Behind the Resume #9 – Steve Tuggle

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

Aviation Maintenance Instructor. I build lesson plans and presentations, as well as utilize all available training aids in an effort to provide an effective and rewarding classroom and lab learning environment for our students.

Outside our O'Fallon, MO home just prior to the pack up effort for our WA move. 10 July 2015
Outside our O’Fallon, MO home just prior to the pack up effort for our WA move. 10 July 2015

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Taking an airboat ride with Jean's parents in the FL Everglades, Nov 2014.
Taking an airboat ride with Jean’s parents in the FL Everglades, Nov 2014.

Post-high school, I tried a few different blue-collar trades, but none provided the fulfillment or career path I was hoping for. Having a strong mechanical background, and an interest in airplanes, I decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. During my nearly 23-year career, I maintained, taught, and managed personnel and processes in support of C-141B, KC-135R, C-17A, F-16CJ and B-52H aircraft operations. Upon retirement, I held instructor positions with the Federal government at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, an Airframe & Powerplant institute in Mukilteo, and an F-15 foreign military sales contractor in St. Louis. When this EvCC opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to return to the beautiful PacNW.10-week-old Black Russian Terrier, Bogie, and 3 year old Johanna a few days after Bogie was delivered to us, the same day we arrived in Kirkland, WA, 22 July 2015.

What was your first job?

My first wage-earning job was working in the kitchen at a place called Showbiz Pizza, a franchise that was later renamed Chuck E. Cheese.

 

What was the most interesting job you ever had? Why?

Jean and I at Busch Stadium to watch the Cards beat my lovable losers, the Cubs. May 2015.
Jean and I at Busch Stadium to watch the Cards beat my lovable losers, the Cubs. May 2015.

My time as a KC-135R Pneudraulics Instructor. In addition to the typical hydraulic-related aircraft systems, our career field was responsible for troubleshooting and repairing everything on the refueling boom. That meant we had to be well-versed in electrical, instruments, cable and surface rigging, and fuel systems. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Nephew and Aunt sitting on Grandpa/Daddy's lap in Lacey, WA. June 2015
Nephew and Aunt sitting on Grandpa/Daddy’s lap in Lacey, WA. June 2015

I was an active, adventurous boy who also liked to tinker and disassemble, reassemble or modify toys, bicycles, lawn mowers, etc. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

What is your favorite meal?

I can’t nail down one meal, rather I enjoy many cuisines, such as: German, French, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, the list goes on and on…

14-week-old Bogie and Johanna in Kirkland. 22 August.
14-week-old Bogie and Johanna in Kirkland. 22 August.

What do you do in your spare time?

Regardless of what we are doing, I enjoy spending time with my family.

What is your wish for EvCC 10 years from now?

To be recognized by industry partners and the general populace as the premiere school for aspiring aircraft mechanics.

One of the numerous hi-fi components I've had the pleasure of restoring and owning over the years. This all-tube McIntosh MX110Z tuner/preamplifier was manufactured in July 1967.
One of the numerous hi-fi components I’ve had the pleasure of restoring and owning over the years. This all-tube McIntosh MX110Z tuner/preamplifier was manufactured in July 1967.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

As an audiophile, I enjoy a modest hobby of collecting, building, and refurbishing hi-fi gear, with the ultimate goal of sitting back, relaxing, and getting lost in the music.

What are you reading right now?

Flying South: A Pilot’s Inner Journey, by Barbara Cushman Rowell.

Visiting with my parents at their home in Limestone, TN. June 2015.
Visiting with my parents at their home in Limestone, TN. June 2015.

Who is your hero/heroine? Why?

It may seem a default choice, but it’s genuine; my parents. Primarily because they made the hard choice of leaving everyone and everything they knew in southwest Virginia, and moving to the Chicago area where skilled tradesmen were in demand. Without an extended family network to lean on, they still were successful in raising two kids on their own.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

On the beach at the Gulf of Mexico while visiting Jean's parents in Venice, FL. Nov 2014.
On the beach at the Gulf of Mexico while visiting Jean’s parents in Venice, FL. Nov 2014.

