Why Give: Faculty/Staff Stories

The foundation helps provided resources for CGCC faculty and staff to pursue opportunities that will support their professional growth, enabling them to support our students and community better. The college is grateful to have such an excellent team of faculty and staff members who are interested in continuing their education.

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photograph of Charlotte Lavender

Faculty/Staff Story

Charlotte Lavender

When I am not working, I love to read, garden, travel and cook gourmet meals.

CGCC Foundation gave staff member Charlotte Lavender the Staff Excellence Award in 2010. Lavender began her career at CGCC as a “lab assistant” for CGCC’s first self-paced lab. Along the way (over the past 27 years), Lavender has covered most areas of college work: foundation scholarships, bookstore, graduations, producing the credit section of quarterly schedules, organizing art shows and faculty and staff receptions and being the main liaison and support for faculty and troubleshooting faculty problems/issues. “All of which has eventually led to my current job as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Academic Officer,” Lavender says.

CGCC Foundation thanks Charlotte Lavender for her generous contributions to the Foundation as well.

(Picture above includes Mayrie Cox on the left and Charlotte Lavender on the right.)

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photograph of Brook Maurer

Faculty/Staff Story

Brook Maurer

Recipient of CGCC Foundation's Faculty Excellence Award in 2009.

CGCC Foundation gave instructor Brook Maurer the Faculty Excellence Award in 2009. Maurer has been an instructor at CGCC since 1983. She has taught a variety of classes here. Currently, she teaches basic skills classes to help students prepare for a job or college, GED preparation classes, Reading 90 and College Study Skills. Maurer was also an instructor at Clark College for several years. One of her goals as an instructor at CGCC is to assist students in making a smooth transition to college and to be successful students.

In her nominations for the Faculty Excellence Award, students repeatedly credited Brook with helping them realize they have “what it takes” to succeed academically. Brook is credited with creating a comfortable, supportive, and student-centered learning environment. Students can tell she “…wants it for them, not because she gets paid for teaching…”

Maurer supports CGCC Foundation regularly. Thank you for all that you do, Brook!

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photograph of Doris R. Jepson, RN, MSN, CCRN

Faculty/Staff Story

Doris R. Jepson, RN, MSN, CCRN

Director of Nursing & Health Occupations
Columbia Gorge Community College

Columbia Gorge Community College is truly a place where students can build their dreams, transform their lives and receive an education that can help them be part of strengthening their communities. I see this every day in every hallway, knowing that each person has a unique and special reason for being here. My passion is nursing education, and I am so grateful to be a part of the Nursing and Health Occupations Department at CGCC.

My own journey at CGCC began in the fall of 1997 when I took some general education classes on campus while I was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Sciences University. Then, I began teaching in the Nursing Program as a clinical instructor when the program started in the fall of 2001. I continued to work at the college and take general education classes while I worked on my Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. After being the Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator for five years, my training and education qualified me for my current position, Director of Nursing and Health Occupations. Now, I spend my days helping to provide training for healthcare workers for our region.

I support CGCC Foundation because of the strong commitment the Foundation demonstrates in serving the needs of the students and the college. I believe that it is vitally important to support our students while providing the education and training that they need. The Foundation does a tremendous job in both helping provide funding to students so that they can afford to attend CGCC and in providing support for the college. I am proud to be a contributor to the Foundation.

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