Behind the Resume #66 – Ashley Randall

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

Ashley Randall new employee photo

Wellness Coordinator.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. For the last four years I lived on the San Juan Islands working within the local agriculture scene. I worked as a produce clerk at our food co-op, a farm-hand on an organic farm, a maker at a botanical apothecary, and the director of the public school’s Farm to School program. I recently completed my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Association.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

My job at the Orcas Island Farm to School Program. I was granted a lot of creative freedom to design and implement garden-based curriculum for K-8 students. I loved connecting with students through growing and cooking food and learning from the island’s local botanists, chefs, bakers, homesteaders, marine biologists, fermenters, farmers and beekeepers. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Morning routine, bike to work, work, bike home, evening routine

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

Meal: Chicken salad with roasted sunflower seeds over a bed of freshly harvested salad greens

Beverage: Soda water with muddled strawberries and basil

Ashley cooking over an open fire
Open fire cooking on Orcas Island

What is the first concert you attended?

Olivia Newton John….I was 9 years old and waited the entire concert just to hear her sing two songs from the movie Grease.

What is a defining moment in your life?

Meeting my partner.

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

I just finished reading Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Sourdough bread

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

Born in Los Angeles and Raised in Ocean Beach, California.

Ashley and cousins hiking in snow
Snow hiking out to Lava River Cave in Flagstaff, AZ with my cousins

What do you like to do on your days off?

Garden, meal prep for the week, listen to podcasts on all things wellness, bead earrings, read tarot, explore new terrain, and spend time with my partner.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

From Rupi Kaur

brief poem in image

Behind the Resume #65 – Trevor Leeman

Trevor Leeman New Employee Photo

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

Currently, my title is IT Specialist 3. I’ll be working with the Web team to aid in the development of intranet applications and help manage the website in general. Day to day, it will be a lot of coding, learning, planning, and working with departments across campus to improve workflow through applications!

Tell us a little about your professional background.

My professional background started 3 years ago at this very place! As part of the AA in Information Technology here at EvCC, you are required to participate in an internship. After searching far and wide, it was here, within the same building all of our classes were held, that I finally secured one! After a short stint working in IT Desktop Management over the summer, the internship transitioned into a part time job on the IT Help Desk.

After graduating from EvCC with an AA in IT, I ventured across the mountains to Ellensburg where I spent the next two years pursuing a BS in IT & Administrative Management. While attending, I worked as a Student Web Developer in their Web Services department.

Now, things have come full circle and I’m back working with the same team I so dearly missed!

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Working on the IT Help Desk was the most memorable, mainly because of the people. Everyone in the Desktop Management team became like a second family, and we had a lot of fun while getting things done. Setting up new computer labs might sound like some of the most menial work in IT, but it was always the most fun because we got to chat and share stories while setting things up. The time flew by on days like that!

What does a typical day look like for you? 

Trevor and his dogs
Trevor and his dogs

Now that the 10-hour work schedule has started, weekdays entail waking up at 6:00am to get ready, leave by 6:50am to avoid trestle traffic, arrive at 7:30am and work till 6:00pm. Then I’ll head home, get some dinner, hop into a Discord call with friends, and play some games or simply chat until it’s time for bed. Weekends are atypical and always a wildcard; no one weekend is the same as the last.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

At 12 years old, I was an introverted individual, a determined student, soccer player, and a video game enthusiast. My interest in video games led to an interest in tech, which spiraled into an interest in web, and ultimately led me to where I’m at today.

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

Chilled, crisp watermelon is the epitome of the perfect summer snack! As for a beverage, nothing can beat a cold glass of water on a hot summer day. If we’re talking something a little more festive, Vanilla Bean cider from Locust Cider is a must try!

What would be the title of your autobiography?

It’s too early to say.

What is the first concert you attended?

The concert was sometime around 2013-2014, and Paramore was playing at Key Arena. It was an amazing experience, but I haven’t made it out to another concert since! Definitely something I’ll be looking into while living on this side of the mountains again.

What is a defining moment in your life? 

Hopefully it’s not too cheesy, but landing this job. It’s my first job out of college, and I couldn’t be more stoked!

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

I’m not much of a reader. The last book I read was The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, approximately 1 year ago.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

French fries.

