New Employee Spotlight – Amanda Martin

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.

Martin, Amanda

Amanda Martin

Fiscal Technician 3/Cashiering

I spent 13 years working in retail, mainly management, and I have my cosmetology license.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I grew up on the campus. My dad is the carpentry instructor and my mom worked here as well. I also got my degrees and certificates from GRC!

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

Movin 92.5, music

What was the very first job you ever had?

Lab technician for a camera store – I developed film and pictures for customers. 1-hr photos are slim-to-none these days.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Consistent schedule and weekends off to spend more time with my daughter.

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

Personal growth in a different environment than retail.

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

  • Birth of my daughter
  • Graduating college
  • Becoming the first Target manager to be recognized as a Starbucks manager of the year (I ran Starbucks while at Target)

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

“Mrs. Graham” for my love towards Seahawks tight end, Jimmy Graham!

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

Singing

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

Get

Ready for

Exciting and

Entertaining

New career

 

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New Employee Spotlight – Noah Avirom

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.

Avirom, Noah

I am a Systems Administrator (IT Specialist 3). I’ve been working with computers in higher education for almost all of my working life, starting with working in my college music computer lab and recording studio. From there, I’ve moved on to bigger and better things, but I still enjoy putting my computer skills to use helping others learn.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I wanted to be in a bigger, more complex environment while still working in education; applying to Green River helped me meet those goals.

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

Almost always music, but beyond that it really varies based on the day, my mood, the weather… I try to listen to a diverse mix of things to keep one genre or style from getting too stale.

What was the very first job you ever had?

 

I worked as a legal assistant and sometimes computer tech for my aunt.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m really looking forward to working with a new team on new technologies in a much bigger environment than I have before.

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

I’d like to get to know all of the coffee shops in the area.

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

  • Achieving the Boy Scout rank of Eagle
  • Graduating from college
  • Being selected to perform with a Southern California honor orchestra

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

Though I work with computers, I have a fair amount of musical experience; I could perform some musical selections on my main instrument family, percussion instruments.

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

Good

Robots

Enter

Every

Network

New Employee Spotlight – Janet Hollier

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.

Title:  Instructor, Software Development

Hollier, Janet

Professional Background:  I was a software developer at NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio and Sophia-Antipolis, France for 10 years, primarily writing marketing and help desk applications.  More recently, I did a short stint as a UW research analyst working on accessible mobile applications before becoming an independent web and application developer.  Three years ago, I started teaching software development courses as an adjunct at Highline College and then at Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

My former instructor, Tina Ostrander, had a strong influence on my decision to apply.  She is a fantastic ambassador for the college and its IT BAS – Software Development program, and she introduced me to the amazing faculty, staff and students with whom I now work.  Also, there’s a huge need for qualified software developers in the industry right now and I really wanted to be a part of a bachelor program that is chartered with helping to meet that need.

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

KCMS SPIRIT 105.3.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I had a small house cleaning / yard work “business” when I was in high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to help students learn about something that I’m passionate about — software development — and to see the skills and knowledge they develop make a positive impact in their lives.

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

Finding a successful, happy balance between work and play!

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

  • My three children, two of whom are at the UW and the other is a Running Start student at GRC.
  • My marriage (we just celebrated our 24-year anniversary).
  • Earning a Computer Science (second) BS degree at UW-Seattle while a full-time mom of three.

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

Maybe Indy since I’m an independent software developer from Indiana.

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

I love to sing. ♫

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

Graphics,

Robotics &

Engineering

Enthusiasts

Network

New Employee Spotlight – Taryn Hornby

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.HORNBY, TARYN

Title: Business Advisor for the SBDC.

My background includes working as a VP in New Business Development for a subsidiary of the largest bank of the world, having my own business, being a stay at home mom and working as a DJ at a Disco.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

Knowing that they were concerned about local small businesses and offered the position of Business Advisor.

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

Talk Radio.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitter.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Helping small business owners in all forms.

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

I would like to learn more about all that is available to me, whether it is GRC events or classes. Taking advantage of all the knowledge and creativity this college has to offer is exciting.

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

Being a mom. My integrity. Helping others.

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

Fun to work with. I enjoy my job and I am enthusiastic each day for the ability to help small businesses succeed and to work at GRC.

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

I am a business person with creative talent for helping businesses succeed. This talent does not translate well to a talent show.

