|Spotlight on Melanie Turcotte|
Meet Melanie Turcotte, OSHEAN Business Operations Manager
"I manage Human Resources and all the financial responsibilities for K-12 & Libraries. I also oversee the E-Rate portion of the K-12 and Libraries.
How do OSHEAN members benefit from what Melanie does?
Once a vendor is selected, Melanie helps K-12 & Libraries file their E-Rate forms in a timely manner. She works with members to ensure they are answering all of the questions to qualify for the subsidy they deserve.
"The last thing I want is to see is a school lose their E-Rate funding. It was a great feeling this past March when I was able to connect with every K-12 and Library member to help them through the submittal of their form 471. I will be doing the same thing in the fall so they follow through with the next stage of submitting their form 486."
Something members can look forward to:
Streamlined Practices, Advanced Computing Resources
As OSHEAN continues implementing the new Beacon 2.0, cyberinfrastructure, Melanie says, all OSHEAN members, including K-12 will rethink their capabilities regarding internet connectivity. Once connected the schools will be able to utilize more advanced computing resources. In addition, Melanie says new streamlined accounting practices are in the works relative to vendor invoices and coordination of member services.
Melanie brings her accounting and math skills to OSHEAN--skills she started developing as a young girl.
"I've always liked working with numbers, and as a teenager, I kept a daily cash journal of every penny I spent and any money I earned. I would drive myself crazy if it didn't balance at the end of the month - not that that would ever happen."
Melanie has been working with the K-12 & Libraries for fourteen years. She feels a sense of accomplishment helping them through the E-Rate program and encouraging them that it is worth filling out all the forms, so they can secure their subsidy.
Out of the Office
Melanie is very active, enjoying Rhode Island's natural offerings, and spending tons of time with her family.
"I have two very active children. It's hard to fit much in between, hockey, baseball, soccer, dance and swimming. Although going from activity to activity is very tiring, my husband and I enjoy watching how the children progress each time they play. When I do have time, I like to hike, play tennis, bike ride, play volleyball and take nature walks on the beach with my children to see what interesting things we can find."