Behind the Resume # 27 – Tamami Eggers

Tamami Eggers1) What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to- day endeavors at the College?

My title at EvCC is Training Delivery Manager at Corporate and Continuing Education Center. My day-to-day job will be managing the certificate programs which involves scheduling, working with instructors, securing materials, spaces, enrollment turnovers pre and post-programs. I just started yesterday, so I really don’t know much yet, but I’m very excited!

2) Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked for a travel company based in Tokyo, Japan for 25 years as the Seattle office representative and manager. I was in charge of logistics for students and professional groups visiting Seattle and elsewhere in the US, mainly the Pacific Northwest. Also, I’ve done guiding and interpretation of educational visits and lectures for students and professionals.

3) What was your most memorable job? Why?

The only other job I have done prior was the one at the travel company. Dealing with the students ranging from 14 to 20 years old was challenging, but also rewarding. I could offer them life-changing experiences, and at the end of tours when I heard how happy they were, a great satisfaction came over me!

4) What does a typical day look like for you?

I just started, so I really don’t know yet how it will be, but I assume I’d work from morning until the end of the day, occasional traveling within town. But I really don’t know yet.

5) Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was in Japan, living in Yokohama-city. I was kind of a tomboy, since I was small. I played some sports most of the time-port ball (almost like basketball), softball, volleyball, soccer, swimming. I always loved animals, and I had a pet rabbit, parakeet, dog, etc.

6) If you had to eat one meal – every day for the rest of your life – what would it be?food

I have to have salad, with bunch of toppings!

7) What is your favorite movie and book?

Many favorite movies – My Fair Lady, Aliens, Lawrence of Arabia. The most recent favorite book is H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

8) If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

My family picture.

9) Favorite travel spot?

I’ve never been, but would love to go Yellowstone National Park.

10) What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I love to dance – currently in the Brazillian Zouk dance team.

11) What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges, such as the EvCC Library’s Super Heroes Summer Reading?

Currently reading The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield. The last book I read was Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop. I’m not participating in any reading challenges.

12) What one food do you wish had zero calories?

French fries!!

13) Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

My hometown is Tokyo, Japan. I was born in Shimizu, Shizuoka; but raised in Saitama and Yokohama until junior high, and then I moved to Tokyo for junior high & high school.

friends
My husband, myself, and our friend

14) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Living in Seattle, working and enjoying my life!

15) What do you like to do on your days off?

Relaxing by cooking, visiting friends, maybe shopping?!

16) Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Always try first, and not fear, and be considerate to others.

Behind the Resume # 26 – Anna Amundson

Anna AmundsonWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to- day endeavors at the College?

I am a Program Specialist for the Corporate and Continuing Education Center. In general, I will help students register for CCEC, maintain materials for classes, and give amazing customer service!

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I previously worked for Nordstrom Rack as an Assistant Women’s Department Manager.

What was your first job?

My first job was lifeguarding at a swim and tennis club.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My Dog, Niya
My Dog, Niya

I wake up, walk the dog, eat a good breakfast and make a cappuccino (breakfast is my favorite meal). I go to work and on weekends, I do chores and eat lunch (which, may also be my favorite meal). After work, I catch up with friends, spend time with my family and then eat dinner (my day revolves around food).

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At 10, I only wore converse (still my favorite shoes), and I wanted to be a vet. I pretended I was a dog and sometimes even ate milk bones.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

The smell of spring and cappuccinos.

Are you messy or organized?

Organized in a messy fashion (I know what’s going on, others may not).

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

That “money is just something you throw off the back of a train”. It’s a line from a Tom Waits song; it reminds us that money is not everything.

Philly Cheese Steak
Philly Cheese Steak

What’s on your bucket list?

I would like to go to India and Japan, see all 50 states and bungee jump

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I like drawing, reading, and cooking!

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

I just finished reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Up next is The Alchemaster’s Apprentice by Walter Moers.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

I would like to have seen dinosaurs roaming the earth, before human civilization and when huge animals ruled!

