New Employee Spotlight – Yesenia Escoto

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.Escoto, Yesenia
My new title is Program Assistant for Youth Re-Engagement Department. I have taught in a Pre-School program for the last couple of years, worked as a Supervisor in the agriculture business, plus was employed as a server and shift manager at a winery at Lake Chelan.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I have always felt immense satisfaction in helping others. Working with pre-school and school age students gave me the opportunity to learn and empower other students to reach their full potential. I am excited and looking forward to this opportunity to help the Green River students.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
On the car ride to work I enjoy listening to Movin 92.5 with Jubal and Brooke in the morning. I listen to all different music; country, R&B, Hip-Hop, banda, cumbias, corridos, and much more. Music is a getaway for me it takes me to a new world where I can get lost and relax.

What was the very first job you ever had?
The very first job I had was working as a busser/host at the BBQ for Lake Chelan Winery.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I will love the opportunity to work with older students and continuing to help and assist them in any way I can. I enjoy meeting new people and discovering ways to empower their lives.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to master and excel at my position for my first year at Green River. I believe I will be a bigger asset by understanding every part of my position along with learning the programs Green River has to offer.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
The three biggest accomplishments I feel most proud of is being the first in my family to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree, paying for my education, and finally taking a leap of faith and starting my mezcal business in Mexico.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My office nickname would be Mimi because that is my childhood nickname. My older brother couldn’t pronounce my middle name Noemi and as a result “Mimi” was the new me.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I would showcase touching my nose with my tongue.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
rowing
Resilient
Educate
Enriching
Native

New Employee Spotlight – Holly Nay

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. Nay, Holly 2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Natural Resources Program Coordinator, and I am excited to promote and increase awareness of our Forestry BAS degree program.

Formerly, I worked for 16 years in the home improvement industry as an account manager for Fortune 500 companies. I’ve managed and operated multiple sports nutrition stores and managed staffs of 15-20 people. I began my working career as a lifeguard and have always enjoyed working with and helping people!

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Completing a 2-year degree in Park Management, at the Auburn campus, I became highly impressed with the culture of the college. The diversity, community involvement and overall “family” atmosphere that our college fosters help create a very welcoming experience for those seeking higher education. Students are never just a number among many but an important addition to the overall success and achievement of higher learning here.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
A mix of country, alternative rock, top 40 and 90s rap music. I’m definitely one to sing along and look like a lunatic while car dancing, just to survive the commute!

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a lifeguard for 3 years at Wild Waves.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Working with the students and faculty of Natural Resources to increase awareness of our Bachelor degree program and our reputation of graduating some of the most highly trained and capable foresters in the field! It is extremely exciting to talk to employers all over the NW that know our student’s reputation of being job ready from day one!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
My number one goal for my first year is to get our BAS program enrollment to 125% of our course capacity. Reaching past graduates of our 2-year program and retaining 50-60% of our graduating 2-year cohorts will allow this to happen.

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

  • Raising such incredible children, that truly seek to help others, is my proudest accomplishment.
  • Completing my 2-year degree at GRC and being within one year of completion of my BAS in Forestry follows second.
  • Third…working in the Tongass National Forest for the US Forest Service, last summer, hiking helicopter units through dense forest and being the most accurate data collector out of a group of 8, while being the oldest crew member, definitely makes me feel accomplished.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
“Happy Holly.” It’s been a long-standing nickname. I rarely have bad days and love sharing my nearly limitless optimism.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
How to climb a cell tower at work without getting caught!

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
enerosity
Resilience
Education
Enthusiasm
Natural

New Employee Spotlight – Katie Markham

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. Markham, Katie

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the Building Secretary for Cedar Hall. I was previously an Office Assistant for Salish Hall, Science Center, Cedar Hall and Technology Center. Before Green River College, I worked for Geico’s Claims department and Mercer University’s Enrollment Services in Central Georgia.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I am drawn to the atmosphere at Green River College. We are blessed to work on a beautiful campus that is filled with interesting and talented people.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I am an audiobook fan! I like to “read” a book or two every week.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first job was encoding checks with magnetic ink at SunTrust Bank. I loved it!

