Behind the Resume #72 – Timm Lovitt

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

Timm Lovitt - New Employee Photo

Hello! My title is Interim Dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety. My day-to-day endeavors will be to support our wonderful faculty and staff for those areas, as well as contribute to student success initiatives.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve served in higher education for a little over ten years. Six years with Green River College, where I served as a Dean of Instruction and Dean of Student Success and Retention, and four years with Edmonds Community College, as an instructor and program consultant within Workforce Education. Prior to my start within higher education, I helped the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs create their Traumatic Brain Injury Program. That was a very rewarding experience and I try to find ways to engage within the veterans and disability support services areas as often as they will let me.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

The most memorable job was the United States Army. I served for a little over five years, and deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. I met some incredible people during that time and everything that I experienced changed who I am today.

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

My favorite meal/snack has to be seafood. I’m always trying to eat my weight in salmon and oysters. I live in the perfect place for that! My favorite summer beverage is probably beer…but I am a beer snob (full disclosure). 

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

  • I love riding on our ferries and try to do it as often as I can. I’m secretly trying to get one, or both, of my sons (14 and 8) to choose ferry boat captain as their future profession, so that I can ride with them whenever I want. I’ve promised to make them coffee, or get them snacks as a way of paying my way. 
  • I love to brew my own beer. My wife and I typically host several brewing days at our place each year and it is always fun to have people over to help out with the process. We try to make it a community event, as there is nothing better than being creative with others.
  • Finally, my wife and I have had the goal of visiting all 50 states. We will finally finish that goal later on this fall. Travelling has been very rewarding, and we enjoy getting off of the beaten path wherever we end up. My favorite place is probably Homer, AK. We visited it earlier this year, and I fell in love. If you get a chance, Google the Land’s End Restaurant in Homer. The pictures/setting is stunning.  

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

This is really hard for me to nail down. My favorites change and are constantly evolving. If you see me in person, ask me. I can’t promise that they will stay the same, though!

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

Right now, I’m revisiting Henry David Theoreu’s Walden Pond. We’re planning to visit the New England area in a couple of weeks and the setting for the book is on my bucket list for places to visit. I’m not participating in any reading challenges this year, but last year I set a goal to listen to an audiobook a week. I was able to finish 53 last year. 

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

My hometown is currently Mukilteo, WA.

What do you like to do on your days off?

It seems like I’m always working on my house. We typically do a few larger projects to our place each year, and I’m pretty handy, so I do a lot of it myself. Whenever I can, I like to take my little family on an adventure, and we always mix it up to reflect our different interests. 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Anyone can lead, but leading is best when shared.

Behind the Resume #71 – Tiffani Sands

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

Tiffani Sands new employee photo

My title here at EvCC is Program Assistant. I will be working in the Testing Center helping to manage student intake and workflow.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked as a receptionist for the past 10 years. For the last 4 years I have been in higher education starting with WSU over at the University Center. They helped me fall in love with helping students aim for success.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Harmoni
Harmoni showing her style and her attitude!

My most memorable job was working at Filene’s. Does anybody remember this place? It was the dream job at 19. Working and shopping at the same time, it could not get any better! It’s where I learned how to dress for success. 

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

I love fresh food. Nothing like a quick stop into the farmers market on a nice summer day. I love to make a black bean and corn salad. Recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13933/black-bean-and-corn-salad-ii/

My favorite summer beverage is the lemonade from Wendy’s. Mix it with some soda water and a handful of frozen fruit, and you’ve got yourself a beach ready drink!

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

Baby Zachary
Zachary, happy off the milk
  • I have an unhealthy obsession with crime shows.
  • I just had a beautiful baby boy named Zachary, and I have a 9-year-old named Harmoni.
  • That’s all I have; I’m not very interesting!

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites? 

My favorite movie is The Lion King. I mean, the message of this movie is awesome, and it’s a cult classic that your kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can watch. Hakuna Matata!

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

The only thing I am reading right now is textbooks. I am currently attending classes to earn my Associate’s Degree in administrative support.

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

My current town is Everett. I have kind of been all over the place, but I was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Places I love: 

  • Ossipee, New Hampshire
  • Anywhere in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Have not been to Mt. Rainer, but I’m sure I will love that too
  • I love the mountains and woods

What do you like to do on your days off?

I love to travel. So getting out and finding good hole-in-the-wall diners in small towns is my go-to thing right now. 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

A minor setback only makes room for a major comeback.

-Unkown

Behind the Resume #70 – Mohammed Maraee

Mohammed Maraee new employee photo

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

Associate Director, Center of Excellence of Semiconductors and Electronic Manufacturing. Providing leadership in the promoting and maintaining of the Centers of Excellence as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

group photo
Group picture at OMIC Manufacturing Day with Insitu

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Training Coordinator. (OMIC) is a Boeing and Partners Research and Development Center. Business Professor at Portland Community College, Business Professor at the American University of Iraq, Operations and Policy Analyst II State of Oregon DHS. Harvard Business School certified Sustainability Strategy Management, Doctorate of Business Administration candidate at California Southern university, with Masters of science in Business Management with focus on Organizational Leadership. 

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Mohammed with bike
In front of my house

I enjoy teaching very much, because it gives me the chance to connect with my students and share resources. It is also a great opportunity to learn from a very smart a promising generation. 

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

Bread, Balsamic vinegar and olive oil, with any seasonal fruit and salad. Water.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

Mohammed in Kayak
Kayaking at Lacamas Lake

I am a very good Anime sculptor. I am fond of Tintin, a comics character created by the Franco-Belgian artist Herge. I collect oil paintings and old comics.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

The Most Amazing Journeys in History by Anis Mansour, An Italian movie called Baaria (please watch it), and any of director Wes Anderson movies. They awake the child adventurer in me.

Hiking at Mount Hood
Hiking at Mount Hood going to Ramona Falls

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

I am in my 2nd year of my PhD; this blog post is not long enough to list what I am reading.

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

Scuplting of an Athenian Plate
Scuplting of an Athenian Plate

My hometown is Vancouver WA, but I was born in Mosul Iraq. Also known as Nineveh in the Bible where Jonah was sent, and the capital city of Assyria. An ancient 2025 BC civilization in Mesopotamia.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I kayak and sculpt

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Equally dear to my heart, “If I quit today, I will be back to where I started, and when I started I was desperately hoping to be where I am today,” and, “The Titanic was built by professionals, Noah on the other hand, was an amateur.”

Mohammed kayakin

Behind the Resume #69 – Amy Hart

Amy Hart new employee photo

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

Workfirst Program Inter-agency Liaison. I will be assisting Workfirst students in accessing and navigating college and community resources.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Amy with her husband and daughters
Family Picture

I received my Bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific Lutheran University. Since then I have spent over 12 years working in the nonprofit world. My experience includes working with many populations, including but not limited to: homeless and transitional youth, homeless adults, individuals with mental health and substance abuse challenges, individuals with disabilities, and low-income seniors.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Amy's daughters
Norah and Vivian

My most recent position was working with seniors and I really enjoyed working with this population because of how under-served they are. I enjoyed getting to know individuals, assisting them with maintaining their independence, and navigating systems. I loved hearing their “words of advice,” as they have so much knowledge and many life experiences to share.

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

I love tacos! But then again, who doesn’t!? My favorite summer beverage would have to be an ice tea/lemonade mix.

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you. 

I graduated from EvCC many years ago before transferring to PLU for my BSW degree.

Amy's daughters
Norah and Vivian

I very, very, very strongly dislike coffee!

I broke both my elbows (at the same time) while I was pregnant.

What is your favorite book? Favorite movie? What makes these choices your favorites?

Book: Night by Elie Weisel. This was the first book I read about the Holocaust when studying it in High School and it was such an eye-opener to me at young age. Movie: The Wizard of Oz. It is a movie I grew up watching and have seen hundreds of times. I love the story, the music, the characters…

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

Amy, her husband and daughter in Halloween costumes
Halloween 2018

I just had a baby (ok, maybe not just– she’s 6 months old this week), but I haven’t read anything in a while. I think the last book I read was a parenting book about communicating with your child (I also have a 4-year-old).

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

I am from Stanwood, WA. I was raised there and graduated from Stanwood HS.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with my family: my husband Ryan, 4-year-old daughter Norah, and 6-month-old daughter, Vivian, read books, watch movies (neither of which I do much of), go to the beach and bake.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Amy and her family
Another family picture

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou