As an administrative specialist in the Office of Fiscal Affairs at Kelley (as well as assistant to Associate Dean Phil Powell) Tanisha Storey knows all about the financials that make Kelley work. Learn some surprising facts about her job and whether or not she always played the banker in Monopoly.
Q: What do you do at Kelley?
Tanisha: It’s a hybrid position. I handle personal reimbursements, travel reimbursements, and I work with the development office to process financial gifts to the school. I do a little bit of everything as part of Tammy’s team. I sit at the entrance to the office, so most people don’t realize I handle their money – they think I’m there to greet them as they walk in! [laughs] More recently, I’ve also become assistant to Associate Dean Phil Powell.
Q: What were you doing before you joined Kelley two years ago?
Tanisha: Previously, I worked at a bank, but I’ve been around IU all my life. I’m from Bloomington and I have a family member who used to work at the Organization of American Historians on IU Bloomington’s Campus when I was a kid, so I always was on the Bloomington campus. I never expected to work at IU myself, but here I am.
Q: Is Fiscal Affairs all about following the rules? What do you enjoy about your job?
Tanisha: There’s always something new to handle: a new fiscal situation or extraneous circumstance. The rules don’t always apply the way you anticipate them to, so we have to be creative in how we solve some issues and deal with the hiccups a process that has a strict timeframe attached to it. Sometimes we have time crunch that makes things more intense because we have to get it done quickly. It’s always interesting; it’s never a dull moment up here.
Q: You seem to work with money a lot. Were you always the banker when you played Monopoly?
Tanisha: Actually, I never was! That was always my sister’s job. She liked to be in control of the money, which I didn’t mind because I always ended up mixing it up or dropping it everywhere.
Q: Why do you enjoy banking and finance?
Tanisha: It’s challenging for me. Numbers and math have always been a challenge for me so being successful at this job has been a great accomplishment. Every day, I gain new skills. I never thought I’d work with money or finance, so it’s really surprising to me that I not only ended up working in finance but that I really enjoy it, too.
Q: How do you spend your time outside of Kelley?
Tanisha: My husband, James, and I enjoy taking walks and going fishing. We also have a cat, Otis, which we spoil to death.
Q: You had a big milestone earlier this year - what happened?
Tanisha: My husband, James, and I got married May 20. We were wed in my hometown of Bloomington and it was just perfect -- A dream come true!