Congratulations to Lynn Sereni for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Employee of the Month for November 2014. Hired in 1997, Lynn has dedicated nearly 17 years of service to the College and currently works in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) cluster. As an Administrative Assistant III, to the Dean of STEM, Lynn is responsible for keeping the dean on task with his rigorous schedule and projects; serving as a liaison between the dean and the rest of the college; serving as a Cluster Tech Review Coordinator; handling calendar/schedule management; coordinating and monitoring the process of faculty tenure evaluations; tracking all regular and adjunct faculty and classified evaluations; National Science Foundation Grant time management and data entry, personnel issues, and project management, as well as many other duties.
Stephen Lewis, Dean II, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, explains “Lynn Sereni is an outstanding and dedicated SRJC employee who is always on the job, happy, productive, and helpful to everyone who needs her help. She has been invaluable to me as a new dean and a new SRJC employee. Lynn is diligent, pays attention to detail and deadlines, and plays a critical role in keeping the STEM cluster moving forward.”
Lynn believes much of her success is due to her “old school work ethic,” corporate-level experience, her excellent working relations and passion for assisting our students, the STEM Cluster Department Chairs, administration, faculty and staff. Co-workers have described her as graceful, good-natured, and supremely helpful. “Lynn is always cheerful and happy as she performs her work tasks and accommodating to those who need her help. I would have had a very difficult time functioning as a new dean without the insight and knowledge of SRJC that she has. She is a perfect example of the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to make large, complex organizations function,” said Dean Lewis.
She admits her greatest challenge has been to provide training to her past three deans. “It’s never boring. This is what I enjoy the most about my job. Knowing the pulse of the STEM Cluster and being able to assist everyone: from the dean to the faculty, my classified peers, my Bussman Hall neighbors, and the students. I love being able to help everyone in any way that I can,” said Lynn.
In addition to assisting Dean Lewis, Lynn is also involved with the following committees: Classified Action Team, Career & Technical Education Act, RFP Grant Review Team, CTE Video committee, and the First Annual CTE Celebration committee. She has also served two years on the Harvey Hansen Memorial Scholarship Event committee. Lynn has participated in community-related activities including SRJC’s Day of Caring, Girl’s Day through the Boys and Girls Club, volunteers to clean yards of neighbors in her community complex who are unable to do so for themselves, and has volunteered for the past two presidential campaigns.
“In addition to breaking in a new dean, Lynn undertook the herculean task of coordinating and compiling information and written documentation from four different institutions into a $1.3 million proposal to the National Science Foundation. She had to learn a completely new online computer system in order to submit the proposal, and the effort was successful. She served as the focal point for faculty from SRJC, UCB, UCSB, and the Pepperwood Preserve to successfully assemble the final proposal,” said Dean Lewis.
Prior to SRJC, Lynn Sereni worked as an Office Manager at an elementary school, Executive Assistant to the Director of Advertising at the Press Democrat, and Executive Assistant to the CEO of Lawrence Simons and James Brecht Inc. (an Architectural/Development Firm in Santa Rosa).
The Analy High school alum moved to Sebastopol when she was two years old to be closer with her grandparents. Now a grandmother of six herself, Lynn considers seeing her grandson Gabriel attend the SRJC her greatest accomplishment. “Seeing Gabriel’s life change in a positive way is the greatest gift I could ever ask for! I love that he stops by and sees me regularly before or after his classes and that he loves it here!” said Lynn. Lynn previously coordinated the Study Abroad program, and she has always believed education is the key to success and enjoys when students share their life changing experiences abroad with her.
When told of her selection as November’s Employee of the Month, Lynn felt humbled and said, “’I’d much rather celebrate other well-deserving peers. I feel uncomfortable being on this side of it. However, I’m very appreciative of the award. SRJC is a great college! I am very proud to be part of it and uphold the standards that drew me here 17 years ago.”