Behind the Resume #32 – Sean Gehrke

sean-gehrkeWhat 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 Institutional Research, and in general I will be providing guidance to members of the College about how to use data to inform decision-making. This entails making meaning of simple numbers as well as advance research studies, while also empowering others to use information for effective decision-making.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve worked my entire career in higher education, having spent roughly 10 years as a student affairs administrator prior to becoming a researcher. I have performed research focusing on multiple stakeholders in higher education (including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni). My experience as an administrator and researcher has contributed to knowledge in outcomes-based assessment, strategic planning, STEM reform, and leadership development. I received my Ph.D. in urban education from the University of Southern California, my M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland College Park, and my B.A. in psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

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Colleen and I at the Roman Forum on our trip to Europe last February.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable is probably my first job as a server and dishwasher in a retirement and assisted living community in Portland – I had this job through high school and college. I learned so much about how to work with people and professionalism. It also helped me to come out of my shell (I wasn’t the most outgoing person younger in life).

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day involves a combination of meetings with individuals and committees to provide context and expertise with data and research while also working in my office on research projects and helping to fulfill requests that come into institutional research.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a pretty shy kid at 10 who was interested in school and music (I played violin through college). But I was also fun-loving and working to develop my sense of optimism and relaxed demeanor that I have today.

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Our two cats, Budino and Olive. I am allergic to cats, so we have Devon Rexes because they are relatively hypoallergenic. I love my cats.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in autumn? Favorite fall beverage?

I love cooking soups and stews and big hearty meals to be shared with others in the fall. My favorite beverage in the fall (along with the rest of the year) is a good seasonal beer or glass of red wine.

What is your favorite movie and book?

I have many favorite movies, but one of my favorites is Sunset Boulevard. I have many favorite books, but some recent fiction favorites are A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and a recent non-fiction favorite is Believer by David Axelrod.

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

My wife’s computer because it has so many photos of our trips and adventures from the past 5 years. If I couldn’t find that, maybe my coffee grinder. 
Favorite travel spot?

The Oregon coast. I have fond memories up and down the central and north coast of Oregon, most notably Cannon Beach, where my wife and I got married five years ago on the beach.

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Seeing the Mariners play at Wrigley Field against this Cubs this summer.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I enjoy hiking, traveling (I got to take my first trip to Europe this past year), cooking and eating good food, drinking and learning about wine, following professional basketball and baseball (I’m a lifelong Cubs fan, so it’s been a good year), and spending time with my wife, Colleen, and our cats. I also love following politics.
What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

No reading challenges. The last book I read was Nixonland, which examined events and politics of the 60’s and 70’s and how they contributed to today’s divisions in the country.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Both butter and sugar.

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

I was born and raised in Milwaukie, OR just outside of Portland.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I see myself continuing to do this work and feeling more settled in the broader Seattle area.

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Rainier – Hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park in 2014.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with my wife, explore the city (both sights and food), go for a walk or hike, and sleep in.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

If it’s not fun, don’t do it.

Behind the Resume #31 – April Harris

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

I’m at the new Senior Graphic Designer in College Advancement. I will be helping the college community promote and communication all the great things that are going on here to various audiences. You will most likely find me in my natural habitat – behind the computer monitor staring at photos, fonts, and graphics.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

My experience as a graphic design has centered around the communications/PR fields but I have had a variety of experience in this arena. I’ve been in an in-house communications department with North Carolina’s court system. From there, I worked as a graphic designer in a communications agency and had the experience of working with external clients. For the past year and a half, I’ve been a freelancer working on projects from a variety of communications-related projects ranging from higher education/research to agribusiness and non-profit organizations.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Family portraits on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry. February 2016. (Pictured: April Harris, daughter, Madelyn, and husband, Dawson.)
Family portraits on the Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry. February 2016. (Pictured: April Harris, daughter, Madelyn, and husband, Dawson.)

Probably my first job. I was a tomato grader at a farm. It wasn’t a terrible job (I got to work with my friends), but it was one of those jobs that made you realize what you DON’T want to be when you grow up.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Sending emails, flexing my creative muscles in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, meetings. Outside of work, taking care of my daughter and other tasks to keep the house going. My husband’s job takes him away from home a lot so there’s never a dull moment for me.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

My memory isn’t that good. Haha. I would say I was artistic and shy, an animal lover, ballet dancer, and softball player.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in autumn? Favorite fall beverage?

April's daughter, Madelyn, in her monarch butterfly costume for Halloween -- her first time trick-or-treating.
My daughter, Madelyn, in her monarch butterfly costume for Halloween — her first time trick-or-treating.

Soup. I love potato soup and split pea soup. Of course, coffee and/or hot chocolate is a must.

What is your favorite movie and book?

What are those? I have a 19 month old.

