New Employee Spotlight – Joanne Veltung

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.

Veltung, Joanne

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

I am a Secretary Lead for the Science Department. I have 20 years of patient care in healthcare with a strong background in Radiology.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I’ve wanted to work in a school or college environment for a long time. I saw this as a chance to do so.

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

The Blend on Sirius XM

What was the very first job you ever had?

Babysitting

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

This position is a different environment than I have worked in for years. The transition from healthcare to school is very exciting to me.

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

I would like to immerse myself in the college community. I believe this will help with my transition into working at Green River.

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

  1. Being hired at a higher education school
  2. Raising my children to be good, moral, upstanding adults.
  3. I’ll need to see what accomplishments are still waiting for me.

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

Probably Monica Geller. I love to organize everything and have a tendency to be a perfectionist.

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

Organizing closets

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Generous
Resourceful 
E
nthusiastic
E
nergetic
New

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New Employee Spotlight – Marvin Viney

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.

Viney, Marvin

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

Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Transportation. 22 years in the Army in various fields to include Military Police.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I worked here a contracted Safety staff from September of 2016 to April 2017. During that time, I fell in love with the staff, faculty, and here on campus. In April of 2017, I filled in as the Interim Assistant Director of Safety and Transportation. I learned a great deal during my Interim status in this position. This solidified my decision to apply for the position.

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

I listen to either news or comedy.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I was a dishwasher at a local restaurant during high school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Learning the administrative aspects of Safety and Transportation.

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

Completing the implementation of a successful Building Captain Program.

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

Having my daughter, retiring from the military, and completing my BA degree.

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

Tony Stark, because I love gadgets and technology.

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

I have no hidden talent whatsoever.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Giving
Real
E
xcellent
E
ducation
Nice

New Employee Spotlight – Korland Simmons

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.
Simmons, Korland

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

I am the Executive Assistant to the VP of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. My professional background includes a number of education-based administrative roles (Duke University Housing Management, Boston University Biomedical Engineering Department, Houghton Mifflin Company College Division), a couple of interesting outliers (Energenix Co and Nat’t Bureau of Economic Research) and lots of professional singing.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I found out about the position opening and knew this would be an opportunity to both get back to campus work and continue going in the general HR-centered direction I had been going the past few years.

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

If not my “iPod” on shuffle, I’m usually inclined to turn on NPR.

What was the very first job you ever had?

If we’re not counting the summers spent cutting grass for my grandmothers, my first job was as an assistant in the housing management office for Duke’s (then) North Campus.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

Getting to see a new side of campus life and digging into expanded HR functions.

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

Getting a really good grasp of the various systems at play so that I can become an effective partner.

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

  • Living (even for a short time) in the New York City world
  • Continuing to sing professionally
  • Learning to play tennis after 30

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

I already have one: Duke. It’s a callout to my alma mater: Duke University.

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

I would probably sing an aria.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Reasoning
E
ntirely
E
vades
Nebulousness

New Employee Spotlight – Thomas Windham

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.Windham, Thomas

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

Air Force Veteran served for 7 years.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

I had previously worked at Seattle Central Community College part time and enjoyed and enjoyed the college environment.

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

NPR, alt rock, folk rock, blues, bluegrass, country, rap, classical.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Washing airplanes at a flight school.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

A chance to see new processes and how they might improve.

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

As much as I can.

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

  • I like to cook, it started out with some not so good food. It’s gotten a lot better.
  • I taught myself to sail with a 27ft racing sloop and a book I didn’t read.
  • The patience you learn as your get older to do the job right.

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

No nicknames we gave in the military were ever nice or politically correct.

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

I have no hidden talent.

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

New Employee Spotlight – Lyudmila Adamyuk

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.

Adamyuk, Lyudmila 1

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

My new title is Program Coordinator at Financial Aid office and before that I was working as Program Assistant for the same office.

What drew you to apply to Green River? 

Beautiful campus and opportunity to work with interesting and talented people many of whom I already know since I was GRC student myself.

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

My ride is very short – I live 1.5 mi from GRC so I usually don’t listen to anything. On the days when we carpool with my daughter (she is a student here) we use that time to catch up with each other.

What was the very first job you ever had?

Picking apples in the orchard. It was a seasonal job and lasted couple of weeks.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

The opportunity to work with the students and help them to succeed.

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

I want to master some aspects of my job and get to know more people.

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

My biggest accomplishment is raising my children to be the people they are becoming. Also getting my degree while being a full-time mom and a first-generation college student, and my job.

