Behind the Resume #76 – Heather Mayer

Heather Mayer new employee photo

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

Director of Educational Technology. As part of the Center for Transformative Teaching, the eLearning team manages and supports Canvas and Starfish, as well as instructional design and development for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses. Day-to-day, that not only involves understanding trends and emerging uses of educational technology, but understanding how it connects to and supports all of the different areas of the College; not just online instruction.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Heather with her book and a drink in front of a bookshelf
My book release event at Powell’s books in 2018

My academic background is as a historian, focusing on gender and labor in the United States in the early twentieth century. My book Beyond the Rebel Girl even includes a chapter about Everett! I taught US history courses (primarily online) at Portland Community College from 2008-2019, and began working as the Teaching Learning Center Coordinator for the Rock Creek campus in 2014. I’ve also taught as an adjunct at University of Portland and Southern New Hampshire University.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

One memorable short-term job was doing a work abroad program right after completing my BA. I went to Cork, Ireland and worked at the concession stand at a movie theater.

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

I am big on pumpkin spice everything. Probably my favorite would be the combo of either a plain bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, or a pumpkin bagel with plain cream cheese. For drinks, I love a London Fog.

Heather with her mother and children
With my mom and my kids celebrating the Blazers in the playoffs last season

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

  • I have a big tattoo on my back based on the 1895 Walter Crane illustration “A Garland for May-Day.” I got it to celebrate finishing my PhD exams.
  • I am super huge fan of the Portland Trailblazers. Probably the hardest decision about moving was that I had just bought partial season tickets to share with my brother.
  • I really don’t like the feeling of being scared. I will do (almost) anything to avoid a scary movie or haunted house.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

Heather with her husband and children, in traditional Nigerian attire
With my husband and children dressed for a ceremony welcoming me into the family in Nigeria in 2018

That’s tough, as favorites are always changing. One of my favorite books is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. My husband came to the United States from Nigeria to go to college, so reading that booked helped me to understand a little more about what he experienced.

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

I always have a big stack of books next to my bed I’m in the middle of reading. Currently I’m making the most progress on The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer and Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 by Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer. For fiction, the most recent was There There by Tommy Orange.

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

Portland, Oregon. I was raised in the same house my dad was raised in, and where my mom still lives. Our family are the only people who have lived there since it was built in the 1950s.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Heather with her husband and children at Disneyland
With my husband and children at Disneyworld last summer

I have two small children (Cameron is 4 and Maya is 1), and so weekends are usually a mix of some kind of activity and just playing around inside or outside.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

I really like the old Wobbly motto “An injury to one is an injury to all.”

Behind the Resume #75 – Teri Reade

Teri Reade new employee photo

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

Employment Facilitator for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Careers. I am privileged to work closely with the amazing teams of administrators, faculty and staff at AMTEC and Aviation. My role will include guiding students to relevant internships and employment that utilize their training and lead to rewarding careers. Toward this goal, I will work closely with faculty in recognizing and utilizing students’ strengths; coach students to see and develop their own value, envision their careers, and market themselves to employers; and align with industry to help close the loop and fill employment gaps.

Tell us a little about your professional background. 

With Doug (husband of 27 years)
With Doug (husband of 27 years)

Until the recession, I was in Marketing and Sales. It was just a job, but it paid well. Then suddenly, there were no sales. Then, there were no jobs. Our family went on TANF (Temporary Aid for needy Families), and I met Lisa Fritch (who works at EvCC) while trying to figure out what to do next. Her guidance led me to a new career path. Since 2008, I have focused entirely on Workforce Development, helping folks figure out the next steps on their career path, coaching and teaching Resume, Interview and other self-promotion skills, and guiding groups in developing confidence and their future. It seems fitting that I am back here, working with Lisa and others to coach and guide. I am home.

What was your most memorable job? Why? 

At the age of 16, I was able to work in the school library for a semester.  It opened my eyes!! I learned process, organization and efficiency, and have used those concepts ever since.

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

Harvest Soup (Butternut Bisque)
Harvest Soup (Butternut Bisque)

Autumn soups . . Homemade creamy potato, spicy sweet butternut bisque, and more. My mouth is watering! For my beverage of choice: eggnog latte, please.  

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

Teri & bearded dragon
with Beardsley (the Bearded Dragon)
  1. I am the mother of a dragon. A Bearded Dragon, that is.  He’s a Citrine/Giant hybrid (orange/yellow, about 18” long). He eats from my hand, and loves baths. 
  2. I raise cockroaches. That is, we maintain a supply of food for our Beardy. They stay confined, and are surprisingly clean and easy to manage.
  3. My favorite kind of shopping is at a Hardware store.  I love McDaniel’s in Snohomish.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

Picture of small puppy
Falkor (9-month-old Lab)

Favorite book: Anything by Mary Roach. I started with “Gulp,” which is an entertaining, educational, scientific and historical look at the alimentary canal, starting with the taste buds and going all the way down.

Favorite movie: Into the Woods.  The stage version with Bernadette Peters as the witch. Even Meryl Streep in the more recent movie couldn’t hold a candle to her.  Plus, the movie doesn’t include the song “No More Giants.” See the Broadway version. 

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

Teri with husband and son
Family craziness

I recently finished “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Currently, I’m enjoying “Being Wrong” by Kathryn Schulz. Her perspective is liberating. 

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

Born and raised in the Inland Empire of Southern California . . . SO smoggy back then. At the age of 20, I chose Washington State as my new home.

What do you like to do on your days off? 

Teri holding rocks
Happy Place beach-combing

Work in the yard/garden, play with our pup, road trips with Doug, beach-comb for stones and seaglass, braid wool rugs, and make stuff. Right now, I’m sanding and finishing a live-edge cedar mantle. 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice? 

(Listing three, but they really go together.)

  • “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”  Christopher Reeve
  • “I dwell in possibility.” Emily Dickinson
  • “That there is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.” Samwise (through Tolkien)
Partially completed Bohemian Braided rug
Partially completed Bohemian Braided rug

Behind the Resume #74 – Naisha Williams

Naisha Williams new employee photo

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

Program Specialist in the Center for Disability Services Office (CDS). 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Previously, I worked in Mental Health, Social Services and Public Health. 

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

Gingerbread Man Cookies and all of the Seasonal drinks (Pumpkin Spice, Eggnog, Candy Cane Hot Chocolate, etc)

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

I love Science Fiction movies with bad acting. (Not 3 things, but not well-known, either!)

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

I was born in Seattle, however, I spent the majority of my early childhood in California. I returned to Seattle for Middle School and High School. (Navy Brat)

What do you like to do on your days off?

Hang out with my family ☺ 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

 “Your past is a Lighthouse, not a Port” – Unknown

Behind the Resume #73 – Emily Duckworth

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

My title is Program Assistant in the Testing Center. I’ll be responsible for administering placement, proctored, TS/ELA tests for new and returning students. 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Once upon a time, from 2007-2012, I was employed by the College as a student employee in the Bookstore (07-09), and as a part-time hourly Office Assistant in Facilities (09-12). I left the College to pursue a culinary career. I became the College’s cook for three different contractors, and happily prepared, cooked, and served college students, faculty, and staff. I decided that I wanted to change careers for various reasons (but not my environment), and here I am; back where I feel I belong.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable job is here at EvCC, because I have done a variety of tasks and duties in various departments, and have felt accomplished in each and every role. 

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

My favorite meal in the summer is cedar-planked honey-bbq salmon. My favorite beverage is a cold-crisp IPA.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

I have identical twin girls who are 17, and a red-headed 14-year-old son. I call them my mutants. :). I have three pets; 2 cats and a dog. 

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

I enjoy a variety of books and movies, it’s hard to pick a favorite.

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 Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”. Written by H.H. the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams. I found it to be insightful and filled with wonderful philosophy to create lasting joy in troublesome times. 

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

I was born in Seattle, and was raised in West Seattle.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to garden, paint, or hike.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

My mom always said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.”

