New Employee Spotlight – Joanne Veltung

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.

Veltung, Joanne

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

I am a Secretary Lead for the Science Department. I have 20 years of patient care in healthcare with a strong background in Radiology.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I’ve wanted to work in a school or college environment for a long time. I saw this as a chance to do so.

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

The Blend on Sirius XM

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitting

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

This position is a different environment than I have worked in for years. The transition from healthcare to school is very exciting to me.

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

I would like to immerse myself in the college community. I believe this will help with my transition into working at Green River.

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

  1. Being hired at a higher education school
  2. Raising my children to be good, moral, upstanding adults.
  3. I’ll need to see what accomplishments are still waiting for me.

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

Probably Monica Geller. I love to organize everything and have a tendency to be a perfectionist.

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

Organizing closets

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generous
Resourceful 
E
nthusiastic
E
nergetic
New

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New Employee Spotlight – Marvin Viney

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.

Viney, Marvin

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

Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Transportation. 22 years in the Army in various fields to include Military Police.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I worked here a contracted Safety staff from September of 2016 to April 2017. During that time, I fell in love with the staff, faculty, and here on campus. In April of 2017, I filled in as the Interim Assistant Director of Safety and Transportation. I learned a great deal during my Interim status in this position. This solidified my decision to apply for the position.

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

I listen to either news or comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant during high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning the administrative aspects of Safety and Transportation.

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

Completing the implementation of a successful Building Captain Program.

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

Having my daughter, retiring from the military, and completing my BA degree.

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

Tony Stark, because I love gadgets and technology.

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

I have no hidden talent whatsoever.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Giving
Real
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xcellent
E
ducation
Nice

New Employee Spotlight – Korland Simmons

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.
Simmons, Korland

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

I am the Executive Assistant to the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. My professional background includes a number of education-based administrative roles (Duke University Housing Management, Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department, Houghton Mifflin Company College Division), a couple of interesting outliers (Energenix Co and Nat’t Bureau of Economic Research) and lots of professional singing.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I found out about the position opening and knew this would be an opportunity to both get back to campus work and continue going in the general HR-centered direction I had been going the past few years.

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

If not my “iPod” on shuffle, I’m usually inclined to turn on NPR.

What was the very first job you ever had?

If we’re not counting the summers spent cutting grass for my grandmothers, my first job was as an assistant in the housing management office for Duke’s (then) North Campus.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to see a new side of campus life and digging into expanded HR functions.

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

Getting a really good grasp of the various systems at play so that I can become an effective partner.

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

  • Living (even for a short time) in the New York City world
  • Continuing to sing professionally
  • Learning to play tennis after 30

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

I already have one: Duke. It’s a callout to my alma mater: Duke University.

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

I would probably sing an aria.

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

New Employee Spotlight – Thomas Windham

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.Windham, Thomas

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

Air Force Veteran served for 7 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I had previously worked at Seattle Central Community College part time and enjoyed and enjoyed the college environment.

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

NPR, alt rock, folk rock, blues, bluegrass, country, rap, classical.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Washing airplanes at a flight school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

A chance to see new processes and how they might improve.

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

As much as I can.

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

  • I like to cook, it started out with some not so good food. It’s gotten a lot better.
  • I taught myself to sail with a 27ft racing sloop and a book I didn’t read.
  • The patience you learn as your get older to do the job right.

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

No nicknames we gave in the military were ever nice or politically correct.

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

I have no hidden talent.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green
Roosters
E
njoying
E
eating
Nuts

New Employee Spotlight – Alexandra Reyes

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.

Reyes, Alexandra

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

My name is Alexandra “Alex” Reyes. I am joining Green River College as a Workforce Education Coordinator. I have worked in higher education since 2007, having held positions as an Administrative Assistant, Financial Planner, and Registrar. At my previous campus, I was a WFSE Shop Steward, Employee of the Year nominee, and created campus-wide prototypes for the tenure notebook process.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

There were multiple things that drew me to apply to GRC. The campus is beautiful and peaceful! I wanted to work in an environment that was dedicated and passionate about working with students. I firmly stand by GRC’s mission and vision to ensure student success through comprehensive educational programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities and to be ranked among the very best in student completion and success and be an invaluable community partner with robust and diverse revenue streams (www.greenriver.edu).

