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.