Topic ID #36870 - posted 3/22/2016 5:39 PM

Recent MS Graduate seeking education position in Santa Cruz area


Lorraine Mikles
Scotts Valley, CA


June 2009 | Marine Biology B.S.
University of California Santa Cruz

December 2015 | Science Education- Free Choice Learning M.S. 
Oregon State University

Work Experience

September 2013 -Present | Licensed Sales Associate
AAA Westgate | 5291 Prospect Road, San Jose, CA 95129
I provide assistance to the agents and managerial team as well as participate as an active member of the underwriting team. For the agents I am available to assist their clients, whether new business or existing clientele, when they are not avaliable, as well as auditing of policies prior to sending them the archive, and calling recently cancelled policies. For the management team I assist with scheduling calendars for agent rotation and frontline team, I also assist with the daily huddle board, the sales reports, regional audit process, membership calling through list creation and distribution, and 
miscellaneous administrative needs. As an underwriter I assist members with their insurance and membership needs.

June 2013 – September 2013 | Insurance Broker/Customer Service Representative
Prinz & Nor Cal Pacific Insurance | 2121 41st Ave, Suite 201, Capitola, CA 95010
I provided a daily, full time, reliable presence within the office. I was the first point of customers on the phone as well as when walking into the office. I was able to process changes, payments and new applications as applicable. I was tasked with contacting clients approaching cancellation of policies to attempt to maintain strong clientele base, maintaining an
accurate and timely filing system, both electronically and physical files, and providing clients with timely information.

October 2009 -March 2013 | Insurance Sales Representative
Aleene Althouse-State Farm |346 Union St. Suite 2, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
My goal was to express passion in the needs of insurance to prospective and existing clientele. I maintained a calm and collected professional behavior when dealing with clients in all situations. I reviewed current policies with existing customers and suggest policies for current ‘gaps’ in coverage. I utilized industry specific programs (i.e. NECHO, ABS) and 
the general Microsoft Office Suite. I represented our
State Farm agency in the community.

June 2009 – September 2009 | Ocean Explorers Assistant Instructor
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab|100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Assist instructors with coordination and implementation of Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab's summer Ocean 
Explorers marine science education programs. Under direction of Seymour Center staff, provide instruction and interpretation of marine science concepts and research at Long Marine Lab and field sites around the Monterey Bay. Assist instructors with groups of children in daily activities, and two overnight camping trips. Work with team of volunteer instructors. Drive students to field sites around Monterey in an 8-passenger van.

June 2007 – June 2009 | Youth Programs Student Assistant
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab|100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Assist educators with coordination and implementation of the Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab's "Discovery Lab and Tour" and "Reserved School Tour" School Programs. Lead groups of K-Community College students in hands-on marine science activities in a classroom setting, and outdoors on site tours of the marine lab. Coordinate team of volunteer 
instructors to insure a high quality learning experience for students and teachers during their visit to the Seymour center. Assist educators with support work for all Seymour Center Youth Programs (school field trip programs, annual art contest, spring and summer camp prep).

October 2006 – December 2008 | Sales Associate
GAP| Newpark Mall, Newark, CA & Pacific Garden Mall, Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
Customer service is the main priority. Main duties include general cleaning of the store, dusting, sweeping, folding and hanging of clothes. Also responsible for cashiering and stock maintenance.

September 2006 – July 2007/ October 2005 – June 2006 | Lab Assistant
UCSC Biology Department|1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Preparation of sediment samples by washing or crushing samples. Other duties include picking forams from sediment samples, using a microscope, and general cleanliness of the lab. Lab preparation of samples: counting seeds, grinding leaves, sieving soil samples, some planting in the greenhouse. Field assistance monitoring plants at Ford Ord. Since some 
of the work involves small seedlings of plants that are Federally listed species, the marking and counting of plants may be done on knees. Data entry using SAS.

Volunteer Experience

August 2011 – September 2013 |Student Oceanography Club Mentor
Monterey Bay Aquarium|886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
This club serves middle school students from all over central California who are committed to learning about ocean conservation. Club members meet twice a month, both out in the field and at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to learn about marine biology, oceanography and the conservation of local habitats. Adult mentors are meant to assist in conveying the messages about marine biology and conservation while also helping program leaders to maintain safety and control of students during in aquarium meetings and field experiences.

September 2006–June 2007/September 2012-June 2013 |School Programs Volunteer
Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab|100 Shaffer Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Teach hands-on marine science activities, lead interpretive tours to Long Marine Lab’s marine mammal overlook, blue whale skeleton, touch tank and the rest of the aquarium. Effectively engage students from a range of backgrounds and ages, Kindergarten through community college, and use public speaking skills and group management techniques.

Summers 2003-2004 |Student Guide
Monterey Bay Aquarium| 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 
Knowledge of animals and habitats, help visitors with the interaction with the animals and help spread the idea of 

Suzanne Hebert | Youth Programs Manager at Seymour Center
100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)459-3800

Pamela Wade| Senior Education Specialist at Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 (831)644-7590

Tracy Taylor | Branch Director – AAA San Jose Brokaw Commons/ Branch Manager –AAA Daly City
3rd Floor, 455 Hickey Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015 (650) 301-1400

Aleene Althouse | State Farm Agent
346 Union Street Suite 2, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)420-1555

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