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Robert Shook - Army Counterintelligence and Technical Security Specialist

From Army counterintelligence to technical security specialist, Robert Shook has made service his...

Katrina Whitenack - Army Combat Medic and Medical Reviewer

After 5 years in the Army, Katrina Whitenack turned her experience as a Combat Medic into a succe...

Judith Buford - Naval Reservist and Medical Reviewer

Judith Buford uses her experience in organization and time management from her time as a Naval Re...

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Carmela Carr - Subcontracts Administrator

What does being a “Subcontracts Administrator” mean?

To me it is being able to provide quality customer service to the programs I support while protecting the company and having fun.


How did you find yourself on the path to being a Subcontracts Administrator?

It all started with a career change. I would have to say subcontract administration found me. In 2007, I found asking myself “Why am I living so far away from family?” For 22 years, I had to either a take five-hour plane ride or a 10-hour drive to see family. So, I resigned from my position as the Student Union Director at the University of South Carolina, sold my condo, packed up my car and my dog, and moved to Maryland where my parents and one of my sisters were living. I had a glorious 10-month work sabbatical. Needless to say, my mom was a bit worried that I would not find a job. Alas, I did.


I was hired by a small business that as a government contractor focused on renewable energy to provide onsite support to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy prime contract. After two years, I moved to a corporate position where I was the Office Manager/Recruiting Coordinator. The company was eventually bought by a private investor and my position changed again to supporting the company’s legal counsel. When the company was acquired by SRA International, I had the choice of recruiting or subcontract administration. I choose subcontracts administration.


Who has motivated you the most in your career/ life?

I think motivation is comes from within a person. People can help to trigger that motivation but ultimately it is up to the individual. I have had people throughout my life that provided me with opportunities because I demonstrated the desire to learn and take their advice. From a college advisor who mentored me throughout my career in higher education to managers who saw my potential and trained me. Their guidance and belief in my abilities helped motivate me.


What life challenges have resulted in the most unexpected positive results?

I come from a large family; I have five sisters and two brothers. My mom raised us to be independent thinkers and problem solvers. She didn’t have the time to drive us everywhere. If we needed to get somewhere or do something, we had to figure it out. I think this helped me see the possibilities.


What is the favorite place you have lived and why?

I really loved living in South Carolina. My pace of life! If the university could have moved or Maryland moved closer to South Carolina, I would have stayed. Unfortunately, since neither were possible, I had to leave to be closer to family. But really for me, it is wherever family is. I have loved every minute of my time in Maryland because I have been in close proximity to two of my sisters.


What is your favorite book and/or movie of all time?

I don’t really have a favorite book or movie. I do enjoy reading. There a quite a few books that I have read that I have enjoyed reading and can’t seem to part with the books. Here are a few:

  1. Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

  2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  3. Give and Take by Adam Grant

As for movies, I am a sucker for all the Marvel movies. At the start of the pandemic, I was watching the Marvel movies and did not realize how loud the sound was. My TV was plugged into my sound system. My neighbor had to ask to me to turn down the sound. Oops! A good action and adventure or comedy is always a welcome escape!