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I think the Math and Technology instructors are so much fun! I also enjoy the interactions with students on a daily basis.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to make the Secretary’s Desk a place everyone feels comfortable stopping by for help. I want each person I work with to know they are welcome and understood.

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

  • I am proud of my volunteer work with Girl Scouts and FIRST Robotics,
  • of the people my teenagers are becoming,
  • and I am proud to be finishing my BS in Information Technology this year.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
They call me “Katie-Bell” or “Katie-May”. I’m not sure why. I think my southern accent explains it, in part, but southerners also call me “Katie-Bell”. I was named for my grandmother. Her name is Katie Nell, so “Katie-Bell” really fits.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Since it doesn’t exist, I will say stand-up comedy. I would be terrified if it did exist.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
et
Ready
Engage
Education
Now

New Employee Spotlight – Brenda Mueller

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.
Mueller, Brenda2
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Development Specialist in the Foundation office overseeing the scholarship program. Previously, I worked at Charles Wright Academy as the Parent Association and Auction Coordinator and was the Summer Program Coordinator in the International Student Office at Saint Martin’s University. I have also lived overseas in China for two years where I taught ESOL and studied Mandarin.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was a community college student myself at TCC and have always loved the environment of higher education.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to mostly pop music but enjoy the occasional rock or hip hop station as well. I like to flip between five or six different stations while I fight traffic.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked as a dishwasher at a weekend retreat camp out in Yelm, where I lived in high school. I was thrilled to get a job at 16 and loved every minute of it.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I get to give money away to students! How fun is that?

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to see the awareness for Foundation Scholarships to be increased on campus. We have a lot of scholarship money available, and I would love to see as many students as possible applying and receiving funds for school.

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

  • My two sons, who are 4 and 6 are the light of my life.
  • Additionally, I’m very proud of finishing my BA degree, because I did so after my children were born, and it was very difficult.
  • Finally, getting my first job in higher education at Saint Martin’s University was a very proud moment in my life, because I had finally achieved my professional dream.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
That’s a tough one, but probably something like Ms. Coffee, because I drink a lot of it. LOL.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
Well, I can’t sing or dance for anything, but I do enjoy writing. Maybe a poetry reading of something I wrote?

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
I love it here at Green River so far, and I think the GREEN acronym would stand for some pretty powerful words. Genuine, Riveting, Energetic, Equitable, and Natural beauty. I think all these words represent the Green River campus and people beautifully.

New Employee Spotlight – Barry Robinson

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. Robinson, Barry

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Dean of Health Sciences and Technology. My background is in clinical research and higher education. I studied the effects of viruses in the body, how the immune system responded to the viruses and how multiple viruses seemed to be coordinating their efforts within the same host. I did my research at various institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers, Johns Hopkins, University of Kentucky and University of Washington. I have a bachelor’s degree from Brescia University, master’s degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Capella University and a PhD from University of Kentucky.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Green River had gone through a rough period in the school’s history and I had heard that they were in the process of rebuilding. During this rebuilding process, they wanted to recruit eager, motivating and high spirited individuals to return to where the school was prior to the rough period; while keeping in mind that the focus was on making sure that students had the best opportunity for success. I love sharing knowledge and have a reputation of setting standards that students can reach but they have to meet me half way because I cannot force them to do anything that they do not want to. I was drawn to apply to Green River because I wanted to be a part of the revitalization of this great school and do all I can to assist in getting everyone back to where they were before the rough period.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
This one is easy because I do not listen to anything but my thoughts…SMILES!!!