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

I’m from the 206!! Seattle, born and raised!

Go Hawks!
Go Hawks!

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

8

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

The Life of Anna: As Told From the Perspective of Niya the Dog In-between Mealtimes With Short Excerpts About Traveling, Food, and Other Fun Stuff

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“I don’t count my sit-ups: I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.” – Muhammad Ali

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem” – A.A Milne

Behind the Resume #25 – John Melson


John MelsonWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to- day endeavors at the College?

I’m the Director of Educational Technology (previously the title was Director of eLearning). Broadly speaking, I’m responsible for helping faculty and students make effective use of educational technologies. That includes our campus learning management system, Canvas, but also extends to all sorts of other digital tools and technologies that can enhance teaching and learning at EvCC.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked in several different but closely related fields over the years. I began my career working in the electronic publishing division of a university press, where I got to work on some of the technical aspects of publishing medical, biological sciences, and astrophysics journals online. I later worked for a small digital humanities research project and non-profit publisher before moving on to a university teaching and learning center.

What was your first job?

My first full-time professional job was at a university press, but I paid for college partly by working as a delivery driver for a local pizza company and in the campus greenhouse.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’ve only been on the job for a couple days, so it’s hard to say exactly what things will look like once I’ve fully settled in. I expect I’ll spend plenty of time every day meeting with faculty and administrators, discussing how technology is being used to support learning and to help students be successful, researching and adapting new technologies to the specific needs and circumstances of EvCC, and working with my colleagues here in eLearning and the Center for Transformative Teaching.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Bookish – I was always reading something.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Oxygen

Are you messy or organized?

Probably somewhere in the middle.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

There is no such thing as a quick fix for a complex problem. It’s always better to take the time to understand something before rushing in without thinking.

What’s on your bucket list?

I enjoy traveling, so I’m always thinking about visiting countries I haven’t been to before. I hear Australia and New Zealand are both worth the trip.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Almost anything that involves spending time outdoors: hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

I’m currently reading Undermajordomo Minor, a novel by Patrick DeWitt.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

The Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. It was the result of tremendous technical innovation, and it was an important cultural and social event as well.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

I grew up in South Carolina; I was born in North Carolina.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

Fourteen, I think – but I may have lost track of one or two.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

My Life: A Novel

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

From a college professor : “When you’re calmer, you’re smarter.” He was talking about writing, but it’s good advice for anything you encounter in life.

Behind the Resume #24 – Mostafa Ghous

MostafaGhousWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to- day endeavors at the College?

My title is the East County Campus Director. I work with the community –  including the high school and the diverse community – to ensure we meet their short-term and long-term academic goals.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

One of my first jobs was working at a community college. Ever since then, I loved working in higher education. I worked as an assistant with many different college programs. Afterwards, I was promoted as an Academic Coordinator and Assistant Director for the University of California Santa Cruz. Later, I was promoted as the director of the Math Engineering Science Achievements program, Student Development and Student Health Center for Solano Community College. While there, I worked as a Residential Director for the University of California Merced and served as a research assistant for International Center for Social and Emotional Competence at the University of Pacific, Stockton. At the same time, I started my Educational Services Company and worked with international and out-of- state students by providing counseling services and engagement activities. I was again promoted as the first-ever Director of Campus Life and Student Activities for Berkeley City College.

What was your first job?

I was the student assistant for the Educational Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) at Modesto Junior College. EOPS is a service program for economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I start off my day reading my e-mails before I get to the campus, often replying to them as needed. I review my schedule for the day. When I arrive at the office, I speak to my staff about upcoming activities, events, and issues. I have meetings with community leaders, students, faculty, etc. throughout the day. During free times in between my meetings, I work on projects.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was just beginning to learn English. My life revolved around cartoons (Bugs Bunny and The Roadrunner), school, friends, and my cool bike.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my phone because it is connected to everything else.

Are you messy or organized?

Both. Rest assured, I have a method to the chaos.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

It is important to work toward your goals, regardless of what obstacles you face.

What’s on your bucket list?

