Behind the Resume #21 – Flora Salto Vazquez

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

Program Coordinator, Enrollment Services at Parks Student Union: Assist students and college personnel with student record updates/changes, interpret and implement state and federal policies regarding residency community and college personnel, and more!

Tell us a little about your professional background.
Greg & myself, celebrating when I became a US Citizen
Greg & myself, celebrating when I became a US Citizen

10 years of experience working for Holiday Inn and Fiesta Americana hotels at the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. 9 years as a Groups and Conventions Director for Anfitriones Nacionales in Mexico City where I planned, coordinated and executed over 2500 banquets, meetings, groups and conventions. Planned international meetings in such countries as: Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Hong Kong, México, Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Thailand, and United States

What was your first job?

Room service cashier at Holiday Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

What does a typical day look like for you?

My puppy, Canela
My puppy, Canela

Get up at 6:00 AM, 30 minutes of Yoga, Take dogs to the back yard, provided food and fresh water for them. Take a shower, have a light breakfast, go to work from 8 to 5, come back from work, fix family dinner, clean and organized our home, go for a walk with my family and dogs, water my plants, work a little bit in the garden, take a nice shower and relaxing reading, playing music, doing yoga, meditation or chat in the computer with my family and friends.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a very active girl, participating in Rhythm Gymnastics, drama club, church choir and taking care of my 5 siblings.

Our cat, Rayitas
Our cat, Rayitas

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My pets 3 dogs and 2 cats now

Are you messy or organized?

Super clean and organized

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

The importance of reduce my carbon food print and be a vegan person

What’s on your bucket list?

Visit Greece and Italy

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Hiking in the forest with my husband Greg and our 3 Cocker Spaniel dogs.

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

Our daughters, Flora & Paulina
My daughters, Flora & Paulina

No Mud, No Lotus

From: Thich Nhat Hanh

I am not participating right now in any reading challenge.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. I will advise the natives about the real intentions of the visitors…

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

I was borne in Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 days after we moved to Mexico City where I was raised.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

13

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

“Flora and her fauna”

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

In a world where you can be anything, be kind!

Behind the Resume #20 – Stephanie Coxon

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

Administrative Assistant 4 – Student Services (Dean’s Administrative Assistant) to Laurie Franklin.

 

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I worked in Retail for 7 years in order to put myself through college.  After college, I went into Banking for 2 years, worked for 3 years in Social Work, held Administrative Assistant roles for 13 years, and most recently was a Human Resources Generalist for 3 years.

What was your first job?Picture courtesy of: http://www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/canoe

I was 13 and had an all-summer babysitting/mother’s helper job watching a 2 year-old boy while his parents were landscaping and remodeling their summer cabin at the lake. I canoed to work every day!

Riley - our Chocolate Lab
Riley – our Chocolate Lab

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Work, make dinner, spend time with my husband, play with our dog.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I was a kid that was outside as much as I could be.  I’d be playing Little League softball, basketball, swimming, fishing, climbing trees, making forts, traveling with my family during summer vacation (I think that year it was a road trip to down Highway 101 to Oregon’s Sea Lion Caves, The Wharf in San Francisco, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World and Tijuana, Mexico).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Caffeine!

Are you messy or organized?

I am organized at work – I have the 5S Lean Principles ingrained in me from past manufacturing and aerospace companies I have worked for.  However, at home, not as much…I try but life gets in the way.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  – You won’t remember it 5 years from now.

Mariner's Game
Mariner’s Game

What’s on your bucket list?

Go to the Grand Canyon and to see a Mariner’s Spring Training game in Peoria, AZ

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Reading, fishing, cooking.

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

Last book I re-read was Saving Cascadia by John J. Nance.  The story takes place on the Washington Coast.  I also love True Crime.  Ann Rule is my favorite author; I had the opportunity to meet her at a book signing.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

Maybe not a specific event, but I would love to visit the Age of Enlightenment.  So many extraordinary thinkers and doers!

Haleakala in Maui
Haleakala in Maui, 2011

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

Arlington, WA – Born and raised in the same place.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?   

