Employee Spotlight: Mary Tyler

Welcome to the Employee Spotlight Series! This week we are highlighting Mary Tyler. Mary is a Shared Service Analyst and has been a part of the SpendMend team for three years! She describes SpendMend in three words as, “Professional, Generous, and Engaged.” A fun fact about Mary is that she is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her Associate’s degree from Davenport University, and then her Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University in Business Administration. She decided to study Business Administration because she wanted to have a range of skills in the business field. Mary has now worked for over 15 years in Accounts Payable! Another fun fact about Mary is before she worked for SpendMend, she was a Substitute Teacher. Her favorite classes to substitute for were the online classes called (E2020), where Mary helped students work through their assignments on the computer. Read the full interview below to learn what Mary’s favorite and most challenging parts about being a Substitute Teacher. During work, Mary likes to listen to Gospel music. She states, “I like a wild range of gospel music!” One of her favorite groups is Kirk Franklin and Maverick City. Mary’s favorite artists are Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Man. Thanks for the new work song recommendations, Mary! One of Mary’s hobbies during her free time is participating in an exercise group. She has been going to Soulful Motion for about six years! She loves the health benefits from the class as well as the friendship bond made by exercising with other ladies. That sounds like a great way to stay active and socialize!


Mary does fantastic work at SpendMend and we are grateful to have people like her on the team! Amy Kanoza, Statement Administration, said, “Mary is one of the top performing members of the Receiving Team. She is very knowledgeable and has one of the highest accuracy rates in her position. She is always cheerful and friendly, very consistent with her work, and is an all-around awesome person and team member! Mary is a very hard worker and we are so thankful to have her on the Receiving Team!” Thank you, Mary! We are lucky to have you!


Interview With Mary:


What is your role at SpendMend?

Shared Service Analyst

How long have you been with SpendMend?

3 years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

A friend

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Professional, Generous, and Engaged

Where are you located/from? 

I am located in Grand Rapids.

Where did you go for higher education? 

I received my Associate’s degree from Davenport College now Davenport University and my Bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University in business Administration.  

What did you study and why?

I studied business because I wanted to have a range of skills in the business field, I worked for over 15 years in Accounts Payable.

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

enjoy being a part of the mission for SpendMend

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Working as a Substitute Teacher

What piqued your interest in becoming a substitute teacher? 

To be honest I liked the flexibility of what a Substitute Teacher offered. 

What were your favorite classes/subjects to teach for?

My favorite classes were online classes called (E2020), which consisted of helping students work through their assignments on the computer.  

What was the best part about substitute teaching? 

The best part of being a substitute teacher was being able to help the students. 

What was the most challenging?

The challenging part was when the students sometimes seemed to not cooperate with subs.

What is one fun fact about you?

Very optimistic and caring

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?


What are your favorite Gospel songs to listen to? What are your favorite groups/bands/artists? 

When it comes to Gospel songs I like a wild range of gospel music. One of my favorite groups is Kirk Franklin and Maverick City, and my favorite artists are Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Man to mention a few.

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

Part of an exercise group called Soulful Motion

When did you start attending Soulful Motion and why? 

I started attending Soulful Motion about six years ago and mainly for health reasons.

What is your favorite part about joining Soulful Motion?

The friends and fellowship bond I have made with other ladies while exercising.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

Working with a team to resolve client issues

What has been your experience with SpendMend community service events?

People are friendly and connected with the community.

Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

Cindy Allen and Amy Konoza

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Must be a strong team player

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

Adding valuable members to the SpendMend Team

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

Continual growth within the company.