New Employee Spotlight – Seth Deister

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. deister-seth

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a Program Assistant at Foundation for Success. Previously, I was Program Coordinator at South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus. My department, Corporate & Customized Training, provided employee training to local companies. My roles were marketing, program support, and interfacing with instructors.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I knew I liked working at a college, but I wanted to work more directly with students. I love their energy and creativity. The opening at FFS looked like it would be a lot of fun and so far…it has!

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
The speakers on my car were broken for a long time, so I previously listened to tires rolling. I fixed the speakers, and now I listen to punk rock or classic rock.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a Donation Station Attendant for Goodwill. It’s a very fancy title for basically sorting people’s used stuff and putting it in a truck. Separate your linens, clothes, and accessories when you go to Goodwill, people! They will love you.

I quit because lifting books and TV’s was doing a number on my back, and I started studying at the University of Washington anyway.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I am most excited to be working with international students, plus I will get my own student worker!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to start taking some language classes at Green River. A long term goal of mine is to learn Chinese.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I don’t like ‘bragging,’ but here are two things I am proud of accomplishing:

  • Riding my mountain bike down one of Whistler’s most difficult biking runs (Goat’s Gully) and surviving
  • Finishing a one month, 12 graduate credit S-TESL course with a 4.0

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Most people try to make my name into something longer, like Setherson or Setheriah.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Probably juggling. I’m not particularly ready for the circus or anything, but with a little (ok, a lot) of practice I could probably put on a decent show.

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


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