Behind the Resume #48 – Jessica Manfredi

Jessica Manfredi new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
My tile is Program Specialist 2 for Worker Retraining. I’ll be working within the Workforce Funding Dept. providing qualifying unemployed/dislocated workers with start-up funds to pursue an ATA degree or certificate.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies and Law, Economics, and Public Policy from UW Bothell. I have been working in higher education ever since my junior year in college. I have held a variety of positions from Peer Consultant at a writing center to Administrative Coordinator at a shared lab-facility. I love working with and helping/empowering students and that’s why I stayed in higher education.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Jessica and family at her wedding September 2017
Family Picture from our wedding last September 2017


My most memorable “job” was actually not a job, but a volunteer position as a Mentor at a club at UW Bothell called La Voz de E.L.L.A. (Her Voice). I loved being able to mentor women at Everett High School, mostly from underrepresented backgrounds. We worked on everything from self-esteem to empowering students to pursue higher education. Watching these students grow and succeed was humbling and truly shaped my decision to work in the field.

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day involves meeting with students one-on-one and/or in an orientation to help them understand the process of applying/qualifying for Worker Retraining funds. I collaborate with community partners such as WorkSource and doing general outreach, so we can spread the word about Worker Retraining and serve as a resource. Finally, there’s a lot of paperwork involved with what I do (forms, agreements, etc.) so I spend a good chunk of my time recordkeeping, scanning, and organizing documents.

Jessica and dog
Jessica with her dog, Winter, at Deception Pass

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
12-year-old Jessica loved reading books and was definitely a teacher’s pet and know-it-all, but with a kind heart and willingness to help. Of course, the know-it-all part changed a lot when she moved to the U.S. at age 13 and found herself in an American middle school without speaking any English – oh boy, 13-year-old Jessica was up for a bumpy ride!

What is your favorite meal/ snack in spring? Favorite spring beverage?
I’m vegan, so I would say my favorite spring snack is cranberry trail mix. My favorite spring/summer beverage is of course, coconut water!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Around the World in 80 Confusing Ways – Jessica Figures it Out One Day at a Time

What is the first concert you attended?
Linkin Park – I was 11! Honestly, still one of the best concerts I have ever been to. They were my favorite band during my teens and I was a total groupie. Last year, when Chester Bennington (lead singer) committed suicide, I was completely crushed, but I was also overjoyed with the amount of awareness that was raised towards mental health issues by the band and the rock community more generally.

Jessica and her wife in St. Edwards Park
Jessica and her wife in St. Edwards Park

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Ballet – I’m an adult ballerina. It was something I used to do when I was little and came back to about a year and a half ago. It was a passion that never truly went away, and I am so glad I took the chance and came back to it!

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 “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz. I recommend absolutely anything by him, especially if you’re Latinx or want more insight into what it’s like to be part of the Latinx/Puerto Rican/Spanish Caribbean diaspora.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
French Fries or just potatoes in general.

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

Jessica in Brazil
Jessica in Brazil visiting family in 2015

My hometown is Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was born and raised there, though I have spent most of my young adult life (18-forward) in Washington State.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a steady job where I get to help students on a daily basis (like the one I currently have), with a little bit bigger family (my wife and I really want a baby, we have just been waiting for the right time).

What do you like to do on your days off?

Jessica and her wife in Vancouver, BC
Jessica and her wife in Vancouver, BC

I love hiking and camping with my wife and our dog, Winter. Taking weekend trips to Vancouver or Portland (I love to travel!). I also love cooking and trying out new vegan recipes (my wife and I are total foodies).

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis.

 

 

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

Behind the Resume #44 – Papken O’Farrell

Papken OFarrell new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
My title at EvCC is Director of Program Development – Criminal Justice/Fire Science, the Public Safety Programs of the Health Sciences and Public Safety Division. I act as the hub between faculty, staff, and the dean’s office, and I’m involved in partnerships and outreach to our programs’ professional sectors while driving recruitment and overseeing the staff side of our day-to-day efforts.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
Before EvCC, I was at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, where I managed a mid-career degree program and their continuing education courses. For much of that time, I also volunteered as the operations manager of a small pet rescue nonprofit based in Eastern Washington. Prior to that, I worked at Seattle Central (at the time, Community) College, from where I also attained my AA degree. The diversity and direct social impact of a community college can’t be beat, and I’m excited to be here at Everett Community College to experience that connection and impact again.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Papken with an adoptable dog from the pet rescue
Papken with an adoptable dog from the pet rescue

My most memorable job was probably my first public sector job, working at the US Census Bureau in their regional office at the age of 19. Basically, the area office had to hire an entire set of staff—trainers, payroll, selections (hiring), as well as the census takers who work in the field, obviously—and complete their count within a matter of months. Out of a degree of chaos and uncertainly, we completed the counts for the 2000 Census, which included obtaining a much-needed updated count of the population experiencing homelessness in Washington State.