Behind the Resume #72 – Timm Lovitt

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

Timm Lovitt - New Employee Photo

Hello! My title is Interim Dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety. My day-to-day endeavors will be to support our wonderful faculty and staff for those areas, as well as contribute to student success initiatives.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve served in higher education for a little over ten years. Six years with Green River College, where I served as a Dean of Instruction and Dean of Student Success and Retention, and four years with Edmonds Community College, as an instructor and program consultant within Workforce Education. Prior to my start within higher education, I helped the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs create their Traumatic Brain Injury Program. That was a very rewarding experience and I try to find ways to engage within the veterans and disability support services areas as often as they will let me.

family photo of Timm, his wife and their two boys
Family Photo

What was your most memorable job? Why?

The most memorable job was the United States Army. I served for a little over five years, and deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. I met some incredible people during that time and everything that I experienced changed who I am today.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

My favorite meal/snack has to be seafood. I’m always trying to eat my weight in salmon and oysters. I live in the perfect place for that! My favorite summer beverage is probably beer…but I am a beer snob (full disclosure). 

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

Fishing in Homer, AK
Fishing in Homer, AK
  • I love riding on our ferries and try to do it as often as I can. I’m secretly trying to get one, or both, of my sons (14 and 8) to choose ferry boat captain as their future profession, so that I can ride with them whenever I want. I’ve promised to make them coffee, or get them snacks as a way of paying my way. 
  • I love to brew my own beer. My wife and I typically host several brewing days at our place each year and it is always fun to have people over to help out with the process. We try to make it a community event, as there is nothing better than being creative with others.
  • Finally, my wife and I have had the goal of visiting all 50 states. We will finally finish that goal later on this fall. Travelling has been very rewarding, and we enjoy getting off of the beaten path wherever we end up. My favorite place is probably Homer, AK. We visited it earlier this year, and I fell in love. If you get a chance, Google the Land’s End Restaurant in Homer. The pictures/setting is stunning.  

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

The Lovitt boys (Timmy and Ben) traveling to Friday Harbor
The Lovitt boys (Timmy and Ben) traveling to Friday Harbor

This is really hard for me to nail down. My favorites change and are constantly evolving. If you see me in person, ask me. I can’t promise that they will stay the same, though!

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

Right now, I’m revisiting Henry David Theoreu’s Walden Pond. We’re planning to visit the New England area in a couple of weeks and the setting for the book is on my bucket list for places to visit. I’m not participating in any reading challenges this year, but last year I set a goal to listen to an audiobook a week. I was able to finish 53 last year. 

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

My hometown is currently Mukilteo, WA.

What do you like to do on your days off?

View of a ferry boat on the water
No better place to live!

It seems like I’m always working on my house. We typically do a few larger projects to our place each year, and I’m pretty handy, so I do a lot of it myself. Whenever I can, I like to take my little family on an adventure, and we always mix it up to reflect our different interests. 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Anyone can lead, but leading is best when shared.

Behind the Resume #71 – Tiffani Sands

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

Tiffani Sands new employee photo

My title here at EvCC is Program Assistant. I will be working in the Testing Center helping to manage student intake and workflow.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked as a receptionist for the past 10 years. For the last 4 years I have been in higher education starting with WSU over at the University Center. They helped me fall in love with helping students aim for success.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Harmoni
Harmoni showing her style and her attitude!

My most memorable job was working at Filene’s. Does anybody remember this place? It was the dream job at 19. Working and shopping at the same time, it could not get any better! It’s where I learned how to dress for success. 

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

I love fresh food. Nothing like a quick stop into the farmers market on a nice summer day. I love to make a black bean and corn salad. Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13933/black-bean-and-corn-salad-ii/

My favorite summer beverage is the lemonade from Wendy’s. Mix it with some soda water and a handful of frozen fruit, and you’ve got yourself a beach ready drink!

