We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My title is, Director of Workforce Education. I have been working in Higher Education for the past eight years. While in Higher Education, I have worked in different capacities throughout Student Services. I managed a Veterans Resource Center for Hopkinsville Community College, KY. Upon moving to the NW, I have worked at South Puget Sound Community College as the Military Outreach Specialist and Veterans Certifying Official. Later, for the same institution, I worked as an Educational Planner and managed the Worker Retraining Grant. In addition as an adjunct professor, I taught a Human Development course called “Enhancing Student Success.”
Prior to working in Higher Education, much of my professional life has been working with military service-members and their families on military installations. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education, and an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River College offers a wide range of degree options for students. Because of my involvement with Workforce Education, I was impressed with the quality of the short-term degrees and certificate programs that could result in high-wage employment for students. I was equally impressed that Green River College also offered Bachelors of Applied Science degrees. Green River College is committed to helping students achieve not just a job, but a career.
However, academics was not the only draw to this institution. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion were more than just words. It is the culture of the campus, from the President’s Office all the way down the organizational ladder. As a person of color, this is extremely important to me, not just for myself professionally but for the students we are here to help towards completion.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My go-to is NPR. Sometimes to switch things up, I will listen to leadership/management books through Amazon’s Audible. The most recent books that I have listened to on my commute from Olympia are, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” and “Who Moved My Cheese?” TED Talks are also another option that I will sometimes choose.
What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was working for the YMCA as a camp counselor for the summer.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Aside from working with a great team, I am excited about the opportunity that I have to affect change. I have always desired a position that would allow me to make a difference in an impactful way. This position affords me the opportunity to be that agent of transformative change, not only for students but also for the organization.
What is one thing you would love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year, I believe it is more important to establish a collaborative culture with my colleagues across campus disciplines. I choose this as opposed to establishing processes or increasing FTE’s because all these are possible, plus much more, through teamwork and collaboration.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of my marriage of 33 years, my two wonderful children (who are living happy and productive lives), and completing grad school while my husband was deployed to a war zone. I had to balance school and being a single mom for a year.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Queen. Workforce Education is my kingdom and I run it!
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
No hidden talents. I’ve been told that no one tells a story quite like me.
If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?