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day for me includes meeting and fostering relationships with representatives of the fire services, emergency medical services, and criminal justice agencies in the region and state, as well as those at high schools and community organizations. I am also involved in curriculum and program planning, marketing and recruitment, supervising the staff, collaborating with faculty, and implementing process improvement so that we are delivering the best public value possible. A lot of my time in my first weeks has been spent learning EvCC systems and connecting with EvCC colleagues in other departments, to ensure we remain aligned with the College’s mission and encourage cross-campus cooperation.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
At 12 years old, I was really creative and active physically. I trained in karate 4–5 days a week and was always running around (usually outside) whether with friends or by myself. I would spend a ton of time drawing and coming up with my own ideas for role-playing games, video games, and action figure toys. I was also really into environmentalism and music, and started to read books about cultures from outside my small, privileged sphere.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in winter? Favorite winter beverage?
My favorite meal/snack in winter is a tie between soup with salad and buttered soda bread, or mac and cheese with hot dogs (usually veggie dogs). My favorite winter beverage is black tea with milk, which is my preferred beverage most seasons. It just stuck after living in the British Isles.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Tough one. Maybe, From Jet City to Viking Town: A Mini-Odyssey of Animals, Imagination, Music, Combat Sports, and Public Service.

What is the first concert you attended?
I think it was a Tim Noah Christmas concert at the Bon Marché or Nordstrom—I guess, Snohomish County represent!

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
My favorite pastime is being outdoors with my dogs, in pretty much any weather.

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 Green Island, a fictional memoir that follows a Taiwanese family’s experiences from the end of World War II, just after Taiwan had been a colony of the Japanese Empire, through its transition to the early Republic of China, and finally its transition to open democracy in the 1980s.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Chocolate. Perhaps not much of an original answer…but it’s precious to me!

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I was born in Seattle but actually grew up from the age of 12 in Dublin, Ireland. I also bounced around a bit before coming back to the Puget Sound area to finish college.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself still contributing to public service, hopefully with more education under my belt.

What do you like to do on your days off?
On my days off, I like to hike or walk with my dogs and sometimes go to concerts.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
I have two. One piece of advice that I try to follow imparts that, since there are no guarantees in life and ultimately, very few things matter, you should spend your time being happy, being kind, and loving what you do.

Another is that, although everyone has cowardice, the surest way to failure is to hang back out of fear. Rather, pursue challenges and engage in conflict with energy and joy, regardless of what the outcome might be.

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.

Behind the Resume #40 – Haley Clapp

  Haley Clapp 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 a Specialist III, Lead ECAP teacher at EvCC East County Location in Monroe, WA.

 

Steelhead fishing in Forks, WA


Tell us a little about your professional background.
I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for 8 years as a lead teacher. I am transferring from Bellevue College Early Learning Center, where I was a specialist II for Pre-K Head Start Students. I am currently finishing my last class at Bellevue College to obtain my AAS-T degree in Early Childhood Education. I plan to obtain my BA from WSU’s Global Campus in Human Development in the Fall of 2018.

Steelhead fishing on the Skykomish River in Gold bar, WA.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
Currently I feel my new position with EvCC is my most memorable job to date. I feel this way because I get to start up this new program, and use my creativity in designing my classroom. I am also excited to be teaching a half day program, with an AM and PM class.

 

 

My largest bass to date, catch and release.

 

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
Master Gardener, located in my father’s vegetable garden.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in fall? Favorite fall beverage?
My favorite meal or snack in the fall is smoked salmon. And my favorite fall beverage is Cold Brew.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Gardening, hunting, and fishing.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
Inspiring environments for young children.

Waterfowl hunt with the boys in Newport, WA

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
French Fries.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Duvall, WA.