Traveling to as many countries as possible. Learning a third language fluently.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Hiking, Kayaking, and getting better at a sport

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

The last book I read was Emotional Intelligence by Travis Bradbury.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

The creation of the Apple Computers. I am in awe of Steve Jobs.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

My hometown is San Francisco Bay Area, California. No; I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and was raised in Los Angeles, California.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

20+, I have lost count.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

Sunrise!

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try it.”

Behind the Resume #23 – Maria Larsen

Maria LarsenWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Program Assistant in Enrollment Services. I will be helping students, staff and faculty in any way I can. As one of the faces for Enrollment Services, I want to transform the interactions to be memorable and create a strong level of trust. When it is time to enroll  or register for classes, I want students to enjoy their time in college. We get to help students achieve their dreams and goals!

Me at California Adventure
Me at California Adventure

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have been working in customer service roles since 2005. I have been in positions of management since 2008. I love working with teams of people that work as a unified group. I also have a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Washington. I have a passion for Higher Education and customer service. My last job was at Chihuly Garden and Glass. It was always a treat for the eyes!

What was your first job?

I was a Tour Guide for the University of Washington Undergraduate Admissions Department. I gave 90 minute tours of the campus to prospective students, families, and visiting schools. When I applied, I thought it was a volunteer position. They had me do a presentation on why I chose UW and I made this big poster. I was very surprised when I found out it was paid. Best first job ever!

Visiting Pachacamac, Lima, Peru (with my husband.)
Visiting Pachacamac, Lima, Peru (with my husband.)

What does a typical day look like for you?

Weekdays: I wake up early in the morning and get my gear for my bike commute ready. I commute 7 miles along the Interurban Trail. I have a pretty neat bike that uses a battery motor, so I do not have to arrive sweaty to work. My current days are filled with a lot of training and getting to know my new work family, In evening, I ride home and spend time with my husband and 7 month old Miniature Schnauzer.

Leia, our dog
Leia, our dog

Weekends: I enjoy spending time at the dog park with my puppy. We LOVE Loganberry Park.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was ambitious and a bit of a know-it-all.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Nutella and Disney. ( I could not choose.)

My husband playing Dominion with our cat, Kato
My husband playing Dominion with our cat, Kato

 

Are you messy or organized?

Organized at work and messy at home.

 

 

 

 

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Riding at la Playa Villa, Chorrilos, Peru
Riding at la Playa Villa, Chorrilos, Peru

The most important thing I have learned is to try not to stress or become anxious. At the end of the day, most issues can be resolved and tomorrow comes just the same.  

What’s on your bucket list?

I do not have a bucket list. I have a to-do list. We only live once… if you have the chance to do it… do it.

On my current to-do list, I would like to go backpacking for a few days and get technologically disconnected. I am pretty much a city dweller and learning to “let it go” will be good for me.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I like to play board games with my family. (Pandemic, Catan, Dominion, Zombiecide, etc.)

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

Me with my cat, Leia
Me with my dog, Leia

I am currently re-reading a series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

Western Australia October 1932. Why? Emus and machine guns…. The Emu’s won.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

Me at Disneyland
Me at Disneyland

I consider Wenatchee, WA to be my hometown. My family and in-laws live there. I was raised throughout the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, CA. I was born in Miraflores, Lima, Peru.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?   

20

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

How many times can I visit Disneyland and not make my husband crazy?

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” – Winston Churchill

Behind the Resume #22 – Chan Beattie

Beattie Hoi Tsen (Chan)What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Volunteer Literacy Specialist 2 I will divide my time between recruiting and tutoring. I will recruit and train quality volunteers and match them with students. I will tutor ESL or international English learners.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Graduation
Graduation last May in Spokane, WA

 

I have been working for Starbucks Coffee Company for 17 years. I was part of the management teams of various locations. Four years ago, I returned to school

and received my MA/TESL from Gonzaga University in May, 2015. Since 2010, I have volunteered at Spokane Community College at the Adult Basic Education Program.

What was your first job?