4 homes and 1 college dormitory

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

Not sure.  I am still writing the chapters in my “book”.  When writing, I have always had the inspiration for a title to come to me when I finished.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Pearl Harbor, Oahu, 2011
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, 2011

Behind the Resume #19 – Winnie Corral-Peña

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

My new position is Program Manager in the Transitional Studies Division. Right now, I am in the process of learning what my day-to-day endeavors will be. However, I know that it involves working with the great team already there to ensure that students and prospective students leave with their questions answered, smiles on their face and hopefully great plans on how to reach their goals.

On a cruise in Alaska with my husband, Dan

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have worked many years in the community. Community outreach and making sure that everyone has opportunity to reach their personal goals is my passion. For the past 15 years, I worked in Social Services as a Family Support Center Director. Before that, I was a foster care licensor. I love working in the community and making sure that people get their needs met. Finding ways to make the system work for people is exciting! Working with diverse cultures is fun and rewarding. I love learning about how people see the world.

What was your first job?

My very first job was in an actuarial accounting firm during the summer between high school and college. The days were so long. I spent all day either on a ten key adding columns of figures, or filing. I remember I would hum to myself out of boredom.

Another picture from the Alaska cruise
Another picture from the Alaska cruise

What does a typical day look like for you?

Right now, a typical day means I come in at 8 am, and everyone I work with has been great! I am really excited about learning how to do my job well. Then, I go home to my husband, Dan. We frequently cook together. I like relaxing in the evening; reading, watching TV, listening to music or talking with friends. I am involved in a number of community activities, so just relaxing is always fun.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At ten years old I was skinny, quiet, & shy. I was a voracious reader, and I think I was really clumsy. I remember lots of scrapped knees. I loved talking with my mom, spending summer vacations in San Francisco with my grandmother, listening to music, and taking long walks. I have 5 younger sisters and 1 younger brother. It was a busy family in a small town in California.

My grandmother, Marie with me
My grandmother, Marie with me

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My husband is the one thing I can’t live without. He makes me laugh, and I love to laugh! He is also great at putting things in perspective. We have been married 22 years.

Are you messy or organized?

I am an organized messy person. At home, I keep public areas organized, my closet organized, but my desk and my car are pretty messy.

My in-laws, husband and me
My in-laws, husband and me

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

The most important thing I have learned in the last 5 years is to let go. I am a recovering control freak, currently working on not being responsible for the world. Oddly enough, it gets along just fine without me.

What’s on your bucket list?

My bucket list includes: a trip to Spain, and three months in Manhattan eating my way from one end of the Island to the other, cooking school in Tuscany, a beach in Fiji, hiking part of the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, Uruguay, Argentina and a lot more snorkeling. I have always wanted to sky dive, but don’t know if I would still do it, at least not alone.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

I enjoy gardening, cooking, traveling, reading and learning something new; life is too short to pick just one!

Visiting a Greek Orthodox Monestary in the Tuscan, AZ area
Visiting a Greek Orthodox Monestary in the Tuscan, AZ area

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

On my night table: “Viva Vegan”, “Death of a Dustman”, “Lord of the Wings” and “Salsa, Soul and Spirit”. I love Agatha Christie, M. C. Beaton and other writers of homey mysteries. No reading challenges. I just do it for fun and learning.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

No historical event in particular, but I would go for a future event, first landing on Mars, seeing other galaxies, etc. I am fascinated by space exploration. I really wanted to be the first woman on the moon just to be able to look back at the earth.

My husband, Dan, and me in Victoria
My husband, Dan, and me in Victoria

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

I consider Arcata, CA my home town. I was born in El Progreso, CA. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 3 years old.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

I have lost track of the number of homes I have lived in….it is a lot.

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

If my life were a book I would call it “Choices.”

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

My all time favorite quote is from Auntie Mame, “Life is banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” I saw the movie when I was a kid, and it stuck with me. Life really is a banquet; sometimes we just forget we have choices.

