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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.
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!
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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 currently have three dogs: two Newfoundlands (Kaylee & Koda) and a long haired Chihuahua (Baxter). I have been training dogs professionally since 2011, but it all started with my first dog at age 7 (a French Brittany). Since then I have trained all types of dogs, but mostly I train people in my dog training classes. My goal is for people and their dogs to leave class with a better relationship and improved communication.
As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), my classes are based on current behavioral science and I am committed to ongoing education to keep up to date with the latest research and training techniques. I am also a licensed AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, APDT C.L.A.S.S. Instructor, DTIP Mentor/Coach, and have been certified in Pet Nutrition.
Kip Coleman is an alum of WWCC with an AA/AS in Business Management and is a local Walla Walla homeowner. Kip’s wife Emily Sprafka Coleman is also an instructor at WWCC in Chemistry and other subjects. Kip has more than two years of experience in adult education, having worked as a Trainer for IT Technicians from 2012 to 2015. His current day job is as a Program Coordinator for a small startup company based in Walla Walla which sells security systems. Kip also has a great passion for continued learning and adult education, and considers himself a lifelong scholar.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
James grew up in Walla Walla and graduated with an AA from Walla Walla Community College. He went to Evergreen State College, then Parsons School of Design, where he received a Masters in Fine Art. He taught drawing and art history in Oregon at Blue Mountain Community College for a couple years, and now he’s happy to return and teach at his Alma Mater; Walla Walla Community College.
Tamara Holloway is a native of eastern Washington. She earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD from the University of Oregon. Tamara joined the English department at WWCC as an adjunct instructor in 2014.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Jeanne has operated Calligraphica, a calligraphy and graphic design studio in Walla Walla, for the past 24 years. Jeanne moved to the Walla Walla area in 1976 from Portland, OR. Jeanne began her study of calligraphy in 1966, and continued to develop her skills at many calligraphic workshops and classes in Oregon and California. In addition to her freelance design work she worked as a graphic designer at the WW Public Library and Coffey Communications. She also worked as a potter for 15 years, in Portland and Walla Walla. Jeanne has worked extensively with ArtWalla, and was Art Director for the ArtWalla mural project, “Windows on the Past,” in Heritage Park. Jeanne has exhibited pottery, drawings and calligraphy in many NW cities. She has taught both ceramics and calligraphy in Portland and in Walla Walla at Carnegie Art Center, the YWCA and WWCC. She has collaborated with her husband, sculptor Wayne Chabre on several public art commissions in Oregon and Washington.
Dr. Rogers B. Miles retired from Whitman College in spring 2016. As a professor of Religion, Rogers taught the history of religion in America as well as courses in Church and State and the religions of the Pacific Northwest. Rogers has also long participated in Whitman’s interdisciplinary program for first-year students. Rogers is a member of the Living History troupe at Fort Walla Walla where he portrays Whitman College’s founder, the Reverend Cushing Eells, Congregational missionary.
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.
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.
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.
Wildlife enthusiast at an early age. Guided first bird watching group in second grade after learning about falconry in a Nat. Geo. magazine article. In subsequent years tree climbing was mastered to procure young raptors which was advanced to a career as an certified arborist . In the 1990’s I held over 50 contracts using falconry bird scaring techniques, seven of which were for the USAF. In 1992, I began installing barn owl nesting boxes. I have installed over 30,000 boxes to date.
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.
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.
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.
I am the photo expert.