New Employee Spotlight – Dr. Rolita Ezeonu

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.

Ezeonu, Rolita

Dr. Rolita Ezeonu

New title: Vice President of Instruction

Brief professional background:

  • 4 years in sales/customer service
  • 6 years K-12 teaching experiences
  • 20 years in the WA community college system
    • Highline College-adjunct faculty, full time tenured in Communication Studies, Dean of Instruction for Transfer and Pre-College Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to apply for Green River because I would be able to work for an institution that has great strengths, an engaged faculty and staff, and be able to continue to serve our students and communities in South King County.

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

I listen to a variety of music from rhythm and blues, gospel, hip hop, Nigerian, Hawaiian, Samoan, and more Pacific Islander music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My very first job I ever had was working for Burger King in Honolulu, HI.  I was 15 years old.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

To be able to make a positive difference and provide equitable experiences in higher education for our students, potential students and communities.

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

Build positive and solid relationships across campus and collaboratively work on ways to for our students to be successful.

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

Three accomplishments that I am most proud of are:

  • Starting and finishing my dissertation and earning a doctorate degree
  • Participating in 3 half marathons
  • Being a mom to my children, Chinwe (19 years old) and Chike (14 years old)

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

Aloha.

I would choose this word/nickname because I grew up in Hawaii and have seen the spirit of “aloha” as something tangible.  To me it is seen as choosing to live each day with a spirit of joy and life.

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

My hidden talent would be some form of dance.

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

Giving

Respectful

Empathetic

Energized

Noteworthy

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New Employee Spotlight – Katie Dailey

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.Dailey, Katherine

I am the new Program Coordinator for the BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science) in Information Technology – Network Administration and Security degree.

I’m a graduate of Centralia College where I earned my BAS in Applied Management and then was hired to work as their BAS Program Specialist representing their four BAS programs (2014). I then moved to a job at Grays Harbor College as the BAS Completion Facilitator for their three BAS degrees (2017). I’m currently working on my Masters in Science – Management and Leadership degree from WGU.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I love BAS degrees and the opportunity that they offer students who may have previously felt unable to continue their education. It was exciting to think of working for a college with so many BAS program options.

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

Mixx 96.1, because I drive a first generation Prius with only a tape player and the radio controls are on a terrible touch screen. So, I just set it to a station I know will work the whole way from Olympia to here.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at a small hamburger restaurant called Mr. J’s in Centralia WA when I was 16.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited about how much this college seems to truly care about students. From what I can tell, Green River puts students, and their goals, first and that is exactly how I like to work.

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

I’d like to have a really solid understanding of who people are and what they do on campus. I’m terrible at names, but I love meeting people and work really hard to remember specifics about each person and what they are interested in.

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

The three accomplishments I am most proud of are:

  1. My kids: I have a two year old son, Brutus, and a two-month old daughter, Pavlina (we call her Finn). They are adorable and just as quirky as their mom and dad.
  2. My career: I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and, considering what a terrible student I was for my associate’s degree, I definitely never expected to work on a college campus. However, finding this awesome career option where I get to provide customer service to students who are taking steps to change their lives is rewarding, fun, and a great use of my creativity.
  3. How weird I am (Can I count that as an accomplishment?): I like being different. I fully support everyone showing off what makes them unique and believe that the world is a better place if we embrace our peculiarities.

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

Kat – I love cats. This is a lame response, but I have nothing better. Besides my love for cats they’ll notice that I have a very loud laugh, I love bright colors, my love for houseplants is almost tied with my love for cats, and my idea of “professional business attire” includes facial piercings, visible tattoos, lopsided haircuts, and Fluevog shoes.

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

I might consider brushing up on my bassoon playing… it’s been 7 years, but I keep telling myself that I’ll get back into playing bassoon if I ever find the time. (I also say this about knitting, scrapbooking, photography, learning how to quilt, jewelry making…)

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

Gigantic

Rainbow

Elephants

Enjoying

Nature

Janus case information

As many of you will recall, last month the Supreme Court sent down a ruling that gavelprevents public employers and unions from requiring bargaining unit members to pay an agency fee or representation fee. If you are a member of a bargaining unit, you may have questions about how this affects you. The Office of Financial Management has posted a very detailed list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) that should prove helpful in answering some of your most common questions. Please refer to the link below for more information!

