DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Miranda Tucci

Miranda Tucci

A chance conversation in her Sunday School class led West Virginia native Miranda Tucci to a job she loves.

Miranda, now a grants and contracts specialist with the Southern Rural Development Center, had been a stay-at-home mom while her husband of 10 years, Shelby, was in the Navy. But when he decided to pursue a degree in professional golf management at MSU, they switched roles.

“We moved around for eight years, and when we came to Starkville I needed a job,” Miranda explained. “Rachael Welborn heard me mention it at church, and said they had an opening for an intermittent worker at SRDC. I’ve been here ever since.”

Miranda moved from intermittent worker to office associate to grants and contracts specialist in just over two years.

“I have my hands on everything behind the scenes,” she said. “I keep things running in the office: budgeting, payroll, ProCard, you name it. We are grant funded, so I deal with USDA a lot. It’s a lot of detail-oriented work.”

SRDC is part of a network of 29 universities in 13 Southern states, and Miranda enjoys talking to people in different places.

“I’ve met a lot of really cool people since I started working here, and in my new position I’m meeting new people at MSU too. Interaction with others is what I enjoy the most,” she said.

Miranda and Shelby have an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter, so they spend a lot of their free time involved in their kids’ activities. They all love to travel.

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