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

Born and raised in Snohomish.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Professionally, hopefully still working here! Personally, I hope to be moved into my own place, preferably with a cat! 

What do you like to do on your days off?

Relax, listen to music, play games with friends online, go running, complete necessary chores, play chess and play soccer.

Trevor on the peak of Mount Pilchuck
Cresting Mount Pilchuck

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Don’t take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive!

Behind the Resume #64 – Jeffrey Pannell

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

Jeffrey Pannell new employee photo


My title is Program Specialist 4 – International Education. I will be the PDSO on campus, helping international students navigate the murky regulations of immigration and helping to ensure students remain in status and are supported in all their endeavors.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve worked in the field of International Education since 2007 and got my undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in the field of International Affairs. I lived in Japan for a number of years, and got my master’s degree from Hiroshima University. My focus was on Education and Culture – specifically working with the development of international higher education. Before coming to Everett Community College, I worked at the University of Nevada, Reno as a PDSO and an ARO: managing exchange agreements, helping students come to the United States, and managing data/software for their international office.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Jeffrey and wife at Grand Canyon
My wife & I at the Grand Canyon

When I was in high school, I was hired to do the computer network maintenance and IT for our nearby middle school. It was my first IT job, and it was exciting to be working at a school even though I was still a student.

What does a typical day look like for you?


Depending on the time of year, sunrise happens somewhere between 5 and 7 in the morning, and then sunset happens around 6 to 7 in the evening. Sometimes it’s lighter or darker depending on the weather.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

Jeffrey with family at airport
Impromptu airport meetup with my family

At 12-years-old I had really gotten into playing french horn, and had begun playing with the Reno Municipal Band in the parks. I was very much a band geek, and told lots of dorky jokes. Basically, not too much has changed.

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


I really enjoy seasonal veggies like winter squash. I’m a big fan of Japanese pumpkins. For beverages I’m a big fan of hot masala chai.


What would be the title of your autobiography?

Christmas family photo
Christmas family photo

Hard to say. I would probably make it a terrible pun of some sort, and then my wife would look at me disapprovingly and hit me in the arm.

What is the first concert you attended?

It was Boarding for Breast Cancer, a punk concert at a local ski resort. Performers included Linkin Park, Blink 182 and Less Than Jake.


What is a defining moment in your life?

When I look up moment in the dictionary of course.

Massan photo with wife
Massan, a daytime drama our picture appeared on for people who had international marriages

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

The current book I’m reading is “The Bullet Journal Method” by Ryder Carroll. I’m not participating in any challenges currently, but I enjoy reading quite a bit!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Okonomiyaki

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

My hometown is (was?) a little dusty town in the middle of the desert in Nevada called Fernley. I was born in the nearby city of Reno, since that’s where the hospital was.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Since I just moved north from Nevada in order support international student services, I can only assume the trend will continue and within 5 years I will be located at the north pole giving immigration advice to penguins.

daughter with book
My daughter pretending to read books

What do you like to do on your days off?

Read, play Dungeons and Dragons, and generally relax.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Don’t panic.

Behind the Resume #63 – Ciera Graham

Ciera Graham new employee photo

What is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
My title is the Director of the EvCC East County Campus. My priorities as a Director include increasing enrollment, expanding program and degree options, enhancing the student experience, building sustainable community relations and supporting faculty and staff at East County so they can do their jobs and support students to the best of their ability.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I obtained my PhD in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati in August 2015. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University in May of 2008 and 2010 respectively. I have over six years of experience in student affairs, program management, supervision, career counseling/advising, diversity/cultural programming. Moreover, I also have three years of teaching experience (high school and undergraduate); serving as an instructor for Sociology courses, and a Life Skills instructor for the Upward Bound Program. My past position involved serving as the Associate Director of Student Affairs at WSU Everett, where I managed 8 different student affair functional areas independently. A few of my accomplishments in this position include creating the first ever student food pantry, the society of women engineers student organization, and our CARE (Crisis, Assessment, Response and Education) team.
I am the inaugural awardee of the University of Cincinnati Arts & Science Young Alumni Award, and I was featured in the Women of Student Affairs (WISA) Phenomenal Friday –an organization devoted to recognizing women in student affairs who have made accomplishments to advance student success.