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

G – Growth of students, businesses and employees

R – Ready for the next step

E – Education

E – Enjoyment

N – Next generation of business owners

GRC is Drug Free!

From the desk of Marshall Sampson, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

Happy New Year and welcome back to those of you who weren’t here during the breakDrug free!  Whether you were here or not, I hope that you saw my very important email regarding the Annual Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Notice for employees of Green River College.  It had all sorts of information which is now available on our website at: https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/human-resources/drug-free-schools-and-communities-act/

As a form of enticement to get our readership up, anyone who correctly responded by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3rd with the correct answers was placed in a drawing with one winner from each employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) winning a $5 Starbucks Gift Card donated by me:

  • By RCW,  it is prohibited to sell or misrepresent a substance as an illicit drug.  Any person who violates the RCW shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a CLASS C FELONY.
  • The possible side effects of narcotics are euphoria, drowsiness, nausea, respiratory depression. There are eight narcotics listed.  The seventh is FENTANYL.
  • The phone number for the Employee Assistance Plan is 877-313-4455.
  • In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act (As amended in 1989), Green River college has a policy statement which reads in part, “Employees must, as a condition of working on any Green River College contract or grant, abide by the terms of this statement; and notify the employee’s supervisor not later than FIVE (5) days after any conviction for a criminal drug statute violation that occurred in the workplace.”
  • Sending this email is Marshall’s ___________ part of his job.

I will admit that you all had creative answers.  Nobody got the last one correct but there were some great guesses out there.  Also, I appreciate those of you who included bonus points and other creative ways in an attempt to become one of the winners.  It may have worked.  The winners are:

Yvonne Huang – Classified

Krish Mahadevan – Faculty

Leslie Soule – Adjunct Faculty

Adrienne Palmer – Exempt

Shirley Bean – Admin

Please stop by AD-17 to pick up your gift card.

Classified Staff In-Service Day

On behalf of the Classified Training and Development Committee, we invite all classified staff to a workshop focused on equity, diversity and inclusion issues in the workplace. February 6, 2018 will feature two options for attending this workshop: 10a-11:30a and 2:30-4pm in the SU River Room (supervisors: make note that, while areas should remain open, employees should be given the time to attend one session). Below is a little bit of information about our day’s facilitator, Debi Jenkins!

Debra (Debi) Jenkins has over twenty years of experience transforming lives as an innovative developmental life coach, teacher and, presenter. Debi is a tenured professor of Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Department Head of Early Childhood Education, and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Division at Clark College. Debi is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Development Plan which are effective developmental coaching tools. Debi’s expertise in life coaching, teaching and presenting is in the areas of lifespan development; issues of diversity, justice, equity, and inclusion; and institutional climate/ organizational change.Debi Jenkins

 At the core of my Share the Flame work reside the questions: How do I nurture the souls of those individuals who are in my sphere of influence? How do I engage them in reconciling the various complexities of their multi-contextual lives with the work of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion? And how do I cultivate the importance of self-care to preserve their commitment to their work, families, and collective communities? ~ Debra (Debi) Jenkins

New Employee Spotlight – Brazell Carter

Carter, BrazellWe’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.

History Instructor for U.S. History and African-American Studies. I have been teaching since 2005 in the Bay Area shortly after graduating from grad school at George Washington University.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I spent the greater portion of the winter of 2016 & 17 applying to various positions & I came across the posting for Green River on LinkedIn.  It was something I knew I could excel at and I figured, “Why not?”.

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

I either listen to KNBR 680 (Sports talk) or my iPod where I have songs & music ranging from Percy Faith to No Doubt to 2Pac.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked at Burger King as a cashier in the summer of ‘94 when I was 17 years old. I met & worked with some great people, but wasn’t a huge fan of working there.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to know my new colleagues and finally having my own office!  I’m also looking forward to getting to know the students of GRC.

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

Being able to replicate the success I had w/ my students at Diablo Valley College & Las Positas College, w/ the students at GRC & lose the “new” instructor label, so to speak.

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

  • My daughter, Grace
  • Coming up w/ original research for my thesis that impressed James McPherson
  • Being an inspiration for students I have instructed

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

Pop Culture because of my knowledge of TV shows, music & movies (& deep love for them!)

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

Playing my bass guitar and my impersonations of some famous figures.

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

Green

River – an

Energizing

Exciting

New beginning