Behind the Resume #43 – Tiffany Yost

Tiffany Yost new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Program Coordinator for the Center of Excellence. I will be assisting in many of our grants that aid in helping students in aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs prepare for employment in entry-level positions and apprenticeships.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
The past 5 years, I’ve worked as a professional service dog trainer for people with disabilities, helping to provide them with more confidence and independence. Before that, I was a student employee at Everett Community College and managed the student Programs Board, coordinating and implementing student events and activities.

graduation picture
EvCC Graduation 2011

What was your most memorable job? Why?
Working for Everett Community College as a student was one of my most memorable jobs because of the positive atmosphere and support provided by the advisors. Putting on campus events and managing peers was a privilege that helped me develop and strengthen many of my skills that I now use in my work field. I like to say that Everett Community College is where I “grew up.”

Training service dogs - 2017
Training service dogs – 2017

What does a typical day look like for you?
On the job, my typical day is filled with meetings and lots of paperwork! I get to do a lot of data entry and budget management, as well as correspond with grant participants and partners.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
At 12 years old, I already knew what I was going to do with my life. I wasn’t the most confident kid, but I had a big heart. I knew I wanted to do something with my life that would better other people’s lives, which is why I chose to train service dogs.

Sister Brittany and I with our nieces at the Rain Forest Cafe 2017
Sister Brittany and I with our nieces at the Rain Forest Cafe 2017

What is your favorite meal/ snack in winter? Favorite winter beverage?
My favorite food in winter is soup, and my favorite beverage is a peppermint white chocolate mocha!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Life’s a Rollercoaster: Learn to Enjoy the Ride

What is the first concert you attended?
“Skillet” back in grade school.

Family photo with Mickey - Disneyland 2017
Family photo with Mickey – Disneyland 2017

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Taking my dog for a walk, or spending time with my family.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I just finished reading the original Beauty and the Beast story. So much different from Disney’s version!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Ice cream!

Sibling photo - 2007
Sibling photo of us being us!- 2007

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Marysville is my hometown, born and raised!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully with children, a stable job, and nice house with a big yard for my dogs to play in!

What do you like to do on your days off?
Spend time with my family.

Tiffany with dog
Photo of me with my dog – 2017

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Live every day with a purpose!

Behind The Resume #42 – Miki Aspree

Miki AspreeWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Director, Nippon Business Institute (NBI) & Japanese Programs. My main mission is to bridge the cultural gap between the U.S. and Japan.


Tell us a little about your professional background.

EdCC International Student Services Team with Miki
With the International Student Services team at EdCC


I served as the associate director and international student advisor at the International Student Services office at Edmonds Community College for 20 years before arriving to EvCC. During that time, I provided support to international students from all over the world with their academic, immigration, personal issues and also helped them to stay well and in good immigration status.

With Parfait Bassalé, a musician/peace activist and the EdCC Acoustic Music Club members
With Parfait Bassalé, a musician/peace activist and the EdCC Acoustic Music Club members

What was your most memorable job? Why?
Definitely my previous job as an international student advisor. It was exciting to learn about the world through the international students. It was also very rewarding to be able to help make a difference in the students’ lives.


What does a typical day look like for you?

Hiking (Brinnon, WA)
Hiking (Brinnon, WA)


The day starts by opening up the gate to the Japanese garden. Throughout the day, I help anyone who walks through the door with questions for example, about studying in Japan. Other days, I may be helping a group of Japanese students visiting the campus and Everett, having fun making curry with the Japanese Club, or helping with a tea ceremony demonstration!

 

In my parents' backyard to celebrate "seijin", coming of age
In my parents’ backyard to celebrate “seijin”, coming of age

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
At 12, people said I resembled a small monkey because I loved doing tricks on the bars and was the quickest dodger at dodge ball games. Although I never won even one tournament, I was having fun playing badminton on a badminton team.

 

 

 


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

With the whole family (Yokohama, Japan)
With the whole family (Yokohama, Japan)

Pumpkin pie from Costco! I usually eat them for breakfast and dessert with my pumpkin spice rooibos tea.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Strange but Exciting Life of Miki.

Family vacation (Osaka​, Japan)
Family vacation (Osaka​, Japan)

What is the first concert you attended?
A-ha (one hit wonder!)

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Exploring a new city or country.

 

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

Zipline adventure (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Zipline adventure (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

“Prayers for the Stolen” by Jennifer Clement. This is a bittersweet but beautifully written novel inspired by true stories of Mexican women who do not have freedom because of their fear of being literally “stolen” from their homes.

 

 

 

My two kids, Eben (boy) with Kahlua (dog)
My two kids, Eben (boy) with Kahlua (dog)

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Japanese ramen

 

 

 

 

 

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

First Halloween in the U.S. with my brother, Shin
First Halloween in the U.S. with my brother, Shin


I was born in Osaka, Japan, but grew up in Mountlake Terrace, Yokohama, Japan, and Lynnwood. My father worked for a seafood import company, so we moved around a lot. By the age of six, I had attended four different kindergartens.

 

Vacation with my husband, Jesse (Paris, France)
Vacation with my husband, Jesse (Paris, France)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully, I have contributed in bringing more connections, opportunities and resources for Japanese /U.S. students and communities to learn more about one another. I also hope that I have traveled to more countries.

 

What do you like to do on your days off?
Watch movies, go hiking, hot yoga, and spend time with family and friends.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Ever since I saw the Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell as a child, I have kept this verse close to my heart. I believe that our world can be a kinder place if we all treated others with respect and compassion.