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

Baby Zachary
Zachary, happy off the milk
  • I have an unhealthy obsession with crime shows.
  • I just had a beautiful baby boy named Zachary, and I have a 9-year-old named Harmoni.
  • That’s all I have; I’m not very interesting!

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

My favorite movie is The Lion King. I mean, the message of this movie is awesome, and it’s a cult classic that your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can watch. Hakuna Matata!

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

The only thing I am reading right now is textbooks. I am currently attending classes to earn my Associate’s Degree in administrative support.

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

My current town is Everett. I have kind of been all over the place, but I was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Places I love: 

  • Ossipee, New Hampshire
  • Anywhere in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Have not been to Mt. Rainer, but I’m sure I will love that too
  • I love the mountains and woods

What do you like to do on your days off?

I love to travel. So getting out and finding good hole-in-the-wall diners in small towns is my go-to thing right now. 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

A minor setback only makes room for a major comeback.

-Unkown

Behind the Resume #70 – Mohammed Maraee

Mohammed Maraee new employee photo

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

Associate Director, Center of Excellence of Semiconductors and Electronic Manufacturing. Providing leadership in the promoting and maintaining of the Centers of Excellence as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

group photo
Group picture at OMIC Manufacturing Day with Insitu

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Training Coordinator. (OMIC) is a Boeing and Partners Research and Development Center. Business Professor at Portland Community College, Business Professor at the American University of Iraq, Operations and Policy Analyst II State of Oregon DHS. Harvard Business School certified Sustainability Strategy Management, Doctorate of Business Administration candidate at California Southern university, with Masters of science in Business Management with focus on Organizational Leadership. 

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Mohammed with bike
In front of my house

I enjoy teaching very much, because it gives me the chance to connect with my students and share resources. It is also a great opportunity to learn from a very smart a promising generation. 

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

Bread, Balsamic vinegar and olive oil, with any seasonal fruit and salad. Water.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

Mohammed in Kayak
Kayaking at Lacamas Lake

I am a very good Anime sculptor. I am fond of Tintin, a comics character created by the Franco-Belgian artist Herge. I collect oil paintings and old comics.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

The Most Amazing Journeys in History by Anis Mansour, An Italian movie called Baaria (please watch it), and any of director Wes Anderson movies. They awake the child adventurer in me.

Hiking at Mount Hood
Hiking at Mount Hood going to Ramona Falls

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

I am in my 2nd year of my PhD; this blog post is not long enough to list what I am reading.

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

Scuplting of an Athenian Plate
Scuplting of an Athenian Plate

My hometown is Vancouver WA, but I was born in Mosul Iraq. Also known as Nineveh in the Bible where Jonah was sent, and the capital city of Assyria. An ancient 2025 BC civilization in Mesopotamia.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I kayak and sculpt

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Equally dear to my heart, “If I quit today, I will be back to where I started, and when I started I was desperately hoping to be where I am today,” and, “The Titanic was built by professionals, Noah on the other hand, was an amateur.”

Mohammed kayakin

Behind the Resume #69 – Amy Hart

Amy Hart new employee photo

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

Workfirst Program Inter-agency Liaison. I will be assisting Workfirst students in accessing and navigating college and community resources.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Amy with her husband and daughters
Family Picture

I received my Bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific Lutheran University. Since then I have spent over 12 years working in the nonprofit world. My experience includes working with many populations, including but not limited to: homeless and transitional youth, homeless adults, individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges, individuals with disabilities, and low-income seniors.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Amy's daughters
Norah and Vivian

My most recent position was working with seniors and I really enjoyed working with this population because of how under-served they are. I enjoyed getting to know individuals, assisting them with maintaining their independence, and navigating systems. I loved hearing their “words of advice,” as they have so much knowledge and many life experiences to share.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

I love tacos! But then again, who doesn’t!? My favorite summer beverage would have to be an ice tea/lemonade mix.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

I graduated from EvCC many years ago before transferring to PLU for my BSW degree.

Amy's daughters
Norah and Vivian

I very, very, very strongly dislike coffee!

