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Updated March 2019
University of Washington Bothell
- Office of Research - Project and Fiscal Management
February 2020 - current
Office of Research - Launch Specialist/Program Coordinator
June 2017-February 2020
Worked as a UW contact for community partners in environmental sciences like the Pacific Science Center, Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program, and Friends of North Creek Forest. For the administrative portion in the office I processed reimbursements, travel, small purchases, and other grant and budget management tasks. Supported center development, including post-award support like budget reconciliation and grant management.
- Digital Learning and Innovation Administrator
July 2017 - February 2020 (20% effort)
Supported the DLI team with purchasing, contract renewal, staff effort reporting, event planning, and grant budget management.
- University of Washington Bothell Herbaruim Collections Manager
February 2016- February 2020 (paid position, 10% effort)
In four years, I developed a robust volunteer team and supported plant-based undergraduate student opportunities. By partnering with the UW Bothell Community Based Learning and Research program, I was able to support 8-12 students quarterly to complete on-campus volunteer opportunities for their environmental classes. My herbarium team developed the collection from 100 specimens to 1000 specimens. We digitized the records and photographed the specimens which are now viewable online at the PNW Herbarium Consortium: http://pnwherbaria.org. I registered the UW Bothell Herbarium officially on the worldwide consortium: Index Herbariorum http://sweetgum.nybg.org/science/ih. Student and I developed the Native Plant Tags Tour featuring 50 native plants with QR codes that students and trail users can interact with through their phones. I developed digital badges for volunteers, featuring the number of hours volunteered or their plant ID competencies.
- University of Washington -Assistant (Temp) Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Focus
June 2016 - November 2017
As the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity transitioned to UW Bothell, I helped complete projects and responsibilities supporting them administratively and planning/hosting events. I completed a six-month project to re-certify the center as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education with the DHS/NSA. This included building a new website for the center with an events page, news page, educational marketing, and other online resources. They had a one-year certificate that needed to be mapped to federal knowledge units, in order to meet requirements.
Institute for Environmental Health / PI Biolgique Laboratories
- Director’s Assistant and Purchasing
Nov 2015-June 2016
I was hired as the Director’s Assistant for at a support lab that makes media and PCR components for 100+ food testing labs worldwide. I purchased products for the company’s labs, sourced from U.S. vendors and Chinese factories. I assisted the lab as the Document Controller including paperwork compliance within ISO9001 Certification. I audited all invoices and purchases; worked with vendors for credits and established contract pricing. I also managed a company line of ELISA allergen kits and took orders, shipped kits, invoiced customers, procured supplies, and managed products sold externally to other food labs and competitors.
2003 – 2017: Starbucks Coffee Company
- Barista, Supervisor, Assistant Manager, Retail Stores
Starbucks was a wonderful company to work for and has been instrumental in my development as a leader and manager with a calm and collected presence. In Los Angeles, I was an Assistant Manager at one of the busiest and most profitable stores in the South West Zone. At Lake Stevens, WA I was a supervisor and supported the team in the drastic conversion and expansion of Frontier Village lobby store into a drive-through store resulting in a $1 million business doubling to $2 million within a few months. My goal while working with Starbucks was to cultivate long-lasting and meaningful professional relationships with customers, employees, and supported the management team. This company has been less about serving coffee and more about developing people. I have been able to build up skills in employees, particularly soft skills and confidence to use outside of the stores. I have called eleven stores home in two states, three counties, and eight cities, and covered shifts helping out in over 100 stores.
- Card and Warranty Services, Corporate Office
I worked at the corporate office in Stabucks Card and Warranty Services (Seattle, WA) and added an administrative and legal component to my Starbucks Career. I documented customer inquiries using database software, updated customer accounts, and processed incident reports. I maintained high quality assurance assessments in proficiency and customer service. While at the office I was exposed to the (Toyota) LEAN framework during the company conversion to streamline processes, during the height of the recession. This thought process and skill set has been instrumental in reforming methods at the store level. Besides my normal work-load, I earned the rare Starbucks Coffee Ambassador Certification (Brown Apron) and represented US Store Services Division for a year focusing on educating internal employees about coffee and sourcing.
- Snohomish Flower Company, Sarah's Flowers, and Haggen Floral
I began working at Snohomish Flower Company in high school as a cashier, and expanded to a designer and store manager in the course of four years. Looking for benefits and other opportunities, I decided to create and develop my own business as a full-service wedding florist as Sarah’s Flowers. Event planning is second nature to me; I consulted with brides and families to custom design and coordinate all their special event floral and decorating needs. I built a website to advertise business, but mostly attracted clientele by word-of-mouth advertising, building a reputation that exceeded expectations. This background in floral design is absolutely a critical stepping-stone in my successes toward the uncanny duo of event planning and botany.
UW Bothell Herbarium (as undergraduate student)
March 2015 – May 2015
As part of an independent study I designed with Professor Caren Crandell Spring 2015, I learned the basics of herbarium collection and operation from Eve Rickenbaker at the UW Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium (Seattle, WA). I took these skills and began adding to the small collection at the UW Bothell Herbarium. This cabinet consisted of 100 specimens which had been collected for six years, I added 50 more completed specimens during this season. My personal success that spring was the new skill set to collect and preserve plants and to expand my native plant identification skills. The success for the herbarium was gaining awareness of its importance and existence among students and staff. In February 2016, Carolyn Brennen turned this volunteer position into a part-time paid position as Herbarium Collections Manager, and we are working toward making this space an official and working herbarium. During the 2016-2017 school year, I designed a logo and signage, and have been coordinating with the UW Burke Herbarium to use their database to organize specimens and post the collection online. Students and volunteers continue to work in the herbarium a few hours per week.
