Toa Suruki

Toa Suruki

HR Administrative Assistant

Tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you to Lewis & Clark College?

I am originally from Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I moved to Portland back in 2014 with a job that created homestay programs for Japanese students in the Pacific Northwest. Most recently, I worked with a private independent school in the Advancement department and fell in love with the education world. What attracted me to Lewis & Clark was to further my experience in education and to challenge myself in higher education.

What are your HR specialties that people can reach out to you for?

I can help you with questions about:

  • I-9 Form
  • W2 Duplicates
  • Verification of Employment
  • Unemployment Claims
  • Record Requests
  • General HR questions

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

In my spare time, I love to play taiko; which is the traditional Japanese drum. I am currently playing with Portland Taiko in the trainee program to someday be a performer. I also love the great outdoors and spend most of my days off camping, backpacking, or hiking.

Location: McAfee