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
E
xceptional 
E
ducation
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Gustavo “Tavo” Gutierrez Bernal

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.Gutierrez Bernal, Gustavo_4

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My name is Gustavo (Tavo), and I work in the student life office as a program assistant. I am ecstatic to begin my professional career at Green River College and embark on new adventures and challenges.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a community college student at one point and always had the desire to inspire, in others, a passion for a higher education as my mentors once did with me.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
My car ride to and from work is rather long, so music is always important in my car. I am a fan of many different music genres, but some of my all-time favorites include- Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Carol King, Frank Sinatra, Kelly Clarkson and of course, Broadway showtunes!

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was as a reading tutor. I worked with elementary school kids to ensure they were being exposed to literature and had the proper resources to explore all kinds of literature.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
What I am most excited about is connecting with students and staff. Getting to know my community is very important as it will allow me to better assist others and make a greater impact all around.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
During my first year at GRC, I’d love to build connections and get to know people from different departments on campus. I believe that greater things are achieved when you work together and collaborate with others.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
One of my biggest accomplishments has been graduating college. I am a first generation graduate, so this was a very important event in my life.  Second, stepping out of my comfort zone and joining a cheer squad.  Third, waking up this morning…hey, waking up is always an accomplishment for me!

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Currently, my coworkers call me “Tavo.” It’s a shortened version of my name and is fun to pronounce.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I guess I would consider dancing and singing my hidden talents. Also, making people smile – smiling is essential!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generosity
Responsibility
E
fficiency
E
mpowerment
Neighborly

Green River College 2017 Service Awards

Posted on behalf of Claire Gorenstein, Human Resources ConsultantCyndi Rapier Service Award2

Green River College’s service awards presentation is just around the corner — on Opening Day, Tuesday, September 19th.  Over fifty employees will be honored for their service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty years.

Many of our service award recipients began as part-time hourly employees and adjunct faculty. Cyndi Rapier, who began her International Programs career as a temporary part-time hourly Housing Assistant and Host Family Coordinator, appreciated the flexibility her hourly positions provided at that time in her life. Later, in October of 2001, she was hired into a permanent appointment working full-time, managing the International Student Housing Placement Program. Cyndi now serves as Director of International Housing. Green River is grateful to Cyndi and all our award recipients for their many years of service!

See 2017 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years

  • Corey Alix
  • Edward Bloch
  • Crystal Bolt
  • Robin Bowles
  • Natalya Bronitskiy
  • Adam Brown
  • Tim Broxholm
  • Sheila Capps
  • Srey Chea
  • Heather Cornelius
  • Sarah Dillon Gilmartin
  • Lisa Finnsson
  • Jamie Fitzgerald
  • Kendrick Hang
  • Kirsten Higgins
  • Pam Kikillus
  • George “Joey” Kissel
  • Samuel Le
  • Krishnan “Krish” Mahadevan
  • Douglas Moran
  • Kim Mucke
  • Catherine Ushka
  • Anthony Warnke

10 Years

  • Darla Abraham
  • Barry Bannister
  • Mary Butcher
  • Stephenie Cheng-Laboyne
  • Jackie Easley
  • Linda Flanigan
  • Jeremy Hawks
  • Cynthia Lemberg
  • Lindsey Morris
  • Erin Fernandez-Mommer
  • Inja Parker
  • Ron Riley
  • Joshua Staffieri
  • Catherine Wells
  • Jamie Wells

15 Years

  • Cynthia Rapier
  • Patty Sherman

25 Years

  • Crystal Gilliland
  • Diana Holz
  • Steve Kinholt
  • Tawnya McLavey
  • Shirley Quenga
  • Harry Rosemond
  • Socorro Trapp

30 Years

  • Michael McVay
  • Laura Moore-Mueller

40 Years

  • Joe Baker

New Employee Spotlight – Joseph Becker

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.Becker, Joseph

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the New Media Specialist on the College Relations team. I most recently worked in the private sector building and managing websites along with managing social media as a Digital Communications and Marketing Specialist. Prior to that I worked as a Digital Communications Specialist at the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona where I managed the zoo’s social media, website, and communications efforts.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
After working in the private sector I really wanted to return to a position working for a public facing organization that was making a positive impact in people’s lives.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I like to station hop and will find whatever suits my current mood.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The first paid job I ever had was working in the promotions/events department for a local chapter of Radio Disney. We would go out to events to entertain crowds, play games, and do giveaways.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m excited to be working for an organization that is impacting so many people.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I’d love to succeed in amplifying content and increasing engagement across Green River’s social media channels.

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

  • Recently becoming a father and welcoming my twin daughters into the world,
  • moving back to the Pacific Northwest (to stay!) after seven years away living in Phoenix,
  • and finding a career that I enjoy and am truly passionate about.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I’d be known as “Zookeeper” because of my history working as a professional zookeeper with a variety of animals, along with ten years working within zoos & aquariums.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
With two seven-week-olds at home my current talents seem to be drinking lots of coffee and functioning on little sleep.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Grevy’s Zebra
Reticulated Giraffe
E
lephants
E
land
N
orth American Sea Otter – Ask me about some of the animals I’ve worked with!