Behind the Resume #47 – Tarin Tesfaye

New employee photo - Tarin TesfayeWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

I am the new Grant Specialist in Resource Development. I will mostly be writing grants, coordinating with those within EvCC and other community organizations.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I received my B.S. in Microbiology and spent 5 years doing research on salmonid viruses. I was involved with grant work during my research there. I moved to Ethiopia in 2013 and spent some time teaching spoken English at a local school until I began working in grant writing again. I spent 3 years working with a Dutch humanitarian NGO, called ZOA, where we worked with refugees and displaced people within Ethiopia. In early 2017, I moved back to the US and began working as a Development Director for a local non-profit. I decided to focus more on grant writing, and that’s how I ended up at EvCC!

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable job was with ZOA. Working overseas changed my perspective on virtually every aspect of my life. Although living in Ethiopia was void of any luxury and riddled with a lot of illness, it was an experience I would never trade.

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

Tarin's 2-year-old boy and 4-month-old boy
My boys, ages 2.5 and 4 months  

My day usually starts with a crying baby (no need for an alarm clock!) and a cup of coffee. At work, most of my day is full of reading and writing (and more coffee). Reading calls for proposals, then writing proposals. I throw in a few meetings here and there to gather content for the grants. I have also been enjoying the mid-day wellness classes. After work, I head home to spend time with a wild dinosaur (my toddler) and happy baby.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

At 12, I was an outgoing child. I always had something to say and never had trouble making friends. I was really into music; that year I quite enjoyed the likes of Montell Jordan. During that school year, I started playing volleyball and throwing shotput in track and field. Just a normal 12-year-old, I suppose.

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

I love grilled cheese and tomato soup during the winter! Especially on a snowy day. My favorite beverage is mulled cider, but probably only have it once during the winter.

Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at in-laws' home in Ethiopia
Traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at my in-laws’ home in Ethiopia

What would be the title of your autobiography?

For the Love of Coffee

Being from the Seattle area and living in the birthplace of coffee for years, this title seems most appropriate.

What is the first concert you attended?

Backstreet Boys! I am not ashamed to admit that I was a boy band junkie as a teenager. And yes, I still know ALL the songs word-for-word.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Tarin with her husband
My husband and I



I love hiking. There is nothing better than a lovely morning hike and lunch with a view!

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 titled, “No Greater Love.” It’s a true story about an American family that moved to southern Ethiopia to start a rescue orphanage for children sentenced to be murdered as part of a tribal superstition. It’s an incredible story and a very quick read.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Ice cream! Or chocolate!

Our home in Ethiopia
Our home in Ethiopia

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

I was born and raised in Lake Stevens. Then, I lived in Seattle for 9 years during and after college until I got married. Less than 2 weeks after our wedding, I moved to Ethiopia for almost 4 years, and now I am back in the same exact house that I grew up in Lake Stevens!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself in a very similar place as I am now: steady job, loving family. Hopefully, we will have purchased a home within that time and possibly have a growing family (whether that be through birth, fostering or adoption).

What do you like to do on your days off?

I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have 2 young boys so we spend most of our time just being together, which usually involves futball (soccer). We were even playing futball in the snow this past weekend!

Tarin and family playing in the snow
Playing in the snow this past weekend with my family

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

My favorite quote is a Bible verse. “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:4

Behind the Resume #46 – Tia Pinzon

Tia Pinzon new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Director for MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement).

The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) is an on-sight, direct service model that serves underrepresented students seeking to major in STEM, with academic support and professional development to ensure they excel academically and transfer successfully to a four-year institution to earn an STEM degree. Our new MESA Center is located in Monte Cristo 204, and we hope to use this space to create a home away from home for our students where they can find community, study in groups and build skills through our workshops.

Tia and father at graduation ceremony
My Dad, Richard, & me at Raven’s Feast, a graduation ceremony for Native students at UW

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked in higher education for over eight years. My passion to serve underrepresented students in education ignited when I became a Student Ambassador for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMAD) at UW, Seattle in 2008. After graduating with my BA, I continued working for OMAD in different roles, gaining experience in pre-college programs, admissions and staff diversity efforts. While earning my Master of Social Work degree, I worked in admissions at UW, and also in health and mental health at the Downtown Emergency Service Center, Crisis Diversion Facility (DESC-CDF), and also at the Mount Vernon VA, Community Based Outpatient Clinic. I was most recently working with TRIO Student Support Services at UW and it was wonderful to contribute to a program that I was once a beneficiary of, as in 2006 I was an EdCC TRIO SSS student myself.

