Mommy works in the castle

Published Nov. 17, 2017
image - Bonny Croco

Bonny Croco, the go-to person for other Sacramento District employees accessing the Corps' financial management system. Croco is a staff accountant at district headquarters.

image - Bonny and husband James pose with daughter Addy, left, and son Jacob.

Bonny and husband James pose with daughter Addy, left, and son Jacob.

Anyone who gets email in the Sacramento District should recognize the name Bonny Croco. 

Anytime there is a problem with the Corps’ financial management system, CEFMS, Croco is the first to sound an email alert. She’s also the go-to resource for folks trying to learn the ins and outs of CEFMS.

Croco is a Sacramento native. Texas is the only other place she has lived and that was while her husband was on active duty with the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

While living in El Paso, Croco began work on her Master’s Degree in accounting through American Military University, the online college that serves service members and their spouses.
She also worked as a file clerk for William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss.

By 2012, the Croco family was back in Sacramento, and Bonny came to work with the Sacramento District as an office administrator in the geotechnical engineering branch while finishing her Master’s Degree. 

With her graduate degree in hand, she moved to Sacramento District’s resource management office in October 2012 and is now a staff accountant there.
Duties – help people do what they need to do for their jobs; accounting; get new users proper access to the system; travel card items, especially with district employees deploying to aid in disaster recovery operations.

Croco says it typically takes three or four months for new time keepers to learn CEFMS.
“After two years I felt comfortable that I knew where to find answers to the most common questions,” she says. CEFMS functions fill 56 online manuals.

This talented numbers person is also an art lover. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s in Art History from California State University Sacramento. Croco was a manager at Smith Gallery in downtown Sacramento for about three years before her husband enlisted in the Army. 

“We still go to museums and art galleries when we can,” says Croco. But that’s not often when you have a full-time career and two young children. Jacob, the youngest, just celebrated his first birthday. Daughter Addy is four.

Before the children arrived, Croco and her husband went on a Mediterranean cruise in 2011 and enjoyed visiting Italy, France and the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia where much of the TV show “Game of Thrones” is filmed. The roots of the Croco family are in Yugoslavia and Germany.

Castles may be a family theme. Daughter Addy has seen the Corps logo often enough that she now asks her mom, “Are you going to work at the castle, today?”