Incompetence, especially if one refuses to acknowledge his/her shortcomings and redirects blame elsewhere.

Where is your hometown?

Buffalo Grove, IL. 35 miles NW of Chicago.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

Navigating Around the Thunderheads of Neurosis

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain

Under the Spectacle of Lights, Disney World Hollywood Studios, Nov 2014. L to R: my son Nick, Jean, me, daughters Alissa and Stefani, and her boyfriend Devin.
Under the Spectacle of Lights, Disney World Hollywood Studios, Nov 2014. L to R: my son Nick, Jean, me, daughters Alissa and Stefani, and her boyfriend Devin.
Johanna sitting on Jasper, while his son, Thomas, looks on. TN, June 2015.
Johanna sitting on Jasper, while his son, Thomas, looks on. TN, June 2015.
Johanna and our late Great Dane, Orion, in our O'Fallon, MO home. June 2015, and Fall 2014.
Johanna and our late Great Dane, Orion, in our O’Fallon, MO home. June 2015
Johanna and our late Great Dane, Orion, in our O'Fallon, MO home. June 2015, and Fall 2014.
Johanna and our late Great Dane, Orion, in our O’Fallon, MO home. Fall 2014.

Behind the Resume #8 – Kristina Saunsaucie

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Director of the Early Learning Center. Day to day oversight of the center to ensure high quality programming for children and a growth opportunity for teachers. Each day will always be a little different and usually not quite what you planned!

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I went to University of WA for undergraduate and then went on to Antioch University for a Masters in Child, Couple and Family Therapy. It has always been my passion to support children and families, and after doing therapy for a few years, I realized I wanted a chance to work with a broader range of families. I was hired to be a consultant at a non-profit Early Learning Center and within a few months became the Executive Director. After almost ten years there, I expanded my work to Snohomish Co and King Co and did coaching and consulting with many ECE administrators and teachers. During this time, I was also the Mental Health Consultant for early childhood programs at Skagit Valley College. Over the past few months, I realized how much I missed the leadership role and the on-going relationships built in an ECE environment-which led me to the Everett Community College.

Oliver's Graduation
At my son, Oliver’s graduation in June 2015

What was your first job?

I worked at my parent’s Ice Creamery on Whidbey starting from 11 years old. We had the first espresso on the island long before anyone knew what it was or how to order it a million different ways. We also had stand up arcade games like Missile Command and Asteroids, and table versions of Pac Man and Donkey Kong. It was the center of Langley for many years.

What was the most interesting job you ever had? Why?

I hope it will be this one!

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

The best word would be shy. Plus, I was finished growing, so at ten I was considered tall.

What is your favorite meal?

My sons, Ian and Oliver
My sons, Ian and Oliver

I love breakfast any time of the day.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like to be outside- especially walking on the beach and love to do Mixxedfit, kickboxing, and dancing. I also have a Fashion Consulting business that enables me to spend time with amazing women playing with clothes and finding our most stylish selves.

What is your wish for EvCC 10 years from now?

To be a thriving, growing environment for students and staff that attracts bright minds and creative thinkers. I also envision an ELC that is partnered with the academic departments so that the children in our care are benefiting from

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

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What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? (Or, what is on your Summer Reading List?) Are you participating in EvCC’s Summer Reading “Book Bingo” this year?

I just finished Ann Patchett’s “Patron Saint of Liars” while I was on the OR coast for a few days. I am not participating, but I would be interested in the future.

Who is your hero/ heroine? Why?

I really have two- my mother Janet and my Grandma Olive. They are both incredible examples of strong women who make the best of the situation life throws at them.

Oliver & Ian
Oliver & Ian

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I have two- the first is being patted on the head either literally or figuratively. The second is people who believe the rules apply to everyone else but them.

Where is your hometown?

Born in Seattle, but will always consider Whidbey to be home.

