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Robert Berger Quest InstructorRobert Berger

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.

Jesse Burgess Quest InstructorJesse Burgess
Robert Carson Quest InstructorRobert Carson

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.

Winston Craig

Winston’s education includes: PhD in Chemistry from the University of Queensland in 1971, MPH in Nutrition from Loma Linda University in 1975, and Registered Dietitian since 1981. Author of 7 books about nutrition and herbs. Published 20 reviewed research articles. Published about 300 health and nutrition articles for general public. Member of American Society of Nutrition. In 2013 received the Seigfried Horn of Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award.

Conducted nutrition workshops in 20 countries. Taught nutrition at Andrews University in Michigan for 27 years and chair of Nutrition Depart for 20 years. Taught nutrition at Loma Linda University for 4 years and University of Massachusetts for 2 years. Altogether taught nutrition and health at college level for 40 years. Special interests include the value of herbs and spices for health and the value of plant-based diets to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Ann-Marie Cunningham Quest InstructorAnn-Marie Cunningham
Michael Denny Quest InstructorMichael Denny

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.

Julie Figgins Quest InstructorJulie Figgins

Dr. Julie Figgins hold a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Gonzaga University (2000), and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University (2005). She is a member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians as well as the Naturopathic Academy of Environmental Medicine. She joined Walla Walla Naturopathic in 2016.

Donald Fleming Quest InstructorDon Fleming

Don is a professional freelance photographer, digital columnist for the Union Bulletin, culinary photographer at Wine Country Culinary Institute (WCCI), and teaches basic, advanced, and kids photography with WWCC Quest.  His creativity and vision are the hallmarks of his style.

Robert Fontenot Quest InstructorRobert Fontenot

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.

Mona Geidl Quest InstructorMona Geidl

Mona Geidl is a practicing attorney at the law firm of Minnick-Hayner.  She regularly counsels clients in complex estate planning matters, probate issues, and adoptions.  Mona received her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in 2000, and her law degree from the University of San Francisco in 2005.

Patrick Henry Quest Instructor

John Jamison Quest Instructor

Rev. Joy Kachel
BA, MS, DMin

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 Keatts

Linnea has travelled near and far, and has led trips for many years, including Mystery Trips for Quest for 4 years.  She enjoys planning these short, one-day trips for Quest.  There are many opportunities for adventure, learning, and fun in our area.

Michael Kiesbuy Quest InstructorMichael Kiesbuy

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.

Allen Kopf Quest InstructorAllen Kopf
BA English BA Social Studies, MEd

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.

Phillip Lynch

Phillip Lynch – originally from Orange County CA, Phil earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University Long Beach.  He has been a professional musician and teacher for 25 years performing his unique style of jazz, blues, rock, and rockabilly in clubs and musical theatres from Los Angles to Seattle.  He moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 2003 and has been teaching as an adjunct guitar instructor at Whitman College as well as the band director of the Walla Walla Catholic Schools.  He’s an active volunteer for the Walla Walla Blues Society and the Walla Walla Summer Rock Camp and is a highly sought after guitar instructor, a well-respected music teacher and community member, and a gifted musician.

Melissa McClintock Quest InstructorMelissa McClintock

Dr. Melissa McClintock grew up in Santa Barbara, California.  In 1988, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology.

Interested in helping people, she worked as a social worker for several years.  In 1992 she enrolled to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  She earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 1996.  She also earned a Masters Degree in Chinese Acupuncture from North West Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003.

She completed her medical training with a two year residency at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, where she was appointed Clinical and Academic Faculty.  In 2008 Dr. McClintock opened a private practice, Walla Walla Naturopathic.  She moved her practice to Elmenhurst Chiropractic Clinic that year. She is excited to welcome Dr. Julie Figgins to Walla Walla Naturopathic as her business partner and colleague.

Dr. Melissa McClintock is specifically focused on three areas of complex and chronic disease:

  • autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
  • gastrointestinal dysfunction (IBS/SIBO)
  • hormone imbalances (Menopause, PMS, menstrual problems as well as male hormone issues.

Dr. Melissa also works with general symptoms of depression, anxiety and fatigue. She welcomes and is excited to work with individuals who are committed to Aging with Vitality and Maintaining Optimum Health.

Dr. Melissa always incorporates mind body medicine into treatment plans in a way that is meaningful to the patient, as well as focusing on the importance of the therapeutic relationship to healing process. Acupuncture treatments are often recommended as a supportive measure for stress, anxiety, fatigue and pain.

