Behind the Resume #41 – Jacqueline Burnett-Petite

Jacqueline Burnett-Petite new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Fiscal Technician 3 and Accounts Receivable

Tell us a little about your professional background.
After graduating in 2009, I worked for 4 years in Accounting, and then I taught high school and middle school for 3 years. I found myself searching for a career where I could combine my business professional experience and education with my teaching experience, and that is when I decided to go into higher education.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Jacqueline and her wife
Jacqueline and her wife

When I taught high school, because it helped me to grow not only as a professional and an educator but also as a person. It helped me to shape the future that I am headed towards today by allowing me to know what I wanted out of my career and where I wanted to end up. Also, the rewards of seeing students grow and learn and then moving on towards the next stages of their lives was very memorable for me as well.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up early (4:30am) to see my wife off to work, and then I go back to sleep until (5:45am) and prepare myself for work. I take my dog out for his morning walk and then leave for work. After work, I go to the gym and get my daily exercise. I usually try to go 5 or 6 times a week. After the gym, I cook or prepare dinner and then bedtime usually comes early.

Jaqueline's dog, Punkin
Jacqueline’s dog, Punkin

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
As a 12-year-old, I was very active and very into basketball and track. I also realized that I loved to work out and I loved being in shape. I was one of the faster girls on my basketball team and my track team. I also loved math and looked forward to going to math class everyday.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in fall? Favorite fall beverage?
Chili and hot chocolate

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“What I do best”

What is the first concert you attended?

Jacqueline with her mom and sisters
Jacqueline with her mom and sisters


Beyonce “Mrs. Carter Show”

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Exercising and Sudoku

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I am not reading any books at the moment and the last book I read was “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Jaqueline and her sisters outside of their home in Houston, TX
Jacqueline and her sisters outside of their home in Houston, TX

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Hot Wings

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Houston, TX (born and raised)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself as an Academic Advisor or Academic Counselor

What do you like to do on your days off?
Exercise and relax (catching up on my shows)

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Always be respectful and treat others the way that you want to be treated”

Jacqueline & her sisters
Jacqueline & her sisters

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!”

Behind the Resume #37 – Tammy Frankland

What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Executive Vice President Instruction and Student Services. I envision supporting all institutional endeavors that align with our mission, vision, and strategic plan. I will serve others in my role.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I have been a part-time and full-time faculty member in a community college. I have served as department chair, division chair, and dean.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
I worked as a sitter for a 10-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl. J.P. liked to torment me and even put gum in my hair; we removed it with peanut butter. He also “helped” me bake a pizza when I was on crutches; it wound up on the floor.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My daughter, Amber, and me under the famous antler arch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

So far, I am attending a significant number of meetings, responding to emails, learning about the operations of EvCC, and trying to learn names.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.
I was skinny and nerdy; my nickname was PoGo. I spilled something at every meal, so my mother signed me up for ballet lessons. While I participated in ballet through college, I still spill things; just not at every meal.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?
My favorite summer meal must involve tomatoes from the garden; I love a Miracle Whip and tomato sandwich with toasted bread. My favorite beverage is tart lemonade or iced tea.

What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite recent movie is The Help; my favorite “recent” book is The Poisonwood Bible.
If I want a laugh, I enjoy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I enjoy most 19th century literature as well as world mythologies.

My cat Gizmo

Favorite summer vacation spot?
My favorite summer vacation spot is anywhere I am with my immediate or extended family.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I enjoy reading and have recently become a quilter. I also binge on HGTV.

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 just finished yesterday. It was called The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Potato chips and French onion dip.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Watertown, New York

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I want to be EvCC’s Executive Vice President of Instruction & Student Services.

What do you like to do on your days off?
I like treasure hunting and searching for any kind of shoes online or in stores. I also like reading and quilting.

My dog, Lucy, earning her canine good citizen designation.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.”
“Take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.”

 

Behind the Resume #36 – Amee Moon

What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
I am the Associate Director of International Student Engagement. I will be planning events and activities to help international students connect with the campus, participate in the community, and adjust to life in the U.S.  We also want them to make friends, explore Washington, and HAVE FUN!

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Amee in Thailand

Three study abroad experiences in Brazil, Argentina and Chile started me on an international career path. My first job out of college was at Intel, where I did marketing and web localization projects for Latin America. Shortly after returning to the U.S., I signed up to teach English in Japan for two years. When that gig was up, I moved to the Seattle area to do marketing and recruiting for international students at Highline College, eventually transitioning into student leadership and development (you know, the fun stuff). I stayed at Highline for 13 years prior to landing at Everett.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
My most memorable job was in the Intel Brazil office in Sao Paulo, mostly because of the crazy cast of characters who worked there. I laughed until I cried every single day.

