Employee Spotlight -Yuliya (Julie) Kotelevskaya

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. 

Kotelevskaya, Yuliya (Julie)

Yuliya Kotelevskaya

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

My name is Yuliya (Julie) Kotelevskaya  and my title is Program Coordinator in the Career and Advising office. I’ve worked in the Career and Advising office for about four years. I first started as a work study, then worked part-time in CAC as well as Running Start and the Welcome Desk. I recently graduated from Gonzaga University with my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. In the fall, I will start my Masters in Criminal Justice at Seattle University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

During my time as a student at Green River, I fell in love with the beautiful campus, environment and the people here. I had a great experience here at GRC and I wanted to be able to share my experiences and struggles with current and prospective students.

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

Whatever is playing on my Spotify, which consists of Adele, James Arthur, Kane Brown, Dan & Shay, Halsey, Khalid, Sam Smith, and Calum Scott.

What was the very first job you ever had?

My work study position in Career and Advising.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I am really excited to be working with students again. I enjoy making connections with students and being able to help them. It’s also great to be back and working with an amazing team!

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

I would like to find more ways to help students and prepare them for GRC. I want to help students feel welcome, comfortable, safe and part of the Green River community.

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

  • Graduating from Gonzaga University with my Bachelors
  • My senior thesis which focused on mass shootings in the media, and how the media’s coverage of these attacks is linked to copycat attacks.
  • Being accepted into Seattle University. I’ve always wanted to attend, and now I have the chance to!

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

Princess or diva, I’ve been called that many times in the office. I love the color pink, glitter and all things that sparkle.

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

I would sing, or make French macarons.

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

Genuine

Reliable

Energetic

Empathetic

Nice

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Juan Cabrera

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. Cabrera, Juan

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

I am employed as a Maintenance Mechanic 3 in facilities at Green River

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I like the friendly atmosphere

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

I listen to Jubal in the morning on my ride into work.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked on the weekends selling tools at a swap meet.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I get to work with air handler units around campus.  I try to make sure that everyone has a comfortable environment to work in

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

I’m looking forward to getting past my 6 months probation.

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

I haven’t had a car accident and I enjoy fatherhood

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

My nickname would be “Beans” because I love chili beans

 

 

New Employee Spotlight – Kelsey Barrans

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. 

Barrans, Kelsey

Kelsey Barrans

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

I’m the new Violence Prevention Center Program Manager in Student Affairs. For 12+ years I have worked in intimate partner violence prevention and survivor advocacy services.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I wanted to find a position that allowed me to create something new while continuing to work as a part of the large intimate partner violence movement.

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

Podcasts mostly. It’s generally a mix of comedy, current events and TV show re-watches.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a dry kiln spotter at the lumber mill in my hometown.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to build something that will hopefully have a positive impact on everyone that comes to campus.

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

In my first year, I would love to make connections with all of the different departments and groups on campus so that everyone knows what the Violence Prevention Center is, and how to be involved.

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

I’m proud to have been an advocate working alongside survivors, getting my MSW and to be a proud auntie to four phenomenal nieces and one amazing nephew.

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

“Mother hen” because I am constantly trying to make sure everyone has what they need.

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 knitting, but I give away all of my projects so I’m not sure I would have anything to showcase!

 

New Employee Spotlight – Fen Chen

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.

Chen, Fen

Fen Chen

My new title is Instructional and Classroom Support Technician II for Chemistry and Physics. Prior to this position, I held the same title as a Technician I at Tacoma Community College. I’ve also worked at a Veterinary Tissue Bank and volunteered at the Tacoma General Hospital.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I was drawn to the beautiful campus. I love that we’re basically a campus on a hiking trail.

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

I usually will keep changing stations until I find a song that I like. I sometimes end up spending more time changing stations than listening to music. But I generally listen to 106.1, 92.5, 93.3, 107.7, 98.9, and 106.9.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I started my first job working in the front counter of my family’s restaurant.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m most excited about working with my team to make Green River a great place for our students.

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

I’d love to work with our instructors and to help promote Green Chemistry in our labs, to reduce waste and substitute hazardous with non-hazardous reagents without affecting lab results.

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

The first accomplishment would be getting accepted into my dream school at UW and graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Second would be getting my first job as a Chemistry Lab Technician after college. The last would be the house that I’m currently in the process of buying.

