OCC People: Zully Goya Represents OCC at Treasury Veterans Day Program
12/23/2013Zully Goya, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Comptroller for Regulatory Policy Charles Taylor, represented the OCC at a program hosted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in recognition of Veterans Day. The program, which took place at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) on November 12, featured a panel of U.S. military veterans who spoke of the challenges military members face when they transition into the civilian workforce.
Goya (second from the left) speaks about the challenges she faced after leaving the service and about the value of networking during the Treasury’s Veterans Day Program. The other panelists included (left to right) Mark Eagan, Internal Revenue Service; Colin Simmons, Logistics Embarkation Departmental Offices; and Jacquelyn McClelland, Internal Revenue Service. Photo courtesy of the Treasury.
During the program, Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios said that she oversees a workforce with a great number of military veterans. “Between the Mint and the BEP, we have more than 1,000 veterans, so that’s very exciting,” Rios says. Treasury bureaus have made a concerted effort to hire veterans, according to Rios, and she expects those efforts to continue.
Following Rios’s comments, the program shifted to its panel of U.S. military veterans, who shared stories and insights regarding their professional transition to the federal government. Goya, who served six years in the U.S. Air Force, was a Logistics Technician in Combat Oriented Support Operations with the 23rd Bomb Squadron. During her service, Goya was a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. She separated from the U.S. Air Force in 2004.
Goya said that one of the challenges she faced upon leaving the service was translating her military skills to civilian resumes. “One of the main things I was able to do was research through the Web site USAJOBS.gov. That was a tremendous help,” she says. Goya explained that through the USAJOBS site, she learned the value of her veteran’s status in terms of employment with the federal government.
Goya also spoke of the importance of networking. The military provides its members with a strong network of support. Goya mentioned that she has found similarly strong networks at the OCC. The Women’s Network, she said, has provided her with information for career advancement. “There is also an organization called HOLA [the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement], and they have been able to provide me with leadership skills,” explains Goya who noted that she started as an office support clerk at the OCC and today works as administrative assistant to a deputy comptroller.
Goya (middle) greets Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States; and Michael Madon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Intelligence and Analysis. Photo courtesy of the Treasury.
Another OCC veteran’s perspective
Prior to the Treasury Veterans Day event, Natasha Schmidt, National Recruitment Specialist, asked OCC veterans at Headquarters if they would be interested in volunteering for the program panel. In addition to Goya, Camille Weeks-MacMillan, Secretary for the Deputy Chief Information Officer Application Services Delivery, expressed an interest in volunteering for the program. Weeks-MacMillan enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in September 1992. During her service, she was a Boatswain’s Mate Seaman stationed onboard the (Submarine Tender) USS L.Y. Spear (ASD-36) at Norfolk Naval Base. Among other tasks, her military duties included repairing, maintaining, and stowing equipment in preparation for underway operations.
Weeks-MacMillan left the U.S. Navy in 1996 and transitioned to civilian professional life with ease after visiting the American Red Cross at Walter Reed Medical Center, where she had volunteered as a teenager. The manager at that location hired her as a field secretary. “Though my military experience was completely different from the line of work that I ended up doing and enjoying, my experiences in the Navy gave me the necessary skills to lead an office of volunteers,” she says. She currently uses those professional skills in the CIO office.
Last Updated: 10/21/2014