Service Awards 2016

Posted on behalf of Claire Gorenstein

September is an exciting month for our college for many reasons. Why am I talking about September when it’s only May, you say?  It’s my time to coordinate the recipients for Service Awards.  My favorite time of year. No, really!medal-1512895

We count years of service from the first day of permanent employment. For instance, if you were an adjunct or hourly employee before becoming a permanent employee (classified, exempt or tenure track faculty) we begin counting from the start date of your permanent position. If an employee leaves Green River and is rehired, we combine the years of service.

Presentation of service awards will be on Opening Day in September. Over fifty employees will be honored with awards for years of dedicated service to Green River College, ranging from five to forty-five years.

See 2016 Service Award Recipients below:

5 Years
Susan Baker, Adrienne Battle, Joy Crawford, Amnat Saephan, Eric Shea

10 Years

Judy Brenden, Mandiann Bumgarner, Deb Casey, Story Gilmore, Noland Hall, Kathryn Hoppe, Sabah Jabbouri, Alex Marchuk, Timothy McDaniel, Veun Saetern, Akiko Sakurai, Jean Sheadel, Matt Swenson, Alvin Tai

15 Years
Janet Ash, Pamela Basquez, Susan Batchelor, Catherine Cantrell, Michelle Danberg-Marshman, Danna Davis, Megan Evans, Susan Evans, Sue Finnestad, Jaeney Hoene, Carla Kane, Martha Koch, Frances Lindland, Marjorie Mackenzie, Gary Oliveira, Scott Schreiber, William Scott, Patty Sherman, Mary Singer, Jack Wells, Micki Wells, Anthony White, Lyudmila Zadneprovskaya

20 Years
Shirley Archuleta, Keith Clay, Sandra Davidson, Jennifer Dysart, Susan Fairley, Julie French, Judy Fuchs, Pie-Yon Gilge, Keith “Brad” Johnson, Dan Keene, Sergey Mikhailenko, Rochelle Mitchell, Camella Morgan, Cindy Olson, Dan Sorensen, Sandra Zirkle

25 Years
Diane Anderson, Angie Brenner, Stefanie Chapman, Bart Dowd, Sandra Mathews, Julia Nation, Lori Rapozo

30 Years
Darla Schutten

45 Years
Carmen Schmitz


Any questions? Simply send an email to with the subject line of “Service Award Question.”


2015 Retirement Social

Last Wednesday, June 3rd, Green River honored its most recent retirees. Current and past staff and faculty came together to celebrate their combined total of 361 years of service at our college.Retirees Group Photo

The audience applauded the retirees as they received their service plaques and pins, and listened as they spoke proudly about their time at Green River. Naturally, their stories differed from department to department, but every retiree, whether a former instructor or staff member, expressed immense gratitude for the relationships they had developed at the college. With comments ranging from, “Coming to Green River was the best decision I made,” to “This College is like no other,” it was easy to be reminded of the special nature of our school and to be infected with their pride.

Service Plaque

Many thanks to Josh Gerstman from the Green River Foundation, Patty Sherman and Benita Walters from Conference Services, Julie Spears from Marketing and Communications, Jean Sheadel from College Relations, Steve Sosa, Kirk Walker, Claire Gorenstein and Jessica Tichy from Human Resources, Suzanne McCudden from the President’s Office, and Natalie Edwards from Campus Safety.