recognized for her significant contributions to the power plant and with assisting the staff at the Dale Hollow Lake Resource Manager’s Office.
“She applied herself toward learning the terminology, reporting methodology, record keeping, time keeping, time and attendance reporting, and mandatory training requirements of the plant’s maintenance staff,” said Lt. Col. John L. Hudson, Nashville District commander. “She has excelled in the performance of her job, while assisting the Dale Hollow Resource Manager’s Office assistant in being acclimated to her new job, a position which Ms. Keisling held before coming to the power plant.”
Keisling began working at Dale Hollow Lake Resource Manager’s Office eight years ago as a student aid overseeing the lake’s primitive camping program. The Corps converted her to a student trainee in 2011, and began working at the power plant in July 2012 as a hydropower office assistant.
Joseph Britt, Dale Hollow Power Plant superintendent, said Keisling is a true professional, friendly, and dedicated to meeting the needs of those she serves.
He said she tracks mandatory training needs for the plant’s staff, voluntarily serves as the Plant Safety Program recording secretary, volunteers to assist personnel with travel arrangements, and is diligent in ensuring that time and attendance records are accurate and posted in a timely manner.
“She is most deserving (for this recognition) because of the extra effort she puts forth, in all cases exceeding the requirements of her position,” Britt said. “Her willingness to be of assistance to anyone at any time shows her dedication to her profession and the personnel at Dale Hollow.”
Keisling said she is blessed with many mentors and attributes a lot of her success to Myra Haley, the office assistant who preceded her at the resource manager’s office, and Shirley Cherry, the office assistant who preceded her at the power plant, both of whom trained her before retiring from the Corps. She also credits numerous coworkers that have always been there to support her.
Being an office assistant at the power plant is also cool because of her interest in the history associated with the dam. She said she likes learning about how the power plant operates, and embraces every opportunity to learn more about it.
She added that the work is both interesting and rewarding, but that is not the only thing that motivates her. Her grandfather actually retired from Dale Hollow when she was a youngster. Several people have told her they remember him and have commented how much they enjoyed working with him and knowing him.
“I have always wanted people to think the same thing about me,” she said.
Keisling said she knows there are many people that work hard, care about their project, take pride in their job and equally deserve to be honored and recognized. Nonetheless, she said that she is happy to be recognized.
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