Tulalip Tribes Wapato Plant Study
March 2015 – June 2015
I was referred by Dr. Warren Gold to Darla Boyer at the Tulalip Tribes to work on an independent research project. We worked together to reintroduce Wapato potato, Sagittaria latifolia, on reservation property (Tulalip, WA). The study included a restoration and cultural component, exclusion fencing in the field, and seed germination/tuber propagation methods in the greenhouse. I presented at the Society for Wetland Scientists (SWS) PNW Chapter Conference in October 2015 and received a SWS Student Scholarship Award.
North Creek Salmonid Habitat Study
March 2015 – June 2015
I worked with Dr. Jeff Jensen as an independent study to assess salmonid habitat in North Creek UW Wetlands (Bothell, WA). This included measuring North Creek features (pools, riffles, glides, thalwegs, woody debris, and substrate), wildlife observation, GPS data collection, measuring stream velocity using float method, and contrasting data to the 1999 King County assessment using their Pool Habitat Quality Index.
Digitizing North Creek Wetlands Restoration Historical Planting Maps
March 2015 – June 2015
I partnered with Caren Crandell, Maura Shelton, and Dawn Hatfield, on an independent ArcMap study at UW Bothell to digitize the restoration planting data of the black-and-white .pdf engineer’s map from 2002. This included streamlining data of native plants installed beginning in 2002, converting data to an interactive ArcMap attributes table, and tracing planting polygons to digitize the layers for a visual application.
Washington Native Plant Society
To promote the appreciation and conservation of Washington's native plants and their habitats through study, education, and advocacy.
- State Board Member-at-Large
Term: October 2017 - October 2020
Partial Term: May 2016 – October 2017
I was recruited and voted for a second term as a State Board Director with the Washington Native Plant Society in 2017. Responsibilities include working with budgets and implementing or cutting programs.
- Website overhaul
October 2016 - current
Worked on a massive website overhaul at wnps.org. I completed all the design and development myself over a year-and-a-half. There are at least 18 microsites shared between 5 programs, 12 chapters, and a few speical projects. There are over 700 pages (and building) as we make native plant information and a massive wealth of history and knowledge available for free online. During the build, I averaged about 20 hours a week. Now I am down to a few hours a week to keep things running smoothly. We have hired out contractors to keep certain communications open and building, like a eNewsletter editor and a blog writer.
- Communications Committee Chair
Oct 2018 - current
Chair of the Communications Committee. Our team is comprised of volunteers who manage their own communication stream for WNPS such as Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Twitter, Instagram, blog writing, website, and other avenues. Together we tackle communication projects and concerns like branding, security, legal issues, assist with annual reports, working with other committees, some fundraising, and communicating with the chapters. We make a lot happen and help with anything that ends up on the web.
Snohomish County Wetlands Survey Intern
July 2014 – September 2014
I reached out to Dale Kolbe with Snohomish County for data on a property for Amy Lambert's Restoration Ecology class I took in 2013. This relationship cultivated a summer internship with the Snohomish County Parks Department. Wetland Management and Mitigation properties fall under this department, and I had a great opportunity to build my professional skill set. Tasks included taking plant inventory using the line transect method, I participated in a stream bank stabilization project with live plant-staking, I prepared mitigation sites for Federal and State inspections. I was exposed to a beaver relocation project, and I participated in community-County meetings at Hooven Bog (Woodinville, WA). I also learned about GPS data collection, created ArcMap products, attended an ESRI modeling seminar, and participated in a NPDES inspection.
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, cum laude
University of Washington, Bothell, WA
Tau Sigma National Honors Society
- Associate of Science, Biological Sciences
Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Exceptional verbal communication
- Concise and effective writing skills
- Excellent time management and prioritization
- Self-motivated and organized
- Ability to implement plans and follow-through
- Diplomatic and professional
- Positive attitude and team player
OFFICE OF RESEARCH SYSTEM SKILLS
- Kentico (Content Management System) for UW Bothell Website
- Trumba events manager and online calendar
- ProCard: purchases and reports
- ARIBA: Payment to Individuals, Reimbursements, Travel
- myFD/ Reconciliations
- SSGC Building Coordinator processes
- Manage events and marketing processes at UW Bothell
- Manage travel forms and processes at UW Bothell
- ArcGIS: Data Collection and Map Production
- Proficient in Office programs and Adobe Creative Suite Programs
UW STAFF TRAINING
- Actively working toward the Research Administration Certification - completing in Fall 2020
- GAAW: video captioning training (for websites) May 17, 2017
- Website accessibility training with Kentico May 16, 2017
- Payment-to-individuals online training (ARIBA) March 21, 2017
- WA-state small purchases class March 10, 2017
- WA-state purchasing and procurement ethics March 10, 2017
- Records management training January 31, 2017
- New employee orientation January 18, 2017
- ProCard training December 15, 2016
- KU mapping workshop/Cyberwatch West November 28-29, 2016
- Going online: how to use the PNW Herbarium Consortium September 6, 2016
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
Available by Request