Our REAL People of the College of Business series continues with Cheliss Thayer. Cheliss started at the college this winter and has the easily-rolls-off-the-tongue title of accounting administrative program specialist — she helps support the college’s accounting faculty and programs.
Here’s more about Cheliss, in her own words:
“I was born and raised in Central California in the small town of Placerville, just west of Tahoe. I graduated from Smith Flat High School in 2010 and moved to Oregon that fall to attend LBCC. I worked full time while attending school part time so that I could gain residency. I graduated from LBCC in 2013 with my AS in English-Writing. I began at Western Oregon University in the winter of 2014 and will graduate from WOU after this term with my BS in humanities – Writing & Linguistics. Because of working all through my schooling career, I will graduate with no debt. I’m also the first person in my family to attend and graduate college!
“While attending LBCC, I met my now husband, Jared. Together, we started a construction company, Thayer Construction, that has been serving the Corvallis community for almost two years now. This summer, we also adopted Jared’s sister, Emma (15), who is now a sophomore at Corvallis High School.
“Aside from professional endeavors, my family loves to travel! I spent the summer of 2011 living in Malta, and have toured through England, Scotland, France, Greece and the state of Montana (among a few others). In our house, we have three large maps (Oregon, USA and the world) on the walls with little pins tagging where we’ve been and where we want to go. At this point, we have quite the extended list of ‘to go’ places that we’re looking forward to tackling. My family is very important in my life. Coming from a family of five kids, we stick pretty close together. Currently, we live about five blocks from one set of grandparents (both over 80) who share our love of travel. This last summer, we took a 2,400-plus mile road trip with them. I also teach dance classes at a local dance studio in Corvallis in the evenings, knit, make jewelry, read (a whole lot), write and cook.
“I started working at the College of Business this last December and am looking forward to the future opportunities here.”