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WVNCC Outstanding Contributor Named

Posted 12/13/16

Kelly Paree, human resources representative/payroll at West Virginia Northern Community College, at right, is congratulated by WVNCC President Vicki L. Riley at a ceremony in Charleston where Paree was cited as Northern’s outstanding community college contributor for 2016-17.As the conduit for massive change involving the state’s new payroll system, the Wheeling woman who guided West Virginia Northern Community College into the complicated procedures has been cited as WVNCC’s Outstanding Community College Contributor for 2016-17.

For two years, Kelly Paree, human resources representative/payroll at Northern, worked diligently to set up the state of West Virginia’s new OASIS payroll system for the college. Paree received her award during the annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association held Dec. 7 and hosted by BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Charleston.

Dr. Vicki L. Riley, president of the college, said, “Kelly’s overriding goal was to assure that college employees were paid accurately and on time. However, she always found the time to answer questions and give advice. Kelly made the long process much easier.”

Paree’s supervisor called her “a very conscientious and hardworking employee.” Although she was instrumental in the implementation of OASIS/KRONOS from staging to go-live, “Kelly is always willing to do whatever she can to help out. She is a professional, courteous, forward-thinking individual who deserves to be recognized as an outstanding contributor.”

The outstanding contributor has been married for 25 years to husband, Angelo, and the couple has two teenaged children living at home. Kaitlyn is a student at West Liberty University and Nick attends Wheeling Park High School.

Previous to joining WVNCC in April 2010, Paree spent 15 years doing payroll work in the private sector, including as Columbian Chemicals–SR plant administrator for three years and as a payroll specialist for seven years with WesBanco.

The graduate of John Marshall High School in Glen Dale earned a certificate while attending business school. She is an avid reader and often can be found reading a book on her lunch break on the Wheeling campus where she has worked since embarking on her career in higher education.