I broke both my elbows (at the same time) while I was pregnant.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

Book: Night by Elie Weisel. This was the first book I read about the Holocaust when studying it in High School and it was such an eye-opener to me at young age. Movie: The Wizard of Oz. It is a movie I grew up watching and have seen hundreds of times. I love the story, the music, the characters…

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

Amy, her husband and daughter in Halloween costumes
Halloween 2018

I just had a baby (ok, maybe not just– she’s 6 months old this week), but I haven’t read anything in a while. I think the last book I read was a parenting book about communicating with your child (I also have a 4-year-old).

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

I am from Stanwood, WA. I was raised there and graduated from Stanwood HS.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with my family: my husband Ryan, 4-year-old daughter Norah, and 6-month-old daughter, Vivian, read books, watch movies (neither of which I do much of), go to the beach and bake.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Amy and her family
Another family picture

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Behind the Resume #68 – Daria Willis

Daria Willis - New Employee Photo

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

President. My job is to ensure that every person at the College has the tools they need to succeed.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Daria and her mom at High School Graduation
High School Graduation with my mom

I started in higher education as an adjunct professor teaching history at Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College. While working on my graduate degrees, I also worked at the Museum of Florida History and the John G. Riley Center for African American History and Culture. There was one point when I worked four jobs at one time to make a decent living. I relocated to Houston, Texas for a tenure track teaching position in 2010. Shortly thereafter, I became a department chair, faculty senate president, and dean of instruction. In 2016, I moved to Syracuse, New York to serve as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Onondaga Community College until June 2019. In essence, I have lived in Georgia, Florida, Texas, New York, and now Washington.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Daria playing trombone
FAMU Marching 100

I LOVED working at Victoria’s Secret in college. I especially enjoyed the exclusive employee discounts on merchandise! Most importantly, I appreciated the opportunity to help women and transgender individuals feel beautiful and more confident in themselves regardless of their shape and size.

Do you recall having an embarrassing moment at work?

Daria with her family
Family photo 2019

It was my first year working in Syracuse, New York. There was a snow storm the night before and the college opened the next day. As I was walking into the building without snow boots, I slipped and fell on a patch of ice in front of my peers. Talk about embarrassing!

What does a typical day look like for you?

Daria with family
First Xmas cruise 2015

I usually get started around 5:30 in the morning. After reading my daily devotional, checking my different social media pages, and reviewing emails and text messages on my phone, I ride my Peloton bike for twenty to thirty minutes while the house is quiet. I rarely eat a large breakfast in the morning, so I will have one of my husband’s famous blueberry smoothies and I am out the door headed to campus no later than 7:00. When I make it to the office, I like to have a little moment to get the blood flowing by turning on Spotify. I typically listen to Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, or Gospel music. It really depends on my mood.  At that point the day begins. Over the years I have learned the importance of expecting the unexpected. Anything can change my schedule and I try to stay mentally prepared for the unexpected. At the end of the day when I make it home, I focus on my family. I’ve got three little ones and they all need a different level of attention. Once the kids are sleeping, I binge watch TV shows with my husband, say my prayers, and I go to sleep to get ready to start the cycle again.

Daria as a baby with her older brother
Baby pic with my big brother

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Very bossy. Ask my older brother.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Sanaa Lathan—although I cut my hair first.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer?

Grilled Salmon and Asparagus

Favorite summer beverage?

 Daria and Imani
Daria and Imani

Cucumber infused water with ice

What would be the title of your autobiography?

I’m Coming After Everything They Said I Couldn’t Have

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

  • I have 6 tattoos
  • I played 4 instruments in high school
  • I hate chocolate cake

What is a defining moment in your life?

Daria as a young child with her dad
Me and my dad

My father died when I was six years old, leaving my mother to raise two children alone. It was terrible and a hard pill to swallow. I realized that life is promised to no one. I live each day as if it were my last. He is my Guardian Angel.

What children’s character can you relate most with? Why?

