Spotlight Interview with Cijay Koler

CiJay Koler with her boys at the pumpkin farm

The OnPoint spotlight is an ongoing blog series that highlights our employees and takes a closer look at the drive and personality of individuals on the OnPoint team. It is one way we show our appreciation for their hard work and achievements while helping our community get to know the people who make things happen here at OnPoint.

This week’s employee spotlight is Cijay Koler, Teller Coordinator at our NW 27th and Vaughn Branch. In 2018, Cijay joined OnPoint as a Teller, and within her first year was promoted to her current position. Cijay has a strong dedication to team success—likely a carryover from her years of competitive softball—and we’re happy to have her as a part of the OnPoint family.

Here is what she had to share about her life and experiences at OnPoint:

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a mom of three very active boys aged 9, 5 and 3, currently living in Scappoose, which, for some reason, everyone thinks is in an entirely different state. I played college softball at Clackamas Community College, then transferred to Concordia University after my sophomore year. After college, I was a stay-at-home mom for 4 1/2 years and, before joining OnPoint, coached softball at Scappoose High School. It was the best experience. I love all the girls I coached, but I am also so incredibly grateful that my children are boys. My entire family is from Hawaii, except for me. I consider myself a Haole-Hawaiian because I cannot speak pidgin (as hard as I’ve tried) and my family makes fun of me for speaking “proper English.”

Girls high school softball team

What can you share about your experiences so far with OnPoint?

I haven’t quite been here a year yet, and am fortunate to work for a company that allows so much growth. I have been the Teller Coordinator for a few months now. Our team was formed fairly recently, so I am focusing on learning my new role, while still being available for the team in any way I can. We have the most fun and amazing team ever! Friday Fuddles (fun huddles) get pretty epic at the NW 27th and Vaughn branch.

Do you have any strange phobias?

I will never go on a cruise ship! The idea of being trapped on a boat with strangers for a long period of time scares me…and, well, the Titanic.

What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

In the past year, I have been very excited about learning how to shoot my bow! I got a compound bow last spring and I go target shooting every chance I get. I’m not very good yet, but it’s a lot of fun.

cijay bow shot

Do you have a favorite board or card game?

“What do you Meme?” If you haven’t played it yet, it’s very similar to “Cards Against Humanity”, but with Memes—it’s a blast.

What is your most memorable vacation?

I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to go to London while I was in college to play softball with USA Athletes International. It was an amazing experience to play against some of the best competition in the world, and visit a place I will probably never have the chance to experience again.

How do you maintain work/life balance?

I honestly have the best support system! I’m a single mom now and am fortunate to work with a team that is supportive and understanding of my schedule. I also have the BEST nanny in the world, to whom I owe a lot of kudos. I’m still working to maintain that balance; my house is a disaster and I have laundry piled up to the ceiling, but my kids are taken care of which is a success in my book!

Cijay selfie with green contacts

Anything else that you would like to share?

Some very random facts about me: I have a small glasses obsession and have built quite the collection; I have a pair to match almost any outfit. Also, I do wear colored contacts, and whenever anyone asks me if they’re my real eyes, I can’t help but jokingly say “yes” (I’m a terrible liar).

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