Dona Maxcy takes a break from her job by "reliving my youth through my daughter, and traveling around the country in my Mustang convertible with her."
The de-stressing technique must help in her job as Property Specialist with the BLM’s State Office in Sacramento. After four years in the position, Dona recently won the first-ever BLM "Asset Manager of the Year" award at the Department of Interior Asset Management Conference in Orlando Florida earlier this month.
As Property Specialist, Dona manages the BLM’s property and vehicle fleets with proper documentation to satisfy an audit or review. She also trains BLM California employees in procedures for working with official property including vehicles – and helps those in other states as well.
That includes conveving a message of personal responsibility and accountability for government property: "Although the tools we use are provided by BLM, we must ensure that we safeguard them as good as, or better than, our personal property," she says. "This is especially true with the government vehicles we are provided....I am a taxpayer first and have a direct interest in protecting our investment in property."
Her career with BLM started 15 years ago, when the State Office needed someone proficient in the WordPerfect word processing program, to complete the state’s Wilderness Study report. Dona was tutoring students in computer classes at American River College, and her professor gave her name to a BLM contact.
Dona worked initially in the Division of Natural Resources, then worked with mining claims, and later with the Branch of Geographic Services, before taking her current job.
She has continued her education, studying psychology and computer proficiency.
Born in Moultrie, Georgia, Dona now lives in Sacramento – as do her daughter, Taylore, her mom, and her sister’s family.Dona says she learned skills needed on her job, during earlier experiences as a sales manager for a commercial audio manufacturer and nine years managing property with BLM's Cadastral Survey section. Still, the job can be stressful: "With many deadlines, prioritizing and organizing is a must," she says. Not to mention a Mustang convertible to help unwind!