New Employee Spotlight – Deborah Diggins

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.Diggins, Deborah

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

Waterworks Professional Growth Program Manager (Program Manager A) for Washington Certification Services

I have a Masters in Teaching and BS in Cell and Molecular Biology, I was a high school science teacher for 5 years and a small business owner for 3 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I always wanted to work in a college atmosphere. I enjoy the energy, motivation and ambition of staff and students here.

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

Mostly 90’s Rock and Stand-up Comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Tennis Instructor

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The people I work with are amazing and everyone here has been very welcoming.

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

Learn ALL the acronyms associated with my program.

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

Raising a brilliant and energetic little 4-year old; staying close with my family and friends; and purchasing our first home with my husband, which took years to accomplish.

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

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

I can play Rockband Guitar (it a video game) on Expert level.  It would be cooler if it was the real thing I know, but still a “skill”.  Maybe not J

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

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Iqbal Halimi

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. Halimi, Iqbal

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

My name is Iqbal Halimi. I work as the Workforce Education Coordinator at Green River College. I joined the team a week ago and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to accomplish our goals and contribute to the overall missions and objectives of the college.

I began my career in 2002 as a teacher and moved on into leadership and management positions at different international organizations. In the past 16 years, I managed and implemented 14 basic education and workforce education projects. These projects touched the lives of many low-income families.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

A major reason that I applied for work at Green River was that I really admired the college’s vision and values, which focus on student success and programs that address the needs of different communities. These mesh well with my past work endeavors and my future goals.  I want to see students from all parts of society overcome barriers and achieve their dreams.

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

When I am in the car alone, I like to listen to different radio stations and hear the songs they play. When it’s raining, I just want to listen to the rain. However, if my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter is in the car, as soon as she sees a few drops of rain, she sings the well-known song that says “Rain, rain go away, little Johnny wants to play.” She is very much an outdoor person!

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started serving people as a teacher. I made mistakes, but I learned from those. One lesson that I have drawn from my work as a teacher and from working with teachers is that not only do teachers matter more than any other single factor in delivering quality education but that a teacher can also play a crucial role in initiating bottom-up reforms in a school. I have seen it happen many, many times.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am really pleased that I am in direct contact with students. I already frequently see them and am learning from them. Honestly, they are our allies and we are their allies.

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

I want to help as many eligible students as possible through my department to get workforce education funding and complete their education.

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

I have had several notable accomplishments in my life. Probably the most notable was that I completed my master’s degree in international education at the University of Massachusetts and in the course of that work made many new friends of different nationalities with whom I am still in touch professionally and personally. Although we are in different countries, we rely on each other’s knowledge, skills, and expertise.  Another accomplishment that I happily look back on is that I have managed to travel to eight different countries and learn a great deal about a wide range of issues from people that I had never met before. Each different cultural experience taught me an important lesson. Finally, one other accomplishment that stands out is that I learned how to play cricket. I applied different strategies to learn this sport and managed to play some serious games. The secret for learning this game, and I am sure for other sports, is to spend time with your team members and learn from their expertise. Each team member has their own unique sets of skills.

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

I will go with Iqbal or Ikbal. Iqbal means luck and it’s good to have some luck in life. That will serve as springboard.

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

When I was student, I was good at preparing short photo films (video presentations) that complemented the group presentations that I led at my school. My classmates liked those pictures and the background music that I chose. I like to use metaphors and images because they are powerful communicators.

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

I don’t know how good I am at this, but I will give at try. I would say “Go Run with Ease and Energy Now.”

 

 

New Employee Spotlight – Jane Alfano

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. Alfano, Jane

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

My new title is Foundation Development Specialist. Prior to this position, I worked at Virginia Mason Foundation, Nordstrom, and stayed at home with my daughter who is now eight years old.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

There are quite a few reasons I applied. I was hoping to build on past development experience and the thought of doing that in support of local college students and faculty was very exciting for me. Some GRC community programs were already on my radar, especially GRCF’s ICA Art Docent program. And, when I learned about the honey bees, I was in.

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

NPR for news or I shuffle music on my 15 year old IPod.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was a sales clerk at Nicholson’s Drug Store in downtown Sumner, WA.

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

It is hard to pick just one thing, but overall, I’d like to learn how best to prioritize my tasks and simplify processes (when possible) so that I can spend time getting to know our donors and support our team.

 

 

 

New Employee Spotlight – Tim Anderson

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.Anderson, Timothy

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

My new title is Program Coordinator for the Enumclaw Campus. I worked at Green River College a little over 5 years ago, where I was the Program Coordinator for Community Outreach. I’m very happy to be back. Since I’ve been gone, I’ve worked for Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Merrill Gardens Senior Living and Washington State Parks! A lot of places over a small span of time, looking for that perfect ‘fit’. I have several years of programming and management experience, along with event planning, enthusiasm and thinking ‘outside’ the box.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

In my quest for finding the perfect job, I discovered that what I really enjoy is education, nature and being outside. With that in mind, I decided to take a leap and go back to school to pursue becoming a park ranger. Recruiting for Green River, I know that we offer one of the best (if not the best) Natural Resources programs. Naturally, I decided to come to Green River for my new degree. To support myself while in school,  I started working as a Safety Officer at the Kent Campus. When the Program Coordinator position opened up at Enumclaw, I knew this was a perfect fit for me and that I could be a true benefit to the campus. I’m ecstatic that I was able to land the position and work at the college that I love while attending classes.

