Debbie Pundt

Finance/Administration Support

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Debbie Pundt has worn many hats since beginning her office career in the mid '70s.

While in high school, she decided to focus on training for an office career and took various business courses. After high school, she completed the Secretarial/Business Office course at Wadena Area Vocational Technical Institute (now known as Minnesota State Community and Technical College). Upon graduation, Debbie accepted an office position with Green Thumb, Inc., in the state headquarters located in Wadena, Minnesota. Green Thumb (now known as Experience Works) is a non-profit, federally-funded organization under the Department of Labor (DOL) for people 55 and older. The organization was sponsored by the National Farmers Union for many years. Green Thumb took the experience of the "green thumbs" of retired farm men and women and put them back into the mainstream of life while supplementing meager incomes. In later years, the program diversified and evolved to training and transitioning participants into the business sector; thus, the name changed to Experience Works.

Debbie advanced from clerk typist to administrative support technician. In the early years, her duties included helping calculate and type payroll checks for nearly 800 program participants. At first, only two full-time staff processed payroll semi-monthly. This was all done manually rather than with the help of a computerized program. She also typed memos, letters, and reports, and compiled data for monthly and quarterly reports submitted to the national headquarters and eventually to the DOL. Debbie received recognition for her idea to streamline the annual participant recertification/review process. This was submitted to the national level.

When Experience Works faced its first major downsizing in 1995, Debbie was maintained as the only office "staff" person to provide support services to the state director and seven field offices. In her new role as State Program Assistant (SPA), Debbie reviewed new hire, transfer, annual recertification and termination packets for compliance and processed accounts payables and submitted to the regional office in Sioux Falls, SD, for data entry. She recorded and deposited donations from fundraisers, completed reports for field offices and the state, and supervised mass- mailing projects. She trained program participants to help complete tasks. Debbie was the editor of the "Thumb Prints" newsletter for Minnesota and received an award at a national meeting for her work.

With constant changes in computers and software programs, Debbie stepped aside in 1999 to let someone with more computer knowledge and background come on board as the new SPA. At that point, Debbie decided to take on the newly created bookkeeper position for Minnesota. Throughout her tenure with Green Thumb/Experience Works, Debbie's attention to detail helped Minnesota maintain clean audits in program compliance and financing, and she received an award for being #1 in the nation for accounts payable processing.

In 2003, Experience Works faced another downsizing and four of the five current office staff lost their jobs. The state director assumed a new position at the local level. The company reorganized from seven regional payroll centers to two super payroll centers (Texas and Kentucky). Debbie chose not to apply for a position with either of the super centers and became a dislocated worker. After a few months of networking, Debbie was offered a position as administrative technician at Spectrum Marketing Services in the Wadena location and assisted with various accounting functions.

Today, Debbie serves as the finance and administrative assistant for Spectrum Marketing Services and processes accounts payables. She compiles and files state sales taxes, processes bank reconciliations, and completes various accounting and administrative tasks.

Debbie's hobbies include reading, craftwork, bowling, going to movies, and attending local concerts. She enjoys visiting relatives and friends. She is a member of two church organizations. She is also a charter member of the local Pets Abandoned Wanting Support (PAWS) organization that emphasizes, "Stop the Cycle. Save a Stray."