Meet Celia Stonko
Celia started her career at SSE in September of 2017 as a contract employee in the IT&S department. It wasn’t long before she was offered a permanent position, which she was happy to accept. Recently Celia’s role was expanded to Program Manager of StaffMatrix (SMX), SSE’s proprietary Vendor Management System (VMS). In this new role, Celia leverages her expertise in recruiting and workforce management by providing onsite support and troubleshooting to SMX clients, as well as serving as the main point of contact for vendors, managers, and contractors.
When asked what she likes most about working as SSE, Celia responded, “I like that we are a team. We are always willing to jump in to help one another – no matter what.”
At home, Celia relaxes with her dog, a Boxer named Roscoe, her cat, Strawberry, and her snake, Strings. Her biggest fear? “Bugs! Specifically, spiders and centipedes,” she responded. “I don’t trust anything with that many legs – ewww!!” Yet despite spiders being a symbol of Halloween, it’s still Celia’s favorite holiday, “I feel every day should be Halloween!”
But bugs aren’t the only thing Celia doesn’t like. One of her biggest pet peeves is “when people think they know everything, and I mean EVERYTHING,” she said. What else drives her crazy? “When drivers put their turn signals on at the last minute or fail to use them at all, whether changing lanes or turning corners.”
Although Celia says she has no special talents, most people don’t know she was born with 12 fingers. From an early start, she learned that the biggest lesson in life is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Celia is currently reading Hummingbird by Jude Angelini, a very amusing collection of short and very short stories comprised of humorous reflections on the author’s life. And her take on the greatest TV Series of all time? “Friends, Big Bang Theory, and Seinfeld.”
Celia draws her strength and inspiration from her mom. “My mom raised us on her own,” Celia stated. “She worked double shifts to afford private schools for us. She made sure we didn’t want for anything – even now. She is strength!”