What do you like to do on your days off?
I love to steelhead fish on the Skykomish river, travel to the Olympic Peninsula, hunt, and garden.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”- Winnie the Pooh

 

Local Bass fishing on Lake Marcel, WA

 

Behind the Resume #39 – Ricky Dooley

Ricky Dooley new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Tenure Track Professor. I will be teaching the major series and advising students, as well as expanding the access to evolution and ecology courses.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I am a local who graduated from Marysville, went on to UW where I obtained by BS and PhD in Evolutionary Biology. I continued at UW as a teaching postdoc with Dr. Freeman. I research extinctions, and modern day environments, specifically how seagrasses respond to increased temperature, and decreased oxygen (eutrophication).

Boating on Lake Cavanaugh
Boating on Lake Cavanaugh is a favorite pastime for sure!

What does a typical day look like for you? 
Unknown here, but excited to find out!

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Man, I make lots of mistakes – but never said no.

What is the first concert you attended?
Linkin Park

boating on Lake Cavanaugh
Boating on Lake Cavanaugh

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I enjoy watersports. I grew up on a lake and enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding. In the winter, I am in a bowling league (yep… what else is there to do on Monday evenings?)

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
Environmental science (for the course I am teaching… yep, I still have to read text books!)

 

What do you like to do on your days off?
Hiking, skiing, football games, or anything outside.

Waterskiing
Waterskiing

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Don’t study a topic; practice it! If you cannot learn to drive a car by reading a book, then how can you expect to learn ecology by just reading a book? Get your hands dirty, explore your environment, and live it.

 

Behind the Resume #38 – Greg Crowther

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

I’m about to start as a biology instructor in the Life Sciences Department within the Division of Math and Sciences.  I will mostly be teaching human anatomy & physiology (“A&P,” to insiders) to health sciences students such as pre-nursing students.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’m coming to Everett after 22 years spent mostly at the Bothell and Seattle campuses of the University of Washington.  I had a variety of roles there as a graduate student, postdoc, and faculty member, ranging from teaching biology-for-engineers courses to performing lab research on the development of new malaria drugs.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

As a graduate student studying human muscle metabolism, I worked in a UW lab that also studied the tail-shaker muscles of Western diamondback rattlesnakes. Though I never experimented on them myself, and though they were always well-contained, they added a bit of drama to lab tours.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Greg Crowther and family
Greg and his family earlier in 2017

Ask me again once I get to campus! (I don’t officially start until January.)  But most days should include an hour or two of lecture, a couple hours of lab, an office hour, and a bunch of prep time.  Then I might go home, cook dinner, and try to be a competent father and husband for a couple of hours.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

Among other features, I was:

(a) a fairly serious long-distance runner and
(b) rather short and skinny, with a still-high voice. These tidbits tend to come up in class when we’re discussing the A&P of exercise and the A&P of puberty, though I try not to over-share.

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

I love fried chicken, especially the slow-twitch muscles (known to most people as “dark meat”), washed down with iced tea in early fall or hot tea in late fall.

What would be the title of your autobiography?

To be honest, writing a book-length summary of my life would be a poor use of my time.

Performing at the Seattle Science Festival (2012)
Performing at the Seattle Science Festival (2012)

What is the first concert you attended?

The first big-name artist I ever saw live was New Kids on the Block, circa 1990.  I swear it was my younger sister’s idea.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Believe it or not, I write lots of little songs about A&P material to help teach this material to my students.  I often write song lyrics while running, thus combining two hobbies into one.

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

I recently read “The Core Concepts of Physiology” by Joel Michael and colleagues, which is a nice little book about how to help students learn the big ideas rather than making them memorize endless facts.  I also just listened to an audiobook of “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, which may have been too satirical for my taste.  I preferred the movie, in which the characters were more realistic.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

I consume an alarming amount of peanut butter, so maybe that.

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

I grew up in Rutland, Vermont until hopping across the state border for undergraduate studies at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably still in Shuksan 118.  Is this a trick question?

What do you like to do on your days off?

Running a cross-country race (2013)
Running a cross-country race (2013)

I have two sons, one who is nearly 11 years old and one who is only 7 months old, so I can usually be found with them and my wife. We try to get out and do stuff, but sometimes the highlight of my weekend is a long nap.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

As someone whose main teaching topic is the human body, I try to advocate for healthy habits such as regular exercise.  When people hear that I run a lot, they often say, with a guilty sigh, “Yeah, I should really run more….”  To which I generally respond, “No!  If you don’t enjoy running, find another physical activity that you actually like, and do that!”