Behind the Resume #56 – Kari Hiser

Kari Hiser new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
I’m the Senior Graphic Designer for College Advancement which means I’ll be designing a lot of the print and digital content you’ll see at EvCC.

 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Photo booth picture with Kari and colleagues
Most great design comes from collaboration. I’m lucky that I have a strong community of design friends in my life.

Prior to EvCC I worked as a visual and interactive designer for a digital ad agency called Mixpo. Before then I was a graphic designer for the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. I’ve also worked as a freelance illustrator and branding designer for five years.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Kari kneeling with dog on a hike
Summer hike to Sourdough Gap with my pup.

My most memorable job would have to be MOHAI. The variety of projects and everyone at the museum were so dedicated to their work, which made it an exciting place to be.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?
Busy but fun.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
I was really into nature and animals, especially sketching them. I would spend hours illustrating.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in fall? Favorite fall beverage?
Homemade granola and lattes.

What is a defining moment in your life?

Kari sitting on a rock in front of a valley
Enjoying the scenery at the top of Dishman Hills, Spokane.

Going back to school so I could have a career I truly enjoy.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
My Ex-Life / Quiet: The Power of Introverts

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Pumpkin pie

Group picture backpacking
4-day hike through Paria Canyon with my adventurous friends.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Grew up in Federal Way, but I lived in Seattle for 17 years.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Enjoying life and traveling whenever I can.

 

What do you like to do on your days off?

Kari with her husband in front of a waterfall
Husband and I celebrating 10 yrs with a road trip to Mt. Hood.

Hiking in the woods with my dog, friends, and husband in tow.

 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
You are entirely up to you.

Behind the Resume #55 – Daniela Sierra

Daniela Sierra new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
I am the new “Bilingual Career and Completion Coach” responsible for the outreach and recruitment of EvCC’s Mechatronics program. I will be a resource to the students from start to finish, ensuring successful student completion to connecting them with jobs and internships.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Teaching a "hand-washing" lesson at the health post in Peru
Teaching a “hand-washing” lesson at the health post in Peru


I graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Communications, minor in Psychology. After graduation, I lived in Peru for over 2 years serving as a Health Educator for the U.S. Peace Corps. I managed two community-based health projects in a rural community in the department of Lambayeque (located on the coast of Peru). This experience contributed to some of the most challenging/rewarding/humbling and unforgettable experiences of my personal and professional development. Once returning from Peru, I worked for the Department of Homeland Security at the Los Angeles Asylum Office. Now, I find myself in the beautiful Pacific Northwest at EvCC.

Enjoying a break in the clouds after a storm in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
Enjoying a break in the clouds after a storm in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
My service in the Peace Corps. This experience taught me that happiness is found in the simplest forms.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Wake up, have a fresh cup of coffee, and be grateful for a day filled with new opportunities.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in fall? Favorite fall beverage?
Peanut butter cups and chamomile chai black tea.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Just go with it.

Daniela with children and mothers in Peru
Teaching mothers in the community how to practice “early stimulation play” for their children under 5 yrs. old.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I am currently reading “Educated,” by Tara Westover.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I am a Southern California native, born and raised.

Daniela with her husband at Shoshone Falls
Husband and I at Shoshone Falls, Idaho.

What do you like to do on your days off?
In my free time, I enjoy: exploring new hiking trails with my husband, practicing yoga, exploring books of different genres, and scheming towards the next adventure.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Tough situations never last, but tough people do.”

Daniela on a hike
On a summer hike here in Washington.
Daniela running in the Encinitas Half Marathon
Running the Encinitas Half marathon. I try to do at least one half marathon a year.
Daniela celebrating in Columbia
Taking in the beauty AND COFFEE of Cartegena, Colombia on a summer vacation after completing 27 months in the Peace Corps.
Presenting the first recognized student leaders association "Steps Forward" in the community of Morrope.
Presenting the first recognized student leaders association “Steps Forward” in the community of Morrope.
Daniela doing yoga with a local high school class in Peru
Incorporating yoga classes for P.E. at the local high school in a Peru in the community of Morrope, Lambayeque.

 

Behind the Resume #54 – Kristina Jipson

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

I’m a new FT English Faculty member, and I’ll be teaching English classes, meeting with students, and doing whatever else I can to support the school.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve been teaching since I was a teenager. I’ve taught horseback riding to kids and adults, yoga to Boulderites, Spanish to elementary school kids, infant care to new mothers, life skills to adults in transition, and English/writing to students at Columbia University, Yeshiva, the New York Institute of Technology, Baruch College, the Cooper Union, Notre Dame, Edmonds Community College, Hugo House, and, in about three weeks, EvCC!

