March is designated as National Women’s History Month and we’re honoring the many talented women who work for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Through the month, we’ll be highlighting various employees through a series of “The Women of CCPO” interviews to give a small glimpse into the important work they do.
Lisa Stafford – Administrative Services
Q: What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
LS: Personally, I think of Women’s History Month as a time to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments made by women from all walks of life. We recognize pioneers, mothers, teachers, scientists, nurses, doctors, and athletes who have helped shape today’s world.
Q: What woman did you look up to as a young girl and who do you look up to now? Why?
LS: I have looked up to my mom, Geraldine Carugno, throughout my childhood and into my adult life. She will always be the best role model that I will ever have. She was a strong, smart, patient, loving person. She always made decisions that put others first and ones that ensured the safety and the best interests of her family. My mother always taught me to never give up and reminded me that nothing is out of reach if you want it badly enough. Unfortunately, my mother passed away nearly 7 years ago. However, the morals and values that she had instilled in me as a young child are what made me the woman that I am today, and I am forever grateful for that.
Q: What led you to work in the administrative services field?
LS: I took a Cooperative Education class in high school. It was a program that provided supervised workplace employment opportunities and learning experiences for high school students. During this time, I worked at a bank where I acquired most of my administrative skills and learned a great deal about the administrative services field. I loved the idea of providing office support that assisted in the functioning of something bigger, such as a company. At this point, I realized that this was the path that I was going to follow.
Q: Can you describe your role at CCPO?
LS: I perform a variety of essential clerical duties. I work closely with the Administrative staff in maintaining a positive work environment for the clerical staff throughout the office. I provide assignment, instruction, and guidance to support staff. In addition to that, I gather, organize, and summarize data throughout the year for report preparation. I also play a part in the clerical hiring process, which I would say is my most important role because this is the first step in positioning the CCPO for success.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
LS: I love being able to help others. While working in the Administrative Unit, I frequently answer calls from employees with questions or issues. For me, it’s very rewarding to recommend solutions and to help others find the answers that they are looking for.
Q: What is something about your job that would surprise people
if they learned it?
LS: I think that most people would be surprised to learn that I have been in the Administrative Services field with the CCPO for nearly 26 years and can say that I truly enjoy coming to work every day. This experience has given me the opportunity to meet and work with so many great women. Some of those women have become great mentors to me throughout my career.
Q: What message would you share with the young women of the world?
LS: Find a mentor. It is important to know that you are not alone. It can be so beneficial to be able to talk to and build a relationship with someone who can offer you knowledge and experience. Anything is possible. Trust your instincts.