McDonald’s in Hong Kong.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Making phone, calls recruiting volunteers and tutoring students at the BRIDGES center.

In Nice, France, with my son, John
In Nice, France, with my son, John

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was sporty and brave. I flew alone from Madagascar to Hong Kong so I could learn Chinese (Cantonese).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Shopping.

Are you messy or organized?

Organized.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Be patient, tolerant, authentic and follow your passion.

In front of my brother's bakery in Nice, France
In front of my brother’s bakery in Nice, France

What’s on your bucket list?

A ’round-the-world trip with my family, husband and son.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Golfing, shopping and traveling.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

“I am Malala”

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

Tiananmen Square incident in April 5th, 1976. The bravery of citizens who went against the communist government.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

Visiting my family in Nice with friends from Spokane
Visiting my family in Nice with friends from Spokane

My home town is Hong Kong. I was born in Madagascar and raised in Hong Kong.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

Ten.

 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Be smart and follow your passion, and good things will happen.

Behind the Resume #21 – Flora Salto Vazquez

Flora Salto VazquezWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Program Coordinator, Enrollment Services at Parks Student Union: Assist students and college personnel with student record updates/changes, interpret and implement state and federal policies regarding residency community and college personnel, and more!

Tell us a little about your professional background.
Greg & myself, celebrating when I became a US Citizen
Greg & myself, celebrating when I became a US Citizen

10 years of experience working for Holiday Inn and Fiesta Americana hotels at the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. 9 years as a Groups and Conventions Director for Anfitriones Nacionales in Mexico City where I planned, coordinated and executed over 2500 banquets, meetings, groups and conventions. Planned international meetings in such countries as: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Hong Kong, México, Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Thailand, and United States

What was your first job?

Room service cashier at Holiday Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

What does a typical day look like for you?

My puppy, Canela
My puppy, Canela

Get up at 6:00 AM, 30 minutes of Yoga, Take dogs to the back yard, provided food and fresh water for them. Take a shower, have a light breakfast, go to work from 8 to 5, come back from work, fix family dinner, clean and organized our home, go for a walk with my family and dogs, water my plants, work a little bit in the garden, take a nice shower and relaxing reading, playing music, doing yoga, meditation or chat in the computer with my family and friends.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a very active girl, participating in Rhythm Gymnastics, drama club, church choir and taking care of my 5 siblings.

Our cat, Rayitas
Our cat, Rayitas

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My pets 3 dogs and 2 cats now

Are you messy or organized?

Super clean and organized

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

The importance of reduce my carbon food print and be a vegan person

What’s on your bucket list?

Visit Greece and Italy

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Hiking in the forest with my husband Greg and our 3 Cocker Spaniel dogs.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

Our daughters, Flora & Paulina
My daughters, Flora & Paulina

No Mud, No Lotus

From: Thich Nhat Hanh

I am not participating right now in any reading challenge.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. I will advise the natives about the real intentions of the visitors…

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

I was borne in Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 days after we moved to Mexico City where I was raised.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

13

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

“Flora and her fauna”

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

In a world where you can be anything, be kind!

Behind the Resume #20 – Stephanie Coxon

What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day Stephanie Coxonendeavors at the College?

Administrative Assistant 4 – Student Services (Dean’s Administrative Assistant) to Laurie Franklin.

 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I worked in Retail for 7 years in order to put myself through college.  After college, I went into Banking for 2 years, worked for 3 years in Social Work, held Administrative Assistant roles for 13 years, and most recently was a Human Resources Generalist for 3 years.

What was your first job?Picture courtesy of: http://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/canoe

I was 13 and had an all-summer babysitting/mother’s helper job watching a 2 year-old boy while his parents were landscaping and remodeling their summer cabin at the lake. I canoed to work every day!

Riley - our Chocolate Lab
Riley – our Chocolate Lab

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Work, make dinner, spend time with my husband, play with our dog.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a kid that was outside as much as I could be.  I’d be playing Little League softball, basketball, swimming, fishing, climbing trees, making forts, traveling with my family during summer vacation (I think that year it was a road trip to down Highway 101 to Oregon’s Sea Lion Caves, The Wharf in San Francisco, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World and Tijuana, Mexico).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Caffeine!

