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The OE Employee of the Quarter for Excellence Recognition Program profiles inspirational employees in the Office of Electricity (OE) who have demonstrated one or more of the following principles in their professionalism:

  • Embodied the values of both the Department and OE;
  • Drawn positive attention to OE throughout DOE and outside of DOE;
  • Consistently been proven as someone that others within OE turn to for assistance and guidance; and
  • Gone “above and beyond” their normal responsibilities to help other OE or DOE employees with projects or other activities.

Theresa Brown Shute, who is a Management Analyst in OE’s Corporate Business Operations division, has been chosen as Employee of the Quarter for her meritorious contributions to OE, for going “above and beyond” her assigned duties in service to her peers and the organization, and for being someone that others within OE can turn to for assistance and guidance. We recently spent a few minutes with Theresa to learn more about her and her work here at OE.  

Q: What excites you about your work at the Department of Energy? 
A: I really like the problem solving and analytical aspect of my work. Each scenario is different and calls on a unique approach with a combination of diplomacy, networking, and strategizing. The end result means I’ve helped somebody out.

Q: When you think about all of the work you’ve done here at OE, what gives you the greatest sense of satisfaction and accomplishment?
A:  The support that I am able to provide to OE management and staff. I’m getting the talent needed for OE divisions to answer DOE’s mission and I am working to resolve issues and keep things running a smoothly as possible for my co-workers.

Q: What do you think you would do for a career if you weren’t doing this kind of work?
A: I could imagine being an interior designer, helping realtors stage houses, or working as a DC tour guide.

Q: When you have free time, what are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy decorating, doing DIY projects, and reading mysteries.

Q: Could you tell us something about yourself that your colleagues may not know?
A:  I learned how to play drums a couple of years ago.