CACOCC New Classified Employee Profiles

COCC prides itself on the high quality of classified staff members who provide daily support to faculty and students. The classified staff totals over 100 support positions across all of our campuses in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Deer Ridge. The staff brings a wide-range of depth and experience to the campuses and provides not just front line information and support to students, faculty and the public but also smiling, friendly face to help guide you in your experience at COCC.

Sara EvansSara Evans
Administrative Assistant, World Languages and Cultures

Sara grew up in the heartland of Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University.  She graduated with a B.S. in Interior Design and a Masters in Organizational Development.  While working on a Masters in Art History, she heard the fantastic news that her husband had accepted a job teaching at COCC!  Four years and one daughter later, her family loves to call Bend home.  Who wouldn’t!?  With the friendliest people in the nation, the brew scene and the outdoor lifestyle; Bend is one of a kind. 

After designing interiors, consulting for Harley-Davidson, and managing a family-owned grocery, Sara is ready for her new responsibilities at COCC.  She is thrilled that she will be working within the World Languages and Cultures department which houses topics that she is passionate about: History and Archaeology.  

You can frequently find Sara, her husband Josh, their daughter Hypatia and their dog Moose wading in the waters at Shevlin Park (their favorite local spot).  

Katie Ritter
Human Resources Assistant

Katie Ritter

Katie is a native of Southern Oregon; she was born in Medford, raised in Klamath Falls, and is a new addition to Bend. Katie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oregon Institute of Technology. She received a BS in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Human Resources, a minor in Psychology, and her Dispute Resolution Certificate. Her career includes several years in customer service and benefits within the manufacturing industry.  Katie and her husband Steven enjoy spending time in the outdoors, especially when hiking with their two dogs. They are both looking forward to fall and winter in Central Oregon and cannot wait to hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor when the snow falls.

Melissa Monette
Office Specialist, Admissions & RecordsMelissa Monette(1)

Melissa is native to Bend and graduated from Mountain View High School.  Her college foundation was built on COCC, where she then transferred to the University of Oregon program that was offered at the OSU Cascades building.  She graduated with a B.S. in Social Science and is currently finishing her Masters in Academic Advising through Kansas State.  She couldn’t be happier to be working at COCC; because of her own experiences at COCC, she feels like she is home!

When Melissa is not studying, she enjoys spending time with her newlywed husband.  They enjoy all of the great outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, trap shooting, and horseback riding. They don’t technically have children, but with the way they talk about their two dogs, it might seem that they do.

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