Elizabeth Anne McGuire, facilities administrative assistant for the Directorate of Public Works, is the Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Federal Women’s Program Woman of the Year for 2019.


She was honored March 14 during the annual Women’s History Month luncheon, according to a news release.


“I knew I was nominated because my supervisor had asked me some questions,” McGuire said. “He said he wanted more information to put on the application.”


“I never expected to win. It was an honor enough to be nominated. I’m not trying to be singled out, I’m just trying to do my best,” she said.


McGuire has been at the Arsenal for 11 years. She has the responsibility for tracking all the real property facility maintenance activities in the General Fund Enterprise Business System and the Logistics Modernization Program for approximately $1.3 billion worth of real property assets. McGuire is also a PBA LMP cadre member for the LMP Plant Maintenance system.


McGuire, originally from Newark, near Batesville, graduated from Newark (now Cedar Ridge) High School. She has an associate’s degree in music from Central Baptist College at Conway, and her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She plays and teaches piano.


According to the nomination information provided from the Arsenal’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office, McGuire “goes the extra mile to encourage women in reaching their highest level of potential.” She was handpicked to conduct suicide awareness training classes within DPW.


“Her candid ability to instruct and facilitate, a frank conversation about a sensitive topic brought an awareness to all DPW personnel,” according to the nomination. “She has great initiative and is very versatile. She gladly accepts other duties and loves a challenge. She has been referred to as a ‘bulldog’ because of her ability to see a task through completion.”


McGuire currently resides in the Hardin community near White Hall.