Tippi Phillips Is September Employee of the Month

Posted: September 3, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo Lake

Ethenia “Tippi” Phillips, grants administrator in the Office of Sponsored Programs, is the September Employee of the Month. A resident of Burke, Phillips started her career at Mason in 1992 as a volunteer in the Cash Office.

“I had been out of the workforce full-time since July 1981 after separating from the Air Force,” she says. “We were still a military family and moved around a bit. With two children at home, being at Mason was an opportunity for me to gradually move back into the workforce and not be far from home.” Several months later, Phillips was hired as a wage employee, and became a full-time classified employee in 1995. Since 1993 she has worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs.

David Anderson, director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health, says Phillips has done an excellent job with the 25 to 30 budgets he submits each year. “In large part this is due to Tippi’s awareness of the needs of grant funders, the working knowledge she has of computer programs, and the ability to work in a collaborative way to negotiate a sound budget and quality proposal,” Anderson says.

Roger Stough, associate dean for research in the School of Public Policy, said he would put Phillips in the top one percent of staff and administrative personnel he has worked with at Mason. Stough says her qualities include a keen eye for detail, sensational interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to multi-task, and creative problem solving skills.

Her co-worker, Patricia Carcamo, understands the tight deadlines Phillips works under. “Tippi is very dedicated to her work, showing great flexibility with all the last-minute proposals that are assigned to her,” Carcamo says.

“My job is challenging, interesting, flexible, and fulfilling,” Phillips says. “There is always something new to learn and do. I interact with interesting people.”

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