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

Don’t know…need to ask them.

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

Well I can bake and decorate a cake.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great
Resources for
E
xceptional 
E
ducation
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Chris Carlson

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.
Carlson, Chris
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
Stage Technician I, Conference Services. I have over 20 years of experience in sound & lighting and theater production.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a student of the P.E.T. (Professional Entertainment Training) program back in the 80s. I’ve also been a part-time employee of the Fine Arts Department for the past decade.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
NPR, or podcasts like The Morning Stream, Film Sack, Current Geek, and T.W.I.T. (This Week In Tech). It varies. News can be depressing.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Seattle Bindery and Mailing. I was 16 years old and my dad’s cousin (who owned the business) asked how old I was, and told me to get down to the shop. He handed me a mop. I was there for 30 years – not mopping. I was a driver and the manager of Shipping & Receiving Department.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
This job used to be my hobby! I’ve always wanted to work full-time for Green River!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
IDK, stay employed!

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

  • My 20+ year marriage
  • My two children
  • My work at Green River

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My former co-worker here at GRC gave me my nickname, “Adaptorman” over 25 years ago. I’m still known by that nickname to this day.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I played Alice from The Brady Bunch in a Music Company production, if anyone remembers the P.E.T. program. What more can you ask?

New Employee Spotlight – Shweta Singh

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.
Singh, Shweta

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
My new title is Running Start Program Coordinator. As someone who is a previous running start student, I am beyond thrilled to be able to bring my background, skillset, knowledge, and first-hand experience into creating an even bigger sense of inclusion and equity in the RS department. When I was a RS student, I knew that I wanted to help others, and so I was originally going to explore a Psychology major. By the end of my senior year in High School – I realized that I liked UW Tacoma’s “Management” major, as this gave me the opportunity to gain insight on leadership, interpersonal skills, conflict management, etc. My love for public speaking grew as I was given the opportunity to be the “Student Panel Moderator” at the UW Tacoma, even as Alumni. Being able to talk to prospective students and families about their educational pathway truly brought me happiness. During my time at University, I became involved in multiple extracurricular activities on campus. My passion for working in Higher Education stemmed from my student leader jobs as an Event Coordinator and Peer Advisor on campus. I was also secretary of multiple clubs, as well as involved with the Center for Service and Leadership. Because of my student leader positions, I was able to work with varying departments on campus, students, the community, families, staff, faculty, and my fellow colleagues. It was then that I realized my passion for helping people and Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus on Management from the UW Tacoma had finally found its purpose – Higher Education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
(Read large paragraph above again) and I LOVED my experience at Green River when I was a Running Start student. Even after graduation, my friends and I would talk about how we missed the environment and culture of this campus. I was honestly so surprised when I saw the posting in the Running Start department because it fit exactly what I was looking for – a position in Higher Education. But not only that – it was a position that I had my own personal experience in.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am an all types of music person. I’ll listen to anything from Hip Hop to R & B to country to Disney. Right now however, I’m obsessing over “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara because I love the message hidden behind the song.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I ever had was at Jack in the Box…although I left it after only 3 months to go work at Sears, where I then worked for almost 3 years.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to work with the students! I am so excited to be the voice for students, guide them, encourage them, and empower them. I’m also hoping to help create a more comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive environment because I’ve been a Running Start student, so I know how scary and nerve-wracking it can be to attend college at such a young age.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to, and am actually in the process of, developing and implementing change in how the Running Start department builds communication between students and staff. I’m going to be creating more social media outlets that will allow the Running Start team to develop a better connection with the students!

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Being a first generation college student, I am so proud to say that not only did I graduate with an AA degree from Green River through Running Start – but that I was also able to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Washington, Tacoma, in 2 years as well. I also, as odd as this sounds, feel proud to know that I have a good grip on where I think I’ll be heading in my career and how I’ll be developing professionally over the next few years.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Hmm…I’m not sure. I’ve had people call me Sweater before because they say that the pronunciation of my name sounds similar to it. I’ve also been called Fiji because I’m from Fiji Islands. In the office though, I could see them saying more of a phrase along the lines of “Shweta to the rescue” because I love to help out in any way that I can and am pretty good and juggling multiple tasks at once. I will come to the rescue for the Running Start team whenever they need me to!

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A lot of people don’t know that I’m actually a theater girl. I’ve been participating in productions since I was 5 years old. My hidden talent would be that I can sing anywhere from the range of a low alto to a high soprano.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ratitude
Respect
Enthusiasm
Equity
Never Give Up.