Behind the Resume #18 – William (Bill) Deckard

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

My new position is the Director of Public Safety Programs. I will be the Administrator of the Criminal Justice, Fire Science and EMS Programs.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have been in public safety for the past 40.5 years. I began the first 2.5 years of

One of my graduating classes in Community Policing Held in Abu Dhabi September 2014
One of my graduating classes in Community Policing Held in Abu Dhabi September 2014

my career at the University of Washington Police Department. I then lateral transferred to the Everett Police Department where I have spent the last 38 years before retiring on December 31, 2015. While at the police department I worked in every area of the department and promoted to the rank of Captain. My last assignment was as the Captain of the Investigations Division.

What was your first job?

My first job was working as a laborer for a construction company. I worked at this job during and after high school and into my college years.

Me at the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi visited while on Community Policing teaching assignment
Me at the Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi visited while on Community Policing teaching assignment

What does a typical day look like for you?

Up early and begin with coffee, news and feeding my dogs and cats, not in that order. Quick check of email and off for a work out followed by ordering and billing for my private business, more coffee. Make lunches and off to work. After my work day I usually pick up materials for my private business on the way home or make some deliveries. Get home and feed the dogs and cats followed by cooking dinner for my wife and I. My wife works in Seattle and so I am home first and get the dinner going. Evenings are pretty quiet, relax with a little television, baseball in the summer, football in the fall and hockey in the winter. That about wraps up my day.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Always on the go, either playing with neighbors or completing chores at home.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Me with my graduating class From the Royal Moroccan Police Department, Rabat Morocco
Me with my graduating class From the Royal Moroccan Police Department, Rabat Morocco

My Family, to include dogs and cats.

Are you messy or organized?

Probably leans toward organized as long as you don’t include my garage.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Don’t be in a hurry and listen to absolutely everyone from top to bottom.

What’s on your bucket list?

Trips to Italy, France, S.E. Asia and Australia and return to South Africa for a longer stay this time and while there take my wife to see Robyn Island as well as Table Mountain. Ski in the Alps in the winter and return to the Cook Islands in the spring.

While in Abu Dhabi, I had to see it to believe it! a gold bar dispensing ATM.  I didn't make a withdrawal.
While in Abu Dhabi, I had to see it to believe it! a gold bar dispensing ATM. I didn’t make a withdrawal.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Favorite hobby is anything outside from Gardening to Skiing to Bike Riding golf and spending time with my wife, family and friends.

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

I have just started reading “The Boys in the Boat.” No reading challenges at this time.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

I would have liked to have been present when the first congress came together. I would have liked to hear how they debated issues and came to resolution. Was it as hard then as it is now?

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

My hometown is Marysville Washington and I was born in Everett.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

9

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

Another class of Abu Dhabi police officers from my Community Policing class
Another class of Abu Dhabi police officers from my Community Policing class

I’m not sure there would be a book as it would be too boring and would put people to sleep.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

The only advice I would give anyone is to trust yourself.

Behind the Resume #17 – Rebecca (Becky) Lamboley

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

Title IX Coordinator. I am responsible for ensuring our compliance with sex discrimination laws, including prevention, training and coordination of reports.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I started working on college campuses while an undergraduate, and fell in love with serving students. Specifically, I’ve worked in housing, mental health, substance abuse prevention and student conduct.

What was your first job? 

Working at a daycare.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Coffee, meetings, planning, reviewing and responding to a variety of things, and taking breaks to get to know students.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Full of energy, quick to help others, deep in thought, and a total “tomboy!”

What’s the one thing you can’t live without? 

My faith and my partner.

Are you messy or organized? 

Both! But I’m much more organized than messy (especially at work).

What is the most important/ valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Just keep going. Keep showing up, and just keep going.

What’s on your bucket list?

Going on a hot air balloon ride.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Working or volunteering as an EMT.

