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.

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.


Julie A. Riel
Test Coordinator - Deer Ridge Correctional Institution

Julie RielJulie is a native of Colorado, but also calls Oregon her home.  She was raised on ranches in the Colorado mountains and the deserts Eastern Oregon.   She is a graduate of Oregon State University with a BS in Business Education, and holds a Masters of Arts in Adult Education & Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix.  Her career includes 32 years in public service working for the U.S. Department of Energy.  Her time with the US DOE included project management, contracts administration, and business operations and management.  She served  as the Regional Director of the Seattle Regional Office and later as the Administrative Officer for the Golden Field Office.  She retired from public service in 2011 and moved to Central Oregon in 2012.  She has spent the past few years enjoying helping family members in Burns and Bend as well as volunteering at St Charles Medical Center.  

She is excited to start her "second" career with COCC and is looking forward to providing service to individuals wishing to achieve educational goals as her current mission in service.


Lisa Bacon
Financial Aid Specialist-VeteransLisa Bacon(4)

Born and raised in Central California, Lisa recently moved to Bend with her husband Richard. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Managerial and Organizational Communication from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and worked at the San Diego Food Bank for over five years, overseeing programs and developing partnerships to support local hunger relief. As soon as they were settled in Bend, Lisa and her husband adopted a two year old black lab from a local shelter, and spend lots of time hiking and playing with him. They love spending time outside, exploring new trails, kayaking, and sipping craft brews from the local breweries. Lisa is thrilled to be living in Bend, and so grateful to be part of the COCC team.


Adam NeiderAdam Neider
Department Training Officer, Campus Public Safety

Adam was born and raised in Bend, OR and has been married for 9 years to his wife Beth.  They have two children together, Samuel (6 years old) and Claire (2 years old). Beth earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University and is currently working on raising their two wonderful children!

Adam is certified as a Police Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor and is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team.  He started working for COCC in the Campus Public Safety department in October 2011 as an on-call employee while attending classes at OSU-Cascades. He graduated from COCC in June 2011 with an Associates of Arts, Oregon Transfer Degree and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from OSU-Cascades in December 2013. He previously worked for the Crook County Sheriff’s Office from 2007 to 2013 as a Reserve Deputy and Seasonal Deputy and currently works for the City of Bend Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer.  He is currently an on-call staff member for the Bethlehem Inn.

Adam enjoys spending time with his family in his free time and taking a break from school while considering if he wants to pursue a Masters degree.


Brady Hickman
Assistant Lab Coordinator, ITS

Brady HickmanBrady was born and raised in Bend, OR (2nd generation) and graduated from Mt. View High School.  He has worked in restaurants, retail security and management, property management, sales and IT.  Brady earned an Associates degree from COCC in 2012.  He is a huge Star Wars fan despite his wife’s best efforts to turn him to the dark side (growing up).  Brady has two wonderful children, one boy and one girl.  His music selection is still stuck in the 80’s along with his sense of fashion.  He has always loved computers, IT and working with others and was excited to become a part of the ITS team as the Assistant Lab Coordinator.  Hobbies include: Star Wars, kids, hunting, camping, movies, books, Star Wars, Halloween, Star Wars and sci-fi movies like Star Wars. 



Brenda TurnerBrenda Turner
Administrative Assistant, World Languages and Cultures Department

Born and raised in Wyoming, Brenda recently moved to Bend, Oregon.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Wyoming and worked for UW for 6 years as an office associate, accountant, and project administrator.  She and her husband of 6 years, Aaron, decided it was time for an adventure.  Brenda spent the last two summers working in Juneau, Alaska for a glacier dog sledding company while returning to Wyoming to work at a ski resort during the winter.  Brenda and her husband have two dogs and are very excited to be in Bend.  She loves working with students and faculty and feels very fortunate to hold her position in the World Languages & Cultures department at COCC.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, good coffee, and looks forward to exploring all of the fun opportunities that Bend has to offer.   


Mary Nelson
Support Specialist, Office of Instructional Deans Mary Nelson

Mary grew up in the Midwest (Kansas and Illinois), but has been an Oregonian for the last 34 years, living in Portland, Coos Bay, Newberg, and now Central Oregon.  Mary has a unique mix of university studies.  She earned a B.S. in Writing/Linguistics/English Literature from Portland State University and ¾ of a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois.  She left University of Illinois with one semester to go to move to Coos Bay.  Changing majors from engineering to humanities studies resulted in the ultimate well-rounded education.  Since moving to Oregon, Mary worked as a college financial aid clerk, assistant manager at a fabric store, secretary, power statistics analyst/power planner for an electric utility company, elementary school secretary, and most recently as a grant writer/federal grant manager/assistant to the Assistant Superintendent for the Newberg School District.  She also worked as a freelance technical writer since 1995.  She is excited to live and work in Central Oregon where there are actually seasons, but more importantly, where she can be close to the activities she loves. Mary enjoys bicycling (road and mountain), snowshoeing, hiking, backpacking, and spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoy gardening although she needs to learn the tricks of gardening in Central Oregon. 


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