Elyse Dunckley, financial manager for the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers (NISSSC) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was named Employee of the Quarter.
Confidently managing all the paperwork for multimillion-dollar grants and making it look easy are among the skills Dunckley demonstrates daily. Sharing her expertise and ideas with others makes her invaluable, according to Jenenne Nelson, dean of the Graduate School and professor at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Dunckley coordinates expenditures and budgets of the various centers under NISSSC to ensure compliance with funding requirements, along with processing expenditures and human resources paperwork. These duties are the mainstay of the financial support she provides to the NISSSC Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant.
On top of the responsibilities specific to her position, Dunckley serves as a resource to other sponsored program administrators on campus. She shares the processes she put in place to enhance tracking, ensure financial compliance and to document expenditures.
"Elyse goes 'above and beyond' on a daily basis," said Nelson, who nominated Dunckley with high praise. "She continues to challenge herself to grow professionally, using daily challenges as an opportunity to learn a new aspect of sponsored programs or university administration."