 

Behind the Resume #15 – Hannah Lovett

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

I am a Program Specialist 3 with the eLearning Department. I will be troubleshooting and orienting students and faculty to Canvas. I will do orientations for students, and assist faculty with using Canvas as a teaching tool. I will basically be endeavoring to become a Canvas expert and resource on campus.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have been really blessed to try my hand at many different jobs in a variety of fields. I worked multiple jobs throughout my school experience to get a feel of what I enjoyed doing and what my aptitudes are. I started working at Everett Community College in the Student Activities Department (now Student LIFE) while I was working toward my Associates degree. I started as an office assistant, became office manager the following year, and then finally the Special Events Coordinator for the Student Programs Board. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University through University Center where I also worked as an office assistant and a temporary Program Assistant for WWU on campus. I completed three internships during the course of my Bachelor’s degree at Everett Transitional Housing, The Office of Public Defense, and Olympic Ballet Theatre. I have also worked for Imagine Children’s Museum in Visitor Services and the Everett Fire Department as an Administrative Assistant in their Training Department. This summer, I worked for tech companies like Valve, Square Enix, and Microsoft as a brand ambassador at events like the Dota 2 Championship and PAX Prime.

Pueto Rico
Pueto Rico

What was your first job?

I started working occasionally at my Step-Dad’s firewood processing business, Gold Bar Trading Post, when I was about 13 years old. It was hard work, but I was taught about running a small business, working with people from all walks of life, and to be alert and aware (flying firewood is no joke!) I also moved to Puerto Rico just before my 18th birthday to work on a Mennonite Mission where I homeschooled missionaries’ children and helped out with Vacation Bible School and the elderly population.

What does a typical day look like for you?

During the week, I drop my 11 and 14 year old sisters off at the bus stop and then head to work. Currently, I am doing a lot of training and learning the typical questions people have about Canvas by answer phone calls and e-mails. I am usually on campus from 7:40am-5:00pm. After work, I run errands, do chores, or work out and then crash in front of Netflix. My husband works 2nd shift so we don’t get to see a lot of each other during the week. There is never a typical weekend with us, sometimes we take short trips, catch up with friends, volunteer, or just be lazy.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At 10 years old, I was struggling to learn live without my Dad, who was a police officer killed in the line of duty when I was 8. I spent most of my time when I wasn’t in school outside on our 5 ½ wooded acres, taking dance classes, or writing. Even at a young age I had many interests and wanted to pursue them all. I wanted to be professional ballet dancer for the New York City Ballet, a detective, and an author. Ambitious! I still really love to dance, and take classes whenever I can. I have done ballet, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, tap, Irish Step-dancing, Scottish Highland and Country dancing, and dabbled in partner dancing like Swing. I wouldn’t say I am very talented, I just really enjoy it.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My husband, Jared, and myself
My husband, Jared, and myself

That’s hard. I think I could live without a lot of things if I had to, but I have become pretty dependent on the internet. I definitely would not like living without my husband. He is my best friend and supporter.

Are you messy or organized?

Organized for the most part. I am a neat freak, but sometimes the time just isn’t there.

What is the most important/valuable thing you have learned in the last five years?

Do not compare yourself or your journey to other people. It will drive you crazy, and hinder you from becoming the best you can be.

My mom, Lori, and me at my graduation from WWU
My mom, Lori, and me at my graduation from WWU

What’s on your bucket list?

I would love to go to Ireland and England. Some of the family’s background is Irish and I have just always wanted to go there. I also love English television shows, and there is the Harry Potter museum…

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

me and my friend Yuki at our annual International Lolita Day celebration this year (2015)
My friend, Yuki, and myself at our annual International Lolita Day celebration this year

I have talked about dance, but right now I am into Japanese Lolita Fashion. Lolita is a fashion based on historical Rococo, Victorian, and Baroque fashions (nothing to do with Nabokov’s novel). It is a fun way to dress, because it is like wearing clothing out of a fairy tale and people get really creative with it. There is a fairly large west coast community that gets together to do all sorts of activities from going to conventions to tea parties to going out to eat, which I participate in. It is a great way to get to know people from around the world, too.

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

I listen to Dead Beat by Jim Butcher as an audiobook while I commute. Dead Beat is part of a modern fantasy/mystery series called the Dresden Files. It is so addicting.

My husband, Jared, and myself
My husband, Jared, and myself

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see? Why?

I am interested in women’s studies and the evolution of gender roles, etc. I would like to witness some of the pivotal events in women’s suffrage, maybe picketing the White House or the 1917 march in New York.

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

I was born in Seattle. I lived in Shoreline until I was 7, and in Machias until I was 16, when my family moved to Arlington.

