New Employee Spotlight – Holly Nay

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. Nay, Holly 2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Natural Resources Program Coordinator, and I am excited to promote and increase awareness of our Forestry BAS degree program.

Formerly, I worked for 16 years in the home improvement industry as an account manager for Fortune 500 companies. I’ve managed and operated multiple sports nutrition stores and managed staffs of 15-20 people. I began my working career as a lifeguard and have always enjoyed working with and helping people!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Completing a 2-year degree in Park Management, at the Auburn campus, I became highly impressed with the culture of the college. The diversity, community involvement and overall “family” atmosphere that our college fosters help create a very welcoming experience for those seeking higher education. Students are never just a number among many but an important addition to the overall success and achievement of higher learning here.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
A mix of country, alternative rock, top 40 and 90s rap music. I’m definitely one to sing along and look like a lunatic while car dancing, just to survive the commute!

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a lifeguard for 3 years at Wild Waves.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Working with the students and faculty of Natural Resources to increase awareness of our Bachelor degree program and our reputation of graduating some of the most highly trained and capable foresters in the field! It is extremely exciting to talk to employers all over the NW that know our student’s reputation of being job ready from day one!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My number one goal for my first year is to get our BAS program enrollment to 125% of our course capacity. Reaching past graduates of our 2-year program and retaining 50-60% of our graduating 2-year cohorts will allow this to happen.

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

  • Raising such incredible children, that truly seek to help others, is my proudest accomplishment.
  • Completing my 2-year degree at GRC and being within one year of completion of my BAS in Forestry follows second.
  • Third…working in the Tongass National Forest for the US Forest Service, last summer, hiking helicopter units through dense forest and being the most accurate data collector out of a group of 8, while being the oldest crew member, definitely makes me feel accomplished.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“Happy Holly.” It’s been a long-standing nickname. I rarely have bad days and love sharing my nearly limitless optimism.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
How to climb a cell tower at work without getting caught!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
enerosity
Resilience
Education
Enthusiasm
Natural

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