Ciera with cousin in lifejackets
Parasailing in South Beach Miami (with my cousin) – June 2018

What was your most memorable job? Why?
It wasn’t a job per se, but it was memorable. I was a volunteer at a library in Rainier Beach, WA when I was 14. I cleaned shelves, and restocked books. It wasn’t the most glorious job, but it really helped me understand the value of hard and honest work, and the important role that libraries play in improving literacy in low income underserved communities.

What does a typical day look like for you?
I had my first day on Feb 1st, so as of now my days will involve lots of learning from staff and faculty, meeting with key main campus and community partners, and getting to know the East County student experience. I can imagine that a typical day would involve meetings, working on projects and strategic planning, and making sure I am visible and present to those I support.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
A self-proclaimed diva with a lot of attitude. I loved hanging out with my friends and living a pretty care-free life. I had braces and wore glasses. I was ambitious, but still very much guarded and introverted. I was excited to turn 16 so I could get my own job and buy my own school clothes. One thing that hasn’t changed since I was 12 is that I am still very much future-oriented. I’m always thinking about future possibilities.

Ciera with significant other in front of snow-covered trees
Hurricane Ridge with my significant other (Spencer Graves) – February 2018

What is your favorite meal/ snack in winter? Favorite winter beverage?
I love raspberry white chocolate mochas and chocolate peanut butter cookies.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
The resilient unicorn or Black Girl Magic. I can’t choose one.

What is the first concert you attended?
I was late to the concert scene, but the first concert I actually enjoyed was Beyonce and Jay Z On the Run, last October 2018.

What is a defining moment in your life?
It would probably be my dissertation defense, and when I officially became Doctor Graham. My parents flew from Seattle to Ohio to witness my dissertation defense. As two working class parents who ensured their kids had everything they needed, it meant a lot for them to see this momentous event even if they didn’t quite understand it. My parents made a lot of sacrifices to send me to a private high school, and to later attend college. I always felt that my success was a way to show them how I was grateful and appreciative of their wonderful parenting. I remember right after my dissertation committee deliberated, they came out to a room with my mom, my dad and announced, I was officially Dr. Graham. I looked at my mom, and tears ran down her face. I cried, as well.

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 Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. I am currently reading Crystal Fleming’s book, How to be less Stupid about Race. I am not participating in any formal reading challenges, but my goal has always been to read more for pleasure and less out of obligation.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Pecan Pie with whipped cream—made by my mama, of course.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Tukwila, WA. Yes, I was born and raised here.

Ciera zip-lining in Leavenworth, WA
Zip Line in Leavenworth – August 2018

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still at East County contributing to a growing and formidable campus, supporting more staff and faculty, and engaging with a community members. I very much want to be a part of the longevity of this campus.

What do you like to do on your days off?
Cook, shop, workout, spend time with friends, family and my significant other. Oh, and I love paint projects.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
My favorite quote will always be from Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I always aim to make powerful and long lasting impressions on anyone I meet.

Behind the Resume #62 – Toni Payne

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

Fiscal Analyst 2 Accounts Payable is my job title. I will be helping students, staff and vendors with any Accounts Payable/Accounting questions they may have while processing PO invoices, other invoices/vouchers and also working on other Accounts Payable related needs.

Mini golf with my friend family in South Lake Union

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked in Accounts Payable/Accounting departments for over 18 years in the following industries: Travel, Education, Medical, and Construction. I learned a great deal from each position and company on how to take care of their Accounts Payable needs and provide the best possible customer service to clients, internal staff and vendors.

Me at the Ballard Locks


What was your most memorable job? Why?

Apollo Group (University of Phoenix) – great manager I had that was fun to work with in the office, or traveling to meetings out of state when needed.

Me and my partner


What does a typical day look like for you?

Get up before it is light out and get ready, head to the bus stop and walk into work at my designated time. Check emails, phone calls and jump into whatever needs looked into or worked on for the College’s Accounts Payable needs. I take the bus to head home and eat. Depending on the weather I will go on a walk or unwind the rest of the evening by watching a movie or reading a book.

My brother and cousin, Jeremy


Describe yourself at 12 years old.

I organized my things in my room and changed up my bedroom every once in a while to take advantage of posters or pictures I wanted on my bedroom walls.