How many homes have you lived in since you were born?

About eight.

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

Truth is Stranger than Fiction, my life has been a little unusual.

My sister-in-law, Ariel, & myself at LeakyCon in Portland
My sister-in-law, Ariel, & myself at LeakyCon in Portland

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

We do not need the magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

~J. K. Rowling

Behind the Resume #14 – Kathryn Smith

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

I work at the College’s Early Learning Center as their full-time Floating Teacher, which means that I go into classrooms where teachers need breaks – or help cover for teachers who are out – and help clean, change diapers, play with children, and in general promote the enrichment of our early learners. I literally ‘float’ between classrooms, since I am rarely in the same classroom two days running, and can sometimes be in as many as three classrooms a day.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I actually started working for the Early Learning Center two years ago as a part-time teacher, since I was still a student, and became full-time this last fall quarter. Before that, I started my own private piano studio teaching beginning students in their homes. And even farther back, I began a small fiber arts business selling my own creatively spun yarn and finished products, i.e. bags, shawls, hats, fingerless gloves, etc. I continue with both businesses, and actively attend fiber festivals and pedagogy trainings.

My family outside of our Washington home
My family outside of our Washington home

What was your first job?

My first job was at a small puppet company in Tennessee when I was about fifteen or sixteen. They toured around the country with their own productions, collaborated with local artists and dancers to create new forms for their craft, and also traveled to local schools for puppetry workshops and performances. I would go to the small house they had their office and workshop in, and deep clean and organize after workshops and performances, file paperwork, and transcribe their scripts onto the computer.

My brother & I at our first studio, before we moved to Washington
My brother & I at our first studio, before we moved to Washington

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

At ten, we were partway through our second of four moves (six houses, five states, all in less than twenty years). I was homeschooled with a brother four years younger than myself, and several cats (this was before a farm was ever in the works). I had been in an environmental science 4-H club, and when we moved I started a Horse 4-H club, which I also continued in after I moved for the third time. The move was also the excuse I needed to quit learning piano, because at age ten, I hated everything about music and had to be forced to my lessons. Kind of crazy now that I am actually basing my career around it!

Corey, my strawberry roan paint
Corey, my strawberry roan paint

Are you messy or organized?

It really depends on the situation and how I feel. Some days I’ll be like a little hoover vacuum cleaner and go around picking everything up and putting it back to its proper spot. I’ve also been known to color code things and make compulsive lists. Other times I’ll be too tired or overwhelmed to move things and let things slide, until I can’t sleep in my room anymore because the mess is too much for my brain to ignore.

Here I am with my mom on Green Mountain above our house
My mom and me on Green Mountain above our house

What is your favorite meal?

I love the creamy mushroom soup my mom makes. She actually picks the chanterelles from our farm, cooks them and blends them, and then adds a ton of heavy whipping cream. We either bake our own or heat up artisan bread for dunking and then pour a bit more cream over the top before eating.

What do you do in your spare time?

I do a lot of music after work and on the weekends. I practice piano for my lessons, but I am learning the guitar, dulcimer, and Native American flute for a future in music therapy with special needs children. I also add to my fiber art stash; this summer I spun a dozen skeins of yarn and have plans for using up the rest of my unspun fiber. My family owns a farm, so when I am actually home on the weekends I help out with the feedings and basic farm chores. We also go hiking or driving up in the national forest behind my house and up the Mountain Loop Hwy.

What’s on your bucket list?

A view from my family farm in Granite Falls
A view from my family farm in Granite Falls

I haven’t had the time to make a true bucket list yet, but I do know of places I want to visit, or at least revisit. My family used to take a weeklong vacation in the fall, such as the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, Vancouver Island, and very frequently England, since that’s where my mom is from. All of these places are places I fully intend to go back to for vacations in the future, though western Washington will always be my home base.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Apart from my music and fiber arts, I like to spend time with my horse giving him brushes or bathes, and if I really have time work with him so I can start riding again. I also spend a lot of time with my mother, we’re very close, and enjoy visiting thrift stores and book stores, and watching Hallmark movies on the weekend.

