Employee Spotlight – Kim Macias

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.

Macias, Kimberly

Kim Macias

 

Program Coordinator-Enrollment Services

Worked at San Diego State University as an Administrative Coordinator/Residency Specialisfor 20+ years in Office of the Registrar

What drew you to apply to Green River?

After looking at open positions, the position I applied for was a perfect fit to what I was currently doing at SDSU, after relocating to Washington I was looking to get back into the same kind of position.

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

SiriusXM-station 53

What was the very first job you ever had?

Working at Wendy’s

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Being able to work with and help students, faculty and staff in person.

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

Become a valuable team member in Enrollment Services, and get to know our students as well

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

  • Graduating from Dental Assistant School
  • Working with SDSU for 20+ years
  • Relocating from out of state and finding my new job

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

Bubbles…I guess because of the personality

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

Great

Rocking

Excellent

Education

Now

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Scott Beals

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.

Beals, Scott

Scott Beals

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!

New Employee Spotlight – Whitney Miller

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.

Miller, Whitney

Whitney Miller

I am a Budget Analyst 2. After college, I started my career at Chasing Fireflies, where I worked my way up from an Accounting Assistant to a Staff Accountant during my 8 years with the company. Then, I worked at Pierce County as an Accounting Assistant 2 before coming to Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

When I read the job description it sounded like what I had been looking for and was the only one I was really excited about. I just had the feeling that I would enjoy the work and it would be a positive environment.

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

I like a lot of different types of music, but I often listen to country music on the way to work.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was as a File Clerk at a doctor’s office.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Honestly, all of it is exciting to me. From the work, to the environment and people, to the commute, it has all been exciting.

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

Along with learning the ins and outs of my position, I would love to be a part of the Green River community and get to know my colleagues.

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

Working full time while completing my second degree, buying my house, and the relationships I have with my family and friends.

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

Goals Realized Excellence Enhanced Now

New Employee Spotlight – Justin Core

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.

Core, Justin

Justin Core

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

I am the Manager of Recruitment and Outreach for Green River College.  I am a native of Tacoma, Washington who served the first ten years of my career in the Washington Community and Technical College system.  I spent the last 18 years as the Director of Student Engagement in the Oregon Community College system.  I hold an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BS in Organizational Communication.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Growing up in the Puget Sound area is such an important part of who I am. I was drawn back to the area after almost two decades of living in Oregon.  My brother is a graduate of Green River College and many of my friends attended the college before transferring to a university.  I am really excited about the position and the possibilities that exist for recruitment and outreach.  When I applied, I saw this position as exciting, rewarding and challenging.

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

Right now I am listening to HOT 103.7.  100% Throwbacks.  If that’s not on, then I’m listening to P!nk.  I can never get enough of her honest, funny and real lyrics.  She stands for so much more than music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When you grow up the son of an electrician, you have no choice but to work for the family business. I was an apprentice electrician from age 15-25.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am really excited to tell the story of Green River College and engage prospective students.  I like the challenge of showcasing our programs and encouraging students to attend college.  I enjoy meeting new people, creating positive relationships in the community and long walks on the beach.  Okay…..the long walks on the beach part isn’t true.

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

I hope to foster positive relationships on campus and in the community to better serve and provide opportunities for students and prospective students.  I plan to widen our reach to underserved and non-traditional students.

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

  • Graduating from college and working in higher education. Serving as a mentor to hundreds of students in my career as a Student Life advisor.
  • Being elected to International President of the Circle K Service Organization. I spent my junior year in college traveling around the world speaking to colleges and organizations about community service.
  • Being a son. I won the parent lottery.  Through hardship and difficult times, my parents were amazing.  I owe them everything and I worked hard to make them proud.  RIP Dad.

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

“JC.”  Simple enough since it’s my initials and what people have called me the last two decades.  But, I also go by “Juice” — nickname I had growing up.

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

I have been a DJ and emcee since I was young. So I would spin the hits and get the crowd hyped. J

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

Get

Real

Electric

Energy

Now

GRC Service Awards Recap

On Thursday, September 20, we celebrated 83 faculty and staff service anniversaries. Besides the incredible number of honorees, this year’s awards were notable for another reason: we presented them on their own day during opening week. This gave us an opportunity to include the entire board of trustees as well as giving our honorees an even that was entirely dedicated to them. We’ve included a few photos of some of this year’s winners along with the full listings below!

Thank you to our recipients for your years of service to education! Thanks, as well, to the Conference Services and Media Services crews for helping make this year’s event truly memorable.

