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.
Office Specialist, Admissions & Records
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 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
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.
Financial Aid Specialist-Veterans
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.
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.
Assistant Lab Coordinator, ITS
Brady 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.
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.
Support Specialist, Office of Instructional Deans
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.