Nexight Group is happy to welcome Stephanie Spaulding to the team as our new Program Analyst. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology, and has worked in a variety of industries including the federal government and finance. We sat down with Stephanie to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
Prior to joining Nexight, I worked as a Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) in the finance and real estate industry where I earned a National MLO License. My focus was primarily working with first time homeowners, active duty military, and veterans to best assess their financial obligations and educate them on government and conventional loan programs. Before that, I worked for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Special Operations Division, and the Finance and Budget Department. I have also conducted financial risk analyses, used budget management tools, and coordinated educational seminars.
I was born and raised in southern Maryland and have played sports my entire life. I lived in North Carolina for 5 years, just steps away from the ocean, and I became a Tar Heels fan (sorry, Terps!). My family started the Chris Delinski Breast Cancer Memorial Fund 30 years ago, where I currently assist in planning benefit/fundraising events and managing donations. The money we raise goes directly toward paying medical and personal bills of families in need throughout Maryland. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, volunteering, clay-skeet shooting, fishing, running with my dog Ozwald, and sipping on a glass of bourbon while reading a good book.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
Nexight Group really stood out to me because of the diverse background of its employees and the wide variety of work we do. I believed my experience in financial analysis, social science research, risk assessment, and terrorism/counterterrorism analysis could be of value to the projects we offer. Additionally, I wanted to be part of a company that would challenge my abilities, encourage further education, and provide opportunities for its employees to develop their careers—these are all qualities I saw in Nexight.
Q: You are currently certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). How does your experience in the courtroom translate to your new role at Nexight?
In my experience as a certified CASA, I utilized my critical thinking skills to conduct interviews and screenings of a wide variety of people, from children to attorneys and court officials. I learned how to identify my audience and communicate with that audience effectively. My position as a CASA also required me to collect, research, and analyze sensitive information in order to provide testimony and written reports to the court officials, and this complements my analytical duties at Nexight.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role as a Program Analyst?
I look forward to helping government and commercial clients find practical solutions to their organizational challenges. I am especially excited to use my experience in critical thinking and risk assessment to effectively analyze federal programs.