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I am a dancer trained in classical Ballet and Jazz. Dancing was a passion that turned into a profession. I danced professionally for 15 years in television and stage productions both nationally and internationally. I spent several years dancing with the Las Vegas production “Jubilee!” and “Les Folies Bergere”. Upon retiring from dance in my late 30’s, I found a replacement passion in Dressage, English style horse riding. I felt like I was dancing again. I moved to the Walla Walla area in 2008 to be with my (then) fiancé. We currently live in Waitsburg on a beautiful farm where we raise animals and constantly mow the lawn. I am a mother to three very handsome, talented young men. I currently teach Pilates and riding lessons, and volunteer as the production choreographer for the Liberty Theatre in Dayton.
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Heather has been teaching Safe Sitter Babysitting classes for Extended Learning since January 2017. She also works for Walla Walla Community College’s Parenting Education as a Preschool Teacher (Tot Spot).
Pete Bakker is a recent graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, earning a degree in business and personally specializing in drones and unmanned systems. Three years of flying experience has grown from a hobby to a full-time business servicing a range of drone and data-driven applications. Volunteer work consists of activities with the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Air Posse and Rotary International. In 2016, Pete received 23 hours of drone and unmanned systems training at Interdrone, Las Vegas. In the future, Pete is looking to expand into more autonomous systems and applications.
A Landscape Architect, licensed by WA State. Over five decades of horticultural experience. Graduate of WSU, College of Agriculture. A semi-retired resident of Walla Walla over eight years.
Robert J. Carson, Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Emeritus at Whitman College, was raised in Lexington, Virginia. Mountaineering, whitewater boating, and spelunking in Rockbridge County, Virginia and during summers in northern New England sparked his interest in geology, which he studied at Cornell University. Bob earned an MS at Tulane University while employed by Texaco, exploring for petroleum in Louisiana and phosphate in Florida. His PhD research at the University of Washington led to positions with the Washington Department of Ecology and the Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources. Bob taught at North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon before joining the Whitman faculty in 1975. A Quaternary geologist, his courses deal with late Cenozoic geologic history and climate change, surficial processes, and landform evolution. He has a half-time appointment in Whitman’s environmental studies program, and is particularly interested in resources, pollution, forests, and the oceans. Bob has taught on the Semester-At-Sea program twice, and has directed foreign study programs in England and Spain. Most of his research is on Quaternary geology in Washington, northeastern Oregon, northwestern Wyoming, and Mongolia. His books include Hiking Guide to Washington Geology, Where the Great River Bends, East of Yellowstone, and Many Waters.
Erendira is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Center.
Ann-Marie Cunningham is a print artist who completed her undergraduate degree at Akron University in art and music, toward graphics, metal smithing and piano. Upon graduation Ann-Marie worked as a jeweler graphic designer and piano teacher including judicator for the Northeastern Ohio Music Teachers Association. Bringing her Ohio experience to the Pacific Northwest in 2001, she continued to teach music and art for 33 years. Currently her visual arts focus in printmaking is ongoing with three concentrations: digital books, screen printing and intaglio processes. Receiving her Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco institute in print in 2015, she also taught a print class and independent classes to colleagues and is also associated with a local community college where she teaches Visual Arts. Ann-Marie continues to hone her creativity and print skills at studio Articolore in Walla Walla, WA where she resides with her spouse. Ann-Marie depicts points where advancements in science and technology further each other. Jack Burnham expressed how “A dialogue evolves between the participants – the technology and the human subject- so that both move beyond their original state” Enthralled by this change, Ann-Marie explores the patterns of connection, interprets the process diversity, and studies the symbiosis that occurs in juxtaposition.
Taught Natural History courses at the WWCC Quest Program for 15 years, including: Biology of birds, bird ID, Early naturalists, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Animals of the night and many others. Co-authored five books: A Birders Guide to Washington (2003), Birds of the Inland Northwest and Norther Rockies (2008), Where the Great River Bends: A Natural and Human History of the Columbia at Wallula (2008), Birds of BC and the Rockies (2009), Many Waters (2015). Illustrated A Birders Guide to Idaho (1997), did an illustration for Woodpeckers of North America, Peterson Field Guides (2015). I am the current president of Blue Mountain Audubon in Walla Walla Washington. I have done many presentations on habitat conversation at state and regional conferences. I speak before many different groups on wildlife and habitat conservation.
Awards: Employee of the Year 2008 for the Southeast Washington Conservation Districts, Science Award from Audubon Washington for work with Wind Farms to minimize bird and bat mortality, Wib Waggoner Award for the Conservationist of the Year (2013) from the Tri-State Steelheaders, Fire Fighting Award (2005) from the US Forest Service, Volunteer of the Year (1998) Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.
I really appreciate the opportunity to share my passion for the great outdoors and all the wild animals that depend on the habitat out there. I also like to explore man’s role in change and impacts we create for the short and long term on this planet we call home.
