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December 2015 - Mitchell "Mitch" Leahy

Congratulations to Mitchell “Mitch” Leahy, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Employee of the Month for December 2015. Mitch was hired in 2006 as a Copy Center Operator in Graphic Services, and then six months later became an Admissions and Records (A&R) Technician. He was then promoted to Administrative Assistant III in A&R and served in that position for seven years, prior to becoming the A&R Coordinator. Mitch provides lead worker support for A&R in Santa Rosa and Petaluma and for the International Student Program. He maintains multiple department webpages for the College, and coordinates the collection and editing of the printed College Catalog and the Commencement Program.

Freyja Pereira, Dean of Admissions and Records, says that “Mitch is a valuable asset not only to A&R, but to all of Student Services and the college community. He constantly strives to improve the services that we provide to our students. Mitch is often the first point of contact for students, faculty and staff. He is expected to troubleshoot and resolve issues that come to his attention, whether it be a glitch with the registration module or lack of heat in the building.” She says he’s motivated, resourceful, innovative, enthusiastic, and has great technology skills. He constantly takes initiative to research and recommend improved methods of doing business to assist our students.

Vayta Smith, Director of Admissions & Enrollment Services, calls Mitch “forward-thinking and willing to collaborate with his colleagues.”

Mitch represents SRJC on the state-wide CCCApply Steering Committee and provides the majority of the training to staff and students involving the application and registration process. He also serves on the SRJC Academic Calendar/Registration committee and the District Online Committee. He works closely with Public Relations, outreach staff and others to spread the SRJC message cost-effectively throughout Sonoma County and beyond.

An example of Mitch’s initiative took place when Plover Hall required evacuation within 24 hours due to problems with the re-roofing project.  In his supervisor’s absence, Mitch demonstrated exceptional leadership, working quickly with Facilities Operations, IT, the Deans and staff in Plover Hall and Bertolini Student Center to coordinate and secure alternate work spaces. Mitch coordinated the move for the large A&R staff, as well as the Plover Building staff of more than 100 people.

Tara Johnson, Disability Support Services Coordinator, noted Mitch’s “numerous contributions to improve student access and streamline processes. His ability to see the students’ perspective informs these intelligent decisions.”

Born in San Jose, Mitch grew up in Guerneville, attended El Molino High School, and earned two AA degrees at SRJC (both with highest honors), plus a Career Certificate in Real Estate.
He is most proud of coordinating the setup and grand opening of the Dream Center for undocumented students in Plover Hall. Administrators from other organizations and colleges came to the event. He’s proud that the Dream Center has helped undocumented students to find a safe environment and help with admissions and other services at SRJC. 

He and his wife Noeme, who works in the Scholarship office, enjoy raising chickens, working on home improvements, eating Indian food and visiting Asia. They also volunteer for their church in Forestville.

Page last revised on: January 4, 2016


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