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5 Years

  • Patsy Cadwell
  • Amy Davidson
  • Neil Duldulao
  • Lynette Edwards
  • Laeticia Egesi
  • Rebeka Ferreira
  • Emilee Findley
  • Jeanette Fohn
  • Jacob Frye
  • Brian Hansen
  • Nicole Harris
  • Aaron Hartzell
  • Scott Hemingway
  • Richard Hill
  • Dana McCauley
  • Jamie McCuaig
  • Patrick Mumpower
  • Bjorn Myhre
  • Niki Nelson
  • David Norberg
  • Rob Olson
  • Monica Paulson-Priebe
  • Nadine Pavlov
  • Melissa Porras-Monroe
  • Richard Potsubay
  • Deanna Rish
  • Jennifer Rohan
  • Ariadne Rooney
  • Shanna Selvar
  • Shannon Sharpe
  • Katy Shaw
  • Karl Smith
  • Felisha Stephens
  • Theresa Torell
  • Laura VanSteenvoort
  • Leonard Wainstein
  • Larry Wild
  • Chiae Wilder

10 Years

  • Pat Carter
  • Rhonda Daulton
  • Anne Dolan
  • Richard Douglas
  • Kelly Eisenhour
  • George Frasier
  • Aaron Leavitt
  • Wendy Lundquist
  • Deborah Lynes
  • Michael Moreno
  • Rachel Neville
  • Jenny Park
  • Kevin Parr
  • Jeff Perlot
  • Sarah Postel
  • Gavin Pyle
  • Jane Swenson
  • Jamie Vandette
  • Benita Walters

15 Years

  • Steven Brumbaugh
  • Rob Jonas
  • Paul Metivier
  • Amanda Schaefer
  • Chitra Solomonson
  • Terry Waagan

20 Years

  • Vik Bahl
  • Steven Black
  • Lansing Bryan
  • Dawn Cleveland
  • Connie Jones
  • Lisa Michalec
  • Jerry Marshall
  • Jennifer Morgan
  • Diane Pelletier
  • Sidney Weldele-Wallace

25 Years

  • John Avery
  • Shirlyn Zeno-Bassard
  • Mark Blaisdell
  • Leslie Moore
  • Patrick Navin
  • Jessica Tichy

30 Years

  • Gary Jones
  • Liz Petersen

35 Years

  • Susan Snow Davis
  • Donnie Hallstone

New Employee Spotlight – Jordan Harrington

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.

Harrington, Jordan

Jordan Harrington

I am working as a Financial Aid Program Specialist.  Before coming to GRC, I worked for three years as a delivery driver for a food bank.  For two years before that, I worked at Highline College at the Admissions Desk and IT Service Desk.  And I was a Tutor at South Seattle College for five years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The friendly staff and beautiful environment.  Also, two of my favorite IT instructors from Highline College came here to teach, so I knew that GRC was investing in those programs, which is great.

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

I listen to 95.7 The Jet or Christian rock

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked concessions at a roller skating rink when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Being part of a hard-working team and getting to know the folks who work and go to school here.

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

Becoming more at home with my team, my new work load, and the campus community.

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

Earning my Bachelor’s degree (which took 11 years), buying my house in Burien with my wife, and surviving cancer.

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

I was called “The Professional” at a previous job, which I thought sounded funny and sinister at the same time, as in – I’m a professional what?

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

Dancing

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

Gators

Rally

Extra

Enthusiasm

Now!

New Employee Spotlight – Monika Delfierro

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.

Delfierro, Monika

Monika Delfierro

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

Educational Planner in the Running Start Office.

I received my master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in June 2018. During grad school I worked within the College of Education in graduate admissions and alumni engagement. I’ve also worked at Tacoma Community College within student engagement, orientation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and undergraduate admissions at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

As a community college graduate myself, I have a love for community colleges and serving that specific student population. What drew me to Green River was the recommendations from current/former staff and students based on their positive experiences!

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

I love listening to Podcasts! Podcasts I am currently listening to are NPR, Code Switch, and Food for Thought.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first job I’ve ever had was working at Jamba Juice, but I’m definitely more of an Emerald City Smoothie fan.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m really excited to work with students and learn about all the resources on campus to support them!

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

One thing I’ve love to accomplish in my first year at Green River is to get a photo with the Green River mascot, Slater.

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

  1. Being the first in my family to graduate from college.
  2. Rescuing my first dog, Leslie Knope
  3. Earning my master’s degree

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

I am a great back-up karaoke singer!