Genesee Community College Announces January Employee of the Month

Genesee Community College is pleased to announce Debra Crossett has been selected as Employee of the Month for January. Debra has held the position of secretary in the office of Student Activities for the past two years. Since joining the Genesee staff, she has been deliberate in her approach to serving others and has exemplified professionalism and personal integrity. She has an innate compassion for others and always provides the best possible customer service she can to those with whom she comes in contact with. She brings a high degree of motivation and commitment to the position as well as an ability to work independently. She often takes the initiative when she sees something that needs to be done and she willingly offers assistance to others. Debra serves as an excellent role model to Genesee students and to her peers. 

Debra began her clerical career at the Batavia Daily News shortly after graduating from high school and the Office Careers program at Genesee-Wyoming BOCES. Several years later she accepted a position as switchboard operator and ambulance dispatch for St. Jerome Hospital for four years. She also worked in the office at Graham Manufacturing for four years. After her youngest daughter was born she left the clerical field and began an at-home daycare which she continued for six years while her daughter was young. She also worked as a teacher’s aid which allowed her to be home after school hours. Four years ago she entered back into the office career field again when she was hired part time in the CAP office (Center for Academic Progress) at Genesee.

As secretary in the office of Student Activities, she is the personal secretary to the director and assistant director of Student Activities, maintains office records and clerical procedures, orders supplies for office & student events, prints & maintains student ID cards, oversees 13 work-study students, schedules meeting times and appointments, maintains and assigns student lockers and (most importantly) is available to students who need a listening ear.

“My favorite aspect of working at Genesee is the opportunities that arise to make a difference in students’ lives,” Debra said. “I also feel so blessed to work with such supportive and caring co-workers.”

A Batavia native, Debra is married to her husband Ryan Crossett and they have two daughters, Nicole and Carissa. She makes sure to save time for her faith and her family. She also enjoys walking, bike riding, camping, making flower arrangements from her flower garden and assisting her husband with his photography business. Her immediate family, along with several other family members and friends enjoy vacationing together on the oceanfront in Outer Banks, North Carolina.

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Editor’s Note:
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