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.

Kirsteen Wolf
Non-Instructional Scheduler, Campus Services

Kirsteen Wolf(1)Kirsteen was born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has held jobs as diverse as usher, telemarketer, house painter, stage manager, waitress, restaurant baker, sales person in a year-round Christmas store, tree planter, kitchen staff, cashier, forest worker (brushing with machetes and pruning), remote camp cook, grounds keeper, retail clerk, nanny and writer as well as many hours of volunteer work. She and her husband traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada with trips to England, Baja California, Ecuador, Nepal and India.

In 1998, when Kirsteen and her young family drove up College Way to check out the COCC campus, it was like winning the lottery: excellent program and beautiful location. Her husband studied forestry and completed an associate degree in GIS at COCC (and then finished his Bachelor of Science in Forestry at OSU) while Kirsteen raised their two children. When the kids were older, she enrolled at COCC, worked for three years as an editor at The Broadside and completed her AAOT. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a Writing and Communication focus at OSU-Cascades.

Because of the happy associations with COCC and a deep belief lifelong learning, Kirsteen is absolutely delighted to have a position on campus and to have such great coworkers in Campus Services. (Photo by The Broadside)

Lora SzaraniecLora Szaraniec
Graphic Designer/Production Assistant

Lora is thrilled to be living back in Bend. After graduating from Mt. View High School, she traveled the world for one year, visiting more than 100 cities in eight different countries with the non-profit group, Up With People.  Following that, she received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in advertising and electronic media. Lora then moved to Portland where she spent the next 10 years. While working in marketing and advertising, Lora attended the Art Institute of Portland and received her graphic design degree. She’s been doing what she loves ever since.

Now, she has finally returned home to be near her family. When not glued to a computer screen, Lora can be found reading, hiking, watching football, eating cheeseburgers or playing with her dear cat, Watson.

Christin SandsChristin Sands
Administrative Assistant, Campus Services

Christin is originally from Dallas, Texas but grew up in Bend.  Christin spent time in Portland, Austin, Texas and Mt. Hood before moving back to Bend a year ago.  She is happy to be back in Bend for all the outdoor opportunities Bend offers.  Christin enjoys horseback riding, camping, snowboarding, traveling and running with her dog, Jack Frost.  In the summer you will find Christin exploring different areas of the Pacific Northwest. Christin brings several years of experience in office management and customer service to COCC and will graduate with an Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer degree winter term.

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.

Allison Styffe
Coats Campus Center SpecialistAllison Styffe

Though Allison spent the past year in Colorado, she is originally from Southern California. And while she dearly misses the ocean views and year-round warmth of Orange County, she is extremely happy to be living in Bend and working at COCC, where both her father and brother attended college. Allison received her degree in Literature & English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego (also known as paradise). Last August she married her high school sweetheart and better-half of eight years, Nathan. Together they are the “parents” of two incredibly loveable German Shorthaired Pointers, Tucker and Duke.

In her spare time, Allison can be found reading a novel, fly fishing, watching reruns of Gilmore Girls and Friends, or trying out new recipes. She also has a passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures—she’s explored Central America, Europe, Africa, and, most recently, Asia. For the summer of 2012, she taught English in Changzhou, PRC with the English Language Institute of China, and soon after was hired to help run the organization’s program for college students. But when her husband was offered a job a few months ago in Central Oregon, they couldn’t say no to the answered prayer of living in this beautiful place they’ve been pining after for years. They’re so excited to get to know this city and make Bend their new home.

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