Another view from our family farm in Granite Falls
Another view from our family farm in Granite Falls

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

I just picked up Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel at the library. I have watched the miniseries they made of the book, and was so excited I decided to read it. There were almost thirty people on the waitlist in front of me, so I can imagine that a lot of other people really enjoyed it too!

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

The Guardian.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

Iceland’s October 24, 1975, called the Women’s Day Off, or as the men knew it, the Long Friday. Although this really was not a long time ago, it was a crucial moment in equal gender representation in politics, as the first woman president in the world was elected in Iceland five years after the strike.

Where is your hometown?

Technically, I was born in Raleigh, NC, but I only lived in the area for five years before moving to Sarasota, FL; then Augusta, GA; Centerville, TN; and finally ended up in Granite Falls, WA. My family has never stayed in one place more than five years, and moved with my dad’s job, so nowhere has really felt, or even qualified as a hometown so far.

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

I would want it to be called: ‘I’d Rather Be Sleeping’. Because I probably would be…

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

~Maya Angelou

Behind the Resume #13 – Carol Newman

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Fiscal Specialist 1 at the Corporate and Continuing Education Center. My tasks will include payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and whatever additional support is needed.

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I worked at a CPA firm as a bookkeeper for multiple clients and tax preparation. Prior to that was the office manager and bookkeeper for a construction firm.

What was your first job?

I worked at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. We sang, clanged bells, ran a siren and generally made lots of noise as we delivered ice cream treats for people’s birthdays.

This is me around age 10 with the resident squirrel at a wildlife care and rehabilitation center near my Grandmother’s house in Ashby, Minnesota. My brother, cousin and I also got to bottle feed some orphaned baby raccoons.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

I had a vivid imagination, and loved to read so I usually brought home lots of books and occasionally stray or injured animals. My dream was to grow up and be an archaeologist.

Are you messy or organized?

I’m a combination. I like to be organized for most things, but often my desk and work space looks like somebody threw it in a blender and left the lid off. Although it may not look like it, I do usually know where to find what I’m looking for.

What is your favorite meal?

A grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup.

What do you do in your spare time?

When I’m not working or in school, I like to read, write stories, hike, and go the gym. I also do some volunteer work with Homeward Pet Adoption Center and also help to serve meals to homeless individuals and families.

What’s on your bucket list?

Dennis & Carol
My husband, Dennis, and myself in Long Beach.

Traveling to Africa, Egypt and Peru to see the wild animals, the pyramids and Machu Picchu. I would also like to take my Mom on a cruise to Alaska, climb Mt. Rainier, publish a children’s book and “retire” to a beach house on the Oregon Coast.

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Reading, writing stories, hiking, travel and going to the beach.

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

Currently I am reading The Wrong Man by David Ellis.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

The Herald, as I like to find out what is going on in my community and the local area.

Granddaughters McKenna and Kylie

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

When Harold Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s tomb and its treasurers in November of 1922. Did I mention I was interested in archaeology?

Where is your hometown?

I was born in Park Ridge, IL, but moved to Kirkland, WA when I was three and grew up there.

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

It’s a Wonderful Life – There are so many things to do and see, and I really value my family and friendships.

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness”

– The Talmud

Dennis, myself, and our granddaughters

 

Behind the Resume #12 – Kyle Schmaing

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

Archives and Acquisitions Paraprofessional 2. I make the purchases for adding new material to the library’s main collection.

Me at Hirosaki Castle
Me at Hirosaki Castle

Tell us a little about your professional background.

I have spent many years in retail management and operations and after obtaining my degree, spent two years teaching English in Japan.

What was your first job?

My first job right out of high school was at Taco Bell.

Describe yourself at 10 years old.

Terrifying.

Are you messy or organized?

I am messily organized.

My wife and I at a Samurai Weapon Demonstration
My wife and I at a Samurai Weapon Demonstration

What is your favorite meal?

Blackened Chicken Alfredo with steamed broccoli and toasted garlic bread.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy utilizing my industrious mind on a multitude of endeavors involving my PlayStation 4 or perhaps Netflix.

What’s on your bucket list?

Traveling to a host of countries, becoming certified in Iaido, and skydiving!

