CAP employees work each day to ensure Arizona’s allotment of Colorado River water flows through our 336-mile aqueduct to reach our municipal, agricultural, industrial and tribal customers. Learn more about Kris from our Accounting Department via her words below and by watching this video.
Q: In a nutshell, what do you do for CAP?
A: I process payments for our suppliers and reimbursements for our employees and I am the back-up for payroll.
Q: How did you get into this line of work?
A: I actually have a BS in Clinical Nutrition; I wanted to be a Registered Dietician. But after completing about 75% of my degree, I realized that career was not for me. Since I was almost done, I went ahead and completed my degree and graduated from ASU. I then became a stay-at-home mom until my son started kindergarten. I was hired at a roofing contractor doing it all – answering phones, preparing proposals, doing all the bookkeeping and processing the payroll. Since that job, I’ve always worked in bookkeeping, accounting or payroll. I’m a nerd for numbers!
Q: How does the work you do on a daily basis affect our water supply?
A: In order to keep the water flowing, the electric bills have to paid, the employees need to be reimbursed for their travels and our suppliers need to be paid for all of the equipment and supplies that we purchase.
Q: What are some of the technical advances that allow you to do your job more effectively and efficiently?
A: So many of our forms and process are electronic now – that’s been a huge time saver.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of your work?
A: One of the most challenging parts of my job is getting packing slips for items that have been received. But other than pesky paper work, I’d say the most challenging part is keeping track of all the small moving parts that is the life of anyone in Accounting. If you’re not organized and detail oriented, you’ll lose your mind.
Q: What’s the most gratifying part of your job?
A: The most gratifying part is working for an organization that stewards the Colorado River water entitlement for central Arizona. No one can overstate the importance of water to our state and being a very small cog in the water wheel of CAP is very gratifying.
Q: What is your favorite part about working at CAP?
A: My favorite part about working at CAP is the people I work with. Everyone is kind, courteous and professional. People will stop at the drop of a hat to help you with a project or task. It’s actually a pleasure to come to work.