I do watch several tv shows though. I’m big on sitcoms and will never tire of The Office. I also like Modern Family, The Middle, This is Us, The Good Place, and Superstore to name a few. My DVR gets worked regularly.

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

My computer. It has all the important information; photos, videos, saved passwords…

Favorite travel spot?

Cozumel, Mexico was pretty awesome and I’d love to go again. But after being on the west coast the past year and a half, I’m a little nostalgic for the NC & SC coast; Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, Emerald Isle, Bald Head Island, and the Outer Banks.

My daughter, Madelyn, relaxing by the pool.
My daughter, Madelyn, relaxing by the pool.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I don’t have too much free time, but I like to exercise and coupon.

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

I have many a book downloaded on my phone with many only partially read. The last book I ready from cover to cover was #girlboss. Written by Sophia Amoruso, it’s an autobiographical book about her journey from dumpster diving to running a multi-million dollar fashion empire.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Ben & Jerry’s Addicted to Chocolate

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?img_3623

Born and raised in Salisbury, NC until I went off to college.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Sleep, eat, explore the area (I’m still learning what all is around here!)

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible.’ –Hillman Curtis

Behind the Resume #30 – Jennifer Enger

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

I am the Instructional Classroom and Support Technician for  I-CATCH (Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Health).  I will be leading study sessions for students, tutoring students one-on-one, assisting in the classroom, and helping to plan workshops for the students.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have an associates degree in Veterinary Technology, a certificate in Medical Transcription, and I am currently finishing my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  I worked for over 15 years in the veterinary field.  For the past four years, I worked at Seattle Pacific University in their Health Clinic as a medical receptionist.  

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My husband, Steve, is my best friend.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable job was working as a veterinary technician.  Sometimes, the patients were not thrilled to see you.  I was often the “cat wrangler” at the clinic. This required donning leather gloves and “making the cat into a burrito”  a.k.a. wrapping it up in a towel.   This job required a lot of multitasking.  One minute you were taking an x-ray, the next minute you were drawing a blood sample, or placing an IV catheter.  I was never bored, and it was very rewarding.   

What does a typical day look like for you?  

I spend time in the mornings either planning study sessions for students or leading study sessions.  By mid-day, I am helping in the classrooms.  At the end of the day, I am entering attendance and completed workbook points into Canvas.

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My sweet dog, Sally.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.  

My childhood friends and I would hang out in a nearby church parking lot.  Since there were no cars using it on the weekdays or Saturdays, we would ride our bikes around it, roller-skate there, or play lava monster tag.


What is your favorite meal/ snack in autumn? Favorite fall beverage?  

My favorite thing to eat in Autumn is pumpkin pie.  A close second would be my family’s  homemade apple pie with crumble crust.  My favorite Autumn beverage is apple cider, but I also love pumpkin spice lattes.

What is your favorite movie and book?  

My favorite book is Jane Eyre.  My favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.


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

I would save the hamster cages, so that our hamsters would not be homeless.

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Fort Casey is one of our favorite hangouts. (Picture of my son and myself).

Favorite travel spot?   

I love to go to Whidbey Island.  We enjoy camping at Deception Pass, and my family also likes to visit Camp Casey.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?   

I love to go camping with my family.  I also love to crochet and spend time reading.

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 the Social Life of DNA.   


What one food do you wish had zero calories?  Dark Chocolate

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

I grew up and was raised in Seattle.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  

I see myself finished with my Bachelor’s degree and enjoying all of the hobbies that I have put on hold.

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Having fun with my family at Long Beach, WA. (Windy picture with kids)

What do you like to do on your days off?  

Spend time having fun with my two children.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?   

My favorite quote is from Barbara Johnson:  “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

Behind the Resume #29 – Kaitlyn Dodge

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

I am the Program Assistant for Outreach and Highschool Programs. I will be scheduling and coordinating on-campus visits, and working closely with student ambassadors. I’ll also be doing a lot of behind-the-scenes planning for OHSP’s various campus events.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

With WSU's mascot, Butch T. Cougar!
With WSU’s mascot, Butch T. Cougar!

I graduated from WSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Sociology. I was an orientation counselor, Resident Advisor and I also worked as office staff. I found my passion for working in higher education during my time at WSU.

 

 

What was your most memorable job? Why?

WSU graduation photo with my college sign and with WSU's mascot, Butch T. Cougar!
WSU graduation photo with my college sign

Definitely an orientation counselor for WSU. Being able to welcome new students, help them find their way and make them feel at home was amazing!

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m still trying to figure out what that will look like at work, but after work, I enjoy spending time outside with my Australian Shepherd and my husband.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I had way too much energy, playing lots of soccer and spending quality time with my two younger brothers.
If you had to eat one meal – every day for the rest of your life – what would

Visiting the Ice Caves in Granite Falls with my pup
Visiting the Ice Caves in Granite Falls with my pup

it be?

