New Employee Spotlight – Kelsey Barrans

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. 

Barrans, Kelsey

Kelsey Barrans

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

I’m the new Violence Prevention Center Program Manager in Student Affairs. For 12+ years I have worked in intimate partner violence prevention and survivor advocacy services.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I wanted to find a position that allowed me to create something new while continuing to work as a part of the large intimate partner violence movement.

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

Podcasts mostly. It’s generally a mix of comedy, current events and TV show re-watches.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a dry kiln spotter at the lumber mill in my hometown.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to build something that will hopefully have a positive impact on everyone that comes to campus.

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

In my first year, I would love to make connections with all of the different departments and groups on campus so that everyone knows what the Violence Prevention Center is, and how to be involved.

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

I’m proud to have been an advocate working alongside survivors, getting my MSW and to be a proud auntie to four phenomenal nieces and one amazing nephew.

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

“Mother hen” because I am constantly trying to make sure everyone has what they need.

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

My hidden talent would be knitting, but I give away all of my projects so I’m not sure I would have anything to showcase!


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