|Dave Stockdale, Director
A newcomer to Walla Walla, Dave is pleased to be able to return to Washington state, having previously served ten years as the Director of Education at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. After leaving Seattle, Dave was the Director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and then Executive Director of the Hughson Botanical Garden in California's central valley. Most recently he was Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture in San Francisco, a nonprofit whose mission was to develop and support family farms and educate consumers about sustainable food choices; the Center operated the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, which was internationally recognized for the quality and diversity of its products. In his free time, Dave enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, food/wine, and photography, and will be pursuing all of those simultaneously as he reacquaints himself with the Walla Walla Valley and beyond.
Melissa Holecek, Education Coordinator
Melissa is excited to have her dream job, as education coordinator, at the Water & Environmental Center (WEC). Melissa was born and raised in Walla Walla, but didn't move back to the area until after attending college in Idaho. Environmental education has always been one of Melissa's passions. She has worked as a Bleak Intern at Taylor Ranch Wilderness Field Station, environmental educator at the McCall Outdoor Science School, stream research technician at the Idaho State University Stream Ecology Center, and most recently as a middle school math and science teacher before coming to the WEC. Melissa enjoys being outdoors with her husband, Dean, and miniature schnauzers, Tiki and Henry. Sea kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, mountain biking and skiing are just a few of her outdoor pursuits. Melissa also enjoys cooking, reading, sea kayaking, and quilting.
To see Melissa's WWCC staff page visit: web.wwcc.edu/melissaholecek
Maureen Johnson, Secretary Senior
Maureen arrived on the Water Center's doorstep when it opened in 2007. Before starting at the center Maureen worked for 12 years at WWCC's education department at the Washington State Penitentiary, and then at the Technology Center at the main college campus. Maureen became a Walla Walla native after moving here from Trout Lake, WA, a small community at the base of Mt. Adams, in 1988. Before starting her work at WWCC, Maureen worked ten years in the K-12 WA state school system, at a boy's ranch for at-risk youth, volunteered in a youth life-skills class, and served as an assistant youth group leader and Sunday school teacher. Maureen enjoys spending time with her family and watching their five grandchildren travel through their teen years and grow into wonderful young adults. Her faith is a very important part of her life. In her free time, Maureen likes to spend time with her husband and friends, go to movies, shop, read, camp, fish, ride 4-wheelers, and go away on scrapbooking weekends. Maureen's favorite pets are those amazing woodsy critters.
Lindsey Williams, Education Assistant
Lindsey is very excited to join the team at the Water & Environmental Center. She grew up in Leavenworth, WA, and moved to Walla Walla after meeting her husband, Matt (a Walla Walla native), and earning her degree in forestry at Washington State University. After graduating, Lindsey took a few years off to stay home with her nephew, Huck. Now that he is in school, she is looking forward to putting her natural resource education and event planning experience to work for the Water Center. Lindsey enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking, hunting, and 4-wheeling with Matt and their two dogs, Sawyer and Timber. She also enjoys cooking, CrossFit, fishing, and time with her family both in Walla Walla and Leavenworth.
Maxwell Failing, Titus Creek Intern
A summer intern, Maxwell is as close to a Walla Walla native as you can get without being born in Walla Walla. He has attended the Community College for three years, spending his first two years graduating high school via the Alternate Education Program, and one additional year completing his Associates in Science Option (I and II), Associates in Biology, and Associates in Arts. Following his summer internship he will be relocating to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University where he will pursue a degree in Biology, specifically “Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology”. Upon receiving his degree, he plans on staying in school to earn his Masters and eventually his PhD. With that he hopes to do biological research, go into the medical field, or work on environmental policy. His hobbies include, bicycling, outdoor rock climbing, cooking, photography, board games, and most of all learning.
Evan Nally, Titus Creek Intern
Evan is a native of Walla Walla. As a Running Start and AEP student, he completed his high school education at Walla Walla Community College. He then spent some time away from school to gain work experience before moving to Olympia to attend The Evergreen State College. At Evergreen, Evan focused on chemistry, and participated in The Evergreen Science Carnival, where he entertained over 100 school kids with his homemade smoke bombs!
Having moved back home to Walla Walla, Evan is currently attending Walla Walla Community College where he is working towards his AAAS in both Watershed Ecology and Water Resources Technology. He has volunteered with CTUIR, Tri-State Steelheaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He enjoys brewing beer, playing board games, and going on bike rides in his free time. After earning his degrees, Evan plans to either find a job in natural resources or continue his education at a four year university.