New Employee Spotlight – Richard Nattinger

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.

Nattinger, Richard

Richard Nattinger

I am the new IT Specialist 3. I was previously the System Administrator for Children’s Friend, a non-profit specializing in assisting at-risk children and families in Providence, RI. Before that, I worked for Atrion (now a part of Carousel Industries) as a member of their Workforce Agility team, specializing in staff augmentation for data center roles.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I received the foundation for the skills that I currently have from a state college in Florida and have always been thankful for the care that the staff took in setting me up for success. When I saw this job posting I thought that I would be happiest if I could give back in some way to the state college system and am very happy that I was selected for this role. I look forward to supporting the staff here in making success stories like mine.

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

My radio has been broken for a while, but sometimes I will put on some J-pop, classic rock, or some alt rock. I’ve been on a bit of a Hamilton kick lately too.

What was the very first job you ever had?

I worked in a small pizza shop in Saint Augustine, FL as a dishwasher and was eventually promoted to preparing food.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I’m excited to work with such a large team and to help learn about the specific challenges we face in this environment. I like to be a part of the solution, so I look forward to helping the team tackle them!

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

Professionally, I would like to get comfortable with the environment this first year. Personally, I would like to get established in the area and get back into the classroom to begin working towards my Masters.

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

I am very proud that I have been able to find a career that fits me and that gives me the opportunity to help people with my knowledge and skills.

I am proud that I have made such great friends that they are willing to help me make a crazy 3000 mile move so painlessly.

I am proud of how I left my previous job in a better place than I found it.

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

I like to let the nicknames find me. They strike me as a kind of badge that you earn. Hopefully I get one for something positive, but even the ones you earn from something negative have wonderful lessons attached.

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

Maybe finishing my girlfriend’s sentences for her? We are good at it, but I’m sure anyone who spends that much time with someone else gets that way.

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

Green River Encourages Energetic Neurons

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New Employee Spotlight – Melanie Willers

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.

Willers, Melanie

Melanie Willers

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

I am the Administrative Assistant I in the Facilities Department. I have a lot of variety in my professional background: Administrative Assistant at John L. Scott Real Estate, driver for Access, School Bus Driver, Special Needs Para educator, Parts Data Coordinator, Customer Service Representative, and Customer Service Coordinator and Panasonic.

What drew you to apply to Green River?

I felt I was ready to get back into working a full time job and I have been a student at Green River a few times and really liked the campus.

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

Usually I listen to Hair Nation or Ozzy’s Boneyard on Sirius XM but once in a while I will listen to Beatles Radio or Jazz.

What was the very first job you ever had?

The very first job was cleaning horse stalls after school on a farm in Maple Valley

What about your new position is most exciting for you?

I enjoy learning new things and research to get things straightened out and I get to do that. The people are fantastic and I enjoy coming to work every day.

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

Getting to know the names of all the people I work with.

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

Having my awesome 3 children, surviving cancer and buying my first house all by myself.

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

I have no idea

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

I have no talents at all and that is not a joke

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

Great Dane

Rottweiler

English Mastiff

English Bulldog

Newfoundland

IT Tip: Accessibility in MS Office

accessinility

Here at Green River, inclusion is a hallmark of our mission! With that in mind, we would like to introduce a few ways that you can make some of your work even more inclusive. Thanks to the IT department, we’re now aware that the Microsoft office suite offers new alternatives to make emails, documents, workbooks and Powerpoint presentations accessible. Check the link below for lessons on how to create better content that is accessible to all!

Microsoft Office Accessibility

Frontline: EAP News and Helpful Hints

EAP

Our Employee Assistance Program continues to be a wonderful source of helpful information! This month’s EAP newsletter offers tips about a number of issues including:

  • Distracted driving
  • Social media
  • Workplace defensiveness
  • Procrastination

Click the link below to take advantage of more ways to improve your work relationships and beyond!

EAP Newsletter

EAP Update

In December, we let you know about the new services our EAP (Employee Assistance Program) offers, including legal and financial services. We’d like to take a moment to remind you of those services as well as bring you a few updates!

  • Now there’s a new website shortcut for the EAP: bit.ly/eapweb. Once you enter (or copy and paste) you’ll enter our organization code GRC to get access.
  • In addition to the great resources you already know about, did you know that our EAP also offers free e-learning and online seminars? These valuable professional development trainings are available in the orange boxes just on the main page. Trainings are about 15-20 mins long and offer you the option to print your certificate of completion!

See the flyer below for more options from our Employee Assistance Program!

EAP

New Employee Assistance Services!

YOUR EAP, WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HAS ADDED SEVERAL GREAT NEW SERVICES TO SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR WORK AND LIFE NEEDS.EAP

In addition to the free counseling and consultation already available to you, EAP now offers free legal consultation and financial counseling services, as well as a comprehensive work-life website that includes resources, articles, webinars and e-learning, financial calculators, legal documents, self-search provider databases for eldercare, childcare, and more.

All of these services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting the web portal and entering our organization code: GRC. A legal or financial counselor can also be reached anytime by calling 1-888-728-1408. If you have any questions, please contact the EAP by visiting www.eap.wa.gov.

When you visit the site, you will notice that there are two buttons on the top left of the page describing the legal and financial benefits. As you explore the website, you will find thousands of resources available by topic.

Visit the EAP web portal today to learn what new features are available and what is covered!

It’s Open Enrollment Time!

OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1st – 30th

Changes you can make:Open Enrollment

  • Change your medical or dental plan, including waiving for an eligible reason;
  • Add or remove an eligible dependent;
  • Enroll or re-enroll in Medical Flexible Spending or Dependent Care Assistance Program

For more detailed information, see the latest For Your Benefit Newsletter:

https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/pebb/state-higher-education-newsletter-1710.pdf