Through the Functional Medicine Model, Dr. Melissa seeks to identify underlying factors which lead to chronic disease and dysfunction. Targeted treatment aims to restore those systems to optimal function through lifestyle, nutritional and targeted nutrition.

Michel Philippe Quest InstructorPhilippe Michel

Philippe was born in Belgium in 1946, moved to the USA in 1982 and has been an American since 2013. He has had many different jobs in sales and selling oak products to wineries. Philippe loves the game of Pétanque! He participates in competitions and is very active in the Walla Walla Pétanque Club.

Richard Middleton-Kaplan Quest Instructor

Richard Middleton-Kaplan

Richard Middleton-Kaplan is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Walla Walla Community College. He first came to Walla Walla in 1991 for a one-year position in English at Whitman College, then went back to his home city of Los Angeles for another teaching position, and in 1993 returned to Walla Walla to work for Coffey Communications. In 2002, Richard moved to Chicago and became Professor of English and Humanities at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, where he taught literature of the Holocaust, literature of war, and literature of peace and nonviolence. In spring 2011, Richard spent a sabbatical at The Centre for Applied Human Rights at The University of York, England, helping to develop a course on literature and human rights. Richard’s publications include “Using Literature to Teach Peace” (with Patrick Henry) in Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies; “Facing the Face of the Enemy: Levinasian Moments in All Quiet on the Western Front and the Literature of War” in Modern Fiction Studies; and “The Myth of Jewish Passivity” in Jewish Resistance against the Nazis (Washington. D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2014). He is also co-editor of the online publication Shalom” The Jewish Peace Fellowship Newsletter.

Susan Monahan Quest Instructor

Susan Monahan

Susan is a retired teacher of Deaf Education and Instructional Technology.  She and Mark moved here in 2009 and while researching her 100-year-old house she fell in love with Walla Walla’s history.  She is a board member and docent at Kirkman House Museum and writes articles on historic buildings for the Union-Bulletin Weekly.

Shelley Murphy Quest Instructor

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy is a Financial Representative with COUNTRY Financial. She has worked in the banking and Financial Services industry since 2002. She is a life-long resident of the Walla Walla Valley. After walking her mother through the final 15 years of her life she has seen the importance of retirement and end of life planning. She has pursued this in her professional life and is pleased to offer her insight to participants for the Walla Walla Community College Quest program. She is a member of the High Noon Rotary Club, Walla Walla Elks Lodge #287, College Place Presbyterian Church, Girl Scout Troop leader. Board member of Girls Council and supporter of Walla Walla Parent 2 Parent, Junior Achievement and the Milton-Freewater Junior Show.

Barbara Newby

Barb Newby – Owner of Brushes ‘n Brix.     I am a mother of five beautiful children, two girls and three boys, whom I home schooled until high school.  I have always worked in the legal field or a business office.  However I found I love to paint to relax and have fun, enjoying the process.   I seem to have a talent in showing others how to do the same, and the patience to work with children who love to paint fast to see the end product.  Brushes ‘n Brix is a perfect place to show people how to enjoy the process of creating a painting with your friends and family.

John Remington Quest Instructor

John Remington

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.

Dr. Gary Rollefson Quest Instructor

Gary O. Rollefson

Gary was born in Iowa and graduated High School in Long Beach, CA. His education includes: BA from UC Berkeley; MA & PhD from University of Arizona.  Cambodian Translator in US Army 1965-1969; Teaching at Cornell, Arizona State, University of Oregon, San Diego State, two Jordanian universities, Heidelberg University (Germany). He began teaching at Whitman College in 1998 and became Professor emeritus and Research Associate of Anthropology there in 2016.  Archaeological research: 5 seasons in Israel, 3 in Saudi Arabia, 38 in Jordan (Prehistoric Archaeology).  Ca. 325 publications, including nine edited books.  Fluent in German, reading French, and street/market Arabic.

Warren Rood

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.

Greg Schnorr Quest InstructorGreg Schnorr
Julie Spada Quest InstructorJulie Spada

Clarie Valente Quest Instructor

Claire Valente

I have a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University and am a published author in medieval English history. I have taught for twenty-five years, primarily in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance History and Literature, at Harvard, the University of Portland, Whitman College, and the Quest program at WWCC. A native of Philadelphia, I have lived in Walla Walla for 13 years.

James Winchell Quest InstructorJames Winchell

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.