Employee Spotlight – Matthew Hodges

Name:  Matthew Hodges

 

Job Title and Responsibilities:

Financial Analyst – AMCOM-SAMD

Support of the case closure process in support of FMS processes for AMCOM.

About Me:

I have grown up in Jackson County, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville where I earned a degree political science and graduate degree in public affairs.  I utilized and enhanced that education serving in a local elected office when I ran for city council in 2002.  I served on the Scottsboro city council until 2012 when I ran for and won the seat of Chairman of the Jackson County Commission.  I recently left office in September of 2017 and began working with Thompson Gray supporting AMCOM-SAMD. I had previously contracted with UAH in support of the same.  My service as a local elected official was an extraordinary time in my life in which I learned a lot about government processes and saw a lot of changes in the way our government works.    I have a passion for community service and am looking forward to being involved in other ways in the future especially as my children begin scouting and other activities.  I married Dana Marie Stewart and have 3 boys ages 6, 4 and 2.

Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – University of Alabama in Huntsville

Master of Arts in Public Affairs – University of Alabama in Huntsville

I have served in public office for 15 years which has given me a great depth of knowledge regarding political processes and public finance

My proudest achievements have been achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and serving my community.

Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other):

Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Alabama

Eagle Scout Board of Review Member

Officer in my local Knights of Columbus Council

Board Member for the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County

Getting to Know You: Pick any 3 to Answer

  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
    1. Travel to Australia
    2. Mediterranean Cruise
    3. A trip into earth orbit

 

  1. What was your favourite TV show when growing up?
    1. Animaniacs

 

  1. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
    1. Lowes

Thompson Gray at Galaxy of Lights 5k/3k

Future TG Employees

Rachael Brant and Family

Members of the Thompson Gray team recently participated in the Galaxy of Lights 5k and 3k. It was a blast for all involved. We do have a couple of pictures from the event for your viewing pleasure.

TG 5K Running Team

Jennifer McClure and Family

Ashley Lipham with future TG employees

TG 3k Running Team

Brandy Corbett with Family

TG Team Members with Santa

Thompson Gray Community Outreach at Downtown Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Dinner

Many Thompson Gray employees had the opportunity to contribute and assist at the Downtown Rescue Mission on 11/22/17. The event gave people the opportunity to participate in the Rescue Mission’s community outreach serving Thanksgiving dinner to everybody staying at the Mission or from the community. Look below for some of the Thompson Gray action shots from the event. 

Employee Spotlight – Sheila Tilton

Name:  Sheila Tilton

 

 

Job Title and Responsibilities:

Cross Integration Lead – Work as Subject Matter Expert to develop business processes & solutions for the Sensitive Activities for Army General Funds, working in a SIPR environment. Provide guidance on solution for design, processes, training, & testing.  Ensure that all business process reengineering integrate with one another with no conflict.  Subject Matter Expert Integrated Pay and Personnel System – Army (IPPS-A).  Provide expertise in developing and designing processes in IPPS-A to include treasury reporting, check book functionality, and integration with GFEBS.

About Me:

My first job was as a sales clerk in a Dime Store in Valparaiso, IN.  I paid my way through college working full time and going to Purdue full time.  After marrying an Army soldier, I moved to Ft. Monmouth, NJ and from there to Heidelberg, Germany.  After a brief job as a keypunch operator for AAFES, I began my government career in Jan 1977 as a Military Pay Clerk at Patton Barracks.  When I returned stateside, I was a military pay clerk at Ft. Dix, NJ and then a Civilian Payroll Supervisor at Ft. Monmouth, NJ.  From there, I went to school to get 30 accounting credits and started working in Finance and Accounting as the Reimbursable Team Lead.  In 1994, I relocated to Indianapolis at DFAS as a member of the Tiger Team.  I was a Test Director on a system called DJAS and later became a Subject Matter Expert.  Next, I was the Centralized Disbursing Deputy Director Officer.  While on the DJAS project, I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Management and my Master’s Degree at Ball State.  In 2003, I began working on the GFEBS Project long before the initial contract was awarded.  I was the Reimbursable Team Lead and was a key player in reengineering the reimbursable processes to include the Direct Charge Process.  I facilitated many workshops for disbursing, reimbursable, DMLSS implementation, and debt management.   In Jan 2007, after 30 years in civil service, I retired and became a contractor.  I have been a member of the Thompson Gray team since 2013  In Jan 2018, I have served the Army in some capacity for 41 years.  For this I feel honored.

Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

I was a key player in the deployment of multiple systems to include SOMARDS, DJAS, LMP, GFEBS and GFEBS-SA.  I have experience with both ORACLE and SAP.  I have been lucky to have jobs in operations that helped me to understand the Army’s Finance & Accounting processes.   I consider the successful deployment of GFEBS to be the greatest achievement of my career and proud to be a part of the “original team”.

On a personal level, I feel my greatest achievement was raising 2 children who are now loving adults who I am extremely proud of.  I am blessed with 5 grandchildren who I stay close to and enjoy immensely.  I am a very accomplished and experienced babysitter.

Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other):

Member of the Oceanport United Methodist Church.

 

Getting to Know You: 

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Travel to Mt Rushmore, watch my Grandchildren grow into adults and have a happy life, take my daughter to Heidelberg, Germany to see where she was born.

If you could chat with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you talk about?

My parents and grandparents to ask them all of the questions I never got to ask before they left.

What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

Houseboat trip to Lake Havasu, AZ

Can you play any instruments?

Clarinet/Saxophone

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?

Travel Agency

Employee Spotlight – Jessica Olive

Name:  Jessica Olive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Title:

Financial Audit Analyst, PEO Missiles and Space

Program Manager, Thompson Gray

 

Responsibilities:

As Financial Audit Analyst for Missiles and Space, not only do I complete audit packages for the Program Executive Office, I am also responsible for managing the coordination of audit testing for all Missiles and Space related Project Offices. This includes screening audit packages for accuracy against established checklists and compliance against Army DoD regulations, assisting the customer in the development of internal audit work plans to help identify control gaps and opportunities for improvement, as well as the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Corrective Action Plans to help achieve targeted outcomes.

About Me:

I am a Mobile, AL, native and a lover of laughter, music, dancing, and all things “Mobile.” My love of dance led me to the University of Southern Mississippi where I was a member of the precision dance team, the Dixie Darlings. Although the Golden Eagles are still near and dear to my heart, I would go on to become a 3rd generation graduate of Auburn University. WAR EAGLE!

While attending Auburn, I met an Alabama fan who would later become my husband?! Cole and I were married in 2006 and in 2011, I traded my 20+ years of dancing and teaching experience for all things boy when our son, Dylan, was born. From t-ball and basketball to swimming and fishing, he keeps us busy and laughing along the way!

Prior to joining the Thompson Gray team, I held various positions such as Staff Accountant for Sequel, Financial Analyst for Comcast, and System Program Analyst for the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF). Joining the Thompson Gray team has been a very rewarding experience for me. They have challenged me and allowed me to grow in ways I didn’t think were possible.

 

Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

Master of Business Administration, Florida Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Auburn University

16+ years’ experience in Finance, Accounting, Inventory Management and Customer Service

5+ years’ GFEBS experience supporting Government Agencies

 

Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other):

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity

Alpha Theta Chi Honor Society

 

Getting to Know You: Pick any 3 to Answer

  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
  2. Travel…mostly island hop.
  3. Cage dive with great whites.
  4. Own a therapy dog and volunteer time visiting children and the elderly.
  5. BONUS: I’d like to learn archery so I can bow hunt with my dad.

 

  1. If you could chat with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would like to talk to my Mom. I’d ask her what Heaven is like.

  1. Can you play any instruments?

No, I cannot play a physical instrument. I am however an avid air guitarist, air drummer, and lip-sync extraordinaire. This gives me the ability to pick up an instrument anytime, anywhere without the excess inventory. If you can’t play anything, be extraordinarily good at trying to play anything!