What does a typical day look like for you?
These days I’m waking up insanely early, dreaming up fun events that students will like, and planning for every bizarre contingency that could possibly arise!

Amee, her mom, and brother, Michael

Describe yourself at 10 years old.
At 10 I was a happy, talkative kid who loved soccer and making waterslides in the backyard. But that was also the year I dislocated my kneecap for the first time (skiing), so I spent a lot of time on the sofa watching MTV with my cat and an ice pack.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?
I love hamburgers. I didn’t eat beef for 12 years and hamburgers were the only thing I truly missed! I don’t have a particular favorite “summer” drink. I pretty much live on Starbucks black tea lemonade all year round.

What is your favorite movie and book?
There is no possible way I could answer this question.

Favorite summer vacation spot?
Somewhere far, far away.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Amee visiting her sister, Allison, in Sweden

I love to eat, watch movies and travel. I’m an avid reader of historical non-fiction, but I throw in other genres sometimes as well. I also love karaoke, but trust me when I say, you do NOT want to be present for that!

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
“The Lady and the Peacock,” a biography of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham. She is one of the people I admire most in the world.

Amee in Laos

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Cheese!!! Or chocolate. Definitely mashed potatoes. Oh, and hamburgers. Tater tots would be nice. And anything Italian. Or Mexican. Milkshakes. I think I could do this all day.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I moved around my whole life, so I don’t have a hometown. I was born in Florida, but also lived in California, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington D.C., Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Japan and of course, Washington State. I went to high school in Oregon, though, so I guess that’s the only place where I still know my way around.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Playing badminton with my daughter on the private beach behind my villa in the Caribbean. Or possibly planning events for international students at EvCC. I could go either way.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Amee and her daughter, Chikako

Relax and enjoy time with my daughter, Chikako, spending money we don’t have.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” Or just about any other sentence Mark Twain ever committed to paper.

 

Behind the Resume #35 – Michael Bowers

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 Director of Housing at EvCC.  My responsibilities will be overseeing the operation and planning for our new residence halls (Mountain View and Cedar), managing the budget, and supervising the two Assistant Directors.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Meeting a sheep at an EWU event: 2017


I have been in higher education for close to ten years.  I previously spent the last seven years working at Eastern Washington University, most recently as their Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities (student conduct).  Prior to that, I worked in housing for approximately seven years between three different institutions.

 

What was your most memorable job? Why?
Probably my previous job in student conduct.  Being the person who gets to read all the reports of what’s happening, I got to see a lot of things I couldn’t make up.

What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day consists of waking up, going to the gym for about an hour and a half (I’m down about 40 pounds since April!), going to work for the day, and then coming back home to relax, watch TV, and/or play video games.  I recently got a pass to the Woodland Park Zoo, so I’m guessing many more days will consist of going there, too!

Seven-year-old Mike asleep on the couch with his Hulk Hogan and Macho Man wrestling buddies.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.
I’d say I was someone who did not look remotely close to 10 years old.   As a 10-year-old I was about 5’7″ and had a size 11 shoe.  Outside of that, I was into sports, professional wrestling, and Power Rangers!

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?
Being from the South originally, I love sweet tea.  Pair that with a biscuit and some fried chicken, and I’m good to go.

What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite movie would be any of the Fast and the Furious movies, but more specifically the most recent one, Fate of the Furious. Vin Diesel and The Rock give a performance that would put Tom Hanks and Henry Fonda to shame.
Book-wise, I’d have to go with The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  I’m not a big reader, but I love dogs, so a book about dogs is awesome.

Favorite summer vacation spot?

 

Dancing with a dolphin in the Cayman Islands: October 2012

I’d have to say going back to North Carolina.  While it’s hot and humid during the summer, it’s nice to be able to go back and reconnect with friends and family.
What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Video games definitely.  I’ve been into that dating back to the days of Atari.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I started on Hillbilly Elegy not too long ago.  I’m not a frequent reader, so if there was a reading challenge, I would lose.
 

With my partner, Amanda, in Costa Rica: November 2014

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Sesame chicken with white rice.  Whoever can come up with a zero-calorie version of that should win a Nobel Prize.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I’m originally from the small-ish town of Kernersville, North Carolina. I was born just east of there in Greensboro, but moved when I was two, and my family still lives there.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully,  married with a kid and two puppies: one named Atticus and one named Truman.  I’d also like to be working in a job I enjoy and/or retired with lottery winnings.

What do you like to do on your days off?
Spend time with friends, play games, and/or not do much of anything.  I’m an introvert at heart, so it’s always nice to be able to re-charge.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back.” – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Nine-year-old Mike mean mugging for the camera after a long day of swimming.

Behind the Resume #34 – Garet Studer

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 of Athletics, and my job is to work with coaches to ensure that we are serving, educating, and developing the 160+ student athletes across 11 different men’s and women’s sports here on the EvCC campus.

