Staff and Faculty Win 4 Awards at Spring Luncheon

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Staff and Faculty Win 4 Awards at Spring Luncheon

  • Highline College Faculty Staff Award Winners

Each year, Highline College recognizes exemplary staff and faculty who make a difference in students’ lives. This year, four staff and faculty members were honored for their professional excellence and achievements at the annual Spring Luncheon, held June 13. Employees are nominated through a confidential process by Highline students and/or peers.

Not only were award recipients acknowledged in front of their peers, but they took home $1,500 each, courtesy of the Highline College Foundation.

Classified Staff of the Year: Indira Hazbic

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Indira Hazbic

Indira Hazbic, a senior secretary in Adult Basic Education, was recognized for being student centered and never losing her “cool.”

“She cheerfully serves all the students,” said the person who nominated her for this award. “In over 10 years of working with her, I have never seen her lose her patience or become angry with any student. She is quite possibly the most student-centered professional and friendly staff on our campus…”

Hazbic, a SeaTac resident, has worked at Highline College for 18 years. She was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but moved with her family to the United States as a refugee due to armed conflict in her home country.

She received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Seattle Pacific University in 2008 and is currently working on her master’s degree.

While attending Seattle Pacific, she worked at Highline College’s Adult Literacy Program and eventually the Adult Basic Education department, where she currently works.

When she’s not working, she “loves spending time exploring books, dancing, and traveling around the world” with her family — husband, two children and parents.

Exempt Staff of the Year: Doris Martinez

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Doris Martinez

Doris Martinez, the director of student diversity and inclusion for Multicultural Affairs, was honored for her leadership and ability to navigate conflict gracefully.

“Every opportunity I have had the privilege to work with her has been a pleasure,” said a colleague. “While we have served on several different committees over the years, the leadership she has shown in the Highline College Faculty and Staff of Color committee is exemplary. Prior to the current equity committee, the Faculty and Staff of Color committee was challenging Highline College administration to acknowledge issues of microaggressions on campus. She was put in a challenging position, not only as a member of the Faculty and Staff of Color committee, but also in her close working relationships with administration. Doris navigated the conflict gracefully and honored our message and earned the respect of those involved…”

Martinez, a Federal Way resident, has worked at Highline College for five years this September.

Despite being born in Huntington Park, California, she considers herself a “true Washingtonian.”

A child of immigrant parents, the Honduran American of Garifuna decent, was raised to value education, which included knowing her family, language and heritage. This resulted in living in Honduras with her maternal grandmother during her elementary years, meeting extended family and becoming trilingual.

The complexities of being a self-identified Latinx of African descent were challenging throughout her K–12 experience, but it was an identity that Martinez embraced as her educational scope increased throughout her undergraduate college student experience at Highline College.

Upon graduating from Highline in 2007, she continued her studies at Seattle University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications in 2009 and a master’s degree in student development administration in 2011.

Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Ron Godfrey

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Ron Godfrey

Ron Godfrey, an instructor in computer information systems and computer science, was recognized for his passion and for being a “man of many talents.”

“He’s an all-around good guy,” said one person who nominated him for this award. “The students love that he ties the work they are doing in class into what he does for a living. Students see that what they are learning has a real meaning and application for jobs in the industry.”

One student who nominated him said, “He is a shining example of a professor who loves his job, loves his students and is passionate about teaching inside the classroom and out. He is unquestionably the best professor I’ve ever had in my academic career, and I consider him a friend I will keep in touch with for life. He is a man of many talents.”

Godfrey, an Eatonville resident, has worked at Highline College for 10 years. A Burien native, Godfrey served in the Marine Corps before working at Boeing for nearly 30 years. As an employee of a NASA and U.S. government contractor, Godfrey was responsible for administering computer security procedures and ensuring compliance with government and company requirements.

At Boeing, he spent 20 years working as a digital forensic examiner where he supported numerous corporate investigations for organizations tasked with enforcing policies and laws.

Godfrey is a member of the Computer Technology Investigators Network and provides presentations on computer forensic topics to students enrolled in computer forensic courses.

Tenured Faculty of the Year: Allison Green

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Allison Green


Allison Green, an instructor in English, humanities, and diversity and global studies, was honored for being nonjudgmental and challenging her students to think deeper.

“She has the most student-centered approach,” said the person who nominated her for this award. “Her students thrive. In particular, one of them commented: ‘She gave me lots of work to do and helped me at a time when I really needed help. She helped me to earn a 4.0.’ “

“… She always makes herself available to groups and individuals for workshops, presentations and conversation. She is nonjudgmental and encouraging while challenging people to deepen their thinking about identity, equity and inclusion. Her devotion to this work is a reflection of her profound concern for students and desire to help create a campus environment in which all our students have an opportunity to thrive.”