OFM Janus FAQ list

New Employee Spotlight – Natalie Archer

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.

Archer, Natalie

Natalie Archer

I am the Administrative Assistant 4 for the Continuing and Community Education Department.  Prior to this position I worked in the Transitional Studies Department at Tacoma Community College, where I found my passion for providing education to our community.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I knew that my next career step was going to be at a community college and, as I looked into Green River, it was easy to see how passionate the staff is about the community and supporting each other and students.

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

I typically listen to a variety of podcasts/radio shows. My favorites are TED radio hour, Lore and This American Life.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My first job was working at an ice cream shop and Rec. Hall in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

As much as I loved my previous position as a front desk leader working directly with students, I am very excited to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes to keep a program running smoothly.

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

During my first year, I honestly hope to learn as much as I can about what each department does and offers on campus.  You can never know enough about the resources and opportunities available to both staff and students.

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

  • Graduating from The Evergreen State College with my BA
  • Receiving an award from Salon Today magazine for my visual merchandising work
  • Selling my first piece of art at a gallery show

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

That’s a tricky one! With a name like Natalie, it is easy to create a variety of nicknames.  The most popular one that seems to follow me is Natty.

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

Reenacting every scene from the original Jurassic Park movie

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

Greedy

Raptors

Eat

Every

Nectarine

New Employee Spotlight – Tracy Norton

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.

Norton, Tracy

Tracy Norton

Hello! I am the Retention Specialist for the new MESA program at GRC. Most recently I served in Peace Corps in Cambodia. Prior to that I worked at UW Tacoma in Admissions and Advising. It’s great to be at GRC and I am looking forward to getting to know the campus.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The MESA program, the students, and the trails!

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

Traffic updates, NPR, or music.

What was the very first job you ever had?

At 14, I worked in a concession stand at a little league ballpark. I loved it.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am most excited about the onboarding of MESA and to work with the amazing students at GRC.

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

I plan to spend the first year getting to know the campus and growing the MESA program.

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

Lip sync battle.

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

Go Read Everything, Everywhere-Now!

 

New Employee Spotlight – Kevin Grossman

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.

Grossman, Kevin

Kevin Grossman

I’m the newest Business Advisor with Green River’s Small Business Development Center. I love helping business owners start and grow their companies.  It is terrific being part of helping them thrive!

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Who could resist being a gator? I like water, warm weather and New Orleans –
laissez le bon temps rouler!

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

KNKX or podcasts

What was the very first job you ever had?

The first money I earned other than for chores was delivering the Spokesman Review newspaper.  The daily issues were pretty easy (although before sunrise except for summer), but the Sunday edition was quite a workout!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I like to help people.  There are a lot of moving parts to make a business work. I’ve done many of them over the years, from picking up trash to a number of Board positions.  I can help folks because I’ve either done or been involved with what they’re dealing with.  It is all about helping them move their businesses to the next level.

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

I want to be a great connector between the College, the general community and the business community.  It’s fun for me to get people together with related interests that might not have met otherwise, and see what great stuff comes out of those new relationships.

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

  1. I have three kids that are amazing – an accomplished chef, an incredibly engaging and effective retail store manager and an animal loving graduate student in immunology.
  2. I redeveloped a 1920’s building in a tough neighborhood that is now the center of a community revival.  A couple of weeks ago the Mayor chose to have a meeting with the Governor there, instead of her office, to highlight the positives of fixing old buildings.
  3. I was a college trustee for a number of years, and am very proud of the innovative programs the faculty and staff accomplished for our community!

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

I’ve been called the absent-minded professor.  I get so into my work that at times I forget to eat or go home at a normal time when I’m in the grove of a project.

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

Well, it’s not a talent for a stage – but I do enjoy making food and feeding people. I get the best feedback from my baking.  Last week I made a killer Kalamata olive bread that I took to some friends. I may have set the bar too high – I don’t know if they’ll let me visit if I don’t bring it again.

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

Grow Relentlessly,

Engage Everyone Nicely