Top of Hamilton Mountain in the Columbia Gorge-2,400′

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I began coaching and teaching PE classes at Clark College right after grad school. I then transitioned into the role of the fitness center manager and intramural director, which was fantastic because I got to play soccer and flag football for an hour a couple days a week, and it was a part of my job! After nearly 5 years at Clark I had the opportunity to get back into Inter-Collegiate athletics, which is where my passion lies, and I began serving as the Director of Operations for the Northwest Athletic Conference. This is the same conference in which EvCC competes athletically. I learned a tremendous amount about how the league operates, and how to ultimately best serve our student athletes. While in this role, I actually visited EvCC several times for the NWAC championship men’s and women’s basketball tournament, and came to thoroughly enjoy the campus and the people here.

NWAC Exec. Director Marco Azurdia and I with the MLS Cup (though it was after the Sounders won last season)

What was your most memorable job? Why?
I’ve had a lot of great memories in the different jobs I’ve had over the years, but I think my very first real job in high school & college working summers painting houses taught me a lot about work ethic, serving others, and fiscal management. Those early experiences laid the foundation for who I became in my professional career.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Family supporting me at a 2015 Spartan Race

There is no such thing as a typical day, and that is what I love about my job. Each day presents new opportunities and challenges. I might spend the whole day at my desk, or out on the field. I work closely with coaches helping students to accomplish their athletic and educational goals.

 

Describe yourself at 10 years old.
I was a pretty quiet kid, and absolutely loved sports. However at that time, I think I was more interested in becoming a veterinarian when I grew up. When I learned that I would have to give animals shots, I quickly changed my mind and thought of some other things that would better suit me.

 

Last winter’s snow storm (Everett and his cousin)

What is your favorite meal/ snack in summer? Favorite summer beverage?
I’m a big fan of iced tea, and really love just getting outside and barbequing.

 

Favorite summer vacation spot?
As a kid my family took a lot of trips to Bend, Oregon. I love all the outdoors activities there, hiking, white water rafting, biking, golf, the list goes on. Truly a beautiful place, and I love going there still as an adult.

 

Me golfing at NWAC Hall of Fame Golf Tournament in Dallas, OR.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I am working on my golf game. Still a work in progress…

 

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I was born and raised in Battle Ground, WA and lived there through graduation, and even bought my first house just outside of Battle Ground, in Ridgefield, WA.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I see myself at Everett CC, with one of the most respected athletic programs in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Everett and I trying new hairstyles

What do you like to do on your days off?
My days off are always family time. My wife and I have a 2.5 year old son, and he is absolutely the highlight of our lives. We like to get outside and explore new things so in not being from around this area, we will do A LOT of exploring.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

With my wife, Joy, and son, Everett on a hike


I have so many favorite quotes, most coming from the great John Wooden. I would say one of my favorites is to “Make each day your masterpiece.” I think we all have goals and aspirations, but so often we see those goals as so far out there and at times unobtainable. But if we do one thing each day, using each day to move a little closer to where we want to go, then ultimately we will get there.

 

Joy and I at Timbers Game (yes I am a Timbers fan, sorry Sounders)

Behind the Resume #33 – Jack Shultz


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

I am the Tutor Mentor Coordinator for TRiO. I will be working with the Tutoring Center to coordinate group and one-on-one tutoring sessions for students enrolled in TRiO. I will also be working to set up a mentoring program for our TRiO students and to provide additional support to the TRiO team.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I’ve worked in higher education for the majority of my professional career. I

Me giving a TEDx Talk at New England College.
Me giving a TEDx Talk at New England College.

spent the better part of a decade in New Hampshire, and had the opportunity to work at Dartmouth and at New England College. I have worked primarily in student access and ADA compliance, as well as in academic advising. I have also taught a number of courses including composition writing, creative writing, digital publishing, and continuing education courses for professionals working with youth in state custody. I have an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth, and I am currently finishing my doctorate in Higher Education Administration at New England College.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
I briefly worked for a race track in my youth. I was responsible for mucking stalls and grooming horses. That job taught me more about the value of hard work than any job I had before or have had since.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My 150-pound Newfoundland, Mosely.
My 150-pound Newfoundland, Mosely

I currently live in SeaTac, so my day starts and ends with a long commute. At work I can be found doing everything from recruiting new tutors, meeting with TRiO students, helping out in the tutoring center, and devising a new mentoring program. At the end of the day, I go home to my partner and our obnoxiously-large Newfoundland dog.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.
I was a bookworm as a child. I was a voracious reader and had stacks of notebooks and journals in which I kept track of all of the household science experiments I was conducting (much to my mother’s chagrin). At that age I was also an avid skier, and was usually training for an alpine slalom competition on any given winter weekend.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in autumn? Favorite fall beverage?
My favorite fall recipe is a tortilla soup that uses seasonal squash as the basis for the broth. My favorite fall drink is decidedly a salted caramel mocha.

