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.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Program Coordinator for the Enumclaw Campus. I worked at Green River College a little over 5 years ago, where I was the Program Coordinator for Community Outreach. I’m very happy to be back. Since I’ve been gone, I’ve worked for Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Merrill Gardens Senior Living and Washington State Parks! A lot of places over a small span of time, looking for that perfect ‘fit’. I have several years of programming and management experience, along with event planning, enthusiasm and thinking ‘outside’ the box.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
In my quest for finding the perfect job, I discovered that what I really enjoy is education, nature and being outside. With that in mind, I decided to take a leap and go back to school to pursue becoming a park ranger. Recruiting for Green River, I know that we offer one of the best (if not the best) Natural Resources programs. Naturally, I decided to come to Green River for my new degree. To support myself while in school, I started working as a Safety Officer at the Kent Campus. When the Program Coordinator position opened up at Enumclaw, I knew this was a perfect fit for me and that I could be a true benefit to the campus. I’m ecstatic that I was able to land the position and work at the college that I love while attending classes.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I’m commuting from Lakewood, so I have almost an hour to enjoy listening to several different things. My ‘go to’ is NPR or KOMO news radio in the mornings and also enjoy 90’s alternative rock or hits from the 80’s.
What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked at a lumber re-manufacturer, where I ran a machine that made molding and handrail, and I was also a certified lumber grader for light structural and decking.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I love working at satellite campuses! You are able to establish close relationships with your team and the community. I’m also just happy to be back at Green River in general. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with former co-workers as a student over the past 3 quarters and as a safety officer over Fall Quarter.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Enhancing the experience of the students out here at Enumclaw. I am a firm believer in ‘Think Student, Then Decide’ and that is what drives my decisions here. There are exciting prospects out here and I’m looking forward to supporting new endeavors!
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
- Backpacking 20-miles, alone in the Olympic National Park
- The legacy that I’ve left behind at all of my past employers
- The solar system diorama I did in 5th grade
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Tim the ‘tool’ man – I am pretty resourceful and I’m able to find possible solutions to a problem.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would not be in the talent show. I more than likely would be the one that emcees, finds the talent (by encouragement), or advertising the event and getting people there.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?