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!”

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)