Oh, definitely tacos. Tacos are life.

What is your favorite movie and book?

Any and every Disney movie, and the Little House on the Prairie series will always have a special place in my heart. Basically, I’m a child at heart.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

Probably my grandma’s wedding ring that was passed down to me at my own wedding.

Visiting the Grand Canyon
Visiting the Grand Canyon

Favorite travel spot?

I recommend that everyone visits Yellowstone National Park and Lewis & Clark Caverns in Montana. Iv’e been twice and try to go every year with new people.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Spending time with my huge extended family! I love canning and preserving! I

My husband's family at their favorite annual event, Hoopfest.
My husband’s family at their favorite annual event, Hoopfest.

have all sorts of jams, pie fillings, salsas and pizza/ pasta sauces from my garden or local farmers’ produce. I love being able to preserve the bounties of fall/ summer and share with family and friends.

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? 

Honestly, my last book was probably a sociology textbook. Right now, I have a bunch of community college training books checked out from the library, that I am looking forward to.

My mom & brothers at my wedding (my biggest support system!)
My mom & brothers at my wedding (my biggest support system!)

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

All of the chocolate things. Mmm chocolate.

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

I was born and raised in Lake Stevens and Marysville, WA.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to continue working in Student Services or Student LIFE. I’d love to pack up and move to a random state for a new experience!

Family photo of my own little family! My husband, Jerodan. Australian Shepherd, Mellie, and our cat, Sybbie.

What do you like to do on your days off?

My husband and I are renovating our home, so our weekends aren’t very relaxing. But we love it! We also enjoy visiting new restaurants with amazing or new food.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

My favorite and most meaningful piece of advice came from my dad. “Never care what anyone thinks.” It helped me to enjoy and find my unique style and attitude on life, and always stay true to myself.

Behind the Resume #28 – Arantxa Gallegos

arantxa-gallegosWhat 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 Program Manager A (Outreach Specialist) in the Outreach and High School Programs Department. My focus will be on sustaining and strengthening our relationships with K-12 partners and community based organizations, as well as building our social media presence. From prospective student recruitment events to class presentations on college readiness, I’m looking forward to working directly with students, teachers, and families!

Tell us a little about your professional background.

A day on, not off for AmeriCorps members.
A day on, not off for AmeriCorps members.

I worked two years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) Fellow – Literacy Coordinator at a children’s literacy non-profit organization in Los Angeles.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable job was as a student security guard at Wellesley College’s on-campus art museum. I witnessed the fruition and development of art exhibitions, expanded my knowledge on art movements and artists, watched artists create on-site pieces, and met Madeline Albright. Most importantly, I developed an immense appreciation and respect for security guards at large art institutions.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I just started working, so I’m unsure of how my days will unfold. I will say that every morning will start with an English muffin with avocado and coffee, followed by a 45 minute commute in the fog, and, then, work.

Family picture: Arantxa, her mother, two sisters, and baby niece celebrating Mother's Day.
Family picture: Arantxa, her mother, two sisters, and baby niece celebrating Mother’s Day.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At 10 years old, I was extremely observant and melodramatic.

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

This is such a difficult question to answer! If I had to choose, I would want to eat mole every day. And tamales.

 

What is your favorite movie and book?

My favorite movie is My Family/Mi Familia. My favorite book is Southland by Nina Revoyr followed by the Harry Potter series.

Arantxa and her younger sister at Dodgers Stadium.
Arantxa and her younger sister at Dodgers Stadium.

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

My LA cap.

Favorite travel spot?

During my junior year, I studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and I fell in love with two cities, Valparaiso and Valdivia. Valparaiso is a vibrant, brightly colored port city outside of Santiago. Valdivia, located in the southern region of Chile, is a quaint city with beautiful German architecture and delicious chocolate.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Exploring cities on foot or on public transportation.

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Honey, the lovable family bulldog, wearing her Dodgers gear.

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?

The last book I read was Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race and I highly recommend it to everyone. The next book on my list is Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pecans! Nuts are healthy, but a healthy portion is only 6 to 8 pieces. That’s too small.

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

I was born in East Los Angeles, but I was raised in Lynwood, CA, which is a small urban city in Southeast Los Angeles County.

Arantxa learned to dance Latin American folkloric dances in college and annually performed at the Latin Cultural Show.
Arantxa learned to dance Latin American folkloric dances in college and annually performed at the Latin Cultural Show.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself pursuing a PhD in a new city in a new state.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Go for a jog, buy a cup of great coffee, and hang out with friends.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Every time someone gives you a formula for what you should be and what you should do, you should know they’re giving you a pair of handcuffs.” – Junot Díaz

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.

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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