Green, a Seattle resident, has worked at Highline College for 25 years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and journalism from The Evergreen State College, a master’s degree in creative writing and literature from Emerson College in Boston and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate from Seattle University.

Prior to working at Highline College, she was the associate editor for Sloan Management Review at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While at Highline, she co-founded the Diversity and Globalism department in 1999, chaired the Arts and Humanities division from 2005 to 2011, won several awards and published two books.

She currently works as a coordinator for the Culturally Responsive Campus project, in addition to teaching, at Highline College.

Professional Excellence at Highline

Highline College has been honoring employees for more than 30 years, beginning with faculty in the 1987–88 academic year. In 1990–91, an award was added for staff members. Now, four awards are presented, two for faculty and two for staff.

Faculty of the Year Award Winners

Academic YearAward RecipientRecipient’s Department
1987–88Edith BaileyDevelopmental Studies
1988–89Bob MaplestoneEngineering
1989–90Bill HofmannWriting
1990–91Carol SatterbergNursing
1991–92Joan FedorWriting, Literature
1992–93Ellen HofmannArt History, French, Humanities, Writing
1993–94Mary Lou HollandHealth Services
1994–95Lonny KanekoEnglish
1995–96Maggie BrownPsychology
1995–96Hellyn PawulaArt
1996–97Ed MorrisMathematics
1997–98Doug Whipple Offset Printing
1998–99Kathy Dunn Transportation
1998–99Phil SellEngineering
1999–00Billie Lindh Medical Assistant
2000–01Barbara Clinton Speech Communication
2001–02Wendy Swyt English
2002–03Vickie Ropp Speech
2003–04Susan Landgraf Humanities, Journalism, English
2004–05Joan Graham Education
2005–06Phil Droke Economics
2006–07Bruce Roberts Economics
2007–08Darryl Brice Sociology
2008–09Erik Scott Mathematics
2009–10Rich Bankhead Engineering
2010–11Michael Girvin Accounting
2011–12Jodie White Education
2012–13Laura Manning Communication Studies
2013–14Bevin Taylor ESL
2014–15Lisa Bernhagen English
2015–16Arline GarciaWorld Languages
2016–17
Adjunct FacultyJudy MannardEngineering
Tenured FacultyPatricia McDonaldEducation
2017–18
Adjunct FacultyKarin HirschfeldABE/ESL
Tenured FacultyChristie KnightonABE/ESL
2018–19
Adjunct FacultyRon GodfreyCIS/CS
Tenured FacultyAllison GreenEnglish, Humanities, and Diversity and Global Studies

Employee of the Year Award Winners

Academic YearAward Recipient 
1990–91Patty von BehrenFaculty Secretary, Business Division
1991–92Arlynn KnutsonAdministrative Assistant to Dean of Instruction
1992–93Gus NyquistMaintenance Mechanic
1993–94Pat RichardProgram Assistant, Financial Aid Office
1994–95Wilma BartonFiscal Technician Lead in Accounts Payable
1995–96Sandy MoserSecretary to the Dean of Instruction, Occupational Programs
1996–97Chris BrixeyFacilities Supervisor
1997–98Karen SteinbachProgram Coordinator, Running Start
1998–99Jeff SynderAdvising Manager, Worker Retraining
1999–00Siew Lai LilleyDirector for Transfer Center Education Planning
2000–01Frank CunninghamInterim Director for Administrative Technology
2001–02Joyce RileyDirector of Childcare Services
2002–03Tam DuongCustodian
2003–04Denise KledzikHuman Resources Representative
2004–05Linda QuickFaculty Secretary, Pure and Applied Science Division
2005–06Ronda O’BrienOffice Assistant, Program Coordinator
2006–07Patricia DanielsCustomer Services Manager, Administrative Technology
2007–08Patricia OvermanInstructional Resources
2008–09Linda FaarenESL
2009–10Lauri SpiveyFaculty Secretary, Arts and Humanities Division
2010–11Judy Perry Executive Director, Community Services and Supported Employment
2011–12Rus HigleyMaST Center
2012–13Donn WalterBiology Lab
2012–13Sabine Walter Instruction
2013–14Suzy HolmesFacilities
2014–15Natasha BurrowesMulticultural Affairs
2015–16Jean MunroWomen’s Programs and WorkFirst Services
2016–17Dr. Jonathan BrownCenter for Leadership and Service
2017–18Rickitia ReidProfession-Technical Education
2018–19
Classified StaffIndira HazbicAdult Basic Education
Exempt Staff Doris MartinezMulticultural Affairs