New Employee Spotlight – Janee Sommerfeld

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.Sommerfeld, Janee
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Director of Budget. I come from Bellevue College where I worked for 5 years. I started as a Budget Analyst and worked my way to Budget Manager

What drew you to apply to Green River?
It was a rare opportunity that was the perfect storm. This position was the next progression in my career, I wanted to stay within the public sector/higher ed, and I reduced my commute from 3.5 hrs a day to about 30 minutes. I am also an alumni: running start and transfer student, many years ago.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My kids talking away. I have a 3 year-old and a 2 year-old, and they like to tell me how to drive and where I should go. Common phrases I hear: “go faster; what are you talking about; and I’m not listening to you.” I also enjoy rock music, preferably 70’s rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Summer camp counselor with YMCA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to learn the unique differences between schools and institutions and develop a budget based on those nuances; Being a part of CTCLink.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Being part of a successful CTCLink implementation, and having a clean balanced budget cycle.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Maintaining a healthy work/life balance through many changes in my career and personal life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I have often been called “Juh-nay-nay.”

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I sometimes bartend on the side and can make a tasty libation.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I am not creative enough to do this. Give me a mathematical equation and I can kill it. :) Numbers are my game, not words.



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