New Employee Spotlight – Melissa Archuleta

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.

Melissa ArchuletaPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Program Coordinator in Student Life. I work mainly with clubs and organizations in handling paperwork and budgets. Prior to coming to Green River, I worked as the Graduate Assistant in the International Student Center at Seattle University and in the Student Life office at Tacoma Community College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
What drew me to Green River was the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students and alongside colleagues who are dedicated to serving students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am a radio-channel surfer. I scan for a song that I want to listen to. But if I give up on that, I’m usually listening to a Justin Timberlake album.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first job I have ever had was on a military base in Germany. I was in high school and worked in an office that housed boxes and boxes of old maps. My job was to catalogue them and file them away.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited for the opportunity to work with students and to encourage them to reach their goals.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
An overall goal is to continuously improve my leadership and advising skills.

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

  •  I’m proud to be the first college graduate in my family.
  • Of seeing how hard my siblings work to be successful in their educational goals.
  • And of my parents who work hard to support the family and who also are both continuing their education.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I’m not sure. In prior positions my coworkers called me “Archie.” How that came about, I’m not sure, but it stuck.

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

I’m fluent in movie lines. I can recite the entire “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carey.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G-gratitude. R-rewarding. E-educate. E-enjoy. N-network.

2015 Service Awards Recipients

September is an exciting month for our college for many reasons. Why am I talking about September when it’s only May, you say? It’s my time to coordinate the recipients for service awards. My favorite time of year. No, really!

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Roger is set to receive his 25 year award!

We count years of service from the first day of permanent employment. For instance, if you were an adjunct or hourly employee before becoming a permanent employee (classified, exempt or tenure track faculty) we begin counting from the start date of your permanent position. If an employee leaves Green River and is rehired, we combine the years of service.

Presentation of service awards will be on Opening Day – September, 2015. Over sixty employees will be honored with awards for their years of dedicated service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty years.

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Some of the many awards given in the past.

Take a look at our 2015 Service Award Recipients below, and join us in expressing our appreciation for their commitment to Green River College!

Any questions? Simply send an email to hr@greenriver.edu with the subject line of “Service Award Question.”

5 Years

Michael Berry
Eileen Ely
Jamie Hatleberg
Tamara Hauge
Yvonne Huang
David Larsen
Steve Lynch
Nataliya Maruk
Caitlyn Orchard
Jennifer Warden

10 Years

Heidi Aranda
Avis Adams
Beverly Baker
Kimberley Crawford
Susan Critchlow
Linda Downing
Lois Ermish
Beckie Jensen
Mike Kenyon
Jodi Sahlin
Tim Scharks
Valentina Shanazarova

15 Years

Vivette Beuster
Heather Lambert
George Comollo
Pam Dally
Dale Detton
Gail Hanlon
Todd Henderson
Oleg Kanonik
John Knowlton
Erik Levin
Irina Malskiy
Lara Michaels
Dave Mullet
Ajay Narayanan
Adrienne Palmer
Gary Peitsch
Pam Reising
Stephanie Scoby
Julie Spiers
Stephane Teel
Toya Turner
Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya
Lyubov Zaremba

20 Years

Mike Behrbaum
Arthur Danielson
Catherine Duva
Leana Hagen
Marsha Medgard
Eric Nelson
Scott “Sal” Salaguinto
Patty Sikora

25 Years

Sam Ball
Cindy Card
Annalee Dunn
Roger Esperanzate
Beth Gatzke

30 Years

Peggy Barton
Ann Lovell

40 Years

Carsh Wilturner

New Employee Spotlight – Casper Fox

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.

Casper FoxPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am a tenure track welding instructor. My career in welding has allowed me to work on fishing boats with Marel industries to working on CAT equipment with NC Machinery. To this day I still work construction from time to time with Chet Williams Construction. I still enjoy working in industry to stay current in my field.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I graduated from GRCC in 2003 with Scott Schreiber as my instructor.  My cousin and I were Scott’s first two year program students to graduate with our AAS in welding technology. When I graduated I told Scott that one day I would like to come back and teach. Scott provided me with a career path to strive for to pursue my goal of teaching.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Country, KISW and sports talk

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a company called Ropak. I worked for Ropak before I graduated high school and eventually became an inventory specialist. Being an inventory specialist was exciting because it allowed me to travel quite often to places like Canada, Texas, New Jersey and Atlanta. After 10 years of working for Ropak my division here in Washington closed down so the company offered to move me to Atlanta but instead I chose the lay off and became a full time student here at GRCC.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I like to make a difference in people’s lives.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
It would be nice to finish my Professional Technical Instructor Certification Plan (PTICP). Wishful thinking I’m sure.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1. Seeing my daughter get married. 2. Becoming a tenure track welding instructor. 3. Purchasing a wedding store with my soon to be fiancé (Shhh, don’t tell her) in Olympia called Weddings with Joy.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
My coworkers probably think Casper is already a nickname. lol

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
No significant hidden talents but I do own two snowmobiles that I like to drag race in the quarter mile and Pacific Raceways. It’s not every day you see a snowmobile race on asphalt.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Reinforcement
Encourages
Everyone’s
Nobility

New Employee Spotlight – Mouy-Ly Wong

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. 

