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Employee of the Month: Saba Yohannes-Reda

Published: May 1, 2015

Saba Yohannes-Reda was recently selected as employee of the month by her peers in the College of Engineering.

Yohannes-Reda, who serves as Director of Outreach and Recruitment Office for the Engineering Student Success Center, was recognized in a special ceremony held near the University Student Union on Friendship Walk on April 30 which was renamed in her honor for the month.

“I am very excited and pleasantly surprised,” said Yohannes-Reda on being named. “This is such a huge honor to be nominated by my College of Engineering colleagues as well. I truly appreciate this recognition and it confirms my belief that doing good work is always rewarded. ”

Yohannes-Reda began her career with CSULB in 2000 in the College of Engineering as a Student Services Professional III working as the Director of the MESA Program.

“Over the past 14 years she has been instrumental in promoting the MESA schools program to various school districts around our area,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “She is the epitome of a reliable worker, always making students her number one priority, and going above and beyond to get the job done.”

For more than two decades Yohannes-Reda has always cared about her students, going the extra mile to help those in need.

“I have continued to assist K-12 and more recently, current CSULB students, achieve their goal of earning a degree in higher education within STEM-related/engineering fields,” she said. “With some of my recent work, being involved in on-campus events and programs has also given me exposure to areas within the college that continue to help me grow.”

Yohannes-Reda oversees the MESA pre-college program as well as the MESA undergraduate program, manages outreach to five local K-12 school districts and works with 57 math and science teachers (within the five districts). In addition, she helps provide more than 1,200 pre-college students an opportunity to engage in hands on mathematics and science activities such as MESA projects, implemented a new “Future Girls @The Beach” Mentoring Program, facilitates tours to prospective students, manages more than 20 part-time CSULB students, seeks partnership opportunities with local districts and write proposals to fund program needs.

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PHOTO BY MICHAEL SULLIVAN
Saba Yohannes-Reda (l) with CSULB President Jane Close Conoley

Her connection to CSULB began as a graduate student at the university from 1992-97 and she held a graduate position with the College of Education and Student Life and Development office for two years. Before joining the CSULB workforce, she was a part-time counselor at Rio Hondo College and Cerritos College.

In her spare time, the Huntington Beach resident is very involved in her church, enjoys spending time with family and loves gardening, cooking and reading books.

As part of the recognition, Yohannes-Reda will receive several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $25 gift card for Joe’s Crab Shack, admission to a performance by Stacy Sullivan at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, two admissions to the Laguna Festival of the Arts and gift certificates for Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers.