Administrative Professional Spotlight: Kelly Maffit

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Daymar College

In honor of Administrative Professionals Week, Daymar College is honoring our Directors of First Impressions on multiple career college campuses in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Administrative Professionals Week brings attention to the important role that administrators play in various sectors in the worldwide economy. On the Wednesday of the week, Administrative Professionals Day is usually observed in offices by treating administrators to lunch or giving gifts to show appreciation. We’re thanking our integral administrative professionals with public recognition for their contributions.

Daymar College is designed to give each and every one of their Columbus campus students access to a better life through a career-focused education. With every course taken, every new skill learned, every new connection built – new doors are opened.

At Daymar College in Columbus, Ohio, that first door opened leads to the smiling face of Kelly Maffit.

“I want them to look forward to coming to Daymar every day,” she said.

Kelly has been the Director of First Impressions since October 2013, not long after she decided to sell her coffee shop, Kel’s Java Express.

“Decided I was too young to ‘retire’ after I sold the coffee bar, found Daymar was hiring and I jumped for it,” she said.

Kelly has a lot of responsibilities as the Director of First Impressions. Not only is she the first person you see when you walk in the door, but her responsibilities include supply management, record keeping, college admissions follow-ups, event coordination, administrative organization, and much more.

“It is easy to think that is all we do is answer the phone, but the reality is – we work for EVERYONE in the building,” Kelly explained.

But when you ask the people around her what makes Kelly such an integral part of the Daymar career college experience, it’s her dedication to student success.

“She takes the time to learn about each student individually. We change lives one person at a time and Kelly literally invests in each and every one.” said Campus President Ray Penate.

Not only does Julie have three children and three grandchildren of her own, but she used to teach art. So, this motherly instinct to care for her Columbus campus students comes natural to her.

I adore our students. I genuinely care for their success and make myself available to them for whatever they need, sometimes it is a hug, a high-five and other times it’s just to listen,” Kelly said.

Kelly acknowledges the great instructors and administration at Daymar College in Columbus, which is why her proudest moment as the Director of First Impressions was watching her daughter-in-law graduate from Daymar College’s MMT program.

“She graduated, passed her state boards and was employed in her field within a month,” Kelly explains. “Pretty incredible.”

Kelly brings students into the Daymar College family as if they were her own. If you’re interested in opening that first door to a new career, consider Daymar College in Columbus.