Are you messy or organized?

I am organized at work – I have the 5S Lean Principles ingrained in me from past manufacturing and aerospace companies I have worked for.  However, at home, not as much…I try but life gets in the way.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  – You won’t remember it 5 years from now.

Mariner's Game
Mariner’s Game

What’s on your bucket list?

Go to the Grand Canyon and to see a Mariner’s Spring Training game in Peoria, AZ

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Reading, fishing, cooking.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

Last book I re-read was Saving Cascadia by John J. Nance.  The story takes place on the Washington Coast.  I also love True Crime.  Ann Rule is my favorite author; I had the opportunity to meet her at a book signing.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

Maybe not a specific event, but I would love to visit the Age of Enlightenment.  So many extraordinary thinkers and doers!

Haleakala in Maui
Haleakala in Maui, 2011

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

Arlington, WA – Born and raised in the same place.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?   

4 homes and 1 college dormitory

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

Not sure.  I am still writing the chapters in my “book”.  When writing, I have always had the inspiration for a title to come to me when I finished.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Pearl Harbor, Oahu, 2011
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, 2011

Behind the Resume #19 – Winnie Corral-Peña

Winnie Corral-PenaWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

My new position is Program Manager in the Transitional Studies Division. Right now, I am in the process of learning what my day-to-day endeavors will be. However, I know that it involves working with the great team already there to ensure that students and prospective students leave with their questions answered, smiles on their face and hopefully great plans on how to reach their goals.

On a cruise in Alaska with my husband, Dan

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked many years in the community. Community outreach and making sure that everyone has opportunity to reach their personal goals is my passion. For the past 15 years, I worked in Social Services as a Family Support Center Director. Before that, I was a foster care licensor. I love working in the community and making sure that people get their needs met. Finding ways to make the system work for people is exciting! Working with diverse cultures is fun and rewarding. I love learning about how people see the world.

What was your first job?

My very first job was in an actuarial accounting firm during the summer between high school and college. The days were so long. I spent all day either on a ten key adding columns of figures, or filing. I remember I would hum to myself out of boredom.

Another picture from the Alaska cruise
Another picture from the Alaska cruise

What does a typical day look like for you?

Right now, a typical day means I come in at 8 am, and everyone I work with has been great! I am really excited about learning how to do my job well. Then, I go home to my husband, Dan. We frequently cook together. I like relaxing in the evening; reading, watching TV, listening to music or talking with friends. I am involved in a number of community activities, so just relaxing is always fun.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At ten years old I was skinny, quiet, & shy. I was a voracious reader, and I think I was really clumsy. I remember lots of scrapped knees. I loved talking with my mom, spending summer vacations in San Francisco with my grandmother, listening to music, and taking long walks. I have 5 younger sisters and 1 younger brother. It was a busy family in a small town in California.

My grandmother, Marie with me
My grandmother, Marie with me

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My husband is the one thing I can’t live without. He makes me laugh, and I love to laugh! He is also great at putting things in perspective. We have been married 22 years.

Are you messy or organized?

I am an organized messy person. At home, I keep public areas organized, my closet organized, but my desk and my car are pretty messy.

My in-laws, husband and me
My in-laws, husband and me

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

The most important thing I have learned in the last 5 years is to let go. I am a recovering control freak, currently working on not being responsible for the world. Oddly enough, it gets along just fine without me.

What’s on your bucket list?

My bucket list includes: a trip to Spain, and three months in Manhattan eating my way from one end of the Island to the other, cooking school in Tuscany, a beach in Fiji, hiking part of the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, Uruguay, Argentina and a lot more snorkeling. I have always wanted to sky dive, but don’t know if I would still do it, at least not alone.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I enjoy gardening, cooking, traveling, reading and learning something new; life is too short to pick just one!

