Employee of the Month
Position: Director of Purchasing
Years of Service: 3
From materials at New Student Orientation to caps and gown at graduation, Sonja Blinka finds the best quality items for students.
“Everything we buy, whether a good or service, affects students. If I buy equipment for a lab, it will affect how students are engaging and taking advantage of the instruction provided,” said Sonja. “It ties back to students and their success.”
Sonja works to ensure that staff and students have supplies they need and that the campus facilities are in good repair.
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such great and supporting staff,” said Sonja. “The biggest thing is the best value. It’s not necessarily the best price; it’s the quality and customer service you’re getting.”
Working with college funds and grants, he finds specialized items to meet each department’s needs.
“The nursing department just got a grant. They’ll be renovating an area with advanced equipment for students,” said Sonja. “When I see students being able to use high-end robotic manikins, I think it’s cool.”
A College of the Mainland and University of Houston-Clear Lake graduate, Sonja previously worked in purchasing at Clear Creek ISD and in the aerospace industry.
“She’s really experienced and a team player,” said Vice President of Fiscal Affairs Dr. Clen Burton. “With the state of Texas, you have to go out for bids for large-ticket items. She goes through the process and does a lot with limited resources. She’s a can-do individual.”
Sonja enjoys viewing the culmination of her work.
“I like buying for the graduation ceremony,” said Sonja. “That’s when you see the results of education.”