Meet Diana Contreras, Employee of the Month
Diana Contreras considers De Anza students, staff and faculty to be
family: a key reason, she says, that she enjoys her work and takes
pride in doing her job. She is being honored as Employee of the Month
Contreras joined De Anza as a permanent employee in November 2005
after working as a temporary employee at both Foothill and De Anza
since August 2002, as well as from 1988 to 1992 in both colleges' food
services groups and Foothill's EOPS and Facilities contract offices
before working in the private sector. Contreras has been been
responsible at different times for the upkeep of the Learning Center,
Science Center and the Student and Community Services Building.
"Diana takes pride in what she does and can always be seen
maintaining campus facilities and exhausting every available option to
do so," said her nominator, Dean of Counseling Howard Irvin.
"I enjoy coming to work and doing my job because of the people I
work with, especially my manager, Manny Mendoza, and the people I meet
in the performance of my job," said Contreras.
Contreras was born and raised in Guam, where she graduated from
George Washington High School. She worked for the Internal Revenue
Service in Guam for 8 years before relocating to California, spending
two year in Hawaii along the way. Contreras has attended Foothill
College, taking mostly accounting and other business courses.