My wife Lindsey and myself
My wife Lindsey and myself

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?

Aside from video games, I enjoy hiking with my wife.

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

My most recent book read was Dark Blood by Christine Feehan.

Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

The Onion.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

I would love to have heard Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

My mom and myself
My mom and myself

Where is your hometown?

Missoula, MT.

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

“All the World’s a Stage,” but my life has a special effects budget!

 

Do you have a favorite quote/ piece of advice?

Life is about the moments, not about the past or future, so be present in the present.

Me and my family
Me and my family

Behind the Resume #10 – Andre Guzman

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

Associate Dean of Advising & College Success.  I will provide leadership for the development, implementation, operation and assessment of a comprehensive advising program and college success courses.

Tell us a little about your professional background. 

Utah trip with my family
Utah trip with my family

It was very evident after working a combined 12 years as a laborer in the fields and in a local manufacturing plant, with no opportunity for advancement, that education coupled with hard work was the best pathway for advancement.

Seven years later – and with much help from programs like TRiO – I had graduated from Big Bend CC, Eastern Washington University (Bachelor’s Degrees in both Economics & International Affairs, and a minor in Business), and Indiana University @ Bloomington (Master’s in Public Affairs – Economic Development and Policy Analysis).

After graduating from IU, my family and I decided to come back home to Moses Lake where I started my 9-year career at Big Bend CC.  At BBCC, I had the opportunity to serve in many positions, such as a coordinator in WorkFirst, WA Opportunity Grant, Outreach & Recruitment, and Disability Services. Towards the end of my time at BBCC, I served as a director of Financial Aid, and most recently as the director of a Department of Education – Title III STEM grant where I led efforts in redesigning the pre-college math series pedagogy (Emporium Model), design, and redesigning pre-engineering courses to develop a pre-engineering program for mechanical and electrical engineering transfer students. I was also responsible for a newly constructed STEM center where students felt welcomed, and fostered an excellence in teaching/learning environment.  This past July, I graduated from the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) supported by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and plan on pursuing my doctorate within the next few years.

 

My family at my 40th B-day
My family at my 40th B-day

What was your first job?

My very first job was working working in the potato and onion fields in Moses Lake with my family.  Professionally, my first job was at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as a policy research assistant.

Describe yourself at 10 years old. 

Crabpot fun!
Crabpot fun!

A “Mama’s” boy!  I grew up on a 16-acre “ranchito” where each of my mother’s siblings were given an acre each, from my grandparents, to raise their families.  We lived in the country, so that allowed for some adventurous times with cousins, a love for sports, and an appreciation for family at an early age .

My momma!!!
My momma!!!

What is your favorite meal?

Anything that my mom or wife makes!  I think that’s the safest way to say it 🙂  Actually, my mom says that my wife is a better cook …only because she taught her all of her secrets! Also, my family and I love seafood!!!

 What do you do in your spare time? 

Enjoy hanging out with my family…especially my wife, Brandee, and daughters Breanna (13), Angelinna (9) & Amorra (5).  We like to enjoy the water, travel, good food, and just simply hang out!

 

What is your favorite hobby or pastime? 

The ol' pig roast!!!
The ol’ pig roast!!!

BBQ or Grilling for friends and family!

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

I am just starting “Every Day I Fight” by Stuart Scott.

Where is your hometown? 

Moses Lake, Washington.

My family and I
My family and I

Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice? 

Left to Right Angelinna, Breanna, Amorra
Left to Right Angelinna, Breanna, Amorra

“Be a good example and when you have to… use your words.”

 

2014 Halloween fun with my girls!
2014 Halloween fun with my girls!
Seahawk nation!!!
Seahawk nation!!!
Family pic at the putt-putt course
Family pic at the putt-putt course
My girls
My girls
Thirsty at Silverwood
Thirsty at Silverwood
My girls after a rollercoaster ride at Silverwood
My girls after a rollercoaster ride at Silverwood
My brothers and I... little brother continuing his education
My brothers and I… little brother continuing his education
My family
My family
After a nice dinner at Anthony's here in Everett
After a nice dinner at Anthony’s here in Everett