What was the very first job you ever had?
My first unofficial job was cutting my grandmother’s and her friends’ grass. My very first tax paying job was working for a catholic restaurant called St. Martin’s Afro-German Tearoom as a busser/entertainer/waiter.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The most exciting part of my new position is meeting all the wonderful people and getting to know them better; not to mention, learning from everyone. I believe that there is an exchange of knowledge whether we realize it or not…we learn from all those that we encounter. So, Health Sciences and Technology be prepared to teach me all that you can…I am here to learn and help you the best that I can.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
The main things that I would love to accomplish within the first year would be to be able to feel more at ease in this position and have gain a strong relationship with the individuals in Health Sciences and Technology. Next, I have set a goal to recognize all the administration, faculty and staff by first name. This will be a great challenge since I am bad with names.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, my son…second, my continued education…third, having had the opportunity to find love.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
Happy…because I always try to make at least one person smile a day; more is always better but the minimum is one.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
A hidden talent to be showcased at the Annual Green River Talent Show…would be making shadow puppets in a marionette mini-stage. Seriously, I would have to say it would probably be ballroom dancing.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
row continuously
Refresh your mind and thoughts
Explore the world around you
Experience life to the fullest
Never give up on your dreams

New Employee Spotlight – Hedayatullah Qaderi

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. Qaderi, Hedayatullah

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I currently work as Program Coordinator with Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) team in Business Division at Green River College. I have worked as Admin Assistant with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as Administrative Assistant with Louise Berger Group (LBG) funded by U.S. government, as Program Assistant with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Admin Assistant with Conference Services at Green River College.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
GRC is a well-known college for serving a diverse community, I have an Associate degree in business from Green River College, previously worked with Green River, well familiar with GRC compound, and I love the environment at GRC.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Mostly news and sometimes music.

What was the very first job you ever had?
Admin Assistant with JICA.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
Yes, definitely. I am very excited and delighted for being promoted from the position of Admin Assistant to Program Coordinator.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Despite of doing my own duties and responsibilities, I would also love to be a good team player where I could cooperate with others and contribute to the best of my abilities in order to achieve our goals.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
First, getting my first Associate Degree in business from Green River College. Second, I am a Senior at Central Washington University (CWU) pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in business with double majors in Finance and Management and will be graduating in Fall quarter 2017. Third, being selected for the position of Program Coordinator at Green River College. These are the three accomplishments that I am really proud of in my life.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I think that would be Raihan and that’s because I go by this name as well.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I can speak five languages and I am a good Soccer, Volleyball, Cricket and Billiard player.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
reat
Representation of
Equal
Employment
Numbers

New Employee Spotlight – Alan Nguyen

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. Nguyen, Alan

Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
International Student Advisor in International Programs. I have worked in mostly in higher ed, but have some experience at a boarding school as well. I worked at Everest College in Bremerton, Solomon Christian School in Edmonds and Seattle Central College previous to coming here. I have been working with international students close to 6 years now and hope to continue that trend for a long time.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
I actually used to study here when I was in Running Start through Kentwood High School when I was younger. I have fond memories as a student here. Also, the change in responsibilities from my previous position at Central to the one here will probably give me more room to grow professionally.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
Podcasts, Sports Radio, Spotify

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked for a catering company for a couple summers while in High School. A lot of big corporate (e.g. Microsoft, Boeing, T-Mobile) summer bbqs were hosted there in North Bend. It was hard grueling work in the hot sun washing dishes in what was basically a metal box.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The fact that this is a homecoming for me is probably most exciting. So much has changed in the last 10 or so years!

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would like to target and create a project that will be hugely beneficial to International Programs, Green River at large, whether it is our processes or to help our students.

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

  1. When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from WSU, that was probably my proudest moment
  2. When I got my first career job out of college
  3. When I bought my house

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
A student once called me a “General”, like a military officer, because of the tone of voice I have sometimes. He linked it to my upbringing since my father is ex-military. That nickname stuck with a lot of coworkers.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
For the annual talent show, I would have to share my karate skills since I did it for about five years off and on.

If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
G
ive
Respect,
Expect
Encouragement and
Nice things will come