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.
Greetings Green River Clan,
I am the Building Secretary for the second floor of Salish Hall supporting the Business, Fine Arts, and Social Science Divisions. My first 19 years of life were spent in Western Massachusetts. After that, I lived in Sedona, Arizona for 16 years, California for 14 years, and the past year in Auburn, Washington. I have worn many hats throughout my life. Here are just a few of the things I have done: banking, artist, gallery owner, jeep tour driver, Colorado River guide, real estate agent, server, restaurant manager, licensed general contractor, business owner, graphic designer, print broker, volunteer, step-dad, and more.
What drew you to apply to Green River?
My wife, Emily, received a full-time, tenure-track English Faculty position here at GRC last year. Having left my general managing job in Central California – I was spending time winding down a bit when my wife said the second floor of Salish Hall needed some help. I started in a temporary capacity last spring. It has been a pleasure immersing myself in the culture and environment of GRC as well as meeting and developing relationships with an amazing group of faculty and staff. This led me to apply for the permanent position.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Mostly silence as I let my mind wander in the well-worn path of the drive. Occasionally, some classic rock or 80’s – my time period!
What was the very first job you ever had?
My first paying gig was grounds crew over the summer at my high school after ninth grade. Weeding, loading up debris, and trips to the landfill – oh myyy! Now, re-read that last sentence in George Takei’s voice!
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Engaging and learning about the many cogs in the GRC wheel to be an effective, compassionate, and confident guide (concierge?)/resource for students, faculty, and staff. Also, this position syncs up nicely with my wife’s schedule.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To visit every department listed on greenriver.edu from the Assessment and Testing Center to the Writing Center. I’d like to meet someone from each department and learn a bit about what they do. There are 36 listed (maybe more not listed there?) so that is about one per week.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Number one – marrying my best friend and partner in life. We will celebrate 11 years next July. A special one since 11 is our lucky number. Number two – helping to raise two boys after their father had passed away. Number three – being instrumental in helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our son’s high school football program over a four year period of time.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
It would be “Scooter”. I tend to walk very fast and with purpose – almost as if I were motorized – hence, scooter (also, it’s what my sons call me!).
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Finesse in ice skating. Too bad we don’t have an ice rink here!
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Goal Resetting, Each & Every November!