Each month Santa Rosa Junior College recognizes excellence on campus with an Employee of the Month Award. Visit the Employee of the Month Nominations page to find out how to nominate someone you feel deserves this distinction. Here is a list of past EOM recipients.
Previous recipient: Saralyn Vance - April 2022
May 2022 - Rebecca Merkley
Congratulations, Rebecca Merkley, for being named Santa Rosa Junior College’s May 2022 Employee of the Month! Rebecca is the Development Associate, Database and Gift Processing for SRJC’s Foundation. May 2022 is Rebecca’s 15th Anniversary with the College. She is the Foundation’s longest-standing employee.
Rebecca is responsible for processing and acknowledging all donations that come to the Foundation – this year that will be over $8 million. There are 1,700 funds set up to receive contributions, most of which are student scholarships. She has an extensive understanding of donor information, gift management and processing. Rebecca also manages every facet of the database from routine and customized extracts to complex data analysis. She develops donor reports and graphs for the SRJC Foundation Board of Directors and provides regular updates to the Executive Director and staff, including the Annual Report data, Annual Endowment Fund letters and other essential communications.
“Rebecca is our rock,” said J. Mullineaux, her nominator and the Foundation’s Executive Director. “Rebecca has supported our donor community and the mission of the Foundation for 15 years and has deep institutional and historical knowledge. She is well-liked and respected by our donors. She knows them personally and her warm welcome and attention to their needs support our donor stewardship efforts. Additionally, Rebecca is the point person for the internal college community, answering all questions related to the Foundation and is supportive of her colleagues, lending her time and emotional support to them both professionally and personally.”
Rebecca considers her greatest accomplishment at the college a general one; the accomplishment of surviving the ups and downs of many changes at the college and Foundation during her tenure. Her greatest challenge has been being flexible enough to endure personnel turnover and the trying times the Foundation has faced.
“SRJC is an honorable place to work,” Rebecca said in attribution to her success. “Everyone at the Foundation takes pride in helping the students and employees reach their educational goals which in turn helps our community.”
Rebecca's favorite part of her job is serving the students and donors of the college. She also enjoys the re-energized unity and morale of her work team.
Rebecca was born in Los Gatos, California, grew up in Saratoga, and graduated from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. She earned a Liberal Arts degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and moved to Santa Rosa in 1996 to be closer to family. Before SRJC, Rebecca worked at a software company in San Rafael, was a substitute teacher and held various administrative assistant positions. She was an STNC at the Foundation from 2000 to 2002 and in Student Affairs in 2005 and 2006. She was hired as a regular employee in May of 2007.
At SRJC, Rebecca has volunteered at Foundation and campus events and is involved with a dog rescue charity. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys visiting the ocean and mountains with her dog, working in her yard, reading and doing word puzzles. She is close with two sisters who live in Santa Rosa and has a brother, several nieces, nephews and a great-nephew nearby.
Rebecca was surprised and appreciates being named “Employee of the Month.”