Visiting a Greek Orthodox Monestary in the Tuscan, AZ area
Visiting a Greek Orthodox Monestary in the Tuscan, AZ area

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

On my night table: “Viva Vegan”, “Death of a Dustman”, “Lord of the Wings” and “Salsa, Soul and Spirit”. I love Agatha Christie, M. C. Beaton and other writers of homey mysteries. No reading challenges. I just do it for fun and learning.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

No historical event in particular, but I would go for a future event, first landing on Mars, seeing other galaxies, etc. I am fascinated by space exploration. I really wanted to be the first woman on the moon just to be able to look back at the earth.

My husband, Dan, and me in Victoria
My husband, Dan, and me in Victoria

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

I consider Arcata, CA my home town. I was born in El Progreso, CA. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 3 years old.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

I have lost track of the number of homes I have lived in….it is a lot.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

If my life were a book I would call it “Choices.”

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

My all time favorite quote is from Auntie Mame, “Life is banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” I saw the movie when I was a kid, and it stuck with me. Life really is a banquet; sometimes we just forget we have choices.

Behind the Resume #18 – William (Bill) Deckard

Bill DeckardWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

My new position is the Director of Public Safety Programs. I will be the Administrator of the Criminal Justice, Fire Science and EMS Programs.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have been in public safety for the past 40.5 years. I began the first 2.5 years of

One of my graduating classes in Community Policing Held in Abu Dhabi September 2014
One of my graduating classes in Community Policing Held in Abu Dhabi September 2014

my career at the University of Washington Police Department. I then lateral transferred to the Everett Police Department where I have spent the last 38 years before retiring on December 31, 2015. While at the police department I worked in every area of the department and promoted to the rank of Captain. My last assignment was as the Captain of the Investigations Division.

What was your first job?

My first job was working as a laborer for a construction company. I worked at this job during and after high school and into my college years.

Me at the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi visited while on Community Policing teaching assignment
Me at the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi visited while on Community Policing teaching assignment

What does a typical day look like for you?

Up early and begin with coffee, news and feeding my dogs and cats, not in that order. Quick check of email and off for a work out followed by ordering and billing for my private business, more coffee. Make lunches and off to work. After my work day I usually pick up materials for my private business on the way home or make some deliveries. Get home and feed the dogs and cats followed by cooking dinner for my wife and I. My wife works in Seattle and so I am home first and get the dinner going. Evenings are pretty quiet, relax with a little television, baseball in the summer, football in the fall and hockey in the winter. That about wraps up my day.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Always on the go, either playing with neighbors or completing chores at home.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Me with my graduating class From the Royal Moroccan Police Department, Rabat Morocco
Me with my graduating class From the Royal Moroccan Police Department, Rabat Morocco

My Family, to include dogs and cats.

Are you messy or organized?

Probably leans toward organized as long as you don’t include my garage.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Don’t be in a hurry and listen to absolutely everyone from top to bottom.

What’s on your bucket list?

Trips to Italy, France, S.E. Asia and Australia and return to South Africa for a longer stay this time and while there take my wife to see Robyn Island as well as Table Mountain. Ski in the Alps in the winter and return to the Cook Islands in the spring.

While in Abu Dhabi, I had to see it to believe it! a gold bar dispensing ATM.  I didn't make a withdrawal.
While in Abu Dhabi, I had to see it to believe it! a gold bar dispensing ATM. I didn’t make a withdrawal.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Favorite hobby is anything outside from Gardening to Skiing to Bike Riding golf and spending time with my wife, family and friends.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

I have just started reading “The Boys in the Boat.” No reading challenges at this time.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

I would have liked to have been present when the first congress came together. I would have liked to hear how they debated issues and came to resolution. Was it as hard then as it is now?

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?

My hometown is Marysville Washington and I was born in Everett.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

9

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

Another class of Abu Dhabi police officers from my Community Policing class
Another class of Abu Dhabi police officers from my Community Policing class

I’m not sure there would be a book as it would be too boring and would put people to sleep.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

The only advice I would give anyone is to trust yourself.