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.
I am the Program Manager for Veteran Services. My most recent position was at Pierce College as a Student Success Coach (Advisor); serving soldiers, airmen, veterans and their families. Prior to that, I was a middle school teacher in Washington and Hawaii as well as a contractor for the Army and Marine Corps in Northern Virginia.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to continue working within the veteran/military community, and I really appreciate the programs the college offers. In my role as an advisor, I not only evaluated transcripts and assisted in quarterly course selection, but also helped students navigate educational pathways to find the degrees/certificates that met their personal and professional needs. In coming to Green River, I feel I will be able to continue in this capacity in serving those who have served us.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I usually try to catch up on the news, so I will either listen to KIRO 97.3 or NPR. Otherwise, it’s Pandora and my punk rock or metal stations! 🙂
What was the very first job you ever had?
The summer when I was 15, I worked in the Admin Office of the Vehicle Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I look forward to connecting with students and helping them find/stay on the path to achieving their educational or career goals. I look forward to sharing my experiences and helping to ensure our veterans, service members and their families are given every opportunity to be successful.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
In my first year at Green River, I’d love to find my way around without getting lost (haha!). I also hope to continue developing an understanding of our student veterans’ needs and building opportunities for both students and staff.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Two of my proudest accomplishments are my children, and seeing them develop into compassionate and kind people; third, would have to be completing my Master’s Degree. (I’ll also add a fourth: moving to Hawaii!)
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My co-workers at Pierce College adopted the nickname my son gave me, Big Mama. I am barely 5 feet tall…so it is obviously very appropriate. Another nickname I was given was “Elsa,” from the movie, Frozen. I have never seen it, but suppose the fact that I am always cold makes that one spot on!
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G – Grateful
R – Resilient
E – Effervescent
E – Eternally Optimistic
N – Neighborly