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News | Nov. 2, 2018

My DCMA: Elise Hoppe, executive secretary

By Tonya Johnson DCMA Public Affairs

My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce and highlights what being a part of the national defense team means to them. Today we meet Elise Hoppe.

My name is Elise Hoppe, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am the executive secretary for the Technical Directorate here at headquarters. I am responsible for both Senior Executive Service professionals in my directorate, Richard Fanney and Michael Shields, which includes managing their calendars, personal appearances, correspondence and assisting in the directorates’ complex tracker system by assigning taskings to all the directors. I track and coordinate the awards program, special projects, and communicate with high-level leadership as well as professionals in the field. 

I have been a part of the DCMA family for six months with a total of three years of federal service. My government tenure includes working at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Prior to this, I worked in the civilian sector as a professional recruiter with PRA Group and an instructor with ECPI University. My military career includes 14 years of active-duty service finishing up as a Navy public affairs officer with a subspecialty in recruiting and placement. 

I like working at DCMA because I use my previous experiences in the military as a naval officer as well as my civilian experience in the public sector in my current job duties. I enjoy working with professionals who provide insight and experiences which I can learn from. I like working for a team that appreciates and fosters growth and a fast-paced technical environment full of potential. 

DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we are relied upon to ensure our troops receive the support, products and services they deserve. We are, above all else, civil servants and I am proud to be a small part of keeping our troops equipped, trained and safe from harm’s way. This is important to me as I was once in a similar role out to sea serving my country. 

My hobbies include travelling, reading, fishing and watching college sports.

My future career goals include to continue working at DCMA in a larger role as a supervisor, trainer, or in a public affairs or recruiting opportunity either here at headquarters or another location.

Something unique about me is that I love to study genealogy. I have traced my ancestors back to Ireland and discovered a great deal about my family. I also love animals and would like to own a small farm or live on a river one day to enjoy nature. 

Some of the great things about working for the agency includes understanding the variety of projects and unique mission we have here at DCMA. We work with multiple levels of leadership, and it’s extremely fast paced and demands a high-tempo operational mission. I thrive in this type of environment. We also foster a caring and responsible team, which is also very important to me.