View from park in Bellingham looking west to the San Juan Islands

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

Meal: Steak and mashed potatoes this time of the year. Winter beverage: Hot chocolate.


What would be the title of your autobiography?

Local Traveler

View from Gas Works Park

What is the first concert you attended?

Cranberries at the Gorge

What is a defining moment in your life?

When I was 20, I lost my Mother to a 4 year fight with breast cancer. Shook my emotional foundation, and still gives me pause certain times of the year with how much I miss her. I participate in local breast cancer and other walks during the year in honor of her and giving funds to a cause in the hopes other young children don’t have to go through what I went through.

View of the Twin Sisters south of Lynden

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

Reading on the bus from work to home a Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novel called Look Alive Twenty-Five.

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Pasta

My nephew and sister at Funko

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

Bellingham is my hometown. No, I lived out of state until grade school, then lived in the Bellingham area until college, then in the greater Seattle area the past 19 years or so.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still working at EvCC and helping out with students, staff and vendors with their Accounts Payable needs, and living closer to campus – hopefully.

Mt. Baker from the trail along the Snohomish River

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to explore local Pacific NW cities/towns to enjoy the views of the Sound or mountains in the area, find somewhere fun to eat, and check out what the shops have to offer.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Different
Individuals
Valuing
Each other
Regardless of
Skin
Intellect
Talents or
Years

Behind the Resume #61 – Lori Greenwood

Lori Greenwood 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 is Communications Consultant/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Specialist. My day-to-day workload will include the launch of two relationship technology systems: Radius CRM and Mongoose Texting. Once implemented, these systems will help to communicate with and track prospective students as they progress toward enrollment.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I’ve had more than 20 years of experience as a multi-faceted communications professional. With hands-on understanding in traditional advertising, as well as digital marketing, I enjoy using campaign analytics to build data-driven strategies. I have previous experience implementing Radius CRM and Mongoose texting for higher ed enrollment management, and I look forward to working with the EvCC implementation team on this project.

selfie of Lori Greenwood in front of computer monitors
I’m temporarily located in Jenny Marin’s office, OLY 206B, while she’s out on maternity leave – feel free to drop by and say “hi.”

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Previous faith-based, nonprofit work as a communications specialist was especially memorable because it enabled me to travel to more than 25 nations of the world — where I developed a great love for diverse cultures, customs, and cuisines.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day at work is pretty exciting! I not only have the opportunity to write persuasive copy/content, I also write criteria logic, with the goal of building fully-automated communications plans designed to guide prospective students through next steps. While our campus implementation team is early in the process, once “live,” the system data points will allow users to zero-in on target audiences, and tailor messages based on where a student is in the enrollment process. Sounds awesome, right? But wait until you hear the best part… My role will include training system users. And, since we have unlimited user licenses, any staff or faculty member that would like to work with prospective students can use the system to do so.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

At 12 years of age, I attended a small parochial school in the Chicago area with my two sisters and one brother. I haven’t been able to wear plaid, since.


What is your favorite meal/snack? Favorite winter beverage?

Influenced by the years of international travel, some of my favorite meals include Ayam Kampung and Nyama Choma. Favorite beverage is coffee – especially in the winter.

 What would be the title of your autobiography?

Okay, this question stumped me. So, I asked Buzz Feed for some help (really). After filling-out their short questionnaire, here’s their title suggestion… I Don’t Wanna Talk About It: My 52,000,000-Word Autobiography.”

What is the first concert you attended?

Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti conducting.

Lori, husband and 3 kidsWhat is a defining moment in your life?

For me, a defining moment in life was to be a first-generation college student, however, it’s second to becoming a parent! Here’s my family (left to right): My husband Tom, me, our son-in-law Austin, who is married to our oldest daughter Crista, and our youngest daughter, Anna.

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

I’ve had this book for a while now, but I am finally getting around to reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a letter to his son, Coates tries to make sense of racial injustice and exposes the irony of living in a world that refuses to allow him the freedoms that many others take for granted.

 What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Ayam Kampung, of course… or maybe Nyama Choma.