Couples vacation Vegas wax Museum
Couples vacation Vegas wax Museum

I was a huge fan of A Different World. I even believed Hillman College was a real school. That show was so important to my growth as a young adult. It was because of A Different World that I chose to attend a Historically Black College and University after high school. Freddie Brooks was one of my favorite characters because of her free spirit. She defined her own path. I’d like to think I am doing the same.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

Book—Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Hansberry

Family pic in TX 2016
Family pic in TX 2016

Movie—Coming to America with Eddie Murphy

I fell in love with Ella Baker in graduate school. She was a radical visionary that did not take no for an answer. Mrs. Baker loved her people and she was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement, often telling the men of the movement to make room for women leaders. It is our time.

I have always been a fan of Eddie Murphy. Coming to America is my absolute favorite movie. I know it word for word. It is probably the song “Soul Glow” that has me addicted!

Halloween Syracuse, NY with my team in Academic Affairs
Halloween Syracuse, NY with my team in Academic Affairs

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

I am reading Presidential Transitions from the ACE Series on Higher Education. No reading challenges at this time.

What do you like most about your job?

I love having the ability to make a positive difference on thousands of lives each and every day by the stroke of a pen.

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

Grand Canyon 2016
Grand Canyon 2016

I am a Georgia Peach. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia until I turned 17.

Best memory of your childhood?

My mother took me to the Cabbage Patch Hospital for my birthday. Understand, this is when Cabbage Patch dolls were popular. I was able to watch my doll being born out of an actual cabbage. I named her Elizabeth, received her birth certificate, and purchased all of her newborn essentials in the hospital gift shop. It was a real treat!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Right here at Everett Community College

Daria at the Houston Food Bank
Service learning project at the Houston Food Bank while a dean in TX. I’m in the front laying on the floor.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Sleep

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have taken the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu

Behind the Resume #67 – Chris Harter

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

Chris Harter - new employee photo

Associate Director of Operations at AMTEC.  Supporting staff, students and faculty in day-to-day operations of AMTEC, providing support around safety and student retention.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Most recently, I was working for Valley Cites Behavioral Health as an employment specialist. I served individuals recovering from substance abuse and mental health issues, assisting them with finding and keeping employment.

Prior to that position, I worked at LWTECH in Kirkland for over 17 years.  While there, I advised and did outreach for the College’s WorkFirst program, I was the manager for student programs, Title III director for student retention activities, assistant director of advising and assessment center, and Director of Admissions and Outreach.

Before working at LWTECH, I worked at the Snohomish School District running an AmeriCorps program that served youth in academic support and mentoring.

Additionally, I served as a VISTA in Cleveland Ohio, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Yemen.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Peace Corps volunteer; I could never see the world the same way.  It changed my path.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Pickles the cat
Pickles the cat, doing what he does

Awoken by a demanding feline, Pickles, for morning discussions concerning food.

Right now, coming to AMTEC and learning all about the programs, about EvCC and meeting staff, faculty and students. Lots of listening and learning.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

I believed I was destined to be an incredible basketball or baseball player.  I lived with extended family, so I spent lots of time with my grandfather shooting baskets in the driveway, walking our family dog, playing in the creek and woods in the backyard, and helping our neighbors with their horses. 

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?

Nachos anytime; Iced tea

What would be the title of your autobiography?

She Thinks She is Hilarious

What is the first concert you attended?

Journey – at the Cleveland Coliseum – it was quite a while ago.

What is a defining moment in your life?

Returning unexpectedly from the Peace Corps after enduring civil war in the country where I served. My service changed the way I view service and honestly, the privileges that I have.

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

Not in any reading challenges.  Trying to finish Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates, and starting the Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDerrmott

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

PIZZA

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

Wadsworth, OH; Lived in Ohio until 1996

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Engaged in work that challenges me and makes a difference in individual’s lives; learning to be a yoga teacher.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Luna the dog
Luna the dog on centennial trail outside of Arlington

Walking with my partner and Luna the dog anywhere where there is a trail with good things to sniff (Luna sniffs we watch her).

On a non-outside day reading, good true crime, knitting.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“DIG deep – get deliberate, inspired and going.” Brene Brown