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Daniel Biggs is a commercial photography graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle. He currently works as a production manager for a local television station. Daniel’s photography has been published all over the world for a variety of uses including magazines, websites, calendars, DVD labels, and much more. His knowledge spans nearly every aspect of photography including architecture, portrait, product, fashion, stock, and nature photography. Daniel has also produced four television series including a fly fishing TV show called the “Art of Lake Fly Fishing” based out of Bend, Oregon.
Diane is a retired educator from Walla Walla. She spent 35 years in physical education at Garrison Middle School. She has taught Fly Tying for all age groups since 1997. She currently offers fly tying and fly fishing clubs at both middle schools and also through the YMCA outdoor program. She spends as much time as possible on a stream and teaching friends to tie flies!
Michael Cafferky has 20 years’ experience as a manager in health care organizations and fourteen years’ experience teaching university management courses. He holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Anderson University Falls School of Business, Anderson, Indiana. Dr. Cafferky has received several awards for his work as an instructor and scholar. He has hands-on experience leading and coaching process improvement teams. Dr. Cafferky is the author of two text books, several trade books and scores of published articles.
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.
I am a License Veterinary Technician in a general practice, exotic and pocket pet practice. I currently have a 15 year old Lab/Golden mix named Oden. I have worked in the Veterinary field for 18 years. I have experience in general practice, Dermatology, Neurology, Oncology, Nutrition and Dentistry. I love learning new things everyday with my job! I also enjoy working with owners and their pets to help improve their relationship with behavior and training.
I have volunteered with the BMHS with the Washington State Penitentiary dog training program.
I am a long time Walla Walla resident with a passionate interest in family history, old photographs and local history. I have taught classes at local seminars and at Fort Walla Walla concerning old photographs and family history research topics. I retired from Whitman College in 2016.
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.
Andrea is an Associate Professor of Astronomy and General Studies as well as the Chair for the Department of Astronomy at Whitman College. Her interests include solar-stellar connection studies, gender issues in science, and science educational outreach.
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!
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.
Marilyn Hawkins is president of Hawkins & Company PR in Walla Walla, Washington. A former resident of Ashland, Oregon, and Seattle, she has 35+ years of experience in public relations, marketing communications, reputation management, employee relations and crisis response.
Hawkins has worked with many nonprofit clients throughout the Pacific Northwest including The Oregon Community Foundation, Providence/Swedish Health System, Asante Health System, the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association and the John Stanford International School. Her major corporate-client experience includes AT&T, Xerox, The Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, and Medtronic Physio-Control.
A past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Hawkins is a graduate of Washington State University and attended graduate school at the University of Washington.
I am a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. I have been assisting users with QuickBooks software since 1992, using Version 1 for DOS. I have continued to remain familiar with the subsequent improvements, and use QuickBooks to manage all my own bookkeeping as well. Let me assist you in getting the most out of the software! 20+ years specializing in account set-up, training, auditing, and troubleshooting/repair of QuickBooks.
Specializing in assisting eBook and Publish On Demand (POD) writing, preparation, and publishing, Huff has credits on books ranging from autobiographical political espionage and high adventure to philosophy, how-to, and memorials. Her help with fiction work includes mainstream adult, fantasy, children’s and Young Adult novels, as well as poetry. Her own eBooks & PODs are available on Amazon and Createspace & include: Kitten Love Trilogy (true stories & photos of rescuing three abandoned kittens), The Perks of Aging: Blessings, Silver Linings, and Convenient Half-Truths (benefits of aging drawn from many students & laced with humorous poetry), Fifty Shades of Graying: Love, Romance, and Sex After Fifty (anthology from a blog of numerous people’s struggles & victories in essays & poems), Get Rich, $tay Rich (how to make money and keep it!), and others.
Columnist and freelance writer since 1979, writing instructor and conference speaker since 1982 at Shoreline CC, Cascadia CC, EvtCC, Lake Washington Tech, WOTS, PNWC, Edmonds CC, Bellevue CC, and more, editor for over a dozen magazines, journals, and newspapers since 1980, edits and assists in publishing books of all genres.
