New Employee Spotlight – Sherry Felchlin

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.Felchlin, Sherry

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.

I have more than 15 years as a project manager in investment banking, clinical research and database development and deployment. Business development, client engagement and problem or issue resolution along with innovative organizational transition and change management have been the focus of my endeavors. In 2015 I received certification as a Project Management Professional.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

It is important to me to work for projects that I anticipate will provide a value to the recipients of the “work” and are also challenging, interesting and represent more than simply a job. I believe in supporting higher education and the opportunities it provides, the implementation of this new software should be rewarding for students, faculty and the academic organization.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?

Pandora – which “station” will depend on the mood and the drive. I have a diverse and eclectic taste.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Either a car wash or a waitress at a specialty dessert shop, both distasteful in their own way and apparently not memorable enough to recall if it was the first.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to work with a new challenge in a new environment. I have always enjoyed the chance to be part of a team resolution to “problems” with the goal to improve the situation and the perception of those involved. Technical improvements to how work is done can be invaluable and the ability to assist in a transition which should benefit so many is exciting.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?

As a project manager the goal is always to serve the stakeholders, to accomplish the defined “project” task in the best way possible, within the timeline and parameters expected with clear identification of risks.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?

As a parent I was involved in volunteer activities within the local school community. I received recognition by the school district for my work to development and support a science fair program as well as holding a position within the school board committee for talented and gifted students. I also worked with at risk children, at a 6th grade graduation one of the students with whom I worked was delivering a speech as the recipient of a student award for making the greatest positive transition in her academic endeavors, during which she commented that she would not be where she was without my involvement.

I worked for an ethics committee regarding the evaluation of the safety and protection of clinical research subjects. One of my responsibilities was to address subject concerns or complaints. I was able to assist a subject who had either failed or was not considered eligible to participate in a clinical trial to find an alternative opportunity to have their medical issue evaluated, considered and treated with no cost to them for a therapy that provided a life changing outcome.

I coordinated highly complex international studies with multi-national regulatory and compliance components to ensure acceptance of clinical research data by international regulatory agencies eliminating potential of drug approval delay for needed third world therapies., thus improving a critical timeline for drug delivery.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?

Daenerys Targaryen, good at uniting diverse people and goals for a common objective, and the mother of dragons.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?

Honestly, I don’t believe that I have any and would be a grand disappointment to the talent show. My children disagree and say that I am very artistic but I am sure they are biased, I mean, fancy sugar cookies and things painted at a ceramic shop probably don’t count.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

G: Green, this is Washington and everything is green. But also because the implications of the color green which generally imply success and environmentally aware, both of which are appropriate for Green River College.

R: Responsible. My impression of the college, its mission and goals are to be responsible to the community and students to provide opportunity to grow.

E: Environment. The location and the endeavors to be aware of the natural environment are evident throughout Green River Campus.

E: Education. As the website states, Green River is a place where an educational environment is expected and encouraged.

N: Nurturing. Green River College, a place where dreams are found and given a solid foundation.

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