Federal Way resident Doris Martinez. Photo courtesy of Highline College

Federal Way resident Doris Martinez. Photo courtesy of Highline College

Federal Way resident among 4 earning top employee honors

Annual awards recognize professional excellence at Highline College.

Federal Way resident Doris Martinez was named Exempt Staff of the Year at Highline College. She was one of four staff and faculty members honored for professional excellence and achievements in four categories at the college’s annual employee luncheon in June.

Martinez has worked at Highline since 2014 and serves as director for student diversity and inclusion. Among those nominating her, one colleague noted her campus leadership.

“The leadership she has shown in the Highline College Faculty and Staff of Color committee is exemplary,” said a colleague, who witnessed Martinez in a challenging situation. “Doris navigated the conflict gracefully and … earned the respect of those involved.”

A child of immigrant parents, Martinez is a Honduran American of Garifuna decent who was raised to value education, which included knowing her family, language and heritage. This resulted in living in Honduras with her maternal grandmother during her elementary years, meeting extended family and becoming trilingual.

After graduating from Highline College in 2007, she continued her studies at Seattle University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications in 2009 and a master’s degree in student development administration in 2011.

Other winners were Ron Godfrey, a Burien native now living in Eatonville; Allison Green of Seattle; and Indira Hazbic of SeaTac.

Employees are nominated through a confidential process by Highline students and/or peers. Along with the award, each received $1,500, courtesy of the Highline College Foundation.

Highline College has been honoring employees for more than 30 years, beginning with the 1987–88 academic year.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Vote for Best of Federal Way 2020

Vote for your favorite Federal Way restaurants, businesses, community leaders and more.

Don’t forget: Vote for Best of Federal Way businesses, leaders and more

Click here to vote for your favorite Federal Way restaurants, businesses, community leaders and more.

Commissioner James Fossos resigns from South King Fire board after lengthy absence

Fossos’s resignation is effective Feb. 29; South King Fire & Rescue board has until May 29 to fill the vacancy.

Aerial view of the Amtrak Cascades train derailment in 2017 near DuPont, Wash. Courtesy Wikipedia
Amtrak, Sound Transit and the state all named in derailment lawsuit

It was filed on behalf of the family of a teenager who was paralyzed in the 2017 crash.

Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way aims to restore stolen bonsai, raise funds to enhance security

National attention of the bonsai burglary brings an outpouring of support for the museum; anonymous donor to match donations made to the bonsai campaign until March 2.

Needles littered the ground throughout a homeless encampment at Federal Way’s Hylebos Wetlands, which is public property. Sound Publishing file photo
Republican leadership doubts effectiveness of homelessness spending

Democrats propose hundreds of millions toward affordable housing.

Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht gave a response to an Office of Law Enforcement Oversight report on Feb. 25 before the King County Law and Justice Committee. The report recommended ways her department could reform use of force policy and internal investigations. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
Council unsatisfied with Sheriff’s response to use of deadly force report

The King County Sheriff’s Office could be required to explain why it didn’t implement recommendations.

King County approves low-income Metro fare waivers

Low-income transit riders could see their King County Metro fares waived beginning… Continue reading

King County Council has nine members who each represent a district. Courtesy of kingcounty.gov
Charter amendments could allow King County Council to remove elected officials

The change was recommended by the charter review commission.

Most Read