Ries Pays Attention To Detail In Development Office

Q&A with Cathy Ries, RC Development Coordinator

This is the seventh in a series of the people who make Rochester College what it is. These employees serve behind the scenes, but are crucial to the operations of the college.

Brendan Adams
Shield Staff


Q: Describe what you do on a typical day.

A: “I answer phone calls for the Development Office, I go to the mail room and sort through mail that may contain checks and record them for auditing purposes.  I also receipt donor checks and run reports for the development office.”

Q: What brought you to RC and why do you choose to work here?

A: “I graduated from the college in 1973 with an Associate of Arts degree, that was in secretarial science. There was a job opening in the president’s office after I graduated and was offered the job. Except for a few years when my two daughters started school I have worked at the college in various departments:  president’s office, academic services, development office, and admissions.  I loved the college since I was a student and can’t think of another place I would want to be.”

Q: What’s the easiest and hardest part of your job?  Why? (Is your job more difficult parts of the year?

A: “Hardest part of my job is making sure reports for the development office are correct – one little button that isn’t checked makes a big difference. The easiest part of my job is working with our donors. I have worked here for so long I enjoy interacting with those who have been associated with the college for years.”

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A: “Meeting people and seeing their interest in the college.”

Q: What do you do outside your job to stay sane, relieve stress?

A: “I enjoy being outside surrounded by water in the summer and being around family.”

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I grew up in Midland, Michigan-- Home of the Chemics!”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area?  Or in Michigan?

A: “Anytime I am around water I am a happy person. I can just sit and look at it all day long.”

Q: What is your most prized possession?

A: “My family. I have two daughters who are married and 2 grandchildren. My mom is still living and I enjoy being around her as much as I can.”

Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?

A: “Being a single mother.”

Q: Who was your biggest influence?

A: “My parents.”