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Nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council, the staff members below exemplify service to the University, showing leadership in their staff role and elsewhere. Below is a list of current and past Staff Members of the Month. Click on each staff member's name to learn more about them!

Do you know someone who should be here, too?  Nominate him or her as Staff Member of the Month today .


2018 Staff Members of the Month

September 2018



August 2018

Yohannes Abesseran

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Yohannes Abasseran

Operational Engineer
Facility and Project Management

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


How long have you been at SPU? 

11 years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

Whenever I solve a heat and ventilation issue on campus, that is a good workday for me. 

One day I was checking boiler rooms as usual. I walked into the Ames Library boiler room and found a waterline raptured. It had started flooding the floor. First, I just shut down the main waterline and, second, I reported to the host what I did.

I feel lucky that I was there on time to save the damage, and that is one of the good days I remember.

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith helps me to be positive and friendly at work. And I always pray for my work to be accomplish correctly. Thanks to God that so far nothing has turned out to be bad. 

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was born and grew up in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is located in the East side of Africa. 

After I finished technical school for auto mechanics 1984, I started working at a shipyard as a mechanic. Later, after a year, I was assigned to work on cargo ships. That gave me a chance to see the world — ports in Djibouti, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Yemen, India, Singapore, Malesia, China, Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Germany, and Sweden.

In November 2002, I came to the U.S. My first entry city was Las Veges. But I noticed Vegas is not convenient for living. I moved to Seattle in February 2003 and started working in maintenance.

I learned about SPU from my longtime friend, Michael Tesfaye. Michaël Tesfaye and I have known each other since back home.

I applied and was hired by SPU June 2007.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

Playing soccer and watching sports. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I come from a family of 10. Two of my sisters and one of my brothers live in Seattle.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Every day facing different challenges, that is my favorite part of my job. 

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I want people to know that I am so happy to be part of SPU family. 

Anything else you'd like to share?

I just want say thanks for recognizing me as Employee of the Month. I never think of myself as a hard worker.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Yohannes Abasseran as the August 2018 Staff of the Month!
August 2018

Yohannes Abasseran

Operational Engineer
Facility and Project Management

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Click here to learn more about Yohannes...
How long have you been at SPU? 

11 years.

Tell us about a memorable day at work. 

Whenever I solve a heat and ventilation issue on campus, that is a good workday for me. 

One day I was checking boiler rooms as usual. I walked into the Ames Library boiler room and found a waterline raptured. It had started flooding the floor. First, I just shut down the main waterline and, second, I reported to the host what I did.

I feel lucky that I was there on time to save the damage, and that is one of the good days I remember.

How does your faith impact your work? 

My faith helps me to be positive and friendly at work. And I always pray for my work to be accomplish correctly. Thanks to God that so far nothing has turned out to be bad. 

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific? 

I was born and grew up in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is located in the East side of Africa. 

After I finished technical school for auto mechanics 1984, I started working at a shipyard as a mechanic. Later, after a year, I was assigned to work on cargo ships. That gave me a chance to see the world — ports in Djibouti, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Yemen, India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Holland, Germany, and Sweden.

In November 2002, I came to the U.S. My first entry city was Las Vegas. But I noticed Vegas is not convenient for living. I moved to Seattle in February 2003 and started working in maintenance.

I learned about SPU from my longtime friend, Michael Tesfaye. Michaël Tesfaye and I have known each other since back home.

I applied and was hired by SPU June 2007.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work? 

Playing soccer and watching sports. 

What’s something that few people know about you? 

I come from a family of 10. Two of my sisters and one of my brothers live in Seattle.

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Every day facing different challenges, that is my favorite part of my job. 

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you? 

I want people to know that I am so happy to be part of SPU family. 

Anything else you'd like to share?

I just want say thanks for recognizing me as Employee of the Month. I never think of myself as a hard worker.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Yohannes Abasseran as the August 2018 Staff of the Month!




August 2018

Yohannes Abesseran

July 2018

Josh Kanehen

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