Kathy Jayne Is April Employee of the Month

Posted: April 1, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Kathy Jayne
Kathy Jayne
Photo courtesy of Kathy Jayne

Off the Fairfax Campus on the second floor of the Commerce Building is a Fiscal Services office decorated with dainty figurines and pictures of horses. Behind the desk sits Kathy Jayne, executive assistant to the controller, diligently handling a busy phone and juggling multiple appointments.

Fiscal Services, headed by Controller Beth Brock, oversees a team of accountants, buyers, analysts, cashiers and technicians who support and maintain the financial infrastructure at Mason.

Jayne assists Brock with all of her administrative needs, including keeping the corporate calendar, scheduling meetings and handling traveling arrangements and correspondence. Jayne also provides administrative assistance to most of Brock’s direct reports and their staff. She is the only administrative employee working in the controller’s office, so her position encompasses many responsibilities.

Over the past year, the Fiscal Services office has been embracing change and new technology. Brock appreciates Jayne’s willingness to learn new technology to improve the efficiency of their operations.

“Last summer Kathy learned how to create fillable PDF forms for our web site. Last fall she learned how to process deposit journal entries in Banner, allowing us to move a student employee from General Accounting to the Travel Office,” says Brock.

“Recently she learned how to use Corporate Time, improving the efficiency of scheduling meetings and eliminating our paper calendars.”

Sharon Dorman, fiscal technician in general accounting, agrees with Brock.

“She is willing to help in any way she can. Her picking up keying has been a huge relief to me, and she is so excited to help,” says Dorman.

“Her enthusiasm is contagious. She is always friendly, cheerful and thorough. She is a great person to work with and she always represents Mason in a positive way.”

Jayne started working for Mason in August of 2005 and says the university provides a great working environment. Her favorite part about working at Mason is the warm nature of her co-workers, not only in Fiscal Services, but in other departments as well.

“I am overwhelmed at the support, kindness and assistance that Mason employees provide. From day one I have been amazed at how friendly everyone I come in contact with is,” says Jayne.

Another reason Jayne enjoys working for Mason is because she is impressed by the benefits and recognition Mason offers its employees.

“Human Resources and other groups on campus bend over backwards to provide opportunities for supervisors to give recognition to employees. They may not be able to give them a raise right now with the economy, but they can praise them in so many ways.”

Before joining Mason, Jayne worked in various administrative positions for the Department of Defense (DOD). Half of her 30-year career with the federal government was spent abroad. Her first overseas assignment was working for the Navy in Saigon, Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969. After returning to America for a few years, she was sent to work for the U.S. Air Force in Germany for 13 years and then to England for one year.

“I was very lucky that I got to see a large part of the world through the auspices of the federal government,” says Jayne.

In 1994, she left the DOD and worked as the executive assistant to the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. She retired in 1996 and continued to work in the private sector before coming to Mason.

An animal lover, Jayne loves to spend her spare time with her two cats and Tennessee walking horse, Rio. She goes horseback riding as often as she can and is also involved in some of the horse clubs in the Northern Virginia area.

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