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

I was born and raised in Chicago and lived there until I completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Other locations I’ve lived include New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. I relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2004, and I live just south of the college, in Lynnwood.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years (and beyond), I see myself here at EvCC, contributing to the success of our community.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I use my days off to try to catch-up on various home improvement projects. Lately, I’ve been scrapping a popcorn ceiling. Yep, it’s as fun as it sounds! When I need a break from the projects, I enjoy spending time at Seattle Art Museum, which I often refer to as “my happy place.”

Do you have a favorite quote/piece of advice?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

Behind the Resume #60 – LaRea Sylvester

LaRea Sylvester 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 is Campus Security Officer. My day-to-day endeavors will be making sure our campus is safe, secure, and prepared if emergencies occur. Another big part of my duties will be acting as an ambassador of the College in order to make sure that our campus is accessible to our community while helping our students, staff, and faculty reach their immediate and long term goals and destinations. I act as a support and safety net for all those who come on to our properties including our satellite campuses.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I held a DOL issued Unarmed Security Guard license prior to joining the EvCC team. I performed duties on a contractual basis from Bellingham to Seattle, including Bellevue/Redmond. I also have 15+ progressive years of experience in the Tribal Gaming industry. Although I primarily worked in Slot Operations and Slot Systems, I am also certified to deal Poker, Black Jack, and Roulette.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Me, freshman year at Everett High School
Me, freshman year at Everett High School

I have had too many jobs to single out just one as most memorable. The job I enjoyed the most was being a Slot Technician. I was responsible for all mechanical and technical aspects of 2500+ slot machines. The field is constantly growing and evolving, so there was never a dull moment.

What does a typical day look like for you?
My day starts early! My shift begins at 6:00 a.m.; the first thing I do is debrief with the night shift so I can stay up to speed on anything that has occurred. I also like to conduct a safety check of the campus right away in order to identify anything out of the ordinary or unsafe, so we can correct or fix the issue prior to community arrivals. After completing safety checks, I begin daily patrols of our campus to meet and greet everyone, provide excellent customer service, and help manage any and all things related to parking.

Baby Rea
Baby Rea

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
I was invincible; I could do and be anything I wanted, and at 12 years old I wanted to be a “grown up.” Now (27 years later) I just want to be in elementary school again for recess and field trips.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in winter? Favorite winter beverage?
Pozole or Menudo and Eggnog Chai Tea Latte

What would be the title of your autobiography?
Rea the Rebel: Blessed & Unstoppable

What is the first concert you attended?
Boyz II Men at the Tacoma Dome

What is a defining moment in your life?

Me & my daughter
Me & my daughter

The birth of my daughter is the defining moment in my life; who I am and everything I do is attributed to her. She keeps me grounded, focused, and accountable to someone bigger than myself. I am very fortunate and thankful that I became a parent.

What are you reading right now/ what was the last book you read? Are you participating in any reading challenges?
I am reading two books:
How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
The Lotus Sutra, Translated by Burton Watson

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
Doughnuts

Surfing off of Maui
Surfing off of Maui

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
I’m a military brat, so I have a few home towns:
(1) Riverside, CA (2) Las Vegas, NV (3) Honolulu, HI (4) Everett, WA (save the best for last)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I will still be a Security Officer with the EvCC team, but BETTER! I will be highly knowledgeable, a recognized ambassador to the community, AND I will know and remember everyone’s names.

What do you like to do on your days off?
What I like to do changes with the season (except watching UFC, that’s 365).
Summer: wakeboarding, surfing, hiking, riding my motorcycle
Fall: football, shooting
Winter: STILL football, snowboarding
Spring: riding my motorcycle, missing football, hiking

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
“You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.”
~Leo TiagoLaRea Sylvester

Behind the Resume #59 – Max Gerloff

Max Gerloff New Employee PhotoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?

Science Lab Assistant.   

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I was a biology/life science teacher/track coach for 30 years in the public school sector.  Retired from that endeavor in 2011.

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Teaching science to 7th graders.  They are so eager and waiting to be filled with knowledge and want to learn!!

What does a typical day look like for you?

Get up and check on my home chickens, then off to EvCC!!

Describe yourself at 12 years old.

Grew up in a small farming and oil community, got my first job mowing yards!

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

Coffee is the favorite beverage and nachos is always the best snack!

What is the first concert you attended?

Blood, Sweat, and Tears  in Abilene, Tx.

What is a defining moment in your life?

When my first grandchild was born three years ago.

