MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Jonelle D. Cooks, director of the Marine Corps Working Capital Fund, Marine Corps Logistics Command, has worked in the federal government for more than 37 years.
She recently retired during a ceremony at the Base Chapel in which Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, director, Marine Corps Staff, Washington, D.C., honored her achievements.
Her first federal job was with the Social Security Administration as a claims representative.
Cooks started permanent work with the Department of Defense in 1979 serving the remainder of her federal career in various positions - personnel, contracts, logistics/sup-ply, depot maintenance, automated information systems and finance - at MCLC.
As the director of MCWCF, Cooks directed multi-million dollar activities of many organizations supporting the budget, financing, execution and management of the fund.
For her work, she received many awards and accolades including being selected for the 1990 OSD Financial Management Scholarship, Team of the Year in 2009, a cash award for project management support to DoD Humanitarian Assistance Program, and many other annual high achievement performance awards.
Cooks calls Lee/Dougherty County home where she is active in many projects giving back to her community.
She received commendations from former Georgia Senator Max Cleland for her work with South Georgia flood survivors, from Dougherty County Board of Commissioners for her work on the Blue Ribbon Committee, and from Dougherty County Voter Registration office for her work with voter registration and as a poll manager.
In her spare time, Cooks serves as legal advisor, financial counselor, wedding planner, business manager and market researcher for private customers/industry.