Alisha Matelski

I come from a family where military service was not only appreciated but very much welcomed.
My husband spent 12 years in the military before being medically retired and I myself retired
after 20 years in the Air Force. My career field in the Air Force was Electronic Countermeasures
Systems but I learned early on that my best work was in administrative and clerical work. My
attention to detail is extreme and recognized. I spent 10 years in a variety of administrative and
leadership positions for which I was continuously lauded by supervisors. After I retired from
the Air Force, I moved my family to be close to my mother. My father had passed in 2014 and I
knew my mother could use our help. I had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration in 2010 and knew that was my key to getting a job outside the military. It was
harder than I expected to find a business willing to offer me that first job, as I was fresh out of
the military. Now days military service is not always a positive on a resume, however the Dean
of the College of Science at the University of Idaho gave me a shot for which I will always be
My goal of using my Bachelor’s Degree to get an administrative job, no matter how low in the
office hierarchy, and move my way up the chain into a management type position is well on its
way to success. I worked for the University of Idaho in an Administrative position for about a
year then received a job offer with Whitman County, Washington. I currently have three and a
half years experience with Whitman County as an Office Specialist balancing reception with
financial, policy, and clerical duties. I coordinate these office duties for six different
departments and my work seems to be very much appreciated!

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