Running Start Advising


Our comprehensive services are designed to inform, support and encourage students to be self-directed in the educational planning process.

The advisors in Running Start help with:

  • Registration, Advising, and Planning Sessions (during active new student registration each quarter)
  • Identifying and evaluating academic and career interests
  • Development of academic plans, to include your high school graduation requirements
  • Preparation for university transfer
  • Interpretation of institutional policies/procedures and program/degree requirements
  • Referral to college and community resources
  • Planning for success when students don't meet academic standards


Who is my advisor?

We assign Running Start students to an advisor based on last name, similar to the way your high school assigns your counselor. Your GRC Running Start advisor is available for drop-ins once a week just for students in their alpha. Learn more about your advisor below and click the link to join their lobby during their office hours. 

Natalie Ramsey (A-F)

Natalie studied Art at Parson’s School of Design in New York and completed a Masters in Education at Antioch University. She has worked in a variety of educational settings throughout her career including: behavioral health, social services and K-12 education in schools. She lives with her granddaughter in Tacoma where she is restoring a Victorian house in the Hilltop neighborhood and works in her art studio.

Join Natalie's Zoom lobby on Tuesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or email Natalie at

Octavio Garcia-Ruiz (G-L) 


I was born in California and have been living in Washington since the age of 6. I attended Central Washington University and ended up working in various roles directly with students which became a passion. Prior to joining GRC I was at the University of Washington Tacoma. On my free time I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Join Octavio's Zoom lobby on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and Wednesday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or email Octavio at

Kyle Stevenson (M-R)

Kyle Stevenson began working at Green River College in 2017 as an adjunct instructor in the Social Science Division. He joined the Running Start Office in 2021. Kyle loves the opportunity to do long-term planning with Running Start students and seeing how plans change or crystalize as students navigate their path at Green River and beyond. Kyle loves being outdoors with his family and watching his favorite sports teams.

Join Kyle's Zoom lobby on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or email Kyle at

Devan Bickham (S-Z)

Devan was born in Hammond, Louisiana and raised in West/South Seattle. He thoroughly enjoys weight lifting, video games, and drive-in movies. If he doesn't make you laugh within 5 mins of meeting you, then he's doing something wrong. He's an extremely nice guy, so don't be afraid to reach out if you need anything.

Join Devan's Zoom lobby on Mondays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or email Devan at

Kendall White (Program Manager, Academic Standards)

Kendall White grew up in the cities of Tukwila and Kent. After earning his degrees in Business, he realized he had a passion for Education and has worked with youth ever since. Before joining the staff at Green River, Kendall worked at Kentwood High School as a College and Career Specialist. He is also a High School Basketball Coach at Auburn Mountainview High School.

Join Kendall's Zoom lobby on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  You can reach Kendall via email at  

Hours of Operation

 Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
*For drop-in advising times, please check our Running Start Advising Page



Phone Hours: (253) 288-3380

Monday - Thursday 
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.




Thursday, August 26, 2021 (Professional Development)


Monday, September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)



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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Running Start or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an Educational Planner please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Virtual lobby: Connect with us via Zoom - see hours of operation page for availability. 

Phone: 253-288-3380

Text reminders: text @grcrs to 253-948-9470


The Running Start Office is located in the Student Affairs Building (SA 135) on the Main Campus.

NOTE: The Campus is closed to the public through Summer 2021.

12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092-3699

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