Amphibian Vehicle Fun at Xplor in Cancun
Amphibian Vehicle Fun at Xplor in Cancun

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

If my Life were a Book..I would want it to be titled. “To Be Continued…”

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Behind the Resume #7 – Christopher Russell

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

I am the Logistics and Resources Advisor for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Department at Paine Field. It is my job to make sure that the facility and all of the aircraft and equipment inside are maintained and ready for students to use.  I also handle ordering of parts and supplies, and prepare the lab assignments for the quarter.


Tell us a little about your professional background.

I began working in network administration after completing the CCNA course right after graduating from high school.  Quickly, I decided that I wanted to return to my first passion, which was aviation.  I attended the Aircraft Maintenance Technician School here at Everett Community College, and while I was here I was offered a fantastic opportunity to participate in an exchange program with a college in Cosford, England.  That opportunity helped me make a great deal of connections, and only a couple months after I graduated I was working in restoration and operation at an aviation museum here at Paine Field.  Since then, I have worked in restoration and historical research for a few museums prior to coming back to EvCC.

What was your first job?

My first job was for a Macintosh-centric server hosting facility in Tukwila.  It was a paid internship, and I spent most of my time crawling around to run network cables to new server racks.

What was the most interesting job you ever had? Why?

The first museum job I had. I was the crew chief for a North American B-25 and P-51 for many airshows, which meant I got to travel around all summer in some very cool vintage aircraft.  I met a lot of people, made some good friends, and was able to interact with a very enthusiastic public.  It also took me to some very interesting places, like the Reno Air Races and Seafair.

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Making new friends at Airshows c. 2010

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At 10 years old, I would have been a complete nerd. I loved computers, video games, and Star Wars.  I was obsessed with aviation back then too, and I would constantly beg my parents for trips to the airport or the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

 

 

What is your favorite meal?

Some King Crab and Prime Rib surf and turf.

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Malissa and I dropping in to a soda fountain on vacation.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I build computers, read, watch movies or work on restoring antique and vintage items for my collection.  Right now I am working on a 1943 GE desk fan.  I also like to find time to volunteer with various organizations when possible.  My wife Malissa and I also like to travel, and I will drag her along to whatever aircraft museums I can find.  I acquired my Pilot’s License when I was a teenager and still occasionally fly when I can find the time and money.  Being a devout Husky fan, I spend a considerable amount of time tailgating and attending games during the football season.

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Tailgating for Husky Football

What is your wish for EvCC 10 years from now?

Particularly for the Aviation Department, I would like to see the program continue to grow and develop, and continue producing industry-leading technicians.

 

 

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

That is a difficult decision, but whenever I have the time, I love to get a day of beer brewing in.  It can be difficult and time-consuming, but the payoff is great!

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? (Or, what is on your Summer Reading List?) Are you participating in EvCC’s Summer Reading “Book Bingo” this year?

I just finished re-reading The Art of War, and am starting in on Slaughterhouse Five. I’m not participating in Book Bingo this year, but maybe next year!

Who is your hero/ heroine? Why?

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Gaining new perspectives in a P-51, Reno 2012

My grandfather. He fought during WWII in the Navy, and when he came home he devoted himself to his family. He never approached any job thinking it was beneath him, and lived his life as one of the most steadfast and principled people I’ve ever known.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Excessively loud chewing. Seriously, it drives me crazy.

Where is your hometown?

I grew up around South Everett/Lake Stickney, but realistically I spent most of my time around Paine Field.

If your life were a book, what would it be titled?

Procrastination for Dummies.

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At the Arlington Fly-In in 2009

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Resume #6 – Alicia Christiansen

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

Program Coordinator for the Facilities Department.  I will be coordinating invoice processing, Megamations Dispatch, and other processes for EVCC facilities.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I am a 2014 college graduate of Everett Community College with an ATA Degree in Business Technology and a Medical Receptionist Certificate and a Medical Administrative Support Certificate. I have over 9 years’ experience in the customer service industry.

What was your first job?