Wong,-Mouy-LyPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Basic Skills Transitions Advisor at the Master Achiever Center (MAC). After graduating from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, I worked for Boeing as a Financial Analyst. While pursuing my Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions from Lesley University, I worked as an ESL Coordinator for Americorps.  After receiving my Master’s, I started my advising career as an Educational Planner at Green River and worked ten years at Highline College where I served as an Academic Advisor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor during the first six years. I also had the opportunity to work with ESOL, GED, and ABE students as a Transition Advisor for four years.

I started working at the MAC in January and have already met many amazing staff, faculty and students.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have always enjoyed working with ESOL, GED and ABE students and I feel that the MAC advisor position is the right fit for me at this time.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I enjoy listening to 95.7 (The Jet) and National Public Radio for fun music and current events.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was working at my parents’ bakery. The best perk of the job was eating all of the freshly made donuts to my heart’s content!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most rewarding part of my work is helping students to achieve their educational goals and seeing them successful while overcoming the many challenges and barriers they face.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year, I would like to assess the needs of our students and work collaboratively with staff and faculty in developing resources/services that will support student transition.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Three things that I am most proud of accomplishing are: being first in my family to receive a Master’s Degree; my Americorps experience; and my experience in working with students.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I don’t have a nick name, but many people said that I am cheerful.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t have any hidden talent, but I enjoy nature photography.

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

Great Results = Engagement + Encouragement + Nourishment

New Employee Spotlight – Lionel Candido

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.

Lionel CandidoPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new addition to the iGrad family. My official title is iGrad Case Manager. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, I started working for a non-profit in the area called Friends of Youth. I started as a Residential Bilingual Youth Counselor and was shortly promoted to the Program Supervisor for one of their residential programs. While working at Friends of Youth, I also worked at Auburn Youth Resources as an on-call staff for a couple of their shelter programs.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I loved residential work but the hours were crazy. Having to be on-call every minute of the day and getting called in to cover a shift for one of my staff members was taking a toll on my personal life. I wanted a new job that would allow me to work more traditional hours so that I can have more time to spend with my now 4 year old son and 2 month old daughter; while at the same time working with young adults to help them figure out this thing we call life.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Well staying true to my Latino roots, I love myself some bachata music. If I’m not listening to that then my radio is most likely on 92.5 getting a good laugh in with their morning prank calls that they do.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Both of my parents were agricultural workers so they would always take me and my siblings to the fields to help them out. I have very fond memories of picking cherries every summer while working on my tan!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What I’m most excited about is directly working with the population that our program works with. Our population is so diverse that you never really know what situation is going to walk through the door. I like it….keeps my job exciting!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to continue to build my rapport with our students so that they eventually know that they have a support system in place that truly wants to see them succeed. I’m really excited to see them achieve their goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Two of them would be my two beautiful kids, Lionel Jr. and Anali. The third would be being the first to go to college and to graduate. I wanted to show my siblings that it could be done, with our background, and the potential lifestyle that they can live if they choose to pursue higher education.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
I’m not quite sure what it would be. I asked them and they couldn’t think of anything.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I love to dance so I would probably show off some of my dance moves.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G.ive , R.espect, E.ducate, E.quity, N.ourish

Show Me the Way to I-9 Central!

Reviewing I-9s

I was doing the happy dance when I discovered that Department of Homeland Security had finally updated their website with some user friendly I-9 instructions. They call it I-9 Central.

What is an I-9?

Federal law requires that every employer who has hired an individual for employment in the United States complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Form I-9 will help you verify the employee’s identity and employment authorization.

I-9 Process

You may remember completing the I-9 form when you began employment at Green River and are curious to learn more about it. Or perhaps you are the person designated to assist newly hired work-study students, hourly employees or adjunct instructors with their HR forms, including the I-9. Do I have your attention? Then this is for YOU.

What will I find at I-9 Central?

So, I’m here to spread the joy. I encourage you to visit I-9 Central for concise and up-to-date guidelines to achieve the coveted complete and correct I-9 form!

Excited About I-9s

New Employee Spotlight – Chernenko Wheatley

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.

Wheatley, ChernenkoPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I share the title of Employee & Labor Relations Manager. I worked in the Human Resources arena during the last 6 of my 12 years of service in the US Army.

What drew you to apply to Green River College?
I was told that Green River College was a great place to start a new career and develop yourself. I was also told there are some great mentors here at the college.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Lately, I am mostly listening to comedy on my way to work.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I was a cashier/stocker at a wholesale retailer.

What is it about your new position that is most exciting for you?
This position requires researching and applying state and federal law into every day functions. This is the most exciting part because it creates a standard for supervisors/managers, and I get to see how they develop their departments and programs to become better and better and better over time.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Establish a great rapport with all the departments that I serve.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The three accomplishments I am most proud of are raising two awesome girls, meeting both President Obama and President Bush, and having an overactive imagination where I imagine myself winning the lottery.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Rocco/Rako….Complicated first name and who doesn’t like nicknames?

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I don’t have any exciting talents, but whoever convinces me to even sign up for a talent show is very talented in the art of trickery.

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