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

I’ve never had an office nickname but my friends call me FenFen.

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

Everyone’s so talented at Green River, I don’t want to embarrass myself haha.

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

Growth, Respect, Education, Encouragement, Nature

New Employee Spotlight – Annemarie Vinson

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.Vinson, Annemarie

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

My new title is manager of The Paper Tree Bookstore. I spent 10 years as a retail store manager at JC Penney.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I wanted to work in an educational setting and make a positive impact on people.

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

Audible – currently Me Before You

What was the very first job you ever had?

Dishwasher at 13 ½ years old

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with my store

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

Get to know faculty and staff in school to promote sales

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

  • First in my family to attend college and graduate with 4 year
  • Married 20 years to Curtis Vinson.
  • Managed stores like my Grandfather did.

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

Woody Woodpecker- sometimes I laugh a lot .

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

Dress and act silly / comedy

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

River

Educational

Experience

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New Employee Spotlight – Don Thomas

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.

Thomas, Don

Don Thomas

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

My new title is Health Occupations Educational Planner. I have worked in higher education as an academic advisor for approximately 7 years, with extensive experience on-boarding, retaining and preparing students who are seeking entry into competitive admissions programs.  I  graduate from  Kentwood H.S. and have a master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel from Minnesota State University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

The opportunity to work with more non-traditional students and the beautiful campus.

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

Podcasts on finances and positive thinking.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The movie theater in Auburn.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Working with health care students again in an advising capacity.

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

  • Going to graduations in May and June for students
  • Received a master’s degree and started a Ph.D. program
  • Traveled to 30 of 50 US states

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

G– Guidance

R– Resilience

E– Engagement

E– Empowerment

N– Nature

New Employee Spotlight – Ryan Tipper

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.Tipper, Ryan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new position is Project Coordinator for the Extended Learning Program at the Auburn Campus. I have been actively involved in all forms of digital media and arts since I could first hold a marker. I have been working towards my AA in Digital Media Arts at Bellevue College and also have experience with office administration / support as well as social media coordination.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have been an active student at community college since I first graduated high school in 2010. While enrolled at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham for a short while, I worked as a student researcher, reporter, writer and editor on the Horizon newspaper staff -the school’s student lead publication. During that time, I covered numerous on-campus topics and learned so much about what made the school run and grow. Since that time, and seeing the benefits of attending smaller, community-based colleges as opposed to the traditional 4-year universities, I have always wanted to find the perfect fit that allows me to use my formal education in digital media arts and my personal passions to combine them into an exciting future and career. This position at Green River sounded like the perfect first step.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
If I’m not listening to alternative or 80’s music, I usually have KIRO or KOMO news playing. My radio stops working if a country song tries to play…

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first true job was working in a kitchen at the Lake Wilderness Gold Course and Country Club in Maple Valley my senior year of high school. I learned so much about the customer service industry and a ton about cooking in general. Now, cooking is something I love to do and I can look back on all I learned at the job and the things I still use and do today in my own kitchen.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
It’s the step towards a career path that allows me to be the person I want to be and contribute to Green River’s growth and success. To apply all I have learned professionally and personally up to this point on top of the formal education I have received in the digital media arts field and in the end work as hard as I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To show my incredibly hard work ethic, learn as much as I can and be as creative as I can. There is also a vintage type writer that I will be getting to use and I hope to master it as it has always been a goal to do so.

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

Baseball is one of my biggest passions in life and is something I am still playing today after 20 years. When I was in 5th grade I made the Issaquah Little League All-Star team after setting out to do so at the beginning of that season and it’s still something I look at as one of my greatest accomplishments.

Another would be the nearly 4 years I have spent working towards my personal goal of becoming a published author. The novel I have been working on in my spare time currently continues to grow and develop with each chapter I write and I am extremely proud of how far I have come with it and where I will continue to take it.

Finally, I have never faltered in settling for things I didn’t want out of life. Life itself it too short to do so and it’s what motivates me to spend every minute following my passions and pursuing my goals.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Undoubtedly, it would be my last name of “Tipper”. No matter if it’s school, work, sports teams or the like, I feel like at this point I naturally expect to go by my last name more than my first.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I have always loved cooking and would most likely put on a Food Network-style cooking show or perhaps a reality show in which I played the host, the cook and the judge.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Green
Reminds
E
veryone (of)
E
nvironmental
Nuances