My first job was a courtesy clerk at Allen Creek Thriftway in Marysville, Wa. I got the job after 6 months of asking the store manager if there was a job opening. I didn’t get an interview because they all knew me by then. I bagged groceries, filled supplies, helped customers, and gathered up shopping carts. The owner of the store would sit across the street and watch me run as I retrieved carts. Yes, I ran when I gathered carts and the owner witnessed it with his own two eyes. He called my store manager and told him that they hired a great courtesy clerk. After that my nickname was “speedy.”

My family: Husband (Ken), daughter (Laila), and son (Easton)

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?

I drive to work listening to Spirit 105.3. Worshipping the Lord on the way in to work is the best way to start off my day!

Growing up, what did you see yourself doing for a career? 

I saw myself being a Marine Biologist living on a research ship traveling the world.

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC? 

My long-term goals involve growing with EvCC where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.

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What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I absolutely love fishing! In July, my family and I go on our annual fishing /camping trip to Baker Lake, WA. We get up at 3 am and drop our lines in the water by 4:30 am. ​Can you guess who is driving the boat in the pitch black at that time in the morning? You guessed it! Me! The kids will sleep in the bow of the boat while we troll the lake. At around 7 am poles start going off. We catch our limit before the kids even wake up! It gets pretty exhausting waking up at 3 in the morning the entire weekend to fish for sockeye salmon, but it is worth it!

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? (Or, what is on your Summer Reading List?) 

I am currently reading “Women of the Word” by Jen Wilkin.

My kids holding crab that we caught

Are you participating in EvCC’s Summer Reading “Book Bingo” this year? 

Not this year, but maybe next year!

Who is your hero/ heroine? Why?

My hero is my mother because she is an independent, motivated individual who has sacrificed so much to give our family a wonderful life.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Why?

My husband, Ken, and my kids

“Live below your means” quoted by my 91 year old great aunt Lilly before she passed several years ago. This is the best advice I was given because it shows that you don’t need all the riches in the world to be happy, just your basic needs and my aunt Lilly was living proof of it.

Behind the Resume #5 – Becca Garate

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

I am the new Associate Director of International Education. My days will find me developing and strengthening cross-campus partnerships to ensure the best educational opportunities for our students who come from overseas. My role is to ensure they understand how the U.S. college system works and where they can find the on- and off-campus help they need and guide them through the troubleshooting process. I will assist with international student admissions, coordinate international student orientation, and serve as the international

Hiking in Cajas National Park in Ecuador
Hiking in Cajas National Park in Ecuador

office’s liaison for our high school completion program. As part of the recruitment team I will also work with our partners abroad to promote the fantastic academic program options we have available here.

 

 

Tell us a little about your professional background. 

Trying a really spicy noodles on the beaches of Thailand
Trying really spicy noodles on the beaches of Thailand

I have been working in international education (primarily study abroad) since 2007. In 2007 I began assisting remotely with the development of an immersion program in Ecuador. From 2008-2010 I worked as a Study Abroad Advisor and Faculty-Led Program Coordinator at Central Washington University. In 2010, I was offered a fulltime on-site position with El Nomad Study Abroad Programs and relocated to Ecuador where I worked in curriculum integration, outreach, and relationship development with foreign institutions until March of this year.

What was your first job?

In front of the Sydney Opera House
In front of the Sydney Opera House

Although my first job was when I was in high school working at Longs Drugs in Kirkland, I have held a variety of interesting jobs during my young adulthood including: selling duty free cigarettes through a Canadian outsourced call center located in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to U.S. clients, marketing manager for a water taxi and jet boat company on the Sydney Harbour, and a university professor in Cuenca, Ecuador.

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?

In the yellow metal "tarabita" (cable car) is in Mindo, Ecuador (the cloud forest)
In the yellow metal “tarabita” (cable car) in Mindo, Ecuador (the cloud forest)

I drive. It is the first time I have driven to work in 7 years! You can find me shamelessly blasting music and singing along as loudly as possible. I like everything from Latin ballads, to rock, to Indie American folk music, it just depends on the day… but one guarantee is that I’m always singing.

 

 

 

 

If you could have any super power (flying, time travel, etc.), what would it be?