Grammi and Grampie leave Florida to brave the ferry
Grammi and Grampie leave Florida to brave the ferry

I love the science and the art of teaching, and I’ve served in faculty development positions at most of the schools I’ve taught at. Most recently, I served as Co-coordinator of Faculty Development at Edmonds, where I learned a lot about the amazing 5-Star Team and EvCC’s role as a leader school in cutting edge pedagogy.

I’m also a passionate writer. My first book of poetry, Halve, was selected by Dan Beachy-Quick for the Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize, and my work has appeared in AGNI, American Letters & Commentary, At Length, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills and elsewhere. I’m a newcomer to fiction-writing, and I’m very excited to have a debut story forthcoming in Tin House in a couple of months and a draft of my very first Great American Novel being read by literary agents now.

Hoh rainforest with the family
Hoh rainforest with the family

What was your most memorable job? Why?

When I was in college, I worked in home health and hospice care, and the patients and families that invited me into their homes absolutely amazed me. I’ve never forgotten how they made space in their lives for suffering and sadness without losing their love for one another or their ability to carry on with the ordinary business of everyday life.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I try to start my day by 4:00 so that I get a couple of hours to write before my nine and four-year-old get up. Then we do the school-prep and school-run routine, which, once you factor in sock-selection in the house and song-selection in the car, takes approximately one million minutes. Once the kiddos are dropped off, I come to campus and get to work prepping, teaching, and meeting with students. After-school-time works the same as the morning in reverse, with personal aspirations about exercise and home improvement interspersed with extracurricular activity runs, homework supervision, and the relentless nightly project of dinner and bedtime. That leaves about an hour and a half after the kids go to bed during which I aspire to do many things, including bond with my spouse, but I most often fall asleep about twenty minutes into a TV show that I’m “really going to make it through this time.”

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

Snack Time
Snack Time

Purple glasses. Seasonally-themed braces. Floral leisure suits obviously picked out by my mother. I had a faint hope that having a horse made me cool, but it was pretty much undermined by anxiety over the fact that I had no way to figure out who the Red Hot Chili Peppers were. (Oh horror of being a tween before the internet!)

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

My summer menu is probiotic-themed. Favorite food is Greek yogurt, mixed berries, and granola—in mixing-bowl-sized quantities. My favorite summer beverage is kombucha. Last year, I made a cottage industry out of brewing my own, but my family revolted at the kitchen being overrun with mason jars of bacterial yeast.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

Mathilda and Louise exploring EvCC
My daughters exploring EvCC

Hmmm, choosing titles for my future memoir is one of my favorite schticks, but it almost never gets laughs, so I refuse make that mistake here!

What is the first concert you attended?

The Counting Crows at Red Rocks. We had tickets, but inexplicably jumped the fence to get in.

What is your vacation spot in the summer months?

I grew up spending summers in the small town my family is from in Central Maine. My folks recently fled to Florida, so the camp by the lake is gone, but for me the phrase “summer vacation” will always mean jumping off a wharf into a lake.

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

I’m reading Louise Erdrich’s amazing LaRose and Martha Nussbaum’s Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (look out, ENGL& 101 students, some of this one is coming your way!). The fact that I’m not sure I know what a “reading challenge” is makes me wonder if I’m qualified for my job… If there’s a Book It for adults, I’d like to know about it. I’d do it in a heartbeat for the Pizza Hut personal pies.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

4th of July
4th of July

I want to say something more surprising than chocolate cake, but…

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

I was born outside of New York City, but spent most of my childhood in California, Arizona, and Colorado.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Here! I’ve hit the officially and happily boring part of my life where I like where I am and what I’m doing and would love to have everything stay more or less the same. We live in a beautiful spot in Brier in my kids great-great grandparents’ farmhouse and this position at EvCC is more or less my dream job.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Writing, reading, yoga, playing with my kids. I’m also always up for any adventure that’s a minimum of forty-five minutes away from home.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Hmmmm…maybe Ginsberg’s “first thought, best thought”? I actually think it’s terrible writing advice, but I love it for everything else. It reminds me to be easy in the world, leaving the worrying to my responsible, generous, and overworked spouse.