Stouffer named top secretary

April 22, 1998|By TERRY TALBERT

What are the attributes of a good secretary?

"They must be dependable, competent, able to communicate effectively no matter what the situation, establish a good working relationship with co-workers, and with the boss," says Vicky Stouffer.

Stouffer should know. The Hagerstown woman, who is "29 and holding," was named Secretary of the Year Monday by Hager Chapter, Professional Secretaries International, during Secretaries Week ceremonies in Hagerstown.

Stouffer has been a Records Assistant in Hagerstown Junior College's Student Services division for nine years.

At HJC, Stouffer deals with academic records pertaining to grades, transcripts, sports eligibility and graduation. She interacts with outside agencies, students and parents.


Stouffer, Hager Chapter recording secretary, has been a member of that group for five years, but said she had no idea she would be named Secretary of the Year until the announcement was made.

The "clues" given at the ceremony to describe the recipient fit her, but even the final clue - the fact the winner will graduate from HJC this May - didn't give it away.

Stouffer said she thought her husband Steve was leaving early Monday for work at Fort Ritchie. But then he showed up at the ceremony.

Also there to honor her was the head of her department at HJC, Dean Carl Galligan.

Stouffer said she knew when she was a student at North Hagerstown High School that she wanted to be a secretary. "I was dead set on wanting to start a career. I thought that was my destiny," she said.

Stouffer started her secretarial career with a series of jobs, working for local attorneys and accountants. Then she stayed home for five years while her family grew. When her daughters were ages 4 and 1, Stouffer got the job at HJC.

Stouffer, who has ambitions of one day getting a job in management, takes classes at HJC. After 10 years of part-time study, she'll graduate next month with an associate's degree in business management.

"It wasn't easy," she said. "I was a working mother. I had a full-time job and my children ... If it hadn't been for my husband, I never would have made it."

Stouffer is active in raising funds for the Washington County Junior Volleyball League, with whom her youngest daughter plays. She and her husband play in the Washington County Co-Rec Adult Volleyball League.

Stouffer also likes to cross-stitch, garden and walk.

After she gets her degree at HJC, she intends to continue her education.

The daughter of Catherine Heiston of Hagerstown and the late Lloyd Heiston, Stouffer has been married to husband Steve for 19 years. They have two daughters, Jennifer, 16, and Jenelle, 13.

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