Some kind of super speed or teleportation so I could spend my weekends exploring far off lands and still make it back for work on Monday morning.

Hiking in Cajas, Ecuador
Hiking in Cajas, Ecuador

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC?

Wow. I have so many. First off, to fill the very big shoes that are being left behind. I hope I do the position justice!

I am looking forward to developing new partnerships in Latin America, using my cross-cultural and Spanish language abilities to reach out to prospective new partners throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Also, I am excited about working with my co-workers to improve our office’s use of online technology and social media for exposure and recruitment purposes.

In Otavalo, Ecuador
In Otavalo, Ecuador

Last, but not least, this job is all about the students! I look forward to getting to know our current and future students (local and international alike) and hope I can work to make their EvCC experience all it can be!

 

 

 

 

Hiking in Washington State
Hiking in Washington State

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I love traveling, being abroad, exploring new countries, and floundering with new languages. That is by far my favorite pastime. My other passion is running. I am an aspiring distance runner and will be attempting to finish the Bellingham Bay Full Marathon at the end of September. My hope is to continue my training and run the 2016 Ragnar Relay and become an ultra-marathoner. Needless to say, you’ll find me at the gym during my lunch hour.

In the tea fields of Malaysia
In the tea fields of Malaysia

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read?

I am currently reading Daughters of Distance by Vanessa Runs. It’s all about being a woman in ultra-running and how feminism can meet athletics head-on allowing women to be themselves while still participating in extreme sporting events.

Who is your hero/ heroine? Why?

My mother. Lord knows how she has survived having me as a daughter!

Trying fried crickets and larva in Bangkok, Thailand

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Why?

I tend to have a unique way of seeing the world and choose interesting paths. So I have always taken to heart the following from Alice in Wonderland:

The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Behind the Resume #4 – Karen Ehnat

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

I am the Director of the Center for Disability Services, and I provide leadership and manage the day to day operations of the department as well as work directly with students. My job is to ensure that students with disabilities are free of discrimination and given the same opportunities as all other students. This doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and one of my favorite parts of my job is collaborating with and supporting others on campus in providing a barrier-free environment.

 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I am a proud Husky, having earned my BA in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the UW. Prior to working in higher education I served as a juvenile probation officer, a counselor of teens and their families, a director of a group home and foster home licensor. My first experience in a college environment was at the Art Institute of Seattle serving in a variety of roles for over 22 years. My greatest accomplishment there was to advocate for and develop their first disability services office.

 

What was your first job?

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Zoe

At 17 years old, my first job was tutoring and supervising the other tutors serving underserved children. It really was a strange situation since I had no supervisory experience.

 

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?
I drive from Shoreline and usually listen to KIRO radio to be aware of any traffic issues and catch up on the news. On the way home, I frequently talk to a friend on my hands-free phone.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime? 

I have a tiny cabin on the coast and love to walk on the beach, read and play with my dog Shasta and cat Zoe. (Shasta is at the cabin in the photo below.) I have been a Seahawk fan since the 80s, and sat through many losing games until the end when only the diehards remained in the stadium. So exciting to see them on top!

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Shasta

If you could have any super power (flying, time travel, etc.), what would it be?

If I could have any power, it would be to eliminate hate and discrimination on the planet. Imagine a world always at peace, and everyone treated respectfully and equally- the possibilities of that world are endless and amazing!

 

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC?

Of course, I want EvCC to be in compliance with the civil rights laws protecting those with disabilities. To do so, my major goal is to establish EvCC as a cultural leader in always designing and providing accessible electronic materials (such as websites, instructional materials and software) for students, employees and the community.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read?

The Boys on the Boat about the UW crew team who won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. This is an inspiring story about underdogs overcoming barriers and the author cleverly paralleled the events in Germany to provide the context.

Who is your hero/ heroine? Why?

I was blown away by Barbara Jordan when she gave her speech at the Democratic Convention in 1976 and spoke of “equality for all and privilege for none.” She was the first African American woman from a southern state to serve in Congress and a powerful and eloquent leader in the civil rights movement. She embodied how and who I wanted to be: passionate about justice, live by my values and a voice to help others to be heard.