Van is a retired engineer who has been a woodworker since High School! He has been carving wood since 2007.
Al Diaz is an experienced video producer, broadcast news reporter, print journalism and substitute teacher for local schools.
Elena has 10 years of dance teaching experience, having taught at WWCC, the YMCA, Ace of Clubs, Blue Ridge, and for various community activities. Elena was born to dance and brings great enthusiasm, energy and happiness to all her classes. She is a party in a little body!
Having begun his industry career in 1989, Jay quickly realized what his passion in life was. An honors graduate of the Western Culinary Institute in 1994, Chef Entrikin immersed himself in the “Fusion” cuisine of “James Beard” award winning chef Tim Kelley of the Painted Table in Seattle, WA. From there he went on to learn the nuances of authentic, regional pasta dishes in the kitchen of Assaggio Trattoria & Enoteca in Portland, OR. Chef Entrikin then moved on to learn classical French cuisine from “James Beard” award winning and French Master chef Phillipe Boulot at the Heathman Hotel in Portland, OR. He also spent four years as the corporate chef for Nicky USA where he gained extensive knowledge of game birds and game meats. Jay was hired on, in 2004, as our second Culinary Arts Instructor and during the past twelve years he has been instrumental in the development of the Culinary Arts program; the implementation of a contemporary curriculum, coaching students for individual competitions and coaching an ACF Student Hot Food Team. Through the continual development of technical and instructional skills, Jay is devoted to teaching not only the cooking fundamentals but the inherent set of attitudes and behaviors associated with this profession.
Bob Fontenot received a PhD in mathematics in 1972 from LSU. He taught college courses in mathematics for 37 years before retiring in 2009 as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Whitman College. Bob has taught three Quest courses: strategies for non-routine math problems, probability, and secret codes.
I have been in education for 48 years; first as a teaching assistant, then a high school teacher, community college instructor, university lecturer and assistant professor, and adult school teacher, assistant principal and principal. I was also the owner and founder of New Traditions Academy, a private post-secondary (healing) school licensed by the state of Washington. I have degrees (BA, MS & DMin) and certifications (teacher, administrator, healer, & ministerial ordination), my Master of Chaplaincy and present and past work history that qualifies me to teach courses in religion, spirituality, personal development, spiritual counseling, and many modalities of holistic energy healing. I can also teach anthropology, English, biology, linguistics, teacher training, curriculum development, ESL, GED, and High School subjects classes.
Linnea has travelled near and far, and has led trips for many years, including Mystery Trips for Quest since 2009. She enjoys planning these short, one-day trips for Quest. There are many opportunities for adventure, learning, and fun in our area.
Michael is a full time instructor and consultant. He has worked with consumer electronics since 1991. He enjoys working with students of all ages and understands how to bring the real-world experience and outstanding technical knowledge to the classroom. Michael has a natural ability to break down and explain all technical topics and programs for maximum comprehension. He welcomes beginner-to-expert levels in a non-intimidating comfortable pace that makes learning fun.
I am a retired K-12 teacher and administrator. I am interested in the writing process and have taught it to students as young as 4th grade, to secondary students, and adults. I am a published writer and now write short stories and poetry.
Before becoming a chef, Robin Leventhal was an artist. While pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Michigan, she took a job in the catering department. Although this was only intended to be a summer job, it quickly became clear she had a passion for food. She eventually settled in Seattle where she owned and operated Crave, a popular bistro serving up comfort food on Capitol Hill. In 2009 she had a life changing experience to be a cheftestant on season 6 of Top Chef, where she finished in 5th place. After her experience on Top Chef Leventhal stayed active in the Seattle food scene until she decided to join the team at the Wine Country Culinary Institute, where she traded in 1-5 traffic for rolling hills and lush vineyards. This new venture gave Robin the opportunity to connect the dots both professionally and personally with food, art, and life’s adventures. The classroom setting is an ideal context to share these passions and to engage students in their own culinary journey.
I have been carving 12 years. I have taken all the wood carving classes from Mel Wheatley but one. I was a hair stylist and taught advanced hair cutting.
I was a high school teacher for 41 years. 29 years of art instruction and 12 years of digital communication instruction. I was the advisor and creative director for the high school year book for 12 years. I am versed in Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Illustrator and InDesign as well as several other software. I am most passionate about Photoshop because of the creative doors it opens for learners.
I grew up in Oregon and left to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing at Iona College in New York. From there, I moved to Australia to play semi-pro Water Polo. I worked in the restaurant industry and fell in love with wine, and pairing it with food. With a new passion and an unquenchable thirst to learn, I started studying to become a Sommelier at Penfold’s McGill Estate in Adelaide, Australia. Following the advice of several Walla Walla winemaking legends, I registered at Oregon State University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Food Chemistry with an emphasis on Fermentation Science and dual minor concentrations in biochemistry and microbiology. Winemaking requires both science and art. There is the calculated science of harvest and fermentation, followed by the art of building a blend that is approachable, proportionate, and balanced. Within two weeks of defending my thesis; I was assistant winemaker to John Abbot at Abeja. Along the way to becoming General Manager and Winemaker at Basel Cellars, I was the Winemaker at a’Maurice, and Winemaker and General Manager at Double Canyon, and Canoe Ridge Vineyards. Moving from the restaurant industry to the production side of wine, I have a deep appreciation and passion for the marriage of wine and food and how they relate. When it’s done right, all the elements come together and result in a truly memorable experience.
