Prior to gaining successful, full-time employment at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), Hilleary was a CalWORKs student. The community college CalWORKs program helped her meet her personal and professional goals because one of the purposes of CalWORKs is to promote self-sufficiency through education.
Hilleary earned a BA degree from San Francisco State University in Sociology and a certificate in Human Resources Administration from Santa Rosa Junior College. She also has received several honors including a GEM (Goes the Extra Mile) Award from her peer colleagues, a Certificate of Excellence for her contributions to Local 1021 SEIU (Service Employees International Union), and the City of Santa Rosa Mighty Peacock Award which is recognition for her numerous volunteer activities in her neighborhood. She has promoted through various positions in the college, and now has the opportunity to manage the lives of student affairs.