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

Lately I have been listening to Spotify’s “Acoustic Covers” station. I’ll also listen to Hot 103.7 for some great throwback songs.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first “real” job was as a sales associate at the Navy Exchange Fine Jewelry Department. I learned a lot about providing excellent customer service, sales, and inventory… even how to read diamonds and other gems.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting part of being in my position is getting to work one-on-one with students, and helping them change their lives! Giving back to the community and watching students succeed in their goals is exciting, and if we can help them fund their education, that’s even better!

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

One thing I would love to accomplish in my first year at GRC is watching the first GRC students I have worked with in Workforce Education graduate. When working with students, you work with them through their ups and downs, and watching them walk on stage to get their diploma is the most fulfilling thing about working in higher education.

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

The three accomplishments I am most proud of are:

  • Working on my master’s degree
  • Continuing to raise the coolest kid ever while working full-time and going to school full-time
  • …Saving 15% or more by switching to Geico… :-)

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

“Central” because I am coming to GRC from Seattle Central College.

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

Hmm… I can sing any Disney princess song *perks of having a five year old*

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Remarkable
E
ncourage
E
ngage
Nourish

New Employee Spotlight – Abigail Hecht

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.

Hecht, Abigail

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

I am a new Program Coordinator here at the Assessment and Testing Center. I actually graduated with my AA here at GRC and then transferred to UW Tacoma afterward where I just received my Bachelor’s in Art, Media, and Culture with a focus in Literature in June of this year. Prior to coming here, I used to work in primary education as an After School Program Leader.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I thought it would be nice to come back as an employee to help students who may be struggling, looking for guidance, and paving their way for a better future, just like I was when I was a student here. Being in the assessment and testing center, I hope to be a happy and welcoming face for those coming in stressed out and nervous before taking their test.

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

I mostly listen to Korean and Japanese music in the car, but the genres I listen to range from hip-hop, ballad, R&B, acoustic, instrumental to alternative.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The very first job I had was when I was 16, and it was in the mall. It was at a place called Daiso, which is a $1.50 Japanese store!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The most exciting thing about my position is getting to interact with students. I look forward to meeting all kinds of students and becoming acquainted with them throughout their journey here at GRC.

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

The thing I want to accomplish the most this year is just remembering all of the passwords, procedures, departments, and names of my colleagues here at GRC.

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

  • The first would be having my family see me walk during my graduation.
  • The second one is actually not my own, but is for my husband. I am always proud of his successes and the progress that he has made being a 1st generation immigrant here in the U.S. It can be difficult living in a new country, so I am always proud of his perseverance and ability to maintain a positive mindset.
  • Lastly, I am proud of the bracelet I made with my elementary students during summer camp. You’ll probably see me wearing this around campus most days.

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

That’s a good question. I am not sure what kind of nickname they would give me yet! I guess I’ll have to wait and find out.

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

I’m pretty good at picking stuff up with my feet, but is that even a talent? Other than that, I make all sorts of miniature things out of clay! If you want a mini clay animal or piece of food, just let me know.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Get
Ready to
Educate and
E
nrich
New Students

New Employee Spotlight – Lyudmila Adamyuk

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.

Adamyuk, Lyudmila 1

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

My new title is Program Coordinator at Financial Aid office and before that I was working as Program Assistant for the same office.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

Beautiful campus and opportunity to work with interesting and talented people many of whom I already know since I was GRC student myself.

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

My ride is very short – I live 1.5 mi from GRC so I usually don’t listen to anything. On the days when we carpool with my daughter (she is a student here) we use that time to catch up with each other.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Picking apples in the orchard. It was a seasonal job and lasted couple of weeks.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to work with the students and help them to succeed.

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

I want to master some aspects of my job and get to know more people.

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

My biggest accomplishment is raising my children to be the people they are becoming. Also getting my degree while being a full-time mom and a first-generation college student, and my job.

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

Don’t know…need to ask them.

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

Well I can bake and decorate a cake.

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