What is your favorite movie and book?
I don’t know that I can pick just one. Two of my (many) favorite books are Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues. One of my favorite films is A Beautiful Mind.

One of my cats, Mr. Sprinkles.
One of my cats, Mr. Sprinkles.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?
I would probably save the adoption paperwork for my cats. It’s an odd thing to be sentimental about, but they have both made my life immeasurably better.

Favorite travel spot?
My partner runs a conference that meets in Oxford, UK each year, and I have grown ridiculously fond of the area.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
I cook quite a bit. I’m not sure that I actually enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy the outcome. I am always in pursuit of new and interesting flavors. I’ve rarely found a food I won’t try.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I’m working my way through the #BlackLivesMatter and #StandingRock syllabi. A recent favorite is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. I’m currently re-reading The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
When I lived in Spain I developed a love affair with a variety of sheep cheeses; I could probably eat my weight in Manchego.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I was born and raised in Waitsburg, Washington and lived there until I went to college. For the majority of my adult life, I’ve lived in New Hampshire.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I intend to continue promoting social justice within higher education. I see myself continuing to work primarily with first-generation students and students with disabilities.

My husband, Kristopher, and me in New Hampshire
My husband, Kristopher, and me in New Hampshire

What do you like to do on your days off?
At this point in time, my weekends are mostly spent working on my doctoral dissertation. When I have a rare bit of free time, I enjoy playing guitar, hiking with my dog, and going on sight-seeing adventures with my husband.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
There’s a quote by Desmond Tutu that informs a lot of my activism: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

Behind the Resume #32 – Sean Gehrke

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

I’m the Director of Institutional Research, and in general I will be providing guidance to members of the College about how to use data to inform decision-making. This entails making meaning of simple numbers as well as advance research studies, while also empowering others to use information for effective decision-making.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve worked my entire career in higher education, having spent roughly 10 years as a student affairs administrator prior to becoming a researcher. I have performed research focusing on multiple stakeholders in higher education (including students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni). My experience as an administrator and researcher has contributed to knowledge in outcomes-based assessment, strategic planning, STEM reform, and leadership development. I received my Ph.D. in urban education from the University of Southern California, my M.Ed. in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland College Park, and my B.A. in psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

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Colleen and I at the Roman Forum on our trip to Europe last February.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My most memorable is probably my first job as a server and dishwasher in a retirement and assisted living community in Portland – I had this job through high school and college. I learned so much about how to work with people and professionalism. It also helped me to come out of my shell (I wasn’t the most outgoing person younger in life).

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day involves a combination of meetings with individuals and committees to provide context and expertise with data and research while also working in my office on research projects and helping to fulfill requests that come into institutional research.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a pretty shy kid at 10 who was interested in school and music (I played violin through college). But I was also fun-loving and working to develop my sense of optimism and relaxed demeanor that I have today.

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Our two cats, Budino and Olive. I am allergic to cats, so we have Devon Rexes because they are relatively hypoallergenic. I love my cats.

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

I love cooking soups and stews and big hearty meals to be shared with others in the fall. My favorite beverage in the fall (along with the rest of the year) is a good seasonal beer or glass of red wine.

What is your favorite movie and book?

I have many favorite movies, but one of my favorites is Sunset Boulevard. I have many favorite books, but some recent fiction favorites are A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and a recent non-fiction favorite is Believer by David Axelrod.

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

My wife’s computer because it has so many photos of our trips and adventures from the past 5 years. If I couldn’t find that, maybe my coffee grinder. 
Favorite travel spot?

The Oregon coast. I have fond memories up and down the central and north coast of Oregon, most notably Cannon Beach, where my wife and I got married five years ago on the beach.

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Seeing the Mariners play at Wrigley Field against this Cubs this summer.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I enjoy hiking, traveling (I got to take my first trip to Europe this past year), cooking and eating good food, drinking and learning about wine, following professional basketball and baseball (I’m a lifelong Cubs fan, so it’s been a good year), and spending time with my wife, Colleen, and our cats. I also love following politics.
What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?

No reading challenges. The last book I read was Nixonland, which examined events and politics of the 60’s and 70’s and how they contributed to today’s divisions in the country.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Both butter and sugar.

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

I was born and raised in Milwaukie, OR just outside of Portland.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I see myself continuing to do this work and feeling more settled in the broader Seattle area.

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Rainier – Hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park in 2014.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Spend time with my wife, explore the city (both sights and food), go for a walk or hike, and sleep in.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

If it’s not fun, don’t do it.