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

“Three Day Road” by Joseph Boyden

What one food do you wish had zero calories?

Any Mexican dish!

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

Aspermont, Texas;  born and raised. Population:  800

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably fully retired; more traveling.

What do you like to do on your days off?

Tend my chickens and yard with my wife.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“Feels like Far”…referring to life’s journey.

Behind the Resume #58 – Caitlin Jacques

 

Caitlin Jacques 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 is Student Success Technology Specialist. I am currently working to implement the new Starfish platform, and will be providing support on that platform once it rolls out.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

Doctoral Hooding at Johns Hopkins, June 2016
Doctoral Hooding at Johns Hopkins, June 2016

My background is a bit of a hodge-podge. I have an undergraduate degree in general engineering, and a masters and doctorate in civil engineering, looking at the impact of disasters on healthcare systems. My previous jobs before coming to EvCC, though, were tutoring K-12 students in math and English, and working with a legal firm to coordinate the mass filing of civil cases.

 

What was your most memorable job? Why?

Hiking Taylor's Mistake in Christchurch, NZ, July 2013
Hiking Taylor’s Mistake in Christchurch, NZ, July 2013

In 2013, I lived in New Zealand for several months as an earthquake researcher, sponsored jointly by the US and NZ governments. That was especially memorable because it was both my first time living abroad and the first time I coordinated a large scale project by myself. It was also memorable because the South Island of New Zealand is indescribably beautiful, and those three months included some of the best hiking of my life.

 

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

In the fall, I love to make soups. Beef stew, chicken gnocchi, avgolemono, fishball udon. My favorite, though, is turkey Italian wedding soup, with lots of sage and homemade turkey stock.

With my sister on the Washington coast, 1990 or 1991
With my sister on the Washington coast, 1990 or 1991

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

Currently, I am reading Seanan McGuire’s The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Her books are always delightful, and it’s nice to support a local author.


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

I was born and raised right here in the north end of the greater Seattle area! I lived in Shoreline and Mountlake Terrace my entire childhood. When I finished my graduate degree on the east coast, I knew I had to come back here, because there is no place in the world like the Pacific Northwest.

 

What do you like to do on your days off?

Appearing as Princess Leia with Saber Guild in Atlanta, September 2018
Appearing as Princess Leia with Saber Guild in Atlanta, September 2018

In my free time, I dress up as Star Wars characters and do lightsaber shows to raise money for charity, as a member of several international clubs. I also sew a lot of film-accurate costumes as a part of my involvement with these groups. Most weekends, you can find me out in the community somewhere, dressed as a Jedi or Princess Leia or an X-wing pilot and generally being nerdy for good causes.

Behind the Resume #57 – Ibrahima Diallo

Ibrahima Diallo new employee photoWhat is your title at EvCC, and what will you be doing in your day-to-day endeavors at the College?
Full-time temporary Physics Instructor. I will be teaching Engineering Physics classes.

Tell us a little about your professional background.
I obtained my PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University where I did some research in optical properties of defects in GaN.

What was your most memorable job? Why?
Teaching general physics classes at the University of Mary Washington. I always had to think of different ways on how to teach complex physical concepts in the most simplistic yet interesting manner.

What does a typical day look like for you?
Food, prayers, wife time, workout and physics.

Describe yourself at 12 years old.
I would often think about how to make combos on Mortal Kombat (no Google back then), and the intricacies of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

What is your favorite meal/ snack in fall? Favorite fall beverage?
Steaks all day, every day.  Water all day, every day.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
I would probably never write my autobiography as my personal life is “personal.”

What is the first concert you attended?
I can’t remember.

What is a defining moment in your life?
Realizing that adulthood is a SERIOUS work in progress that will take an ENTIRE lifetime.

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

What one food do you wish had zero calories?
None. There is nothing wrong with being a little fat.

Where is your hometown? Were you born and raised in the same place?
Richmond, VA. I was born in Kamsar/Boke, a small town in Guinea (West Africa).

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Being an AWESOME physics professor.

What do you like to do on your days off?
With the wife: walking around parks and lakes and talking about cool stuff.
Without the wife: watching TV, reading Quran and eating like a monster until passing out in the couch.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?
Consistency in one’s work represents a major step towards utter success.