Carmen VanTuyl is one of two winners of the Centralia College Foundation’s 2016 Exceptional Faculty Award.
VanTuyl has worked with students from a wide range of demographics as a Running Start coordinator and counselor in the college advising center since 1993. VanTuyl is on the Calendar Committee and Instructional Council, and is chair of the Advising Steering Committee. She is also a member of the National Academic Advising Association.
She has lived in Lewis County for the past 35 years, and is very involved in the Adna community. VanTuyl is a member of the Adna Scholarship Committee, the Washington State 4-H Dairy Endowment, and Lewis County Dairy Women, and plays in the hand bell choir at the United Methodist Church. She also volunteers with 4-H and the Dairy Ambassador program.
“I really love working with all kinds of students,” explained VanTuyl. “Whether they’re a first generation student or a dislocated worker, helping them find what their passions are and then translating that into an educational plan is so rewarding to me. You really do have a chance to make a difference in their lives.”