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.


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.


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.



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