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?

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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

Behind the Resume #66 – Ashley Randall

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

Ashley Randall new employee photo

Wellness Coordinator.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. For the last four years I lived on the San Juan Islands working within the local agriculture scene. I worked as a produce clerk at our food co-op, a farm-hand on an organic farm, a maker at a botanical apothecary, and the director of the public school’s Farm to School program. I recently completed my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Association.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My job at the Orcas Island Farm to School Program. I was granted a lot of creative freedom to design and implement garden-based curriculum for K-8 students. I loved connecting with students through growing and cooking food and learning from the island’s local botanists, chefs, bakers, homesteaders, marine biologists, fermenters, farmers and beekeepers. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Morning routine, bike to work, work, bike home, evening routine

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

Meal: Chicken salad with roasted sunflower seeds over a bed of freshly harvested salad greens

Beverage: Soda water with muddled strawberries and basil

Ashley cooking over an open fire
Open fire cooking on Orcas Island

What is the first concert you attended?

Olivia Newton John….I was 9 years old and waited the entire concert just to hear her sing two songs from the movie Grease.

What is a defining moment in your life?

Meeting my partner.

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

I just finished reading Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Sourdough bread

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

Born in Los Angeles and Raised in Ocean Beach, California.

Ashley and cousins hiking in snow
Snow hiking out to Lava River Cave in Flagstaff, AZ with my cousins

What do you like to do on your days off?

Garden, meal prep for the week, listen to podcasts on all things wellness, bead earrings, read tarot, explore new terrain, and spend time with my partner.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

From Rupi Kaur

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