Tia & husband, Ivan
My husband, Ivan & me. We just got married, 12-30-17!

What was your most memorable job? Why?

In 2010, I worked for another MESA program (MESA WNSEP- Washington Native American, Science, Engineering Program) over the summer and I got to work with over 20 high school students, many of them being from my Tribe (Yakama Nation). During our program, I stayed with our students in a UW Seattle dorm, which was my first “dorm” experience, (very memorable). But, what was most memorable and meaningful about this job was getting to connect with the students and to see the look of wonderment and intrigue they expressed during all the cool STEM activities they participated in. I also remember when I had to say goodbye to them at the end of our program. It was a difficult farewell, but my heart felt full of gratitude for the opportunities we had shared.

What does a typical day look like for you?

To be determined…

Describe yourself at 12 years old. 

Tia & brother on Halloween
My brother & me, Halloween, 1986. I was a punk rock vampire, & Trevor was a warlock

At the age of 12, I was really into music and dance. I recorded all the Janet Jackson videos onto VHS to memorize the steps. I also enjoyed reading. It was during my 12th year that I fell in love with blues, jazz and reggae music. This was also about the time that began to understand the importance of social justice. To be honest, I was feeling pretty awkward about life that year, which I guess is normal for a preteen.

 

 

 

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

I love to make homemade soups during the winter, and I drink a lot of honey lavender tea.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Learning to Dance

What is the first concert you attended?

My first concert would have been Michael Jackson, but he got the flu and had to cancel, thus my first concert was…New Kids on the Block. I still wish I had seen Michael Jackson. He was always my favorite!

Hui Wa'a O Puget Sound
Some of the women from our paddle team, Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound, just before a race on Silver Lake. I’m on the far left.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I’m on an outrigger canoe paddle team, Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound with the Hawaii Club of Everett. I would say paddling, dancing and hiking are my favorite hobbies.

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 Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. It’s one of my favorites.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pizza!

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

Tia & mom at Raven's Feast in 2010
My Mom, Cheryl & me, at Raven’s Feast, 2010

I was born in Stevens Hospital in Edmonds and I’ve lived in Seattle, Mount Lake Terrace, Everett and Brazil. I spent most of my K-12 years in Everett and consider South Everett my hometown.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to continue to serve underrepresented students. I also will strive to be a stronger paddler with each year.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to explore the outdoors including nature and the city, paddle, hike, watch movies, cook, spend time with family, friends and especially my two nephews. I also like to connect with community at Pow wows.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

Tia & husband hiking on Mt. Rainier
Ivan & I hiking, Mt. Rainier, Panorama Point, 2017

Behind the Resume #45 – Jesse Aspree

Jesse Aspree New Employee PhotoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Associate Director in the International Education department. My main endeavors will be international marketing, recruitment and retention activities; advising international students on cultural, immigration, and assist with new international student orientation.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Jesse with wife and son at a wedding
With my family at a wedding

After graduating from community college, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in France, which had a huge impact on why I chose to work in the International Education field. My first job in education was at South Seattle (Community) College in International Marketing and Advising as an intern and later as a full-time employee for 3 years. After this, I took a position in the International Student Services department at Edmonds CC where I worked in a variety of roles developing relationships with international schools and agencies, working with faculty/staff on global engagement activities, and developing study abroad and short term programs.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

I delivered inflatable bouncy houses all around Western Washington for kids’ birthday parties for about a year. I loved the reactions of the kids as I inflated the giant dinosaurs and castles in front of them.

Jesse with son and wife
With my son and wife

What does a typical day look like for you?

Morning coffee and a bagel, off to work, return home, outdoor soccer game, go to bed, repeat.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

Probably a bit nerdy, I recall spending a majority of my time playing the original 8-bit Nintendo, infatuated with pro basketball and the Supersonics, and lots of piano lessons (not by choice).

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

I’d have to say raclette or fondue since I’m a big fan of cheese. Warm sake would be my go to winter beverage.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Jesse fishing with his dad
Fishing with my dad

Hakuna Matata

What is the first concert you attended?

Bush and Gwen Stefani

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

This is an easy one, soccer for sure.

Jesse and family in Japan
With family in Japan

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

Shoe Dog: A memoir by the creator of Nike.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pumpkin Pie

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

I was born in Inglewood, California but raised partly in Washington and partly in Hawaii.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Pretty much the same place I am now

What do you like to do on your days off?

Snowboarding, or playing my ukulele.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Only pack what you can carry yourself”

Jesse and his wife in Puerto Vallarta
With my wife, Miki in Puerto Vallarta