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Maintenance Center Albany employee to be honored

By Colie Young | | May 31, 2002

Thirty women will be honored for their achievements in government and defense at the second annual Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference, to be held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., July 18-19.

Albany native, Glenda House, computer specialist at Maintenance Center Albany's Information Technology Department, will be among those who will receive special recognition at the conference.

House, employed with the Marine Corps Logistics Base since September 1986, has led several technical projects that have made significant contributions to the operational capabilities of the Maintenance Center.

According to the recommendation from Col. Stephen Foreman, Maintenance Center commander, House's latest accomplishments have been "developing software tools to implement the Theory of Constraints throughout the Maintenance Center. This effort has put the Marine Corps at the cutting edge of business technology by integrating Manufacturing Resource Planning with Theory of Constraints. This business technology has been shared with the Maintenance Center at Barstow, Calif., Vector Strategies, a Theory of Constraints consultant/trainer, plans to use the same conceptual tool in its implementation efforts at other Department of Defense sites."

House maintained a modest attitude about the recognition.

"Being nominated and then learning that I had been selected for this honor has really been overwhelming," House said. "Initially I had never heard of this award, and I feel appreciative to know my supervisors have enough confidence in my abilities to recommend me for something of this magnitude."

Tyrone D. Taborn, chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc., sponsor of the conference, said, "This year's Women of Color honorees come from corporations and government agencies that are doing something meaningful about the 'glass ceiling' that has limited women and minorities to only 7 percent of the nation's most senior executives."

Taborn said a goal of the conference is to reiterate the recommendations of countless researchers who have called for broader efforts to place more women and minorities in senior-level positions in the public and private sectors.

"Overall, Glenda is probably the most well rounded computer specialist I've worked with as far as talents go," said John Reed, industrial systems analyst and House's supervisor.

"The discipline of computer technology is wide, and Glenda has a little bit of expertise in all the areas," said Reed. "What makes her stand out more is her leadership skills. She is one of the people I can give an assignment or task to and not have to worry about it. The feedback I get from people she works with is all positive, and basically she makes my job much easier.

"Her self-confidence and acute awareness of the needs of the organization have led to innovative improvements in the operations of the Maintenance Center," Reed continued. "Her professional attitude radiates to her subordinates and peers, and she never hesitates to provide personal or professional assistance when needed. She is a mentor and role model to other women and has helped to tear down negative stereotypes women in government face. It was a pleasure and privilege for me to recommend her for this award."

In addition to House's supervisor, others at Albany's Maintenance Center praised her expertise and work habits.

"Ms. House continually strives to improve the work environment in the Maintenance Center by suggesting alternatives to the status quo," added Dale Tipper, supervisor at the Maintenance Center's financial management section. "She is an innovative thinker and meets all challenges presented to her with a can-do attitude. She is always prepared and organized to lead our departments through a stressful and trying process."

House began her civil service career as a data transcriber with the Contracts Division. She was promoted to computer operator/assistant in the teleprocessing division in October 1987. In August 1991, House received another promotion to computer specialist in the Local Area Network Division where she was responsible for establishing and maintaining the first 13 servers in support of the MCLB local area network.

In June 1992, House received a certificate of commendation from the commanding general for her contributions to the successful implementation of the Base area network.

Additionally, House has served as an Adult Literacy volunteer, voter registration volunteer, and is currently working toward becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer in support of child abuse prevention and awareness. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Albany State University in 1986, and has completed several graduate courses at the university in pursuit of her Masters Degree in business administration.

"I just try to seize opportunities as they present themselves," House said. "I must say that since I've been aboard the Marine Corps base, I have been given every opportunity to advance. In my current position I am pleased with what I am doing and would like to thank the Maintenance Center commander, deputy commander, and all my supervisors who put me in for this honor," she concluded.