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

I’m commuting from Lakewood, so I have almost an hour to enjoy listening to several different things. My ‘go to’ is NPR or KOMO news radio in the mornings and also enjoy 90’s alternative rock or hits from the 80’s.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a lumber re-manufacturer, where I ran a machine that made molding and handrail, and I was also a certified lumber grader for light structural and decking.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I love working at satellite campuses! You are able to establish close relationships with your team and the community. I’m also just happy to be back at Green River in general. I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with former co-workers as a student over the past 3 quarters and as a safety officer over Fall Quarter.

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

Enhancing the experience of the students out here at Enumclaw. I am a firm believer in ‘Think Student, Then Decide’ and that is what drives my decisions here. There are exciting prospects out here and I’m looking forward to supporting new endeavors!

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

  • Backpacking 20-miles, alone in the Olympic National Park
  • The legacy that I’ve left behind at all of my past employers
  • The solar system diorama I did in 5th  grade

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

Tim the ‘tool’ man – I am pretty resourceful and I’m able to find possible solutions to a problem.

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

I would not be in the talent show. I more than likely would be the one that emcees, finds the talent (by encouragement), or advertising the event and getting people there.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Groups
Require
Energy,
Empathy &
Nourishment

 

Employee Spotlight – Sharmarke Ahmed

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.

ahmed, sharmarke

Sharmarke Ahmed

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

My position is Trio Educational Planner/Transfer Specialist. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado where I was a Graduate Hall Director/ University Apartments Manager and later a Career Counselor.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I started at Green River College and finished my A.A. Degree. After I graduated with my Master of Art in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado, I knew I wanted to work for Green River College. I have so much love for this institution.

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

I listen to music old or new. Hip hop, R&B, Pop Music, and the list goes on.

What was the very first job you ever had?

When I was in eighth grade I cut grass for my neighbor then the rest of the neighbors after I got better at my position.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

One-on-one with the students, making an impact on students’ life, and field trips.

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

I just want to get better in my position and get to know as many people as possible at Green River College.

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

Surviving the civil war in Somalia, getting a full ride scholarship from Bill & Melinda Gates, and getting my Master’s Degree.

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

I have been called ‘Shark’ all of my life. In the future, I would love to be called ‘Dr.Shark’.

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

I love doing stand-up comedy and just enjoy making people laugh.

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

Green River Effective Efficient Network

 

Employee Spotlight – Chris Casey

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.

casey, christopher

Chris Casey

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

Hello! My name is Chris Casey, the new Judicial Affairs and Compliance Officer.

My career has been a combination of residence life at Illinois State University, Colorado College, and Green River College coupled with student conduct at the University of Texas at Arlington and now Green River College. You might have seen me handling cases for student conduct this past year and it’s finally time for me

to transition to the role full time. I’ve got lots of big ideas and methods to maintain a high standard for our students throughout their education here.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

So many things! The wonderful people I get to work with every day, the gorgeous setting for the institution, and, certainly the main reason, our engaged, thoughtful, and motivated students. Our president has outlined our core values that focus on our students with strong educational programs and wrap-around services to ensure success. These are core values that I hold on my own and it’s a wonderful place to work!

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

If you’ve been to my office you might notice I listen to music a bit on the harder side. Genres like deathcore, industrial, djent, or just straight heavy metal. Nine Inch Nails is my favorite band!

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started working in the family red delicious apple orchards when I was a kid. Does that count? My first paycheck was through a local grocery store where I stocked shelves and mopped the floors. It was good, honest work when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to engage our community and illustrate how student conduct can support our faculty, staff, and students in maintaining a high level of standard both in behavior and academics. Student conduct is an excellent office to set that expectation throughout the college. Oftentimes alleged violations come from a lack of something: knowledge of the process, motivation to be competitive, understanding of the college system, etc. I hope to remedy all concerns in an equitable manner.

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

I want this office to be seen as a resource for education and support. When faculty, staff, and students understand when to report alleged conduct violations, how to report to this office or Campus Safety, and how to get involved with student conduct that would be a victory. We can do that in a year!

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

I’m proud of the family I’ve built with my wife, our daughter, and our son due in May. We’re a solid little group.

I’m proud of work I’ve done for students over the years. I stay student focused in everything I do and sometimes that leads to hard decisions. Though the letter, card, or email you get every once in a while where someone was appreciative or recognized your work keeps me motivated.

I’m proud of my work / life balance. It’s absolutely important to love your job (I do) and I also think it’s healthy to maintain an active and engaging life outside of the office. You’ve got to make this life count!

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

My staff often said “Boss Man” which I rather liked. Students have said Mr. Chris but that might be a bit too formal. My past supervisor called me Jason a lot though I think that was on accident.

Just remember my name, that’s all I would like. No need for a nickname.

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

Well, my bowling average is 180. Though that’s not incredibly exciting. So I’d say my ability to skip. I honestly didn’t learn how until I was in college but I’ve gotten quite good at it over the years.

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

Gummi bears, send them

Right now to me

Everybody

Everyone

Need them, please.

Employee Spotlight – Kimberly Rashel

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. rashel, kimberly

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

I am a graduate of the Green River court reporting program and have been a real-time closed captioner for the past 13 years. I have captioned everything from the Olympic Games to your local newscasts and everything you can imagine in between.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I learned about the job opening from one of my former instructors, who encouraged me to apply for the position.

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

Mostly talk radio

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked cooking burgers and making drinks for Orange Julius.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

It’s a new challenge for me in my career and will expose me to things I haven’t yet had a chance to experience.

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

Organize and caption a large majority of the online videos that Green River offers.

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

Graduating from court reporting school, captioning the Olympic Games, and being parent to my two boys.

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

Pippi, because I sometimes wear my hair in braids and have a lot of freckles.

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

My crochet and knit creation

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

Great Reason Everyone Enjoys Nature