Jack Iverson is Associate Professor of French at Whitman College. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago and moved to Walla Walla in 2004. The French Enlightenment is his main research area, but he is broadly interested in everything having to do with France, including contemporary film.
I have taught over 200 economics courses in California and Washington based on the “Science of Human Decisions”. When not pursuing a passion for teaching, I enjoy fishing, baseball, and adventuring through life with my wife Leslie. I have been researching and pondering “How to Grow Old Successfully” for many years.
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.
I hold an Ed.D. in Education from NOVA Southeastern University with an emphasis on management of programs. I also have a M.Ed. in Education from Washington State University with an emphasis in counseling, and a BS from Eastern Washington University in Developmental Psychology and a BA from Eastern Washington University in Applied Psychology. I am a registered Mental Health Counselor and am certificated in Filial Therapy.
I was born and raised in Washington State and still proudly call it home with my husband of 28 years, children, dogs, cats, bird, a turtle, pigs, and horses. I stay active with my children’s 4H group, our local swim club, and various clubs for which the children participate at school in. My husband and I enjoy traveling with or without the children. I enjoy cooking, sewing, and gardening in my spare time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane B. Reed earned her Bachelors in Arts on American Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1978 and her Masters in Arts in American Studies from Penn State University in 1991. Her professional background includes a 17-year career as Chief of Publications at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She has written extensively on historical topics for decades and has edited over 100 books on a number of subjects including history, archaeology, art, and architecture. Reed is also a regular contributor to Walla Walla Lifestyles magazine and wrote a number of articles for their Sesquicentennial issue. Her most recent book, Legendary Locals of Walla Walla, was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2014. She is also a docent at Fort Walla Walla Museum.
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.
Greg is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, Colorado. He also earned a Baking and Pastry Degree from the Culinary Institute of America in St Helena, California. Chef Schnorr has been the Head Chef at Creektown Café and Pastry Chef at Whitehouse Crawford in Walla Walla. Chef Schnorr is an active organic farmer and participant in the local farmers market.
I have been umpiring baseball for over 45 years as an amateur and professional umpire. I retired after the 2016 season. In 2014, I moved to Walla Walla and joined the BMBO association in Oregon and the BMUA in Washington. Along with this, I worked for the Tri-City Sports Officials Collegiate Association and NAIA Collegiate Association for LC State in Lewiston. I was a member of the Skagit Valley Umpire Association since 1980. I have umpired three WIAA State Championships 4-A Tournaments, 6 WIAA regional Tournaments 6 Senior and Junior Washington State American Legion Tournaments along with two regional tournaments. In 1990, I worked the Goodwill Games at Cheney Stadium, Tacoma. I have umpired for the NWACC League for over 20 years. In 2014 joined NCUA and worked 28 NWACC and 12 NCAA Division – 2 and 3 games in Western Washington. The past two years have worked the West Coast league for the Walla Walla Sweets. In the past, I have worked the West Coast League and the PIL as an umpire and assigner for the Bellingham Bells, Bellingham, WA. Along with this, I have umpired Division II for Saint Martins and Division I for WSU. I have attended the Joe Brinkman’s Professional Umpire School for Amateurs in 1989. In 1995, 1996, I worked 25 games for the Northwest Minor Professional League at Bellingham, WA and 2006, 16 games for the PCL Triple – A Professional League at Tacoma.
Kathryn Witherington graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Political Science. She has worked in politics as a field organizer, in the private sector as a facility manager, and is currently the area manager for a local non-profit. Her passion for great literature, compelling stories, and the lessons we take from what we read has driven her interest in and study of literature.
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.
Terrol Winsor is a scientist with a PhD from Washington State University. He is an experienced hunter with a number of guns. He has a healthy respect for guns and wishes to share his knowledge and expertise with the general public. He has found himself in a situation where he was threatened with a gun. This heightens his passion to ensure citizens can understand and protect themselves from gun accidents. He is an active member of Friends of the Library in Milton Freewater, sits on the Quest Steering Committee, is a master gardener from the Washington State University extension office and participates on the Frazier Farmstead board.
I am the photo expert.