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“Choose your battles” has been helpful in both my career and personal life. It goes along with the question, “How important will this be in 5 years?” It is important to determine and start with those that are truly important and evaluate the situation to decide which approach to take. It definitely focuses me and helps me to stay sane!

Behind the Resume #3 – Derek Walker

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

I am a Digital Marketing Specialist for the Office of College Advancement. I will be helping to market, promote and communicate the many programs, events and activities EvCC has to offer with current students, prospective students, parents and the community through social media and visual storytelling.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I started out many years ago as a graphic designer for a stock photography agency in Denver, CO. I’ve been creating marketing materials and digital media in different forms for nearly 20 years. Most recently, I had been working as a video producer/editor for various clients such as the City of Everett and Amazon Web Services. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Colorado and a Master of Communication in Digital Media degree from the University of Washington.

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I bounced around a few jobs in high school such as dishwasher, landscaper and pizza cook and I volunteered for the Jr. Ski Patrol. In college I was a ski instructor for a small ski area near Aspen, CO. I also worked in a ski shop tuning skis and boards as well as renting out equipment to locals and tourists on ski vacations.

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?

I live in North Seattle, so most days I take the bus. I usually read or listen to music, but sometimes I just catch a little snooze.

Where is your office located/ how do you get to your office?

My office is #210 in Olympus Hall. It is on the east side of the building across from the copier/break room (it’s a temporary space, not sure when I’ll be moving to my permanent office).

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC?

My goals are to help EvCC reach out to the community by telling great stories; stories about the people, programs and history that make EvCC such an important part of the community. Institutions for higher learning are where people come to better themselves and to improve the lives of their families and loved ones. Sharing those successes through video and social media is a great way to market EvCC to the community and surrounding area.

DerekWhat is your favorite hobby or
pastime?

Growing up in a small mountain town in Colorado, I grew up on skis. Since I moved to Washington I haven’t skied nearly as much as I’d like, but any activity that gets me outdoors is what I really enjoy. I fly-fish, golf, hike, camp and generally love to explore all of what Mother Nature has to offer.

If you could have any supernatural ability, what would it be?

The supernatural ability I’d most like to have would be the ability to instantly learn to do anything I see. For instance, if I watched Tiger Woods play golf, I would instantly be able to play golf like a pro. That way I’d eventually be an expert at everything!


What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read?

I really enjoy historical fiction and Ken Follet is one of my favorite authors. I recently finished “Edge of Eternity”, which is the final book in his Century Trilogy that follows the lives of multiple families from different geographic regions through several generations over the course of events of the 20th Century.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Why?

“Remember, you’ll always regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did.” I think this is important because life is about experiences, and the more you experience the happier you’ll be. If something interests you, go for it! If it turns out it’s not for you, then you never have to do it again. But if you don’t give it a try, you’ll never know.

 

 

Behind the Resume #2 – Bilal Abdallah

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What 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 the Director of Workforce Funding: As a Director, I provide leadership and manage the day-to-day operation of Financial Referral Center and WorkFirst. The two departments, which I currently supervise, encompass Worker Retraining, Opportunity Grant, Basic Food Employment and Training (BFE&T), WorkFirst, Emergency Book Loan and the Job Center.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

As a child, I developed a strong interest for the criminal justice system because I was fascinated by the T.V show Criminal Law. Based on my interest with the show, I then oriented myself to pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Washington. Upon graduating from the University of Washington, I realized that a career in the criminal justice system was not my passion and that’s when my career took a turn toward the educational field. Eventually, I went back to school and received my Masters of Education from the University of Washington. I have a very diverse career path! I jump-started my career an early age with East African Community as Educational Engagement Personnel. In this role, I tutored the after school homework club children with their homework including Reading, Writing and Math then Employment Specialist with Center Career Alternative, then a Career Counselor with Asian Counseling Referral Services, then a Workforce Project Manager with Green River College, and now here Everett Community College as the Director of Workforce Funding.

