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.
I am a tenure track welding instructor. My career in welding has allowed me to work on fishing boats with Marel industries to working on CAT equipment with NC Machinery. To this day I still work construction from time to time with Chet Williams Construction. I still enjoy working in industry to stay current in my field.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
I graduated from GRCC in 2003 with Scott Schreiber as my instructor. My cousin and I were Scott’s first two year program students to graduate with our AAS in welding technology. When I graduated I told Scott that one day I would like to come back and teach. Scott provided me with a career path to strive for to pursue my goal of teaching.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Country, KISW and sports talk
What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a company called Ropak. I worked for Ropak before I graduated high school and eventually became an inventory specialist. Being an inventory specialist was exciting because it allowed me to travel quite often to places like Canada, Texas, New Jersey and Atlanta. After 10 years of working for Ropak my division here in Washington closed down so the company offered to move me to Atlanta but instead I chose the lay off and became a full time student here at GRCC.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I like to make a difference in people’s lives.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
It would be nice to finish my Professional Technical Instructor Certification Plan (PTICP). Wishful thinking I’m sure.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1. Seeing my daughter get married. 2. Becoming a tenure track welding instructor. 3. Purchasing a wedding store with my soon to be fiancé (Shhh, don’t tell her) in Olympia called Weddings with Joy.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
My coworkers probably think Casper is already a nickname. lol
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
No significant hidden talents but I do own two snowmobiles that I like to drag race in the quarter mile and Pacific Raceways. It’s not every day you see a snowmobile race on asphalt.
If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?