I am an audio engineer, electronic musician, graphic designer, and animation artist living here in Walla Walla. I currently help run a small time cassette label while staying active in the electronic music scene, engineering worlds, and studying software design. I studied audio engineering at the Art Institute of Seattle just after high school and have produced, curated, and consulted on several projects since my time in college. I specialize in signal flow within the modern context of music production but also have extensive knowledge in live instrumentation, computer-aided processing, industry terminology, hardware, and recording mediums as well as applying these fields to aspects like branding and marketing (especially in the social media era), product creation, going beyond the scope of musical theory, and technological growth.
I have been carving for approximately 7 years. I have taken all wood carving classes with Mel Wheatley for seven years. I am president of the Walla Walla Valley Carvers Club for 6 years.
Jen Ransdell is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).
John Remington, a native of eastern Oregon, teaches as an adjunct English instructor on the Walla Walla Community College main campus. A professional playwright, John considers himself a life-long learner who loves the classroom and seeks to see students as colleagues.
I started my experience with Yoga over fifteen years ago at Blue Heron Studio with Terri Cotts – 500ERYT. My long term journey into Yoga as a practitioner was most inspired by my local teachers Courtney Morgan, Terri Cotts, Chrissy Mueller, Kay Lynn Stevens and Allie Keppel. All of whom have taught me so much while supporting my growth in the discipline. As my sixtieth birthday came & went, I realized that I was destined to share my enthusiasm & practice through teaching. I began my teaching experience at the YMCA with encouragement by Graycen Duffy. I evolved and developed my own unique style that is both grounded and holistic, inspired both by the Yoga Sutra. I combine the grace of the asanas (poses) on rare occasion with Tai Chi movements. I find solace and calm in the restorative aspects of the mind-body experience which I hope to cultivate in the students in these yoga classes.
I hope to help fellow practitioners begin to understand the potent gift of yoga (union) that occurs when we stop our busy distracted lives to concentrate on opening into yoga postures. Two of the eight limbs of yoga are poses (asanas) & breath (pranayama) that allow us to go deeper into our personal yoga practice after much practice and commitment on a life-long journey. I have found great release from physical strain and mental stress in my personal and professional life as a positive attribute of yoga. I have experienced a marked rejuvenation of spirit as well as increased flexibility through a committed and dedicated yoga practice. I dedicated spring 2016 to an extensive apprenticeship with Courtney Morgan from Revolver Yoga Studio and completed my RYT200 (200 hour Teacher Training) this past summer with YogaWorks under guidance by Michele Klink from San Francisco as hosted by Revolver Yoga Studio.
I look forward to having past students and new arrivals join me on the mat to learn how to align, stabilize, and elongate in their practice of yoga through Walla Walla Community College’s Community Education program.
As of March 2014, I have taught the three Lapidary Classes here at WWCC for three years, with over 120 students. I teach the intro class called “Secrets of the Stones”, which is a combination of lecture and learning basic lapidary techniques. “Secrets of the Stones II” is the advanced class available to students from previous quarters. They learn advanced cabochon, freeform, doublets and triplet polishing techniques. The third class I teach is a stone jewelry class, where students learn to make a basic cabochon, and then learn to wire wrap it. They make one or two beautiful finished pendants ready to hang on a chain. I have samples of all these fine items anybody can view. This hobby of mine started with an elective class in College. Previous to teaching Lapidary, I worked in my basement for 10 years, producing award winning Lapidary products. I do have a secondary teaching certificate and a BS degree in commercial art. I am also the Ceramic Instructor at WWCC.
In 2014, I worked with Nancy Kress, Jim Peterson and the local rock club, “The Marcus Whitman Gem and Mineral Society” to for a partnership between the college and the club. This partnership has worked very well. The college provides the room and gets a very specialized, popular adult education course. The club provides all of the equipment and the equipment maintenance and gets to use the lapidary shop once a week.
I am currently working as a math instructor at Walla Walla Community College, Clarkston campus. This is my fifth year at WWCC. I have a M.S. in mathematics from the University of Idaho.
Wanda Stevens is the Crime Advocate for the Walla Walla Police Department. She has several years’ experience working with victims of crime. Previous to working in Walla Walla, she worked in Wyoming for a non-profit as their Victim Witness Coordinator. She is a wife and mother of four. In her spare time she likes to camp and spend time with her family.
James Winchell holds the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington and the Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies from the University de Paris (en Sorbonne). He has taught courses in language and literature for decades and currently teaches French at Whitman College.