What was your first job?

Educational Engagement with East African Community Services. I tutored kids with their homework in Reading, Writing and Math. Part of this position required me to confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators and other professionals to discuss the children’s progress and resolve resolve problems.

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?

I commute to work by car and my favorite radio station is Movin’ 92.5 FM. My commute is long, approximately an hour and a half, so I like to keep my mind occupied with upbeat music and sometimes documentary-style radio.Bilal Abdallah

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC? 

My goals/ ambitions in my position at EvCC is to foster the economic growth in the region by leveraging all Workforce and Financial Referral Center Funds (internal and external) to provide high quality and cost effective training solutions to Everett Community College’ students. Because of my professional experience, I bring a unique perspective and an enthusiastic spirit to this position. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I enjoy watching sports on TV, and definitely rooting for the Husky Football team – Go Dawgs!

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read?

Currently, I’m reading workforce policy.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Why?

Give everything at your very best and eliminate excuses. I believe this is something that everyone can do!

Behind the Resume #1 – Chayuda Overby

Hello! Welcome to Admini{sphere}. We’re glad you stopped by!

We’re kicking things off by introducing one of our newest team members, Chayuda Overby. Take some time to get to know Chayuda, through her own words!

Chayuda 3 What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

I am the director for the BRIDGES Center. My day-to-day priorities are to serve students’ needs, empower them, and build students’ sense of self -efficacy through the BRIDGES’ programs. As a director of the BRIDGES Center I cherish our mission: helping non-native English learners and at- risk students find their way to careers in healthcare, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. Our BRIDGES team endeavors to help students as they learn to navigate the college system from inside and outside the classroom through the point when they start their post-college career. I feel rewarded every day knowing how our team supports student success.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I bring a clear mission and passion for working with underrepresented students. I know I can have a high impact with students who lack a lot of social capital and come from low socioeconomic backgrounds who need help navigating higher education. I was inspired by myChayuda Overby mother who taught low-income students for 30 years. Growing up in a house where the conversation around the dinner table was about students, teaching pedagogies, and creating gracious space for communities has enabled me to thrive in this profession. I started working in higher education nine years ago in the Student Services division at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. My work involved supporting students through Counseling, Running Start and High School programs, Multicultural Services, and Student Life. I continued to serve students in the Master Achiever Center (MAC) at Green River Community College to support students as they transitioned from Basic Skills to college programs. I am fortunate to have experienced working for both the Student Services and Instruction divisions.

What was your first job?

I was an English tutor – believe it or not! My first student is now studying at King’s College in London earning her Master in Business Administration!

How do you commute to work? What is your favorite radio station/ program to listen to on your commute (if any)?

I live in SeaTac so my commute is pretty unbelievable (yes, it is). I listen to NPR when I need to feel like I am learning and catching up with the world. However, I like to listen to a show called “The Second Date Update” on 92.5 in the morning. It doesn’t require a lot of neural activity, but it sure makes me laugh and helps me relax when traffic is bad.

What are your goals/ ambitions in your position at EvCC?

My ambition is to make sure that the BRIDGES Center serves more students in transitioning to college through the services we provide inside and outside the classroom. My personal ambition is to create a community of trust and authenticity for our students and to bring their identities, cultures, and languages to campus. I am a strong advocate for creating a place where students can haChayudave a sense of belonging, reflect who they are, and take ownership of the campus.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

My Free time is to connect to my spiritual healing through world travel and yoga. The photo below was when I traveled to my favorite place – Uppsala, Sweden.

I enjoy my regular practice of hot yoga, where I always find my spirit is uplifted. Chayuda 2

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read?

My Title III report! The last book I read was called “Let Your Life Speak” by Parker J. Palmer (Author of The Courage to Teach).

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? Why?

You get what you give!

My grandfather was a mayor of a small village in Thailand. He always shared his wisdom through the action of “giving without expecting.” I witnessed his generosity – his genuine giving heart – and what he got was pure love from people.